Booth Sponsors Upped the Game at the 3rd Annual Taste of BIA!
By Borre Winckel, President & CEO
Conditions couldn’t have been better at the 3rd Annual Taste of BIA. Held once more at Liberty Station, nearly 500 folks showed up to sample the best food and drinks while enjoying good conversation and industry camaraderie. The Taste of BIA is rapidly becoming our members favorite event of the year. Why is this so?
The Taste of BIA offers us the opportunity to enjoy the most basic, but also the most important, facets of life. Who does not like being surrounded by the best eats, the greatest drinks, and many friends in a setting that is so San Diego? We were harbor close, we had the best weather, and we had the goodwill of so many of our members on full display.
As a foodie, and as a Judge (I am not worthy of the title), I cannot begin to express our gratitude for the time, talent and effort all our food & drink booth operators put into making this our “Best Yet” Taste event. We heard stories of members making their watermelon infused gazpacho in their hotel room. We ate the most tender and flavorsome tri-tip finished off on cedar planks. We imbibed craft beer infused with jalapeño and mescal. We drank margaritas by going full-throttle on a gasoline-powered blender, equipped with an easy rider motorcycle steering wheel. There was an offering of candied bacon, smoked on site with hickory and finished off with garlic and almonds. At another booth, a Scotsman of the Clan of Stewart poured the finest malts. At yet another booth line-caught ahi poke (off San Clemente Island) was served in crispy taco cups. We tasted meatballs to die for and beef brisket perfectly cooked through the Sous-Vide method. For the non-meat eaters there was a delicious corn and poblano chowder. At another booth a tabbouleh salad added to both the mindfulness and wellbeing of those in attendance. In another corner of our food court, fresh Maine lobster rolls were to be had, and for the more adventurous, flavored crispy crickets and crunchy larvae. There were sumptuous cupcakes, Ghirardelli chocolate brownies, fresh parfait with homemade granola, and hand-churned ice cream with organic fruit. For beer drinkers, several crafters had delicious one of a kind ales and IPAs on tap. With 34 booths in total, we want to give a special thank you to all of the companies that put together these amazing booths and cooked up (and mixed up) all of the great bites and sips. Between all of the tasty treats everyone had fun listening to the sounds of the Bree Jones Band and playing cornhole and giant Jenga.
This year we hosted a judging contest for the 2nd year in a row with our prestigious judges: Rita Brandin of Newland Real Estate Group and Chair of BIA, Jeff O’Connor of HomeFed Corp. and Secretary/Treasurer of BIA, and yours truly. The competition was just too close and we couldn’t pick just one winner. The award for best tasting food item went to Chelsea Investment Corp. for their fresh-caught poke. Honorable mention went to NOVA Services for their delicious candied bacon and honorable mention for dessert was awarded to the team of Brown & Bigelow and Shultz Audio Visual for their homemade brownies. And we couldn’t leave the drink booths out! Best drink booth was awarded to Latitude 33 Planning and Engineering for their impressive Watermelon Pale Ale.
Thank you so much to our amazing Events Committee for helping to put this event together. Another big thank you to all of our vendor partners that helped make this event possible: United Site Services, Fusion Sign & Design (for the signage and the best food trophy!), Magnus Security, Geotek, AArow Sign Spinners, and YC Photography. Speaking of photographs, click here to check out all of the fun from the event!