Chef Mark Oyama, a Kauai Community College culinary arts instructor, and Matt Takata of Title Guaranty Escrow Services served as co-chair for the 13th Annual Culinary Institute of the Pacific Spring Gourmet Gala which was sold out three weeks following its announcement.
“The Gala, as it has become popularly known across Kauai, is an outstanding example of exemplary partnerships between higher education and the community where long-standing and new friends from Kauai and across the state work closely with KCC’s culinary arts program,” said KCC Chancellor Helen Cox. “The result is an event which has earned its distinction for being one of Kauai’s best must-attend events of the year.”
The event uses the services of Lanakila Pacific, a nonprofit organization, which enables adults with disabilities to reach their goals and potentials while building independence, to print the event T-shirts and aprons. Friendship House, a clubhouse-modeled program for adults with serious mental illnesses, created lei for all of the Gala’s guest chefs and station vendors through the coordination of Eldean Scott.
Guest chefs to the food and wine tasting event included Alan Wong of Alan Wong’s Honolulu and The Pineapple Room, and Vikram Garg of the Halekulani Hotel.