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Governor’s Culinary Challenge benefits Thea

(Left to right) Ben E. Keith (Little Rock Division) General Manager Rusty Mathis; Thea Executive Director Paul Leopoulos; ACF (central Arkansas region) President and Dean of the Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute at Pulaski Technical College, Todd Gold; Simply the Best Catering owner, Rob Best; and Director of the Culinary Arts and Hospitality Institute at Pulaski Technical College, Renee Smith met for a check presentation in mid-July.
(Left to right) Ben E. Keith (Little Rock Division) General Manager Rusty Mathis; Thea Executive Director Paul Leopoulos; ACF (central Arkansas region) President and Dean of the Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute at Pulaski Technical College, Todd Gold; Simply the Best Catering owner, Rob Best; and Director of the Culinary Arts and Hospitality Institute at Pulaski Technical College, Renee Smith met for a check presentation in mid-July.

The Thea Foundation announces a donation of $6,637.77 has been received from the American Culinary Federation (ACF), sponsor of the first annual Governor’s Culinary Challenge which took place during the federation’s central regional four-day conference this past spring.

Pre-conference, the ACF’s central region members selected Thea as the beneficiary of the new fundraiser held during the spring at the Capital Hotel.

The Governor’s Culinary Challenge exhibited gourmet bites from celebrated chefs the likes of Mark Abernathy, Gilbert Alaquinez, Joel Antunes, Peter Brave, Stephen Burrow, Brian Deloney, Donnie Ferneau, Jason Knapp, Capi Peck, and Lee Richardson. Governor and First Lady Beebe were in attendance, as well as other local celebrities such as Mike Ross, Christina Muñoz, and Chris Olsen.

Members of the ACF visited the Thea Foundation on July 15 to present a check to commemorate the success of the philanthropic event. In attendance were ACF (central Arkansas region) President and Dean of the Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute at Pulaski Technical College, Todd Gold; Ben E. Keith (Little Rock Division) General Manager, Rusty Mathis; Simply the Best Catering owner, Rob Best; and Director of the Culinary Arts and Hospitality Institute at Pulaski Technical College, Renee Smith.

For more information, visit www.governorsculinarychallenge.com or call 379-9512.

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