What do you get when you combine the culinary and presentation talents of the Baby Apple’s own Urs Schmid, Ross Warhol, Casey Gaido, Brian Robertson, Paco and Denise Vargas and Tikie Kriticos and Ector Moreno? An event that must be repeated.

One hundred and forty four guests, five incomparable chefs and owners of major Galveston businesses representing the restaurant industry joined forces to reintroduce the potent idea of the Galveston College Universal Access Fund Endowment and its impact on the economic development of the Island.

Galveston College Regents Armin Cantini and Karen Flowers and GC Foundation Director of Development Maria Tripovich met with Paul Gaido.

He dished up a clever idea for a novel way that his friends and friendly competitors might support the foundation.

It was an unprecedented two-night affair held in the Mary Moody Northen Building using the resources of the college and its Culinary Arts Program.

Gaido’s, Rudy and Paco’s, The San Luis, Moody Gardens and Olympia the Grill at Pier 21 tutored and trained GC culinary arts students for this year’s Le Beau Printemps event, which they would underwrite.

The business-education dinner was an intimate culinary experience in the proximity of the GC culinary arts kitchen. Le Beau Printemps will be an annual event growing significant partnerships between employers and higher education.

As a result of the Five Fabulous Chefs collaboration, Chef Ross Warhol, Exec Chef at Gaido’s Pelican Club, offered a full-time position to Tim Slater — after graduation from GC and his internship — at the renowned restaurant, which will reopen in April.

The deep and abiding friendships among respected competitors is a way to build business partnerships for the college and the future of our Baby Apple.

The Five Fabulous Chefs is an ingenious idea that promotes generosity and goodwill with great food and wine.

Birthday shoutouts

Easter egg babies are Jennifer Hansen Daugherty, Andrea Pieri Sunseri, John Kinard, Kip Stubbs, Donald Borsellino, UTMB’s Lori Wiseman, Lora-Marie Benard, Walter Bevers, Craig Eiland, Carolyn Callas, Divafaves Dr. Jim Grant, Mary Ekelund and T.J. Aulds.

Frances Powell is a columnist for The Daily News. Send deets ’n’ pix of your parteez ’n’ proceedings to divascenes@aol.com or call 409-744-6540.

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