Farm to fork 2016

A Special Evening at Tanaka Farms to benefit maxlove project's pioneering Childhood Cancer thrivership programs.

Join us for the premiere farm-to-table dinner
in southern California. 
October 15, 2016


event Details

The premiere farm-to-table dinner experience in Orange County at Tanaka Farms hosted by Dawn McCoy and featuring family-style farm-fresh worldly cuisine by Chef Azmin Ghahreman of Sapphire Culinary Group. 


arrival + happy hour

5:00p – 7:30p

Tanaka Farms Top of the Farm
Wagon ride, heirloom cocktails, epic "chef-driven app-off", live music, silent auction & activities by Craftbox.


7:30p – 9:00p

Top of the Farm
Enjoy an interactive, family-style, locally sourced, multi-course dinner, complemented by wine and heirloom cocktails.

After Dinner lounge


Top of the Farm
Lounge on the hill with drinks, dessert, coffee, & dance-worthy music.


Special Thanks to Our 2015 Event Partners 

Honoring ruth mccarty

Founder, open mind modalitIes

co-founder, Integrative Complementary and Alternative Medicine Program at Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC)

Motivated by the recognition that medicine must address not only the physical but also the emotional and spiritual needs, Ms. McCarty received her master's degree of science at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) in San Diego. She then completed her internship at PCOM prior to undergoing a fellowship in pediatrics in China. 

Ruth is a California Board Licensed Acupuncturist and National Diplomat of Oriental Medicine. She co-founded the Integrative Complementary and Alternative Medicine Program at Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) with Pediatric Neurosurgeon William Loudon M.D., PhD. She is currently on staff with allied healthcare privileges at Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) in Orange and CHOC at Mission and provides Traditional Chinese Medicine therapies in conjunction with staff physicians to comfort critically-ill patients.

Ruth also works with Dr. Beth Ary, Director of The Reproductive Specialty Medical Center in Newport Beach providing acupuncture during in-vitro fertilization (IVF). She treats an active outpatient population in her private practice, Open Mind Modalities, located in Aliso Viejo and Orange. 

Ruth is a MaxLove Project Medical Advisory Board member and integral part of Max's healing. Read more about our relationship with Ruth and her work at CHOC Children's Hospital, HERE.



Christopher Gavigan, Chief Purpose Officer, The Honest Company

Christopher Gavigan has devoted his life to helping families nurture the healthiest, happiest babies and children. As the Founder and Chief Purpose Officer of The Honest Company (, Gavigan is focused on building a value-based business that has a big social, ecological, and philanthropic impact. The Honest Company is on a mission to give today's parents the access to "better" products that are safer, more effective & natural, and fairly priced, without toxic and risky ingredients - promoting educational awareness and healthier, happier children.

"Parents get a lot of advice about what to feed their children and how to baby-proof their home," he says, "but many are still completely unaware of the toxic risks posed by everyday basics found in many products, like diapers, home cleaners, body washes, and laundry soaps. Yet, there's growing scientific and medical consensus that some chemicals used in these products are linked to chronic diseases like asthma, ADHD, behavioral disorders, and even cancer."

A father of 4 children, Gavigan is the former CEO of Healthy Child Healthy World - a national nonprofit empowering parents to protect their children from toxic risks. He is also is the author of a best-selling book "Healthy Child Healthy World: Creating a Cleaner, Greener, Safer Home", and has been instrumental in catapulting environmental health messages into millions of homes worldwide with collaborative non-profit partnerships and media alliances.

Our Host

Dawn McCoy, BeautyFrosting 

Dawn McCoy is a respected Los Angeles-based host, tastemaker, beauty, lifestyle & food expert, and personality. In addition to being the creator and editor of popular lifestyle & beauty blog, BeautyFrosting, she is also a featured columnist & interviewer for Giuliana Rancic's FabFitFun, a Condé Nast Influencer, former weekly beauty, fashion & lifestyle correspondent on the two-time Gracie Award-winning The Moll Anderson Show on iHeartRadio & SiriusXM, recurring beauty expert on Hallmark Home & Family, the official spokesperson for Unite4Good, and a No Kid Hungry ambassador. She has also appeared on Extra, Access Hollywood,, and the Focus Interview Series.

Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, and a graduate of the Episcopal School of Dallas and University of Texas at Austin, Dawn is a former makeup artist (for Trish McEvoy, Bobbi Brown and Giorgio Armani) turned former personal shopper for Barbra Streisand, but found her true calling—simply by being herself—as a personality, lifestyle expert, host and writer. She hosts segments, writes (and raves) about her loves of beauty, baking, home decor, fashion, lifestyle, food, wine, travel, and more. 

