November 23, 2009

 Denise Lamott, 415.381.8793,


Annual Asian Lunch and Dinner to Feed Needy and Homeless for Holidays; Special Lion Dance Kick Off Celebration and Mark Cecil Williams 80th Birthday
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – The Asian Chefs Association (ACA), a collection of the Bay Area’s most renowned Asian chefs, will host the annual Chefs Without Borders Holiday Lunch and Dinner, a free Asian fusion holiday lunch and dinner to feed 2,500 poor and homeless clients of Glide Memorial Church on Monday, December 14. And, in a special Asian-fused celebration for the Reverend Cecil Williams 80th birthday earlier this year, the renowned Leung’s White Crane Lion and Dragon Dance School will perform a lively traditional Lion Dance featuring fighting lions.

“In the Chinese culture, the 80th birthday is ‘Da Shou’ – meaning grand longevity,” said Chau Lam, Asian Chefs Association Executive Director. “Cecil’s grand 45-year commitment to our poorest neighbors – the longevity of his commitment – has inspired all of us to give the best of ourselves to help the people most in need. We are honored and privileged to provide this service today.”

This is the sixth year the Asian Chefs Association, in partnership with the California Culinary Academy, prepares and serves a delicious Asian lunch and dinner for Glide’s clients. This year’s menu features Sweet and Sour Pork with Pineapple and Green Pepper, Chinese Egg Rolls, Stirred Fried Chicken with Vegetables, Steamed Rice, Asian Cold Slaw with Sesame and Vinaigrette and dessert with a variety of cookies. The food will be prepared at the California Culinary Academy (350 Rhode Island at 16th Street) the previous day, and delivered to Glide on Monday, December 14 where the chefs will cook and serve the meals.“We are so grateful for the generosity and creativity of the Asian Chefs Foundation,” said Reverend Cecil Williams. “Their grand, spirited gesture underscores their commitment to our community.”

Under the direction of chef Khai Duong (Ana Mandara in San Francisco) and chef Lawrence Chu (Chef Chu’s in Los Altos), participants this year include Straits & Sino Restaurant, Sushi Ran, Nikko Hotel, Three Seasons, Hilton San Francisco, California Culinary Academy, Ana Mandara, Chef Chu’s, Roy’s, Poleng Lounge, South Sea Seafood Village, Three Seasons and many other well known Asian restaurants. Corporate sponsors include Kikkoman International, VE Wong, China Airlines, Dong Vinh Restaurant Supplies, Donsuemor Madeleines, Hilton Hotel, Fresh Green Produce, California Culinary Academy (partner sponsor) and Parnassus Invest.

The White Crane Lion Dance will be performed from the sidewalk to the entrance and lobby of Glide by students from Leung’s White Crane Lion and Dragon Dance School in San Francisco. Two colorful, lively lions will spar in the traditional White Crane dance style, influenced by centuries of martial arts, accompanied by drumming and music.
The Chefs Without Borders
The mission of Chefs Without Borders (CWB), the charitable arm of Asian Chefs Association (ACA), is to provide a means for the culinary and hospitality community to give back to the community through production of special events, corporate sponsorship, individual donations and provision of culinary products and services. Proceeds will be used to support the missions and goals of the CWB and the ACA. Learn more about ACA at

Located at Ellis and Taylor in the Tenderloin, one of San Francisco's harshest urban environments, Glide Foundation is an oasis that has served the poor and disenfranchised for 45 years. From serving nearly one million meals a year, to operating a professional medical clinic, to providing affordable housing, to youth job training, to offering weekly spiritual celebrations at Glide Church, and much more – Glide touches the lives of many people. Glide has helped thousands of disenfranchised and poor people get back on their feet and find their way to jobs, housing and spiritual fulfillment.


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