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170 Wine & Spirit Purveyors • 70 of San Diego's Top Chefs
Celebrity Chefs • Cooking & Wine Tasting Classes
Big Bottle Auction • Continuous Food and Wine Tastings
Over 800 Wines • $50,000 Chef of The Fest Competition

2011 Celebrity Chef Luncheon & AIWF Big Bottle Auction
Presented by Wine Spectator
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Date:                November 20, 2011
Time:               10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Price:               Starting at $175, includes six course luncheon and wine pairing; if you are interested in sponsoring a full table, please call 619-312-1212 for package rates and your selection of winemaker tables
Location:        Marriott Marquis San Diego

Charity:            Auction proceeds benefit culinary and enology scholarships awarded by the American Institute of Wine & Food and the Chaine Des Rotisseurs

Join nationally acclaimed Celebrity Chefs Gale Gand of Tru in Chicago, Suzette Gresham of Acquerello in San Francisco, Chef Celestino Drago of Drago Centro in Los Angeles, Bernard Guillas of the Marine Room La Jolla, and Denise Roa of Rancho La Puerta and 15 legendary wineries in an unforgettable dining experience. Your morning begins at the event's reception where you will indulge at the Bubble Bar and a vast display of tray passed hors d'oeuvres, collect your bidder paddles and sample a few freshly shucked oysters by Carlsbad Aquafarms. At 10:30, the Live Auction begins where upwards of 25 magnificent wine lots will be sold. The auction is moderated by Master Sommelier Joseph Spellman. At noon, guests are invited into the main dining area where you will be hosted by one of 15 prestige wineries, each course expertly prepared by one of our Celebrity Chefs and paired with one of the wineries flagship wineries' vintages and varietals.

Limited seating is available for this sell out event.

   Meet The Chefs

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Bradley Odgen Gale Gand Kenny Gilbert Celestino Drago Bernard Guillas Suzette Gresham
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Bryan Odgen Kathy Skutecki Denise Roa Ian Gresick Ron Oliver  

Click on Chef photos for individual bio's

Master Sommelier:     Joseph Spellman
Auctioneer:                   Clinton Metter


Celebrity Chef Luncheon Menu
Limited at 200

“Amuse for the Senses”

Phyllo Dough Organic Tomato Tartlet
Balsamic Caramelized Onions, Burrata Cheese

Duck Confit Tamalito
Roasted Tomatillo, Chile Sauce
Denise Roa

Mini Crispy Beef Tongue Tacos
Tomatillo Pico, Roasted Jalapeno Aioli, Napa Cabbage

Spiced Cured Alaskan Halibut
Cauliflower Ginger Puree, Crisp Spinach, Chorizo Agave Vinaigrette
Kenny Gilbert

Oyster Bar from Carlsbad Aqua Farm

Le Dejeuner

Maine Lobster Salad
Baby Fennel, Basil Puree, Wild Greens
Celestino Drago and Chef Ian Dresik

Mountain Meadow King Oyster Mushroom Soup
Bacon Foam, Truffles, Hazelnut Dukkah
Bernard Guillas and Chef Ron Oliver

Olive Oil Poached Swordfish
Almond-Parsley Pesto, Candied Olives, Micro Arugula
Suzette Gresham

Braised Short Ribs
Sweet Onions, Sugar Pumpkin
Bradley Ogden and Bryan Ogden

Buttermilk Panna Cotta
Hibiscus Glazed Berries
Gale Gand



Ahnfeldt Wines
Robert Biale Vineyards
Bouchaine Vineyards
Cain Vineyards and Winery
Christopher Creek Winery
Ferrari-Carano Vineyards & Winery
Fritz Underground Winery
Grgich Hills Estate
HALL Winery
JUSTIN Vineyards and Winery
L'Aventure Winery
Snowden Vineyards
Spring Mountain Vineyard
Swanson Vineyards
Zonin USA
Darms Lane / MALK Family Vineyards


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To apply for an American Institute of Wine & Food 2011 Scholarship, please click on the following link:
AIWF Scholarship

In order to be considered, application must be completely filled out and submitted with statement, resume, and letters of recommendation. Applications will be accepted until Friday, September 23, 2011. Scholarship winners will be recognized at the Celebrity Chef Luncheon on Sunday, November 20, 2011


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