For the second year in a row, the Saint Martin's Gala will take on an international focus. This year's theme is China, with James Beard Award winner Ming Tsai as our celebrity chef host!

Saint Martin's Gala: China will be November 4, 2017.
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Saint Martin's Gala: China

Saint Martin's Gala: China is a black-tie evening affair featuring an exquisitely prepared five-course dinner, cooking demonstrations with celebrity chef Ming Tsai, and a live auction benefiting Saint Martin’s student scholarships. This year's theme also highlights Saint Martin's many relationships and programs in China, spanning 20 years, including sister universities in Beijing, Shanghai and Inner Mongolia. 

In the Chinese culture, guanxi (pronounced gwan-shee) is establishing human relations to open the door for opportunities. Though the direct translation of "guanxi" is "relationships", the concept is much richer and more encompassing. "Guanxi" not only expresses the relationship of one person to another, it also expresses an obligation of one person to another, built over time through reciprocating acts to show loyalty and trust. In some definitions, "guanxi" means "connections", recalling our own Benedictine values of community, hospitality and stewardship, the original guiding values of the Saint Martin's Gala.

Ming Tsai, Gala celebrity chef 2017

Celebrity chef: Ming Tsai

Boston-based, James Beard Award-winner Ming Tsai opened his first restaurant, Blue Ginger in 1998 and his second restaurant, the tapas-style Blue Dragon, in 2013. He hosted his first show, "East Meets West with Ming Tsai", on the Food Network. His current show, the Emmy-nominated "Simply Ming", is currently in its thirteenth season on PBS. Ming traveled to the 2008 Beijing Olympics to report on the food traditions that define his Chinese heritage.

Ming studied mechanical engineering at Yale University but spent his summers in Paris at Le Cordon Bleu cooking school. After Yale, he moved to Osaka to train with Sushi Master Kobayashi. He later returned to the United States and earned a master’s degree in hotel administration and hospitality marketing at Cornell University.

2017 Gala sponsors

Travel & entertainment sponsor: Alaska Airlines / Hainan Airlines

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Bon Appétit Management Company

Presenting sponsor: Bon Appétit Management Company

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Print sponsor: Capitol City Press

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Live auction sponsor: Chicago Title

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Broadcast media sponsor: KCTS 9

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Maryhill Winery

Wine sponsor: Maryhill Winery

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Reception sponsor: WSECU

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Interested in becoming a Gala sponsor?

If you or your organization is interested in becoming a sponsor for this year's Saint Martin's Gala: China, please contact Dana Pethia, our director of fundraising events and corporate sponsors. If you are interested in purchasing a table for this event, you can visit our Saint Martin's Gala: China registration page.