Table for Ten Draws Area’s Top Chefs

The 16th Annual Event Benefits Pascal Culinary Arts Scholarship Program

Table for Ten, orchestrated annually by Kristin Martin and KM Productions for deserving non-profits, held its 16th annual culinary extravaganza at the Festival of Arts/Pageant of the Masters grounds in Laguna Beach on March 6, 2022. More than 300 gourmet food and wine lovers attended the sold-out event, with guests enjoying scrumptious multi-course tableside from 30 talented chefs, along with superb wine pairings and tables uniquely decorated by each restaurant.

A tempting silent auction was held during a lovely reception prior to dinner on the Festival grounds that featured area chefs and wineries offering delicious hors d’oeuvres and premium wines. The 52-bottle Bottle Shock Wine Tree opportunity drawing drew brisk ticket sales, with the winning ticket going to Dave Hoff. His wife, Traci Hoff, was the winner of the Heads or Tails game $500 prize - a very lucky couple, indeed! Supporter and wine connoisseur Mona Lee Nesseth donated the wines, valued at $3,672.

The event’s Honorary Chef, Ugo Allesine of Prego Restaurant, was honored by Pascal Olhats, the event’s Chef Scholarship Chair, whose culinary scholarship program was the recipient of the evening’s proceeds. He lauded Allesina for his culinary skills as well as for giving his time and energy to a multitude of charitable causes in Orange County for many years.

The live auction, led by spirited auctioneer DawnMarie Kotsonis, once again showcased an overnight villa stay at Pelican Hill Resort, including spa treatments, golf, and a chef’s dinner for 10, as well as dinners offered by participating chefs in the winners’ homes. Included were Ugo Allesina of Prego Restaurant, Chris Tzorin of Taste Collective, Brandon Hall of Thyme Well Spent Catering, and Jonathan Stanley of Dana Point Yacht Club.

The designated charity this year was the Pascal Culinary Scholarship Program, which creates grants for culinary arts students in Orange County. The program works with Saddleback Culinary Arts College, Orange Coast College Culinary School, and chefs currently working who would like to go back and further their culinary arts dreams. Pascal Olhats, who launched the program, said, “The scholarships provide monies to offset or cover the students’ tuition, fees, books, and equipment. The college foundations select the recipients based on need and merit.”

Along with Fund-A-Need monies raised, more than $300,000 in net proceeds was realized, which will provide grants to deserving culinary arts students through the Pascal Culinary Scholarship Program.

2022 Table for Ten Participating Restaurants & Chefs

Honorary Chef – Ugo Allesina

Chef Scholarship Chair - Pascal Olhats

Venue Host Chef - Donald Lockhart


Amarillo Country Club – Ron Duprat

Balboa Bay Resort & Club – Prabeen Prabathan & Jacob Davis

Bluegold – Eugene Jang & Jorge Valines

Butterfight Food Service - Alan Ramirez

CafeEighteen48 – Scott Renney & Dominique Shelton

Cannery Seafood of the Pacific & Louie’s by the Bay – Victor Soto & Daniele Cambria

CDM Restaurant – Elvis Mor ales

Chatos Bar & Grill – Sergio Ortega

Chef 365 Consulting - Bert Agor, Jr.

Connected Culinaire - Chelsea Cruz

Craft House – Blake Mellgren

Dana Point Yacht Club – Jonathan Stanley

Haute Productions – Keith Prante

Hook & Spear, Newport Beach Marriott – Andy Arndt

Loews Vanderbilt Nashville – Charly Houegban

Montage – David Serus & Ben Martinek

Nobu Newport Beach –Sabu Husuino                                                              

Oceans & Earth – Chef Adam Navidi 

Pacific Club – David Martin                             

Pacific Pearl Catering – Michael Campbell

Prego Restaurant – Ugo Allesina

 Pelican Hill Resort – Kyung Carroll

Saddleback Culinary Arts – Pascal Olhats

Seabutter – Peter Moon

Sodexo – Duane Keller & Gustavo Vega

Splashes, Surf & Sand Resort – Ron Fougeray

Station Craft – Anthony Celeste

Taste Collective – Chris Tzorin

The Mayor’s Table at Lido House – Riley Huddleston

 The Ranch Laguna Beach – Kyle St. John

Thyme Well Spent Catering– Brandon Hall

Waterfront Hilton, Huntington Beach – Lewis Butler


Backstage-A-Fare – Annie Morgan

Baja Shellfish – Pascal Olhats

Blue Lantern Inn – Antonio Roa  

Catered Courses & Santa Ana Sweets – Rick Boxeth

Chakra Shack – Jill Templin

Chef Board Stylist -Jackie Gomez

Filomena’s Italian Kitchen – Linda Johnsen

Flaky Apple Pie Company – Brook Cazier

Macheen Food Events – Jonathan Perez

Miss Mini Donuts – Leslie Nguyen

OC Local Honey – Christine Ferrian

Sugared & Iced – Samantha Meyer

Terra Laguna Beach – Donald Lockhart

Three Pug Bakery Dessert Shot – Heather McLeod

To learn more, visit tableforten.org

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