Chef Leads With Heart At Savoie

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Seared Scallops (Photo by Maria Desiderata Montana)

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.”

Savoie
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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.”

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Cafe Gratitude Comes To Little Italy

CAFÉ GRATITUDE BRINGS ITS SOULFUL ORGANIC FARE SOUTH WITH OPENING OF FIRST SAN DIEGO RESTAURANT

Cafe Gratitude San Diego

Iconic Plant-Based Restaurant to Set Down Roots in San Diego at Broadstone Little Italy

Café Gratitude, the 100% organic and plant-based mainstay headquartered in the Los Angeles area, takes its consciously-sourced and thoughtfully-prepared cuisine south to San Diego with the opening of its new location in Broadstone Little Italy, a mixed-used development overlooking the ocean. With its Grand Opening on Wednesday, July 29th, the dining destination, revered for its community-focus and eclectic, seasonally-driven menu, joins a new crop of retail spaces underneath the artfully-designed residences located at 1980 Kettner Blvd.

“We are so inspired by the incredible community and dining scene in San Diego. There is so much positive energy in the area with new restaurant openings, and we are thrilled to be part of the evolution ” says Lisa Bonbright, CEO of Café Gratitude Southern California, whose expansion to the area is supported by singer-songwriter Jason Mraz, a major investor who resides in San Diego’s North County. 

Cafe Gratitude

Like the Café Gratitude locations in Larchmont Village, Venice and in the Arts District in Downtown L.A., the new San Diego digs will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, daily, as well as fresh pressed organic juices that are also available as part of the restaurant’s chef-curated cleanse program. Menu items named after affirmations like “I Am Grateful” are demonstrative of the restaurant’s philosophy to cultivate a supportive environment for guests, a core part of Café Gratitude’s original founding in the Bay Area in 2004.

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Blush Ice Bar and East West Kitchen

Blush Ice Bar

Blush Ice Bar and East-West Kitchen Set for Summer Opening in the Gaslamp Quarter on July 30th

Restaurateurs Taylor Kim and Russ Fukushima are expanding their much buzzed about Bay Area concept to San Diego with a Southern California spin. The newly branded Blush Ice Bar + East-West Kitchen, located at the corner of 6th Avenue and Market Street in the heart of San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter, is on track for a summer 2015 grand opening.

“Russ and I have been searching up and down the West Coast for a spot for our second restaurant and San Diego is the ideal location with its attractive people and relaxed vibe,” said Taylor Kim, co-owner and creator of the restaurant’s namesake Blush cocktail, who lives in San Diego’s East Village neighborhood.


The concept for Blush Ice Bar + East-West Kitchen is centered on the memorable Blush cocktail, built on the base of a craft cocktail with an accent of a fruit forward frosted ice.


Chef Daniel Barron (La Valencia, Blue Pointe Coastal) will head the kitchen which will offer an inventive selection of dishes blending West (modern American fare such as Umami Bomb New York Strip and Mary’s Half Chicken Clay Pot) and East (fusion favorites including Sushi Tacos and Sesame Soy Glazed Chicken Lollipops). The lunch and dinner menus will present an approachable offering of small plates, mains, buns, salads and sides. Dishes will be served in a playful West meets East communal dining format combining family style service and an a la carte steakhouse experience.

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California Comfort Food at Lemonade

Lemonade brings the standard of California Comfort Food to two popular areas of San Diego

LemonadeLemonade will debut two new outposts in San Diego this summer at Fifth Avenue in Hillcrest and Westfield UTC shopping plaza in La Jolla. The fast expanding restaurant currently has 15 locations throughout Southern California.

For nearly a decade, LEMONADE has been serving Seasonal California Comfort Food to its ever-growing following in the greater Los Angeles area. Raising the standard of quality and freshness in the industry, Lemonade entices time-crunched but food-savvy individuals with the simple allure of beautifully prepared salads, hearty braised meats, satisfying sandwiches, decadent desserts, and of course, thirst-quenching lemonades. With an appreciation for the freshest seasonal ingredients, Executive Chef and Founder Alan Jackson answers the call by bringing his chef-driven, contemporary approach to California comfort food down the Golden Coast to San Diego.

