We are delighted to kick-off Club Tengo Hambre this Saturday October 13th, in celebration of the Baja California Culinary Fest. We have joined creative forces with Bill Esparza and Jason Thomas Fritz to bring the wonderful world of Tijuana street food cuisine to the people. Come with an empty stomach, and an adventurous state of mind. You will get the chance to indulge in some of the most innovative tacos that Tijuana has to offer, Oh, and did we mention enjoying a Tamarindo Tequila martini while chatting it up with Tijuana renowned Chef Javier Plascencia? Tacos Kokopelli will even be serving up a special to us surprise dish. This Saturday prepare to have your taste buds experience flavors, that some may have never before. We look forward to meeting you, and showing you a little piece of what Baja California has to offer.
To learn more and purchase your ticket visit: clubtengohambre.com
Such a magical night was had at the second annual Suzie’s Farm Autumnal Equinox dinner. It was an evening filled with enchanting scenery, great company, and delightful food and wine pairings. The event started out on Suzie’s Farm with appetizers and refreshments in the middle of their towering Sunflower maze. As the sun began to set, and the temperatures began to drop, we found ourselves crunching over leaves and fallen sunflower stalks heading in the direction of other people’s chatter. The sounds of bees buzzing past your ears, and the foliage under your feet, transforms you into this tranquil state as you explore this living piece of art. There were different rooms to be found, other than the center hay filled meeting place. Of course with the temperatures still being in the eighties at 6pm, making it to the beverages and appetizers almost felt like a reward. We snacked on pickled vegetables, Chayote and eggplant crostinis, Lambcetta dipped in a charred vegetable “dirt”, and savory cannolis. We sipped a Cucumber Lemon Verbena water that was more than refreshing. The dinner portion of the night was held at their Sun Grown property.
We mingled during the cocktail hour taking in the intoxicating aromas floating around from the outdoor kitchen. Hello, Caja China so nice to see you again. We enjoyed a glass of Vesper Vineyards Carignan, as we waited for the dinner bell to be rung. The dining area with long tables covered in crisp white linens and twinkling lights above was just gorgeous. This was like a scene that came out of my imagination. Oh wait, not everyone day dreams about dinner parties in rustic settings and farms? Well, I do, and I could not wait to see how the night would unfold.
Four local Chefs came together to create a four course meal and pairings for all of the attendees. Now that I have described the scenery, let’s get into the indulgent part of the evening, the food.
This year on Earth day, the Sustainable feast was hosted by The Outdoor Education Foundation at the NTC Promenade in Liberty Station. 10 San Diego Chefs came together at one venue and created sample dishes from each of their restaurants showcasing local farms and their ingredients. The event itself is very family friendly with activities for children and local bands playing music in the background. Bringing an appetite is needed, as you are ready to set sail on an afternoon full of delicious gourmet bites.
Chef Javier Plascencia of Mision 19 was offering up a taste of the ever expanding Baja food scene. His sample dish was Roasted brussels sprouts, fennel cured sardines topped with a pistachio caramel, jocoque cream and jalapeños. Chasing all of the ingredients around the plate with the piece of toast was all part of the fun. Every taste was full of each ingredient and had an earthy, briny bite, with just the right amount of heat.
Chef Chad White of Gabardine’s dish was Cod Bacalao with corn bread and a tomato jam. The colors were gorgeous, and the sweetness of the corn bread and the salty cod were a delightful combination.
I was more than thrilled to be a part of the 3rd Annual Foodbuzz Blogger Festival this year. It was held in San Francisco, CA, which is by far one of my most favorite cities in the world. We traveled as a little family up there, and I was so happy to show Giovanni such a wonderful city for the first time. The Taste Pavilion and Gala Dinner was filled with absolutely delicious food, as well as lovely people. It was so great getting a chance to meet new people, and I can’t wait to keep in touch with them. Foodbuzz put on an incredible event, which I am already looking forward to attending again next year. Sitting back at home, I am left day dreaming of the amazing food, people, events and surroundings from our trip to San Francisco.