Stone Brewing Co. Taps Chef Amanda Baumgarten’s Talents

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In a beer centric city filled with the nation’s most respected breweries, North Park’s new neighborhood bistro and beer bar, Waypoint Public, is quickly making a name for itself as the city’s go-to for unbeatable craft beer and food pairings, with firecracker Executive Chef/Partner Amanda Baumgarten at the helm. Amanda spent over a decade training and working at several of the most prestigious restaurants in the industry, including four separate Michelin-starred dining destinations (La Tante Claire and Le Gavroche in London and Melisse and Patina in Los Angeles). The Bravo Network’s Top Chef veteran has gone on to become the Executive Chef of both Water Grill in Los Angeles and most recently opening Herringbone in La Jolla before launching Waypoint.

Not only does this feisty and noted female chef cook with the beer on her menu, she is an avid home brewer who was recently tapped by MEGA BREWERY Stone Brewing Co. to do a limited chef collaboration beer this Summer, marking the first of its kind in beer collaborations for Stone.

As evidence of Executive Chef Baumgarten’s quickly growing street cred among San Diego brewmasters, one of the world’s most celebrated breweries, STONE BREWING CO., has approached Amanda to brew her very own homebrew recipe on Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station’s 10-barrel system. For any modest homebrewer the chance to partner with a brewery of Stone’s caliber and reputation is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Stone has never done a chef collaboration of this nature before, and for Amanda, next to co-opening her own restaurant (Waypoint Public), this partnership is one of the proudest moments of her professional career.

THE BEER: An Apricot & Arbol Saison brewed with apricots, chile de arbol, juniper berry, savory and vanilla pods, which she’ll be creating alongside Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station Brewing Manager, Kris Ketcham.

“I always enjoy getting to collaborate with someone as passionate about craft beer and food as Amanda Baumgarten,” says Ketcham. “She’s an accomplished homebrewer and already had a great recipe she was interested in brewing. To be able to brew and create a dinner menu that accentuates the flavor of the beer with the collaborator is something we haven’t done at Stone before, so this is truly next level for us. I look forward to brewing with Amanda and, of course, tasting the beer.”

THE EVENTS:

  • May 22 — Meet the Brewer Event at Waypoint Public
  • June 19 — Collaboration Beer Dinner at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station
  • June 21 — Official Beer Debut at both Waypoint Public and Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station.

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ABOUT AMANDA BAUMGARTEN:  A So Cal native, Waypoint Public’s Executive Chef & Partner, Amanda Baumgarten spent over a decade training and working at several of the most prestigious restaurants in the industry, including four separate Michelin-starred dining destinations, La Tante Claire and Le Gavroche in London and Melisse and Patina in Los Angeles. The Bravo Network’s Top Chef (season 7) veteran has gone on to become the Executive Chef of both Water Grill in Los Angeles and most recently opening Herringbone in La Jolla. Now, having come full circle, Amanda is precisely where she wants to be, doing something that’s more “her” than ever before.  With Waypoint Public, Amanda is fulfilling her vision of bringing an eclectic and truly neighborhood concept to life.  Pulling inspiration from the venue’s overarching design theme, her seasonal menus highlight an exceptional hodgepodge of cultural characteristics – Latin, Asian, and European influences she considers already indigenous to the Southern California region.

ABOUT WAYPOINT PUBLIC:  Having opened doors in one of San Diego’s most booming neighborhoods, Waypoint Public, is North Park’s newest casual bistro and bar devoted to celebrating California culture, cuisine and great beer. Founded by a team of hospitality industry veterans — John Pani, Brian Jensen, and Amanda Baumgarten — this dynamic trio has teamed up as partners, each with their own distinct area of expertise, to take over the former Linkery space on the corner of 30th Street and North Park Way. Waypoint’s expansive beer program showcases a highly curated list of bottled craft beers from all areas of the globe, plus a custom 30-tap system playing heavy on the West Coast craft brews. Chef Baumgarten’s menu fulfills her vision of bringing an eclectic, neighborhood concept to life.  Pulling inspiration from the venue’s overarching design theme, her seasonal menus highlight an exceptional hodgepodge of cultural characteristics – Latin, Asian, and European influences she considers already indigenous to the Southern California region. WaypointPublic.com.

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