2016 Celebrity Chef Dinner

26th Annual Celebrity Chef Dinner


Huntington Beach, CA, November 5, 2016 – Share Our Selves’ 26th Annual Celebrity Chef Dinner was an evening of fun, friendship, and delicious food and wine! The event highlighted 13 outstanding local chefs who are committed to providing food for the most vulnerable populations in Orange County. Approximately 300 guests attended the event at the gorgeous Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa, which benefits the SOS Food Pantry. Five mornings a week, SOS volunteer and staff drivers collect retrievable food from restaurants, grocery stores, bakeries, and caterers to distribute to low-income Orange County residents through the SOS Food Pantry.

Guests enjoyed elegant passed hors d’oeuvres from Chef Michael Beck (Hotel Irvine) and Chef Eric Mickle (Orange Hill) while mingling during the reception and silent auction. Guests sipped on Vitiano Rosso and Vitiano Bianco donated by The Winebow Group. The opportunity drawing for roundtrip airlines tickets on Alaska Airlines and a $500 Marriott gift card was won by SOS supporter Travis Carr.

The elegant dinner included five exquisite courses paired with specialty wines generously donated by E& J Gallo Winery, White Oak, Windsor Oaks, and Quady Winery. Each delectable course was prepared by a team of chefs. The live auction, emceed by Rick Werner, featured exciting dining packages from the chefs, a sporting club adventure package and hotly anticipated Super Bowl tickets. Frenzied bidders raised their auction paddles to win a Chef’s tasting menu with wine pairings for 10 at WATERTABLE with Chef Manfred Lassahn, an in-home dinner for eight with wine pairings with Chef Franco Barone and Chef Yvon Goetz, two pairs of Super Bowl tickets generously donated by NFL Official and SOS supporter, Dr. Laird Hayes, an in-home Italian dinner for 10 with wine pairings with Chef Linda Johnsen, a dinner extravaganza for 10 with Chef Alan Greeley and Chef Alessandro Pirozzi, and a five day getaway in a luxury cabin at the Montana Sporting Club.

The evening ended with a lively Fund A Need, during which generous guests raised their paddles to make one last donation to SOS. The Fund A Need raised over $48,000 in just over five minutes for the SOS Food Pantry and programs that support the vulnerable and homeless individuals and families in our community.

A huge thank you to our generous chefs, sponsors, Celebrity Chef Dinner Committee & volunteers for making this event a tremendous success:

Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian; St. Joseph Health; Frome Family Foundation; Christopher Blank; Dr. Richard and Mrs. Sandra Haskell; Lincoln L. Manzi, Jr., MD; Michael and Diane Stephens

Table Sponsors
City National Bank, Jay Donoghue, Marc and Lura Harper, Ursula Hoshaw, KBY Law, Larry and Dulcie Kugelman, Dr. Robert Louis, Senn Delaney – The culture-shaping firm, Sergey Sergeyev and Yelena Sergeyeva, MD, Specialty Restaurants Corporation, Geoffrey and Nancy Stack, Taco Bell Corporation, Ventas

Gaye Besler, Kara Demostene, Teena Gibbs, Maggie Hayes, Elizabeth Hopkins, Helen Kinsey, Karen McGlinn, Mary Moyer, Julie Neja, Kate Servino, Debbie Springer, Cindy Tuch

Culinary Line-Up
  • Franco Barone – il Barone
  • Michael Beck – Hotel Irvine
  • Adam Feirman & Miguel Mata – Yard House
  • Yvon Goetz – The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar
  • Alan Greeley – Golden Truffle
  • Linda Johnson – Filomena’s Italian Kitchen
  • Manfred Lassahn – Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach
  • David Man – Island Hotel
  • Eric Mickle – Orange Hill
  • Alessandro Pirozzi – Pirozzi Corona del Mar, Alessa Laguna and Mare Culinary Lounge
  • Rainer Schwarz – Driftwood Kitchen and The Deck on Laguna Beach
  • Paul Squicciarini – Culinary Innovation
First Course
Chef Alan Greeley – Golden Truffle
Chef Alessandro Pirozzi – Mare Culinary Lounge , Alessá Laguna and Pirozzi Corona del Mar
Skull Island Shrimp Escabeche with Tasmanian Ocean Trout Mousse
Ecco Domani 2015 delle Venezie IGT Pinot Grigio

Second Course
Chef Manfred Lassahn – Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach
Chef Rainer Schwarz – Driftwood Kitchen and The Deck on Laguna
Orange County Grown Frisee and Red Oak Leaves with Radish Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes, Savory Orange Cheese Cake with Potato Chip Crust Pomegranate Vinaigrette
White Oak 2014 Russian River Valley Chardonnay

Third Course
Chef Linda Johnsen – Filomena’s Italian Kitchen
Chef Chef Paul Squicciarini – Culinary Innovation
Fresh Orecchiette Pasta with Spinach White Wine Chicken Broth Topped with Crispy Pork Belly
White Oak 2012 Napa Valley Mighty Oak

Chef Franco Barone – Il Barone Ristorante
Chef Yvon Goetz – The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar
Cabernet Braised Beef Shortribs Baby Spinach Soufflé & Charred Baby Carrot Truffle Oil & Braising Jus Reduction
2012 Balverne Cabernet Sauvignon, Chalk Hill

Chef David Man – Island Hotel
Chef Adam Feirman & Chef Miguel Mata – Yard House
Guanaja Cremeux Citrus Cake with Milk Streusel Orange Cream
Quady Essensia Orange Muscat


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