Camp Confab! Next 10 tickets ordered get 2 weeks of the Specialty Produce Farmers' Market Bag + fish!

It’s a giveaway!!!! On top of all the awesome offerings (listed below) that come with your ticket…. we’re running a special bonus for the next 10 tickets ordered for Camp Confab! You will receive a voucher for 2 weeks of Farmers’ Market Bags + 2 #’s of fish from Catalina Offshore for Free! This is a $64 added value to your ticket!
View the Farmers’ Market Bag program, including weekly videos of what you receive in the bag at
Buy your tickets now & take advantage of 2 free weeks the FMB!
Your tax deductible contribution is $135.00
Slow Food Urban San Diego is a 501c3, educational, all volunteer, member supported non profit organization.
Support a great cause, camp out on a farm, learn & indulge in great food prepared by this city’s finest chefs!

Saturday and Sunday, September 11 and 12: Camp Confab!
That’s right, it’s an overnighter with the Confablieri and the amazing people at Suzie’s Farm in Imperial Beach, California, Bring your own tent and enjoy nature and nature’s bounty with a variety of activities and excursions sure to please even the most urbane camper. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to Slow Food Urban San Diego.
Our participating Confablieri include:
Amy DiBiase – Cosmopolitan
Andrew Spurgin & Donald Coffman – Waters Fine Catering
Antonio Friscia – Stingaree
Christian Graves – Jsix
Ian Ward – Snake Oil Cocktail Co.
Katie Grebow – Cafe Chloe
Melissa Mayer -Suzie’s Farm
Olivier Bioteau -Farm House Cafe
Paul McCabe – Kitchen 1540
Cooks Confab has also invited two guest chefs from Loews Hotel to join us, please welcome French Master Chef Marc Ehrler , Corporate Chef, Loews Hotels and Executive Chef, Loews Coronado Bay Resort, as well as Patrick Ponsaty, Chef de Cuisine, Mistral at Loews Coronado Bay Resort. These chefs have a wonderful relationship with Suzie’s Farm. as well as a stake in the neighborhood, and we are excited about their participation.
Ticket Price is 225.00 and includes all activities listed below (with the exception of the beach horseback riding and the MIHO Gastrotruck lunch, which require payment on premises plus some awesome camping swag!
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Suzie’s Farm
1856 Saturn Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92154
Saturday, September 11, 2010

