Friends meet over good food and drink at a recent Flavors of Seattle event.

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Flavors of Seattle 2007 - A Great Success

This year’s Flavors of Seattle Culinary Gala was a great success. The Pacific Northwest Chapter raised over $194,000 which will go to research and education in order to help patients and families here in our community.

We would like to give a special thank you to all the sponsors, volunteers and chefs who dedicated their time and talent to help on a fabulous event!

Thank you also to our guest speaker, Kristen Everett who underwent a liver transplant in 1989. Kristen was born with a condition known as biliary hypoplasia, a disease that causes cirrhosis and liver failure. Thanks to the advance of technology, Kristen could get a second chance at life and received a liver transplant in June 1989 at the University of Nebraska. Soon after the operation, Kristen was able to start kindergarten and grow up as a normal child. Kristen is now an accomplished volleyball player, earning many high school honors and a scholarship to Notre Dame de Namur University in California where she was nationally recognized as setter on the volleyball team. With more than a 3.7 GPA total in 2006, her team earned NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) Scholastic All-America honors. Today she is a graduate assistant coach and is pursuing a graduate degree in psychology at her alma matter.

Thank you also to the generous patrons who bid on live and silent auction items. The live items sold for $49,900 and almost all of the silent items found an owner that night!

Auction Items

The best selling live auction item of this year’s Flavors of Seattle is the dinner for ten at home by Bobby Moore from the Barking Frog which sold for $5,500.

Another very successful live auction item is the luxurious villa on the beach in Bali with scuba diving for 4. Villa Pantai is located on the beach in Amed, Bali and boasts nearly 7,000 square feet on 1.5 acres. The winning bidder will enjoy incredible views, wonderful artwork, stunning hand-carved statues and artifacts collected from different parts of Southeast Asia.

Sumptuous Villa in Bali

Five fortunate folks won a Fighter Pilot training for a total amount of $6,000.

Dish Spotlight

Guests had the great privilege to indulge in Seattle’s best food and compliment their chefs in person. Very impressive dishes were served that night, including the cinnamon smoked duck breast, roasted pineapple salad and Spanish extra-virgin olive oil sorbet prepared by chef Casey Miles (Joeys), the Asian style Osso Bucco with baby vegetables by chef Warren Seta (Yama at the Gallaria), or the Langoustine Cassoulet with white beans, glazed birkshire ham hocks, roasted peppers and parsley truffle coulis by chef de cuisine Justin Sledge (Salish Lodge and Spa).

The desserts were equally outstanding. Guests savored chef Dan Thiessen’s (O/8 Seafood Grill) browned butter pear tart, the milk chocolate cherry mousse bombes by chef Bobby Moore (Barking Frog) and chef Celinda Norton’s (94 Stewart) Grand Cru chocolate.

Thank You to our Sponsors!

The American Liver Foundation would be unable to work towards the goal of preventing, treating and curing hepatitis and other liver diseases without the help of our dedicated sponsors.

Thanks to the continued support of our Crystal Sponsors:

Astellas, Todd Black; Roche Laboratories, Jon Johnson, Mark Wasson, Theresa Young, Alan Hammegren, Jill Johnson and Eileen Sullivan; Miriam Sevy & Leora Consulting.

Thank you to our Gourmet Table Sponsors:

Betty Black and Family; The Blueline Group; Digestive Health Specialists; Everett Family; Gastroenterology Associates; Genzyme; Dr. Kris and Bonnie Kowdley; McKittrick Building Company; Charlie & Colleen Mills; Pfizer; Premera Blue Cross; Martha & Greg Rund; Jason Smith; Dan Butler.

Thank you also to our Patron Level Sponsors:

Dr. James Kruidenier & Susan Bryant.

And thank you to those who could not attend Flavors of Seattle but wanted to contribute to the ALF mission – Charles & Margaret Mills; Stephen & Jeannette Reynolds.

Page updated: June 26th, 2007