There’s something about salt air that whets the appetite for fine food and wine, and something about an aggregation of celebrity chefs that helps you savor their flavors that much more.
Sea air and celebrity chefs meld Nov. 14 – 18 at the 9th Annual San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival.
The week-long affair features a slew of wine-tasting seminars, cooking classes and wine-pairing dinners. You might consider Celebrating Julia: Past & Present. ‘Julia,’ of course, is Julia Child. This tribute class to the master features celebrity chefs Katsuya Fukushima and RJ Cooper. They’ll showcase a “then and now” comparative French tasting menu. Revel in the roots of the classic cuisine and then indulge in its latest incarnations.
More big names. The Food Network’s Hearty Boys make an appearance proffering up recipes from their new book The New Old Bar. The focus here is finger-friendly food, salty snacks and cocktails – all the better with which to party.
Other top-shelf attendees for the 9th Annual San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival include James Beard Award-winning chefs Gale Grand of Tru and Roy Yamaguchi of Roy’s. You get the culinary drift of all this.
You have the option of choosing from a quartet of ticket packages that mix and match hotel stays, wine-tasting seminars and cooking classes. One of the coolest events is the UnCorked Lunch party. That’s where you can get a sneak peek at the festival and mingle with well-known San Diego chefs.
The proceeds from the festival’s live and silent auctions go to helping create future culinary talent. Specifically, they benefit the American Institute of Wine & Food and Chaine de Rotisseurs’ culinary arts and enology scholarship program for students and professionals in the San Diego area. So far, the festival has managed to raise more than $205,000 in scholarship money.
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