In the midst of a heavy build out, San Diego-based Blue Bridge Hospitality inches closer to the grand reveal of Liberty Public Market, the 22,000 sq. ft. artisan mecca slated to open doors in Point Loma’s Liberty Station neighborhood in November of 2015.
Having previously disclosed partnerships with 18 unique local vendors, Liberty Public Market now unveils a new round of exciting updates:
‘Mess Hall’: a new on-site restaurant concept by Executive Chef Tim Kolanko
Brian Jensen’s Bottlecraft beer shop expands into Liberty Public Market
Industry heavyweight, Greg Majors, to launch Liberty Public Market’s wine bar, ‘Grape Sumggler’
Four new artisan tenants: Crafted Backed Goods, Bread & Butter, Momma Made Thai, and Liberty Public Market Produce
A unique liquor license that will allow for patrons of legal age to walk around freely within the market with alcoholic beverage in hand
LA JOLLA ART & WINE FESTIVAL RETURNS TO THE HEART OF THE VILLAGE TO CELEBRATE A MOMENTOUS SEVENTH YEAR | OCTOBER 10th & 11th
Highlighting San Diego Craft Beers, Baja Wines and Acclaimed Artists, SoCal’s Prestigious Art Event Raises Funds for Local Public Schools During Weekend Village Takeover
Transforming one of Southern California’s most picturesque coastal communities into a national destination for art, wine and culture, the La Jolla Art & Wine Festival takes over La Jolla’s iconic coastal bluffs for a momentous two-day celebration on October 10th and 11th. Stretching over a 1/2 mile, through the heart of La Jolla Village, this two-day, juried art show and fundraiser has quickly garnered a reputation as one of the most prestigious art & wine festivals in Southern California.
Reminiscent of a giant ship, the new Water Grill San Diego has arrived with Executive Chef Fabrice Poigin at the helm. A casually sophisticated seafood destination, this two-storied, 11,000-square-foot restaurant occupies the former space of The Palm in the historic Gaslamp Quarter.
Classically trained in the South of France by Chef Jacques Maximin at the 2 star Michelin Le Chantecler restaurant – Hôtel Negresco in Nice, Poigin received his cooking diploma at 17 years of age. “I learned many skills by talking with vendors, fishermen, and growers in the South of France,” he says. “They taught me the fragile equilibrium between men and nature, which helped me respect food for being more than just that.”
Poigin spent most of his life by the Mediterranean Sea and the Pacific Ocean. A lover of seafood, the first dish he learned how to cook was a bouillabaisse. “Requiring delicacy and precision, it’s a very easy dish to mess up, so simplicity is key.”
If you love pasta, there’s good news coming your way. Mark your calendars because Tuesday, October 6th is National Noodle Day. Make sure to celebrate the holiday by slurping down large bowls with oodles of noodles. A popular comfort food staple, there are many types of pastas to discover. Here are San Diego’s top restaurants that will help you choose your favorite noodle.
In the Gaslamp district, barleymash will take you back to when you were younger. Their barleymacs are upgraded takes on our childhood favorite that are a base of cavatappi noodles, poblano beer-cheese sauce, pepper jack beer-cheese sauce, three-cheese blend and panko bread crumbs intensified with additional toppings. If you’re feeling indulgent, choose the Duck, Duck Goat that is covered in a spiced duck confit, crispy duck skin, goat cheese and a baby arugula balsamic-Jäger drizzle.
THE LOT La Jolla, San Diego’s Newest Lifestyle Destination for Dining, Drinking and Luxury Cinema Announces Grand Opening Date
THE LOT La Jolla, San Diego’s newest and most exciting lifestyle destination, today announced it will opened its doors on Wednesday, September 30, welcoming guests to enjoy a luxurious yet comfortable dining, drinking and cinematic experience unlike any other.
“THE LOT will be a community hub, a place to grab a morning coffee, enjoy a full dinner, or catch the latest Hollywood blockbuster,” said Adolfo Fastlicht, owner and chief executive officer, THE LOT La Jolla / Backlot Hospitality. “It’s a special place with uniquely curated experiences—from the restaurant menu and the locally sourced coffees, wines and beers we’ve hand-selected, to the local art and leading-edge cinematic and sound technology we’ve installed—THE LOT is a place created specially for La Jolla and San Diego,” he said.
