Culinary Genius in the Pines: Thirteenth Annual Celebrate the Craft 2015

The Fishery Chef Paul Arias Cooking Seafood Skewers with Pickled Mushroom at Celebrate the Craft 2015

The Fishery Chef Paul Arias Cooking Seafood Skewers with Pickled Mushroom at Celebrate the Craft 2015

What started out as the brainchild of the Lodge at Torrey Pines Executive Chef, Jeff Jackson, has morphed into a La Jolla family tradition. Thirteen years ago, preeminent San Diego Chef Jackson decided to bring his chef friends together to showcase local culinary excellence, farms and wineries while raising money for charitable causes. Today, protégés of Chef Jackson participate in what has become the most elegant food event in all of San Diego on the grounds of the Lodge at Torrey Pines with the majestic Pacific Ocean and world famous Torrey Pines Golf Course as the backdrop.

The Lodge at Torrey Pines Executive Chef Jeff Jackson at Celebrate the Craft 2015

The Lodge at Torrey Pines Executive Chef Jeff Jackson at Celebrate the Craft 2015

A.R. Valentien Chef Kelli Crosson and Oceana Coastal Kitchen Chef Steven Riemer at Celebrate the Craft 2015

A.R. Valentien Chef Kelli Crosson and Oceana Coastal Kitchen Chef Steven Riemer at Celebrate the Craft 2015

A.R. Valentien Chef Kelli Crosson and Oceana Coastal Kitchen Chef Steven Riemer's Roasted Leg of Lamb, Mincemeat Pastry and Pomegranate at Celebrate the Craft 2015

A.R. Valentien Chef Kelli Crosson and Oceana Coastal Kitchen Chef Steven Riemer’s Roasted Leg of Lamb, Mincemeat Pastry and Pomegranate at Celebrate the Craft 2015

MIHO Chef Ryan Studebaker at Celebrate the Craft 2015

MIHO Chef Ryan Studebaker at Celebrate the Craft 2015

MIHO Michelada Cocktails at Celebrate the Craft 2015

MIHO Michelada Cocktails at Celebrate the Craft 2015

MIHO Bartender Mixing Cocktails at Celebrate the Craft 2015

MIHO Bartender Mixing Cocktails at Celebrate the Craft 2015

True Food Kitchen Chef Nathan Coulon at Celebrate the Craft 2015

True Food Kitchen Chef Nathan Coulon at Celebrate the Craft 2015

True Food Kitchen Chef Nathan Coulon's Autumn Ingredient Salad at Celebrate the Craft 2015

True Food Kitchen Chef Nathan Coulon’s Autumn Ingredient Salad at Celebrate the Craft 2015

Q'ero Chef Monica Szepesy's Ceviche Mixto at Celebrate the Craft 2015

Q’ero Chef Monica Szepesy’s Ceviche Mixto at Celebrate the Craft 2015

Deckman's en El Mogar Chef Drew Deckman Shucking Oysters at Celebrate the Craft 2015

Deckman’s en El Mogar Chef Drew Deckman Shucking Oysters at Celebrate the Craft 2015

Deckman's en El Mogar Chef Drew Deckman's Raw Oyster Shooters at Celebrate the Craft 2015

Deckman’s en El Mogar Chef Drew Deckman’s Raw Oyster Shooters at Celebrate the Craft 2015

Deckman's en El Mogar Chef Drew Deckman's Yakatori-Fired Baja Oyster at Celebrate the Craft 2015

Deckman’s en El Mogar Chef Drew Deckman’s Yakatori-Fired Baja Oyster at Celebrate the Craft 2015

Catalina Offshore Seafood at Celebrate the Craft 2015

Catalina Offshore Seafood at Celebrate the Craft 2015

Catalina Offshore Lobster and Fish at Celebrate the Craft 2015

Catalina Offshore Lobster and Fish at Celebrate the Craft 2015

Chef Andrew Spurgin of Bespoke Event Styling & Menu Design at Celebrate the Craft 2015

Chef Andrew Spurgin of Bespoke Event Styling & Menu Design at Celebrate the Craft 2015

Chef Andrew Spurgin's Smoked Chowder, Mussel, Jako, Salmon, Potato, Pumpernickel with Butter & Salt at Celebrate the Craft 2015

Adobe Guadalupe 2012 Wines at Celebrate the Craft 2015

Adobe Guadalupe 2012 Wines at Celebrate the Craft 2015

Chef Andrew Spurgin’s Smoked Chowder, Mussel, Jako, Salmon, Potato, Pumpernickel with Butter & Salt at Celebrate the Craft 2015

Cook Pigs Ranch at Celebrate the Craft 2015

Cook Pigs Ranch at Celebrate the Craft 2015

Fernando Gaxiola of Baja Wine Food at Celebrate the Craft 2015

Fernando Gaxiola of Baja Wine Food at Celebrate the Craft 2015

Frans Van Der Lee of Chefs Roll and his Wife Claire with Nancy and Carlitos Walther-Meade

Frans Van Der Lee of Chefs Roll and his Wife Claire with Nancy and Carlitos Walther-Meade

Bracero Cocina de Raiz Chef Claudette Wilkins Zepeda at Celebrate the Craft 2015

Bracero Cocina de Raiz Chef Claudette Wilkins Zepeda at Celebrate the Craft 2015

Bracero Cocina de Raiz Chef Javier Plascencia's Cochinita Pibil at Celebrate the Craft 2015

Bracero Cocina de Raiz Chef Javier Plascencia’s Cochinita Pibil at Celebrate the Craft 2015