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Breakfast Republic Wonderland

sandiegofoodfinds.comSan Diego’s North Park neighborhood has hatched a one-of-a-kind breakfast destination that is ruffling feathers with its sidesplitting attention to detail.  Using an avant-garde approach to décor, Breakfast Republic is a pun-filled wonderland that will feed your readers’ appetite for eccentric design.

From the moment customers walk in, Breakfast Republic has them laughing with out-of-the-box interiors that are painfully funny. All who approach the eatery are greeted by the deadly stare of Christopher Walken in a portrait that reads, “No Reservations… Walkens Only.”  Once inside, the first thing to break guests out of their shells is the vibrant living wall with oversized bright red letters spelling, “RUN COCK RUN.”

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Chocolate Dinner by Norman Love

D Bar Restaurant welcomes, Norman Love, Chocolatier of America to host 5-Course Chocolate Dinner on August 6th 2015

Chocolate Dinner by Norman Love

D Bar Restaurant located in the heart of Hillcrest is excited to announce their upcoming Chocolate Dinner experience hosted by the Chocolatier of America, Norman Love.

Norman Love is a chef, president and founder of Norman Love Confections since 2001. He enjoys international recognition for the incomparable, handcrafted natural sweets with tastes and textures that arouse the senses.

USA Today, the Today show, Robb Report, InStyle, Martha Stewart Living and O, the Oprah magazine, has featured Love and his chocolates. In, 2009, Love received the honor of one of the “Top 10 Chocolatiers in North America” by Dessert Magazine. He is also co-founder of the National Pastry Team Championship and is a regular guest judge on the Food Network Challenge series.

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Donate at Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza

Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza will partner with local schools to collect supplies for those in need

Photo by Maria Desiderata Montana

All Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza & Grill locations throughout California will encourage donations of school supplies for children in need by offering a Sammy’s gift certificate for each guest who donates at any Sammy’s location from Saturday, August 1 through Monday, August 31.

Requested donation items include binders, highlighters, notebooks, pencils, pens and backpacks. Donated items will be collected and then distributed to students at local area schools. Sammy’s will offer a coupon worth $5 for guests who donate $5 worth of supplies or more. The offer is valid once per person, and restrictions apply. (See Sammy’s locations below).

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ABOUT SAMMY’S WOODFIRED PIZZA & GRILL

Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza & Grill opened its doors in 1989, in La Jolla, Calif. Since then, 20 locations have opened throughout California and Nevada. A contemporary dining experience, Sammy’s is known for its award-winning pizzas (original and new artisan thin crust), pastas, salads and the giant Messy Sundae®. A wide selection of tapas, soups, sandwiches and entrees are also available. The menu highlights dishes that are oak roasted in Sammy’s famous woodfired oven. Sammy’s cuisine is created using local, organic and nutritionally balanced ingredients wherever possible, and all cuisine is prepared without butter or artificial trans-fat. Look for vegetarian and extensive gluten free options throughout the menu.

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TJ Oyster Bar

Started over 30 years ago on a corner in Tijuana, Mexico, the current location continues with the same traditional-style menu that made the business so popular. Don’t let the diminutive size fool you, as the menu includes some heavy-hitting favorites that make this place a popular hangout for many of the locals, as well as the astute readers who circulate the positive reputation. Read more in the Food Lovers’ Guide to San Diego.

Fresh Oysters (Photo by Maria Desiderata Montana)

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Island Prime Key Lime Pie

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“As a child living in the South, key lime pie was always a staple that I looked forward to enjoying with family. We make ours extra tart with an outstanding graham cracker crust that creates the perfect balance of flavors.” -Executive Chef Deborah Scott

ABOUT C LEVEL & ISLAND PRIME: With views to dine for, both C Level and Island Prime offer sweeping panoramas of the San Diego skyline.  Launched in August of 2005, these premier dining destinations led by San Diego celebrity chef, Deborah Scott, are housed under one roof conveniently situated on the bayfront waters of San Diego’s Harbor Island.

With influence from Chef Scott’s Chesapeake Bay roots, C Level’s California Modern cuisine showcases fresh seafood, well-balanced cocktails, and uniquely inspired dishes. The casual bistro offers lunch and dinner daily both indoors as well as throughout their spacious outdoor open-aire patio. Choose from an innovative and eclectic array of dishes from designated menu sections that include “Underway” (appetizers), “Kelp Beds” (salads), “High Tide” (entrees) and “Chef Scott’s Fuel for a Healthier Lifestyle” (lower calorie options).  Located on the northern side of the 12,000 square foot space, Island Prime offers an upscale steak and seafood dining experience. The award-winning menu highlights superior quality choice cuts, innovative a la carte selections, as well as composed dishes.

