Cooking Demos

Cooking Demos

The Monterey Bay area is home to many talented chefs, and they love to show off their artichoke cooking culinary skills. We’re planning a great line up for the 2017 Festival. Check back again as our schedule grows!

CHEFS! If you’d like to demonstrate your fabulous artichoke recipes, call the Festival Office at 831-633-2465, or send an email to Sue here.

Tony Baker

Chef Tony of Montrio Bistro and Baker’s Bacon shares his passion for cooking with fresh, locally sourced & sustainable ingredients. Tony is known for bringing people together for great food, good fun, and a good cause.  Don’t miss the chance to experience Tony’s delicious take on our favorite thistle!

Butch Francis

Butch Francis of Cowboy Sausage and Chili Company, makes chili and sausages on his own terms. Cowboy Sausage is a favorite at local farmers markets, and some have taken to calling Butch “the sausage king of Salinas.” In fact, Butch Francis’ sense of humor has become a Festival demo favorite. Don’t miss your chance to experience it for yourself. site at

Pat Hopper

Pat Hopper, Manager of the Artichoke Advisory Board, knows Artichokes like no other. Hailing from the anthracite coal mines of Pennsylvania, Pat found her way to the artichoke fields of Castroville as a military spouse.  Today, her annual ABC’s of Artichokes presentation at The Festival unveils the mystery and flavor of California’s official state vegetable!

Dyon Foster

Creator of Chef’s Palette Spice Rubs, Chef Dyon J. Foster brings his unique palette for big flavor to The Artichoke Food & Wine Festival demo stage. His signature spice rub blends add a depth of flavor that Chef Dyon (pronounced like dyin’!) found missing in what he could find on the market. Ingenuity, persistence, and a chef’s palette, fuels his passion for flavor in his signature creations. Don’t miss a chance to learn from this flavor master!