Dining Extravaganzas for Charity

Dining Extravaganzas for Charity

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale
Newport Beach Independent
February 12, 2016

Orange County is lucky to have numerous talented chefs in the kitchens of noteworthy restaurants. Even luckier—the chefs and restaurants enjoy giving back to the community by participating in charitable culinary events.

The week after the Table for Ten event is Disney’s OC Chef’s Table, presented by Wells Fargo and held March 13 at the Disney Grand Californian Resort & Spa Grand Ballroom.

The event features 30 of Orange County’s top chefs creating a five-course meal prepared tableside, at tables decorated to reflect the personality and brand of each restaurant.

Proceeds from the event go to Illumination Foundation, a nonprofit working to end the cycle of homelessness in Orange County. Last year’s culinary event (at that time it was known as Table for Ten) raised more than $580,000.

The event begins with a lively cocktail party. Guests can have their photo taken with Mickey and Minnie Mouse before sitting down in the ballroom, where the chefs prepare a five-course dinner with paired wines and cocktails.

The evening features a live performance by Matt Rogers, American Idol contestant, followed by an indulgent after party, as well as the opportunity to bid on one-of-a-kind live auction packages and a luxury vacation raffle.

Newport Beach chefs participating include Marc Johnson (Oak Grill), Takashi Abe (Bluefin), Pascal Olhats (Café Jardin), Daniel Hyatt (Juliette Kitchen & Bar), Brian Doherty (Bambú at Fairmont Newport), John Vega (Roy’s), and Andrew Gruel (Slapfish).