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Not Your Father's BBQ: Saucing the Grill with Pamela Wnuck

  • Pacific Food and Beverage Museum 731 S. Pacific Ave. San Pedro, CA 90731 United States (map)

Pacific Taste is an ongoing series of culinary demos, talks, and workshops hosted by the Pacific Food & Beverage Museum in Los Angeles. A wide range of culinary professionals, cookbook authors, PacFAB curators, and others deliver lively lectures and lead tastings and hands-on workshops demonstrating the rich culinary traditions and distinctive cuisines of the American West, Pacific Rim, and beyond.

Not Your Father's BBQ: Saucing the Grill with Pamela Wnuck

For most, Father's Day evokes fond memories. And for many, those memories feature food, particularly food cooked outdoors. On Saturday, June 15, visit LA's Pacific Food & Beverage Museum and learn a new way of approaching the backyard grill with Chef Pamela Wnuck, Culinary Arts Supervisor at the OC Fair and Owner of Seize the Vine. Watch Pamela prepare her "Smoked Pork Ribs Two Ways," sauced with Soviia Maple Agave Syrup, and then taste it, along with fresh fare from Melissa's Produce, paired with Barramundi Shiraz from Australia.


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Pamela Wnuck is Culinary Arts Supervisor at the OC Fair & Event Center. When the position opened just before the start of the 2016 OC Fair, everyone knew that her 40 years of experience in the food, wine, and entertainment industry made her a perfect fit for the job. Beginning in the late 1970s, Pam has built a career as a successful restaurateur, wine sales representative, owner of an executive food service company serving more than 3,000 employees daily, and an expert in planning and executing events.

Despite all of her culinary responsibilities, Pamela has always been cognizant of the importance of learning and remaining current in the field. In her never-ending quest to broaden her food knowledge, in 2011 she became a UCCE OC Master Gardener and, soon after, added small backyard gardener to her list of accomplishments. Naturally, she then wanted to preserve the bounty of the garden, so in 2014 she became a UCCE OC Master Food Preserver. She excels at canning, dehydrating, and fermenting every part of the plant from the skins to the seeds to the greens. Her kitchen looks like a science lab and ALWAYS smells amazing.

Her passion and enthusiasm for all things culinary are contagious and have logically led to her most recent passion—teaching and voluntarism. For the past nine years, Pamela has served as a docent at Centennial Farm at the OC Fair & Event Center. Her broad knowledge of food and respect for our farmers has understandably made her a favorite among K-2 children and teachers. Her volunteer and mentoring activities have since expanded to include Kid Healthy, ProStart, and the 4-H.

Despite her busy schedule, Pamela still spends plenty of time with her wine executive husband, Irv, and her children and grandchildren. You can usually find the entire food-centric family together in the kitchen, cooking and entertaining.