Taste of Mesa April 6, 2017
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Thursday · October 24, 2019 · 5:30pm

Culinary Outlook, 2nd floor of Mesa Commons
San Diego Mesa College, 7250 Mesa College Dr.

Taste of Mesa

On October 24, 2019, San Diego Mesa College will host the annual “Taste of Mesa”, the premier cooking-show style fundraiser benefiting the Culinary Arts Management Program

“Taste of Mesa” will feature internationally-inspired cuisine and two cook-off competitions between alumni, students and an advanced baking team. Alumni and current students compete against each other in either cooking or cake decorating.

Student shows the food at taste of mesa event
Student is working on the cake

Silent Auction items will include cooking lessons with local chefs.

  • Each chef will help the winner create a signature dish
  • Winners and five of their friends will have an experience of a life time

Chef Kevin Templeton from Barleymash and Chef Joe Pastry from Waters fine dining catering are the first chef to join the auction.

Students in Culinary Arts/Culinary Management enjoy practical hands-on approach to innovative methods and classical techniques, as well as numerous cuisines. A rigorous training program combines both laboratory and general education coursework, in addition to business courses including supervision and cost control. Graduates of the program are well-prepared, with nearly 100% finding jobs within the industry.  Many have gone on to be successful chefs, managers, caterers and owners. 

Proceeds from Taste of Mesawill be used to purchase ingredients that will help train students for the farm to table style restaurants that are becoming more common in today’s market and prepare them to become valued employees in the service industry. 


Tickets for the Taste of Mesa

$10 for children 12 and under
$25 for students
$50 General public
$75 for VIP

VIP ticket holders:

  • Are invited to a private reception on the patio in the Organic Garden
  • Gain early access to the silent auction of Dine with a Chef
  • Invited to judge of both the cooking and decorating contest
  • Mix and mingle with the contestants after the competition
  • Receive a culinary gift bag
  • Will be publicly acknowledged on the VIP Wall of Fame


Special Thanks to:

P&R Paper

Specialty Produce


Urban Mo’s

Vessel Restaurant, Kona Kai Resort

Rosarito Beach Hotel

Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa (Mission Bay)

Chef Kevin Templeton, Barleymash

Chef Tim Kolanko, Urbana

Chef Keoni Simmons, Jamul Casino

Chef Amy DiBiase, InterContinental

Farmer Jack Ford, Taj Farms

Chef Mark Schmitt, Fort Oak

Chef Matt Richmond, Cucina Enoteca Del Mar

Chef Tonya Whitfield, 72-Fifty/Mesa Culinary

Chef Travis Swikard, Callie

Chef Flor Franco, Franco on 5th

Chef Carlo Guardado Small Town

Chef Chris Haas, The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe

Chef Joe Burns, Waters Catering/Mesa Culinary

Chef Christina Ng, Berry Good Food Foundation

Sponsorship opportunities are available at many levels.  All sponsors will be featured at the event, recognized on the annual Culinary Donor Wall, and receive VIP tickets. For sponsorship opportunities, contact Krista Stellmacher, Director of Resource Development at (619) 388-2285 or


Silent Auction Experiences include cooking lessons with local chefs

  • Each chef will help the winner create a signature dish
  • Winners and five of their friends will have an experience of a life time

Guests will be able to bid on private experiences with several award-winning chefs, including Chef Mark Schimtt of Fort Oak, Chef Amy DiBiase of InterContinental, Chef Joe Burns from Waters Fine Catering, Farmer Chistina Ng from the Berry Good Food Foundation, Farmer Jack Ford of Taj Farms, Chef Kevin Templeton of Barleymash, and Chef Flor Franco of Franco on 5th.