HCC’s Food & Beverage Team Brings Holiday Cheer to Island Nursing Home

Helene Fernandez dances hula for the residents of Island Nursing Home.

The Hawai`i Convention Center’s Food & Beverage Department joined together to give back to the community this holiday season.  Bill Lile, Ben Balberdi, Gail Nakayama, Helene Fernandez, Liane Marciel, Mia Youth, and Jose Enguito sang Christmas carols, played the ukulele, and danced hula for the residents of Island Nursing Home.

Jingle bell leis, ornaments, and crafts were provided to the residents so everyone could get into the holiday spirit.  A great time was had by all!  The F&B Team looks forward to another community service event in December 2012.

HCC’s Food & Beverage Team shares their many musical talents with the community this holiday season.

Jingle bell lei and ornaments got everyone into the holiday spirit.

A Taste of Something New

The full flavor of the Hawai`i Convention Center has been on display this fall, with new food and beverage options heating up our taste buds.

We have launched “808 Coffees Cafe,” a stand-alone outlet featuring a selection of coffees from Hawai`i (home to the only major coffee-growing region in the U.S.)  This will include a variety of popular Kona coffees, as well as the wonderful flavors of coffees grown on Kauai, Maui, and the North Shore of Oahu.

808 Coffees Cafe features coffee and snacks from around Hawai`i.

For years our chefs have featured a variety of delicious Hawai`i-grown products – especially fruits and vegetables – keeping our menus as local as possible.  As part of this effort, we are introducing a special section to our banquet menus called “808 Island Selections.”

“808 Island Selections” will cover all meal periods and feature ingredients that are almost exclusively (about 90 percent) sourced from Hawai`i.  This will expand our offerings of locally raised and farmed beef, pork, and dairy, as well as more specialty products, including nuts, olives, coffees, beers, and wines.

Meeting planners from across the country are taking notice.  Read more about our new offerings in “Serving Up Aloha,” on page 17 of Hawai`i Hospitality’s July/August issue, as well as “Goodbye Rubber Chicken, Hello Finger Lickin” on page 53 of Smart Meetings Magazine’s June issue.

The line moves quickly at the 808 Coffees Cafe, located on the 3rd floor concourse at the Hawai`i Convention Center.

CHEST 2011 attendees enjoy a break and some coffee and snacks from the 808 Coffees Cafe.