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ACF Taste of Art Supports Scholarship Programs



The St. Paul College team of (left to right) Sara Dooley, Juan Hernandez, Ernesha Hooks and Teng Tau is all smiles after taking first place.

In what was the sweetest of battles, culinary students from four local programs wielded piping bags of Italian buttercream and whipped ganache as they hurriedly finished their cupcakes before time was called. 

As part of the Cupcake Wars-style competition during the Minneapolis ACF Chapter’s Taste of Art event, the students were competing for a share of $5,000 in scholarship money. Judging the finished products for taste, texture and degree of difficulty, chefs John Kraus of Patisserie 46 and Paul Johnson of Target Field, along with FSN Managing Editor Laura Michaels, awarded first place to the St. Paul College team of Sara Dooley, Juan Hernandez, Ernesha Hooks and Teng Tau for its ginger peach and chocolate mint cupcakes.

In second place and winning the People’s Choice vote was the Hubert H. Humphrey Job Corps team of Eric Herring, Zach Frederickson and Hannah Geidl. Third place went to Abby Updyke, Candy Wilson, Wanda Nunoz and Joy Rux of Le Cordon Bleu. The Hennepin Tech team of Miranda Earley, Danny Nguyen and Jessica Mayer took fourth.

Held June 14, the sixth annual Taste of Art brought hundreds of guests out to the Doubletree Hilton in St. Louis Park to support both the Minneapolis ACF and Partnership Resources Inc., which provides various services and employment opportunities to adults with disabilities. The ACF uses money raised from the silent and live auctions and raffles to operate the chapter, offer continuing education and provide scholarships throughout the year. 

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