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Enjoying the Evening the Stars Gourmet Food and Festival are, Steve American Honda Motor assistant vice president for relations and his wife, Mary Junko Iwamura and her husband,Tetsuo president and CEO of American Honda Company Inc.; and Craig president and CEO of Torrance Memorial Center and his wife, Judy Photo by Meredith Grenier

Honda Motor Company rolled out its red carpet for 900 guests the 25th annual Evening the Stars Gourmet Food and Festival.

The event, hosted by and the Torrance Area Chamber of was the place to be Aug. 6 as attendees a cold ocean breeze some in strapless dresses to sip and sup while six-time Grammy-winning slack-key guitarist Daniel Ho on stage.

The evening’s proceeds $100,000 — will Torrance Memorial Medical new main tower and pediatric It was the fifth consecutive year TMMC was selected as the festival’s

It’s so wonderful to see the community together for this festive Bay celebration each year, Craig Leach, president and CEO of We are extremely grateful that Honda continues to support the of exceptional health care to our growing community.

Guests gourmet samplings from 27 restaurants and tastes from 80 varieties of wine, including Classic/PGA professional wines, and from Riboli Family Estates and from the Napa restaurant at Disney’s Grand Hotel.

Loyal supporters bid on more than 100 silent packages organized by the hospital’s a volunteer support group of and their teens.

Judy and a friend have attended the annually for 15 years. I love she said. We always have a time.

Welcoming guests to the Honda was Tetsuo Iwamura, president and CEO of Honda Motor Co. Inc. his wife, Junko. Also visitors was Honda’s assistant president of community relations, Morikawa, who was accompanied by his wife,

The festival provided some an excuse to dress to the nines others opted for warmth the evening’s chill.

Rosa wearing a sleeveless dress a V-neckline insisted she wasn’t although her husband, Jesus, that the top of his bald head was a bit chilly.

Elsewhere, Phyllis donned a fascinator in her hair black feathers with a flower to match a handsome from Nepal. This is a la the wedding, she said, pointing to her chapeau.

Meanwhile, Volunteer president and CEO De De Hicks incorporated a into her ensemble, keeping her all evening.

Torrance Mayor Scotto gave high to Ortega 120’s margaritas, quickly ran out.

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse’s filet and shrimp and the Red Car’s pork are to … for, he adding that it was really to see so many people supporting and the Torrance Chamber.

It’s that we were able to all these restaurants even in bad economy, Scotto said. may not realize how much the restaurants and donate to this charity It is really great.

Lots of voted as their favorite the basa fish served by Shafer, owner-chef of the Depot and Fire Department.

Not surprisingly, the crowd lined up in front of the Grindz booth, where the of fresh coffee wafted the air. Owner and festival member Maryanne Brooks to make vanilla cappuccinos for bump-covered guests.

Fellow member Judy Gibson the pastries and cookies from by Hilton Torrance-South Bay as her favorite. high praise went to Restaurant for its fantastic mushroom and certainly the most creative went to Gonpachi at Miyako Hotel for its salmon served in cones.

Carl Kaemerle, who was on hand his wife to support Torrance president Donna Duperron, a fellow Redondo Beach praised the sushi offered by Boy and the succulent shrimp and filet from Fleming’s in El Segundo.

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The vendor who traveled the farthest to the festival was Penny Waugh Palm Beach Gardens, who offered guests wine professional golfers. Honda sponsor the Honda Classic at the PGA Resort Spa’s Championship in Palm Beach Gardens, 27 to March 7.

Duperron said the of guests had grown from year, and she expressed hope they and the rest of the community patronize all these wonderful

For more information, call the Area Chamber of Commerce at

PVP Artists Studio Tour

The studios of 10 Palos Verdes artists will be open for from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 10 and 11.

Guests are invited to enjoy a lunch at each studio the day.

Private studios on include those of Pauline ceramics, paintings and photography; Gargaro, oil paintings; M.C. ceramics; Karen Pester, glass and steel; Dawn abstract paintings and hand-painted wearable art; Don Crocker, oil Nancy Backes, pen and ink drawings; Lieb, wearable art; Earl, photography; and Kathie oil paintings.

In addition, other will demonstrate their at The Village shopping center, 627 Spur Road, Suite in Rolling Hills Estates. include Robin Bott, art; Lynne Haggard, Jill Kollmann, polymer Suzanne Kuuskmae, botanical and Justine Parish, wearable

Tickets to the self-guided tour, lunch, are $20 in advance or $25 on tour Proceeds will benefit the of the Palos Verdes Art Center’s Studio Galleries.

For more or to purchase tickets by credit call 310-544-8072 or 310-265-2592.

Grenier is a freelance writer. She can be at meredithgrenier@

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