2014 Celebrity Chef Dinner

24th Annual Celebrity Chef Dinner

Huntington Beach, CA, November 7, 2014 – Share Our Selves’ 24th 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 netted over $163,000 to support the SOS Food Pantry. Six 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.

Guests enjoyed sushi artfully prepared by Chef Ken Mukai (Yoshi’s Sushi) and elegant passed hors d’oeuvres from Chef Linda English Johnsen (Filomena’s Italian Kitchen) while mingling during the reception and silent auction. Guest sipped on beer, wine and cider provided by Balearic Beverages. The “Share the Harvest” signature cocktail featuring rye whiskey, maple syrup, lemon juice and Maleoc Dry Cider, was created by SOS Supporter, Brent Evans. The opportunity drawing for roundtrip airlines tickets on Alaska Airlines and a $500 Marriott gift card was won by Sandy Smith, Senior Vice President, Real Estate and Facilities, at Hoag.

The elegant dinner included five exquisite courses paired with specialty wines generously donated by Matanzas Creek Winery, Windsor Oaks Vineyards & Winery, Martin Ray Winery, and Quady Winery. Each delectable course was prepared by a team of chefs. Attendees were treated to a performance by the “El Sol Rockers,” a student band from El Sol Science and Arts Academy, a charter school where Share Our Selves operates the SOS-El Sol Wellness Center. The live auction, emceed by Jim Nye the Auction Guy, featured exciting dining packages from the chefs, and other coveted items. Frenzied bidders raised their auction paddles to win a cooking demonstration for 10 at Zov’s in Tustin with Chef Louie Jocson and Chef Zov Karamardian, a Chef’s Tasting Menu with Wine Pairings for 8 at WATERTABLE with Chef Manfred Lassahn, a dinner extravaganza for 10 with Chef Alan Greeley and Chef Alessandro Pirozzi, a pair of Super Bowl tickets generously donated by NFL Official and SOS supporter, Dr. Laird Hayes, among other great items.

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 $39,000 in just over 5 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; Mara & Keith Murray; George Hoag Family Foundation – Michael Stephens, Board Member; Bob & Anne Cress; Frome Family Foundation; Christopher Blank; Dr. Richard and Sandra Haskell; Link, Murrell & Company, LLP

Table Sponsors
Bezich, Urquides & Salazar; Bowman Financial Services; Renée Elkins; Carlito and Elizabeth Jocson; KBY Law; Larry and Dulcie Kugelman; Doug and Terri Pasquale; Senn Delaney; Nancy and Geoffrey Stack; Taco Bell Corporation

Gaye Besler, Kara Demostene, Maggie Hayes, Elizabeth Hopkins, Helen Kinsey, Julie Neja, Karen McGlinn, Mary Moyer, Katie Santore, Debbie Springer, Cindy Tuch

Culinary Line-Up
  • Franco Barone – il Barone
  • Adam Feirman – Yard House
  • Mark Gagnon – Newport Beach Plaza
  • Alan Greeley – Golden Truffle
  • Carlito Jocson – Yard House
  • Louie Jocson – Zov’s
  • Linda English Johnsen – Filomena’s Italian Kitchen
  • Manfred Lassahn – Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach
  • David Man – Island Hotel
  • Ken Mukai – Yoshi’s Sushi
  • Alessandro Pirozzi – Pirozzi Corona del Mar, Alessa Laguna & Mare Culinary Lounge
  • Paul Squicciarini – California Craft Cuisine
  • Dustin White – Orange Hill
First Course
Chef Alan Greeley – Golden Truffle
Chef Alessandro Pirozzi – Alessá Laguna, Pirozzi Corona del Mar & Mare Culinary Lounge
Tropical Wood Smoked Reef Fish with Grapefruit Pickle

Matanzas Creek Winery 2013 Sauvignon Blanc

Second Course
Chef Mark Gagnon – Newport Beach Plaza
Chef Paul Squicciarini – California Craft Cuisine
Muscovy Duck Pot Pie

Martin Ray 2012 Russian River Chardonnay

Third Course
Chef Franco Barone – Il Barone Ristorante
Chef Manfred Lassahn –Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach
Hand Torn Assorted Escarole & Hydroponic Watercress with Pickled Beets, Crusted Toasted Hazelnuts & Autumn Persimmons, Tangerine Balsamic Vinaigrette made with California Walnut Oil

Windsor Oaks 2011 Reserve Pinot Noir

Chef Dustin White – Orange Hill
Chef Louie Jocson – Zov’s
Braised Beef Short Rib with Autumn Vegetable Cake & Cabernet Pan Reduction

Wild Horse 2012 Central Coast Cabernet Sauvignon

Chef David Man – Island Hotel
Chef Carlito Jocson & Adam Feirman – Yard House
Butterscotch Pudding in a Jar with “Maldon” Salted Caramel & Orange Rosemary Shortbread

Quady Essensia Orange Muscat

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