Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Where there's food there's fire!
Firefighters, clockwise from front left, Justin Sato, David Gromley, Alan Castillo and Makani Stanley await guests at the 3rd annual Signature Chefs Food Festival hosted by the Honolulu Firefighters Foundation.
The Honolulu Firefighters Foundation hosted its 3rd annual Signature Chefs Food Festival Oct. 12, at the Honolulu Fire Department at 636 South St.
A number of Honolulu's top chefs served up food worthy of real men, and the firefighters themselves showed off their vaunted cooking skills by serving up a couple of firehouse specialties, a slow-cooked Beef Mélange with carrots, celery and potatoes covered with vine-ripened tomato purée, and kiawe-infused smoked pork with onions. Double yum! I was told these were recipes from fire chief Kenneth Silva.
In addition to restaurant participation, students representing the Culinary Institute of the Pacific at Kapiolani Community College, and Farrington High School’s Aloha Learning Center, also offered dishes.
Before entering the food tents, guests were able to bid on a silent auction, with such prizes as hotel stays, golf sessions, and paddleboards.
Funds raised from the event will benefit HFF's mission to promote, educate and support public safety. This includes installing more than 1,500 smoke alarms free of charge in senior citizen homes throughout Oahu.
Funds raised will also help support programs that enhance the HFD’s historic preservation, and provide recognition and charitable assistance to individuals who have dedicated their lives to the HFD.
People wondered why I was dressed for early Halloween in a black ribcage dress. I had a quick sampling before heading off to the Miss Vamp pageant at Hawaii Theatre.