Mad Craft VIP
What is Mad Craft?
Mad Craft is the full VIP experience at BFF. It represents the main goal of our festival: to bring together the brewing and culinary communities for one-time collaborations and experimental offerings. Located in the heart of the festival, Mad Craft VIP ticket holders are treated to the best selection of special-reserve pours and limited-release beers along with complimentary tastes from dishes created by the region’s most elite chefs. Note: Mad Craft VIP passes are limited to only 500 guests and include access to private restrooms.
2016 Mad Craft VIP Chefs
Chef Javier Plascencia
Mad Craft Menu
Whole Hog Gordita
with Ghost Pepper Salsa, Pickled Veggies
Charred Eggplant and Requeson Tostada
with Preserved Lemon Salsa and Fresh Watercess
with Octo and Potato Escabeche
The charismatic personality of Tijuana-Born Chef Javier Plascencia reflects on his take on Baja Mediterranean cuisine, of which he is a fervent and energetic promoter. Baja Mediterranean cuisine obtains its ingredients from the fields, orchards, and farms from both sea and land. Chef Javier Plascencia has an innate talent for selecting the freshest herbs, spices, fruits, vegetables and seafood achieving combinations that create completely new flavor experiences.
Chef Chad White
Mad Craft Menu
Shrimp, achiote, chile de guajillo, onion, cilantro, lime, avocado, salsa de cacahuates
Yellow watermelon, lime, chile de habanero, pickled red onion, cilantro, cucumber, tajin
Achiote & Epazote cured pork, squid ink, huitlacoche, Frijoles negro, crema, whole grain mustard
Fresh off of Top Chef Season 13, Chef White has been a San Diego & Baja favorite for over 15 years with an eye toward producing eclectic urban style & Baja influenced gastronomy, unlimited in scope or boundary. Chef Chad’s wild creativity, authentic sense of flavor, style and organic fearlessness drive his kitchens, pushing expectations and boundaries, often giving life to what he has fashioned into his own indelible signature: food outside the borders, flavor beyond expectation, with delight all but guaranteed.
Chef Justin Kingsley Hall
Mad Craft Menu
Lamb de Padre
Locally sourced whole lamb bedded with slow roasted farmer’s market vegetables.
After working at Comme Ca in both the Cosmopolitan Hotel and West Hollywood locations, Chef Justin took an opportunity to teach at the Art Institute of Las Vegas, where he focuses on instructing students in career development and also the school’s full service restaurant Opus Too. While teaching he also works on innovative pop-ups, special events and catering. On February 5th, 2016, Chef Justin’s SLO-Boy concept came to life in Downtown Las Vegas.
Mad Craft Chefs in Action
See Chef Javier explore some of Tijuana’s culinary hot spots on this episode of Munchies’ Chef’s Night Out. The whole video is worth watching, but you can skip to 8:30 to see Chef Javier drop in on Chef Chad’s Tijuana restaurant, La Justina.