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2015 An Artist @ the Table with CHRISTINE KNOKE

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May 30, 2015: Director of Exhibitions & Chief Curator –
Mingei International Museum – Christine KnokeSOLD OUT!

Dine with one of the region’s most creative curatorial minds. Christine’s resume includes more than 10 years as Curator of South and Southeast Asian Art at the prestigious Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena as well as her current 5-year tenure at the beautiful Mingei International Museum – heading an eclectic exhibition program with over 24,000 objects of folk art, craft and design from 195 countries. Featuring a deliciously diverse menu inspired by some of Christine’s most acclaimed exhibitions over the past 15 years.



9 guests + 4 delicious food & wine pairings + 1 featured artist
= an unforgettable evening

An Artist @ the Table is an intimate dinner series designed to introduce the public to San Diego’s creative community. 9 strangers are invited to share in a delicious 4-course fine dining experience with a notable person from the local arts & culture community.

21+ only / $125 suggested donation – SOLD OUT!
Exquisitely prepared by Chef Mario Medina.

Wine pairings generously provided by



In his childhood, Mario Medina spent many days in the kitchen with his mother in Mexico City. This instilled in him a deep passion for food that would in turn inspire his journey to become a chef. After completing a culinary program in his hometown, Mario left for the United States to follow his dream. Working and learning in some of the finer kitchens on the west coast, Mario quickly established a reputation for excellent food and sincere hospitality, driven by his desire to please every guest. His dream was soon realized when, in less than a year as Sous Chef at Chateau La Jolla Inn, he was offered the position of Executive Chef. Mario next took the helm at Paradise Grill in Del Mar, then Finch’s Bistro & Wine Bar in La Jolla, and is now Executive Chef at Bernini’s Bistro in La Jolla.

Although still young, Mario has garnered significant critical acclaim through appearances in many print and television features. He has appeared in magazines Where, Riviera, Fine Ranch & Coast, and Mexico Aqui, as well as numerous local television news channels and programs. He has also been a participating chef for numerous fundraisers and events such as the 2014 Cooking for Cancer event in La Jolla, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Mama’s Kitchen, 2014 Taste of the Cove, the La Jolla Art & Wine Festival, and the Latin Food Festival to name a few. He is featured in a cookbook showcasing San Diego’s top chefs, San Diego Chef’s Table: Extraordinary Recipes from American’s Finest City, and is a weekly recipe contributor to 860 AM Radio and Mexico Aqui magazine. Mario’s ongoing commitment to excellence and his genuine hospitality, paired with his passion and love of food, always ensures his guests leave happy.

Lately, he has been a featured Chef at the 2014 San Diego Wine & Food Festival as well as the Latin Food Festival. He finished an eventful 2014 by emerging victorious from an Iron Chef face-off hosted by Harvard Cooking Girl in La Jolla. He is a proud official member of the San Diego Chef de Cuisine Association.

Select Awards:
2014 Chula Vista Harbor Fest “Crowd Cravings” Award
ChefWorks Featured Chef of the Month, August 2014
Featured Chef: 2014 Latin Food Festival, 2014 San Diego Wine & Food Festival

Mario Medina

Vanguard Culture

Vanguard Culture is an online media entity designed for culturally savvy, socially conscious individuals. We provide original interviews and reviews of the people, places, and events that make up San Diego’s thriving arts and culture community, as well as curated snapshots of the week’s best, most inspiring and unique cultural and culinary events. We believe in making a difference in the world, supporting San Diego’s vibrant visual and performing arts community and bringing awareness to important social and community causes.

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  2. […] 5/30/15: An Artist @ the Table with Mingei International Museum’s Director of Exhibitions Christine Knoke. Exquisitely presented by Bernini’s Bistro, Executive Chef Mario Medina. Wine pairings provided by Baja Wine + Food. More info HERE: […]

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