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PAMPER YOUR PALATE + FEED THE HUNGRY Taking place August 14-17, 2015, the third annual ¡Latin Food Fest! offers world class events for guests to enjoy, all while helping to bring awareness and raising funds for the YMCA San Diego. We are honored to have such important corporate partners including The Lincoln Motor Company, Delta Air Lines, Jarritos, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Montejo, Mexico

Tourism Board, Canal 22, Manzanita Sol, Bush Brothers & Co, Northgate Markets, Camaronazo, Ibarra Chocolate, Mexico Lindo, ARYZTA, La Palmas,


Vintners, Moet Hennessy, Aveníu Brands, E.&J. Gallo Winery, Cupcake Vineyards and San Diego Port. Their commitment to quality pairs perfectly with the food that will be tasted at the Fest. At Grande Tasting, be sure to visit Presenting Sponsor The Lincoln Motor Company’s display at the entrance to experience the all-new MKX and its 2015 line of vehicles. Guests who test drive will receive a special gift. Viva La Comida Latina, Richie Matthews Executive Director ¡Latin Food Fest!

From the exclusive “Havana Nights Supper Club” to “Spirits of the Americas Party,” “Grande Tasting,” and “Family Fiesta,” the third annual ¡Latin Food Fest! has quickly become the largest most attended annual Latin food, wine and spirits destination event in the U.S.

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To learn about and taste amazing spirits of the Latin world, including Bacanora, Cachaça, Mezcal, Pisco, Raicilla, Pulque, Rum, Sotol and Tequila – please join us as we kick off the 2015 ¡Latin food Fest! San Diego at the largest Latin spirits event in California.

Our signature event, Grande Tasting is an all-inclusive tasting festival so guests indulge in a variety of local and international Latin food, wine and spirits. Meet chefs who will conducting demos.



Come to the spectacular Broadway Pier for a fun-filled day of food, music and learning at Family Day featuring the Kids Kitchen. Family Fiesta guests can purchase food, dance to live music, learn the basics of a healthy lifestyle at chef workshops and get their hands messy in the interactive Kids Kitchen.

Excitement is building in San Diego as we prepare for our signature benefit dinner, “Havana Nights Super Club,” which is the highlight of the festival’s fundraising activities.

GRANDE TASTING TALENT 11:00 – 3:00 p.m. Featuring Chef/TV Host Ana Saldaña - Emcee 11:00 – 2:45 p.m. Music Performance by Todo Mundo, 11:00 – 3:00 p.m. Art by Alexander Salazar galleries Demonstrations 11:10 11:50 12:30 1:10 1:50 2:30

Mario Medina - Al pastor “pulpo “ tempura avocado, garlic and pineapple marmalade Executive Chef, Bernini’s Bistro

José Bossuet Martínez - Duck tostada! Chef/Owner, Café Contento, San Miguel Allende and Lozhka Bistrot, Baja, MX Lindsay Pomeroy - Discuss and compare Vina Zaco and Vina Pomal Reserva Sommelier Ana Saldaña - Shrimp and huitlacoche sopes National TV Host and Chef of Historias Sabrosas on Canal 22 Jose Sparza – Chiles en Nogada Chef/Owner, Cien Anos, Tijuana Alejandra Schrader – Demonstrating Venezuelan Arepas NBC’s Food Fighters

Ana Saldaña

Chef and TV Host Historias Sabrosas on Canal 22 where she explores dishes from around Mexico and innovates in the kitchen.

Francisco Perez is the owner of LA and San Diego based Aqui Es

Texcoco – bringing Mexican-style lamb barbecue to the US, while respecting and maintaining the authentic flavors, recipes and traditions. Their focus is 100% on the food, preparing it as it has been for hundreds of years – no flashy gimmicks or chef’s interpretations. Texcoco is pure, authentic lamb barbecue. For the most remarkable Barbacoa (Traditional Mexican Lamb BBQ), come and taste Aqui es Texcoco at Grande Tasting!

Mario Medina developed his

Alejandra Schrader

Formerly trained as an architect and urban planner, Alejandra changed careers after becoming a top finalist on FOX’s popular cook ing show MasterChef with Gordon Ramsay. She performs cooking demos across the United States, represents Oxfam America as a Sisters on the Planet Ambassador, and has appeared on numerous television programs including Access Hollywood Live and The Talk, and has been featured on major networks such as ABC, NBC, Fox, and CNN.

deep passion for food while spending childhood days in the kitchen with his mother in their Mexico City home. After finishing culinary school there Mario came to the United States, working and learning along the way, Mario’s dream was realized while working as a sous chef at Chateau La Jolla Inn. - Within a year, he was offered, and accepted, a position as Executive Chef. Mario eventually took the helm at Paradise Grill in Del Mar, and is now Executive Chef at the Ravden family‘s Finch’s Bistro and Wine Bar in La Jolla, which serves up unpretentious gourmet “comfort” cuisine, using only the freshest local ingredients, with a focus on simplicity and elegance to foodies from afar and a loyal local clientele.


