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    Local Culinary Students Vie for Top Honors during the Fourth Annual Student Culinary Competition “Sweets by the Beach”

    Oxnard, CA – Students from four culinary academies in the Oxnard Union High School District (OUHSD) will put their culinary skills to the test at the Fourth Annual “Sweets by the Beach” Student Culinary Competition.  The event takes place on Tuesday May 7 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Mandalay Beach Resort, 2101 Mandalay Beach Road, Oxnard, CA.

    <span style=font family helvetica arial sans seriffont size 10pt>Roasted Almond Thumb Cookies Photo Credit Randolph Graham<span>

    Four groups consisting of two students who were selected from preliminary competitions within the Oxnard Union High School District, will create a dessert highlighting California Almonds, within one hour.  Local judges will be on hand to sample each entry to determine the winner. 

    The competition is a partnership between the OUHSD and the Embassy Suites by Hilton Mandalay Beach Resort.  “We are so proud to be part of this competition to help foster talents of young students and create an environment that embraces healthy competition,” stated Kirk Parks, Director of Food and Beverage, for the Embassy Suites by Hilton Mandalay Beach Resort.

    The community is invited to attend this free event and watch the competition.  For more information, call Mary Anne Rooney at 805-415-2787 or [email protected].

    About OUHSD

    The Oxnard Union High School District (OUHSD) serves Oxnard, Camarillo and Port Hueneme. Founded in 1905, the district currently operates 10 schools (seven comprehensive high schools, one continuation high school, one middle college school and one adult school). More than 300,000 residents live within district, which employs over 700 teachers and oversees the education of over 20,000 students with an annual operating budget of over $170 million.

    About VCCA

    The Ventura County Civic Alliance (VCCA) serves as the business intermediary for the OUHSD.  The VCCA is a regional collaborative of civic leaders representing a balanced mix of 3E — economic, environmental and social-equity perspectives.  Its mission is to work together with our community to promote a healthy and sustainable future for Ventura County.  VCCA is an initiative of the Ventura County Community Foundation. For more information about the Alliance and how to join, go online to

    About Embassy Suites by Hilton Mandalay Beach – Hotel & Resort

    Embassy Suites by Hilton Mandalay Beach – Hotel & Resort creates an ambience of far away destinations set in a tranquil ocean-front location, situated on the beautiful Pacific in-between Santa Barbara and Malibu.  The only all-suite hotel in Southern California to sit directly on the beach, the resort contains 250 two room suites and features the signature amenities standard at any Embassy Suites Hotel including free cooked-to-order breakfast each morning and a complimentary two-hour Manager’s Reception each evening.  The guest suites have a living area with a sofa bed, dining/work table, two HD TV’s, high-speed Internet access, a wet bar, mini-refrigerator, microwave oven, separate private bedroom and 2 private baths. Onsite amenities include a large freeform swimming pool, which is adjacent to a large whirlpool.  A second whirlpool specifically for adults is also on property, allowing for more privacy and relaxation.  In addition, the resort contains a workout room, lighted tennis, volleyball, sport courts and business center.  Guests can enjoy spa services in their suite or in the treatment rooms. Bicycle rentals are conveniently located on site, and nearby options include the opportunity to surf, kayak, sail, paddle board and boat, as well as enjoy the sun-soaked California beaches.

    Ventura County Civic Alliance

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