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Cooking With Julia Child

Cooking With Julia ChildOn August 6th, The Grant Grill and Chef Mark Kropczynski will launch a fantastic “Cooking with Julia” tasting menu (available from August 6 through the end of the month) in honor of culinary legend Julia Child’s birthday on August 15. A portion of the proceeds from the sales of which will benefit the Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts.

The month-long tasting menu will change weekly and will give diners an opportunity to taste some of the dishes Chef Mark personally cooked alongside Julia Child in 2002, when he had the rare opportunity to prepare a multi-course meal under her direction. 

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Where To Eat Oysters In San Diego

Where To Eat Oysters In San DiegoCrack Open a Mouthwatering National Oyster Day, August 5th

Legend has it that Casanova, an Italian adventurer, started every morning off with a breakfast of 50 oysters due to their aphrodisiac qualities.  Whether these mollusks were the key to his love life, we may never know. However many Americans choose to follow in his footsteps, consuming over 2.5 billion oysters a year. With National Oyster Day right around the corner, take an adventure in Casanova’s shoes by getting your oyster fix and falling in love with these San Diego restaurants on August 5th.

Spice up the night in Little Italy with south-of-the-border inspired seafood at Sirena Gourmet Latin Seafood Restaurant.  Their Nikkei & Raw Bar’s signature oyster selections resemble edible pieces of art. Order the Angelmo Oysters made with salmon caviar, chimichurri, smoked paprika air and iceplants.  If you’re looking for something with a kick, the Latin Oysters contain lemon curd, tabasco, house seasoning and greens for a burst of flavor with every bite…or slurp.  Don’t forget to complement these fiery notes with a silky beverage from their extensive wine list.

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Live Music Hot Spots

You don’t have to go far to experience live (and free!) music from local talent this summer. Below are some of the top spots in San Diego to go when you’re in the mood to sit back, relax and enjoy the music. 

Live Music Hot Spots
Grant Grill

THE US GRANT (San Diego Gaslamp)

  • Thursday through Saturday nights at 8pm in the Grant Grill Lounge
  • Sunday through Thursday nights from 4-7pm

The Grant Grill Lounge offers live entertainment ranging from jazz and blues, to pop and rock on Thursday-Saturday nights beginning at 8pm. The Grant Grill Lounge’s kitchen serves until midnight and happy hour is offered Sunday-Thursday from 4-7pm.

Opened in 1951, the Grant Grill immediately established itself as San Diego’s premier dining experience. Today, the graceful wood-paneled restaurant has become an icon of elegance, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week to both city residents and tourists, who come in search of the authentic Californian cuisine. The seasonal menu incorporates the best California produce, fresh Pacific seafood, sustainable meats and poultry, and fresh herbs into its award-winning offerings.

Sea & Smoke at Flower Hill Promenade (Del Mar)

  • Wednesday evenings at 7pm in the Bar & Lounge
  • Saturday and Sunday brunch 

Located in the heart of Del Mar at Flower Hill with Chef Matt Gordon at the helm, Sea & Smoke explores modern andfresh interpretations of American dishes that celebrate simplicity and wholesome integrity. Keeping true to Chef Matt’s principles and commitment to healthful living, Sea & Smoke serves responsibly sourced meats, seafood and vegetables.  

The restaurant offers live music on Wednesday evenings starting at 7PM in the Bar & Lounge, as well as on Saturday’s and Sunday’s during brunch hours with their famous “top your own cinnamon roll bar” and our pour over coffee system!

Family and children of all ages are invited to attend this free event where families can also enjoy small crafts, sips, and sweet treats. Clint Perry & the Boo Hoo Crew will perform.

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New Liberty Public Market

Liberty Public Market Debuts Opening Line Up of Local Artisans

New Liberty Public Market

In Partnership with Liberty Station, Blue Bridge Hospitality Prepares for San Diego’s First Public Market with New Tenant Announcement for October 2015 Launch

Liberty Public Market, the 22,000 sq. ft. artisan mecca set to open doors at 2816 Historic Decatur Rd. in Point Loma’s Liberty Station, is pleased to announce its highly anticipated line up of debut merchants and vendors. As one of San Diego’s most exciting hospitality projects of 2015, the $3 million mixed-use retail and commercial market supports the creation of a complete San Diego cultural immersion: a public arena for locals and tourists alike to embrace the city’s finest handcrafted food and signature specialty items.

