Food service industry leading lights to be honored

February 1, 2014 by  

Several people who have devoted decades to educating the palates of food lovers are to be celebrated at a special event.

Recipients of this year’s YWCA Crimson Award are diverse in their pursuits but united by a common aspiration: to share their heritage. Kathleen Barbosa, Deidra Seto, and Jane Tokubo are the 2014 honorees who will be celebrated on Friday, February 21st at the 5th annual YWCA Crimson Awards ceremony held at the Holiday Inn Torrance.

Kathleen has been in the food service industry for 40 years. Her dream of bringing Mexican cuisine to Gardena using the fresh ingredients is realized in her four successful eateries. The Burnt Tortilla Restaurant and Sports Bar, which opened in 2013, gets rave reviews from fans for its splendid service. Barbosa has 55 employees, many of them long term, another indication of her warmth and dedication to doing right by people.

A tireless educator, Deidra Seto is always on the go educating people on Hawaiian culture and True Spirit of Aloha. Auntie Dee, as she is known, focuses her efforts on entertaining convalescents in Gardena and surrounding communities.

Jane Tokubo, has been involved for decades in educational programming and community services for the benefit of children and families. Her current work with Healthy Start at 186th Street Elementary School earns enthusiastic reviews from colleagues. Tokubo also volunteers for a number of other organizations including Kodomo No Gakko, a Japanese Heritage Camp that she founded.

Whether it’s running a restaurant or printing company, volunteering with children or elderly, the Crimson Award honors women who find a way to infuse their accomplishments with a unique sense of cultural pride. For more information on the2014 YWCA Crimson Award contact the YWCA Gardena Valley office at 310-327-5356.