Celeb Chef Graham Elliot at Coronado Marriott for Pitmaster’s Veterans Day Barbecue

On Sunday, November 11, the San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival kicks off its 15th annual celebration of food, wine and culture with the Pitmaster’s Veterans Day Barbecue, a celebration of the city’s veterans and military community. Celebrity Chef, Author and Host, Graham Elliot, best known as a judge on MasterChef, MasterChef Jr. and Top Chef hosts the barbecue, which is held bayside at the Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa.

The family-friendly barbecue is complete with lawn games, wine and beer, and mouthwatering barbecue from Chef Graham Elliot, Executive Chef of the Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa, Michael Poompan, Former Top Chef contestant, Angelo Sosa of Encinitas’ Death by Tequila, as well as Ami Cisneros of beloved San Diego barbecue establishment, Grand Old BBQ Y Asado.


The Pitmaster’s Veterans Day Barbecue is held on Sunday, November 11 from 11:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa. Tickets are inclusive of all food an drink and are priced at $65 for adults and $35 for children (6-13). VIP tickets are priced at $125 and include early entry, meet and greet with Graham Elliot, specialty cocktail as well as charcuterie and cheese board. Veterans and active duty military can save using the code MILITARY. Tickets are available here.

About the San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival: Held November 11-18, sailboats and sandy beaches serve as the backdrop to one of the country’s most talked about weeks in food. Featuring more than 40 events, hundreds of domestic and international wineries, the celebration of craft beer and spirit, local culinary legends and nationally recognized celebrities, and a Grand Tasting finale on the stunning Embarcadero.


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Originally from upstate New York, Dani Schwartz has lived in Coronado since 1996. She is thrilled to call Coronado home and raise her two children here. In her free time enjoys hitting the gym, reading, and walking her dog around the “island.”Have news to share? Send tips, story ideas or letters to the editor to: manager@coronadotimes.com