Participating Chefs from left are Beeline Krouch, head chef at Ortega 120; Gene Hsieh, chef at Queensview Steakhouse at Parkers’ Lighthouse; Addi Decosta , chef at Addi’s Tandoor Fine Indian Cuisine; Ernest Martinez, Assistant Chef at Ports O’ Call Waterfront Dining; Toni Ledesma, manager at Oliver’s Cafe; Christine Brown owner-chef of Restaurant Christine; Rafael Solorzano, chef at Lunada Bay House; Jean Pierre Vincent chef at Trump National Golf Club; Sherie DiBernardo and chef at Matisse Restaurant in Ayres Hotel. Not shown but participating were Gaetano’s Restaurant & Catering, Bluewater Grill, and Lisa’s Bon Appetit.
Ray Johnson with his wife Linda Elliott of the Elliott Group, a major sponsor.
Major sponsors Linda and Bill Finer with their guest Lawrence McNamara.
Plein Air Artist Don Crocker paints the view from party home and donated it to the evening’s auction.
Karen Gale arranged for the restaurants and Lisa Dennen arranged for the participating wineries.
Tony and Maria Gutierrez who chaired this year’s event.
Hosting the event were Janet and Ian Teague.
Major Sponsor Judith and Stan Solomon.
Representing sponsor Holm & Cawley Financial Group LLC are Derrick Rogers and Kris Holm pictured with Associate member Sharon Ryan.
Well known Manhattan Beach sculptor Cynthia Joyce works on a piece that she donated to the evening’s auction.
Guest from left are Stephanie Cartozian, Kikki Teague and Marco Ciccone.
Incoming Associates President Marilyn Coats and her husband Tom Coats.
The Associates, a support group for the Palos Verdes Art Center, held their very popular Celebrate Chefs & Cellars event in late July at an elegant ocean view residence in Palos Verdes Estates. The 2012 Celebrate Chefs and Cellars, an epicurean journey to benefit the Palos Verdes Art Center, featured a silent auction and 30 restaurants and wineries serving up tempting morsels and refreshing spirits to guests attending this year’s festivities. Participating restaurants included Addi’s Tandoor Indian Cuisine, Bluewater Grill, Gaetano’s Restaurant & Bar, Lisa’s Bon Appetit, Lunada Bay House, Matisse Restaurant of the Ayres Hotel, Olivers Café, Ortega 120, The Queensview Steakhouse at Parkers’ Lighthouse, Ports O’Call Waterfront Dining, Restaurant Christine, The Yellow Vase and Trump National Golf Club, as well as specialty foods from Montchevre’ Goat Cheese. For more information on The Associates contact the Palos Verdes Art Center at 310-541-2479.