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March 21, 2017 – LOCALE Magazine – It was a night filled with food and charity. The Illumination Foundation’s annual OC Chef’s Table charity gala took place on March 12 at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel. The event brought out top chefs from around Orange County to raise money to build emergency houses for homeless families and give them the necessary resources to move forward. Over 30 tables were spread throughout the ballroom, each representing a chef, their restaurant, and the story their dishes told. With over 320 guests in attendance, including Kurt Russell, the event raised over $680,000 surpassing their original goal.
March 7, 2017 – FOX ll NEWS – By: Michelle Pulfrey , Jeffrey Thomas DeSocio
Homelessness is becoming a reality for more and more Orange County families and their children. Since last year’s OC Chef’s Table, Illumination Foundation has constructed the Theriault Emergency House in Stanton, which has already housed over 20 families since Thanksgiving week and is on track to provide services to over 200 families per year.
This year Illumination Foundation’s OC Chef’s Table will raise funds to expand the housing program and serve twice as many families in the coming years. The funds raised at this year’s OC Chef’s Table will help Illumination Foundation build an emergency home for homeless families with children in Orange County, and will likely serve an additional 200 families per year.
Our goal is to raise over $500,000 at the culinary gala to make this dream home a reality for our most vulnerable children and their families. A second emergency home will take twice as many families directly off the streets and into a stable environment where they can focus on healing and moving towards self-sufficiency, as the children focus on their education and childhood, rather than their next meal or shelter.
An emergency home is a family’s first step towards self-sufficiency, and a safe-haven where they can receive case management and mental health services while our team works alongside them to find permanent housing and any other services the family may need. This emergency home will rekindle hope for local families looking to break out of inter-generational and chronic homelessness.
Please help us to promote this year Illumination Foundation’s second annual OC Chef’s Table that will be on Sunday, March 12, 2017, at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, to raise funds for the construction of a second emergency home for homeless families with small children.
OC Chef’s Table is one of the county’s most exclusive charitable culinary events. OC’s top celebrity chefs come together to create a delectable and spectacular five-course meal prepared tableside at tables decorated to reflect the personality and brand of each participating restaurant and to impress the very sophisticated guests. This year’s over 30 participating chefs include Andrew Sutton of Napa Rose, Stephen LaFountain of Mastro’s, Andrew Gruel of Slapfish, Beau Macmillan of Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa and Pascal Olhats of Pascal.
Laura Okey – February 27, 2017
OC Chef’s Table
March 12. Delight in an evening of luxury and culinary genius as 30 of Orange County’s top chefs collaborate on a five-course meal prepared table-side. Each chef will also create unique awe-inspiring table designs decorated to reflect the personality and brand of his or her specific restaurant, and offer wines paired for each course. Visit website to purchase table or seats. Benefiting Illumination Foundation. 5 p.m. Disney Grand Californian Resort & Spa, 1600 Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, 949-544-0385 . ifhomeless.org
Illumination Foundation will host OC Chef’s Table on Sunday March 12, at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, to raise funds for construction of a second emergency home for families with children.
Chefs Omar and Rosendo Gonzalez from Nick’s Restaurants, which include Nick’s San Clemente and South of Nick’s, will be participate in the event. Andrew Gruel, CEO of Slapfish, which has a location in San Clemente, will also participate.
At OC Chef’s Table, premier chefs come together to create tableside at tables decorated to reflect the personality and brand of each participating restaurant. Every restaurant and chef participating has been chosen to host a table at the gala due to their earned accolades for their impressive culinary skills or innovations.
Feb 23, 2017 – Newport Beach Indy – Nearly three dozen of Orange County’s top chefs are participating in the OC Chefs Table fundraising event to be held on Sunday, March 12 at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa.
Held in the Grand Ballroom, the event features renowned chefs creating a five-course dinner paired with fine wines prepared tableside for ten guests, at tables decorated to reflect the personality and brand of each restaurant.
All proceeds from the event go to Illumination Foundation, a nonprofit working to end the cycle of homelessness in Orange County.
In addition to Host Chef Andrew Sutton, executive chef of Napa Rose, local chefs participating include Chef Pascal Olhats of Café Jardin at Sherman Gardens and the Chef Chair of the event, John Vega of Roy’s in Fashion Island, Andrew Gruel of Slapfish (they have a store on Balboa Peinsula), and Brian Jenzer of Social in Costa Mesa (one of our favorite restaurants).
The event starts with a cocktail reception featuring a silent auction and a photo op with Mickey and Minnie, followed by the extravagant dinner.
The event sells out every year, and table sponsorships are already full. Some individual seats may be available.