Sign of the Dimes

By Allie Daugherty

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s infamous party-boy character The Great Gatsby had a lot of reasons to celebrate: wealth, beautiful women and the excitement of the Roaring Twenties.

If he were alive today, Gatsby himself would surely attend “A Night at the Speakeasy,” a November 8 March of Dimes fundraising event where guests will revel in the glamour of the era while helping to raise funds and awareness to prevent premature births, birth defect and infant mortality.

What can be expected from the event that will pair many of San Diego’s top chefs and mixologists for an all-night tasting session?

“Prohibition-style, all-around glamour,” says co-chair Yolanda Walther-Meade. “Speakeasy strolling under chandeliers strung from tents, oyster bar and vodka tastings, sipping and sampling from the most creative culinary artists and masters of mouth-watering cocktails in San Diego and beyond.”

More than just a fun time, the event supports a cause that hits close to home: each year, roughly 1,500 of the 48,000 babies born in San Diego County have a birth defect, and about 200 won’t reach their first birthday.

“The March of Dimes is a pioneer in funding genetics research and therapies, with funds raised going to local research at facilities like the Salk Institute, Scripps Institute and U.C. San Diego,” says Walther-Meade.

(March of Dimes’ founding goal was to eradicate polio, the vaccine for which was created by Jonas Salk, so the money must be going to the right place.)

Purchase tickets, learn more about the event and/or make a donation at

Lead Chefs:
Bernard Guillas of the Marine Room
Andrew Spurgin of Campine Catering

Signature Chefs:
Alex Carballo of Stone World Bistro
Hanis Cavin of Carnitas Snack Shack
Tommy Gomes of Catalina Offshore Products
Matt Gordon of Urban Solace, and Solace and the Moonlight Lounge
Ilan Hall of The Gorbals
Katherine Humphus of BO-beau Kitchen + Lounge
Rachel King of Searsucker
David Meade of Nobu
Dawn Parks of The Wild Thyme Company
Javier Plascencia of Mision 19
Kaitlin Ramos of St. Germain’s Bistro

Michael Esposito of Snake Oil Cocktail Co.
Jeff Josenhans of Grant Grill
Shane McKnight of Best Beverages
Guillermo Sauza of Tequila Fortaleza
Chris Simmons Smoke & Mirrors Cocktail Company
Ian Ward of Pick & Rocks Cocktails
Aaron Zieske of PrepKitchen
A children’s charity’s signature gourmet feast returns