Chinese New Year Celebration

By Richard Mineards   |   February 20, 2020
Arthritis Foundation staff and board of directors (standing) Darby Schwartz, William Gallivan, Juli Askew, Bob Price, Timothy M. Spiegel, (seated) Karen Gallivan, Amye Leong, and Mary Ellen Kullman (photo by Bonnie Carroll)

Gung Hay Fat Choy – Wishing You Prosperity and Health – was the motto during the Arthritis Foundation Central Coast’s Chinese New Year dinner at the China Pavilion.

The event is the official kick-off for the organization’s popular Taste of the Town on the Riviera being held on September 13, with the Connoisseur’s Circle dinner at the Hilton two days before.

Arthritis Foundation event co-chair Timothy M. Spiegel with Anne Towbes (photo by Bonnie Carroll)
Arthritis Foundation event co-chair Amye Leong with chef Peter Chen of China Pavilion (photo by Bonnie Carroll)

Co-chairs for the dinner included Timothy Spiegel, Mary Ellen KullmanWilliam and Karen Gallivan, Amye Leong, Bob Price, and Juli Askew.

Many guests wore red, an auspicious and popular color in the Chinese culture symbolizing luck, happiness and joy, while eatery chef Peter Chen served a traditional ten-course dinner that included chicken pot stickers, Asian-style honey roasted spiced crispy duck, steamed fish with ginger and scallion sauce, orange peel chicken, spicy ginger beef, and shrimp with pecans.

All washed down with Foley 2016 Santa Rita Hills chardonnay and Firestone 2016 Chairman Series merlot.


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