The Olive Crest Kids held its annual fundraising gala at the Big Canyon Country Club in Newport Beach, attracting supporters of the children’s service organization and foodies alike. It was a night of haute cuisine and heartfelt words from regional trustee Steven Bernardy. Tasting global cuisine from gourmet stations scattered throughout the regal ballroom, guests also took in a live demo from Top Chef alum and fan favorite Fabio Viviani. Newport local Casey Reinhardt, a winner of Food Network’s Cupcake Wars, delighted guests with her delectable, colorful cakes. Guests participated in live and silent auctions to net $220,000 benefiting Olive Crest’s Project Independence, a transitional living program that provides affordable housing, builds a support network and teaches essential life skills to foster youth.
Photography by Jim DeNuccio and LEB