Festival of Chefs Charity Event at Newport Beach Country Club July 14 Will Benefit Kidworks

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The culinary crew from Pelican Hill Resort at the 2023 Festival of Chefs. Photo by Chris Trela

The Orange County culinary community has become known for its participation in charity events, including several held in Newport Beach.

The Festival of Chefs is one of those events. It was launched in 2021 to benefit Kidworks, a nonprofit organization that serves youth and families in several neighborhoods of central Santa Ana through a licensed preschool, after-school programs, tutoring, mentoring, college and career readiness, family services, and leadership development.

This year’s Festival of Chefs takes place on Sunday, July 14 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Newport Beach Country Club event lawn. More than 40 chefs and restaurants are participating this year, including many from Newport Beach.

The Host Chef is Graeme Blair from Newport Beach Country Club. More than a dozen local chefs and restaurants from Newport Beach and Laguna Beach are participating, including:

  • A Restaurant & CDM Restaurant – Elvis Morales
  • Balboa Bay Resort & Club –Prabeen Prathapan
  • Cannery Seafood of the Pacific – Kevin Jones
  • C’est la Vie – Enrique Valenzuela
  • Marriott Newport Beach – Jonathan Stanley
  • Nirvana Kirchen & Pantry – Lindsay Smith
  • Pacific Club – David Martin
  • Pendry Newport Beach – Ben Martinek
  • SET at Pendry Newport Beach – James Jung
  • Renaissance Newport Beach – Paul Bauer
  • Surf & Sand Resort – Ron Fougeray
  • The Lido House – Riley Huddleston
  • The Pelican Hill Resort – Kyung Carroll
  • Vivante Newport Center – Michael Nirtaut

Guests can savor the chefs’ creations and enjoy a fabulous wine tasting before a special KidWorks presentation.

Sponsorships and single tickets are available on the Kidworks website at https://kidworksoc.org/chefs.

Tuna ceviche tacos from Balboa Bay Resort at the 2023 Festival of Chefs. Photo by Chris Trela.
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