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Autism Speaks to Los Angeles Celebrity Chef Gala, October 8, 2015

By Mara Papatheodorou, your Tastes & Traditions Expert

Matfer Sponsors Autism Speaks to LA Celebrity Chef Gala

Blue is bold and “Light it up blue” is the motto for the amazing charity Autism Speaks. Founders Bob and Suzanne Wright have worked tirelessly for over a decade to shine a blue light to spread awareness and understanding of autism through research, education and acceptance.

Matfer was a proud sponsor of the Autism Speaks to Los Angeles Chef’s Gala on October 8, 2015 where blue lights shined and blue ribbon delectable dinners were created by award winning culinary masters. They all were there to cook because each one of them, like Matfer, believes in giving back to make a difference. And what a difference they all made at this memorable fundraising occasion, the event raised over 1.25 million dollars for Autism Awareness! 

Matfer Sponsors Autism Speaks to LA Celebrity Chef Gala

There were 56 tables and each hosted by a celebrity chef who prepared a custom designed four-course meal tableside for 10 to 12 guests. Every chef was presented with a bright blue Matfer gift bag that contained Matfer professional chef tools to prepare their various delicacies. Inspired by the blue event theme, a blue spatula and spoon were also included in each bag.

Chef Susan Feniger - Matfer Sponsors Autism Speaks to LA Celebrity Chef Gala

Chef Rick Moonen - Matfer Sponsors Autism Speaks to LA Celebrity Chef Gala

Chef Jet Tila - Matfer Sponsors Autism Speaks to LA Celebrity Chef Gala

Chef Govind Armstrong - Matfer Sponsors Autism Speaks to LA Celebrity Chef Gala

The chefs’ camaraderie and sense of fun was alive and very merrily apparent at the Matfer sponsored photo booth. It was a magical evening with Conan O’Briann as a humorous host, and a live musical performance by P!NK.

Host Conan O'Brian At Autism Speaks to LA Celebrity Chef Gala - Matfer Sponsors Autism Speaks to LA Celebrity Chef Gala

Singer P!NK at Autism Speaks to LA Celebrity Chef Gala - Matfer Sponsors Autism Speaks to LA Celebrity Chef Gala

We were thrilled to meet Chase Bailey from Chase 'N Yur Face, an inspirational young man who has his own cooking show on YouTube is creating his own culinary journey with a great deal of passion for food and humor! 

Matfer Sponsors Autism Speaks to LA Celebrity Chef Gala - Chase Bailey from Chase 'N Yur Face

Matfer has been very pleased to feature some of this year’s participants in recent Chef’s Spotlights on their Passion for Taste Blog. These include Brendan Collins of Birch, Susan Feniger of Border Grill and Mud Hen Tavern, Vanessa Mendoza Johnson Pastry Chef of Plow at the Ritz Marina Del Rye, Joachim Splichal of Patina and the Patina Group and Jet Tila of Stir Market.

We would like to thank Autism Speaks for the opportunity to sponsor the Autism Speaks to LA Celebrity Chef Gala. And thank you to all of the participating chefs, it was an honor to support you at this incredible event! 

Photo credit: Susie Fiebich Photography

AUTISM SPEAKS TO LA

    

Matfer Bourgeat is a proud sponsor of the upcoming Autism Speaks to LA Celebrity Chef Gala on Thursday, October 8th, 2015.

In celebration of its 10th anniversary, Autism Speaks, the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization, brings to Los Angeles a unique dinner party. The Autism Speaks to Los Angeles Celebrity Chef Gala will showcase award-winning chefs at its first local fundraising gala, having created an exciting legacy on New York's Wall Street for the past eight years.  One hundred top chefs, cooking tableside, will create their signature four-course meals exclusively for their guests at this unique inaugural event on October 8th at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica.  No two tables will feature the same menus.

The evening will kick off with Wolfgang Puck Catering serving hors d’oeuvres inspired by his iconic restaurants such as Spago, CUT, Chinois and WP24. Following hors d'oeuvres and cocktails, guests will be escorted to their private tables where they will witness their master chefs such as our recently featured Susan Feniger and Jet Tila, and Vanessa Johnson Mendoza create four exclusive courses of signature dishes tableside.  Guests will also enjoy a special musical performance to be announced shortly.

To Purchase Tickets or for More Information About the Event – Click here.


About Autism
Autism is a general term used to describe a group of complex developmental brain disorders – autism spectrum disorders – caused by a combination of genes and environmental influences. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by communication difficulties, social and behavioral challenges, and repetitive behaviors. An estimated 1 in 68 children in the U.S. and 1 in 48 boys are on the autism spectrum.

About Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks is the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization. It is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Mr. Wright is the former vice chairman of General Electric and chief executive officer of NBC and NBC Universal. Since its inception, Autism Speaks has committed $560 million to its mission, the majority in science and medical research. Each year, Walk Now for Autism Speaks events are held in nearly 100 cities across North America. On the global front, Autism Speaks has established partnerships in more than 70 countries on five continents to foster international research, services and awareness. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit AutismSpeaks.org.  