LIBERTY STATION ANNOUNCES MAJOR PLANS FOR REDEVELOPMENT AND NEW UPDATES IN THE COMING MONTHS AHEAD
Following Nearly Two Decades of Planning, Urbanization and Development, This 361-Acre Waterfront Property is set to Embark on a Pivotal Stage of Growth
Liberty Station’s rich history dates back to October 27, 1923, as a crowd of 4,000 gathered for the dedication ceremonies of the San Diego Naval Training Center (NTC). As the U.S. Navy’s first foothold in Southern California, the base served the city with honor as one of the military’s most strategic training facilities, and has undoubtedly had a profound effect on every aspect of life and culture, past and present, in San Diego.
Now in 2015, following nearly two decades of planning, urbanization and development, this 361-acre waterfront property is set to embark on a pivotal stage of growth, with the goal to re-emerge as one of the most completely distinct neighborhoods within the city for local San Diegans and visitors alike. Over the course of the next four months, Liberty Station will welcome nearly a dozennew retail, restaurant and hospitality-driven concepts from San Diego’s most progressive operators and entrepreneurs. Fostering creativity and communal interaction, the historic community will introduce 30,000 square-feet of additional public park space in the form of “outdoor living rooms,” which will include installations by local artists, backyard games, fire pits and more. Liberty Station also recently revealed a new look for the neighborhood’s branding, which will be reflected in neighborhood signage that will be installed in the months to come in order to create a more pedestrian-friendly environment and improve wayfinding.
One of the highlights of my career as a food writer was co-authoring and photographing Chef Carl Schroeder’s new cookbook. Chef Schroeder and I spent a good year or more working together in the kitchen at Market Restaurant. I learned so much from this extremely talented and BRILLIANT chef. You are going to want this cookbook!
In 2006 Carl Schroeder established San Diego’s famed Market Restaurant + Bar where he takes great local products and turns them into great food. His passion for locally sourced ingredients and hyper-seasonal cuisine are on display for dinner every evening. He seeks out the best produce, seafood, and meat from local markets and his passion for perfection and the spontaneous nature of what is available are showcased in the daily changing menu. With a modern supper-club like atmosphere, this cozy eatery has a sophisticated feel. “After many years of hard work and attention to detail, we are now a nationally recognized restaurant that has received many awards and James Beard nominations,” says Schroeder, who has a great eye for detail, a strong focus, and a very distinct point of view on his cuisine. Look for the Market Restaurant + Bar Cookbook (Lyons Press) to be released October, 2015.
There’s more to October than Halloween. In fact, did you know that the entire month was chosen to celebrate our obsession with pizza? What was once considered to be the food of the poor in Naples, pizza is eaten regularly by 94 percent of Americans. Flatbreads and hearty slices are popular in almost every region of the country. You can fill your stomach with gourmet selections at these six prime San Diego restaurants that attract pizza-lovers from all over.
If you’re downtown, Union Kitchen & Tap is an easy and distinctive dining option. For breakfast, order the Breakfast Flatbread, made with roasted tomatoes, bacon, sausage, soft egg and mozzarella. The Pesto Chicken Flatbread is a hearty yet refreshing balance of roasted chicken, roasted tomatoes, bacon and mozzarella. If you stop by during their social hour that is every Monday through Friday from 3-6 p.m., you’ll be able to take advantage of $2 off house wines, beer, craft cocktails and well drinks, and half-off bottles of wine.
Mikel Anthony started his culinary career by studying the classical techniques at the Art Institute of California in San Diego. After helping to facilitate the opening of four restaurants in America’s Finest City, he quickly learned several techniques and skills. “I’ve had many mentors, from culinary instructors at the Art Insitute to chefs such as Chad White, Daniel Barron and Andres Hinojosa, all of whom helped develop my skill set,” he says. “I’m still in contact with them and often ask for advice. It’s important to have wise counsel.”
Currently the executive chef at Savoie restaurant in the Otay Mesa area of San Diego, Anthony has created a menu that he believes is a solid interpretation of the owners vision, also taking the guests and demographics into consideration. He enhances his dishes with exciting flavors from France, Italy, and Spain, sourcing produce and meats from some of the best purveyors who work with local farmers across the United States. “I like to frequent Specialty Produce and check out all the goodies in the farmers market section.”
