Christmas at the Fairmont marks 25th anniversary, debuts online auction

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<p>A chef serves a chocolate fountain dessert in an undated Dining with the Chefs event. (PHOTO COURTESY OF DINING THE CHEFS)</p>

The Fairmont-Dining with the Chefs will celebrate its silver anniversary this year during the annual culinary scholarship fundraiser, 5:30-8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 14, at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii. All attendees will receive a collectible 25th anniversary wine glass.

Using BiddingForGood, the event’s online silent auction opens Monday, Nov. 25, at and ends at the event, which is annually presented by the American Culinary Federation Kona Kohala Chefs Association.

Also this year, the gala moves into the Grand Ballroom to offer more seating, a video presentation on the past 24 years provided by Konawaena High School’s graphics department, live jazz and dancing, plus lavish culinary stations presented by local chefs and confectioners. The event will also feature handcrafted ales, wines and 100 percent Kona coffee.

In the courtyard, guests can view ornate gingerbread creations crafted by Hawaii Community College-West Hawaii culinary students under the direction of Chef Fernand Guiot, former owner of Kailua-Kona’s French Bakery.

All auction items will be displayed outside, where guests can continue to bid on select holiday gifts, activities and private dinner parties via smart phones and mobile tablets. Volunteers will also be on hand to process bids for attendees at computer laptop stations. The auction will close at 7:30 p.m.

Pre-sale tickets are $85 each, $90 at the door. Seating will be available for 400 guests on a first-come basis and reserved seating is available by purchasing a table for 10 for $1,000. Purchase tickets at or at Kailua Candy Company, Clark Realty-Kona, Kona Wine Market and The Fairmont, Orchid, Hawaii, while supplies last. Charge tickets by phone at 329-2522. For updates, visit Christmas at The Fairmont-Dining with the Chefs on facebook.