2018 Celebrity Chef Dinner

28th Annual Celebrity Chef Dinner

The 28th Annual Share Our Selves (SOS) Celebrity Chef Dinner brought over 250 generous community members together for an exciting evening of fun, delicious food and drinks, and philanthropy. The event, held at the beautiful Paséa Hotel & Spa, highlighted eight phenomenal local chefs committed to helping those in need in Orange County. The event netted approximately $147,000 in support of the SOS Food Pantry and Comprehensive Service Center, which provides food and needed services such as rental and utilities assistance, transportation, and seasonal programs for low-income individuals and families.

The event began with an outdoor reception that took advantage of the beachfront location, with the waves crashing just yards away as day turned to dusk under the twinkling market lights. The reception featured hors d’oeuvres stations, and wine and beer tastings. A wine pull gave guests the chance to buy a mystery bottle of wine for $30 that was valued anywhere from $25 to $120. The silent auction gave attendees another chance to bid on fun items donated by local individuals and businesses. Giant chalkboard signs with provocative prompts such as “What inspires you to give to your community?,” “Describe a moment from your life that took your breath away,” and “What changes do you hope to see in Orange County in the future?” encouraged guest participation. Everyone at the event had a wonderful time mingling with the chefs, sitting by the fire pits, enjoying the live music and photo booth, and learning more about SOS from the informational signage.

Guests then moved to the ballroom for the first course, entrée and dessert during the live auction and program. One-of-a kind dinners prepared by our chefs made for an enticing live auction lineup, and emcee Zack Krone kept the frenzied bidders raising their paddles. Next, SOS CEO Karen McGlinn gave a heartfelt talk about the moments and clients at SOS that have taken her breath away. The evening ended with a lively Fund A Need, in which bidders raised their paddles one last time to make a contribution to SOS. The Fund A Need raised over $50,000 in just over five minutes

We would like to extend a huge thank you to our amazing chefs, sponsors, Celebrity Chef Dinner Committee & volunteers for making this event a tremendous success:

Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian; Bob and Anne Cress; Melissa’s Produce; Frome Family Foundation; PCV/Murcor; Philanthropy Consultants Group, Inc.; Christopher L. Blank; Susan Chen

Saundra Campbell; Frome Family Foundation; Karen Caplan; Keller/Anderle LLP; Will and Annick Klatte; Rachel Levin; Greg and Carla Matthews; Linda Pitts

Event Donors
James and Diane Bailey; David and Cynthia Reagan; William and Laurie Rice; Paul and Virginia Schloemer; Michael and Diane Stephens

Table Sponsors
BNY Mellon Wealth Management; Jay Donoghue; Kathy Genereax; The Harper Family; Dr. Richard and Mrs. Sandra Haskell; Larry and Dulcie Kugelman; MacArthur Sims Properties, LLC; Alberto and Jori Mendivil; Drs. Roberta Lessor and David Snow; MacArthur Sims Properties; Dr. and Mrs. Alberto Mendivil; Specialty Restaurants Corporation; Ventas

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

Culinary Lineup
  • Michael Beck – Hotel Irvine
  • Octavio Flores – SOL Cocina
  • Rachel Klemek – Black Market Bakery
  • David Man – Island Hotel
  • Kevin Meyer – Pasea Hotel & Spa
  • Eric Mickel – Orange Hill Restaurant
  • Alessandro Pirozzi – Salerno Laguna Beach, Alessá Laguna & Pirozzi Corona del Mar
  • Jose Rodriguez – Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa
Michael Beck – Hotel Irvine
Spanish Ham Croquetas
Grilled shrimp, Saffron, and Smoked Paprika Aioli

Chef Octavio Flores – SOL Cocina
Chicken Tinga Tostadas
Pickled Red Onion, Pico de Gallo, and Cotija Cheese

Chef David Man – Island Hotel
Seared Maine Diver Scallops
Smoked Bacon, Apples, and Onion Caramel

Chef Alessandro Pirozzi – Salerno Laguna Beach, Alessá Laguna & Pirozzi Corona del Mar
Octopus and Salmon Carpaccio with Crostini
Braised Italian Octopus, Thinly Sliced Sashimi Grade Tasmanian Salmon, Unfiltered EVOO, Tear Drop Peppers, Lemon Preserves, Cherry Tomatoes, Organic Greens, Maldon Salt Flakes, Italian Capers

Chef Jose Rodriguez – Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa
Pan Seared Scallops
Sour Orange BBQ Glaze, Aji Sauce, Tobiko Caviar, Sweet Corn Cake, and Micro Greens

First Course
Chef Kevin Meyer – Pasea Hotel & Spa
Maple Roasted Squash and Burrata Salad
Featuring ingredients generously donated by Melissa’s Produce

Chef Kevin Meyer – Pasea Hotel & Spa
Chef Eric Mickle – Orange Hill
72-Hour Braised Short Rib and Jumbo Prawn
Roasted Sunchoke Puree and Pepperonata

Chef Rachel Klemek – Black Market Bakery
Apple Butter Sour Cream Cheesecake with an Oat Streusel Crust, Garnished with Caramelized Apples in a Cider Reduction

Wind and Beer Sponsors
Epic Wines and Spirits, Santa Monica Brew Works, Reyes, Young’s Market Company