2009 Governor’s Inaugural Ball


Event Sponsors

We thank the following schools and businesses for their participation and support.


Bates Technical College

Clark County Skills Center


Lake Washington Technical College

Olympic College

Puget Sound Skills Center

Renton Technical College

Seattle Kitchen Academy

Skagit Valley Community College

South Puget Sound Community College

Walla Walla Community College

West Sound Skills Center


ACF Northwest Wine County Chapter

Centerplate Catering
(Safeco Field,
Everetts Event Center)

Chef Dana Anderson

Dawn’s Candy and Cake Supply

Encore Sales and Marketing

Eurest Dining Services

Scarlett Dragon Pork

Sysco Foods

Trophy Lake Golf Club

Taylor Shellfish Farms

United States Navy

US Foods

Xinh’s Clam and Oyster House

Ice Carvers:

Amazing Ice – Jason Iwakami

Studio Ice – Vance Huberz

Tony’s Ice Creations – Tony Parker

Exquisite Ice – Kevin Roscoe

Governor’s Inaugural Ball

Since 1853, the Governor’s Inaugural Ball Committee, made up of private citizens from the Capitol city community, has hosted a party to honor new governors of Washington Territory and Washington State, their cabinets, the Supreme Court and the Legislative leadership. The Legislative building and the Supreme Court was the site for the black-tie event held every four years following the new Washington State Governor’s installation. Tented Esplanades between the Legislative Building and the Supreme Court become a festive site hosting the best of the food, wines and music of the Evergreen state.The Washington State Chefs Association was honored to be chosen to once again cater this prestigious event. Over 250 volunteers from 10 culinary schools and 4 local businesses came together to put on a great culinary show. Champion ice carvers Tony Parker (board member), Janson Iwakami and Kevin Roscoe provided ice carvings which complemented the “Celebrate Washington” theme. The honored guest’s dinner for 80 invited guests was overseen by board member Chef John Fisher and a team of students and apprentices. 48,000 appetizers were prepared for the 5000 guests who attended the distinguished event. Our students and chefs demonstrated professionalism throughout the evening and confirmed the high standard expected of the Washington State Chefs Association.

The Events were:

Governor’s Dinner:

Chefs and Apprentices prepared and served a 6 course dinner for the newly elected governor and guests under the direction of Chef John Fisher. Approximately 80-100 people attended this black tie affair which is a culinary showcase.

Inaugural Ball:

Culinary Programs and local businesses from across the state created a station with hors d’oeuvres.