Stake Chophouse Chef Timothy Kolanko at Celebrate the Craft 2015

Stake Chophouse Chef Timothy Kolanko at Celebrate the Craft 2015

Stake Chophouse Chef Timothy Kolanko's Sashimi of Snake River Farms Beef Tenderloin at Celebrate the Craft 2015

Stake Chophouse Chef Timothy Kolanko’s Sashimi of Snake River Farms Beef Tenderloin at Celebrate the Craft 2015

The Fishery Chef Paul Arias' Seafood Skewers with Pickled Mushroom and Daikon Radish Salad at Celebrate the Craft 2015

The Fishery Chef Paul Arias’ Seafood Skewers with Pickled Mushroom and Daikon Radish Salad at Celebrate the Craft 2015

Rancho Valencia Chef Jarrod Moiles' House-made Merguez Sausage at Celebrate the Craft 2015

Rancho Valencia Chef Jarrod Moiles’ House-made Merguez Sausage at Celebrate the Craft 2015

Rancho Valencia Chef Jarrod Moiles at Celebrate the Craft 2015

Rancho Valencia Chef Jarrod Moiles at Celebrate the Craft 2015

Live Music at Celebrate the Craft 2015

Live Music at Celebrate the Craft 2015

Urban Solace Chef Matt Gordon's King Salmon, Pomegranate Brine and Celery Root/Squash Fritter at Celebrate the Craft 2015

Urban Solace Chef Matt Gordon’s King Salmon, Pomegranate Brine and Celery Root/Squash Fritter at Celebrate the Craft 2015

Solace & The Moonlight Chef Daniel England Cooking Salmon at Celebrate the Craft 2015

Solace & The Moonlight Chef Daniel England Cooking Salmon at Celebrate the Craft 2015

JSix Chef Christian Graves' Tortured Pork and Potato Rolls at Celebrate the Craft 2015

JSix Chef Christian Graves’ Tortured Pork and Potato Rolls at Celebrate the Craft 2015

The Wheel Stoneware Dishes at Celebrate the Craft 2015

The Wheel Stoneware Dishes at Celebrate the Craft 2015

The Wheel Stoneware Dish Glaze Detail at Celebrate the Craft 2015

The Wheel Stoneware Dish Glaze Detail at Celebrate the Craft 2015

Dominique Totah's Domino Ann Handmade Jewelry at Celebrate the Craft 2015

Dominique Totah’s Domino Ann Handmade Jewelry at Celebrate the Craft 2015

Bread & Cie French Macarons at Celebrate the Craft 2015

Bread & Cie French Macarons at Celebrate the Craft 2015

Grossmont College Instructor James Foran's Butternut Squash Crème Fraîche Cheesecake at Celebrate the Craft 2015

Grossmont College Instructor James Foran’s Butternut Squash Crème Fraîche Cheesecake at Celebrate the Craft 2015

Grossmont College Instructor James Foran at Celebrate the Craft 2015

Grossmont College Instructor James Foran at Celebrate the Craft 2015

NineTen Chef Rachel King's Pumpkin Bread, Rosemary Glaze, Pecan Crumb and Pomegranate at Celebrate the Craft 2015

NineTen Chef Rachel King’s Pumpkin Bread, Rosemary Glaze, Pecan Crumb and Pomegranate at Celebrate the Craft 2015

Town and Country Chef Jack Fisher's Dark Chocolate Crémeux with Tahitian Squash Mousse at Celebrate the Craft 2015

Town and Country Chef Jack Fisher’s Dark Chocolate Crémeux with Tahitian Squash Mousse at Celebrate the Craft 2015

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Mastiff Sausage Company Owner Jacob Bartlett at Celebrate the Craft 2015

Mastiff Sausage Company Owner Jacob Bartlett at Celebrate the Craft 2015

Mastiff Sausage Company 1st Place Award at Celebrate the Craft 2015

Mastiff Sausage Company 1st Place Award at Celebrate the Craft 2015

Societe Brewing Company at Celebrate the Craft 2015

Societe Brewing Company at Celebrate the Craft 2015

Tablas Creek Vineyard at Celebrate the Craft 2015

Tablas Creek Vineyard at Celebrate the Craft 2015

Tender Green Chefs Pete Balesteri & Kara Snyder's Prime Dry Aged New York with Pumpkin Mole at Celebrate the Craft 2015

Tender Green Chefs Pete Balesteri & Kara Snyder’s Prime Dry Aged New York with Pumpkin Mole at Celebrate the Craft 2015

Miramar Professor Larry Pink and Oceana Coastal Kitchen Chef Steven Riemer at Celebrate the Craft 2015

Miramar Professor Larry Pink and Oceana Coastal Kitchen Chef Steven Riemer at Celebrate the Craft 2015

Robert Craig Winery at Celebrate the Craft 2015

Robert Craig Winery at Celebrate the Craft 2015

Torrey Pines Golf Course La Jolla

Torrey Pines Golf Course La Jolla

Celebrate the Craft 2015

Celebrate the Craft 2015

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About Jolee Pink

I am a California-based writer, designer, artist, super foodie and avid traveler. I view travel as a superlative learning experience and have visited nearly 50 countries. As the author of Living Coastal: Inspirations for Entertaining, Decorating and Cooking California Style, I brought together artists and chefs to capture the spirit of San Diego influenced by the Pacific Ocean. The Wabisabi Green lifestyle blog focuses on art, design, food and travel. My colorful ceramic sculpture has received national recognition and is on permanent display at Rady Children’s Hospital. I also design and market a boutique eco-friendly textile line featuring bold modern motifs based on nature, world travels and the southern California coastal lifestyle.
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One Response to Culinary Genius in the Pines: Thirteenth Annual Celebrate the Craft 2015

  1. avatar NANCY MARTIN says:

    Absolutely stunning photos. Lucky you to taste all that wonderful food…