St. Martin’s University Gala International: China

560 guests attended the St. Martin’s Gala featuring James Beard award-winning chef Ming Tsai, host of “Simply Ming” on PBS. Throughout the evening, Tsai offered culinary demonstrations of the five-course gourmet dinner at the stage kitchen. The evening’s program included a live auction and the much-anticipated Feed-a-Mind paddle raise aimed at generating scholarship funds for St. Martin’s students.

The menu included tea-smoked salmon and crab lemongrass tartlets with avocado lemon puree, cold miso-shallot shrimp frisée salad and sesame chicken cucumber noodle salad, red roast duck legs with sweet potatoes and daikon served with rice, orangeginger lamb shanks with barley, and, for dessert, bittersweet flourless chocolate cake with cardamom cream and passion fruit coulis. Each course was paired with specialty wines from Maryhill Winery. The evening’s proceeds raised $1.2 million toward student scholarships at St. Martin’s.