Save the Date for the Food Bank’s 2023 Chefs, Cork & Craft Gala

Saturday, April 22, 2023


Thank you to everyone who joined us for the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank’s 10th annual Chefs, Cork & Craft Gala: Hang Ten! on Saturday, April 23, 2022 outside, under the stars, on the grounds of the Food Bank’s 90,000-square-foot warehouse
in Miramar.

Photos from the event can be viewed online. To download a photo, right-click on the photo and select “Download.”

Special thank you to Douglas Gates Photography and to our photo booth vendor, TapSnap, for providing these photos for guests to enjoy.


6:00 p.m.Cocktail Reception and Silent Auction
The opening reception will feature delicious craft cocktails, an open bar,
tray-passed hors d’oeuvres, and over 100 fabulous silent auction items.

7:30 p.m.Dinner, Live Auction & Program
Guests will enjoy a gourmet dinner prepared by celebrated local chefs, a live auction featuring exciting experiences and getaways, and a program highlighting the Food Bank’s critical mission in the community.

9:00 p.m.Live Entertainment and Dancing
Guests will finish the evening on the dance floor with our live musical entertainment The Republic of Music.

Semi-Formal Beach Chic

With this year’s gala theme as an homage to our coastal heritage and surfing culture, we recommend that guests dress in their most chic and stylish beach-themed outfits.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This year’s gala will take place outside. Please bring a sweater or coat as it may get cold in the evening. 

For any questions about attire, please contact Vivian McDonald, Special Events Manager, at 858-863-5198.


Guests will enjoy a multi-course dinner prepared by the county’s leading chefs.

V.I.P. guests will receive Champagne tableside at the start of dinner and an additional cheese course to complete the dinner service, provided by Venissimo Cheese.

Special thank you to our Chef Committee Chair, Chef Sara Polczynski, and the following chefs who are donating their time and talent to cook for this year’s gala.


Tray-passed Hors d’oeuvres
Chef Jack Ford & Chef Carlo Guardado
Avocado & Cucumber Aguachile, Watermelon Radish with Jicama
Strawberry & Melon Bites with Chamoy & Lime
Chili Smoked Goat Crostini with Mashed Peas & Mint
Honey Poached Kumquats with Smoked Ricotta & Sea Salt on Crostini
Crudite Cup with Celery, Carrot, Cucumber, Radish & Chili Tahini
Japanese Curry Deviled Eggs with Crispy Garlic & Lemon
First Course: Alternating Menu
Chef Augie SaucedoThe Lot
Baja Achiote Citrus Prawn & Roasted Street Corn

Queso Enchilado & Chili with Fermented Honey & CorianderChef Vaughn VargusUCSD
Crispy Agedashi & Ponzu with a Spicy Cucumber Salad,
Steamed Baby Bok Choy, Charred Carrot & Ramen Egg, Black Garlic Oil
Entrée Course
Surf & Turf
Chef Amy DiBiaseGrand Restaurant Group
Black Pepper Crusted Ahi Tuna with Melted Leeks, Olive Italian Salsa Verde
Chef Jonathan Hale & Chef Evan CruzCohn Restaurant Group
Beef Short Rib with a Pea & Wild Mushroom Tart, Rosti Potatoes and Leek Ash

Chef Ryan OrlandoThe Plot
Mixed Baby Creamer Potatoes, Grilled Baby Carrots, Round Radish, Candied Kumquats,

Charred Herb Cashew “Cream,” Carrot Top Kosho Gremolata with PLOT garden herbs
Dessert Course: Alternating Menu
Chef James ForanGrossmont College
Milk Chocolate Passion Fruit Petit Gateaux
Hazelnut Sponge, Vanilla Coffee Caramel, Crisp Meringue

Chef Alexis Wells – The Goods Bakehouse
Mille Feuille

Puff Pastry, Raspberry and Pistachio Cream, Rhubarb Glass, White Chocolate      
& Pistachio Crumble
Cheese Course for V.I.P. Tables
Gina FreizeVenissimo Cheese
with dried fruits and nuts generously provided
by Wholesale Nuts & Dried Fruit
After-Dinner Treats
Amy RussertAmy’s Cakery
Meet the Chefs - Bios and Photos

This year’s gala will include a LIVE Auction during the dinner program, led by our talented auctioneer Anna Couvrette, featuring exciting experience packages and fabulous getaways. All proceeds benefit the Food Bank’s critical hunger-relief programs.

This event is made possible because of our dedicated committee.
Thank you to our 2022 Chefs, Cork & Craft Gala Committee for all of your hard work!

Ellen Gruer and Cindy Hickman
Gala Co-Chairs

Sara Polczynski
Chef Chair

Paul Amberg, Pamela Hunt, Jim Lennox, Jeffrey Light, Mark McCord,
Lisa Richards, Leah Rippetoe, Robin Rubin, Mishelle & Tim Shinn

Committee Members

Interested in sponsorship opportunities or have a question?
Please reach out to our Special Events Manager, Alexis Hernandez.