Flavors is a culinary experience that goes beyond the traditional gala providing guests with the unique experience of having a top local chef prepare a multi-course dinner tableside. The evening showcases the signature dishes of our culinary experts and takes you beyond the usual restaurant fare. Unleash your inner “foodie” and experience a distinct evening of dining while helping to fund the research, education, and advocacy efforts of the American Liver Foundation.

Join us for a night that you won’t soon forget all while helping to improve the lives of the 30 million people in the United States living with liver disease.

2017 Healthcare Visionary

Michael L. Volk, MD, MSc, AGAF is  the Medical Director of Liver Transplantation and Division Chief of Gastroenterology at Loma Linda University.  He attended medical school at the University of Rochester, residency at the University of Virginia, and then fellowship at the University of Michigan where he stayed for 11 years and served as the Medical Director of the Liver Tumor Program before joining Loma Linda in 2015.  A former Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar, Dr. Volk is an expert in health care delivery who has published over 80 papers and received grant funding from the NIH, AASLD, AGA and Greenwall Foundation.  He remains a busy clinician and is rated among the Best Doctors in hepatology nationwide.

2017 Scientific Award Recipient

Dr. Barent DuBois joined the Chapman University School of Pharmacy as a Postdoctoral Fellow in July 2015 after submitting his PhD dissertation in pharmaceutical sciences at Oregon State University. He has been studying how the maternal and intrauterine environment affects fetal development, altering the anatomical, physiological and epigenetic substrate on which an individual’s pharmacokinetic (PK) phenotype is expressed throughout the lifespan.

Dr. DuBois is a pharmacokineticist with a background in clinical and translational medical research, utilizing animal and human models of obesity, intrauterine growth restriction, and pregnancy.

Currently Dr. DuBois works with Dr. Reza Mehvar studying blood-brain barrier permeability and drug metabolism in the brain in cirrhosis and acute liver failure, and how liver diseases alter pharmacokinetics.

2017 Culinary Visionary

We are proud to have Chef Joshua Severson from Selanne Steak Tavern as our 2017 Culinary Visionary. Chef Severson’s American contemporary cuisine recently won Selanne Steak Tavern recognition as Best New Restaurant, Best Wine, and Best Steak venue at the Golden Foodies Awards, which honors top culinary talent in Orange County. Selanne Steak Tavern’s proprietor is Teemu Selanne, hockey legend and former Anaheim Ducks star player.

Emcee Jamie Gwen

Jamie Gwen is a CIA Grad, Celebrity Chef, Certified Sommelier, Lifestyle Expert and four-time Cookbook Author who can be seen stirring up something delicious on television, on the radio and in print from coast-to-coast.  She brings the best to radio with her weekly Syndicated Radio Show, filled with delicious conversation on all things culinary, heard every Sunday on Radio Stations across the country and in SoCal on Talk Radio 790 KABC.  Jamie can be seen on KTLA Channel 5, on HSN and on national television news shows sharing her seasonal lifestyle approach and her passion for food.  Her recipes are featured on www.chefjamie.com.

2017 Community Champion

Donna Bunce’s lifelong love of the performing arts is exemplified in her more than 40 years of volunteer work with performing arts nonprofits in Orange County.  Her volunteer work for the arts began when she joined the Master Chorale of Orange County (later the William Hall Master Chorale) in 1971 as a singer and was soon on its board of directors and chairing chorale fundraisers.  She became a founding board member and chair of its program series for Crescendo Chapter, one of the early support groups of the Orange County Performing Arts Center (now Segerstrom Center for the Arts). Donna was also a founding board member and two-term president of The Center Stars, a major support group of Segerstrom Center, and she and her husband were founders of Opera Pacific, the county’s opera company. In the early 1990s, Donna joined Women of Chapman, a major Chapman University support group, and since 1998, has served in a number of offices on its board of directors, including President. The group has given close to $7 million to the university’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, Musco Center for the Arts, and many other campus endeavors.

Donna’s life took a different turn in 1991, when she was hired as editor of Newport Beach [714] magazine. She continued writing about the county’s nonprofits during her tenure as executive editor of Coast Magazine and society editor of the Orange County Register from 2001 to 2012. Since 2014, she has done so as editor of Newport Beach Lifestyle magazine.

EVENT DATE: October 15, 2017
TIME: 5:30 – 9:30 PM
LOCATION:   New!    Hotel Irvine, 17900 Jamboree Rd, Irvine, CA