As the season of giving and gratitude is upon us, the HRAEF would like to take this opportunity to thank and acknowledge some of our dedicated volunteers who have donated their time, professional expertise and in-kind items to help further our mission over the past month.
Mahalo to our new advisory board member David Gutierrez, Founder of Amplifire Marketing Agency, for his generous donation of a Go Pro! The Educational Foundation has had a Go Pro on our wish list for awhile so we are so thankful for David’s generosity. This camera will allow us to create Culinary and Restaurant Management training videos which we will then pass along to our ProStart schools to use in their classrooms. We’ve already built the framework for this project so this is just what we needed to bring it to life. Mahalo, also, to the Culinary Dept at Kapi‘olani Community College for offering to provide volunteer chefs to help us make the videos! Stay tuned for more on this exciting project.
Mahalo to volunteer Malen Gage from Senia Restaurant for volunteering to be a mentor & resource for our high school ProStart culinary instructors! Malen is using her vast industry know-how to work with multiple high schools within our program. She will help them with any parts of the textbook they may need assistance teaching and to inspire the students by sharing her experiences in the industry. It is volunteers like her who make the work we do possible.
The HRAEF was fortunate to have the opportunity to be represented at the “Celebration of Aloha for our Babies” fundraiser on December 9 at the Kaimana Beach Hotel. This event, organized by Caring for Hawai’I Neonates, is a cause close to our hearts and we thank them for the opportunity to participate. Along with Culinary instructor Elise Miura, the ProStart students at Castle High School baked 275 fresh cookies for us to hand out at the event. Mahalo to everyone who made it possible for us to participate in this event including the Apprentices of the Hawai‘i Cook Apprentice Program at KCC – pictured below – who “bagged and tagged” all of the cookies!
Our last Mahalo goes to the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) for donating posters and other educational materials to the HRAEF which we are distributing to classrooms around the state! This is part of our effort to spruce up culinary classrooms and make them even more bright and fun environments with materials that promote culinary education and instill pride for the industry.
Lastly, the HRAEF is planning a Chili Cookoff as a fundraiser in early 2020. We’ll send out more details and date as soon as we know them but prepare for a fun-filled evening of competition and comradery with student-prepared chili dishes and locally-inspired recipes. If you would like to participate as a chef mentor to a school’s team or would like to donate ingredients, funds, or your time to help make this possible, please reach out to ProStart Coordinator Marcus Fikse at email@example.com