MATFER ANNIVERSARY WINNER PAYS IT FORWARD

By Mara Papatheodorou, your Tastes & Traditions Expert

Chef Liz Sutton Thompson

Matfer Bourgeat cooked up a fun question and answer contest with some great prizes to celebrate its 200th anniversary. To honor the company’s bicentennial birthday, chefs around the country were asked why they trusted Matfer products and how they used them. The diverse responses were phenomenal and Matfer was most appreciative of the time and effort each chef took on their application. Every applicant had a terrific story to share and choosing the top three was no easy task. The added flavor and flair to the submissions from Grande Prize Winner Liz Thompson, 2nd Place winner Andrew Miller and 3rd Place Winner Barron Hamilton caught our judges’ attention to declare them the winning recipients.

What moved Matfer most was what we heard once the contest was over and what Grande Prize Winner Liz Thompson Sutton did with most of her prize winnings. Take a look below to see why. Enjoy and happy cooking!

GRANDE PRIZE WINNER: Pastry Chef Liz Thompson Sutton, Los Angeles, California 
As a culinary professional who teaches pastry, Liz loves going through the Matfer Bourgeat catalogue putting together her wish list of items. In her inspiring Matfer story, she told how “chocolate was an area that I was never totally trained in but always fascinated by.”

“When I went to my first Matfer Bourgeat Warehouse Sale last year and saw all of the chocolate molds and supplies that were affordable, I went crazy and bought a lot of things! They sat for a while and then I was asked to teach a chocolate class at work so I got busy using all of the things I purchased. I self-taught myself all about tempering and went on to make beautiful hand crafted chocolates. Coincidentally soon afterwards I was asked to participate with other chefs in a restaurant show in China and I ended up demonstrating chocolate. Thank you Matfer Bourgeat for giving me the opportunity to learn to work with chocolate because of all of your fantastic items.”

As the winner, Liz received 200 Matfer Bourgeat items worth $5,750. She chose to keep the ones that worked for her professionally, especially the many different kinds of Matfer pastry tips.

But what makes her win so inspiring is that Liz then paid her joy and appreciation for food and preparation forward by personally donating many of the Matfer Bourgeat items that were more suitable for savory use to a food bank where she volunteers called MEND. They cook for and feed over 30,000 people a month. Click here for more information on MEND.

Liz also gifted some specialty items to dear friend Executive Chef Claud Beltran (See our July Chef’s Spotlight) who just opened Bacchus Kitchen, a new restaurant in Pasadena, California. 

2ND PRIZE WINNER: Chef Andrew Miller, Seattle, Washington

“My favorite Matfer story takes me back to my early cooking days in Portland, OR. I was a line cook at Atwater's in 1995. My buddy Don was in the purchasing department and brought me a Matfer Bourgeat spatula. Don was so excited and leaned into me to make the point that this was a high-end professional small ware. Don hit the prep table repeatedly with the grey spatula exclaiming that it would last forever. I’m not sure what happened to Don, but my spatula has been with me ever since with my knife kit. And it has been with me and used in many different kitchens in various countries. When I introduce Matfer products to others, they are impressed. It always reminds of the time when Don gave me my first Matfer Bourgeat product—that great spatula.”

3RD PRIZE WINNDER: Chef Barron Hamilton, Austin, Texas

“I have always had a passion for copper cookware from France. I wanted the best copper cookware I could get, and that is indeed what I got. The first time I was able to actually feel the magnificent weight of my Matfer Bourgeat copper pots and pans with iron handles, to see the gleam of their beautiful rosy copper, and to be forced to squint as the light beamed from the highly polished stainless steel interior, was a moment that will always stay with me. The excitement of putting the smallest of my Matfer Bourgeat pans on the burner of my little apartment stove and to perfectly saute some shallots is one of those moments I savor. To be able to serve a gorgeous Coq au Vin, or Daube de Boeuf in the large Rondeau that was now mine was a true triumph as an amateur home cook who would soon embark on a professional career. These pieces of culinary art will outlast me, and whoever continues to use them long after I am gone, will, no doubt, get the same pleasure.”

MANY THANKS!
Liz’s generosity made a huge impression on the Matfer team. Community outreach to give back and make a difference so mirrors our company philosophy that we then sent MEND additional Matfer products to use in their food bank kitchens. It was all in all a winning combination with a very happy ending.

FABULOUS FOOD & FESTIVE FLOWERS

A MATFER MOMENT: FABULOUS FOOD & FESTIVE FLOWERS
By Mara Papatheodorou, your Tastes & Traditions Expert

Matfer’s passion for taste transcended to The Flower Fields in Carlsbad, California where the scene was set for guests to enjoy one enchanted evening. And enjoy it they did. Phenomenal food and fantastic flowers were perfectly paired at this amazing Field to Vase dinner for 130 special guests. 

