The culinary world has emerged as one of the most intriguing industries, gaining much notoriety from reality TV shows on every major network. We Americans have always been obsessed with good food. But now, we modern foodies are infatuated with the entire culinary experience. Chefs are stars and cooking is an art form. Food continues to satiate our hunger, while stimulating our imagination with endless flavor combinations.
If you’re a serious foodie and aspiring celebri-chef, you know the preparation extends far beyond the farmer’s market. Organic produce is a must, but in order to operate like a real master chef, you must collect the best kitchen equipment, cookware, high quality cutlery, and gourmet food products. And that’s just the beginning. Once you’ve created your dish, it’s time to share with friends and family. What is a dinner party without on-trend serving accessories, fine wines, and unique craft beers?
Need to freshen up your pantry for fall? Listen up: The Gourmet Experience is a premier cooking and home entertaining showcase that is heading back to the Del Mar Fairgrounds October 8 & 9. This upscale expo is your one-stop-shop for all contemporary kitchen essentials, fresh farm food resources, live cooking demonstrations, celebrity chef discussions and of course, plenty of tasting opportunities.
This year’s expo features a star-studded lineup of global celebrity chefs and local culinary leaders. Upgrade your kitchen skills with tips from Fabio Vivani, Top Chef Contestant ’08; Dave Martin, Top Chef Contestant ’06; Sharone Hakman, Master Chef Contestant ’10; Jyll Everman, Next Food Network Star ’11; Katy Clark, Next Food Network Star ’11; Eugenio Martignago of West Steak & Seafood; Denise Roa of Rancho La Puerta; Bernardo Guillas of La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club and more. These pro chefs will host cooking demonstrations for special occasion and every day dining, ranging from Farm to Kitchen Fresh Cooking, to Carmel Apple Cupcakes, Breakfast To-Go, Edible Cocktails, and Tailgating 101. More activities include the Kids Cook! Activity Center, "That's The Spirit" Beer, Wine & Spirits Pavilion, Cake Decorating Competition, and Fish Taco TKO Competition.
After you get your fill of star-watching and soak up some inspiration, head to the Chef’s Marketplace Expo to shop through a selection of food, luxury and lifestyle products. The Chef’s Marketplace is a regional trade-only feature that is designed for chefs, restaurants, gourmet retailers, and serious foodies to source foods, specialty foods, local and fresh farm foods, meats, poultry, cooking accessories, serving accessories, wine, beer, and spirits. Just a few of the participating brands include Barbeques Galore, Bistro Blends, Cutco Cutlery, Dacor, Foodie Armor, Good Habit, Grow Foods, The Lounging Gourmet, Moceri Produce, The Pollen Ranch, and Specialty Produce.
The Gourmet Experience takes over the Del Mar Fairgrounds the weekend of October 8 & 9. You can purchase a single day pass for $25 or “The Weekend Gourmet” two day pass for $40. For a limited time, use promo code DISCOVER10 at checkout to save $10 on tickets at thegourmetexpo.com.
See for Yourself: View our gallery of 2010 Gourmet Experience photos
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