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2024 SHFM Foundation Gala

November 11

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2024 SHFM Foundation Gala


Please join us for the 2024 SHFM Foundation Gala, which will raise funds to support the important programs of the Foundation. It will be an evening filled with conversation and culinary delights with your SHFM community.

This is the essence of the SHFM Foundation, where long-time and new friends alike share great food, while raising money and awareness for those who need it the most.

If your organization is interested in donating an item to the Silent Auction benefitting the SHFM Foundation, please complete this form. The auction raises funds to promote and educate college students on the merits of onsite foodservice and hospitality.

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Monday, November 11, 2024


Inside Park at St. Bart's
325 Park Ave
New York, NY 10022


Opening soon!

Meet the Chef

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Chef Opal Poullard
C E C ® - C C E ® - W S E T I I - U S A F V E T E R A N

Chef Opal Poullard, a two-time Food Network ‘Chopped’ Champion, is a Certified Executive Chef and Certified Culinary Educator through the American Culinary Federation. Chef Opal also carries a Professional Chef 1 certification through the Culinary Institute of America and Level 2 Award in Wines through the Wine and Spirit Education Trust in addition to her Bachelor of Arts degree in Hospitality Management. Her broad knowledge of Culinary comes from her passion to learn from various cultures when traveling around the world including Italy, Spain, England & France. While serving overseas for 7 years in Asia living in both Okinawa, Japan and South Korea, she spent her free time learning more about the food and culture in those locations.

After many years abroad and multiple deployments, she served as an Enlisted Aide to various high profile Generals leading to her selection as an Advanced Culinary Instructor at Fort Gregg-Adams. While there she trained over 300 Military Chefs that work for General Officers, The Pentagon and White House. Her prestigious accolades led to her selection by the First Lady of the United States of America, Dr. Jill Biden to be a Guest Chef at the White House in 2023.

Chef Opal currently serves as the Vice President of the American Culinary Federation Old Dominion Chapter, as well as an Evaluator, certifying Chefs across America.

Post retirement after 20 years in the US Air Force, Chef Opal owns a culinary consulting business, Chef Opal LLC.


November 11

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