WINTER MEANS ROMANCE IN CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA AS CYPRESS INN DEBUTS NEW PILLOW TALK PACKAGE
Stir Things Up with a Getaway along Monterey Bay
Carmel-by-the-Sea’s iconic Cypress Inn, a 1929 landmark property co-owned by legendary Hollywood actress Doris Day, fans the flames this winter with a new Pillow Talk package set for November 1 – December 30, 2015. The two-night stay plays off the classic 1959 film pairing a careful career girl with a carefree Mr. Hudson, culminating in Day’s first Academy Award nod for “Best Actress of the Year.” The plot line, deemed racy in its day, sets the stage for a perfect romantic respite complete with deluxe lodgings, a DIY beach bonfire kit, artisan chocolates and craft cocktail session. Rates start at $265.00/dbl.; www.cypress-inn.com.
Culinary Cinema Sunday, Oct. 4 at the 14th Annual San Diego Film Festival
Screening of Two Films about Food, Celebrity Chefs Serve Dishes Related to the Films
The San Diego Film Festivals Culinary Cinema is a recipe for Sunday fun! The ingredients include two cuisine-themed screenings and celebrity chefs serving food and wine tastings celebrating the films after each movie. Culinary Cinema will take place this Sunday, Oct. 4 at the Arclight Cinemas in La Jolla at both 10:30 and 11:30 a.m., with tickets at $45 per person.
For the foodie in all of us, what could be more fun than a lazy Sunday starting with a film about renowned Georges Perriers passion for the legendary offerings at his French restaurant, followed by wine and tastings from Chef Bernard Guillas and Chef Yannick Engerran. Then you have a second film about chefs on a road trip through South America to spark their passion for their culinary heritage, followed by Chef Chad Whites interpretation of the films food, said Tonya Mantooth, executive vice president and director of programming of the San Diego Film Festival, who selected the films.
The beer will be flowing freely at the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad this Saturday, October 3rd, during their second annual Bottles & Beats.
Local craft brews will be paired with beer-inspired menu items including salted pretzel rolls with beer-infused creamy cheddar. Guests will also enjoy unlimited food and drinks from San Diego breweries including Mother Earth Brew Co., AleSmith Brewing Company and Ballast Point, while the DJ spins tunes against the backdrop of the resort’s championship golf courses.
Saturday, October 3, 2015, from 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, 2100 Costa Del Mar Road, Carlsbad, California, 92009
Cost: $55 per person
Tickets: Tickets may be purchased online or by calling (760) 438-9111
Since its 2013 debut, North Park’s neighborhood staple Waypoint Public has gained notoriety for well-crafted cuisine that perfectly complements an impressive array of carefully selected beers. Named one of the “Best New Beer Restaurants” in the U.S. by Draft Magazine and “San Diego’s Best Beer Restaurant” by West Coaster, Waypoint Public now embarks on a new era with a fresh (yet familiar) face for its culinary program as ELE Collective(Park & Rec, Hotel Vyvant) welcomes Rich Sweeney as Executive Chef.
While most recognize him for his role on Bravo TV’s Top Chef(Season 5), Chef Sweeney has also made quite the San Diego name for himself with both his solo Hillcrest venture, R Gang Eatery, which had a successful five-year run, as well as Florent Restaurant, an exciting project he partnered on in Spring of 2014. As the newly appointed Executive Chef of Waypoint Public, Sweeney will bring a new take to the venue’s rustic, gastro-style offerings while staying true to his trademark playful point of view.
Dreux Ellis is the Executive Chef at the newly opened Cafe Gratitude in Little Italy, San Diego, a beautifully appointed as well as fresh and inviting restaurant with a nice balance between upscale and comfortable.
Dreux is one of those on-the job chefs who learned his trade by working in every capacity he could from the time he was 15 years old, with his first job in a truck stop diner. However, he says that the most important part of his professional growth took place during his 8 years in Venice, Italy where he had the opportunity to participate in a classical European apprenticeship working under Michelin-starred chefs.
A vegetarian since he was 19 years old, Dreux has always directed his attention to a vegan/vegetarian cuisine, although he’s had to work with meat at various points in his career. “Vegan food is my passion and my inspiration,” he says.
For 5 years Dreux worked under Chef Annie Somerville of the famed Green’s restaurant in San Francisco, saying “She really opened my eyes to the beauty of allowing high quality, locally-sourced food to be the star of a dish. She was sourcing produce from local farms in the Bay Area 20 years before it became the ‘thing to do’ amongst foodies.”
Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Slated for November 1
San Diego’s largest 5K and 1 mile walk/run raises critical funds to provide women free services to fight breast cancer
Susan G. Komen San Diego announces the 19th Annual Race for the Cure for Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015 in Balboa Park. The 5K and 1 mile walk/run raises significant funds and awareness for the fight against breast cancer, celebrates survivors and honors those who have lost their battle. Proceeds from the event will go toward Komen San Diego, the County’s largest provider of free breast cancer treatments, services and support.
