Table for Ten Raises Support for The Teen Project

O.C.’s top chefs create an indulgent culinary experience for a charitable cause.

“Good food for a good cause” is exactly what Table for Ten strives to achieve. The 13th annual event, which ranks among Orange County’s most anticipated culinary-focused gala, was held recently at Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa and delivered a prestigious dining experience that raised much-needed funding for The Teen Project, which aims to help at-risk homeless and sex-trafficked women discover a path to a bright and healthy future. (Fans of this soiree still have its sister event, Chef Masters, to look forward to — the second annual grazing extravaganza will be held Oct. 27, from 3 to 8 p.m., at Paséa Resort & Spa.)

Honorary Chef Pascal Olhats, center, with, from left, Leslie Cancellieri, Sally Crockett, Barbara Eidson and Kathy Hamilton

This year’s Table for Ten fete featured 30 celebrated chefs (think Pascal Olhats, Manfred Lassahn, John Tesar and Salvatore Giuliano) who prepared over-the-top multi-course meals, with each chef playing host to 10 food-and-wine lovers. Each table was unique and beautifully decorated to reflect the menu’s theme.

Teen Project Founder Lauri Burns shared her heartwarming story of helping young homeless girls who have been victims of sex trafficking, a mission she adopted back in 2007. She also shared with guests the story of Vera’s Sanctuary, her latest project made possible when a longtime donor gifted $1 million to Burns for her Teen Project to purchase the Silverado Canyon property once occupied by Boys Town. Burns transformed the property into a sanctuary for 30 sex-trafficked women. Two Teen Project graduates shared personal stories on how the organization has helped them survive and live successfully.

And the money raised during this year’s Table for 10 — an estimated $340,000—will help ensure The Teen Project will continue to help young women for years to come. And we can all raise a glass to that!

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