O.C. Chef's Table
An astonishing event for a superb cause. This past Sunday, March 18, 2018, the Disneyland resort presented the OC Chef’s Table food event at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa. This glamorous event, consisting of 32 renowned Chef’s from the OC area, was put together to benefit the Illumination Foundation.
If you are unfamiliar with the Illumination Foundation, this organization was founded in 2008 with their mission being to end homelessness in Orange County. Co-founder and President of the Illumination Foundation, Paul Leon, states that their foundation receives about 60 calls on a weekly basis from families asking for assistance. Today it is said that over 32,000 Orange County children are living in homeless shelters or in cars with their families.
The focus of this year’s OC Chef’s Table event is to raise funds to construct the nation’s first Recuperative Care Housing Site for children. At last year’s OC Chef’s Table, they were able to raise more than $650,000. Now the goal for this past Sunday’s event was to top that and reach a milestone $1,000,000. With the generosity of the community, sponsors, companies, and guests, the event indeed did reach that milestone.
Below you will get a taste of this spectacular event with a behind the scene look.
"The Manzanita Tree: A Reminder of Hope and a Brighter Future
"The Mazanita tree seeds and blooms after the ultimate destruction - a forest fire.
The Manzanita rises from the ashes as a new tree, its own personality and future embedded in its DNA.
Unlike the rough bark of neighboring trees, the Manzanita's bark is smooth. As it grows, its outer bark cracks and peels away, similar to a snake shedding its skin. As the old bark - the past - curls away, a bright green layer of new bark is revealed, yet again reminding us of the shedding of past to a new and brighter future.
The Manzanita doesn't look like the other trees... it might not grow like the other trees... But, as it turns out, the Manzanita is the foundational bedrock of the re-emergence of the forest's future and livelihood."