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Experience East Coast Summer Fare

Experience East Coast Summer FareNow that summer is in full swing, locals can escape the West Coast without ever leaving Southern California. Local hot spots are offering summertime specials that bring East Coast summer to San Diego. With everything from clambakes to cheesecake, the beaches of the Golden State will feel more like the city lights and North Shore of Long Island.

The Patio on Lamont | San Diego, CA

Amidst the excitement of Pacific Beach, The Patio on Lamont is bringing one of the Atlantic Shore’s most famous traditions, with their Summer Clambakes

Each Sunday Summer Clam Bake is taking place on the last Sunday of each month, and will include clams, salt potatoes, corn and a refreshing watermelon beer — bringing the taste of Cape Cod to The Patio on Lamont’s laid back, neighborhood location. Guests are invited to come out and get a taste of the delicious flavors inspired by the East Coast on both July 26 and August 30, beginning at 4 p.m.

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Latin Nights at Sirena Gourmet

Latin Nights at Sirena GourmetSirena Gourmet Latin Seafood restaurant launches “Latin Nights!”

Starting on August 20th, experience a south-of-the-border adventure in Little Italy as Sirena and Executive Chef, Jaime Chavez, host an array of acclaimed chefs from all over Latin America. Sirena’s “Latin Nights” will features a six-course meal honoring the guest chef’s region of origin, every third Thursday of the month.

On August 20th, well-known guest chef, Felipe Raul, will create adventurous Latin fare characteristic of Mexico, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. Each bite will be accompanied by a burst of flavor pleasing to the palates and ears. Live Latin music will complement the bold flavors of each dish and pay respect to Chef Felipe Raul, who is originally from Puerto Rico. Latin Nights at Sirena Gourmet

Each ticket costs $70 with an additional $15 for an optional wine pairing. Seating will begin promptly at 7p.m. Spots are limited and advanced reservations are required by calling 619.564.8970 or emailing info@sirenagourmet.com.

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Jake’s Del Mar

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Jakes on the water’s edge in Del Mar is where you’ll want to spend a romantic day or evening with your special someone. The place embodies the coastal living and lifestyle that is envied by anyone outside of Southern California. Where else can you enjoy a meal in the dead of winter and gaze at a multitude of beach activities in the warm sunshine? Take pleasure in upscale beachside eats for lunch, or relax and savor dinner and a dazzling sunset view from the floor-to-ceiling windows. Read more about Jakes Del Mar in the Food Lovers’ Guide to San Diego, by Maria Desiderata Montana.

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Jakes Del Mar, 1660 Coast Blvd., Del Mar, CA 92014; (858) 755-2002; jakesdelmar.com; California Modern.

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Las Vegas Beer and Barrel Project

Las Vegas Beer and Barrel ProjectMANDALAY BAY RESORT AND CASINO TO HOST THE ‘LAS VEGAS BEER AND BARREL PROJECT’ AUGUST 28-30

Cheers to craft beer at the “Las Vegas Beer and Barrel Project!” The exciting three-day craft beer and barrel festival, presented by Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in partnership with Back Bar USA, will take over Las Vegas from Friday, Aug. 28 through Sunday, Aug. 30.

The headlining event will be the “Mandalay Beach Craft Beer and Barrel Festival,” held from 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29 at Mandalay Bay. Guests may enjoy dozens of spirits and craft beer barrel stations serving a variety of the country’s best beers, along with award-winning cuisine by a selection of Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino’s top chefs. Sarah Johnson, Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino’s Director of Food & Beverage and Nevada’s first female Certified Cicerone®, will serve as the host for the entire event. All-inclusive tickets are priced at $75 per person, and are available for purchase on the Las Vegas Beer and Barrel Project website.

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Go Gluten Free at Duck Foot Brewing

Duck Foot Brewing

The newest addition to America’s finest craft beer world, Duck Foot Brewing Company just opened a new brewery and tasting room serving great beer that just happens to be fit for the gluten-sensitive.

