On November 11, 2015,  Saint Martin's and the cast of ABC's The CHEW, Mario Batali, Michael Symon, Carla Hall and Clinton Kelly, cooked up one outrageous night of good grub and giving, raising a RECORD-BREAKING $1.6 MILLION for student scholarships!

2015 Saint Martin's Gala

Celebrating 10 years

This year marked the tenth anniversary of the Saint Martin’s Gala, an annual black-tie celebration of hospitality, community, and wonderful food and wine.

the cast of ABC's The Chew, Mario Batali, Michael Symon, Carla Hall, Clinton Kelly and Daphne Oz

Schedule of events

  • Schedule of events

    Saturday, November 7

    • 1:30 p.m. - The CHEW cast arrives on Saint Martin's campus
    • 2 p.m. - Students and The CHEW guests reception, by ticket only
    • 5 p.m. - Gala reception and silent auction begins, Charneski Recreation Center, Main floor, by ticket only
    • 5 p.m. - Private reception, Charneski Recreation Center, 2nd floor, by ticket only and separate ticket
    • 7 p.m. - Gala, dinner and live auction begins, by ticket only

Live auction preview

  • Just a taste!

    This year’s auction will feature some delectable gourmet packages and exciting excursions that you won’t find anywhere else. Gather your foodie friends and get ready to bid on these items together!

    Chihuly Garden and Glass Tour with Dinner in the Space Needle for Six (Value: $1400)

    Tour the spectacular 45,000 square feet of galleries and landsca ping showcasing the work of renowned Northwest glass artist Dale Chihuly. From giant chandeliers and towers to dramatic installations of sea and floral forms to one of his largest sus pended sculptures, you’ll be dazzled by the scale and artistry. Afterwards, enjoy an exquisite dinner at SkyCity Restaurant i n the Space Needle, serving up locally inspired cuisine as well as a stunni ng 360-degree panorama view of Seattle. Includes accommodations for six at the renowned Washin gton Athletic Club (WAC).

    Pasta Making at Cafe Lago for Fifteen (Value: $3000)

    Seattle’s legendary Cafe Lago prepares its many pasti and doughs fresh by hand, each morning. Now you and up to 14 friends can learn from their pasta chefs special techniques for ravioli and other various filled pasta using local and seasonal ingredients. This weekend midday class includes antipasti, pasta, snacks and wine.

    Waterbrook Wine Country Getaway in Walla Walla for Six (Value: $1500)

    Enjoy a two-night stay for three couples at the Waterbrook Bungalow, a private, fully-appointed three-bedroom guest house on the 75-acre winery campus. Cook in the gourmet kitchen or  opt to dine out in Walla Walla’s many restaurants! Best of all, savor Walla Walla’s great wines.  Package includes a complimentary Reserve wine tasting at the Waterbrook Tasting Room and  at Waterbrook’s sister properties: Browne Family Vineyards and Canoe Ridge Vineyard.

    Cedarbrook Lodge with Dinner and Spa for Six (Value: $2900)

    Indulge in an overnight stay for three couples in deluxe accommodations at the award-winning Cedarbrook Lodge. This package includes a five-course seasonal tasting menu with regional wine parings in Copperleaf Restaurant prepared by Executive Chef Mark Bodinet. Round out the week-end with six spa treatments of your choice in the newly minted Spa at Cedarbrook Lodge.

    African Deluxe Photo Safari (Value: $5750)

    Embark on a week-long deluxe photo safari for two on a 60,000-acre endangered species reserve in South Africa. The reserve is host to many exotic animals including elephant, rhinoceros, lion, leopard, water buffalo and cheetah. Package includes lodging, meals and daily game drives.  Trip can be booked anytime for up to two years after purchase.

    Michael Symon's Sous Chef on Stage with Autographed Chef Coat -- new! (Value: Priceless) 

    Here's your chance to cook alongside Michael Symon himself! The highest bidder will join Michael on stage to help him prepare one of his signature meat dishes. You'll also take home your very own chef's coat signed by Michael that night!

    Semiahmoo Getaway and Golf for Six (Value: $3150)

    Experience deluxe accommodations at this magical seaside resort with an overnight stay for three couples. Ladies will be spoiled with an assortment of spa treatments while the gentlemen will have a tee time at one of two Championship golf courses, Semiahmoo Golf and Country Club or Loomis Trail. Includes a seasonal five-course tasting menu with regional wine paring in the private dining room at Pierside Kitchen.

    'Monks in Black' photo (Value: $1000) 

    You’ve heard of “Men in Black”? Well, we have our very own “Monks in Black”! Who says monks can’t have fun? This beautifully framed photograph captures the spirit and humor of our  amazing monks. A limited edition, we have only five framed copies to give! Each photograph  is personally autographed by our beloved Abbot Neal Roth.

    The Ridge Motorsports Park School for Two (Value: $6000) 

    Let your inner racer out to play at The Ridge Motorsports Park in Shelton. This package for two includes the one-day “Ridge Driving Experience” with a professional instructor and three more “Ridge Racing School Track Days” to hone your driving skills. Plus an amazing twenty-four “Arrive and Race” Karting sessions at the newly built Olympic Grand Prix Karting Circuit, a scale replica of the big track. The Ridge Motorsports Park is ready … are you? 

    Adopt a Prosciutto for Eight (Value: $8000)

    Four pairs of proud “parents” can each name and nurse a dewily fresh leg of pork to delicately cured prosciutto over a year in this truly unique offering from Salumi Artisanal Cured Meats and Donedei Winery. Each pair will create and dry their own Italian prosciutto just like in the “Old Country” with four joint visits to Donedei Winery, where the curing is done.

