On Sunday, March 24th (6-8 pm), the 22,000 sq foot former boiler factory will be transformed into an authentic "farm-to-cart" festival, featuring some of San Diego and Baja's best chefs coming together to celebrate the age old tradition of street food.
It would be hard not to be excited about the tremendous lineup -- including Javier Plascencia of Mision 19 and Erizo; Diego Hernandez of Corazon de Tierra; Matt Gordon of Urban Solace and Sea & Smoke; Kevin Ho and Juan Miron of MIHO Gastrotruck and Stand & Deliver; and Chad White of Plancha Baja Med...The list goes on. (Check out the full line-up here.)
We'll admit we've been enchanted by Javier Plascencia, for one, a number of times: during our outing to Tijuana's Mision 19; Suzie's Farm Second Autumnal Equinox Dinner (image below); and at his pop up dinner at North Park's El Take It Easy. After getting a taste of what Baja has to offer, from its culinary talents to the wine country of Guadalupe Valley, and even its growing craft beer scene, it's hard not to embrace it. We drool over the exploits of San Diego-Mexico culinary bloggers Life & Food and Tijuana tour guide extraordinaire Turista Libre on a regular basis.
Below: Javier at Suzie's Farm Autumnal Equinox Dinner: Caja China roasted goat with Green Zebra salsa, yellow chard, burnt onions, and goat cheese quesadilla (Photo credit: Life & Food)
We connected with SD Public Market event co-chair Melissa Mayer, who along with Andrew Spurgin, share this admiration and felt it was imperative to reach out not only to neighbors in Barrio Logan for this event, but also across the border to invite friends and colleagues from Baja as well. They recently delighted in visiting Mirta Rodriguez, for example, from Mariscos Ruben, who was recently featured in the newly released book Where Chefs Eat. "What amazing food we had there...scallops the size of pork chops!" she says.
On March 24th, they tell us to expect "Mexico's tacos, TJ dogs, borrego and barbacoa, papusas, udon and yakitori, French crepes, and churros", among other delicacies. Also partake in craft beer and cocktails, live music, and entertainment. The tickets go for $85 (VIP) or $55 (General) which includes food and drink -- see details and buy 'em here. Net proceeds support the micro-business incubator and education arm of the permanent market, set to open mid year.
We hope to see you in Barrio Logan March 24th -- and at the Sunday & Wednesday farmers' markets that grace the market halls while Catt White and her team amp up for the build out of the permanent vendor stalls. Learn more at www.sandiegopublicmarket.com.
Location: 1735 National Ave., Barrio Logan//San Diego