Savor: Sustaining Lives, Nourishing Hope 2016; photos courtesy Team Photogenic.Cedarbrook Lodge, Food Lifeline and a team of local celebrity chefs raised more than $432,300 to stop hunger in Western Washington at the fifth annual Savor: Sustaining Lives, Nourishing Hope benefit on Saturday, March 19, 2016.

The featured chefs at Savor included: Roy Breiman and Mark Bodinet of Copperleaf Restaurant & Bar; Armandino Batali of Salumi; Bruno Feldeisen of Semiahmoo Resort; Bobby Moore of Barking Frog; Jason Wilson of Miller’s Guild; Maxime Bilet of Imagine Food Innovation Group; and Eric Tanaka of Tom Douglas Seattle Kitchen. Each chef created a signature course for the evening with the assistance of a guest who had bid on the opportunity to be their “sous chef.” Each course was paired with vintages from Charles Smith Wines. 

“I’m completely amazed by the outpouring of support at this year’s event. The money raised by this remarkable group of people will make a difference for the entire year,” said Linda Nageotte, President and CEO of Food Lifeline. “The difference between a family that might not have enough, and a family with plenty.” 

The reception took place on the Copperleaf Terrace and featured the participating chefs and musician Michaud Savage, with Charcuterie tasting from local artisan Armandino Batali and mini martini bar tasting from Heritage Distilling.  Savor included Mark Wright, news anchor for KING 5 Morning News as the emcee for the fifth year in a row. Jeff and Korynne Wright served as the Honorary Event Chairs helping to make the night special. In addition to the plated dinner, Savor featured a live auction of exclusive culinary and travel experiences. Some of the auction items included:

Dinner for 12 people in Tom Douglas’ Home

A Sommelier’s Dream Dinner on Puget Sound

Pop-Up Loulay Dinner for 2

“Savor is a catalyst for Food Lifeline’s year round dedication to eliminating local hunger, and all of us at Cedarbrook Lodge are so lucky to play a part each year in making a rewarding event like this happen,” said Roy Breiman, Culinary Director of Cedarbrook Lodge. “With exquisite dishes and this year’s guest chefs, we couldn’t be happier to have hosted another outstanding Savor.”

The evening also included a heartwarmingly generous match from Bruce and Jeannie Nordstrom during the Raise the Paddle appeal. The $100,000 matched each gift–dollar for dollar–resulting in a Raise the Paddle total of more than $200,000 to help hungry people in our community. The total raised during the course of the night will help provide more than 2.1 million meals in Western Washington.

For more information about Savor, visit  For more information about Cedarbrook Lodge, visit  or call 206-901-9268.

About Food Lifeline

Founded in 1979, Food Lifeline approaches hunger as a logistical problem that can be solved. Working with the food industry and its surpluses, the organization crafts creative solutions to stopping hunger, including redirecting good food from manufacturers, farmers, grocery stores and restaurants that might otherwise go to waste. Food Lifeline is a proud member of the Feeding America network, working with partner food banks, food pantries, hot meal programs, shelters and after-school programs all certified by Food Lifeline to meet the highest standards for client care and food safety. By providing 91,000 meals a day to local food assistance programs, combined with extensive policy work, Food Lifeline creates a sustainable approach to stopping hunger. For more information, call toll-free 1-888-404-7543 or visit

About Cedarbrook Lodge and Spa

Located on 18 acres with lush, restored wetlands, and a mere mile from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Cedarbrook Lodge is a quintessentially Northwest hideaway that provides the perfect opportunity to unwind and relax in quiet, luxurious setting. Ideal for business, group or leisure travel, Cedarbrook Lodge is only minutes away from downtown Seattle and downtown Bellevue. The Lodge features unexpected amenities, such as: usage of the comfy Living Rooms, which provide complimentary grab-and-go snacks and bottled water; complimentary gourmet Northwest continental breakfast; and more than 24,000 square feet of event space with state-of-the-art technology. Located within The Lodge is The Spa at Cedarbrook, a true sensory journey designed to replenish and revitalize guests by immersing them into the tranquility of natural elements, and the award winning Copperleaf Restaurant & Bar, a farm-to-table dining experience that was named one of Seattle’s Top 10 Best Restaurants by Gayot in 2014. Cedarbrook Lodge is the recipient of TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence Award in 2014, Elite Meetings International Gold Certification in 2014 and No. 1 hotel in the U.S. in the 2012 TripAdvisor® Travelers’ Choice® Awards. It is a member of Stash Hotel Rewards™, a point-based program that allows guests at independent hotels to quickly earn free stays at participating properties. For reservations, call toll-free 877-515-2176. Contact Cedarbrook Lodge directly at 206-901-9268 or visit

By Zen Chi

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