Friday, June 22, 2012

Kai Cooks For a Cause...The Highlights!

Pushing the limits of art, compassion and healing, celebrities AnnaLynne McCord, Laura Slade Wiggins, Ariel Winter, Shantel VanSanten, Dominic Purcell, Amy Paffrath, Jasmine Villegas, Mary Birdsong, Kyle and Chris Massey, Garrett Morris, came together on the red carpet at the Drawing Hope Int'l Masquerade Gala and Silent Auction to show support for young rape and sexual abuse survivors on March 18, 2012.  Celebrity Chef Kai Chase specially prepared the gala dinner, whose VIP clientele include the Obama's, Mary J Blige and the late Michael Jackson. 

As the celebrities approached the red carpet, they were introduced to celebrity artist and Drawing Hope Int'l co-founder, David Ilan, whose powerful project, Points with Purpose, uses a Pointillism technique, each dot representing one sexual abuse survivor.
celebrity chef Kai Chase and artist/Drawing Hope, Int'l co-founder, David Ilan

Celebrity Chef Kai Chase created a phenomenonal food experience beginning with a creative offering of some of her seasonal signature hors d'oeuvres. 

(left): Smoked Salmon Pate on Edible Lemon-Dill Chinese Spoons, (center): Vegetarian Grilled Zucchini Sushi with Sweet Chili Peppers, Mint, Arugula and Goat Cheese (right): Strawberry and Mint Bruschetta with Orange-Blossom Honey Burrata and Sweet Aged Balsamic Drizzle

An exotic three course dinner was the highlight of the evening bringing the gala's attendants to their feet with a standing ovation for Celebrity Chef Kai Chase and her evening's spectacular cuisine.

Romaine, Frisee and Red Endive Salad with Spiced Marcona Almonds, Gorgonzola, Fuji Apples and Shallot Mustard-Vinaigrette

Tandoori Grilled Chicken with Fruited-Masala Couscous and Grilled Vegetable Ratatouille

A bidding war developed during the live auction between Days of Our Lives star Arianne Zucker and the ever-hilarious SNL legend Garrett Morris and co-star of the new comedy hit 2 Broke Girls. Each were vying for an in-home personal gourmet cooking lesson and prepared meal by Celebrity Chef Kai Chase, who graciously offered to donate her time and skills to both bidders thus doubling financial donation to the Drawing Hope Int'l organization.

Celebrity Chef Kai Chase and Auctioneer Gavin Keilly

The atmosphere at the Drawing Hope Int'l Masquerade Gala was both compassionate and festive. All of the wait staff bore fun colorful face masks and the centerpieces dripped with strings of clear crystals which caught the light beautifully setting a warm, comforting mood on the entire evening. The music was varied and upbeat, the food, a true culinary delight, the award winners, humble and gracious, the host, witting and engaging.  Overall, a triumph for their first charity gala, Drawing Hope, the guests and most of all for the survivors of sexual abuse.

The atmosphere at Drawing Hope Int'l Masquerade Gala and Silent Auction 2012

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