Hundreds gather for gastronomic giving

Hundreds gather for gastronomic giving
With their plates already full, Scott and Laura Krambeck find room for a giant chocolate-covered strawberry from Shari’s Berries. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

SAN DIEGO — Fundraising never tasted so good when chefs from more than two dozen area restaurants prepared some of their signature dishes for the 17th annual Meet the Chefs of Del Mar, a benefit for Casa de Amparo to help abused and neglected children in San Diego. 

In addition to food and wine, the April 14 event, held at Hilton Del Mar, included silent and live auctions and a VIP reception that featured a cooking demonstration by Jon Palsson of Harrah’s.

Food offerings included porcini dusted seared scallops with truffled celery root puree and caviar, seared Kobe beef paired with a spicy tuna roll, Indian spiced short ribs, an organic gluten-free quinoa patty, prime rib sliders, chocolate-dipped berries and a dessert buffet featuring crème brulees, chocolate mousse, cookies, fruit tartlets and artisan cheeses.

Participating restaurants were Amaya at The Grand Del Mar, Americana, Del Mar Brigantine, Il Fornaio, Jake’s Del Mar, Pacific Coast Grill, Poseidon, Pamplemousse Grill, Prepkitchen Del Mar, Red Tracton’s, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Sbicca, Shimbashi Izakaya and Silk’s at Del Mar Hilton.

Wine was donated by Young’s Market.

Presale tickets were $150 per person or $200 for the VIP reception. The event has consistently raised more than $100,000 for the past several years.



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