Multi GRAMMY-Award winners Tia Carrere and Daniel Ho will perform hits
from their Hawaiian music albums at the 28
th annual "Honda Evening Under the Stars" Gourmet Food & Wine
Festival, Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014. Hosted by American Honda at its Torrance
campus, the event celebrates the best in South Bay cuisine, while raising
funds for nonprofit Torrance Memorial Medical Center. The evening will
also feature hula performances by Keali'I Ceballos and Halau.
"The community looks forward to this long-standing tradition each
year to sample fine fare, catch up with old friends and make new ones,"
said Laura Schenasi, executive vice president, Torrance Memorial Health
Care Foundation. "We're so grateful Honda once again invited
us to benefit from this event, which helps us to advance our fundraising
goals. There are still many opportunities to support the medical center
with new equipment and programs as we put finishing touches on the new
Lundquist Tower, which is scheduled to open later this year."
The Festival, presented in partnership with the Torrance Area Chamber of
Commerce, will take place from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. In line with the evening's
Hawaiian theme, the attire will be elegant Hawaiian. Tickets are $150
per person, $250 per pair or $4,000 for table sponsors (10 guests per
table) and can be purchased by calling the Torrance Memorial Health Care
Foundation at 310-517-4703, the Chamber at 310-540-5858, or by visiting
"Honda is pleased to bring a spirit of aloha to Evening Under the
Stars," said Steve Morikawa, assistant vice president, Corporate
Community Relations, American Honda. "This event has become a great
summer tradition with our friends in the community, and we're looking
forward to joining our restaurant and beverage partners to benefit Torrance
Funds raised from the event will benefit Torrance Memorial's new Lundquist
Tower and Pediatric Services. This marks the ninth consecutive year Honda
has chosen Torrance Memorial as the event's beneficiary. In that time,
Evening Under the Stars has raised nearly $900,000 for Torrance Memorial.
Last year a sell-out crowd of more than 1,000 community members attended,
with $200,000 of the evening's proceeds donated to Torrance Memorial.
To date, the following restaurants and beverage partners will be offering
their fare and tastings at the Festival:
- Depot/Buffalo Fire Department
- Disneyland Resort
- Doubletree by Hilton Torrance-South Bay
- Fresh Brothers
- Gourmet Grindz & The Good Cookies
- Honda Classic/PGA Tour Professional Wines
- Il Fornaio
- Island Eats Hale Aina
- Jackson's Food & Drink
- Nothing Bundt Cakes
- Ortega 120
- Palos Verdes Golf Club
- Paul Martin's American Grill
- Red Car Brewery & Restaurant
- Riboli Family Wine Estates / San Antonio Winery
- Rock & Brews El Segundo
- Rock N' Fish
- Salt Creek Grille
- Zinc @ Shade
- Sushi Chef Institute
- Torrance Marriott South Bay
Approximately 80 varietals of wine will be served, and professional sommeliers
from The Disneyland Resort will be on hand to educate guests about wine.
For an up-to-date list of participating restaurants, entertainment details
and other event information, visit the Festival's Facebook page at
In conjunction with this year's event, Opportunity Drawing tickets
will be sold through participating food and beverage partners for a chance
to win a 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid EX-L (MSRP $31,905). Each partner will
select one registered 501(c) 3 organization in good standing that serves
the South Bay community to benefit from drawing proceeds. If no charity
is selected, the funds will go to the Torrance Memorial Health Care Foundation.
Tickets are $25 each or five (5) for $100.
As part of the event's festivities, guests will have the opportunity
to participate in a silent auction for exclusive items and experiences,
including entertainment packages, sporting events and memorabilia, dining,
travel, local outings and specialty items.
American Honda created the Gourmet Food & Wine Festival in partnership
with the Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce in 1987 as a way to bring corporate
business, residents, and local commerce together with city officials for
a relaxing community celebration.
The $450 million, 398,250-square-foot Lundquist Tower is scheduled to be
completed in November, 2014.