HCC Culinary Arts program displays taste of talent at Houston Texans fundraiser

Nov 4, 2015

Set in a gorgeous gold display of decadence, chocolate truffles created by the Houston Community College Culinary Arts program, shined at the Taste of the Texans. The small yet powerful confections such as “Fired Up”, “Spicy Bacon”, “Full of Passion”, and “Hot Ginger” were filled with unique combinations of flavors and delivered some sweet competition against 25 of the top restaurants in Houston.

“We worked on the dessert menu for several months testing out recipes,” said Suzette Brimmer, chair of the Consumer Arts & Sciences Center of Excellence. “The community gets to learn about us and what we do at HCC. A fine example is the gold table scape which was created by Fashion Design Professors Alex Chapman and Vi Hua.”

HCC is the official education partner of the Houston Texans and the Culinary Arts students collaborated with Award-winning Pastry Chef, author and HCC Professor Eddy Van Damme to produce these culinary works of art.

”The flavor profiles were created along with their input because we wanted to ensure that the audience was really going to enjoy them,” said Van Damme. “We are excited that the students were a part of it.”

The Houston Texans Foundation fundraiser at NRG Stadium is in its seventh year. The event benefits the Houston Food Bank and supports patient care, education and research programs at Houston Methodist hospital.

“It’s a huge deal, especially for the community of Houston,” said Texans punter Shane Lechler. “To end hunger is the goal and I think we’ve raised $350,000 on this event already. It’s a step in the right direction for this city and country and I am proud to be a part of it.”

Robert Glaser, vice chair of the HCC Board of Trustees, appreciates the partnership with the Texans and the team’s long history of giving back to the community.

“We do that too at HCC. It is our goal to reach out to the many communities that are underserved in education and give them opportunities they may not have otherwise,” he said.

HCC Chancellor Dr. Cesar Maldonado was impressed with the turnout at the HCC dessert table and said, “to be part of this event and share the success of the HCC Culinary Arts program with the Houston Community is a fantastic opportunity for us to communicate the value of what we do.”

In case you are wondering, Chancellor Maldonado’s favorite truffle was “Fired Up” which is filled with chipotle raspberry.

For information about the Culinary Arts Program at HCC and other programs offered, visit hccs.edu/programs.



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