Wednesday, October 21, 2009

It's Time for Celebrate the Craft

I probably shouldn't admit this, but I think Celebrate the Craft is my favorite of all the big food events in San Diego. It's intimate and because of that the food is unfailingly spectacular. Chef Jeff Jackson of A.R. Valentien brings together over a dozen of his colleagues around town, and pairs them with regional farmers, vintners, and food artisans.

This is Celebrate the Craft's seventh year and as always, it takes place on the Arroyo Terrace at The Lodge at Torrey Pines. This year, it's being held on Sunday, Nov. 1 from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. And, who's doing the cooking? Paul Arias of The Fishery, Pete Balistreri of Tender Greens, Daniel Boling of The Grill at Torrey Pines, Andrew Spurgin and Donald Coffman of Waters Fine Catering, Antonio Friscia of Stingaree, Christian Graves of JSix, personal chef Amiko Gubbins, Nine-Ten’s Jason Knibb, Javier Placencia of Romesco Baja Med, Carl Schroeder of Market, Brian Sinnott of 1500 Ocean, Monica Szepesy of Q’ero, Tim Kolanko of A.R. Valentien, Timothy Au of Marriot Hotels, and culinary instructor James Foran of Grossmont College.

They'll be collaborating with names you may already know: Crows Pass Farms, Bread & Cie, Catalina Offshore Products, La Milpa Organica Farms, Jack Fisher Confections, and many more. Plus, they'll have wine makers from up and down the California coast, including Kalin Cellars, Tablas Creek Vineyard, and Far Niente.

Tickets are $65 per person and may be purchased on The Lodge at Torrey Pines website.

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