Illumination Foundation will host OC Chef’s Table 2017 on, March 12 at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, to raise funds for the construction of a second emergency home for homeless families with children.
OC Chef’s Table is one of the county’s most exclusive charitable culinary events where OC’s top chefs come together to create a delectable five-course meal prepared tableside at tables decorated to reflect the personality and brand of each participating restaurant. Every restaurant and chef participating has been personally chosen to host a table at the gala due to their earned accolades for their impressive culinary skills or innovations.
At its second edition, OC Chef’s Table brings together over 30 of the best chefs in Orange County who agreed to create delicious and spectacular dishes to raise money and awareness on a very sensitive issue—homelessness.
“Nearly 1 in 6 children face homelessness in OC. There are too many families with children that struggle to secure a roof over their heads every night. It shouldn’t be like this. Children should have the right to a happy and stable childhood. We can’t thank these extraordinary chefs enough for accepting to donate their time, talent and culinary knowledge to help us build a second emergency house in Orange County. This event is going to be an amazing experience for our guests, a creative challenge for the chefs and eye-opening for everybody. With every emergency house we build we start rebuilding the lives of 100 suffering families per year. The more money we raise, the more houses and services we offer and that means less people on our county’s streets. I want to thank all the chefs, restaurants, guests and sponsors for joining us in our mission to break the cycle of homelessness,” says Paul Leon, Illumination Foundation CEO and president.
Every dish, libation and extravagant decoration is designed and donated by the chefs and restaurants with the intention of making the night unforgettable for every guest and raising funds for Illumination Foundation’s Emergency Home. Each table will be a burst colors, textures, decorations and smells where each chef will share all their artistic talents. The latest culinary trends, the most spectacular table decorations, exotic fresh flowers and delicious food are all part of the OC Chef’s Table gala.
Some of this year’s participating chefs include Andrew Sutton of Napa Rose, Pascal Olhats of Pascal, Beau Macmillan of Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa and Ron Fougeray of Splashes at Surf and Sand Resort.
During this year’s event, guests will enjoy a cocktail party complete with appetizers and pictures with special guests, Mickey and Minnie, followed by a special performance by IF’s Children’s Resource Center choir and former Broadway performer, Michelle London. Matt Rogers, American Idol finalist and TV personality, will perform and host the live and silent auctions, featuring exotic trips. All proceeds will fund the construction of a new emergency home for families with children facing trauma or mental health problems.
This year’s table sponsors and guests include Disneyland Resorts, Coldwell Banker, Wells Fargo, Molina Healthcare, Guaranty Chevrolet and many others. Disneyland Resorts’ Senior Vice President, Mary Niven, as well as Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait are just some of this year’s guests.