Special thanks to everyone who attended and supported our 2018 Chefs, Cork & Craft Gala!

 This year’s gala was a tremendous success and raised over $500,000 for our vital hunger-relief programs including our Food 4 Kids Backpack Program!

Save the Date for Next Year’s Annual Chefs, Cork & Craft Gala!

WHEN: Saturday, April 27, 2019

WHERE: San Diego Food Bank warehouse
9850 Distribution Ave., San Diego, CA 92121

TIME: 6 p.m. – 12 midnight

Congratulations to Vince Kasperick, 2018 Eugene “Mitch” Mitchell Community Hero Award Recipient!

As a longtime supporter of the Food Bank, Vince has made incredible contributions to our mission. AimLoan.com has supported the Food Bank through fundraising campaigns, public awareness programs, and through employee volunteerism. Vince founded the AimLoan.com San Diego Blues Festival in 2010 as a food and fundraiser for the Food Bank. The Blues Fest has become a hallmark event in San Diego and among blues fans nationally. The event has raised more than $750,000 and 13 tons of food for the Food Bank in its seven years of operation!

Thank you to our 2018 Chefs, Cork & Craft Gala supporters!

Presenting Sponsor


Bordeaux Sponsors


Cabernet Sponsors

Sheldon Derezin


 Rosé Sponsors




Warren & Cherelyn Johnson and Mihir Parikh & Keerti Guru

In-Kind Sponsors

2 Towns Cider, Amy’s Cakery, Cutwater Spirits, Kendra Scott, Manzanita Roasting Company, Specialty Produce

Special thank you to our amazing chefs!

Chef Sara Polczynski (Chair) Seasoned Plates
Chef Andrew Bachelier Campfire
Chef Jonathan Bautista George’s at the Cove
Chef Steve Brown Cosecha
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 Company
Chef Gina Freize Venissimo Cheese
Chef Christopher Gardner Volunteers of America
Chef Jonathan Hale The Prado at Balboa Park
Chef Katherine Humphus Specialty Produce
Chef Victor Jimenez Cowboy Star
Chef Accursio Lota Solare Ristorante
Chef Mario Medina The MainCourse Restaurant
Chef James Montejano
Chef Daryl O’Donnell San Diego Convention Center
Chef Josh Peavy Continental Catering
Chef Michael Poompan Coronado Marriott
Chef Lance Repp The University Club
Chef Jeff Roberto Sushi On A Roll
Chef Amy Russert Amy’s Cakery
Chef Vaughn Vargus UC San Diego
Chef Giselle Wellman San Diego Jewish Academy