‘Q’uisine of Hearts Happens This Sunday

Eat your heart out in style—and to benefit keiki nutrition awareness—at the annual ‘Q’uisine of Hearts. Time is 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 10 at the Hilton Waikoloa Village.

Quisine Sunday

Enjoy a tantalizing bruschetta buffet, plus omelet and eggs benedict stations, offered by West Hawaii community college students. Attendees will be tempted with bite-sized, scrumptious specialties by local pastry chefs, bakers, chocolatiers and confectioners.

Culinary students at Kealakehe and Konawaena high schools will pour fresh-squeezed juices and smoothies. Kombucha—the fizzy, tea-like elixir with symbiotic microorganisms—will also be on tap, along with 100 percent Kona coffees, Mauna Kea Tea, handcrafted ales, champagne and wine.

Hilton’s award-winning pastry chef, Eddie Enjardo—who last year wowed the crowd with his decadent Three Hearts Desert— is serving a heart-shaped mousse made with Hawaii-sourced dark chocolate, ginger, oranges and macadamia nuts.

Debuting at this year’s event is Melissa Logan, new executive pastry chef at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai. Other culinary participants include Elena’s Chocolate, Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory, Tropical Dreams Ice Cream, Kailua Candy Company, Kimball’s Catering and Short n Sweet Bakery/Market/Café.

Serenading the scrumptious “eats” will be romantic piano music, including some of your favorite love songs. During the silent auction, bid for “sweetheart” floral arrangements, private catered dinners by top Big Isle chefs and tempting cookies and cakes prepared by culinary students.

Tickets, priced at $45 for adults and $20 for children aged 5 and up, are for sale at The Spoon Shop, Kona Wine Market and Clark Realty in Kona or at Tropical Dreams Ice Cream in Waimea. Tickets can be conveniently charged by phone at 808-329-2522 or purchased online at www.brownpapertickets.com.

‘Q’uisine of Hearts, sponsored by the ACF Kona Kohala Chefs Association, has a Chef and Child Foundation focus. The CCF team in Kona provides nutrition education annually to over 1,000 West Hawaii children and their families. In addition, CCF supports Green Tables, a farm and garden philanthropic initiative for children by Les Dames d’Escoffier Hawaii in Waimea.

For information, contact 808-333-5442.

‘Q’uisine of Hearts Benefits Keiki Nutrition Awareness

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with your special someone at the 18th annual ‘Q’uisine of Hearts, a satisfying brunch that annually benefits 2000 Kona-Kohala keiki through American Culinary Federation (ACF) Chef and Child nutrition awareness programs. Time is 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 10 at the Hilton Waikoloa Village.

Quisine

Enjoy a tantalizing bruschetta buffet, plus omelet and eggs benedict stations, offered by West Hawaii community college students. Attendees will be tempted with bite-sized pastry specialties by local pastry chefs, bakers, chocolatiers, ice cream and gelato makers. Also on tap is 100 percent Kona coffee, handcrafted ales, champagne and wine.

Serenading the scrumptious “eats” will be romantic piano music, including some of your favorite love songs. During the silent auction, bid for “sweetheart” floral arrangements, private catered dinners by top Big Isle chefs and tempting cookies and cakes prepared by culinary students.

Quisine of Hearts

Tickets, priced at $45 for adults and $20 for children aged 5 and up, will be available for purchase starting Dec. 21 at Kailua Candy Company and Kona Wine Market in Kona or at Tropical Dreams Ice Cream in Waimea. New this year, save by purchasing tickets online at brownpapertickets.com. Tickets can also be conveniently charged by phone at 808-329-2522.

‘Q’uisine of Hearts, sponsored by the ACF Kona Kohala Chefs Association, has a Chef and Child Foundation focus. The CCF team in Kona provides nutrition education to children and families. In addition, CCF supports Green Tables, a farm and garden philanthropic initiative for children by Les Dames d’Escoffier Hawaii in Waimea.

For information, contact 808-333-5442.

‘Q’uisine of Hearts Next Weekend – Tickets Still Available

Tickets are still available for ‘Q’uisine of Hearts—a delectable Valentine brunch Sunday, Feb. 12 at the Hilton Waikoloa Village from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Tickets, priced at $45 for adults and $20 for children aged 5-10, are for sale at Gourmet Chef’s Supply, Kailua Candy Company and Kona Wine Market in Kona or at Tropical Dreams Ice Cream in Waimea. Charge by phone at 808-329-2522.

