Farm to fork 2018

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
September 22, 2018


event Details

The premiere farm-to-table dinner experience in Orange County at Tanaka Farms featuring family-style farm-fresh worldly cuisine by Chef Azmin Ghahreman of Sapphire Culinary Group and five extraordinary guest chefs 

arrival + happy hour

5:00p – 7:30p

Tanaka Farms Top of the Farm
Wagon ride, heirloom cocktails (with four no-host bars), wine & beer tastings, epic Gold Apron Society Chef's Showcase featuring appetizer tastings with our five extraordinary "Gold Apron" guest chefs, live music, silent auction & activities by Courtney Coloring

dinner + Presentation

7:30p – 9:00p

Top of the Farm
Enjoy an interactive, family-style, locally sourced, multi-course dinner, complemented with expert-selected wine, a party-style live auction, and a special presentation of the latest results from MaxLove Project's pioneering childhood cancer initiatives

After Dinner lounge


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



Event tickets are $200/per person or $2000 for an exclusive table of ten, until August 1st. On August 1st ticket prices increase by $50 per person.  All tickets include appetizer tastings with our Gold Apron Society Chef's Showcase featuring five extraordinary guest chefs, as well as complimentary wine and beer tastings and a multi-course family-style meal with wine served up by Chef Azmin Ghahreman and the Sapphire Catering team. All net proceeds from the event go directly to MaxLove Project’s childhood cancer family programs.



Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation + Dr. William Loudon, Chair, Neurosurgery, CHOC Children’s

The mission of the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation is to fund research to improve the care, quality of life and survival rate of children with malignant disease. PCRF remains steadfast in their mission to give every child a cancer-free future.

PCRF granted MaxLove Project $25,000 to support our pioneering Ohana Project integrative medicine study. The study was conducted in partnership with CHOC Children's Hospital under the leadership of the Principal Investigator, Dr. William Loudon. We're incredibly proud to present the results of this study at Farm to Fork 2018 and are honored to present our 2018 Gold Heart Award for Leadership in Family Thrivership to the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation and Dr. William Loudon for their visionary support to this pioneering study.


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 our Gold Apron Society 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 impacts 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. 

Our appetizer showcase at Farm to Fork 2018 is an amazing opportunity to meet all of our Gold Apron Society chefs!



The Fierce Foods Academy Culinary Medicine Program | The Ohana Project Integrative Medicine Initiative | family support programs


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.


Buy a table or seats here. Prices increase August 1st.