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Sold out Big Island Chocolate Festival benefits Palamanui’s $1 million ‘Equip the Kitchen’

<p>Chef Patti Kimball oversees the savory mole bar. Prepared by Hawaii Community College West Hawaii students, the bar offered choices of beef, chicken and tofu at the Big Island Chocolate Festival on March 23. Taking first place in the college competition in chocolate desserts, held early on Saturday, was University of Hawaii Maui College, followed by Hawaii Community College-West Hawaii and Hawaii Community College-East Hawaii. PHOTO COURTESY OF SHORTINI PHOTOGRAPHY FOR NHN</p>

Chef Patti Kimball oversees the savory mole bar. Prepared by Hawaii Community College West Hawaii students, the bar offered choices of beef, chicken and tofu at the Big Island Chocolate Festival on March 23. Taking first place in the college competition in chocolate desserts, held early on Saturday, was University of Hawaii Maui College, followed by Hawaii Community College-West Hawaii and Hawaii Community College-East Hawaii. PHOTO COURTESY OF SHORTINI PHOTOGRAPHY FOR NHN

<p>A Fairmont Orchid culinary team member prepares the Best Savory and People’s Choice winner. Taste-off judges included eight, off-island chefs: chocolate consultant Stanton Ho, George Mavrothalassitis of Chef Mavro restaurant, Bret Pafford of Gannon’s restaurant, Abigail Langlas of Cakeworks, Christopher Speere of the University of Hawaii Maui College, Rhonda Ashton-Chavez of Four Seasons Maui at Wailea, Orly Yadao of Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort &amp; Spa and David Brown of Kapiolani Community College. (PHOTO COURTESY OF SHORTINI PHOTOGRAPHY FOR NHN)</p>

A Fairmont Orchid culinary team member prepares the Best Savory and People’s Choice winner. Taste-off judges included eight, off-island chefs: chocolate consultant Stanton Ho, George Mavrothalassitis of Chef Mavro restaurant, Bret Pafford of Gannon’s restaurant, Abigail Langlas of Cakeworks, Christopher Speere of the University of Hawaii Maui College, Rhonda Ashton-Chavez of Four Seasons Maui at Wailea, Orly Yadao of Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa and David Brown of Kapiolani Community College. (PHOTO COURTESY OF SHORTINI PHOTOGRAPHY FOR NHN)

<p>The Fairmont-Orchid, Hawaii swept the awards at the sold-out Big Island Chocolate Festival March 23. The Fairmont’s culinary team earned three “bests,” winning Best Savory and Best Sweet (plated dessert), and took the People’s Choice Award for their savory offering of a Cocoa-Dusted Spicy Ahi Cone with Orange Shiso Mayo, Truffle Orange Vinaigrette and Goat Cheese. Other winners were Elena Chocolate for Best Bon Bon and Madre Chocolate for Best Bean to Bar. Twenty different chefs and chocolatiers vied in the festival taste-off that was critiqued by a team of eight judges.</p><p>The event benefited the $1 million “Equip the Kitchen” campaign for the future Hawaii Community College-Palamanui and efforts to build a community amphitheater at the Waldorf-inspired Kona Pacific Public Charter School in Kealakekua. (PHOTO COURTESY OF SHORTINI PHOTOGRAPHY FOR NHN)</p>

The Fairmont-Orchid, Hawaii swept the awards at the sold-out Big Island Chocolate Festival March 23. The Fairmont’s culinary team earned three “bests,” winning Best Savory and Best Sweet (plated dessert), and took the People’s Choice Award for their savory offering of a Cocoa-Dusted Spicy Ahi Cone with Orange Shiso Mayo, Truffle Orange Vinaigrette and Goat Cheese. Other winners were Elena Chocolate for Best Bon Bon and Madre Chocolate for Best Bean to Bar. Twenty different chefs and chocolatiers vied in the festival taste-off that was critiqued by a team of eight judges.

The event benefited the $1 million “Equip the Kitchen” campaign for the future Hawaii Community College-Palamanui and efforts to build a community amphitheater at the Waldorf-inspired Kona Pacific Public Charter School in Kealakekua. (PHOTO COURTESY OF SHORTINI PHOTOGRAPHY FOR NHN)

A Fairmont Orchid culinary team member prepares the Best Savory and People’s Choice winner. Taste-off judges included eight, off-island chefs: chocolate consultant Stanton Ho, George Mavrothalassitis of Chef Mavro restaurant, Bret Pafford of Gannon’s restaurant, Abigail Langlas of Cakeworks, Christopher Speere of the University of Hawaii Maui College, Rhonda Ashton-Chavez of Four Seasons Maui at Wailea, Orly Yadao of Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa and David Brown of Kapiolani Community College. (PHOTO COURTESY OF SHORTINI PHOTOGRAPHY FOR NHN)

Chef Patti Kimball oversees the savory mole bar. Prepared by Hawaii Community College West Hawaii students, the bar offered choices of beef, chicken and tofu at the Big Island Chocolate Festival on March 23. Taking first place in the college competition in chocolate desserts, held early on Saturday, was University of Hawaii Maui College, followed by Hawaii Community College-West Hawaii and Hawaii Community College-East Hawaii. PHOTO COURTESY OF SHORTINI PHOTOGRAPHY FOR NHN

The Fairmont-Orchid, Hawaii swept the awards at the sold-out Big Island Chocolate Festival March 23. The Fairmont’s culinary team earned three “bests,” winning Best Savory and Best Sweet (plated dessert), and took the People’s Choice Award for their savory offering of a Cocoa-Dusted Spicy Ahi Cone with Orange Shiso Mayo, Truffle Orange Vinaigrette and Goat Cheese. Other winners were Elena Chocolate for Best Bon Bon and Madre Chocolate for Best Bean to Bar. Twenty different chefs and chocolatiers vied in the festival taste-off that was critiqued by a team of eight judges.

The event benefited the $1 million “Equip the Kitchen” campaign for the future Hawaii Community College-Palamanui and efforts to build a community amphitheater at the Waldorf-inspired Kona Pacific Public Charter School in Kealakekua. (PHOTO COURTESY OF SHORTINI PHOTOGRAPHY FOR NHN)