Celebrity Chef Brian Malarky

Celebrity Chef Brian Malarky

San Diego, CA. The March of Dimes will host its inaugural Salud! Signature Chefs & Master Mixologists Gala Auction, with a bi-national array of superstar chefs from Baja California, Mexico, complemented by San Diego’s own roster of award-winning chefs to dazzle attendees.The first crossborder culinary extravaganza spotlighting celebrity chefs and master mixologists, gourmet food tastings, and one-of-a-kind adventure/chef participation auction items in support of babies and the March of Dimes is scheduled for Thursday, November 10th, 2011 in the San Diego Natural History Museum in Balboa Park, with proceeds supporting the “39 Week Toolkit” initiative as well as continuing local prematurity research. La Jolla Chefs Bernard Guillas, Jason Knibb of Nine-Ten, and future La Jolla chef, Brian Malarkey will participate, along with local establishments such as The Brow Lounge, who will be part of the experiential live auction packages.

Co-lead celebrity chefs for Salud! will be internationally-renowned Chef Javier Plascencia of Mission 19 Cocina de Autor and San Diego’s stellar Bernard Guillas of The Marine Room.  Both have brought together an elite group of chefs, including Brian Malarkey of Searsucker, Jeffrey Strauss of Pamplemousse and Paul McCabe of Kitchen 1540, along with Baja chefs Diego Baquedano of La Villa del Valle and Guillermo Barreto of El Sarmiento, who will each create a unique dish exclusively for the event. San Diego’s cutting-edge mixologists will concoct signature drinks to complement the Chefs’ offerings.

Guillas, who has helmed the kitchen at the popular Marine Room since 1994, is an institution in Southern California. Among his numerous accolades he has recently been inducted into Maitre Cuisiniers de France (Master Chefs of France).  Plascencia pioneered the “Baja Mediterranean” style of cooking and has been featured in Gourmet Magazine, Food & Wine and the New York Times.  He is the executive chef-owner of nearly a dozen restaurants in Baja and southern California.   

The event is chaired by Yolanda Selene Walther-Meade, San Diego Latino Film Festival Host, and San Diego marketing executive known for her community and philanthropic work on both sides of the border. Ms. Walther-Meade has tapped into her international connections to bring together this unique group of food celebrities. As Ms. Walther-Meade describes it, “Salud! truly is a one-of-a-kind culinary showcase of tremendously talented chefs and mixologists from throughout the region – demonstrating that culinary creativity, health and philanthropy transcend borders!”

The March of Dimes funds local researchers at UCSD and is a founding and ongoing benefactor of the Salk Institute. One in eight babies are born prematurely in the U.S., reflecting a 30% increase since the 1980’s. The mission of the March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality. This work is carried out through programs, research, community service, education and advocacy. They recently announced the funding of the March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center at Stanford University School of Medicine.
Event Overview

The Salud! Signature Chefs & Master Mixologists Gala Auction will be an event where over 250 gourmands will enjoy an evening of top-notch, cross cultural cuisines complimented by exotic elixirs; all while bidding on the most exclusive culinary auction items – creating a truly unforgettable experience! Renowned Chefs Javier Plascenia of Mission 19 and Bernard Guillas of the Marine Room along with 10 other prominent chefs and mixologists from both sides of the border have committed to participating in our unique event – all to help raise money for the vital mission of the March of Dimes.
Date: Thursday, November 10, 2011
Time: 5:30pm – 7:45pm – Chef & Mixologists Samplings & Entertainment
            8:00pm – 9:00pm – Seated Dessert and Live Auction

Location: San Diego Natural History Museum, Balboa Park 

Attendance: 250 – 300 distinguished society members from
the greater San Diego area

Featured Chefs:

Bernard Guillas of the Marine Room La Jolla, Co-Lead Chef · Javier Plascencia of  Mission 19 Cocina de Autor, Co-Lead Chef

Guillermo Barreto, El Sarmiento · Diego Baquedano, La Villa del Valle Country Retreat · Christian Graves, JSixx

Jason Knibb, Nine-Ten · Brian Malarkey of Searsucker & Burlap · Michael McDonald, Fish Market Restaurants · Benito Molina, Manzanilla ·
Dawn Parks, The Wild Thyme

Andrew Spurgin, Campine ·Jeffrey Strauss, Pamplemousse 

Master Mixologists:

Ian Ward, Snake Oil Co. · Adam Stemmler/Jen Queen/Dustin Harstaad, Blind Tiger Co.  · Jeff Josehans, Grant Grill

Event Chair: Yolanda S. Walther-Meade

Committee: Patti Anderson, Stephanie Bremond, Marie Daniels, Brandon Hernandez, Julie Karlo, Debbie Malloy, Dr. Vince Marin, Suzanne Melvin, Collette  Murphy, David Nelson, Dr. Vishal Nigam, Charles Parisi, Dawn Parks Tangeman, Kristi Pieper-Rossbacher, Kalpana Singh Rhodes, Tony Rice, Supervisor Ron Roberts, Jeannette Sanchez, Lynn Silva, Stacey Thomas,  Anthony Vargas, Danitza Villanueva, Ramona Whitley, Margarita Wilder 

Individual Tickets: $250/each Table Sponsor: (Table for 10): $2,500

Facebook:      Twitter: @Salud_MOD

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