Taste of Mesa April 6, 2017

Mesa College’s Premier Culinary Event

Taste of Mesa background

Thursday · November 2, 2023

4:30 p.m.: Early access for VIP ticket holders
5:15 p.m. General Admission

Culinary Outlook, 2nd floor of Mesa Commons
San Diego Mesa College, 7250 Mesa College Dr.

Taste of Mesa

On Thursday, November 2, 2023, San Diego Mesa College will host the annual “Taste of Mesa”, the premier cooking-show style fundraiser benefiting the Culinary Arts Management Program. Taste of Mesa will feature internationally-inspired cuisine and two cook-off competitions between alumni, students and an advanced baking team. Alumni and current students compete against each other in either cooking or cake decorating.

Student shows the food at taste of mesa event
Student is working on the cake

Proceeds from “Taste of Mesa” will be used to purchase ingredients that will help train students for the farm to table style restaurants that are becoming more common in today’s market and prepare them to become valued employees in the service industry.


Tickets for the Taste of Mesa

$30 for the General Admission (public, faculty and staff)
$20 for students with Student ID
$10 for children 12 and under

$100 VIP Tickets, which includes:

  • · Early access to a private reception
  • · Meet the students and chefs
  • · Invited to judge of both the cooking and cake decorating contest
  • · Mix and mingle with the contestants after the competition
  • · Receive a culinary gift bag

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship opportunities are available at many levels; please see below. To become a sponsor, contact Krista Stellmacher, Director of Resource Development at (619) 388-2285 or

Sponsorship Opportunities

Hors d'Oeuvre Sponsor –$500 +
Two VIP Guest tickets, recognition on Donor Wall and in promotional material, including webpage and social media. Verbal recognition at the event

Dessert Sponsor – $1,000 +
Four VIP Guest tickets, plus benefits of Hors d ‘Oeuvre Sponsor. Behind the scenes tour and meet & greet with culinary students and staff.

A La Carte Sponsor – $2,500 +
Six VIP guest tickets, plus benefits of Desert Sponsor. Includes VIP parking, and opportunity to judge cake decorating competition. Upgraded recognition on Donor Wall.

Foodie Sponsor – $5,000 +
Eight VIP guest tickets, plus benefits of A la carte Sponsor. Recognition and special feature in News releases and promotional materials. Upgraded recognition on Donor Wall.

Gourmet Sponsor – $10,000 +
Ten VIP guest tickets, plus benefits of Foodie Sponsor. Named sponsor recognition. Upgraded recognition on Donor Wall.