Located in Miramar, around the corner from other top brewing companies, Duck Foot’s stunning new tasting room and brewery — a sort of Comic-Con hip meets pre-Depression 1930s cool — brings a unique alternative to the craft beer industry: the addition of a natural, flavorless enzyme that removes gluten. Bloating, be gone!

While Duck Foot Brewing Company should be recognized for providing really good beer for people with Celiac Disease and gluten-sensitivity, what will ultimately set the beer apart is standout flavors that emphasize the natural essences of the region, like Honey Ale made with California Orange Blossom Honey. “Beer is the quintessential comfort drink for so many Americans,” said self-proclaimed “Head Quack” and Encinitas resident Matt DelVecchio. “With Duck Foot, drinking beer can be both comfortable and delicious for everyone.”

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National Tequila Day 2015

National Tequila Day 2015National Tequila Day is July 24th, and with a variety of ways to enjoy this traditional Mexican liquor, you’re always in for a treat.  So hold onto your sombreros because we’ve selected the top San Diego eateries that will quench your thirst for the best tequila and tequila cocktails in town!

Breathtaking ocean views and smooth tequila? We’re there!  From the Skydeck at Mission Beach’s Sandbar Sports Bar & Grill enjoy the perfect view of the Pacific Ocean while sipping on a your tequila of choice for half-off in honor of National Tequila Day! Or if you like your tequila in a cocktail, order from the drinks such as the Sandbargarita, the Oaxacan on the Beach, Senor Reyes, and the Point Break Paloma.

Over in Pacific Beach, The Duck Dive has everything you need to party with your friends.  On Friday, July 24th celebrate National Tequila day with the Verdita Margarita with Avion Silver and house made Verdita (house blend of fresh pineapple juice, mint, cilantro and roasted jalapeños) for just $6 or order a Pacifico draft with a shot of Avion tequila for just $8. Having vacation withdrawals? Duck Dive will “Take Me to Mexico.” This spicy tequila concoction with Olmeca Altos 100% agave silver tequila that is house-infused with fresh watermelon, jalapeño, and basil and then shaken with muddled watermelon, agave nectar and lemon for a kick to your Friday Night!

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National Oyster Day Competition

To celebrate  National Oyster Day  on  Wednesday,  August 5th,  Executive Chef Jason McLeod  welcomes six of the area’s most notable female chefs  to join him and take a turn behind the raw bar for an epic  SHUCK-A-THON.  For those who like it raw, Ironside Fish & Oyster will be serving up their signature Ironside Select for  just a buck apiece  from 4 to 10 p.m.  Though more convincing is probably not necessary, let us remind you that it’s all for charity, for shuck’s sake. These noted chefs are putting their busy schedules on ice for one evening only in order to raise money for their respective charities of choice.  During each chef’s hour,  100% of the proceeds from oyster sales  will go to their chosen organization.  

National Oyster Day Competition

Check out the all-star lineup of chefs and their chosen charities below, along with some additional details regarding the August 5th event. 

There is no cost to attend this event and walk-ins are welcome.  

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Balboa Bay Club Appoints New Chef

Balboa Bay Club Appoints New ChefBalboa Bay Club is pleased to announce the appointment of David Fuñe as Executive Chef of the legendary waterfront club. In his new position, Chef Fuñe will oversee all of the Club’s food and beverage operations, which includes Members Grill, the Club’s exclusive Members-only restaurant with panoramic views of Newport Bay, as well as all the Club’s day-to-day culinary operations, including Member banquet events and special occasions.

“We are thrilled to welcome Chef Fuñe to our team and are excited to see his creative style of cooking in action,” said Malcolm Smith, general manager of Balboa Bay Club. “David brings a wealth of experience and an undeniable passion for food that will surely enhance our culinary program.”

Born and raised in the San Diego area, Chef Fuñe developed a passion for cooking at a young age. Upon graduating high school, he enrolled in Western Culinary Institute, Portland, Oregon, and after graduation landed his first culinary position at Hotel del Coronado on Coronado Island. Before joining Balboa Bay Club, Chef Fuñe held Executive Chef positions at Surf & Sand Resort in Laguna Beach and Temecula Creek Inn in Temecula. Prior to that he operated a gourmet food truck in West Los Angeles and Santa Monica where he served specialties like foie gras, sweet breads and venison sliders. Chef Fuñe has also held culinary positions at two major Southern California Casinos; Sycuan and Pechanga and was instrumental in building their culinary operations from the ground up.

