Big Hearts for Little Hearts Loma Linda Guild cooking school attracts 800 guests
Martha Green, assisted by Sgt. Mike Newcombe from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, demonstrates how to make florentine rolls at the October 19 event.
Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital Big Hearts for Little Hearts Loma Linda Guild raised more than $100,000 at their annual cooking school featuring the culinary arts of celebrity chef Martha Green and holiday decor artist Derrick Vasquez, a fellow of the American Institute of Floral Design. Ms. Green is a Redlands resident.
The October 19 event, held on the grounds of the National Orange Show in San Bernardino, featured cooking demonstrations by Ms. Green and National Orange Show executive chef Richard Wolff.
The evening began with a holiday decor demonstration by Mr. Vasquez. He decorated several doors with colorful bows and ribbons and enhanced a number of holiday wreaths.
Mr. Vasquez’s artistic work was available for purchase following the event with the proceeds going to Loma
Derrick Vasquez, senior sales executive for the National Orange Show events center, demonstrates how to decorate holiday wreaths.
Linda University Children’s Hospital.
Ms. Green showed the attendees how to make 13 delectable menu items for holiday cooking. Each of the menu items was sampled by the attendees.
Serving at the event were approximately 60 uniformed and non-uniformed men and women. The servers represented local law enforcement agencies, fire departments, Stater Bros. employees, and employees from Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital, Loma Linda University Medical Center, and Loma Linda University.
Servers collected approximately $5,000 in tips—all of which were designated for the guild’s Children’s Hospital project.
Proceeds from this year’s cooking school benefited Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital pediatric intensive care unit.
Renatta Osterdock, MD, h
Debbie Brown (left), Big Hearts for Little Hearts Loma Linda Guild membership chair, and Nancy Varner, guild president, welcome guests to the annual guild cooking school.
ead of pediatric neurosurgery at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital, thanked the guild and the guests attending the event for their support of not only the pediatric intensive care unit, but also for their support of all the programs at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital.
Dr. Osterdock was the lead physician that headed a team of 175 hospital personnel that separated twin girls joined at the head.
Coordinating the event were Nancy Varner, guild president, and Debbie Brown, guild membership chair.
“This is an event our hearts are in,” say Ms. Varner and Ms. Brown. “We love to do it and appreciate how much support the local community gives us and Children’s Hospital.
“We are definitely looking forward to next year’s event.”