08.16.11 // Meet the Judges: Experts in Seasonal Salsa!

Summer in the city means *lots* of amazing produce perfect for a seasonally sweet or savory salsa! Read on to learn about our three expert judges who will determine whose summer salsa wins 1st, clinic 2nd, treatment and 3rd!

Ana Catalán runs Hollister-based Catalán Family Farm alongside her mother María Catalán, medicine one of the first Latina migrant farm laborers in the United States to become a farm owner. Ana has been coming to the Ferry Plaza since she was 19 and now runs the Catalán booth there on Thursdays and Saturdays in addition to other local markets. On top of feverishly growing vegetables, Ana is planning a Mexican-style canning experiment.

Sarah Henkin is the Market Chef for CUESA and the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. Her relationship with salsa began with her first bite of jalapeno at age 5 and flourished while she was growing up eating Mexican food in Los Angeles and during summers spent in Mexico. As a local produce expert with a life-long love of salsa, Sarah is thrilled to be judging The Great Salsa Championchip.

Tamara Palmer has the honor of being the resident judge at SF Food Wars. A writer and editor specializing in the edible and musical arts, she is the editor of The Feast San Francisco and the author of Country Fried Soul: Adventures in Dirty South Hip-Hop. She’s looking forward to testing her tolerance for hotness at this ChampionChip.