Kapalua Maui Charities recently donated $5,000 to the Maui Culinary Academy. The organization made the gift on behalf of the 34th annual Kapalua Wine & Food Festival, which was held June 13-15.
More than 3,500 wine and food connoisseurs came together during the event to celebrate, learn and commune about viniculture and culinary trends. The proceeds raised during the festival will be used for the education of aspiring culinary artists who attend MCA, which is a division of University of Hawaii Maui. “The generous funds from Kapalua Maui Charities will be used to enhance and enrich the educational environment at our Academy in addition to providing much needed scholarship support for deserving students,” said Chris Speere, External Coordinator of the Maui Culinary Academy program.
“The recent 34th annual Kapalua Wine & Food Festival activities that featured the culinary talents of uber skilled and creative Chef’s from Maui’s top restaurants and resorts was a tremendously beneficial and exciting educational endeavor for our Academy’s students,” said Speere. “It is so important for our students to witness Maui Chefs celebrating, sharing and sustaining Hawaii’s unique food traditions by utilizing wonderfully grown food products through numerous special recipes that showcase the diversity of our islands harvest. Our Academy is honored to be a part of the Kapalua Wine & Food Festival weekend as it serves as a priceless educational experience for our MCA students with added and special pride for our entire Maui community.”
Ryan Churchill, the president of Kapalua Maui Charities, said the organization is happy to provide financial assistance to support the Academy and their efforts at developing future chefs. “The Kapalua Wine & Food Festival provides a rare opportunity for the culinary students to meet and connect with some of the top Chefs from the mainland and Hawaii,” he said.
This year’s event had record ticket sales and attendance; more than 3,000 bottles of wines and spirits were sampled throughout the weekend. The 2015 Festival is scheduled for June 11-14. Tickets are projected to be on sale after Jan. 15, 2015; Kama’aina tickets will be offered for a limited time. Additional ticket information can be found at Kapaluawineandfoodfestival.com.
Photo courtesy Kapalua Wine & Food Festival