ON SATURDAY evening, the Guam Humanities Council-sponsored Eat Your Heritage Tour concluded in grand style with a gala dinner for some 200 supporters at the Hyatt Regency Guam in Tumon.
Four of Guam’s premier chefs – Josef Budde from the Hyatt Regency, Peter Duenas from Meskla Chamorro Fusion, Paul Kerner from Guam Community College, and Geoffrey Perez from Proa Restaurant – joined forces with visiting Native American master chefs Lois Ellen Frank and Walter Whitewater to produce an exceptional five-course meal, combining techniques and ingredients from the desert southwest and the island of Guam.
The tour was designed to “explore the importance of environmental sustainability and its relationship to cultural preservation” and “help with the training of a new generation of chefs,” according to Kimberlee Kihleng, Ph.D., the executive director of the Guam Humanities Council.
“Food is sustenance. It has such cultural significance. It’s also about the environment, the land. It all comes together around food,” she said.
Proceeds from the event will go to support the activities of the Guam Humanities Council.