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−11th Annual Celebrate The Craft11:30 am – 3:00 pm
From event website:
California is a state rich in extraordinary beauty and agricultural abundance, with a tradition of craft and culinary innovation. That’s why gourmets converge each year in beautiful La Jolla, California for a unique celebration of California’s beauty, bounty, and craftsmanship.
The eleventh annual gathering to “Celebrate the Craft” will take place on Sunday, October 6th at The Lodge at Torrey Pines®. For the past ten years, “Celebrate the Craft” has been one of Southern California’s premier showcases for regionally grown ingredients and innovative cooking and winemaking.
As in years past, the celebration featured the finest food artisans from across California’s broad culinary spectrum, which demonstrated, discussed, showcased, and tasted their way through the vast array of premium food products available throughout the state. “Celebrate the Craft” delights anyone eager for food prepared with natural ingredients and careful craftsmanship. “The growing season runs year-round in our neck of Southern California, and the local agricultural community takes full advantage, affording us a unique variety of the freshest produce,” said Jeff Jackson, Executive Chef at A.R. Valentien at The Lodge at Torrey Pines and an innovator of fresh, regional cuisine. “With a daily abundance of fresh food to work with, it’s little wonder our local chefs are so creative.” The food and wine portion of the festival reaches its peak on Sunday, with a full day of cooking demonstrations by participating chefs from San Diego’s premier restaurants. Growers, vintners, and culinary artisans from some of California’s most renowned farms, bakeries, wineries, and confectioners were on hand to share their skill and enthusiasm. The Lodge at Torrey Pines, San Diego’s premier Five-Diamond resort, embodies the very best of Pacific Coastal living. Designed in the Arts & Crafts tradition of architects Charles and Henry Greene, The Lodge is a loving homage of California Craftsman architecture, emphasizing authentic materials and craftsmanship, respect for the natural landscape, and integration of indoor and outdoor living.
Continue to check www.celebratethecraft.com for updated information.+11:30 am11th Annual Celebrate The Craft
−San Diego Farm Bureau s Feast on the Farm 20135:30 pm – 9:00 pm
From event website:
Join Chefs Vincent Grumel (Vincent’s) and Patrick Ponsaty (Bellamy’s) and your favorite San Diego farmers for a gourmet meal beneath the stars; an extraordinary evening crafted by a partnership of farmers, ranchers, winemakers and chefs to celebrate San Diego’s unique agricultural offerings.
The four-course meal will be comprised completely of local food provided by the farmers themselves. Local winemakers will be on hand to give you the best pairings with the details only the growers themselves can impart to the guests enjoying their craft. Join us as we partake in the County’s best ingredients being elevated into the finest meal in San Diego.
If you have Special Dietary restrictions, please call Lindsey at 760-745-3023.
Tickets $150, available until October 1.
Proceeds to benefit the San Diego County Farm Bureau.+5:30 pmSan Diego Farm Bureau s Feast on the Farm 2013
−Baja California Culinary Fest 2013 (all-day)Oct 24 – Oct 27
From event website:
The Culinary Event you can’t miss!
Considered one of the best Gastro-tourism events of the Country, the upcoming 3rd installment of the Baja Culinary Fest will have the participation of 25 guest chefs, food lovers, sommeliers and culinary schools among many other involved guests from around Mexico and Southern California.
A group of Baja chef’s had the initiative to start the “Baja California Culinary Fest”, thanks to the several attractions Baja has to offer, including the climate and location. In 2012, the festival was awarded the prize for best tourism product of the country in the Gastro Tourisim category, in that year’s “Tianguis Turistico.
This year it will be no different, with outstanding guest chefs such as: Juantxo Sanchez, Maria Teresa Ramirez Degollado, Jorge Vallejo, Pedro Ortega, israel Montero, Josefina Santacruz, José Miguel García, Gerardo Vazquez Lugo, Francisco Ruano, and the wine maker Hugo D’Acosta, along with several local chefs like Miguel Angel Guerrero, Javier Plascencia, Roberto Alcocer and to name a few.
See the program and purchase tickets here!+Baja California Culinary Fest 2013 (all-day)
−Annual Fall Festival of Forks & Corks4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
You are invited to attend the 4th Annual Lifestyles INFOCUS Fundraising & Silent Auction Fall Festival of Forks & Corks at the Bernardo Winery.
This annual event features Unique Foods & Tastemakers, Fine Wines & Microbrews, Chocolatiers, Dessert Specialties, Relaxation Spa & Holistic Services, Silent Auction, Raffle Drawings and live entertainment! A portion of the proceeds will benefit the San Diego Children’s Museum, a 501(c)3 non-profit whose mission is to stimulate imagination, creativity and critical thinking in children and families through inventive and engaging experiences with contemporary art.
