‘Happytizers for the Hollydays’ program raises funds for LLUCH
Approximately 800 guests attended the eighth annual Taste of the Holidays cooking event held at the National Orange Show.
“Happytizers for the Hollydays” was definitely the right theme for the eighth annual Taste of the Holidays cooking class.
The event was presented by Big Hearts for Little Hearts Guild Loma Linda chapter on Wednesday, October 25, at the National Orange Show. This year, the proceeds benefited Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital trauma services.
“We are so happy that so many individuals took part in raising money for critically ill children,” says Erin Pagel Mohr, president for the Loma Linda chapter of Big Hearts for Little Hearts. “These funds will help provide health care needs to more than 1.2 million children living in the four-county area surrounding Loma Linda.”
Featured speakers for the event included Martha Green, cook extraordinaire and owner of Martha Green’s Dough’Lectibles bakery in Redlands; Richard Wolff, executive chef, National Orange Show; and Derrick Vasquez, a fellow of the American Institute of Floral Design and director of catering sales and special events for the National Orange Show.
Nearly 800 attendees learned how to prepare more than a dozen recipes, including French hot chocolate, yellow split pea
Donald Moores, MD, chief, division of pediatric surgery, Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital, thanks guests for their support of the pediatric trauma area.
dip, Christmas pears, baked potato soup, pear and avocado salad, and wonton chips. While Ms. Green demonstrated how to cook each recipe, individuals ate it at the same time.
Servers were local law enforcement and firefighter representatives, and personnel from Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital, Loma Linda University Medical Center, and Loma Linda University.
In between Ms. Green’s cooking, Mr. Vasquez presented holiday table settings for Thanksgiving and Christmas as well as additional decorated tables for party ideas.
For a $75 registration fee, the participants enjoyed a festive, fun-filled evening of cooking, tasting, comedy, and entertaining ideas, says Darice Lang, public relations representative for the Loma Linda chapter of the Big Hearts for Little Hearts Guild.
Big Hearts for Little Hearts Guild of LLU Children’s Hospital was founded by civic-minded women with a desire to serve the community and its children through action and leadership emphasizing children’s health care needs.
Further information about the guild may be obtained by calling the guild office at (909) 558-8272.
Martha Green, owner of the restaurant Dough’lectibles in Redlands, has fun preparing for the Wednesday evening “Taste of the Holidays” event sponsored by the Big Hearts for Little Hearts Guild.
Guild membership committee member Debbie Brown displays some of the treats sampled by guests at the guild event. Food preparation for the event began on Sunday before the Wednesday night event.
Guests for the “Happytizers for the Hollydays” cooking school receive seating assignments from guild hostesses. This year’s event attracted approximately 800 attendees for the eighth annual event.
Patti Cotton Pettis, executive director of philanthropy for Loma Linda University Medical Center, welcomes guests to the holiday event.
Martha Green, cook extraordinaire and owner of Martha Green’s Dough’Lectibles in Redlands, demonstrates one of the many recipes sampled by attendees.
Erin Pagel Mohr, president of the Loma Linda chapter of the Big Hearts for Little Hearts Guild, thanks attendees for their support of the guild’s projects.
Richard Wolff, executive chef at the National Orange Show, show the audience how to prepare a dessert for the holiday season.
Debbie Brown, membership committee member (left), and Nancy Varner, past president of the guild, are presented flowers for their tireless work in making the evening possible.
Derrick Vasquez, director of catering sales at the National Orange Show, arranges a holiday decoration for the home fireplace.