Farm to fork 2017

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 23, 2017


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, 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.



Dr. Violet Shen, clinical director of research oncology, CHildren's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC)

Dr. Violet Shen is a CHOC Children’s Specialist in pediatric oncology and the clinical research director of oncology for CHOC Children’s. Leading the way for CHOC’s Children’s cancer research, Dr. Violet Shen is the principal investigator for the Children’s Oncology Group (COG) studies, the Children’s Cancer Group (CCG) phase I research, and the COG phase I consortium. CHOC Children’s Cancer Institute has been designated as a Phase I clinical trial facility by the Children’s Oncology Group (COG), the nation’s predominant clinical trials group for children and young adult patients with cancer.

Dr. Shen is board certified in pediatrics and pediatric hematology/oncology. Prior to joining CHOC Children’s, Dr. Shen attended medical school at National Taiwan University in Taipei. She served her internship training at St Vincent’s Medical Center in New York and her residency training in pediatrics at Cornell Medical College-North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, New York. Dr. Shen conducted her fellowship training in pediatric hematology/oncology at Cornell Medical College-New York Hospital and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Dr. Shen speaks fluent Chinese. She is consistently voted as one of Orange County’s Top Doctors.



Glenn Tanaka

Farmer Glenn Tanaka, his wife, Shirley, and his son, Farmer Kenny, own and operate Tanaka Farms, which is an authentic working farm. Their 30-acre farm produces fruits & vegetables that supplies their produce stand, provides for their CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program and our various educational tours.

Tanaka Farms educates 35,000 kids and families each year about farm-fresh whole foods. For some children, a visit to Tanaka Farms is the first experience with fruit and vegetables growing from the earth! Farmer Tanaka also hosts MaxLove Project families regularly for farm experiences. We're honored to award Farmer Tanaka our "Gold Heart Award for Leadership in Family Thrivership" for 2017!


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. 



The Fierce Foods Academy Culinary Medicine Program | The Ohana Project Integrative Medicine Initiative | Nutrition + Cancer Research @ The Scheck Lab


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.

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