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Anda Bailey comes to Miss A from the heavy corporate world in an attempt to bring more art and creativity in her life. Born and raised in both Eastern and Western Europe, Anda refuses to abandon her 5’ heels in favor of the relaxed Southern California attire – her slight British accent and sense of style are among the only characteristics that still betray her foreign origins. While educated and trained a corporate lawyer, Anda has left the monstrous law firm days behind her and now focuses on finding and maintaining a healthy balance in her life. With a new love on her arm and two beautiful dogs named Mushu and Wally, she is set to conquer the world while creating and experiencing moments of simple joy and happiness. And by simple we mean planning a small and romantic wedding in Paris set to take place in just a few months. Yes, yes, you can take the girl out of Europe but you can’t take the Parisian nights away form the girl. When she’s not writing about love, life and rare finds in San Diego Anda writes The Tie Chatter http://lordwallington.wordpress.com, a blog about men’s fashion with an emphasis on custom neckwear. And so she embarks in the pursuit of love, marriage, fashion and art, and is making Miss A part of her journey.

Recap: 10th Annual Chef Showdown To Benefit San Diego’s Center For Community Solutions

(Photo Credit: Anda Bailey)

(Photo Credit: Anda Bailey)

On September 18, 2014, the Center for Community Solutions (CCS) hosted the 10th Annual Chef Showdown, a highly anticipated and incredibly fun food tasting and mixology event. The event was hosted at the new San Diego Harley Davidson showroom; with their huge collections of beautiful Harleys, a barber shop, tattoo shop, mini movie theater and a bar, this Harley Davidson showroom is the largest in the country.

The culinary competition was put on to support prevention and intervention programs focused on ending domestic violence, sexual assault and elder abuse, and to kick off Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which is held in October throughout the country. And what an event it is! Over 500 guests attended and participated in both the silent and live auctions which, in addition to the sold tickets, helped raise a significant amount of money benefiting the programs and services of CCS, a San Diego nonprofit that provides advocacy, legal support, healing and prevention services for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and elder abuse. An Evening At The Judges’ Table was auctioned off to not one but two attendees at $3,200 each; a Tuscan Culinary Getaway Package was sold for $3,400; Fleetwood Mac Concert Package went for $1,000, just to name a few of the live auction great packages. It was quite touching to see so many people come together and donate thousands of dollars to support such a great cause!

(Photo Credit: Anda Bailey)

(Photo Credit: Anda Bailey)

CCS today assists more than 11,000 women, children and families affected by domestic violence, sexual assault and elder abuse each year. CCS operates the only Rape Crisis Center in the City of San Diego along with a 24-hour bilingual crisis helpline as well as hospital and court accompaniment services for rape survivors, legal and advocacy for domestic violence and elder abuse survivors, and prevention and education outreach to youth of all ages. Additionally, it provides two 24-hour emergency shelter and transitional housing programs for victims of domestic violence and their children.

(Photo Credit: Anda Bailey)

(Photo Credit: Anda Bailey)

The actual “Iron Chef” style competition consisted of two teams of San Diego’s Top Chefs, including Amy Dibiase from Tidal, Lori Sauer from George’s at the Cove, Jason McLeod from Ironside, and Brandon Fortune from Kitchen 1540. Each team of chefs and mixologists competed using a few secret ingredients such as monchong, an exotic Hawaiian fish with large flakes and pink-white flesh, duck, pork, and coconut. Each team had an hour to complete a five course meal (amuse-bouche, fish, seafood, meat and desert), paired with mixed cocktails, and impress the judges’ panel which consisted of Chef Bernard Guillas from The Marine Room, Restaurateur Ingrid Croce, Celebrity Chef Brian Malarkey, Executive Chef Paul McCabe, and Executive Chef Flor Franco from the newest restaurant in the Guadalupe Valley, Convivia Artesanal.

Judges' Table (Photo Credit: Anda Bailey)

Judges’ Table (Photo Credit: Anda Bailey)

Emmy Award winner Sam Zien from the famous television show Sam the Cooking Guy emceed the competition and guests were in for a treat. An accomplished entertainer, Sam delivered commentary of the competition with great humor! When the lights went down we all went home fully entertained by a great competition but also happy to know that we all did our parts to help support such a great cause and to kick off Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Looking forward to next year’s Chef Showdown!

 

(Photo Credit: Anda Bailey)

(Photo Credit: Anda Bailey)

(Photo Credit: Anda Bailey)

(Photo Credit: Anda Bailey)

(Photo Credit: Anda Bailey)

(Photo Credit: Anda Bailey)

(Photo Credit: Anda Bailey)

(Photo Credit: Anda Bailey)

(Photo Credit: Anda Bailey)

(Photo Credit: Anda Bailey)

 

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