When San Diegans participate, their donations go directly to help breast cancer patients in San Diego County, as well as toward research grants internationally. With $1 million invested this year alone, Komen San Diego continues to be the County’s largest provider of free breast cancer treatments, services and support.
Nestled in the heart of University Heights, Park & Rec’s 5,000 square foot property has been home to a variety of popular watering holes over the last 50 years. Many historical aspects of the new space have remained intact, including original stained glass windows, ornate wooden doors, and intricate molding.
Park & Rec’s in-house snack shack offers savory selections by Royale with Cheese, a food cart concept born out of Austin, Texas. Burgers, grilled cheese and tater tots reign supreme and guests can enjoy a playful assortment of classically-driven cocktails. In addition, there is a selection of wine, 12 beers on tap, and canned beers appropriately dressed in Park & Rec branded koozies so brews can cool down.
The weekends welcome a more leisurely, indulgent brunch experience.Royale with Cheese serves up an assortment of mouthwatering breakfast sandwiches complemented by Park & Rec’s ‘Liquid Brunch’ menu, which highlights five refreshing cocktails including the Bloody Mary, French 75, P&R Pimms Cup, Tony’s Margarita and the Paloma. A stellar lineup of ‘Sunday Day Camp’ entertainment is slated to include local DJs and live music.
Park & Rec is located in University Heights at 4612 Park Blvd. For more information, please visit parkandrecsd.com or call 619.795.9700 by mdm/h2pr
If you can’t make it to Mexico, the next best place to find legitimate and boldly flavored Mexican food is definitely San Diego. San Diegans are connoisseurs of Mexican food, especially when it comes to tacos. If you’ve ever needed an excuse to devour the offerings from the best taco joints around San Diego you’re in luck, because October 4 is National Taco Day. Give one (or all) of these awesome restaurants a try to satisfy your authentic taco craving.
Draft South Mission Beach is giving San Diegans reasons to rejoice this fall as they celebrate the harvest season with some of San Diego’s finest local craft beers and foods. The beachfront beer playground is ushering in fall with a bounty of new offerings, including Oktoberfest events, San Diego Beer Week specials and new brunch and lunch dishes.
For those who can’t make it to Germany next month, Draft is bringing the merriment of Oktoberfest to the boardwalk. Every Wednesday in October, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., the north patio will transform into a beer-drinker’s paradise with special tastings by local breweries and beer-inspired bites from Draft. The month-long celebration kicks off with Green Flash on October 7, followed by Coronado Brewing Company, Karl Strauss and ends with Modern Times. Tickets are $15 per person and tickets can be purchased online here.
THE NEW UN MUNDO MEXICAN GRILL INTRODUCES DAILY HAPPY HOUR SPECIALS
The new Un Mundo Mexican Grill, located in the UTC area of La Jolla at 4150 Regents Park Row, #170, has introduced a new happy hour menu offered daily from 3 to 6 p.m.
Un Mundo’s happy hour selections include a selection of bottled beers for $3.95; along with draft beers for $4.95. The restaurant’s signature agave-wine margarita, served with house-made margarita mix, is priced at $4.95. With each beverage purchase, guests may also indulge in a choice of complimentary appetizer, including spicy papas, Un Mundo’s signature jalapeño french fries; or chips and salsa. Un Mundo is a dynamic new concept combining SoCal Mexican fare with high-quality, fresh ingredients in a contemporary setting. Un Mundo offers signature selections, such as the SoCal burrito, Tacos Del Sol, New Mexico pork bowl and Un Mundo chicken salad. Guests can also choose between build-your-own burrito, taco, salad and bowl menus.
The Epic, All-You-Can-Eat Experience offers “Hangover” Cures with a Bloody Mary Bar, Bottomless Mimosas, Innovative Menu and Vibrant Atmosphere
Who Song and Larry’s – a Real Mex Restaurant – known for their “Eat, Drink and Be Mariachi” attitude and inventive food and cocktail menus, is now putting a non-traditional twist on everyone’s favorite meal: Sunday Brunch.