Make Camp! – 8:00am-4:00pm
Bring your gear and set up your own camp on site.
Suzie’s Farm Tour – 10:30-12:00pm
Join Lucila De Alejandro, Head Weed Puller of Suzie’s Farm, for this personal and informative hands-on walking interview that will incorporate descriptions of the farm,
its history and ideals
Tijuana Estuary Tour 10:30am-12:30pm
Take a tour with Kristen Goodrich from Slow Food Urban San Diego of the Tijuana Estuary, wetlands that protect a variety of plant communities and wildlife. Discover the richness that unfolds around the Visitor Center, be it upland plant adaptations or the significance of our estuarine habitat. Learn about the flora and fauna and this stunning and fascinating ecosystem. You will be transported from Suzie’s Farm to The Tijuana Estuary. The cost of this activity is included in your ticket price.
Dinner Harvest – 12:30pm-1:30pm
Join Suzie’s Farm’s Harvesters, Head Weed Puller Lucila De Alejandro and Cooks Confab Chefs as they forage through the farm and decide what’s for dinner tonight
Beach Horse Ride – Booking Times Open
What better way to see the beach than from horseback! Take this one-of-a-kind tour conducted Sandi’s Rental Stable. Please contact Sandi’s directly 619-424-3124 to make your arrangements. The stable is within walking distance from Camp Confab!
– Supplemental cost and pre-booking applies
MIHO Gastrotruck Luncheon in the Field – 12:00pm-2:00pm
Kevin Ho and Juan Miron bring their Gastrotruck to Suzie’s for their “Farm to Street and
Back to the Farm” cuisine enjoyed in the field. On-site individual cash basis please
Coffee Boot Camp – 2:00pm–3:00pm
James and Paul, owners of The West Bean—a local micro-batch coffee roaster—will walk you through coffee from start to finish. You’ll learn the value of a perfectly-roasted coffee bean, and why it will change your appreciation of a well-brewed cup of coffee. Boot Camp will begin with their selection of the raw green beans. How varying roasting methods bring out the different flavors and nuances of the beans. The intricacies of a properly brewed cup of coffee. You’ll learn how to French press, drip-over brew, and expand your coffee palate. This class is definitely a 5-hour energy drink for your taste buds!
Composting 101 – 2:00pm-3:00pm
Want to know how and why? Now is your chance. Spend time with Master Composter Aaron Turner as he shows you exactly how you can bring this skill home for everyday use
Getting to Know Cheese! – 3:15pm-4:00pm
San Diego’s leading specialty artisan cheese shop Venissimo joins us with Cheesemonger, Cheese Whiz and owner Gina Freize. Gina will share a little history, how it’s made, what to pair, how to serve, ways to store & much more! Think 101 with a lot of 102 thrown in for good measure. Oh, and yes of course you get to try some of these gems. You’ll walk away well on your way to becoming a Cheese Whiz too!
A Few Words About Craft Beer – 4:00pm-5:00pm
Join world renowned Master Brewer Tomme Arthur from The Lost Abbey for this not to be missed personal hands on session. Tomme will walk and taste you through what it takes to produce his world-class award winning brews. You’ll come away with a little insider’s knowledge and greater appreciation of this craft. “Fresh beer is great. Aged beer is better” – Tomme Arthur
Camp Confab Harvest Dinner Celebration – 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Join the chefs for this memorable community family-style dinner, fresh from the field. A barbacoa of locally-raised goat, stick fire roasted locally-caught fish, and a bounty of wonderful produce from Suzie’s Farm and more… also included: beer pairings with The Lost Abbey, tequila tasting courtesy Casa Noble, and a cheese course assembled by Venissimo.
Camp Fire Program – 8:30pm-10:00pm
Skit and Talent Show: Dust off that harmonica and guitar, bust out the puppets, dress up like a ghost and tell a chilling tale, Yep, it time for the talent show! Contest for the best sing a long, skit, talent, puppet show, you name it, it’s up to YOU! Fantastical Prizes given for the best of the best!
Bed Time!
Off to your tent for a good nights sleep!
Sunday September 12, 2010
Clearing of the Fields – 6:45am-7:45am
Join Falconer Andrea Asbaugh, along with Seely the Harris Hawk and Gossip the Jack Russell. Gossip flushes the vermin and then Seely goes to work. This dramatic early
morning experience is not one to be missed!
Cowbell Breakfast with Cooks Confab – 8:30am -10:00am
Join the Cooks Confab chefs as they rustle up a “Harvester” breakfast for you
Camp Strike – 12:00noon – 2:00pm
Your tax deductible contribution is $135.00
Slow Food Urban San Diego is a 501c3, educational, all volunteer, member supported non profit organization.
Many thanks to Suzie’s Farm for hosting this really fun time!
NOTE: No one under 21 years old will be admitted.
Order your tickets now:
View the video from last week’s FMB below:

** The 10 winners will receive their voucher upon arrival at Camp Confab!

Cooks Confab- Street Food

Last Saturday’s Cooks Confab Street Food at Little Italy Mercato was a huge success! A great early morning turnout to see some of San Diego’s best chefs turning out quick bites and even cooking with their kids.  100% of proceeds from the event went to ARTS- A Reason To Survive Thanks to all those who participated in the event and purchased tickets in support of this wonderful organization– you helped raise over $9000!!
Some highlights included:

Dungeness Crap Cioppino from Antonio Friscia of Stingaree
Dungeness Crap Cioppino from Antonio Friscia of Stingaree

Funky Flavored Glazed Funnel Cakes from Jack Fisher Confections
Funky Flavored Glazed Funnel Cakes from Jack Fisher Confections

....dished up by these little helpers.
....dished up by these little helpers.

Breakfast Pizza
Breakfast Pizza

Brian Sinnott, 1500 Ocean
Brian Sinnott, 1500 Ocean

Roasted Chestnuts to go with the Chocolat Chaud and Palmiers from Cafe Chloe
Roasted Chestnuts to go with the Chocolat Chaud and Palmiers from Cafe Chloe

San Diego Pho from Christian Graves, of Jsix, and family.
San Diego Pho from Christian Graves, of Jsix, and family.

Tacos from Trey Foshee of George's California Modern
Tacos from Trey Foshee of George's California Modern

Octopus/Chorizo Pintxos from Paul McCabe, KITCHEN 1540
Octopus/Chorizo Pintxos from Paul McCabe, KITCHEN 1540

Porchetta Sandwiches from Jeff Jackson and TK Kolanko of A. R. Valentien
Porchetta Sandwiches from Jeff Jackson and TK Kolanko of A. R. Valentien

Cooks Confab – Street Food!

Raise your hand if you’ve been to a Cooks Confab event! Hopefully your hand is up, but if not, we have the perfect one for you. Coming up Saturday, December 5, 2009, 9am-1pm at the Little Italy Mercato, the Confablieri present Street Food! They’re in the giving spirit & you are part beneficiary. Get out there, enjoy their culinary creations for only $15, all of which will go to ARTS: A Reason To Survive. Their past tickets have cost close to $100, and worth every penny so if you love great food, but can’t always splurge – this is the time to do it. It’s sure to be amazing- just check out the menu. One more plus, it’s right in the middle of a farmers’ market…see below for more details 😉


The Confablieri are coming out of the kitchen and onto the street—many with their families—to join the Little Italy Mercato for a holiday celebration of family and food with a focus on giving.

