‘Savor’ the day

PRINCEVILLE — Chefs, wine connoisseurs and chocolate aficionados are gathering to raise money for education programs.

On Aug. 19, the Kauai North Shore Community Foundation will be hosting “Savor: A Wine and Chocolate Fundraising Event” to benefit North Shore youth education.

The second fundraiser is being held in Po’oku Meadow at Princeville Ranch from 6 to 10 p.m. to create an epicurean experience. Wine and chocolate tastings will be accompanied by pupus, a silent auction, and live music from Treysara.

Net proceeds will go to scholarships for Kauai North Shore youth. The inaugural fundraiser generated $21,000 for the University of Hawaii Foundation, Pu’ukumu School, and Aloha Angels.

The University of Hawaii Foundation awarded $7,000 in scholarships to four North Shore students attending Kauai Community College: Kazimir Tasic, Ginger Keller, Darlene Jarquio, and Tanya Gomez.

“We need fundraisers to benefit education. The youth are what matter most,” said Barb Cameron, coordinator.

Last year saw 168 people in attendance.

“Nobody has done a chocolate festival, so we thought we’d better do it first,” Cameron said. “We’re expecting over 200 people this year.”

Specialty chocolate will be donated by Wild Kauai Chocolate and Blunc Chocolate with wine selection provided by Young’s Market, Southern Wine & Spirits, and Paradise Beverages.

Local Kauai chefs are serving up delicacies with cacao including pupus, main dishes and desserts with recommended wine pairings.

Tastings will be presented by St. Regis Princeville Resort chefs Frederic Hoffmann and Heather Campbell, chef Ron Varr of Destination Events, chef Judy Capertina of Haole Girl Island Sweets, chef Erin Keller of The Local Kauai, chef Janice McKeachern of Farmcook Kauai, and chef Ron Miller of Hukilau Lanai.

Tickets are available online or at Princeville Community Center for $90 in advance with limited space.

Info: savorwineandchocolate.org or 240-2670.

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