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Classic French Cuisine at Bellamy’s

Classic French Cuisine at Bellamy's
Burrata and Prosciutto (Photo by Maria Desiderata Montana)

Located in Downtown Escondido, the award winning Bellamy’s restaurant is a hidden gem that offers classic French cuisine and a unique farm-to-table dining experience. Think California Modern Cuisine with French influences in a cozy yet upscale environment (new remodel coming soon).

Bellamy's
California Bouillabaisse (Photo by Maria Desiderata Montana)

Originally from France, award-winning Chef Patrick Ponsaty is a fifth-generation chef and one of only two French Master Chefs in San Diego. He trained with his father Andre Ponsaty at his father’s restaurant Cochon de Lait in Cazeres France. As a teenager, Ponsaty moved on to become an apprentice at Darroze Restaurant (1 michelin Star) and continued on to successfully pass the necessary exams.

Ponsaty says his mentor is chef Didier Oudill who trained chefs such as Daniel Boulud, Alain Ducasse and Martin Berrasateguy (all at 3 star restaurants). “Didier showed me how to create a amazing dishes with noble products like tomatoes, sardines and anchovies. It’s easy to create a good dish with truffles or caviar.”

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New Bartender Joins Grant Grill

New Bartender at Grant GrillCory Alberto Joins Award-Winning Mixology and Culinary Team 

The Grant Grill announces the appointment of Cory Alberto as chef de bar. Alberto is a seasoned and award-winning bartender who brings years of experience and a wealth of cocktail knowledge and innovation to one of San Diego’s premier dining destinations, known for its California cuisine, inspired craft mixology and iconic setting.

In his new role, Alberto, winner of the 2014 Chefs and Shakers competition; the 2013 Fortaleza Tequila and Illegal Mezcal Cocktail Competition and the 2012 Casa Noble Most Spirited Bartender award, will supervise bar operations and contribute his creative cocktail expertise to growing the extraordinary cocktail, wine and beer program at The Grant Grill Bar and Lounge. He joins the venue’s stellar bar team, led by Certified Cicerone, Level II Sommelier and Master Mixologist Jeff Josenhans.

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Ferragosto Festival In Little Italy

Travel to Pompeii at Ferragosto, August 15 in Little Italy

– Little Italy’s Amici Park will transform into the ancient city of Pompeii for a night of entertainment –

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Little Italy’s party of the summer, Ferragosto, returns for its next big bash, “Pompeii: Little Italy’s Toga Party,” on Saturday, August 15 from 6:00 p.m. to midnight with a VIP reception starting at 5:00 p.m. Guests are invited to Amici Park in San Diego’s Little Italy for an evening that calls for guests to bring out their togas and strap on sandals for an evening of festivities with food, drinks and a night where everyone’s Italian.

“We are pulling out all the stops to recreate the historic Italian city, Pompeii where there will be non-stop jaw dropping moments throughout the night that will have everyone talking for weeks,” said Luke Vinci, Ferragosto’s Chairman. “The event takes two years of planning because we make sure that every detail of the night is one that will be unforgettable—Ferragosto is one of San Diego’s premier summer events for a reason!”

Ferragosto is San Diego’s own take on the Italian holiday “Feriae Augsti.” This year’s event will transform Amici Park into the ancient city of Pompeii for a toga party with fantasy settings, circus rides and live entertainment. The last few events have transformed Little Italy’s Amici Park into a Roman Coliseum and even a scene straight from the Roaring 20’s. The fourth annual event will include dishes, drinks and cocktails from San Diego’s finest restaurants including Monello, Isola Pizza Bar, Kettner Exchange, Cookbook, PrepKitchen, Caffe Italia, Bencotto and more.

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Roasted Tomato Bruschetta Recipe

Roasted Tomato Bruschetta Recipe
Photo and recipe by Maria Desiderata Montana

Roasted Tomato and Mascarpone Bruschetta

INGREDIENTS

6 Roma tomatoes, halved lengthwise, cores and seeds removed
Extra–virgin olive oil, for drizzling
1 teaspoon sea salt
Black pepper, to taste
2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
1 baguette
8 ounces mascarpone cheese
3 tablespoons chopped pistachios
Handful of pea tendrils

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