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November 2010 Archive

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RESTAURANT NEWS

Openings

First-time restaurateur and Point Loma native Abel Kaase has opened Sessions Public, a gastro pub, in Point Loma. Starters include tempura bacon lollipops with chili lime sauce, an Alsatian-style onion tart and Thai-style duck confit summer rolls. Other options include a spicy wild Mexican prawn Cobb, short rib sliders, a Winchester Gouda and tomato confit burger, rib-eye steak with blue cheese and fries, and seared albacore tuna tacos with mole and corn relish. Everything is $20 or under. Sip craft beers from local brewers like Stone and Ballast Point, as well as Allagash, Chimay and Flying Dog. Reasonably priced wines and cocktails are also available. The restaurant is open daily for lunch and dinner. Sessions Public, 4204 Voltaire St., San Diego, CA 92107, 619-756 7715.
 

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News Bytes

San Diego Restaurant Week Returns
During San Diego Restaurant Week, taking place January 16-21, 2011, diners can enjoy special three-course, prix-fixe dinner menus for just $20, $30 or $40 per person (beverages, tax and gratuity not included) at more than 180 restaurants. Reservations are strongly recommended. For more information, please visit www.sandiegorestaurantweek.com.
 
The winners of the Chef Showdown Culinary Cook-off Raises Money to Stop Domestic Violence
At the sixth annual “Chef Showdown: Taking a Stand Against Domestic Violence” fundraiser, local chefs raised more than $110,000 to support much-needed sexual assault and domestic violence prevention programs and services throughout San Diego. Inspired by “Iron Chef,” the two teams were given only 60 minutes to spontaneously assemble a pair of six-course meals with secret ingredients. This year, a mixology component was added. This year’s winning team, led by chef Scotty Wagner of ChileCo. and Eden, included Norma Martinez of El Vitral, Jesus Gonzalez of Cups, Joe Busalacchi’s of Busalacchi’s, Augie Saucedo of The Shores, Michael McDonald of Top of the Market and mixologists Jeff Josenhans and Amy Bissell of Grant Grill. This culinary cook-off supports The Center for Community Solutions and occurred at the NTC Promenade, Legacy Plaza.
 

Chef Shuffle

Michael Liotta has been named chef de cuisine of the Quarter Kitchen and executive sous chef of the Andaz San Diego. His experience from the past 16 years includes stints at The French Laundry, Chez Panisse, Providence and, most recently, at the popular Cucina Urbana. Chef Liotta also spent time abroad in the Basque region of Spain and in Lyon, France, studying food and culture. His New American menu is further enhanced by hand-crafted cocktails and award-winning wines selected by renonwed sommelier Summer Haines. Quarter Kitchen, Ivy Hotel, 600 F St., San Diego, CA 92101, 619-814-2000.
 
Former El Bizcocho chef Steven Rojas has gone up north to take over Chez Papa Resto in San Francisco. He will maintain the restaurant's Provencal bistro cuisine. El Bizcocho, Rancho Bernardo Inn, 17550 Bernardo Oaks Dr., San Diego, CA 92128, 858-675-8550.
 


Closings

CLOSED FOR GOOD
Take your taste buds on a walk down memory lane! Check out our exclusive closed restaurant database for San Diego to virtually visit your favorite dining spots from the past. Mr. Tiki Mai Tai Lounge, R.I.P.

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