Friday, November 17, 2017

5:00 pm Reception & Silent Auction

7:00 pm Dinner & Live Auction

Four Seasons Hotel

757 Market Street, San Francisco, CA

Twenty-Six Celebrity Chefs, One Mission:

To benefit the preservation of Tibetan Culture



For more information

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The 17th annual Taste & Tribute San Francisco benefit gala for the Tibetan Aid Project will grace the ballroom of the Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco on November 17, 2017.


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Taste & Tribute San Francisco

Four Seasons Hotel 
757 Market Street, San Francisco
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In support of Tibetan Aid Project’s efforts to preserve Tibetan culture, the 17th annual Taste & Tribute San Francisco benefit gala for the Tibetan Aid Project will grace the ballroom of the Four Seasons Hotel, San Francisco, on November 17, 2017. Featuring some of the Bay Area’s best chefs, Taste & Tribute San Francisco gives guests the rare opportunity to watch the table-side creation of a gourmet, four-course meal by culinary masters. Chefs work in pairs to create a unique dining experience for eleven different tables. Chef Laurent Manrique was the inspiration for the first Taste & Tribute San Francisco in 2001 and has acted as coordinating chef ever since.


For more information, contact the Tibetan Aid Project by phone at 510-848-4238,

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Past Taste and Tribute San Francisco Events

Press Release (PDF)

SF Eater Online Review
Bunrab Online Review
Press Release (PDF)


The Sixth Annual Benefit Gala









In support of Tibetan Aid Project’s efforts

to preserve Tibetan cultural and spiritual heritage


Tibetan Aid Project held its annual gala fundraiser at the Arader Gallery, bringing together 60 guests for an intimate evening of fabulous food, fine wine and an exciting live auction. Guests enjoyed an exquisite four-course meal prepared by a stellar team of NY chefs, led by Gavin Kaysen of Café Boulud. Star chefs include Missy Robbins of A Voce, George Mendes of Aldea and Michael Laiskonis of Le Bernardin. Chef Kaysen has won a James Beard Foundation Award and represented the United States at the Bocuse d’Or, widely regarded as the world’s most prestigious cooking competition.

Accompanying the exceptional dining experience of Taste & Tribute New York, the event also included fine wines and captivating live and silent auctions, featuring exquisite Tibetan art, a 10-day Galapagos cruise on the National Geographic Endeavour with Lindblad Expeditions, stays at Kasbah du Toubkal in Morocco, Taj Hotels in India, the Lodge at Doonbeg in Ireland, 5-star Caribbean Palm Island resort in the Grenadines, and getaways at Playa Viva and the Westin, two of the best resorts and spas in Mexico.


The Arader Gallery is located inside a magnificent, fully restored Beaux Arts mansion that houses a fine selection of antique natural history engravings and watercolors, maps and atlases, rare books, and American and European paintings.

Notes From A Foodie (PDF) by Mark Owen, prominent food blogger, yoga student and Tibet House US member


The Fifth Annual Benefit Gala




Taste & Tribute New York 2010
At the beautiful penthouse apartment of Alice Kandell

Press Release (PDF)
Auction Preview

On May 5, 2010 Tibetan Aid Project held its annual benefit dinner in New York City. The event was hosted by renowned art collector Alice Kandell, who recently donated a portion of her collection to the Smithsonian’s Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington DC. Ms. Kandell opened the doors of her lovely home to forty generous supporters, for an evening of delicious food, fine wine, an exciting live auction and a live performance by composer Jimmy Roberts.

Guests enjoyed a fabulous four course meal prepared by the talented chefs of New York based Saffron 59. The live auction gave attendees a chance to bid on everything from a romantic getaway in Tuscany to an 18th Century ritual box once used by a Tibetan master to transport sacred objects. Alice Kandell generously offered a last-minute item to our auction. Guests bid on the opportunity to have lunch with her, receive a signed copy of a book detailing her expansive collection, and tour her uniquely beautiful home, with its unparalleled collection of Tibetan art.

We are so grateful to Alice Kandell, fabulous entertainer Jimmy Roberts, Saffron 59 and all of our generous supporters who attended the event for making Taste & Tribute 2010 a huge success. We also thank all of our dedicated volunteers, without whom, none of this would have been possible. All of the funds raised at the event will go toward the printing, shipment and distribution of sacred texts at the World Peace Ceremony in Bodh Gaya, India.

Thanks to Walter Arader, who attended the event, we already have a date and place chosen for next year. It will be held at Arader Galleries on May 5, 2011. We look forward to next year’s event being equally as joyful and successful.

Taste & Tribute New York 2009
Le Bernardin Restaurant, New York

Press Release (PDF)

On June 29, 2009, Manhattan Chef Eric Ripert hosted Taste & Tribute New York, the fourth annual benefit dinner for the Tibetan Aid Project, at his acclaimed restaurant, Le Bernardin. Guests enjoyed an amazing four course dinner with wine pairings prepared by Alfredo Ayala of Delirio, Gavin Kaysen of Café Boulud, Michael Laiskonis of Le Bernardin, Laurent Manrique of Aqua and Fifth Floor, and Eric Ripert of Le Bernardin.

Chef Ripert’s cuisine has been praised in magazines such as Gourmet, Food Arts, The Wine Spectator, W, and Elle. The New York Times gave his restaurant four stars, its highest rating, three months after it opened in 1986, and it has held this position ever since. The Michelin Guide has given Le Bernardin three stars, its top rating, since 1995.

Highlights included an intimate reception with the chefs, as well as a live auction featuring unique Tibetan art and luxury getaways and a “Fund A Library” campaign which helped support the production of at least 5,000 sacred texts in the Tibetan language.

In total, the event raised $50,000 for the ongoing text preservation project and distribution of traditional Tibetan texts to Tibetan refugees throughout Asia. These treasured texts are presented annually at the World Peace Ceremony in Bodh Gaya, India, where over ten thousand Tibetans gather each year to offer prayers for peace and the well-being of all humanity.

Founded in 1969, the Tibetan Aid Project helps Tibetans rebuild, preserve, and strengthen their cultural and spiritual heritage for the benefit of all humanity. The ongoing text preservation project has led to the distribution of nearly three million traditional Tibetan texts to Tibetan refugees throughout Asia—one of the largest free book distributions in history.

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