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The Marso Walchef Foundation is proud to host the 9th Annual Spring Valley Tailgate & BBQ Festival this upcoming fall.

If you love to barbecue, love to learn and want to experience participating in an amatuer contest then join our email club to recieve all the updates for this event.  

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Rooted in Bulgarian family traditions of hospitality, Shawn and Rositsa Walchef, the owners of Cali Comfort BBQ, have created a welcoming village atmosphere in Spring Valley where close friends gather to eat, drink and laugh over shared stories.

Winners of the Mighty 1090's Best Barbecue by the Scott & BR Show, UT’s San Diego’s BEST Brunch and BEST Sports Bar awards, this East County hidden gem has dedicated the last nine years to the low-n-slow barbecue craft under the mentorship of their local award winning Barbecue Culinary Director, Gene Goycochea.

Under the leadership of General Manager, Eric Olafsen, the Cali Comfort Sports Bar has evolved into a must-see Fight Night destination and local specialty cocktail hangout. Cali Comfort BBQ has been quickly recognized for their slow smoked Pork Ribs, BBQ Wedding Beans, “Wicked” Peach Cobbler, California Tri-Tip dishes, their Slow Smoke Cooing Classes with Valley Farm Market and their Weekend BBQ Brunch 

Cali Comfort BBQ is a proud sponsor of the San Diego Gulls Hockey Club and honored to serve our slow smoked barbecue at almost every Valley View Casino Center event! 


Contact the owner: @shawn.p.walchef 

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Bulgarian Roots

Find out more about the origins of their Bulgarian traditions of hospitality in the autobiography that Shawn helped his grandafther to complete which is available for purchase on Amazon or at the restaurant:

The Harvest - How a Bulgarian Farm Boy Grew Wealthy in La Jolla, California

By: Dr. Luben S. Walchef  

Foreward by Shawn P. Walchef

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Podcasting is the new Self-Publishing: Business Lessons Learned From Writing & Sharing My Grandfather's Life Story


Check out the book that Shawn Walchef helped his grandfather, Dr. Luben Walchef publish about his amazing life story,”The Harvest: How a Bulgarian Farm Boy Grew Wealthy in La Jolla, California.”

Read how a Bulgarian Farm boy became a Medical Doctor in Germany during World War II, immigrated to America, built a medical practice, raised a family and passed on the traditions of education through hard work to his grandson. 

Find out how a small two bedroom weekend home in Spring Valley was transformed into a thriving catalyst for neighborhood improvement through the evolution of a family restaurant. 

Available at Cali Comfort BBQ and Amazon!

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