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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

Maria Montana

Author, Food and Wine Journalist

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I am a published author and award-winning food and wine journalist who gained an appreciation of European cuisine from my parents who were born and raised in Calabria, Italy. My mother taught me how to cook at an early age using fresh, organic ingredients including fava beans, tomatoes, and an assortment of fruits and vegetables from my father's garden. I love to be in the kitchen creating new recipes for my family and friends.

I am the author of San Diego Food Finds at I contribute to the Wednesday Food Section of the San Diego Union-Tribune, and have my own monthly 'Step by Step' recipe series. I continue to write for the Night and Day Entertainment Section of The San Diego-Union Tribune as well as Sign On San Diego, where I have been extensively published for many years.

I continue to write for Dining Out Magazine where I have been published locally in their San Diego edition, and nationally in their Toronto, Canada, Fort Lauderdale, and New York City issues.

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