Food Waste Panel with BGFF and Kitchens for Good

The Berry Good Food Foundation (BGFF) has been hosting panels that delve into some of the most important challenges facing our communities. For their discussion on Reimagining Food Waste the BGFF teamed up with Kitchens for Good to create a menu focused on reducing waste in the kitchen. Students created delicious food for the event using fish "scraps" such as collars, egg sacs and ribs as well as "ugly" fruits and veggies that might have otherwise gone to waste. Davin helped out in the kitchen alongside rock star chefs Isabel Cruz and Joanne Sherif, and had the privilege to work with the  amazingly talented Kitchens for Good team. 

Click here to view the Reimagining Food Waste Panel! 

Wild Wonders & Sushi!

Wild Wonders is an amazing facility that works to educate the public about wildlife, as well as to serve as a refuge for rescued animals. The Wrench Team was excited to help support such an amazing cause. The Wild Wonders & Sushi event featured Wrench sushi offerings, musical talent by Celeste Barbier and Shane Hall, wine from Chris Lobo's Native Wines, desserts from Snopels, D'Armond Family Cheesecakes, and Cupcakes Squared. Thank you all for your generous donations! Not to be forgotten, the WW event featured an array of animal ambassadors ranging from binturongs and kinkajous to alligators and owls. For more information about Wild Wonders please visit their website

FEAST! Taste of Oceanside

Yet another well executed foodie event featuring Oceanside's culinary uprising! Oceanside is definitely a wonderful place to be for those who love food! 

North Eats 2016

This was our second year at North Eats and it was a blast! It is so exciting to see such an array of culinary talent from North County San Diego's emerging food scene. Wrench & Rodent and our sister shop The Whet Noodle joined forces to offer a cold noodle salad with yellowtail sashimi kombu vinaigrette, featuring event sponsor Baker & Olive's Baklouti fused chili oil. 

Cyclops Farms 'Water Bill Dinner'

Cyclops Farms is Oceanside's first certified organic farm. Luke Girling and his family supply fruits, veggies and produce to many local restaurants in addition to holding a weekly farm stand. To raise additional funds, Luke has been hosting monthly dinners to (you guessed it!) fund his significant water bill. Chef Davin kicked off this series of dinners, pairing courses with thoughtfully selected offerings from Chris Lobo, owner of Native Wines. There are no words to describe how special it felt to be a part of this night. Enjoying food created from Luke's produce and local fishermen, dining on a farm overlooking the Pacific... a revolution is truly underway. 

For more information about the weekly Farm Stand, follow Cyclops Farms on Facebook! 

Encinitas Foodie Fest 2016

We were so excited to be a part of this wonderful food event in North County! Founder and organizer Jolee Pink did a phenomenal job bringing together a wide variety of culinary talent and awesome sponsors for this fun-filled foodie event! Proceeds from the event were donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Jessica, Chef Davin and Chef Michael served up seared albacore with a smoky BBQ sauce made with strawberries from Cyclops Farms. 

Check out this website for more information, and updates about Foodie Fest 2017: http://foodiefestencinitas.com/ 

Olivewood Gardens Seedling Soiree

What an idyllic setting, a beautiful group of people, and a wonderful cause! The Olivewood Gardens learning center (http://olivewoodgardens.org/) hosts this annual event  to fund their non-profit organization. Their mission is to  empower children and families from diverse backgrounds to be healthy and active through organic gardening, environmental stewardship, and nutrition education. Proceeds from the event benefit the kitchen, garden, and science programs offered by Olivewood Gardens to children and adults throughout San Diego County.

Eat. Drink. Read. 2016

Chef Davin and Jessica are happy to serve this dish, themed after one of their favorite childhood books. 

Chef Davin and Jessica are happy to serve this dish, themed after one of their favorite childhood books. 

W&R was excited to support the San Diego Council on Literacy’s (SDCOL) 7th annual “Eat.Drink.Read. A Culinary Event for Literacy.” The event raised funds to support the SDCOL’s twenty-six literacy programs, which provide free literacy assistance to more than 170,000 children, families and adults. Culinary offerings were inspired by the chef’s favorite books. Jessica and Davin chose to pay tribute to one of their favorite authors, Roald Dahl. New Zealand salmon with a roasted peach and walnut salsa? You guessed it! Who doesn’t love James and the Giant Peach! 

Mamma's Day 2016

W&R was once again honored to have the opportunity to help support Mamma’s Kitchen in their tireless efforts to help those in need. Mamma’s Kitchen delivers hot, nutrition-specific meals free of charge to local men, women, and children affected by AIDS or cancer.

Learn more about this amazing team at http://www.mamaskitchen.org/

Chef Davin and a volunteer chef working hard to make sure guests are well fed! 

Chef Davin and a volunteer chef working hard to make sure guests are well fed! 

FOODTASIA: CHEFS CORK & CRAFT GALA

Davin joined a lineup of San Diego’s hottest chefs to cook at this fundraiser for the San Diego Food Bank. Each chef was paired up with a wine vendor to feed a table of 10. The following food items were complimented by wines from Chris Lobo of Native Wines.

Berry Good Fundraiser

Another magnificent Berry Good Food Foundation fundraising event at Bill and Michelle Lerach’s home in La Jolla. Hosted by Troy Johnson, attendees included top chefs, farmers, mixologists, scientists, food activists and more. All proceeds went to the foundation’s food-related educational programs for children and adults, from growth and preparation to nutritional and environmental impact.

Davin and Jessica were honored to attend and serve vegan appetizers at this event. Davin was one of three San Diego chefs (with Brian Malarkey and Miguel Valdez) to be presented with an award from the Berry Good Foundation for his commitment to sustainable sourcing.

For more info on The Berry Good Foundation:  

https://www.facebook.com/BerryGoodFoodFoundation/