NMTech students serve Thanksgiving meal at Guma Esperanza


Northern Marianas Technical Institute faculty and staff, including Ben Babauta, right, chef Inas Hocog, back left, Wendell Posadas, far left, along with Guma Esperanza’s Lori Ogumoro next to Babauta, are seen with the Thanksgiving feast cooked up by six culinary arts NMTech students last Nov. 23 at the NMTech facility in Lower Base. (CONTRIBUTED PHOTO)

The Culinary Arts students at the Northern Marianas Technical Institute served up a Thanksgiving meal to Karidat’s Guma Esperanza shelter, or House of Hope, last Wednesday at the NMTech facility in Lower Base.

The six students who whipped up the feast were supervised by NMTech Culinary Arts instructor, chef Inas Hocog.

The full meal included ham donated by I Sanhalom Laguna Anglers Association, or ISLA, cooked with pineapple juice and brown sugar, mashed potatoes, sauteed vegetable medley with garlic, traditional stuffing, and a sauce made from ham au jus and pineapple juice.

“It’s the holiday season and NMtech is giving back to the community. The NMtech culinary arts students have prepared a delicious meal to donate to Karidat and Guma Esperansa. The students started in August and in the three months have learned basic cooking skills. They participated in prepping the food for this event,” said NMTech in a statement.

The event helps NMtech teach its students to give back to the community and pass on the knowledge that cooking is not only a career but an opportunity to bring the community closer by using their knowledge and skills in the kitchen.

This is the second time that NMTech lifted the shelter’s women and children’s spirits during the Thanksgiving season, with the first Thanksgiving meal cooked up last year.

NMTech Culinary Arts, with the experience of skilled chefs, teaches the fundamentals, foundations, and basics about the culinary industry.

For more information about NMTech, visit its Lower Base campus, call (670) 235-6684, or go to nmtechcnmi.org/.

The Guma Esparanza was established in September 2001 and is a shelter for battered women and their children.

Leigh Gases
Leigh Gases is the youngest reporter of Saipan Tribune and primarily covers community related news, but she also handles the utilities, education, municipal, and veterans beats. Contact Leigh at leigh_gases@saipantribune.com.

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