CAAMFeast Awards: Stories, Food & You is an annual cocktail gathering and culinary awards ceremony benefiting the Center for Asian American Media. Launched in 2013, CAAMFeast pays tribute to the stories behind today’s Asian American culinary luminaries and highlights their undeniable contributions to our ever-expanding culinary landscape. This one-of-a-kind evening features delectable tastings from award-winning restaurants and a moving, multi-media tribute to the year’s honorees. Attendees rub elbows with icons and game changers of the food world and participate in an exciting live auction, featuring exclusive tours, travel packages and coveted dining experiences at the Bay Area’s hottest restaurants.
This year, CAAM is pleased to honor the legendary Cecilia Chiang (The Mandarin), celebrated entrepreneur George Chen (China Live, Eight Tables by George Chen) and innovative, locavore chef Brandon Jew (Mister Jiu’s). Each honoree represents a distinct style and generation of Chinese cuisine, with approaches as diverse and complex as the culture itself. Our 2016 honorees find inspiration in the unsung narratives of Chinese cuisine, and their contributions transcend the porous border between nations, personal memory and popular culture. In concert with a new generation of Asian American food celebrities, fusion cookbooks, and a turn towards traditional Asian ingredients, they are revolutionizing our gastronomic preferences.
Join the Center for Asian American Media as we honor the culinary personalities who are rewriting the conversation around Asian American food.
Saturday, March 5, 2016
6-9 PM at One Kearny Club
23 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA 94108
Tickets: $175 early-bird (available through Feb 10); $200 general. View exciting photos from last year’s event.
Introducing our 2016 Honorees…
Brandon Jew’s childhood was flavored by trips to San Francisco’s Chinatown markets and time spent in the kitchen with his Chinese grandmother. This formative introduction to food had a lasting influence on Jew. After graduating from college, Jew decided to fully immerse himself in the gastronomic world and spent the next ten months traveling in Northern Italy, where he cut his teeth at the Ristorante la Pernice e la Gallina in Bologna. Jew’s time in Italy exposed him to a cultural pride and culinary integrity that echoed his own upbringing.
Upon his return to San Francisco, Jew stepped into a number of celebrated kitchens, including Zuni Café, Quince and the Museum of Modern Art in Shanghai to name a few. In 2010, Jew signed on as opening chef of Bar Agricole, where he wowed diners with his fresh combinations of authentic, seasonal Californian flavors and his masterful technique. Since leaving Bar Agricole in 2013, he has been teaching a ‘Chinese Classics Reinvented’ class at the San Francisco Cooking School, traveling to experience some of the best restaurants in the world and planning the opening of Mister Jiu’s. He is also featured on season two of the PBS show Mind of a Chef, Vice Munchies and the BBC show Ching’s Chinese New Year.
ABC 7 News
American Truffle Company
Beat the Lock
Bruce Cost Ginger Ale
David and Linda Lei
Dipti Ghosh, Senior Vice President, at Wells Fargo Advisors
Fairmont Hotel, San Francisco
KTVU Fox 2
Michael Tate, Professional Auctioneer and Development Consultant
NBC Bay Area
One Kearny Club
The Robert J. Louie Memorial Fund
CAAM thanks the Fairmont Hotel, San Francisco, who is offering a generous discount for all CAAMFeast attendees March 4-6, 2016. CAAMFeast guests can call (415) 772-5140 to book a Fairmont Queen room ($199, plus applicable taxes) or a Deluxe City View King room ($299, plus applicable taxes.)
2016 HOST COMMITTEE (list in formation)
Derrick Chang, One Kearny Club; Dr. Joseph and Maria Fang; CAAMFeast Host Committee Co-Chair Dipti Ghosh*, Senior Vice President at Wells Fargo Advisors, and Meggy Gotuaco, Google; Bill Imada*, IW Group; CAAMFeast Host Committee Co-Chair Philomena King*, King and Co. Works of Art; David Lei* and Linda Lei; Hanson Li*, Salt Partners Group; Wendy Lieu, Socola Chocolatier, and Sameer Hassan, Williams-Sonoma; Betty Louie, The Robert J. Louie Memorial Fund; Allen Lu, Jeremy Lin; Mas, Marcy, Nikiko and Korio Masumoto, The Masumoto Family Farm; Matt Mui*, AT&T; Stephanie Wei*; Martin Yan and Susan Yoshimura Yan, Yan Can Cook, Inc.
(*Denotes CAAM Board Member)
2016 HONORARY HOST COMMITTEE (list in formation)
The Honorable Congressman Mike Honda, CA-17
The Honorable David Chiu, California State Assembly, CA-17
The Honorable Edwin Lee, Mayor, City and County of San Francisco
The Honorable Supervisor Eric Mar, City and County of San Francisco, District 1
The Honorable Supervisor Jane Kim, City and County of San Francisco, District 6
All proceeds support CAAM’s legacy and future as the nation’s leading Asian American media arts organization committed to telling the stories of our communities. All donations are tax-deductible.