The 2018 G Fund & Big Fin Fundraiser Friday, November 9th
In partnership with The Big Fin, the 2nd Annual Fundraiser has been scheduled for Friday, November 9th. We hope you will be able to join us for food, fun, drinks, and incredible auction items. Proceeds from this year's event will benefit students at Valencia as well as graduating seniors from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL. Hope you will be able to join us and help these students with their educational dreams.
Battle of The Chefs
2018 & 19 will bring additional events for you to be able to attend and support The G Fund and students in need. In partnership with The K Restaurant, Chef Ryan, and other local chefs and purveyors, we will be starting our annual Battle of The Chefs.
2017-2018 Giovanni Villanueva Memorial Scholarships Awarded
March 29, 2018 - Thanks to all of our generous donations for our 2017 fundraiser and congratulations to our 2018 awards. This year we were able to award 3 scholarships to Valencia College culinary students.
Quotes from letters of thanks of the recipients:
Recipient 1: "I am very honored and tremendously touched to be awarded the Giovanni Villanueva Memorial Scholarship. As a member of the Baking & Pastry program at Valencia, we all knew and respected Giovanni as a person, student, and friend. He was very passionate about the culinary field and loved every minute in the kitchen."
Recipient 2: "My lifelong dream of culinary school is moving forward, thanks to generous educational scholarships like yours. My passion for food is matched only by my love for learning, so my decision to specialize in training others comes from the heart. I am committed to my education and the culinary field."
Recipient 3: "I wish to honestly and earnestly thank you from the bottom of my heart for this enormous gift you have given me. Having this support truly helps me feel reassured in pursuing my dreams of the Culinary Arts and furthers my hopes for my future."
K Restaurant adds Giovanni's Mozambique to the Menu
November 10, 2017 - K Restaurant, 1710 Edgewater Dr, Orlando, FL 32804, put a special dish on their menu for 1 week and donated 10% of the proceeds to The G Fund. Mozambique was one of Giovanni's favorite dish and Chef de Cuisine Ryan McLaughlin made the best version that I have ever tried. During the time that it was on the menu Scott Joseph, Orlando Food Critic stopped in and loved the dish. https://www.scottjosephorlando.com/reviews/recent-reviews/51-american/4110-k-restaurant-wine-bar
The 2017 G Fund & Big Fin Fundraiser
November 8, 2017 - Big Fin Seafood Kitchen hosted our first annual fundraiser. With donations from local companies we were able to raise enough money to fund the Giovanni Villanueva Memorial Scholarship. Thanks to our donors, attendees, and participants in the auction for your generous support.