Another fabulous evening filled with Wine, Charcuterie, Cheese and so much education. This night was a perfect opportunity for me to learn while working as Baja Wine+Food brought in the Owner/Winemaker for La Lomita Winery, Fernando Perez Castro. The wines were delicious and the view was incredible, located in the Idea District in Downtown San Diego, the breeze mixed with the warmth of the wine was the perfect pairing.
Orchestrated by industry veterans Chris Patino and Erick Castro of Simple Serve, this Trade Focused, San Diego based event takes place in March each year. Once a year, these two men decided to honor the amazing bartenders, businesses, and brands that make this community so badass by organizing a three day all-day series of events at various cocktail bars across the city. This year was my first year attending/shooting some of the events and I had a blast. I have to say above all I enjoyed the Silencio Mezcal silent disco the most, because it was the perfect groovy ending to a day of debauchery and drinking. Stay tuned for next year!
I was delighted to experience another amazing Wonderspaces pop-up museum this summer, it was incredible and immersive. They had a much larger space to set up each installation which aided in bringing the color and energy to life. 10/10 would experience as much of this place as I can as often as I can until they shut down and take on another city.
This was another fabulous event put on by Vanguard Culture that was geared towards bringing together some of the nation's most talented Chef's to create their own Ceviche. Each Chef brought their own style and culinary ability to life this evening as they battled to win the top three slots at Round Two in late April. The dishes were incredible and I was more than happy to photograph them to show my support.
Last year, I was able to venture up to Los Angeles a few times to visit some incredible museums, but this space was hands down the most fascinating concept I have ever experienced. The 14th Factory was founded by Simon Birch, in hopes of representing various messages through contemporary art installations that were all created in an old factory warehouse space. It was generated in a neighborhood that would usually be considered torn down and unsafe for anyone to just "take a stroll through". Once we were admitted, we followed the very specific path through corridors to experience each installation. There was various media used for each one, and the artists are truly talented for being able to create such colorful and eclectic work. The curation of the space and the emotional attachment to each part was the most powerful thing for me, in terms of what I enjoyed most. They shut down after a few months of letting the public experience the space, but they continue on utilizing worn down, spacious structures to implement these incredible works around the world. I that recommend anyone who has the chance to see this traveling museum, takes the opportunity to do so.
Anyone in San Diego during the summer of 2017 most likely heard of this pop-up contemporary art museum called "Wonderspaces", which was located in Mission Valley. The space was set in an open lot, which gave them ample ability to create multiple narratives for the guests to immerse themselves in. Many of the installations had either a message or an interactive activity to enjoy when you walked into them. I was fascinated by the idea behind this particular pop-up because it looked like just one large tent from the outside but once you walked in, it became so much more. It was a pleasure to attend and document and I look forward to see where their next location will be.