April 24, 2013
|Just Call Us Volunteers President Julie Darling with the dragon dancers|
Photo by Jennifer Dery of buttersage.com
After hosting two outrageously successful events (A Taste of the Market & Street Food Market) in its main area in the Market Hall, this past Saturday the San Diego Public Market exhibited yet another portion of its enormous space housed on the National Plaza side of the building for Just Call Us Volunteers' 2nd annual fundraiser - Taste of Asia at the Market. As completely different as the last two events were from one another, this new portion of the warehouse showcased yet another very appealing side of San Diego's own public market. With a vast, open-air central atrium, the sprawling grounds were filled with sun throughout the late afternoon hours, offering the perfect setting for dragon dancing and sumo wrestling demonstrations. On the southern end, a sprawling indoor corridor was outfitted with quintessential Asian decorations and makeshift stands where chefs and restaurants were dishing out their take on Asian influenced drinks and eats.
barleymash offered a rave favorite of the evening, really capturing refreshing Asian flavors in a convenient serving (and earth-friendly! no plate or utensils required!) - chili seared and toasted sesame crusted albacore atop a deliciously crisp wonton with house made teriyaki kimchi and wasabi cream. Chef Jeff Roberto of Sushi On A Roll offered a delectable surf and turf bite - imitation crab roll with avocado topped with Australian Wagyu beef carpaccio. And Chef Miguel Valdez from Red Door offered what was possibly the simplest and yet most delectable bite - organic filet skewers marinated with chile, citrus and pear, paired with a spicy komatsuna slaw - forget the slaw, this bite of beef was tender and impossibly flavorful.
|Surf N' Turf Roll by Sushi on a Roll|
"I can't thank enough everyone from the community who came out to support our event," said Just Call Us Volunteers President and Founder Julie Darling. "From the lineup of fabulous chefs who stepped out of their normal menus to create the most wonderful Asian-inspired dishes, to the wonderful volunteers who planned, set up and put on the event, the many businesses who donated to our silent auction and the members of the San Diego community who attended, it was so heartwarming to see the incredible amount of support that night for Just Call Us Volunteers and our cause.
Just Call Us Volunteers does wonderful work, primarily feeding homeless veterans and others at the Winter Shelter, Veteran's Shelter, Veteran Village, Rachel's Women's Shelter, Monarch School and at events like Stand Down and Project Homeless Connect. Many of San Diego's local chefs have joined 100's of local volunteers to prep, cook and serve more than 8,000 meals in the last year with Just Call Us Volunteers. They also work with low income families to teach them about healthy and affordable meal options.
For more information and to donate to Just Call Us Volunteers, visit them online at justcallusvolunteers.com. And be sure to visit the San Diego Public Market at its bright orange warehouse space located at 1735 National Avenue.