Last year, 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!

2016 Saint Martin's Gala

Celebrating 11 years

In its 11th year, the Saint Martin’s University Gala presents “A Taste of Brazil,” welcoming to the Gala Kitchen, renowned Chef Ligia Karazawa of Eataly Brasil. Her partner in this culinary adventure… Travel Channel star of Bizarre Foods, Andrew Zimmern!

On Saturday, November 5th, 2016, Andrew & Ligia pair up to create a 5-course Brazilian feast LIVE, on-stage before 800 Gala guests. Simultaneously culinary masters Bon Appetit prepare and present your 5-course Brazilian and Maryhill Winery-paired meal behind the scenes!

Join us in for this rare and special opportunity to enjoy international Brazilian cuisine, celebrity chefs, locally renowned silent and live auction and elegant pre-gala reception. The Saint Martin’s Annual Gala is the University’s lead student scholarship fundraiser.

The featured celebrity chef for Gala 2016 is Ligia Karazawa, of Eataly Brasil, who will be partnered with Andrew Zimmern, star of Bizarre Foods.

Ligia Karazawa

Ligia Karazawa

Ligia Karazawa is the featured chef from Eataly in São Paulo, Brazil. With 29 locations worldwide, Eataly promotes high-quality Italian cuisine by offering fresh ingredients imported from the Mediterranean for its storefronts and its award-winning restaurants. Eataly often holds classes on nutrition, sustainability, and culinary arts.

Andrew Zimmern

Andrew Zimmern

Andrew Zimmern, a three-time James Beard Award-winning TV personality chef, writer, and teacher, will be co-starring with Ligia Karazawa. Zimmern is known for his Bizarre Foods franchise on the Travel Channel, which includes Bizarre Foods with Andrew ZimmernAndrew Zimmern’s Bizarre WorldBizarre Foods America and the new Bizarre Foods: Delicious Destinations.

It's about the students

The Saint Martin’s University Gala exists to support our students. Their educational journey is made possible through scholarships awarded by hundreds of generous donors each year. For many students — students like Deveney Dela Cruz ’16, from Saipan — a Saint Martin’s education would not be possible without financial assistance. At last year’s Gala, Deveney shared her gratitude with the crowd:

Deveney Dela Cruz with Abbot Neal Roth, OSB, and President Roy Heynderickx

“I didn’t want the scholarships that brought me to Saint Martin’s to be a donation, but an investment that I could give a return on.

Your faith and generosity provide opportunities for so many students like me, past, present, and future, to become the engaged, compassionate leaders this world needs us to be. You have made such a huge difference in my life.”

—  Deveney Dela Cruz, ’16, Business Major

2016 Gala sponsors

Bon Appétit Management Company

Presenting sponsor: Bon Appétit Management Company

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Washington State Employees Credit Union

Gala reception sponsor: Washington State Employees Credit Union

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Capitol City Press

Print sponsor: Capitol City Press

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Seattle Magazine

Print media sponsor: Seattle Magazine

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Broadcast media sponsor: KCTS 9

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Rob Rice Homes

Gala kitchen sponsor: Rob Rice Homes

Learn more about our Gala kitchen sponsor, Rob Rice Homes »

Maryhill Winery

Wine sponsor: Maryhill Winery

Explore the craft of our wine sponsor, Maryhill Winery »

Sunset Air

Wine glass sponsor: Sunset Air

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Anchor Bank

Celebrity photo sponsor: Anchor Bank

Learn more about our celebrity photo sponsor, Anchor Bank »

This could be you!

This could be you!

This space could be you! We are still looking to fill vacancies for sponsorships as Entertainment Stage Sponsor and Student Reception Sponsor. Contact us »

Additional sponsors:

Green Room Sponsor
Maumasi Fine Arts

Celebrity Runway Sponsor
Conover Insurance

Silent Auction Sponsor
Morris-Sockle, PLLC

Live Auction Bid Card Sponsor
Chicago Title Insurance Company

Shellfish Sponsor
Taylor Shellfish

Coffee Sponsor
Caffe Vita