Christmas with the Chefs celebrates 30th year

  • Seven Hawaii Community College-Palamanui students received scholarships at Saturday’s Christmas with the Chefs. Pictured left to right are ACF Kona Kohala Chefs Association Scholarship Chairperson Patti Kimball, “George" Vichadach Chotikawan, Thomas Elarco, Lily Frazier, Daine Lagpacan, Alice Petriyenko, Deanna Marks, Alma Gorali and Palamani Culinary Program Coordinator Paul Heerlein. (Courtesy / Kirk Shorte)
  • Palamanui culinary students Blossom Kuanoni, left and Lily Frazier prepare smoked pork belly for the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel booth at Christmas with the Chefs Saturday night at King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

KAILUA-KONA — Over 500 foodies gathered on the King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel lawn and luau grounds Saturday night for the 30th Annual Christmas With the Chefs.

The annual fundraiser benefits local culinary students attending Hawaii Community College —Palamanui and members of the Kona Kohala Chefs wanting to further their education. The silent auction is a benefit for the Palamanui culinary program through the American Culinary Federation Kona Kohala Chefs and Jean Hull Endowment fund.

Members of the ACF Kona Kohala Chefs Association delighted attendees with 32 stations filled with plates of expertly prepared savory cuisine and delectable holiday treats — all accompanied by handcrafted ales, choice wines, rum and 100 percent Kona coffee.