SPC Hospitality Students Race Armadillos While Raising Funds
St. Philip's College Tourism, Hospitality and Culinary Arts students and faculty attended the Les Dames de Escoffier: A Lone Star Afternoon with Aaron Franklin industry goodwill event https://www.lonestarafternoon.com/ with 600 guests---and several armadillos---Oct. 1 at Don Strange Ranch in the Texas Hill Country town of Welfare.
The group of nine---four students and five faculty members---included SPC students Angela Lopez, Alicia Arzate, Deborah Weiss and Briana Clair and faculty members Mary Kunz with Chefs Cindy De La Fuente, Patrick Brown, Cris Goloby and Johnny Stewart. The faculty and students represented SPC by networking and participating in armadillo racing with members of the San Antonio chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier International.
“Our college was one of the event sponsors for this amazing organization of business professionals who have provided scholarships and inspiration to our students,” said Kunz. “It was a fun event in the sunshine of a fine afternoon,” said Kunz. “As three lanes were placed over artificial turf that was rolled out, we were each given gloves after Chef Brown was the first to volunteer. I sat my armadillo down and patted him to get him going,” Kunz said.
The students learned through attending the event mixer and visited several hors d'oeuvres stations before attending a lecture and book singing with distinguished guest barbecue Chef Aaron Franklin. The students observed separate silent and live auctions that fund such educational purposes as scholarships, and a 50-foot-long table of member-baked specialty pies during A Lone Star Afternoon. They learned the San Antonio chapter members have been crucial to both the success and professional development of many SPC students through the years, Kunz explained.
Minako Miyamoto (SPC ’17) attended the college with the support of a scholarship for study in culinary professions from the members of the San Antonio chapter. The international association of women with successful careers in food, beverage, hospitality, nutrition and agriculture annually gives back in the communities they serve by assisting hospitality professionals on the rise through scholarships, education, advocacy and philanthropy. Miyamoto became one of the college’s latest beneficiaries of the association’s generosity---and wisdom---in 2016. She graduated in 2017 with certificates in culinary studies and catering management, and her degree in culinary arts, along with wisdom imparted by the association members.
“In reality, without the Les Dames scholarship it was going to be very difficult to continue to study and accomplish my goal,” Miyamoto shared earlier in 2017. “As an international student, I had to abandon the opportunity to work without pay during my excellent college practicum. So, I was deeply thankful for this scholarship," said Miyamoto. "It was an honor to have been recognized for a scholarship award by a worldwide society of professional women leaders in the fields of food, fine beverage and hospitality. It was very meaningful to have been selected by a society of women of influence, who are and have been dedicated to excellence. I had more opportunities to meet and know professional women, and this inspired me to excel in my career,” said Miyamoto.
“Promotion as a leadership skill was something I learned about from my Les Dames scholarship experiences,” Miyamoto said with a smile.
CAPTION: St. Philip's College hospitality professions students and faculty attending the Les Dames de Escoffier: A Lone Star Afternoon with Aaron Franklin fundraising event with 600 guests---and several armadillos---Oct. 1 at Don Strange Ranch included faculty member and guest volunteer armadillo racer Chef Patrick Brown (at right). (Courtesy image)