The Farm

Tanaka Farms, Irvine

Tanaka Farms began with great-grandfather Teruo who immigrated from Hiroshima-ken, Japan. After making the arduous journey to California his son, grandfather George, was born in Dinuba. Farmer Tanaka is a "Sansei" a 3rd generation Japanese American who was born and raised in Huntington Beach, California and has a degree in Agricultural Business.


Farmer Tanaka, his wife, Shirley, and his son, Farmer Kenny, own and operate Tanaka Farms, which is an authentic working farm. The farm's 30 acres produces fruits and vegetables that supply an amazing produce stand and provide for a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program and various educational tours serving over 35,000 local children each year. 

In 1998, Tanaka Farms decided to go to Responsible Farming Methods after land development forced them to move the farming operation from Irvine Center Drive and Bake Parkway. The farm is now situated in a valley in the heart of Irvine. It's hard to believe that this beautiful farm can exist among all of the development in Orange County!

Tanaka Farms has partnered with MaxLove Project to offer essential and empowering farm visits to MaxLove Project families.  We're proud to partner with Tanaka Farms to offer this incredible community event and to build our empowering food literary programs together.

Our Executive Chef

Azmin Ghahreman

Born in Iran and educated in Switzerland, Chef Azmin has lived and worked all over the world. His international-oriented cooking styles and avid interest in the best ingredients available have solidly placed him on the culinary map. Chef Azmin’s talent and worldly experiences have given him the prestigious opportunity to cook for more than 30 kings, presidents and heads of state, among them: President George W. Bush, President Bill Clinton and past prime ministers of Singapore, Thailand and Pakistan. A true Renaissance Man, his culinary interests have no bounds: he is a chef, sommelier, master mixologist and expert in global spices and cooking techniques. Chef Azmin’s motto: “When you travel through the world’s markets with your palate, you don’t need a passport.”

In addition to providing world-class cuisine, he is just as committed to bettering childhood nutrition, and in 2008 founded Sapphire at School. The nutrition-focused lunch program currently partners with nine schools in Orange County and prepares fresh and wholesome meals to more than 4,000+ students daily.

Chef Azmin and his award-winning cuisine have received countless accolades and notable mentions in media including: Sunset, Relish, Orange Coast, Westways, Riviera Magazine, Los Angeles Times, and the Orange County Register, among others. Recently, he was featured in Laguna Beach Magazine as one of the top 10 most influential people of Laguna Beach for supporting the culture, collective well-being and future of the community.

Introducing the Gold Apron Society Guest Chefs


Culinary medicine is the practice of using real food to restore health, reduce side effects of conventional treatments, and improve quality of life. But it can only be effective through culinary education, positive social support, and rigorous nutrition research. This is where the Gold Apron Society will impact thousands of childhood cancer families. 
Founded by MaxLove Project, the Gold Apron Society gives leading chefs and professionals in the hospitality industry a platform for championing culinary medicine in the fight against cancer. Together we understand that culinary literacy and real food are powerful tools that can improve quality of life and lower health risks for all cancer patients and survivors.  
Our chef and restaurant partners are leaders in our communities who recognize the value of food as medicine. They are using their unique skills and talents to take a stand in support of essential culinary medicine education and research to further our understanding of the role of nutrition in fighting cancer. 





MaxLove Project empowers families fighting childhood cancers and related life-threatening conditions with quality of life carefierce foodswhole-body wellness resources, education and research. We believe that true health starts when families are empowered to be active partners in their child’s healing.

The Fierce Foods Academy is the heart of MaxLove Project. The Academy is a collection of dynamic programs, a community resource that empowers families to develop their own healthy and sustainable anticancer nutritional strategies, all while fostering a broader community of “fierce foodies.” We recognize that anticancer nutrition is a journey, not a destination. Our focus is on optimal quality of life, making our bodies strong and well-equipped to maximize standard-of-care treatment while also mitigating against the often devastating side effects of the very treatments that also save lives. 

The Fierce Foods Academy is unique, a deeply needed therapeutic resource in our community. The Academy honors each individual’s and family’s nutritional goals by providing members with practical cooking skills, nutritional shopping literacy, and evidenced-based nutritional principles. We believe that by offering kid-friendly, practical, and scientific nutrition education, the Fierce Foods Academy empowers parents and kids to be full partners in their healing and survivorship.

Farm to Fork 2015

Photos by Jenny Walters

Photos by Julia Dillon Photography

Photos by sean ross


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But we'd love to have you involved! Our amazing auction will open to the public one week before the event. Check back for details. Also, we'd love to have you host your own Farm to Fork dinner! Click below for details!


Make It A Weekend!

We've made a slammin' deal with the Hotel Irvine to offer our guests a significantly reduced room rate. Grab an easy uber to and from the event and you'll be guaranteed to have a great night out!

Our guests can now book their rooms at the Hotel Irvine for $149 per night by following THIS LINK or by calling 1-888-230-4452 (use the reference MaxLove Project).