Monday, August 29, 2016

Recap of 30th Annual "Honda Evening Under The Stars" with Kenny G.

Saturday August 27th at Honda Motor Company in Torrance, CA
Photos & story Karen Ostlund reporting for The Experience Mag.(

Saxophonist KENNY G was the evening's headliner and performed solo in front of 1100 guests. The event raised over $ 300.000 last Saturday night August 27th at Honda Motor Company in Torrance. (40 min. drive from Los Angeles)
The benefit competed for attention the same night with Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival ( in Santa Monica and downtown LA - but suceeded to get a full house.
 Proceeds benefitted Torrance Memorial Pediatrics, Providence TrinityKids Care, a program of Providence TrinityCare and Vistas for Children.
Saxophonist Kenny G. performed among guests

The "Honda Evening Under The Stars" attracted a mature crowd and couples in cocktail attire, more than other "Food & Wine Festivals". 
World-renowned jazz saxophonist Kenny G  serenaded guests with his greatest hits with his soulful instrumentals as “Honda Evening Under the Stars for Children’s Healthcare Gourmet Food and Wine Tasting Festival celebrates its 30th year.  Kenny G. released a tribute to bossa nova titled "Brazilian Nights" last year. In 2010 he was featured on the CD "Heart and Soul" with vocals from Robin Thicke and Babyface.
Seated guests in front of stage "Honda Evening Under The Stars"
2016 Honda combined the magic of this signature event with another 30-year South Bay tradition the “For Our Children” fundraiser into bring greater impact to local children’s healthcare, Torrance Memorial Pediatrics, Providence TrinityKids Care, a program of Providence TrinityCare, and Vistas for Children, Inc.
(Il Fornaio) Penne Pesto & Penne Marinara and Risotti Funghi
and panna cotta
“Honda believes that the health and comfort of our children is the bedrock of our community’s future,” said Steve Morikawa, vice president, Corporate Relations & Social Responsibility, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “Combining these two events and focusing on children’s health and care allows local business to partner with community healthcare providers to address the needs of our community.”
Sushi Chef Institute
Through the years, Honda and the Festival’s restaurant and beverage partners have raised millions of dollars through these combined events and demonstrated its long-standing care and commitment to those providing healthcare and comfort to children in the South Bay. 
 Through its participation in Evening Under the Stars, For Our Children will support Providence TrinityKids Care, a program of Providence TrinityCare, and Vistas for Children. Trinity is the only dedicated pediatric hospice program in Los Angeles and Orange counties for infants, children and adolescents with life-limiting illnesses and provides in-home care and support for young patients and their families. Vistas for Children, Inc., is a respected philanthropic organization composed of women volunteers from the South Bay with a mission to raise funds for charities that help special needs children and to be a system of support for these children and their families. Vistas has donated more than $7 million to children in need in our community.
(DoubleTree by Hilton) Brûlée Cheesecake and
Strawberry tart,
Oreo Cheesecake

“We are honored to once again partner with Honda and look forward to working with For Our Children, Vistas and Trinity Hospice to make this an evening to remember,” said Laura Schenasi, executive vice president, Torrance Memorial Foundation. “Our donors always anticipate this exciting evening, as well as the opportunity to support Torrance Memorial. We know it will be another exceptional year.”
(Ortega 120) Ceviche and Margherita
"There is no greater expression of a community's generosity than the way it chooses to care for its children," said James Zapp, chair of the Providence TrinityCare Foundation Board of Trustees. "Honda's leadership in focusing the South Bay's attention on vitally important services that benefit our neediest children is an inspiring example for us all."
The one-evening festival, presented in partnership with the Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce, featured restaurants and beverage partners from Torrance, Redondo Beach, El Segundo, Rolling Hills Estate, Manhattan Beach and Los Angeles::
Restaurants and Beverage Partners:
  • 21 Square Bar + Kitchen
  • Addi’s Tandoor/Bollywood Zaika
  • Andres – Doubletree by Hilton Torrance – South Bay
  • Battaglini Estate Winery
  • Bettolino Kitchen
  • Boisset Wine Collection
  • Depot
  • Disneyland Resort (select wines poured by sommeliers)
  • Essentia Water
  • Gourmet Grindz
  • Grey Wolf
  • Honda Café
  • HT Grill
  • IL Fornaio
  • Inside the Scoops
  • ISE SHIMA at the Miyako
  • Island Eats Hale ‘Aina
  • Jackson’s Food + Drink
  • Justin
  • Kincaid’s
  • Lattes on Location
  • North Italia
  • Ortega 120
  • Paul Martin’s American Grill
  • Ramazzotti Vinyards
  • Real Soda in Real Bottles, Ltd.
  • Red Car Brewery & Restaurant
  • Rolling Hills Country Club
  • Rutherford Hills Vineyards
  • Sausal
  • Sushi Chef Institute
  • The Honda Café at Providence Little Company of Mary Hospital
  • The Honda Classic
  • The Strand House
  • Torrance Bakery
  • Truchard
 In addition to the very best in South Bay cuisine, over 80 varietals of wine were served, with help of professional sommeliers from The Disneyland Resort.
 The live and silent auction featured exclusive items and experiences, including entertainment packages, sporting events and memorabilia, dining, travel, local outings and specialty items as 5 nights cruise for 2 to Caribbean or Bahamas, vacations in Hawaii and San Francisco, and tickets for 10 to and Andrea Bocelli Concert.

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