Contact Melissa Flanders for more information+4:00 pmAnnual Fall Festival of Forks & Corks
−Celebrate Dia De Los Muertos and Local Food in Tecate, Mexico!12:30 pm – 8:00 pm
From event website:
12:30 PM Depart from San Diego
2 PM arrive at Parque Profesor in Tecate, Mexico where you will experience the colorful and richly symbolic celebration of Dia De Los Muertos, Tecate style. Altars to the departed will be displayed as well as dance, theater and musical performances. There will be vendors selling traditional snacks and beverages and regional handicrafts.
5-730 PM Dinner at El Lugar De Nos, where you will be treated to an unforgettable meal featuring local ingredients prepared by Mariela Manzano, former Chef at Rancho La Puerta, and her extraordinary culinary team. Dinner features wine from the Tecate area. Locally made cheeses and preserves from Alma Santana Melero of Valle 34 will be offered during dinner and available for sale to take home.
8 PM Depart for San Diego with 9 PM arrival time.
PLEASE NOTE: YOU MUST HAVE A VALID US PASSPORT TO RETURN TO THE US FROM MEXICO.
Tickets are $95 per person and include all transportation, entertainment, dinner and wine. Buses are air-conditioned and are equipped with toilet facilities. If you would like to purchase wine to take home you are allowed one bottle per person.+12:30 pmCelebrate Dia De Los Muertos and Local Food in Tecate, Mexico!
−Good Food Community Fair presented by Slow Food Urban San Diego10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Join Slow Food Urban San Diego at the inaugural Good Food Community Fair!
As a Celebration of Food Day, Slow Food Urban San Diego and The San Diego Public Market are hosting a gathering of local organizations in the good, clean and fair food communities. Look forward to informational booths from each organization and several demonstrations on cheese-making, breaking down fish, and cooking with kids. There will also be a passport challenge with prizes; pumpkin carving; and an interactive paddock and photo booth.
From 10 a.m – noon explore cooking with kids with Chef Cynthia Quinonez. From Noon to 1 p.m., learn to break down an entire fish with fishmonger, Tommy Gomes and Catalina Offshore Products. Then, Starting at 1 pm, learn how to prepare that fish with Chef Jenn Felmley!
Slow Food Urban San Diego members will have the opportunity to approve the proposed slate for the 2014/15 Board of Directors.
SD Weekly Markets will offer a farmers’ market for the day so shoppers can purchase local produce and artisan foods from a variety of farmers and vendors.
Participation and attendance is free to the public and presenters. This is a day of learning sharing and fun! Visit: goodfoodfair.com
Participating Good Food Community Fair partners include: 1:1 Movement, Alchemy Cultural Fare & Cocktails, California Rare Fruit Growers, San Diego Chapter, Catalina Offshore, Edible San Diego, Feeding America San Diego, Jack Ford, Front Burner Fund, Golden Coast Mead, Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank, Jeanne’s Garden Program for Children, Jsix, Leah’s Pantry & EatFresh.org, Meals4Hunger,
Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center, Peace Garden, Project New Village, San Diego Community Garden Network, San Diego County Farm Bureau, San Diego Hunger Coalition, San Diego Public Market, San Diego Unified School District’s Farm to School Program, Seeds@City Urban Farm, Slow Money SoCal, Specialty Produce, Starlite, Totes Upcycled, UC San Diego Pediatrics – School Wellness Program, Susie’s Farm, Veg-Appeal, Whole Foods Market Hillcrest, Wild Willow Farm & Education Center
Hope to see you there!+10:00 amGood Food Community Fair presented by Slow Food Urban San Diego
−American Grassfed Association 2013 Conference (all-day)Oct 31 – Nov 2
From event website:
Growing the Culture of Simple, Honest Food
October 31 -November 3, 2013
San Diego, California
Please join us in beautiful San Diego as grassfed producers, nationally recognized experts, chefs, consumers, academics, processors, distributors, food artisans, and others dedicated to the sustainable and healthy production of grassfed and pastured meats gather to network, educate, and celebrate the American family farm at AGA’s 2013 conference, October 31 through November 2.
Events will include a tour of the Mendenhall Ranch in the Palomar Mountains and a delicious ranch dinner; two days of issues-oriented and thought-provoking workshops, keynotes, and panel discussions; and a celebration of local food, wine, and grassfed products at our Grand Tasting. The goal is to continue Growing the Culture of Simple, Honest Food.
See website for more details.+American Grassfed Association 2013 Conference (all-day)
−Celebrate Día de los Muertos at Suzie’s Farm!6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Dia De Los Muertos
Gather with family and friends at Suzie’s Farm for a Dia De Los Muertos celebration to pray for and remember those who have passed. To make this a celebration in true Suzie’s Farm style, we have invited chef friends from San Diego and Baja to prepare traditional Mexican dishes. Bring remembrances to place at our Main Altar to commemorate your loved ones. While this is a holiday to remember those who have passed, it is also a fiesta – frivolous and formal and funny and full as life!
Our Dia De Los Muertos celebration will be a family fiesta with tickets available for adults and children.
This celebration is a benefit for the Front Burner Fund and Kitchen Commandos, two great, local non-profit organizations helping our food community.
