The hospitality industry has been quick to jump in and support relief efforts following the devastating wildfires on Maui.
Celebrity chef and Food Network star Guy Fieri announced plans for a star-studded culinary event this fall in wine country that will directly benefit the people of Maui.
His eponymous foundation will host the Chefs for Maui Fundraiser on Oct. 21, 2023, in Sonoma County with over 20 award-winning chefs for a 15-course dining experience.
The event, which costs $2,500 per ticket, will include "premium wines, chef interactions, live music, and auctions all to raise money for the exact relief supplies the communities of Maui need in support of disaster operations," the foundation stated on its website.
Fieri has recruited an all-star team of chefs to cook at the event -- including fellow Food Network stars, "Top Chef" alums, California restaurateurs and culinary activists -- to help support the Maui fundraising efforts.
Maui-based chef Lee Anne Wong, whose restaurant Papa'aina at the Pioneer Inn tragically burned down in the Lahaina fires, is listed by the Guy Fieri Foundation as one of the chefs for the special event.
Fieri, a Santa Rosa, California, resident, previously stepped up to help feed and support fire victims in the wake of the 2018 Camp Fire and 2019 Kincade Fire.
His nonprofit said in its announcement for the Maui fundraiser that "all net proceeds will be distributed to the Food service Workers of Maui and The Salvation Army Hawaiian & Pacific Islands Division."