Food Bank

Annual Chefs, Cork & Craft Gala.

More than thirty celebrated local chefs from across San Diego County will donate their time and culinary talent at the San Diego Food Bank’s annual Chefs, Cork & Craft Gala taking place at the nonprofit’s 90,000 square foot warehouse facility in Miramar on Saturday, April 28, 2018.

The gala’s chef committee chair, Chef Sara Polczynski of Seasoned Plates, will lead the team of chefs to help raise vital funds for the Food Bank's hunger-relief programs, including the Food 4 Kids Backpack Program which provides weekend backpacks filled with food to elementary school children living in poverty. “Each chef will host a table of ten guests at the gala, acting as their table’s personal chef for the evening. The chefs are donating food for the event, and each chef will cook an amazing multi-course dinner featuring their signature dishes for their guests,” Chef Sara Polczynski shared with Giving Back Magazine.

This year’s gala co-chairs, Jeannie Johnson Bolinger and Cheryl Floros, are excited about the gala which has a spring theme with an emphasis on fresh, seasonal food. “Our theme this year is spring and spring’s harvest. The décor will reflect this theme throughout. We will couple floral patterns with rich pastel colors and vibrant sunset hues which will create a very welcoming and festive ambience,” said gala co-chair Cheryl Floros.
Co-chair Jeannie Johnson Bolinger proudly added, “The Chefs, Cork & Craft Gala is unique in that it is held at the Food Bank’s warehouse, so guests are able to see the Food Bank facility. Being in this atmosphere showcases the magnitude of the Food Bank’s operations and emphasizes the sheer scale of their mission feeding 370,000 people every month.”

The gala will feature live musical entertainment, silent and live auctions, delicious craft cocktails and hors d'oeuvres during the opening reception, a cocktail bar in the Food Bank's 70,000 cubic foot refrigeration unit, and exquisite foods prepared by the region’s best chefs all combined in a flawless evening.

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2018 Chefs, Cork & Craft Gala – Participating Chefs

  • Chef Sara Polczynski (Chair) Seasoned Plates
  • Chef Andrew Bachelier Campfire
  • Chef Jonathan Bautista Georges At The Cove
  • Chef Steve Brown
  • Chef Nick Brune Eco Caters
  • Chef Ryan Bullock MIHO Catering Co.
  • Chef Joe Burns Waters Fine Foods & Catering
  • Chef Alex Carballo
  • Chef Hanis Cavin Carnitas Snack Shack
  • Chef Denise Covert PB Alehouse
  • Chef Evan Cruz Arterra
  • Chef Phillip Esteban Consortium Holdings
  • Chef Tommy Fraioli 10 Barrel Brewing
  • Chef Gina Freize Venissimo Cheese
  • Chef Christopher Gardner Volunteers of America
  • Chef Michael Ground The Patio Group
  • Chef Jonathan Hale Prado at Balboa Park
  • Chef Katherine Humphus Specialty Produce
  • Chef Craig Jimenez Supernatural Sandwiches
  • Chef Victor Jimenez Cowboy Star
  • Chef Accrusio Lota Solare Ristorante
  • Chef Mario Medina The Main Course
  • Chef James Montejano
  • Chef Mario Moser The Flying Pig
  • Chef Michael Poompan Coronado Marriott
  • Chef Lance Repp The University Club
  • Chef Denise Roa Rancho La Puerta
  • Chef Jeff Roberto Sushi On A roll
  • Chef Denise Roa Rancho La Puerta
  • Chef Javier Rubio Mission Bay Yacht Club
  • Chef Vaughn Vargas UC San Diego
  • Chef Giselle Wellman San Diego Jewish Academy

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