The Food Bank’s annual Chefs, Cork & Craft Gala will take place on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at our 90,000 sq. ft. warehouse in Miramar.

The evening will feature more than 30 of San Diego County’s finest 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 dinner with drink pairings. The evening will also include an opening reception with craft cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, live and silent auctions, a “wine wall,” and live musical entertainment.

Proceeds from the gala will support critical hunger-relief programs including the Food 4 Kids Backpack Program which provides weekend backpacks of food to school children living in poverty. Visit Food 4 Kids Backpack Program  for more information.

PLEASE NOTE: This year’s Food Bank gala is sold out. For ticket information, contact Kristin Williams at 858-863-5198 or KWilliams@SanDiegoFoodBank.Org


Our 2018 Chefs Cork & Craft Gala is presented by:


Gala Program Emcees:

Shally Zomorodi and Raoul Martinez


Participating 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

Be a Guest at Our 2018 Gala

WHEN: Saturday, April 28, 2018

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

TIME: 6 p.m. – 12 midnight

Meet the Chefs!

The San Diego Food Bank is fortunate to have the support of culinary talents from around the county who will be preparing dinner for our gala guests to enjoy.

Chef bios and photos coming soon!

Fabulous Auction Items!

This year’s gala will feature an array of fabulous silent and live auction items!
To whet your appetite ahead of Saturday’s event, here’s a sneak preview of a few of our most exciting live auction items!

Amazing Thailand
Hawaiian Paradise Trip for Two 
Petco Park Padres Private Party Suite 
Cabo Getaway
Performer Meet & Greet and Penthouse Stay at Viejas 
Wine, Dine & Sail San Diego 

+ Many more in our Super Silent and Silent Auctions!

Check out some highlights from last year’s gala!

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 2018 Honorary Committee!

Andrew and Joan Chitiea | David and Lesley Cohn | Council President Myrtle Cole
Stephen and Marjorie Cushman | Mike and Marie Dahlquist | Timothy Fennell
Jim & Jan Fitzpatrick | Ben and Ann Haddad | Dr. Karen Haynes | Bill and Tina Howe

Ed and Candy Johnson | Warren and Cherelyn Johnson | Kevin Landry
Assemblymember Brian Maienschein | Mitch and Rebecca Mitchell | Dennis and Pamela Mudd
Ray and Manju Patel | David and Emily Rex


Special thank you to our Chefs, Cork & Craft Gala Committee!


Co-Chairs: Jeannie Johnson-Bolinger and Cheryl Floros

Chef Co-Chair: Chef Sara Polczynski of Seasoned Plates

Committee Members:

Jodi Abel, Paul Amberg, Amy Berner, Becky Chester, Marsha Dressel, Ellen Gruer, Cathleen Haggerty, Cindy Hickman, Jim Lennox , Gina Mancuso, Mishelle Shinn, Tim Shinn, Sandi Slonim, and Amy Mier Y Teran