"A Gift for Ashley" Thanksgiving buffet - Nov. 27

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"A Gift for Ashley" Thanksgiving buffet - Nov. 27

by: Ken Stewart | .
The Guam Food Guy | .
published: November 19, 2013

The GCC Culinary Arts Program's HS249 (Advance Food Prep) is performing a Service Learning Project called "A Gift for Ashley", who was a former student and classmate in the culinary arts school. Her compelling story, excerpted from her Facebook page, follows:

"So it's true...our 20-year old sister/daughter, Ashley Renee Quitugua, who grew a passion for creating mouthwatering dishes from seemingly nothing, has cancer. She never was really interested in school, nothing ever peaked her curiosity before she became ill like culinary. It was unknown until one day, one of her instructors, a Chef, had to practically carry her to the nurse's office. Most days she stuck it out and forced herself to continue her classes until she felt faint, dizzy, and extremely nauseous. She finally had to pull out of the semester class, her dream of becoming a Chef had to be put on hold as her sickness has now made it too difficult to even sit during a lecture. Yes, she has been very sick and it turns out - it's cancer - and has spread like wildfire.

What kind of cancer? - Everyone is asking, and months ago we could have casually given it a name, as it could have been isolated in one area, then, but now that it is moving into/affecting her lungs, liver, and some of her bones - there isn't a single name. It's just an untreatable fast-acting cancer that we are hoping allows her to live well and happily for the 6 months to a year that the doctors are estimating she has left.

Please help Ashley fight this battle. Any amount will help greatly. On behalf of Ash, thank you in advance for your generous support and kindness."

Island Chamorro Thanksgiving Menu

Taro rolls; Yigo Cornbread; Lemai Salad w/lemai and Taro Chips Prawn Kelaguen w/Grilled Tatiyas; Crispy Calamari Salad

Scalloped Potatoes Au Gratin: Kamute (Sweet Potato) Souffle
Cornish Game Hen Ballontine, Cranberry Sauce Buerre Blanc
Reyeno Chamorro Stuffing
Peppercorn Crusted Pot Roast w/a Champignon Mushroom Demi Sauce
Squid Calamari Stuffed with Red Rice, Spinach and Chorizo Sausage Tomato Concasse
Lobster Mac & Smoked Cheddar Cheese Truffle Oil Drizzle

Pumpkin Mousse Latiya
Cranberry Lemon Bars & Tartlets
Tuba Haupia; Cassava Custard Cake

$20.00 per person - Cash Only
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
GCC Multi-Purpose Auditorium
11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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