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2020 Fall Event Sponsor Letter
Annual Fall Event 2020 Fundraiser with local Chef Erik Pastora
Chef Erik Pastora
Head Chef Instructor: Culinary Arts
Los Angeles Harbor College
Erik Pastora graduated from Los Angeles Trade Technical College with an Associate in Arts degree in Culinary Arts. He is currently working as Head Chef Instructor at Los Angeles Harbor College teaching Advance Gard manger, and Classic and Contemporary cuisine. He loves to share his passion of cooking with his students and the community.
Erik’s love for the kitchen began as a young boy learning how to make cupcakes from his older sister. He eventually took over the enterprise. As he got older he moved from the sweets to the savory side of the kitchen. He then decided to serve in the United States Marine Corps as a Food Service Specialist. Where he finished his Basic Foodservice certificate at Fort Lee, Virginia in 2003. After his military service he attended Culinary Art School at Los Angeles Trade Technical College. Right out of culinary school he landed a job at M’Dears Desserts Bakery & Bistro were he learned the passion and love of Soul food. He was then hired as a community service teacher at Los Angeles Harbor College. While still working at Los Angeles Harbor College he has had stints working at the Playboy Mansion as a banquet Chef, King’s Hawaiian, and most recently at Avalon Villa Care Center as Head Dietary Chef. He trained staff on dietary guidelines, and introduced staff to fresh ingredients to serve to the guest. Today you can find him as the Head Chef Instructor at the school’s Harbor Bistro serving the community and students of the South bay area.
Annual Fall Event 2020 Fundraiser with "Spirits Expert", Melanie Bullock of MB Craft Cocktails.
Melanie first began mixing drinks as part of a much needed break from her life as a marketing executive. Wanting a creative outlet from the daily grind of entrepreneurship, she decided to pursue taking a bartending course to learn how to make cocktails as a hobby and as a way to entertain friends. However, this hobby developed into a passion, so much so that this executive decided to take a part-time job at a local wine retailer to learn more about the wine and spirits industry. This decision led Melanie to become a “Spirits Expert” and also led to a collaboration with Total Wine to create a special SoCal release of Maker’s Mark. During 2020, Melanie turned her passion for creating cocktails into a business and launched MB Craft Cocktails. She now teaches cocktail classes, creates craft cocktails for private events, and collaborates with restaurants on bar designs and cocktail recipes. Melanie has also created an online FB community with over 500 diverse people from across the county that share a love of creating cocktails.
You can find Melanie on FB and Instagram @MBCraftCocktails or you can join her FB community by searching FB Groups @CraftedCocktails.