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SAVOR SAN DIEGO WITH SU-MEI YU: Cultivating Communities

Airs Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 3:30 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Exterior photo of Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center in National City.

Food is at the heart of many of San Diego’s most fascinating stories. Our food community is vibrant, diverse and unique, full of history, passionate people and delicious treasures. Join Su-Mei Yu, noted local cook, author and restaurant owner, as she explores and cooks her way around San Diego sharing the captivating tales of our culinary bounty on SAVOR SAN DIEGO.

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Su-Mei Yu prepares a garden fresh stir-fry so easy to make that even kids can cook it.

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Su-Mei Yu's garden fresh stir-fry.

"Cultivating Communities" repeats Saturday, July 13 at 3:30 p.m. - San Diego's many community gardens serve their surrounding neighborhoods in a variety of ways. On this episode, Su-Mei visits two unique growing grounds, New Roots Garden in City Heights and Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center in National City.

After discovering how the gardens not only supply fresh, healthy food but also help to cultivate better communities, Su-Mei prepares a garden fresh stir-fry so easy to make that even kids can cook it.

SAVOR SAN DIEGO is on Facebook, and you can follow @saffronsd on Twitter. Su-Mei Yu is the owner of the award-winning Saffron Thai Grilled Chicken, San Diego’s first authentic Thai restaurant.

ABOUT CHEF SU-MEI YU

Su-Mei Yu is a celebrated San Diego chef, restaurateur and cookbook author. Her cookbooks include "Asian Grilling," the 2000 IACP Award-winning "Cracking the Coconut," and "The Elements of Life: A Contemporary Guide to Thai Cooking and Traditions for Healthier Living."

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Su-Mei Yu, a celebrated San Diego chef, restaurateur and cookbook author.

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"Savor San Diego with Su-Mei Yu" by Monica Medina

Su-Mei is a frequent contributor to Fine Cooking magazine, the Bangkok Post, and the U-T San Diego. She is chef-owner of the acclaimed Saffron restaurants in San Diego, California and has made numerous appearances on national television programs such as the Today Show, Good Morning America, and Martha Stewart Living.

She is a regular and popular morning show guest on local news programs as well because of her outgoing and high energy personality along with her delicious and healthful cooking tips.

Born of Chinese parents in Thailand, she came to America to attend boarding school at the age of fifteen, and worked as a social worker and as an assistant professor at San Diego State University before opening Saffron, one of San Diego’s first authentic Thai restaurants in Mission Hills in 1985.

Su-Mei later expanded the Saffron brand with Saffron Noodles & Sate, a comfortable eatery with indoor and outdoor seating. Located next to each other, both restaurants have become San Diego favorites featuring traditional Thai dishes made from recipes Su-Mei learned as a child in Thailand.

Saffron’s menus offer guests delicious and affordable fare prepared with Su-Mei’s philosophy of “food for the mind, body and soul.”

Episodes of SAVOR SAN DIEGO will be available for online viewing following the broadcast.

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Full Episode: Savor San Diego With Su-Mei Yu: Cultivating Communities (Expires 6/30/16)

Above: San Diego's many community gardens serve their surrounding neighborhoods in a variety of ways. On this episode, Su-Mei visits two unique growing grounds, New Roots Garden in City Heights and Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center in National City.

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Full Episode: Savor San Diego: Green Goddess Goes To Market (Expires 6/30/13)

Above: In this episode of SAVOR SAN DIEGO, Su-Mei visits Bella Vado Splendid Oils in Valley Center to learn both about the process of making avocado oil and the family behind this unusual "Green Goddess" product. She then heads to Hillcrest's Whole Foods Market to discover how local products like Bella Vado find their way onto area retail shelves.

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Full Episode: Savor San Diego: Farm To Farmer's Plate (Expires 6/30/13)

Above: In this episode of SAVOR SAN DIEGO, Su-Mei visits Noel Stehly of Stehly Farms in Valley Center to learn how a modern organic farmer operates in San Diego. She then follows some of the farm’s produce to the Linda Vista Farmer’s Market. At the market, Su-Mei creates a delicious rice salad using the freshly harvested ingredients from the farm.

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Full Episode: Savor San Diego With Su-Mei Yu: The Yin-Yang Of Protein (Expires 6/30/16)

Above: Food is at the heart of many of San Diego’s most fascinating stories. Our food community is vibrant, diverse and unique, full of history, passionate people and delicious treasures. Join Su-Mei Yu, noted local cook, author and restaurant owner, as she explores and cooks her way around San Diego sharing the captivating tales of our culinary bounty SAVOR SAN DIEGO. This episode is available for online viewing through June 30, 2016.

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Full Episode: Savor San Diego: Orange Gold In Jamul (Expires 6/30/16)

Above: A special kind of tangerine is grown in the sunny orchards of Jamul. On this episode of SAVOR SAN DIEGO, Su-Mei follows the trail of Kishu traveling from the groves of Rancho del Sol Farms to Specialty Produce a purveyor prized by local chefs that makes it possible for small growers like Rancho del Sol to get their products to market. Afterwards, she demonstrates how to make Tom Yum, a spicy Thai soup that derives distinctively tangy flavors from citrus.

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Above: Food is at the heart of many of San Diego’s most fascinating stories. Our food community is vibrant, diverse and unique, full of history, passionate people and delicious treasures. Join Su-Mei Yu, noted local cook, author and restaurant owner, as she explores and cooks her way around San Diego sharing the captivating tales of our culinary bounty on SAVOR SAN DIEGO.

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