Matfer Bourgeat Farm to Table Field to Vase Event The Flower Fields Carlsbad CA Chef Marissa Gerlach

Matfer Bourgeat Farm to Table Field to Vase Event The Flower Fields Carlsbad CA Chef Marissa Gerlach  

Guests sipped wine and enjoyed a magical meal prepared by Marissa Gerlach, Executive Chef of the Vista Valley Country Club. She created delectable dishes-from appetizers to sides, mains and dessert-that were inspired by the flowers themselves. As she said,” The farm to table movement is a concept I believe in and fully support. I like that Fields to Vase does the same. When I am planning and preparing a menu, the amazing bounty of organically grown local Californian ingredients are my daily inspiration. Spring fruits, herbs and vegetables are as colorfully vibrant as these amazing floral fields. It was a fun challenge and honor to create this menu using Matfer’s excellent products from preparation to presentation alongside the gorgeous flowers.” Everything was the best of the best behind the scenes and at the table within the stunning setting of the Field of Flowers.  

Matfer Bourgeat Farm to Table Field to Vase Event The Flower Fields Carlsbad CA Chef Marissa Gerlach

Incredbily delicious and pretty appetizers prepared in the Matfer Bourgeat Flexipan Savarin Mold

Matfer Bourgeat Farm to Table Field to Vase Event The Flower Fields Carlsbad CA Chef Marissa GerlachMatfer Bourgeat Farm to Table Field to Vase Event The Flower Fields Carlsbad CA Chef Marissa Gerlach

Field to Vase Chef Marissa Gerlach Matfer Bourgeat Sponsor

Matfer Bourgeat Farm to Table Field to Vase Event The Flower Fields Carlsbad CA Chef Marissa Gerlach

Delicious pickled beets and fresh whipped butter beautifully prepared by Chef Marissa Gerlach and housed in Matfer Mason Jars.

Matfer Bourgeat Farm to Table Field to Vase Event The Flower Fields Carlsbad CA Chef Marissa Gerlach

Heirloom Tomato Crostini with Cured Meyer Lemon, Goat Cheese, Charred Eggplant & Thyme

Marissa says, “I adore heirloom tomatoes and their beautiful hues of oranges and yellows were the ideal match for the ravishing ranunculus in the same tones. I used Matfer’s long handled terrific tweezers to build each crostini with the various elements including the basil flower garnish”.  

Matfer Bourgeat Farm to Table Field to Vase Event The Flower Fields Carlsbad CA Chef Marissa Gerlach

Bacon Wrapped Scallops with Wild Ramp Aioli and Pineapple Chives

“Scallops and bacon are great together and I loved using the Matfer Mise en Bouche Spoon to present them. It was the perfect classic yet modern mix!” exclaims Marissa.

Chef Marissa Gerlach from Vista Valley Country Club              Grilled Carrots, Green Garlic Pea Puree, Walnuts, Mint & Smoked Salt

Matfer Bourgeat Farm to Table Field to Vase Event The Flower Fields Carlsbad CA Chef Marissa Gerlach

The Beauty of Beets! Marissa admits, “Beets are just so versatile and beautiful. I do a lot of pickling and I’m so glad I could use the Matfer Appetizer Jars to present elements like the Beets and Meyer Lemons on the table. This Blackberry Beet Salad with the Goat Cheese, Fennel and Spring Mix garnished with toasted Almonds, Tarragon and White Balsamic Vinagrette complemented the rich red and magenta flowers incredibly well. Flowers and food really blended beautifully.”

Matfer Bourgeat Farm to Table Field to Vase Event The Flower Fields Carlsbad CA Chef Marissa Gerlach

Salmon Creek All Natural Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Raspberry and Rhubarb Chutney

Matfer Bourgeat Farm to Table Field to Vase Event The Flower Fields Carlsbad CA Chef Marissa Gerlach

Grilled Asparagus with Crispy Prosciutto & Lemon Aioli

Marissa explains, “Pork is a main course favorite of mine especially when roasted and served with chutney. The sweet and sour contrasts of the raspberry and rhubarb with the deep flavor of the meat just works and its so pretty! With the side dishes I wanted them to complement the pork as well as acknowledge the beauty of the table scene and the environment.  I wanted everything to exude freshness and festivity. Grilling is so pure and nothing says spring like bright orange carrots and lovely green peas and asparagus”.

Matfer Bourgeat Farm to Table Field to Vase Event The Flower Fields Carlsbad CA Chef Marissa Gerlach

Carrot Cake Pineapple, Walnuts, Raisins & Candied Carrots with Cream Cheese

Marissa acknowledges, “I wanted to end with something special and I love making this dessert! It just felt like it belonged on this menu because the orange carrots with pineapple aligned well with the orange and yellow blooms. And of course the fresh flowers on top were the ideal finish. Using Matfer’s bright green piping pastry bag and tips made it extra smooth”.

Matfer Bourgeat Proud Sponsor of Field to Vase Dinner Tour

Matfer Bourgeat is a proud sponsor of the Field to Vase Dinner Tour, a series of private, intimate, must-attend gatherings that place seasonal, local and sustainable American Grown flowers at the center of the table where locally grown food, beer, and wine is served by a farm-to-table chef.

Join Matfer at the next Field to Vase Dinner Event on June 19th in Monterey, CA. For details on the upcoming event and to purchase your tickets, click here. Bonus! Matfer Bourgeat customers receive $35 off the ticket price with promo code: MATFERUSA