Baja Culinary Fest / Tijuana Innovadora

Update: The Sunday bus is full. However, they’ve added a Saturday morning bus for the Culinary Battle (Iron-Chef-style). Details:

Due to the amount of interest, we have arranged a last minute trip for Saturday, October 13th to attend the Batalla Culinaria which will be hosted by Tijuana’s very own, Food Network celebrity chef and star of Mexican Made Easy Marcela Valladolid, and San Diego’s Sam the Cooking Guy.

This is going to be a fun, “Iron-chef” style battle between 2 teams, combined from 8 chefs from Mexico and the US, to promote cross border comroddary between our local gastronomic communities.

Chefs:
Chad White- Counterpoint
Diego Hernandez- Corazon de Tierra
Paul MCCabe- Las Delicias
Roberto Alcocer- ASAO
Drew Deckman- Deckman’s
Miguel Angel Guerrero- La Querencia
Javier Plascencia- Mision 19
Martin Gonzalez- Toast Enoteca

Here is the link info for the Culinary Battle program/list of judges and participants: http://tijuanainnovadora.com/2012/eng/culinaryBattle.php

There is a cost to this event, but for the friends of The Linkery, and El Take it Easy, it will be free of charge, tickets and transportation will be included. As before, there will be a bus available to pick up the first 30 people to respond to this invitation and confirm by emailing a scan of their passport, which will help on the way back for a special expedited crossing to the US. Passports are required for US citizens to cross the border. Please confirm your seat with Mayra Carvajal at mayra.carvajal@tijuanainnovadora.com or Tatiana
Martinez at tatiana.martinez@tijuanainnovadora.com.

Pick up and drop off location in San Diego will be at the Santa Fe trainstation, in downtown San Diego.

Itinerary and culinary arts program are as follows:
8:00am -Pickup Santa Fe station
8:30am -Arrive at Culinary Battle
10:00am -Culinary Battle set to begin
1:00 pm -Free time to walk around and see exhibition
2:30pm -Departure for San Diego Santa Fe station

This weekend kicks off both Tijuana Innavodora and the Baja Culinary Fest (which is centered in TJ and in Ensenada).

Many of our friends who have cooked at El Take It Easy will be part of the Baja Culinary Fest — Javier Plascencia, Diego Hernandez, Benito Molina and Solange Muris, and Drew Deckman. I’ll be attending Erizo’s “Oaxacalifornia” event on Thursday afternoon, which should be a lot of fun — if you’re not familiar with Oaxacan food, it’s amazing and this is a great opportunity to experience it.

Also, in addition to the Iron Chef style battle on Saturday which is getting a lot of publicity, Tijuana Innovadora has a whole day — Sunday the 14th — dedicated to the local culinary world. And the organizers have offered to take the Linkery/El Take It Easy community to the event for free, and host them at a reception. So, go already!

As a special invitation to the friends of Jay Porter, El Take it Easy, and The Linkery, we have assembled a day trip to Tijuana Innovadora on Sunday October 14th for foodies, gastronomes, chefs, writers, bloggers, and anybody who has had an interest to see for themselves what all the hoopla is about in the Baja food scene.

Talks and conferences led by Miguel Angel Guerrero from La Querencia, Marcela Valladolid from the Food Network’s, Mexican Made Easy, San Diego’s very own cooking guy, Sam Zien, and Javier Plascencia who has been in the media spotlight for the past year, will be explaining first hand what is so special about Baja and its food. [Jay's note: I believe our friend Jair Téllez, who recently hosted a pop up at El Take It Easy, will be on the panel, too.]

There will be a bus available to pick up the first 30 people to respond to this invitation and confirm by emailing a scan of their passport, which will help on the way back for a special expedited crossing to the US. Passports are required for US citizens to cross the border.

Please confirm your seat with Mayra Carvajal at mayra.carvajal@tijuanainnovadora.com or Tatiana Martinez at tatiana.martinez@tijuanainnovadora.com.

Pick up and drop off location in San Diego will be at the Santa Fe train station, in downtown San Diego.

Itinerary and culinary arts program are as follows:
13:00 -Pickup Santa Fe station
13:45 -Arrive at Cecut Binational terrace at El Cubo
14:00 -Pavillion walk about and coffee break
15:00 -Culinary panels and discussions begin
18:00 -Special San Diego Culinary visitors cocktail party
19:00 -Main conference
20:00 -Departure for San Diego Santa Fe station

Conference program: http://tijuanainnovadora.com/2012/eng/dia14B.php