    Tom Douglas’ Hot Stove Society Cooking Class and Dahlia Lounge Dinner for Eight (Value: $1150)

    Master a new cuisine when you and 7 friends take a private evening class at Tom Douglas’ renowned cooking school, the Hot Stove Society. Located in a bright industrial space inside the stylish Hotel Andra in downtown Seattle, the Hot Stove Society opened last year to rave reviews! This is a hands-on experience you can touch, smell and taste for yourself. Culminate your Seattle experience with a dinner for 8 at Tom Douglas' prized Dahlia Lounge.

    The CHEW Experience for Four (Value: $6000)

    Head to Manhattan, where you and your friends will sit in on a taping of The CHEW, the talk show for foodies featuring our Gala hosts. Follow that with a private tour of Eataly, Mario’s 50,000 square-foot Italian food emporium and lunch at Manzo Restaurant. Then enjoy a fabulous dinner at the award-winning Babbo Restaurant. Package includes round-trip airfare and hotel accommodations.

    Raise Your Paddle to “Feed a Mind”!  

    Your gift provides direct aid to students in financial need, making “The Saint Martin’s  Experience” accessible to all. Now more than ever, the country and the world need scientists, engineers, teachers, counselors, doctors, policymakers and other professionals who are as  ethical as they are skilled. By supporting Saint Martin’s students, you help ensure that  tomorrow’s leaders are prepared to enter their fields with a values-based education and  a spirit of service.

About the chefs

  • Mario Batali

    One of the most recognized and respected chefs in America today, Mario Batali is a co-host of ABC’s popular lifestyle series The CHEW. Mario counts 24 restaurants, nine cookbooks, numerous television shows and the 50,000-square foot Eataly marketplace in NYC among his ever-expanding empire of deliciousness. As a TV personality, Mario has hosted a variety of television shows for Food Network, including Ciao America and Molto Mario. In 2008 he started the Mario Batali Foundation with a mission of feeding, protecting educating and empowering children. Mario was our very first celebrity chef, for the 2011 Saint Martin’s Gala.

  • Michael Symon

    Iron Chef winner Michael Symon is a co-host of ABC’s The CHEW. Chef Michael Symon cooks with soul. Growing up in a Greek and Sicilian family, the Cleveland native creates boldly flavored, deeply satisfying dishes at his restaurants in America’s heartland: Lola, Lolita, Roast, and B Spot. He was named a Best New Chef by Food & Wine in 1998 and earned The James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef Great Lakes in 2009. His cookbook, Carnivore, dedicated to meat lovers, was published in 2012. Michael was our third celebrity chef, for the 2013 Saint Martin’s Gala.

  • Carla Hall

    Best known as a competitor on Bravo's Top Chef Carla Hall is a co-host of ABC’s The CHEW. Carla’s approach to cooking blends her classic French training and Southern upbringing for a twist on traditional favorites. A native of Nashville, TN, she attended L’Académie de Cuisine in Maryland and worked as a Sous Chef at the Henley Park Hotel in Washington, DC. She also served as Executive Chef at both The State Plaza Hotel and The Washington Club.

  • Clinton Kelly

    Entertaining expert Clinton Kelly is a co-host of ABC’s The CHEW. For 10 years, Clinton co-hosted What Not to Wear, the longest running primetime series on TLC. Since 2005 Kelly has partnered with Macy’s, appearing in national television commercials and conducting style seminars across the United States. Before entering the world of television, Kelly was a New York-based magazine editor and freelance writer. He received a master’s in journalism from Northwestern University and a bachelor’s in communications from Boston College.

  • Daphne Oz

    A natural foods chef and co-host of ABC's The CHEW, Daphne Oz is the fresh face of healthy living, sharing helpful information and her unique personal insights to make healthy living fun, easy and – above all – delicious. In 2013, Daphne released the New York Times bestseller, Relish: An Adventure in Food, Style, and Everyday Fun, a cookbook and all-around lifestyle guide. The daughter of Dr. Mehmet Oz, Daphne is a graduate of Princeton University and received her culinary degree from The Natural Gourmet Institute. (Note: Daphne is expecting her second child in October and will not be attending the Gala. She will be here in spirit.)

It's about the students

As always, the primary reason for our gathering is our students, whose educational journey is made possible through scholarships. For many students — students like Ben Lopez ’15 — a Saint Martin’s education would not be possible without financial assistance. At last year’s Gala, Ben shared his gratitude with the crowd:

Ben Lopez '15

“Scholarships are tools of empowerment, foundations of support, and opportunities for students to develop into the people [they] truly desire to be. I never could have imagined that my college career would be so amazing. Words cannot express how grateful I am for what they have done for me. All I can say is thank you so much.”

2015 Gala supporters

  • Major sponsors

    Presenting Sponsor
    Bon Appétit Management Company

    Stage Sponsor
    Rob Rice Homes

    Print Sponsor
    Capitol City Press

    Media Sponsor

  • Other sponsors

    Gala Reception Sponsor
    Merlino Fine Foods

    Wine Sponsor
    Palatine Foundation

    Saint Martin Table Patrons
    Joe and Liz Williams
    Cronk Family Foundation 
    FORMA Construction

    Saint Benedict Table Patrons  
    Margaret Clapp '08, MBA '13
    Jim '72 and Melissa Guerci
    Debbie Houdous and Pat Geiger
    Matt '94 and Shelley Marcus
    Terence '62 and Mary Louise '60 Monaghan
    Rick and Pam Panowicz
    Kathy Lombardo and Fred Wright
    America's Credit Union
    GM Nameplate
    Sunset Air, Inc.

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