‘Q’uisine of Hearts is presented by the ACF Kona Kohala Chefs Association as a benefit for local keiki nutrition awareness programs. It has been generously hosted by Hilton Waikoloa Village Resort for the last 17 years.

Debi Bishop, resort general manager, comments, “As an award-winning resort for families, Hilton Waikoloa Village is absolutely delighted to be a part of an event that benefits nutritional education programs for kids of all ages.  Executive Chef Charles certainly promotes the importance of a healthy balance of nutrition in what we serve every day at our resort.  In our continued support of ‘Q’uisine of Hearts, we are excited to help bolster the efforts of ACF in keeping our community and children healthy and well-nourished.”

The event offers a bountiful bruschetta buffet, custom omelet stations and eggs benedict—all prepared by the culinary students at Hawaii Community College-West Hawaii.  An array of handcrafted miniature desserts by local pastry chefs, bakers, chocolatiers and ice-cream makers are sure to please your special someone.

Sip champagne, wines, handcrafted ales, 100% Kona coffee, or tropical teas while enjoying tinkling on the keyboard by pianist Loren Wilken. A silent auction includes bidding on premier floral arrangements, plus intimate dinners and pupu parties prepared by local chefs.

For information, contact 808-333-5442.

Dessert Lovers Paradise – 17th Annual Quisine of Hearts

Coconut Divine Truffles. Lilikoi Mac Nut Cheesecake. White Chocolate-Dipped Double Fudge Brownie Pops. Cherry Supreme Ice Cream.

Calories don’t count at the 17th annual ‘Q’uisine of Hearts, a spectacular brunch that benefits several community nutrition awareness programs. Presented by the American Culinary Federation (ACF) Kona Kohala Chefs Assn., the fundraiser is 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 12 at the Hilton Waikoloa Village. Come hungry!

While innovative and mouth-watering desserts are definitely the draw at ‘Q’uisine, the culinary repast whets the sweet tooth with a sprawling bruschetta buffet stocked with breads, meats, cheeses and carefully crafted condiments arranged by West Hawaii community college culinary students. Also on tap are omelet and eggs benedict stations, wine, champagne and ales, plus piping hot coffee and tropical teas.

“Conceived to showcase the isle’s hard-working pastry chefs, bakers and confectioners—the event takes pride in delivering awe-inspiring delicacies that are infused with local products,” details Patti Kimball, event co-chair. “The undisputed high caliber of sweets is recognized through an annual critique performed by a trio of judges.”

Voted Best Dessert last year was the Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta with Waimea Strawberry Salad and Mai Tai Sauce by then Mauna Kea Beach Resort Pastry Chef Ross Alaimo. The mascarpone cheese and gelatin delicacy was delectable topped with fresh island fruit and an indulgent tropical sauce that hinted of pineapple and rum.

Up to 15 culinary stations annually vie for Best Dessert bragging rights to the delight of enthusiastic tasters. This year, Kailua Candy Company will be offering its scrumptious Kona Coffee Chocolate Dream, which earned third place in the professional division at the 2011 Kona Coffee Festival Recipe Contest.

Serenading the scrumptious “eats” will be romantic piano music by Loren Wilken, including some of your favorite love songs. During the silent auction, attendees can vote for their favorite “sweetheart” floral arrangement and bid to take it home. Other auction items include private catered dinners by top island chefs, take-home Valentine-themed desserts by student chefs and out-of-the-ordinary gifts and furnishings.

‘Q’uisine of Hearts annually benefits 2000 Kona-Kohala keiki through ACF Chef and Child Foundation (CCF) nutrition awareness programs. Activities include visiting 40 classes of second graders each year from January through May to lead keiki in creating nutritious Fabulous Fruit Kabobs and Smart Sandwiches.

“The CCF initiative also reaches youth through hands-on fun at the annual Waimea Healthy Keiki Fest and workshops at Kona’s annual Girls Exploring Math & Science (GEMS),” adds Carol Whitaker, event co-chair.

