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Online Event: San Mateo County History Makers

  September 24, 2020 - 7:00 p.m.

Article Source:  The San Mateo County Historical Association

Online Event: San Mateo County History Makers - September 24, 2020 - 7:00 p.m.

To register for the event, view auction packages and more, visit:


Excitement is building for the 18th annual San Mateo County History Makers event.  The San Mateo County Historical Association is honoring Chef Martin Yan for promoting Asian style food and teaching its preparation to millions of people through his television shows, cookbooks and other media on September 24 at 7:00 p.m.  To register for this event, visit: http://historysmc.org.ejoinme.org/historymakers.  The suggested donation is $25.

Unlike past years, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Historical Association will not be staging the event at a hotel.  However, it will be asking supporters to join it online.  This year, instead of showing a traditional film about the History Maker, Chef Yan has consented to performing a cooking demonstration in his own kitchen.  Other portions of the program will include a live auction and the History Makers Eagle Award presentation to Chef Yan.

Chef Martin Yan is a legendary television icon and host of over 3,000 cooking shows around the world, a Master Chef, a highly respected food consultant and chef instructor, and a prolific cookbook author.  He has a library of 30 titles, among which are the award-winning Martin Yan’s Feast, Martin Yan’s Chinatown Cooking (with intro by Julia Child), Martin Yan’s Quick & Easy, and Martin Yan’s China.

Born in Guangzhou, China, from a restaurant and grocery family, Chef Yan acquired a passion for cooking at an early age as a young apprentice in a popular restaurant in Hong Kong.  He honed his skills further at the Overseas Institute of Cookery in Hong Kong and later received a Master of Food Science degree at the University of California, Davis, where he also discovered a flair for teaching as a chef-instructor in the university’s extension program.  In 1978, he launched the now classic “Yan Can Cook” television series and has gone on to host over 3,000 cooking shows around the world.

Now based in San Mateo, Chef Yan is the recipient of numerous national and international awards and honors from notable institutions which include: the James Beard Foundation Awards, the Antonin Careme Medal, the American Culinary Federation and the American Academy of Chefs.

Teaching remains close and dear to the heart of Chef Yan.  He is a popular guest instructor at many top culinary institutions around the world such as the Culinary Institute of America, Johnson & Wales University, and Le Cordon Bleu Schools.  He is also a prolific restauranteur.  His most recent project is San Francisco’s M.Y. China.

Chef Yan has chosen to participate in the San Mateo County History Makers event and to support the San Mateo County Historical Association because of its work in preserving the Peninsula’s past and providing hands-on learning experiences for 20,000 school children and their chaperones every year.

San Mateo County History Makers recognizes an individual or family who has made a significant historical impact on San Mateo County and whose actions have also significantly affected developments outside of the County.  This history-making might have importance in peoples’ lives economically, socially or politically.  It might inspire lifestyle, educational, environmental or spiritual change.

All contributions help the Historical Association with:

  • Operating three museums: San Mateo County History Museum, Sanchez Adobe, and Woodside Store (combined attendance 60,000 in 2019).
  • Conducting school programs for 20,000 children and their chaperones at the three museums plus Folger Stable (projected for 2021).
  • Providing online public access to its archives through its research library.
  • Caring for the 420,000 historic items in the Historical Association’s collections.
  • Organizing special online monthly educational programs for adults and children.
  • Continuing a creative schedule of changing exhibits at the History Museum, when it resumes operations.
  • Publishing its journal, La Peninsula.
  • Acting as a clearing house for matters of historic preservation throughout the county.


This year’s fundraiser is more important than ever.  Because of COVID-19, the Historical Association’s sites have been closed to the public and have not been generating the usual income from earned revenue sources.


For 18 years, the Historical Association has hosted the History Makers event, which highlights an individual or individuals who have made significant contributions to our regional history and beyond.  Previous honorees have been the T. Jack Foster Family, Gordon Moore, Ann Johnson, Dr. Thomas Fogarty, the Borel Family, the Lane Family, the Roth Family, the Crocker Family, Keith Sorenson with Jim Fox, Willie Mays, William K. Bowes, Jr. with Reid W. Dennis, William H. Draper and Pitch Johnson, Y.A. Tittle, Pete and Paula Uccelli, the Wisnom Family, Tad Taube, Jon Miller and last year’s recipient, Lennie Roberts, for her work over 50 years in defending the natural environment of the San Francisco Peninsula.


As a special treat, this year’s master of ceremonies will be Emmy nominated TV/radio personality, “Dining Around” host, Joel Riddell.  Our auctioneer will be Warriors basketball homecourt announcer Franco Finn.


The Live Auction items will include:


A Day with Chef Yan

Tour San Francisco’s Chinatown, enjoy a tea tasting and dim sum lunch.  This will be followed by a cooking lesson and eight-course dinner at a Chef Yan partner restaurant.  Donated by Yan Can Cook, Inc.


Take Me out to the Ballgame

14 seats in a luxury suite for a 2021 San Francisco Giants home game ~ includes pregame meet and greet with Giants broadcaster, Jon Miller, transportation to Oracle Park and dinner.  Luxury suite donated by Franklin Templeton, transportation donated by Shawn DeLuna.


Half Moon Bay Getaway

Emergency Vehicle Operators Course (EVOC) or a plane ride along the coast with the Sheriff’s Air Squadron ~ includes a 2 night stay for 1 couple at the Beach House Hotel; breakfast with surf legend Grant Washburn; massage treatments; and dinner at Sam’s Chowder House.  Organized by Chonita E. Cleary & Sheriff Carlos Bolanos.


Trip to Monterey

Enjoy a round of golf for 4 at the legendary Pebble Beach Golf Links.  Golf will be followed by dinner and includes a two-night stay at the Hyatt Regency Monterey.  Round of golf and dinner donated by Donna Colson, hotel stay donated by Hyatt Regency Monterey.


There will also be a “Last Virtual Hero” at which time contestants can win a bay cruise aboard the historic, 1924, English gentleman’s sailing yacht Hurrica, made available by owner Mark Sanders.  This beautifully restored vessel was used in the Hollywood motion picture “The Great Gatsby.”

For More Information Contact Mitch Postel, mitch@historysmc.org or call 650-299-0104.

Sarah Phelps

Development Associate

San Mateo County Historical Association

2200 Broadway, Redwood City, CA 94063

Ph: 650.299.0104, ext. 224 | Fax: 650.299.0141

sarah@historysmc.org | www.historysmc.org

**PLEASE NOTE: All sites are closed until further notice. I am working remotely and cannot respond to phone calls.


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