In addition to dinner, the evening promises entertainment and a Chiang tribute, with an honorary committee of celebrants that, besides Waters, includes Thomas Keller, Margrit Mondavi, Gene Burns, Ruth Reichl, and Patricia Unterman. There's a silent auction for items like a 14-course dinner prepared by Chiang and a jet copter ride courtesy of KGO radio. The event starts at 6:30 p.m.
Unterman, author, food critic, and co-owner of Hayes Street Grill, told SFoodie that Chiang is "a force of nature in every way, a model for all of us in what it is to live an energy-infused life. She's going to be 90, and I can hardly keep up with her! Her absolute love of food, and life, and conviviality -- she's a natural in this business."
Tickets to the September 18 banquet are $200, with proceeds to benefit the Cecilia Chiang Scholarship Fund at the Chinese American International School. They can be purchased through the Chinese American International School Development Office at 861-0866, or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.