Read Lucila’s blog post, Que Viva La Vida on the celebration of Life and Death.
When: Saturday, November 2nd, 6:00 – 10:00pm
Where: The Grove at Suzie’s Farm – 2570 Sunset Avenue, San Diego, CA 92154
Chef Flor Franco has helped line up some of the most acclaimed chefs from San Diego and Baja, including:
- Javier Plascencia – Mision 19
- Andrew Spurgin – Andrew Spurgin™
- Isabel Cruz – Barrio Star
- Miguel Valdez and Mark Park – Indulge Contemporary Catering
- Ryan Stein – L’Escargot Bistro
- Martin Gonzalez -
Toast Enoteca Cucina
- Humbertos Aviles – La Caza Club
- Dawn Parks – Wild Thyme Catering
- Maylin Chavez – Local, Organic, Sustainable Catering
- Bianca Castro – Biscotti’s Venuzzi Reposteria
The line-up of chefs is subject to change.+6:00 pmCelebrate Día de los Muertos at Suzie’s Farm!
−5th annual Maritime Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony: The Sustainable Seafood Sensation Returns6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
From the event website
Once again the Fisheries & Seafood Technology Sector Working Group has stepped to the fore and pledged to provide the freshest local sustainable seafood for this annual extravaganza celebration of all things maritime.
The dinner sold out the last two years, so don’t wait to buy your ticket. The dinner will be held at the Liberty Station Conference Center on the evening of Nov. 7. …
Sponsorship opportunities are available starting at $500, up to $5,000 for premium recognition as a Gold Sponsor. Remember that the Gala Dinner is one of the few public occasions during the year where students have the opportunity to rub shoulders with and see the industry at its best, but we need your financial support to make that possible.
- Gold Level Dinner Sponsor – $5,000
- Silver Level Dinner Sponsor – $2,500
- (Bronze) TABLE Sponsor – $1,000
(Each sponsorship above includes a table, seats 8 )
- Non-members: $100
- TMA members: $75
- Educator’s discount: $60 (please inquire for registration instructions)
The Annual Sustainable Seafood Sensation Reception & Dinner that immediately follows Day One of the annual Blue Tech & Blue Economy Summit have elevated the “Maritime Gala Dinner” above and beyond “a celebration of all things maritime” to one of the culinary highlights on any seafood lover’s calendar. In 2012, under the capable direction of Chef/Event Architect Andrew Spurgin a dozen chefs prepared an array of seafood appetizers and a three-course dinner that rivaled any meal served in San Diego in recent history.
The lineup for this year’s dinner is still building, but with a growing list of vendors supporting the dinner, now including Catalina Offshore, capitalizing on the incredible biodiversity of the Southern California Bight is bound to tantalize and delight any palette. Do not miss out! This event has sold out the last two years!
Support OceanSTEM – This sustainable seafood dinner is the highlight of our sustainable seafood education events, “Consider a Fish”, which will be held throughout the year in 2014. Proceeds support OceanSTEM and help fund student interactions with industry professionals in a multitude of settings, including all-inclusive events such as this sustainable seafood reception and dinner. Request a copy of TMA Foundation Sponsorship Packages today, and help us foster the development of tomorrow’s Blue Tech leaders and innovators.
An event like this would never be possible were it not for the support of key sponsors and supporters, including the following:
- Carlsbad Aquafarm
- Catalina Offshore Products
- Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute
- Living Coast Discovery Center
- San Diego Fishermen’s Working Group
- San Diego Oceans Foundation
- Vesper Wines
- Cook + Schmid
The Maritime Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony is put on by The Maritime Alliance Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and a portion of your payment is tax-deductible
Check website for more details.+6:00 pm5th annual Maritime Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony: The Sustainable Seafood Sensation Returns
−Cooking Seafood with Catalina Offshore at Great News!6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Cooking Seafood with Catalina Offshore
Instructor: GOMES & FELMLEY
Date: Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Join Tommy Gomes, Catalina Offshore Products Fishmonger and Chef Jenn, Culinary Instructor and Certified Culinary Nutritionist to not only learn how to make wonderful fresh fish dishes, but how to filet and portion fish as well. Chef Jenn is a talented cook and teacher who has a deep passion for food. Tommy comes from a fishing family and has been around it all of his life, the two make a wonderful duo. San Diego Magazine had nominated him as one of the top 50 people to watch in 2011, so don’t miss out. Tommy will discuss how to buy fresh seafood and what to look for in freshness and how to trust a true fishmonger. He will also instruct students on how to use the entire fish.
Recipes: Thai Seafood Salad; Polenta with Shrimp in Sage Butter; Baked Whole Local White Fish with Italian Lemon, Olive Oil and Fresh Herb Sauce; “Best of Catalina Offshore Products” Cioppino (fisherman’s stew).
*Tommy will be donating his teaching fee to Urban Slow- Foods San Diego. Recipes subject to change due to availability.
CALL FOR AVAILABILITY 858-270-1582+6:30 pmCooking Seafood with Catalina Offshore at Great News!