January 19, 2012

February 7, 2013

St. Germain's Bistro to begin Lady Chef guest series

Beginning Feb. 1, St. Germain's Bistro & Cafe in Encinitas is set to launch Lady Chef, a quarterly guest chef series featuring San Diego’s top female chefs. The series will debut with Isabel Cruz, executive chef and owner of San Diego’s Barrio Star, Coffee Cup and Isabel’s Cantina. The menu, featuring Latin flavors of Isabel’s cuisine, will be prepared in collaboration with St. Germain’s own lady chef, executive chef Kaitlin Ramos, and will be served throughout the month of February during dinner hours.

Other slated lady chefs include: Dawn Parks, owner and executive chef of The Wild Thyme Company -- Catering and Events, who will be featured in May; Kari Rich, owner and executive chef of Food Farm, who is headlining in August and in November; and Alvanette Kauwalu, a personal chef specializing in Hawaiian and Asian cuisine.

Dallmann Fine Chocolates in Del Mar is celebrating Mozart's birthday with a “Mozart & Mozartkugels Tasting” at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 26 at its boutique.

Dallmann Fine Chocolates will pair Austrian wines with artisan truffles -- including the famous Mozartkugel named after Mozart -- all while listening to music by the famous composer. Attendees will learn about the world-famous treat, how to identify the difference between a handmade versus mass-produced Mozartkugel, and the history of how Dallmann came from Austria to San Diego.

Cost to attend is $35 per person, and reservations are required. Visit for more information.

L'Auberge Del Mar’s KITCHEN 1540 has a new executive chef starting Monday. L.A. native Scott Thomas Dolbee, who most recently came from the Four Seasons Resort Whistler, in Canada, will oversee all of the food and beverage operations at the 120-room hotel.

“I'm thrilled to return to Southern California, and especially to a property that has such great culinary momentum as L’Auberge,” Dolbee said. “I love utilizing all styles of cooking and draw inspiration from the freshest local ingredients and global culinary influences.”

Jeff Rossman, executive chef and owner of Terra American Bistro, Terra Catering and Shalom Kosher Catering, will be opening Bunz, a casual burger and breakfast spot in Mission Valley, around the first week of February.

Bunz will replace the Rossman family's 31-year-old Pam Pam Café & Grill, attached to Hotel Circle’s Days Hotel. Jeff Rossman, who was not involved with Pam Pam, had long waited to convert the spot to a casual eatery where he could serve the same high-quality ingredients guests receive at Terra, all for under $10.

“Terra American Bistro is the restaurant of my dreams, and Bunz is following suit,” Rossman said. “We're bringing the beautiful, locally grown produce from farms like Suzie’s Organic and humanely raised meats to communities where those ingredients are sparse or nonexistent. We’re making food we’re proud to serve to our own children.”

Bunz will also be the first restaurant in town to serve concretes -- dense frozen shakes -- according to a press release. In the '50s, concrete shakes were handed to customers upside down as a way to demonstrate their thickness.

Red Light District, the Gaslamp Quarter's newest restaurant and “social house,” is slated to open at 409 F Street later this month.

The menu, created by executive chef Jason Maitland, is inspired by European comfort food with Japanese influences.

“The menu is tailored to entice the tastes of both the casual diner and the discriminating palate of the well-traveled foodies,” said Maitland, who is formerly of Flavor Del Mar and Arterra Restaurant.



January 19, 2012

February 7, 2013

Events Calendar


Upcoming Events

Gunmetal Blues, the Musical

Sun, Feb 1
North Coast Repertory Theatre
Solana Beach
San Diego Premier! Music and lyrics by Craig Bohmler and Marion Adler. Directed by Andrew Barnicle.

The Darrell Hammond Project

Sun, Feb 1
Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre
La Jolla
The Darrell Hammond Project, based on Hammondís acclaimed memoir, God, If Youíre Not Up There, Iím F*cked: Tales of Stand-Up, Saturday Night Live and Other Mind-Altering Mayhem, invites the audience on a heartbreaking and hilarious journey inside the life and mind of an American comic genius, trying to unravel the mystery of how a man repeatedly climbed out from the depths of despair to become a world-class comedian.

Murder For Two

Sun, Feb 1
The Old Globe Theater
San Diego
The Old Globe today announced the full cast and creative team for Murder for Two, with book and music by Joe Kinosian and book and lyrics by Kellen Blair. Globe veteran Scott Schwartz (A Room with a View at the Globe, The Hunchback of Notre Dame at La Jolla Playhouse) returns to direct Blair and Kinosianís Off Broadway hit, a vaudevillian mystery musical with an energetic two-man cast. Great American novelist Arthur Whitney has been murdered at his own birthday party, and his killer could be any one of the guests. But this is no ordinary murder mystery. The entire world of this hilarious musical is brought to life by two incredible performers: one plays the detective, the other plays all 10 suspects, and both play the piano! Murder for Two is an irrepressibly wacky tour-de-force musical that NewYork1 dubbed ďa must-see 90-minute jolt of caffeinated creativity!Ē

C.S. Lewis On Stage

Sun, Feb 1
Lambs Players Theatre
Award-winning actor Tom Key in a fascinating look into the wit, wisdom and work of one of the 20th Century's most engaging thinkiners and hugely popular writers.

Artist in Residence, Julie Kreimer

Sun, Feb 1
Lux Art Institute
Landscapes and abstractions seamlessly relate in Julian Kreimer's oil paintings as he explores the terrain between the two. Lush color combinations applied in quick, fluid strokes are built into dense layers to create windows int Kreimer's envionments both recognizable and contemplative.

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