Sunday, April 8, 2018

Pac Arts Spring Showcase: ULAM - Film & Feast featuring San Diego Fil-Am Chefs April 23, 2018!

The 8th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival (SDAFF) Spring Showcase, presented by Pacific Arts Movement (Pac Arts), announced Ulam: Film & Feast​, a special film and food event to be held on April 23 at the Natural History Museum, sold out in just four hours after tickets went on sale.

In partnership with 15 local San Diego chefs, Pac Arts will host the San Diego premiere of Filipino food documentary, “Ulam: Main Dish,” followed by a filmmaker Q&A and post-film kamayan-style feast for 300, showcasing the chefs’ modern, localized and innovative takes on Filipino food followed by a dessert reception.

Patrons will enjoy the culinary talents of:
● Mike Arquines (The LAB Dining Sessions)
● Chris Aure (Zarlito’s)
● Tress Balch (Happy Sushi)
● Jonathan Bautista (George’s at the Cove)
● Evan Cruz (Arterra)
Chef Evan Cruz of Arterra Del Mar (PC: Aleya Zenieris)

Chef Evan's Pork Sarciado (PC: Christine Wu)
● Phillip Esteban (Consortium Holdings)
● Spencer Hunter (Hunter’s Home Kitchen)
Chef Spencer's Turon (PC: Justin Ricafort)

● Craig Jimenez (Nom Nom Bento)
● Leigh Lacap (Campfire)

Bartender Leigh Lacap of Campfire (PC: Breana Parks)
Balisong-Avocado Shake and Punyal-Corn Cocunut Pudding Cocktail (PC: Aleya Zenieris)

● Tara Monsod (Tender Greens)
Chef Tara Monsod of Tender Green Mission Valley
Watch Chef Tara make her Seafood Ginataan!

● Danilo “DJ” Tangalin Jr. (Bivouac Ciderworks)

Chef DJ Tangalin of Bivouac Ciderworks

What's Chef DJ's favorite Filipino dish, find out here!

● Marcus Twilegar (Parq Restaurant)
● Jayrell Ringpis (Snoice)
● Marlaw Seraspi (Open House)
Chef Marlaw Seraspi of Open House Asian Kitchen (PC: Christine Wu)

Chef Seraspi's Kinilaw (PC: Christine Wu)

● Kristianna Zabala (Nomad Donuts)

"Thanks to our partnership with local chefs and sponsors, we are able to bring Ulam: Film & Feast to San Diego in a way that is accessible for more of the local community than food events typically are,” remarks Pac Arts Executive Director Kent Lee. “This unique film and food pairing event not only highlights the growing popularity of Filipino food across the country, but also showcases the talents and ambitions of our local Filipino chefs that are at the forefront of the Filipino food movement here in San Diego.”

"For Pac Arts, this film and feast event is the culmination of years of thinking about what makes the Asian American community in San Diego unique,” says Pac Arts Artistic Director Brian Hu. “As we've done with our Chew the Scene events, we want to tell Asian American stories through food, and ‘Ulam’ reminds us that there's no better way to do so than to bring together artists in the community and have them each bring a dish. This is potluck storytelling."

This is definitely an exciting time for Filipino food and Filipino Chefs in San Diego!

Although currently the event is sold out, all-access passes are still available for the Spring Showcase which includes this event.  There is also another possibility that additional tickets will be released. For more information & tickets, go to

Join the conversation with #UlamSD.

Ulam: Film & Feast is supported in part by the City of San Diego, the Philippine Honorary Consulate of San Diego, House of the Philippines, Snoice, Seafood City, Pacific Shellfish, Specialty Produce, San Diego Seafood, Tanduay Asian Rum and Stella Artois.
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