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The Palm Fiesta Pin…

SPC and The Palm Restaurant celebrate the 5th Anniversary of a Fiesta-themed scholarship fundraising partnership
The Palm Restaurant

The Palm Fiesta Pin Unveiling

Winners were announced as St. Philip’s College and The Palm celebrated the fifth anniversary of a Fiesta-themed scholarship fundraising partnership---The Palm Restaurant 2017 Fiesta Pin Unveiling event---April 13 in The Palm.

Since 2013, The Palm team and St. Philip’s College conduct an art contest, a culinary contest and a silent auction scholarship benefit event. As a result, the source of Palm Fiesta medal designs are submissions from St. Philip's College students, and all medal sales go to the St. Philip’s College Presidential Scholarship Program. In 2016, The Palm management team enhanced the event, introducing a culinary contest where the dessert and appetizer on the special menu for the charity event consists of student entries The Palm management-select and staff-prepare from the most outstanding submissions of competing hospitality program students. Medal competition contestants for 2017 were Josie Carrillo, Zihan Zhao, Alicia Goolsby, Alejandro Cabrera, Elizabeth Luis (two entries) and Lauren Estrada. Dessert and appetizer competition contestants for 2017 were members of college faculty member Chef Patrick Costello’s class. All awaited the verdict of The Palm April 13, explained Dr. Paul Machen, the college’s dean of student success. Prizes were awarded for medal contestants in the first-place ($1,000), second place ($500), third place ($250), fourth place ($100 book voucher) and additional contestants ($50 book voucher) categories. Prizes were awarded for culinary contestants in the first-place ($1,000), second place ($50 book voucher), third and fourth places ($50 book voucher) categories.

The Fiesta Pin Unveiling project raised nearly $7,500 in 2017, and requires considerable inquiry on behalf of each student entrant into The Palm brand before determining appropriate art, desserts and appetizers, Machen shared. After finalists were announced, donors received winning medals over light appetizers and light beverages for the evening for a suggested $25 cash-or-check donation, with a tax-exempt cash-or-check silent auction funding the St. Philip’s College Presidential Scholarship Program. Recipients participate in structured community engagement activities and meet with the president of the college for mentoring opportunities. By order-of-finish, here’s the list of finish for the 2017 events:

The Palm Restaurant 02 The Palm Restaurant 01
Palm Medal Design | Alejandro Cabrera (first place; pictured in photo 1), Elizabeth Luis—Design 1 (second place; pictured in photo 1), Lauren Estrada (third place; pictured in photo 1), Elizabeth Luis—Design 2 (fourth place), Alicia Goolsby (Not pictured), Josie Carrillo and Zihan Zhao (additional medal design participants; pictured in photo 2)
The Palm Restaurant 03 The Palm Restaurant 04
Culinary Recipe | Yolanda Guerra (first place, Avocado Lime Mousse; pictured in photo 1) Yolanda Guerra (second place, Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake), Sabrina Garza (third place, Prosciutto Cups with Goat Cheese Mousse, Mostarda, and Arugula) and Ryan Harper (fourth place)

For details on the college's fifth anniversary Fiesta pin unveiling partnership observance with The Palm, contact Dr. Paul Machen at 210-486-2157,