The San Diego Food Bank’s 7th annual
Chefs, Cork & Craft Gala: A Seaside Soirée
will take place on
Saturday, April 27, 2019
at the San Diego Food Bank’s 90,000-sq.-ft. warehouse in Miramar.
The gala has SOLD OUT, but we are welcoming interested persons and/or groups to be placed on a waiting list for the next available seat and/or table. If you are interested, please send an email to Chad Deal.


When: Saturday, April 27, 2019

Time: 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Event Schedule:
6 p.m. – Cocktail Reception and Silent Auction
7:30 p.m. – Dinner, Live Auction and Program
9:00 p.m.- Live Musical Entertainment and Dancing

Where: San Diego Food Bank Warehouse | 9850 Distribution Ave., San Diego, CA 92121

Complimentary valet services will be available for all gala guests.



Gala guests are invited to participate in our Wine Wall Cork Pull and our Kendra Scott Jewelry Pull for a set donation and will receive a bottle of wine (90 points or higher) and/or a gift box featuring a Kendra Scott jewelry item valued from $75 to $200.

All proceeds will benefit the vital hunger-relief programs of the San Diego Food Bank, including our Diapers-to-Degree Initiative.

Special Thanks:
Albertsons|Vons (Wine & Champagne Table Sponsor)
Kendra Scott


This elegant evening will feature the culinary talents of more than 30 of the county’s best chefs. Each chef will be assigned to a table of 10 guests, acting as that table’s personal chef for the evening, preparing a multi-course meal with drink pairings celebrating our region’s relationship with the coast and sea.

Chef Chair, Sara Polczynski – Seasoned Plates

Chef Larry Banares – Viejas Casino & Resort | Chef Nick Brune – ECO Caters
Chef Ryan Bullock – MIHO Catering Co. | Chef Joe Burns – Waters Fine Foods & Catering
Chef Alex Carballo | Chef Hanis Cavin – The Pioneer
Chef Denise Covert – The Crossings at Carlsbad | Chef Evan Cruz – Arterra
Chef Amy DiBiase – Vistal | Chef Max Farina – Zafferano Catering
Chef Tommy Fraioli – 10 Barrel Brewing Company | Chef Gina Freize – Venissimo Cheese
Chef Jonathan Hale – The Prado at Balboa Park | Chef Victor Jimenez – Cowboy Star
Chef Jason Knibb – Nine-Ten Restaurant and Bar | Chef Dave McHugh – SeaWorld San Diego
Chef James Montejano – The Huntress | Chef Aaron Obregon – Albaca
Chef Ryan Orlando – Campfire | Chef Israel Ortiz – Harrah’s Resort Southern California
Chef Josh Peavy – Continental Catering | Chef Filippo Piccini – Solare Ristorante
Chef Denise Roa – Rancho La Puerta | Chef Jeff Roberto – Sushi On A Roll
Chef Amy Russert – Amy’s Cakery | Stehly Farms
Chef Danilo “DJ” Tangalin | Chef Marcus Twilegar – Bivuoac Ciderworks
Chef Vaughn Vargus – UC San Diego


Guests will have the opportunity to bid on a feast of fabulous trips and experiences during the live and silent auctions. This year’s live auction will include trips to Hawaii, Asia and resorts south of the border.

Auction items generously donated by:

Chileno Bay Resort & Residences, Crystal Cruises, Esperanza, EVA Air,
The Kahala Hotel & Resort, Southwest Airlines

*Auction items are subject to change.



Andrew & Joan Chitiea | Aaron Cohn | David & Lesley Cohn
Ron & Guadalupe Cohn | Stephen & Marjorie Cushman
Mike & Marie Dahlquist | Fred & Irene DeFesche
Timothy Fennell | Ben & Ann Haddad
Lidia & Ted Martinez | Damian and Lori McKinney | Mitch & Rebecca Mitchell
Dennis & Pamela Mudd | Ray & Maju Patel | David & Emily Rex
Rip & Leah Rippetoe | Councilmember Chris & Maria Cate
Congresswoman Susan Davis | Supervisor Kristin Gaspar

Thank you to our 2019
Chefs, Cork & Craft Gala supporters!

Presenting Sponsor


Bordeaux Sponsors




Merlot Sponsors


Sheldon Derezin


Rosé Sponsors



The Cohn Family        Ray Patel       Bill Stern & Joy Gorback  


In-Kind Sponsors