Heart di Vite: Chefs, vintners, artists, scientists come together for ‘green science’ scholarships

Olivier Bioteau, chef/owner of Farm House Café, with assistant Cristina

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Photo by Maurice Hewitt

By Lonnie Burstein Hewitt

Where were you on Super Bowl Sunday? For some 200 people, the answer was: Heart di Vite at Scripps Seaside Forum.

A fundraiser hosted by UCSD’s Biological Sciences Division and a committee that included Joyce Cutler-Shaw, Ellen and David Dolgen, and Mark Quint, the event at Scripps Seaside Forum featured the talented chefs of Cooks Confab offering inventive, delicious, sustainable mini-dishes, paired with premium organic wines from Napa, and an array of artworks by eco-sensitive artists.

Master Chef Andrew Spurgin came onboard a year ago. Co-founder of Cooks Confab, a group of local chefs who promote sustainable eating, he recently launched the catering company Campine with buddies Brian Malarkey (soon to open Herringbone in La Jolla) and Antonio Friscia (executive chef at the late Stingaree).

Spurgin believes in creating community and supporting organizations that help shape a healthier, more environmentally friendly future.

“UCSD is doing so much in the bio-sciences,” Spurgin said. “They’re training a new generation. Events like these are a comfortable way to educate people to what’s happening, by bribing them with great food and drink!”

The bribes were all tasty, but the award of the evening, “Top Green Chef,” went to Chad White, co-owner/executive chef of Sea Rocket Bistro, for his silky-smooth sea urchin dish.

Proceeds from the event will fund scholarships in environmental science for students on their way to becoming tomorrow’s Green Giants.

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4 Comments for “Heart di Vite: Chefs, vintners, artists, scientists come together for ‘green science’ scholarships”

  1. someone who cooks

    It seems that LJ Light takes the title Master Chef lightly. You should do your homework and see what this really means. You are insulting those in the industry by calling Spurgin a Master Chef. Really now.

    • @someonewhocooks: I am sure that Ms. Burstein Hewitt's usage of the title was innocent and well-meaning. For the record, I have never referred to myself as a Master Chef, in fact, I am wary of those who go out of their way to refer to themselves as a "chef." I am simply, like you, someone who cooks, and just happens to make a living of it.
      – Andrew Spurgin

    • Someone Who Eats

      Someone Who Cooks – if you really have an issue with LJ Light and Spurgin, use your real name and have a dialogue with them. After a great article on a wonderful and important cause, supported by caring chefs and artists in our community, all you can post about is the use of the word "Master"? Really Now.

  2. @someonewhocooks: I am sure that Ms. Burstein Hewitt's usage of the title was innocent and well-meaning. For the record, I have never referred to myself as a Master Chef, in fact, I am wary of those who go out of their way to refer to themselves as a "chef." I am simply, like you, someone who cooks, and just happens to make a living of it.

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