Additionally, ‘Q’uisine supports Green Tables, a farm and garden philanthropic initiative for children by Les Dames d’Escoffier Hawaii in Waimea. Through Green Tables, CCF supports students who are planting a school garden. It also provides funds for Choose My Plate brochures geared for teens and seniors.

Tickets, priced at $45 for adults and $20 for children aged 5-10 are for sale at Gourmet Chef’s Supply, Kailua Candy Company and Kona Wine Market in Kona or at Tropical Dreams Ice Cream in Waimea. Charge by phone at 808-329-2522.

For information, contact 808-333-5442.

‘Q’uisine of Hearts at the Hilton Waikoloa Village to Benefit Keiki Nutrition

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Show your support for local keiki nutrition awareness while pampering your special someone at ‘Q’uisine of Hearts on Sunday, Feb. 13. Produced by the ACF Kona Kohala Chefs Association, the annual Valentine brunch raises funds for several nutrition-themed programs in schools and community-wide events.

“We’re giving our children a gift that lasts a lifetime—healthy food choices,” emphasizes event founder Jean Hull, CCE, ACC of Kailua-Kona.

‘Q’uisine of Hearts offers a tantalizing bruschetta buffet plus omelet and eggs benedict stations. Also tempting attendees will be bite-sized pastry specialties by local pastry chefs, bakers, chocolatiers and ice cream makers. On tap will be 100 percent Kona coffee, handcrafted ales, champagne and wine.

Serenading the scrumptious “eats” will be romantic piano music, including some of your favorite love songs. During the silent auction, bid for “sweetheart” floral arrangements and private catered dinners by top Big Isle chefs.

Time is 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at Hilton Waikoloa Village, where the event has been hosted for 16 years. The Hilton is also donating a two-night stay for two and a $100 KPC dining certificate to the event. Attendees can bid on the package at ‘Q’usine’s auction.

Debi Bishop, general manager for Hilton Waikoloa Village, commented, “We are so pleased to be a part of ‘Q’uisine of Hearts, which has become a very notable tradition for the resort.  We also are honored to support this very worthwhile cause for our keiki, and commend ACF for making this such a successful and enjoyable event for all those involved.”

ACF’s local keiki nutrition awareness program targets second graders in public and private school classrooms who are presented the concept of “akamai” food choices and “steps for a healthier you.” In the Cooking for Kids sessions, sanitation is addressed and keiki assemble easy recipes before receiving a handout on appropriate food choices.

“We lead the second graders in two nutrition-themed activities,” details Hull, who leads the program guided by ACF’s national Chef and Child Foundation (CCF). “The students create Fabulous Fruit Kabobs dipped in yogurt and a Smart Sandwich using a protein, whole grain bread and veggies.”

Hull says Cooking for Kids visits about 50 classes annually, reaching about 1,400 elementary students. To date, it has instructed over 22,000 West Hawaii keiki!

In addition, the CCF initiative also promotes keiki nutrition awareness through annual events.  In January, the initiative models how to prepare a healthy breakfast for culinary students from five high schools during competition training at Konawaena High School.

In the spring, the outreach heads to Waimea for the annual Healthy Keiki Fest. Every fall, Hull and her team lead a nutritional activity and workshops for 300 fifth-graders through Girls Exploring Math & Science (GEMS) in Kona. New this year, ‘Q’uisine also supports Green Tables, a farm and garden philanthropic initiative for children by Les Dames d’Escoffier Hawaii in Waimea. Through Green Tables, CCF supports students who are planting a school garden.

At all events, local keiki get a handout on good nutrition guidelines customized for their age group, adds Hull.

Implementing West Hawaii keiki nutrition programs into the school curriculum is a labor of love for Hull. Her program, which garnered ACF national “Little Oscar Awards” in 2002, 2006, and 2008, is detailed on the web site of the ACF’s Chef and the Child Foundation: acfchefs.org.

‘Q’uisine of Hearts tickets are for sale and priced at $45 for adults and $20 for children aged 5-10. Purchase them by credit card at 808-329-2522 or at Chef’s Kitchen Supply and Kona Wine Market in Kona or at Tropical Dreams Ice Cream in Waimea.

For information, contact Jean Hull at 808-326-2350.