The Greater Good 2

Kristin Martin put together 
a dynamic “Table for 10”
culinary event that benefits nonprofits 10 years ago 
and has never looked back.

Kristin Martin had taught school, grades 2 through 8, for 13 years and wanted to do something that would provide her more flexible hours to be with her children. Always an organizer and a spark plug for getting things done, she felt she wanted to do something for others that would make a difference. Thus, KM Productions was born.

Martin’s idea in creating KM Productions was to provide a “turnkey” approach for charities and companies, whereby she would handle all of the planning and orchestrating of large events. Appreciating the magnitude and complexity involved in creating a successful nonprofit event, she was inspired to form a full-time and in-place operation to accomplish this. Her team consists of graphic artists, printers, lighting and audio visual experts, decorators, sponsors, photographers, chefs, venues, auction donors and musicians to come together to benefit a cause.

“I launched the “Table for 10” culinary event 10 years ago in the hopes of creating a unique and amazing culinary event that features top chefs cooking tableside with proceeds benefiting local nonprofits,” Martin says.

The culinary extravaganza has been a very successful effort for nonprofits in the area. Launched as “Culinary Masters,” which segued to “Table for 10” the second year because of a conflict with the name being already taken, the event continues to bring a cadre of top Orange County chefs together to each cook for a table of 10 guests, thus the event’s name. Each of the restaurants the chefs represent decorate the tables with elaborate floral displays and place settings. Among the charities benefiting from Table for 10 have been Project Hope Alliance, Mission Hospital and the Roosters Foundation.

This year’s “Table for 10,” scheduled for Sunday, March 6, at Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa in Dana Point, will benefit Vocational Visions and The Teen Project.

Also included in the culinary effort is a jam-packed live auction, which showcases “Best of Chef” dining experiences, luxury goods and vacation packages to some of the world’s finest resorts.

What makes it such a win-win for the charities is that the dinner costs are absorbed by the chefs and restaurants, with all the other expenses underwritten by sponsors, allowing the ticket monies and auction proceeds be given to the nonprofits. It is the charity’s responsibility to help sell tickets to the event, or, if you will, fill the seats.

“It has been wonderful to be able to produce, plan and orchestrate a large event, which raises money for such good causes,” Martin says.

To date, the “Table for 10” culinary event has raised more than $3.6 million for nonprofits in Orange County.