Photo of Gala 2023 live cooking demonstration and decor

Gala history

The Saint Martin's Gala is the University's major fundraising event for student scholarships. Over the years, the black tie affair has grown to be the premier culinary event in the South Sound, featuring a live auction, a five-course gourmet dinner and cooking demonstrations by such renowned chefs as Tom Douglas, Dario Cecchini, Roy Breiman, Anne Burrell, Jacques Pépin, Carla Hall and Roy Yamaguchi. All proceeds from the Saint Martin's Gala directly support student scholarships.


Chefs Tom Douglas, Dario Cecchini and Roy Breiman at Gala 2023

Past Galas

  • 2023 - Chefs: Tom Douglas, Dario Cecchini and Roy Breiman, Alumni speaker: Marissa Grab ’22, over $2 million raised
  • 2022 - Chef: Anne Burrell, Alumni speaker: Tracey Porter '20, over $3 million raised
  • 2021 - Chefs: Jacques and Claudine Pépin, Student speaker: Katherine Jamerson ’23, $2.7 million raised
  • 2019 - Chef: Carla Hall, Alumni speaker: Ahmadou Seck ’11, $1.4 million raised 
  • 2018 - Chef: Roy Yamaguchi, Alumni speaker: Chantal Arevalo ’17, $1.3 million raised 
  • 2017 - Chef: Ming Tsai, Alumni speaker: Sancha Elevado ’12, $1.2 million raised 
  • 2016 - Chefs: Andrew Zimmern & Ligia Karazawa, Alumni speakers: Crystal Maria ’13 and Dillon Linhart ’14, $1.2 million raised 
  • 2015 - Chef: The CHEW,  Student speaker: Deveney De La Cruz ’15, $1.6 million raised 
  • 2014 - Chef: Lidia Bastianich, Student speaker: Ben Lopez ’15, $891,000 raised 
  • 2013 - Chef: Michael Symon, Student speaker: Dillon Linhart ’14, $960,000 raised 
  • 2012 - Chef: Guy Fieri, Student speaker: Crystal Maria ’13, $760,000 raised 
  • 2011 - Chef: Mario Batali, Student speaker: Jonathon Hew Len ’12, $608,000 raised

Interested in becoming a Gala sponsor?

We are grateful to the many generous donors and sponsors who help Saint Martin's Gala become the South Sound's fundraising and culinary event of the year!

If you are interested in sponsoring this year's Saint Martin's gala, please contact Renee Oram and

Want to see last year's Gala photos?

Gala 2023 photo gallery

Gala success

Saint Martin’s University announces celebrity chef Pati Jinich as host of Gala 2024

LACEY, Wash. – Saint Martin’s University has announced that the 2024 Saint Martin’s Gala will feature celebrity chef host Pati Jinich, an acclaimed cookbook author, television personality and culinary educator. The Saint Martin’s Gala is the University’s annual signature fundraising event for student scholarships, which raised more than $2 million in 2023.

More than $2 million raised for student scholarships at the Saint Martin’s University Gala

LACEY, Wash. — More than $2 million was raised for student scholarships at the annual Saint Martin’s University Gala on November 4, 2023. Three celebrity guests hosted the event: Seattle-based chefs Tom Douglas and Roy Breiman, and Italian butcher Dario Cecchini. The black-tie affair has grown to be the premier culinary event in the South Sound region, featuring a live auction, a five-course gourmet dinner, and on-stage cooking demonstrations by award winning, celebrity chefs.

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Office of Institutional Advancement

The mission of the Office of Institutional Advancement is to promote Saint Martin’s University’s cause among its alumni, parents and friends; raise funds in support of Saint Martin’s University’s Benedictine educational mission and its priorities; and build strong relationships between Saint Martin’s and its various constituencies.