2011 Celebrity Chef Dinner

2011 Celebrity Chef Dinner


Share Our Selves’ 21st Annual Celebrity Chef Dinner, A Celebration of Service, was a resounding success! The event highlighted 13 outstanding local chefs who are committed to providing food for the poor in Orange County. A record 370 guests attended the event at the Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort which netted over $263,000 to support the SOS Orange Aid Project. The Orange Aid Project collects retrievable food from restaurants, grocery stores, bakeries, and caterers to distribute to low income Orange County residents.

Guests enjoyed sushi and passed hors d’oeuvres while mingling during the reception and silent auction. The opportunity drawings for a $500 Marriott Gift Card and an iPad2 were won by Jane Taylor and Andy Gregg, respectively.

The elegant dinner included five exquisite courses paired with specialty wines generously donated by Thompkin Cellars, Chateau St. Michelle, Trefethen Family Vineyards, Windsor Oaks Vineyards & Winery, Martin Ray Winery, and Quady Winery. Each delicious course was prepared by a team of chefs. The live auction, emceed by Jim Nye the Auction Guy, featured exciting dining packages from the chefs. Frenzied bidders raised their auction paddles to win such items as dinner for 6 at Five Crowns Restaurant prepared by Chef Ryan Wilson, a feast for 10 prepared by Chef Alessandro Pirozzi (Cucina Alessá) and Chef Alan Greeley (The Golden Truffle) and dinner for 8 prepared by Chef Franco Barone (il Barone Ristorante).

In keeping with the evening’s theme, A Celebration of Service, a group of students from El Sol Science & Arts Academy in Santa Ana, performed a medley of patriotic songs to honor SOS volunteers and event attendees who served our country. Karen McGlinn, SOS Executive Director, recognized Carol Keilin, a volunteer who received a beautiful hand stitched quilt from an SOS client who was grateful for the time Carol took to help her with a past due utility bill. Also honored during the evening’s program was a group of local architects, project managers, and interior designers who donated their services to remodel Share Our Selves’ facilities this past summer.

For the third year, the Yard House announced a special promotion during dinner where guests could donate a minimum of $25 to SOS, and the restaurant would provide the donor with a Yard House gift certificate for $25 a month. This generous promotion brought in $49,500 for Share Our Selves & an $18,000 increase over 2010!

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

Master Chef
Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian
St. Joseph Health System
Executive Chef
Rutan & Tucker, LLP

Head Chef
Bob & Anne Cress
Frome Family Foundation
Matt & Jill Stewart
George Hoag Family Foundation – Michael Stephens, Board Member
Richard & Helen Wrate

Jay Lichman & Hennie Sondel

Le Pattissier
Christopher L. Blank
Robert & Ursula Hoshaw
Link Murrel & Chang, LLP – Wm. Gary Crouch
Mick Manzi, M.D. – Orange Coast Eye Center
Michael & Diane Stephens
Z & P Investment Services, LLC

Table Sponsor
City National Bank
Larry & Dulcie Kugelman
LA & SF Specialty
The LeBaugh Group, Inc.
Delphine Lee
Paul & Suzanne MacMillin
Greg & Carla Matthews
Bob McCaffrey
Specialty Restaurants Corporation
SOS Specialists
Nancy & Geoffrey Stack
William & Nancy Thompson

Richard & Jane Taylor

Event Sponsors
Andy Templeton Photography
BC Displays and Signage
Coast Mailing Services

Beverage Sponsors
Chateau Ste. Michelle
Martin Ray Winery
Quady Winery
The Patron Spirits Company
Thompkin Cellars
Trefethen Family Vineyards
Windsor Oaks Vineyards

Minnie Ballard, Maryann Beckman, Gaye Besler, Kathleen Bruski, Bill Cowles, Elizabeth Evans, Kelly Harvey, Helen Kinsey, Julie Larson, Karen McGlinn, Scott McKown, Mary Moyer, Patty Nesbit, Jina Song, Louise Stewardson

Culinary Line–Up
Jeff ArmstrongSplashes at the Surf & Sand Hotel
Franco BaroneIl Barone
Bill BrackenIsland Hotel
John CuevasThe Crow Bar and Kitchen
Alan GreeleyThe Golden Truffle
Carlito JocsonYard House
Louie JocsonRed Table
Jeff LittlefieldHilton Waterfront Beach Resort
John MarshallOrange Hill Restaurant
Ken MukaiYoshi’s Sushi
Alessandro PirozziCucina Alessá
Chris SavageHyatt Regency Huntington Beach
Ryan WilsonFive Crowns


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