The Gray Event Details


Sunday, February 25


Sherman Library & Gardens in Corona del Mar, CA



The Gray Reception begins at 4:30 p.m. with a live Thai music ensemble, Thai appetizers, creative cocktails, beer & wine, a silent auction, photos ops, and an opportunity to “Adopt an Elephant” that lives at the Elephant Nature Center.

The Gray Dinner begins at 6 p.m. and features a four-course dinner graciously prepared by the Chefs and owners of Thai District restaurant in Long Beach. 

The evening includes Thai dancers, a blessing from Thai monks, and a live auction featuring a week’s stay at the Elephant Nature Park, cooking demonstration with culinary author Cathy Thomas, Lek Chailert and Café Jardin owner Chef Pascal Olhats, and a presentation on the Save Elephant Foundation by Lek Chailert.

Tickets to the Gray Reception and Gray Dinner are $250. Gray Reception-only tickets are available for $125. 

NOTE: Dinner is now SOLD OUT. Tickets are still available for the Gray Reception. 

Contact Patty Patterson at Café Jardin with questions: (949) 673-0034 or

100% of the net proceeds go to the Save Elephant Foundation (processed thru the Serengeti Foundations--Tax ID  541876544).  



“The Gray Event” is an evening of food, wine and entertainment to raise funds and shine a light on a little-known issue that is near and dear to Chef Pascal’s heart: preventing the abuse of Asian elephants.

Chef Pascal was inspired to take action after a week-long ecotourism vacation with his wife, Christine, at Save Elephant Foundation’s Elephant Nature Park in Chang Mai, Thailand. 

“We met elephants rescued from all over the region,” said Chef Pascal. “Some had scars from shackles, while others had been used for tourist entertainment, causing major damage to their bodies. I was inspired by Save Elephant Foundation’s founder Lek Chailert, and knew I wanted to take action once I returned home.”

“Sherman Gardens and Café Jardin are the perfect venues for an event focused on such beautiful animals,” added Chef Pascal. “I know our guests will be inspired not only by the program we have planned, but the sheer beauty that will surround them throughout the evening.”