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Restaurateur James Limjoco will take over the former Tommy V's space across from the polo grounds in Del Mar with another incarnation of his San Marcos Sublime Alehouse. Sublime Del Mar will be a stylish watering hole for craft beer and boutique wines, along with gourmet comfort food and seafood dishes. Chef Dan Saito, who worked as an executive sous chef for Wolfgang Puck and as executive chef at the South Coast Winery, will helm the Sublime kitchen and bring new dishes to Del Mar, such as braised oxtail, Hawaiian poke, saffron seafood chowder, braised lamb shank, confit duck spring rolls, seared halibut with ginger plum wine sauce, and miso cod. The new restaurant plans to be open by early July. Sublime Del Mar, 3790 Via de la Valle, Del Mar, CA 92014, no phone.

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West Steak and Seafood launches "A NIGHT WITH THE CHEF"
West Steak and Seafood is offering a new weekly culinary program in which executive chef Eugenio Martignago and chef de cuisine David DiSalvo host a series of dinners. Guests are invited to trust in the whims of the chefs, who will design a six-course prix-fixe menu based on their handpicked selections of seasonal ingredients from West Farm. On the morning of an event, Martignago and DiSalvo will visit the three-acre farm to personally choose the freshest and most desirable ingredients to pair with fish, steak, chops or pasta. The chef series will feature Martignago on Tuesday evenings and DiSalvo on Thursday evenings. Reservations are required three days in advance, guaranteed with a credit card, and cost $95 per person or $145 per person including wine pairings. West Steak and Seafood, 4980 Avenida Encinas, Carlsbad, CA 92008, 760-930-9100.
Mitsuwa Marketplace Gourmet Fair
Don’t miss the authentic tastes of Japan at the Mitsuwa’s Gourmet Food Fair June 13-16, 2013. At the popular San Diego store, there will be myriad regional delicacies of Japan including fresh soba noodles, savory manju, crab sushi, mushroom croquettes, sweet pumpkin waffles and more. More than 100 products will be featured at the fair this year. Look for specialty dishes like fried octopus, as “Takoyaki” of “Takoya Kukuru” from Osaka is back to share the flavorful dish with its rich sauce to anyone attending. For more information, visit
New Wine Director at Addison
Elizabeth Huettinger has been appointed wine director of Addison at The Grand Del Mar. Among her responsibilities are overseeing the 37,000-bottle wine collection at the restaurant, as well as coordinating wine dinners, tastings and educational seminars. Huettinger was most recently the assistant wine director at Spago Beverly Hills. Before that she was a sommelier at Cavaillon in San Diego and Aubergine in Carmel. Addison, The Grand Del Mar, 5200 Grand Del Mar Way, San Diego, CA 92130, 858-314-1900.

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Chef Brian Malarkey has closed Gingham in La Mesa - image by Chantelle Photography Chef Brian Malarkey has left La Mesa, shuttering his Gingham eatery. The Urban Cowboy Diner and barbecue-themed restaurant is up for sale, and Enlightened Hospitality Group says that want to focus their attention on the newly opened Searsucker outposts in Scottsdale and Austin. They also have plans to open a Herringbone in Los Angeles in late 2013. The Malarkey empire seems to be both expanding and contracting, and we are still waiting for word on whether he will be returning to ABC's "The Taste." Gingham, 8384 La Mesa Blvd., La Mesa, CA 91942, no phone.

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