Who Song and Larry’s is famous for doing things differently, and the Hangover Brunch is no exception. The cantina morphs into a grown-up culinary and cocktail playground where guests can spend their Sunday indulging in a massive spread of eclectic offerings. Everything from a “wafflette” (lets explain: it’s a customizable omelette with a plethora of hearty ingredients, made to your liking, in a waffle iron… yep!) to authentic street tacos, a make-your-own burrito station, a seafood “aquarium” filled to the brim with crab, shrimp, oysters and scallops, an impressive rotating selection of grilled meats and fish, and a pool table, yes a pool table, transformed to a unique chef’s table with a variety of your favorite Mexican entrees.
ART SAN DIEGO Contemporary Art Show, taking place Nov. 5-8 at the Balboa Park Activity Center, announces its lineup of specially curated programs including Art Labs, the LaunchPad Program and Spotlight Programs. This year’s curatorial theme is [META.MORPHOSIS], exploring the ever-evolving landscape in San Diego. ART SAN DIEGO is known for showcasing cutting-edge talent, artistic expression and diversity through an array of multi-faceted programs—this year is no different.
These programs provide a dynamic experience for attendees, allowing them to view and interact with works created by leading international artists, experience leading museums outside the museum walls, and enjoy exhibitions that showcase the thriving art landscape of San Diego.
WineFolly.com’s Madeline Puckette Headlines Fifth Anniversary Garagiste Festival Seminars
The Garagiste Wine Festival today announced that Madeline Puckette, wine expert and co-founder of the award-winning WineFolly.com, will headline the fifth anniversary festival’s signature tasting seminars in Paso Robles on November 7th. Puckett’s seminar, Exploring the Aroma Wheel, will give attendees a unique opportunity to isolate specific wine aromas, and understand where they come from, with content from her new visual book Wine Folly: The Essential Guide to Wine. Also joining the seminar line-up is Techniques of the Garagiste: The Secrets of Stems, featuring two of the hottest young Central Coast winemakers who are evangelists for whole cluster and stem inclusion, Ryan Pease of Paix Sur Terre and Mikael Sigouin of Kaena Wine Company, as well as Stewart McLennan co-owner and winemaker of Golden Triangle.
The seminars are part of a jam-packed slate of events November 5th – 7th, in the Paso Robles area, celebrating the festival’s fifth anniversary, including over 50 ‘garagiste**’ winemakers pouring over 200 wines; a five-course winemaker dinner; a ‘Rare and Reserve” Winemaker Mixer featuring wineries from all over California, and much more.
Wine industry heavyweights Cathy Corison, Robert Sinskey, Steve Matthiasson and Matt Licklider from Napa descend on San Diego this October, and fine dining establishments Stake Chophouse & Bar (Coronado) and CUCINA enoteca (Del Mar) are partnering with them to offer wine aficionados the opportunity to dine (and learn) with some of the top viticulturists in the world. Reserve a seat at these 3 Unique October Wine Dinners dinners and raise your glass to taste, sip and savor the finest wines and sublime pairings the city has to offer this season.
Jamba’s “Team Up For a Healthy America” with DonorsChoose.org to fund Local Schools’ Health and Projects.
Continuing its longtime dedication to the local community, leading health and active lifestyle brand, Jamba Juice in the San Diego market announced today a campaign to help area students and also made an initial donation of over $69,000 to fund 126 projects in the San Diego market, reaching 76 schools and 8,000 students.
Today, all of San Diego’s Jamba stores will donate 20% of sales to supply local schools with fitness and athletic equipment, and other tools to help area youth stay active and healthy through Jamba’s Team Up for a Healthy America™ initiative. The flash funding will also help with other educational projects to benefit local students.
Launched in 2011, Team Up for a Healthy America is one of Jamba’s marquee corporate social responsibility programs, designed to improve childhood wellness by encouraging and inspiring kids to make better dietary choices and keep active.
Also known as a “Tuscan Trifle,” tiramisu, which translates to “pick me up,” is a luscious melt-in-your-mouth Italian layered cake.
The origins of tiramisu are a bit murky. Legend has it that a tiramisu-like dessert was created in Siena during the 17th century. But the known facts point to the dessert’s history as being fairly recent. The first documented tiramisu recipe appeared in 1983, in a book by Giovanni Capnist called “I Dolci del Veneto” (The Desserts of Veneto).
Since then, this dessert has become popular all over Italy and the United States. Different variations of the recipe exist, with ladyfingers, eggs, espresso and mascarpone cheese as the key components.
I don’t like the use of eggs in this recipe, since there is a slight risk of salmonella or other food-borne illness when consuming raw or lightly cooked eggs. So I have created a version without eggs that has a wonderful almond flavor, is light and airy, tastes authentic and is easy to prepare.