100% of proceeds will be donated to ARTS—A Reason To Survive. We also encourage you to bring along a new or gently-used musical instrument or unwrapped toy for the kids at ARTS (read more at
Cost: $15 in advance, $20 at the door
Little Italy Mercato is located on Date St. between Kettner & Union in downtown San Diego.

Tickets: 619.297.2787 x2002 Arathi
Minimum required donation, any additional donation welcome, all proceeds benefit ARTS!

Reservations strongly suggested, as event may sell out. (Sorry, no refunds, all donations are tax-deductible) — Cooks Confab

Cooks Confab: Craft Beer

Cooks Confab Craft Beer event

Here’s an invitation direct from the Cooks Confab:

We’re excited about our event in August! Masterbrewers from the preeminent craft breweries of San Diego, Hell the States for that matter, have selected one of their favorite beers and our Cooks Confab Chefs will pair food with it (more beers will be featured at the bars). Each brewery will be paired with two Confab culinary teams (see attachment below) they will present two plates to complement each one of the chosen beers. You get to realize the amazing versatility and straight up deliciousness of a truly handcrafted beer.
San Diego is THE Mecca for world class beer. This event will give you a chance to experience what is being created right in your own back yard. I know all of us here at Cooks Confab are ready to get our culinary game on and do these breweries proud! — Cooks Confab

This event is not to be missed! For reservations please call 619.544.9500. The event cost is 90.00 per guest and includes all food, beer and beverages, tax and gratuity!

Craft Beer!
Beer and Food Pairings

Peter Zien – AleSmith Brewing Company
Anvil Extra Special Bitter

Jeff Jackson – A. R. Valentien
Charcoal Roasted Eggplant, Coriandered Lamb Loin, Preserved Lemon and Poached Garlic

– and –

TK Kolanko – A. R. Valentien
Roasted Black Mission Fig, Cracked Pepper,
18 Month Fiscalini, Hazelnuts and Pan Forte


Colby Chandler – Ballast Point Brewing Company
Navigator Dopplebock

Paul McCabe – Kitchen 1540
Foie Gras Bratwurst, Fingerling Potato Salad, Mostrata

– and –

Amy DiBiase – Roseville
Hazelnut Brown Butter Cake with ‘Navigator’ Ice Cream,
Beer Macerated Cherries and Candied Lemon


Chuck Silva – Green Flash Brewing Co.
Le Freak Belgian Style IPA and XXX Coffee Stout
Jason Knibb – NINE-TEN
Jerk Chicken with Plantain Purée, Scotch
Bonnet Pepper Jam

– and –

Nathan Coulon – Quarter Kitchen
Duck Confit, Corn and Apple Purée,
Orange and Le Freak Sauce

– and –

Jack Fisher – NINE-TEN
Smoked Chocolate and XXX Coffee Stout


Jim Crute – Lightning Brewery
Ionizer Lager

Katie Grebow – Café Chloe
Roasted Jidori Chicken with Succotash and Sage

– and –

Olivier Bioteau – Farm House Café
Alaskan Salmon Confit, Wheat Four Corn
Pancake, Fennel Relish, Harissa Oil


Tomme Arthur – The Lost Abbey
Cuvee de Tomme

Andrew Spurgin – Donald Coffman – Waters Fine Catering
Berkshire Pork Belly, Cherry Smoked Celestial Figs Injected
with Old Balsamic, Pickled Fennel

– and –

Brian Sinnott – 1500 Ocean
Duck Crépinette, Arugula, Pickled Cherry,
Golden Raisin Mustard


Greg Koch – Stone Brewing Co.
Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale

Antonio Friscia – Stingaree
Mashima Ranch Black Wagyu Tataki
Smoked Pepper Sesame Ponzu
Shunkyo Radish Salad

– and –

Christian Graves – Jsix
Smoked Prune Pork Sausage, Watercress, Wild Rice,
Red Wine Vinegar Gel, Hoppy Crouton
Want to get further inspired? Watch this:

I Am A Craft Brewer

“I Am A Craft Brewer” is a collaborative video representing the camaraderie, character and integrity of the American Craft Brewing movement. Created by Greg Koch, CEO of the Stone Brewing Co. and Chris & Jared of Redtail Media…and more than 35 amazing craft brewers from all over the country. The video was shown to a packed audience of 1700 craft brewers and industry members at the 2009 Craft Brewers Conference as an introduction to Greg’s Keynote Speech entitled “Be Remarkable: Collaboration Ethics Camaraderie Passion.”