2014 Food & Art Festival
Silicon Valley Food and Art Festival is a community culinary competition and appreciation event that celebrates the cultural diversity of Bay Area. It is fun family event that brings together food lovers of Silicon Valley, promotes community involvement, and appreciate the culture difference. The event, on its 4th year, is presented by Ding Ding TV, Cupertino Rotary Club, Distinctive Taste Magazine, and is supported by many media partners and community organizations.
What: 4th Annual Silicon Valley Food & Art Festival
Date: Sunday August 17th 2014, start from 2pm
Where: Cupertino QUINLAN CENTER,
10185 N. Stelling Road, Cupertino, CA 95014, California.
Silicon Valley Food and Art Festival were created in 2010 by Diana Ding, founder of Ding Ding TV and George Shao, publisher of Distinctive Taste Magazine to serve the community and promote Chinese Food Culture. Cupertino Former Mayor Orrin Mahoney, Cupertino Rotarian Community leader Gauri Guleria joined the Food & Art Festival in 2013 as co-chairs that brought this event to a multi-cultural level. With Silicon Valley Elected Officials as award presenters, amateur chefs as contestants, and local business expo booths, the 2013 Silicon Valley Food & Art Festival attracted hundreds of people throughout the Bay Area. Through this exciting and entertaining event, you will be able to discover the art of healthy living, American, Chinese, Indian, Italian, Sri Lankan, Iranian and other national cuisine. You’ll also enjoy the
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2014 Silicon Valley Food and Art Festival
Gerrye Wong’s “Views From My Desk”
DingDingTV chose a perfect day for its fourth annual Silicon Valley Food and Art Festival in Cupertino before over 800 happy patrons. I was one of the eager visitors and equally curious to see what kinds of food amateur chefs would present in a busy setting.
In this Silicon Valley of cultural diversity and the influence of Indian and Chinese food all around us, it is no wonder that the culinary competition event at the Silicon Valley Food and Art Festival was a challenge between mostly Indian and Chinese chefs.
Held at the Quinlan Community Center this afternoon event brought together food lovers while promoting community involvement among the citizens of Cupertino.
Presented by Ding Ding TV, the program began with its vivacious CEO Diana Ding and MC David Bonaccorsi opening the program to welcome everyone mingling among the food tables. Other sponsors of this crowded event was the Cupertino Rotary Club, Distinctive Taste Magazine, and several media partners and community organizations.
Diana Ding explained the history of the Festival saying, “In 2010, George Shao and I conceived the idea of a food festival to educate the public on the different types of food available in America today. The first year only drew 50 people, whereas in 2011 with outreach to the Cupertino Rotary Club, we had over 100 and added tasting opportunities for audience members.”
At this Fourth Annual Festival, almost 1000 people filled the Quinlan Center rooms for this popular event. Fourteen amateur chefs entered the contest, which was judged by seven leaders in the community. I enjoyed hearing each chef describe his/her dish with the use of different ingredients native to her home country. Judges enjoying the many tasty unique foods for their judging included Mayor of Cupertino Gilbert Wong, Food Writer Linda Wu, CEO China Stix Restaurant Frank Chang, Inchin’s Bamboo Garden Restaurant Founder Amitabh Agrawal, Cupertino Rotary Club President Hung Wei, Event Chair of Cupertino Rotary Club Mahesh Nihalani and Pizza Party President Linda Blair.
When queried why she continued the early struggles for four long years to bring food diversity to the Cupertino public, Diana Ding replied, “ I am very passionate about food and feel this food festival is one small way we can spread different cultures through the medium of food.” Looking around the room, I agreed that many of people crowding to the competing chefs and local restaurant booths for tasty bite-size helpings were trying these dishes for the first time in their lives. Individual servings sold at $1 a cup with proceeds going to the Cupertino Rotary Club, a cooperative partner of the festival.
As San Jose City Council member Kansen Chu, announced to the throng assembled, “Here at the Festival let’s think of all the varieties of food offered us today as world-wide ingredients for a big salad which is tossed and enhanced with American seasoning.”
Founder Diana Ding and Former Cupertino Mayor Orrin Mahoney, who both conceived the idea of melding cultures together through food, stood proud as they watched people stream in all day to sample the foods of the amateur chefs as well as the supporting restaurants.
I applaud the chefs who used their home kitchens to produce many tasteful and tasty dishes. Competing chefs were Shoba Ratnasamy, Ben Huang, Pallavi Shah, Julie Lai, Shuchi Bhargavaa, Lina Li, Jasmine Lee, Sunil Mehta, Yoshesh Vyas, Kiran Kavoori and Marwah Om.
Although the judges had to make hard choices after enjoying all the tastings, First place went to Om Marwah, second place to Julie Lai and third place was captured by Sunil Mehta who also won the title of Favorite Chef of the Day. Much community participation was evident among the local leaders. Award presenters included Kansen Chu, Savita Vaidhy, Don Sun, Emily Lo, Barry Chang, George Shao, Steve Wang and Angela Chen.
In the Art part of the Silicon Valley Food and Art show, a very attractive display of fine China porcelain was exhibited by Rita Beckman and Richard Lo of Franz Collection. Their
exquisitely hand-painted artistry in vases, teacups and plates. Franz porcelain can only be bought at Bloomingdale’s locally so be sure to look for these precious collectibles at Stanford Bloomingdale’s store.
Having a community mindset, DingDingTV brought in non-profit organizations to have information booths to spread word of the good work they do. Dispensing information about different health issues and products in the community were booths of non-profit organization IAC-SV, Asian American Donor Program, Alzheimer’s Association, Weibo.com, Women’s Workshop and Sierra Tea, sole beverage vendor.
It’s often said it takes a village to complete a successful project.
At the Silicon Valley Food and Art Festival, it took many kitchens to produce foods from different countries and its people to the enjoyment of this suburban Cupertino community. I look forward to the Fifth Annual event in 2015 where I hope there will be a wider network of foods from European countries for everyone to sample. Congratulations DingDingTV for your vision to spread culture through food of the diversity of today’s Silicon Valley community.
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