From Dining Out, Thurs, Feb. 28th
Notable chefs Rich Mead of Farmhouse at Roger’s Garden, Ernie Alvarado of URBANA, Joseph Tripi of Trevor’s at the Tracks, and many more will gather for an evening of food, fun, and, most importantly, charity. Welcome the return of OC Chef’s Table.
Dubbed the “Premier Chef’s Event of Orange County,” the sixth annual OC Chef’s Table will draw over 40 phenomenal chefs from across Southern California for one spectacular night. On March 3, these seasoned chefs will gather at the Disneyland® Hotel and cook alongside one another for charity. Preparing their favorite recipes tableside, guests can experience all the culinary magic up close and personal. (Speaking of magic, you may even catch Mickey and Minnie Mouse on-site, too!)
Chef Peter Lai of The Blind Rabbit, chef Andrew Gruel of Slapfish, celebrity chef and Food Network personality Jet Tila, and more are on this year’s roster. “I’ve been involved in a number of charity events and dinners, but OC Chef’s Table has really had an impact on me,” said chef Tila. “People are coming together with this heightened sense of community to be involved in something that is such a crucial issue for our fellow human beings. There’s really nothing like it.”
Answering the call in the name of charity, a number of LA-based chefs will land in OC to lend a helping hand, including Jason Neroni of Rosé Cafe in Santa Monica and chef Tyler Gugliotta of Baran’s 2239 in Hermosa Beach. World-renowned chef Martin Molteni—winner of the acclaimed cooking competition Bocuse d’Or—will also be in attendance, cooking alongside his award-winning brother and chef, Mariano Molteni.
But beyond the glitz and glamour, giving back is at the heart of the event. Partnering with the Illumination Foundation since its inception, the gala’s purpose is to break the cycle of homelessness. Founded in 2007, the Illumination Foundation provides permanent housing and services for homeless adults and children in Orange County and L.A. Basin. As of March 2018, the charity has raised an unprecedented 1 million dollars for the cause. “It is extraordinary to see these amazing chefs offer so much time and effort and culinary talent to our annual OC Chef’s Table,” says Illumination Foundation co-founder Paul Leon. “Their partnership allows us to touch and change literally thousands of homeless adult and children’s lives. It’s really very humbling for all of us.” The funds will directly benefit multiple programs of the Illumination Foundation, including mental and physical health services, career counseling, and a tutoring center for children. In addition, the proceeds of the evening will go toward building the country’s first-ever recuperative care center, providing a refuge for homeless children and teens to recover after being hospitalized.
OC Chef’s Table will be held March 3 at the Disneyland® Hotel. To reserve your tickets or look into sponsorship opportunities, visit occhefstable.com.