by Kristen Schott
Perhaps it was a bit of Disney magic, or the cuisine cooked up by 37 culinarians, or the pinot poured by a certain celeb- whatever it was, this year’s O.C. Chef’s Table more than satisfied: it exceeded expectations by dishing out $632,000-plus for Illumination Foundation, a nonprofit that seeks to end homelessness. Tasty, right? Let’s look deeper. The Grand Californian Hotel set the scene for the night of food and philanthropy, in which top talents created unique meals for their respective tables. Mark McDonald of Old Vine Cafe plated confit duroc pork cheek, while Alexander Dale of SeaLegs served seared scallops with pork belly. There were menus from host chef Andrew Sutton of Napa Rose, Daniel Hyatt of Juliette Kitchen + Bar and plenty of sips to savor- and that brings us to the star-powered GoGi Pinot Noir, donated to the wine pull by A-List oenophile Kurt Russell. “Anytime there’s an opportunity for an evening of great food and wine,” he quipped, “count me in.” We will, Mr. Russell. We Will.