Help Us Show LA’s Love For Lahaina

September 25th from 7pm – 9pm

Join us for an intimate evening in the kitchen with a group of Los Angeles’s most beloved chefs at The Gourmandise School in Santa Monica Place on Monday, Sept. 25th to benefit relief efforts on Maui. This event will feature cooking demonstrations and tastings from 5 fabulous female chefs. Ticket price is $250 and 100% of proceeds from this event will be donated to two organizations working directly on Maui to support relief efforts. Space is limited for this event.

Dara Yu / Winner of 2022 MasterChef

Clemence De Lutz / Co-Owner at The Gourmandise School

Kat Turner / Owner & Chef at Highly Likely

Mercedes Rojas / Owner of The Arepa Stand

Minh Phan / Chef of Phenakite & Porridge + Puffs

Cooking demonstrations followed by tastings from our city’s favorite chefs including Clemence De Lutz of The Gourmandise School, Minh Phan of Phenakite and Porridge & Puffs, Mercedes Rojas of The Arepa Stand, Kat Turner of Highly Likely, and Dara Yu, winner of MasterChef Back To Win.

What’s on The Menu

Savory Moon Cakes with love and ingredients from Koda Farms

Creamed Corn, Heirloom Tomatoes and Crema 

Yellowtail Crudo with Coconut Tigre Sauce and Pineapple

Hong Kong style clay pot rice with Chinese sausage, Hawaiian pork belly, and Chinese greens

Mango and Passionfruit Marjolaine with Macadamia Dacquoise

This very special event is limited to 40 guests and will rotate between our kitchens for live, interactive demonstrations with courses to follow each chef’s presentation.  100% of proceeds will go to the below two organizations working directly on Maui to support hospitality workers and protect native Hawaiians restoring social justice and Hawaiian sovereignty. If you cannot join us, we encourage a donation to one of these two organizations to help the people of Maui in their recovery efforts from the recent devastating wildfires. 

Kokua Restaurant & Hospitality Fund

The Kokua Restaurant & Hospitality Fund for Maui will provide immediate assistance to the hardworking restaurant, bar and hospitality workers displaced by the devastating wildfires that have impacted West Maui communities from Lahaina to Kapalua, a cherished home of the Hawaii Food & Wine Festival. We are committed to supporting the island’s recovery. Together with your support, we can make a profound impact on the lives of our restaurant and hospitality workers who have played an integral role in shaping Maui’s vibrant culinary scene and tourism industry.

 ‘Āina Momona

Āina Momona is a Native Hawaiian 501(c)(3) organization founded by Walter Ritte for the purpose of achieving environmental health and sustainability through restoring social justice and Hawaiian sovereignty. ʻĀina Momona is not affiliated with any religious institution. We are led by a board of exceptional Native Hawaiians that support the critical work of our talented staff who work in grassroots communities to restore fragile ecosystems, promote cultural rights and practices, enhance community well-being, and advocate for native rights and social justice.