FOOD & BEVERAGE Jarritos Cafe Secret Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse Sirena Gourmet Latin Seafood Restaurant Montejo Manzanita So Uptown Tavern Tacos Perla Aqui es Texcoco West Coast Tavern Tequila Bar & Grille Chef Deborah Scott's Indigo Grill Agave Del Mar La Diferencia Cien Anos HUMO La Casa del Mole Riviera Pasteleria Northgate Markets Twang Partners, Ltd. PUESTO La Brea Bakery Otis Spunkmeyer Don Chido Bernini's Bistro Peohe's Heart Catering Ariana Restaurant Hopping Pig M.cigars (In VIP) Lozhka Bistrot de Cocina (In VIP) Massages by ELive Life (In VIP) Mario Medina (In VIP) Oyster Station (In VIP) Aveniu Spanish Wines (In VIP) Spanish Jamon (In VIP)




Avua Cachaça

• Malagon

Papa's Pilar Rum

• Casa de Piedra

Tequila Fortaleza

• Tres Valles

Portón Pisco

• Aborigen • Estacion Porvenir • Firmamento Chilean Wines by Huneeus • Neyen • Ritual Pinot Noir • Ritual Sauvignon Spain

Cielo Rojo Bacanora Don Q Rum DirtyTequila La Venenosa Raicilla Caliche Rum AsomBroso Tequila Ocho Cientos Sotol Tequila Don Ramon El Rey Zapoteco Mezcal

• Anna de Codorniu

Pura Vida Tequila

• Zaco

Tito's Vodka

• Raimat

Alquimia Organic Tequila (In VIP)

• Herencia Sauvignon Blanc • Herencia Cabernet Sauvignon • Herencia Zinfandel • Herencia Rosado Argentina

• Terrazas de Los Andes California (Napa and Modest) • Cupcake Vineyards •Chandon • Barefoot Wine & Bubbly

California’s Culinary Classic Returns

Debuting in 2013, the iLatin Food Fest! now attracts more than 20,000 attendees annually, becoming the largest and most-attended annual multi-city destination event in the U.S., debuted. This year’s event opened in Los Angeles, running from March, 1 8-21 with a second venue scheduled in San Diego August 14-17. Food, wine from Baja and Mezcal and Tequila continues to be the hot consumer interest across the U.S., but preferences have now expanded to include a fascination with food, wine and spirits from Brazil, Peru, El Salvador, Spain and Portugal. The iLatin Food Fest! showcases a broad its selection of food and beverage from these regions and beyond. During four consecutive days beginning on August 14 and ending on August 17 in San Diego, these events will offer a unique experience that includes tasting samples of multiple spirits at the "Spirits of the Americas" extravaganza (such as Bacanora, Cachaça, Mezcal, Pisco, Raicilla, Rum, Sotol and Tequila); enjoying the cuisine and cooking demonstrations from world-renowned chefs at the "Grande Tasting“ event; having fun with your children at the "Family Fiesta’s" Kids Kitchen; and participating in the invitation-only “Havana Nights Supper Club” with its six-course private dinner that features a Cuban tasting experience and live music. There is literally something to enjoy for everyone’s palate. Attendees will have an opportunity to be immersed in the Latin culture of Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America, and Spain - sampling Latin food and spirits and dancing to live music. Two silent auctions will be held during the events, where attendees will be able to bid on food-related memorabilia, ranging from artwork, collectibles, jewelry, dinners, and spa treatments, to weekend getaways, rounds of golf, designer accessories, and memorabilia from the San Diego Chargers and San Diego Padres. These auctions have a charitable purpose and will benefit local organizations like the YMCA of San Diego. As an added feature, our presenting sponsor, the Lincoln Motor Company, will feature its 2015 line of vehicles during the “Grande Tasting”. Participants will be able to get up close and personal with the 2015 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid, a perfect balance of luxury and efficiency, with best-in-class EPA est. 41 city MPG. Other Lincoln Motor Company vehicles will be available for test-drives along with a special gift for those who participate. 15 million Hispanic people live in California, and is the largest ethnic group in the Golden State. It’s no wonder that the culture of these vibrant people have added a wonderful dimension to the California experience. The iLatin Food Fest! pays tribute to a rich culture that is the essence of the Latin spirit. There is no doubt that this annual event will continue to draw record attendance for many years to come.



2016 ¡Latin Food Fest! San Diego