Friday, November 20, 2009

Cooks Confab Takes to the Street

Think of this as San Diego's version of the Reese's peanut butter cup. Two favorite culinary events -- the Saturday Little Italy Mercato and Cooks Confab -- come together for the perfect foodie treat: street food.

On Saturday, Dec. 5, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. the chefs will be at the Little Italy Mercato to create their renditions of their favorite street foods, from hot dogs and tacos to ceviche and pizelle. And, who knows what else!

Participating chefs include Amy DiBiase (Roseville), Andrew Spurgin and Donald Coffman (Waters Fine Catering), Antonio Friscia (Stingaree), Brian Sinnott (1500 Ocean), Christian Graves (Jsix), Jack Fisher (Jack Fisher Confections), Jeff Jackson and T.K. Kolanko (A.R. Valentien), Katie Grebow (Cafe Chloe), Nathan Coulon (Quarter Kitchen), Olivier Bioteau (Farm House Cafe), Paul McCabe (Kitchen 1540), and -- in his Cooks Confab debut -- Trey Foshee (George's California Modern).

This Cooks Confab event is special for another reason, too. All proceeds will be donated to A Reason to Survive (ARTS), a local non-profit located at the NTC Promenade in Point Loma dedicated to healing, inspiring, and empowering children facing life challenges by providing innovative arts-based programs. The 7,000-square-foot space includes visual and ceramic arts studios, a dance studio, music room, digital media room, and art gallery. Plus, it provides community outreach programs to children at hospitals, residential treatment facilities, shelters, rehab centers, community groups, schools, and more -- all for free to children facing life challenges.

You can do something in addition to buying tickets to Street Food. Bring a new or gently used musical instrument or unwrapped toy for the kids at ARTS.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 day of -- but buy yours in advance because it's likely to sell out. Call 619.297.2787 x2002 Arathi. (All donations are tax deductible.) The Little Italy Mercato is on Date and India Sts.

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