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June 2015 Archive

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David Spatafore, the local hospitality maestro behind Coronado’s Blue Bridge Hospitality (MooTime Creamery, Village Pizzeria, Lil’ Piggy’s Bar-B-Q, Coronado Coffee Company, Leroy’s Kitchen + Lounge) is behind Liberty Public Market, a public arena for local artisans, handcrafted food and specialty items, all under one roof. The 22,000-square-foot space will house more than 30 purveyors, allowing brick-and-mortar opportunities for small businesses. Acting as a one-stop specialty shop, as well as a daily farmers' market, Liberty Public Market is similar to Napa’s progressive Oxbow Public Market. The market will be set in sprawling Liberty Station, adjacent to Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens. It is expected to open in fall 2015. Liberty Public Market, Liberty Station, 2816 Historic Decatur Rd., San Diego, CA 92106, no phone.
A new brewery and tasting room has descended upon the Miramar brewing scene. Duck Foot Brewing Company sets itself apart from San Diego’s other craft beer breweries in that it’s producing only gluten-free beer. Anyone, including those with celiac disease or a gluten sensitivity, can enjoy their craft beer. The core line-up includes Blonde Ale, Red Ale, IPA, White Double IPA and Chocolate Hazelnut Porter; seasonal offerings include a Honey Ale and Coconut Molasses Brown Ale. Enjoy tasting flights or grab a growler of your favorite flavor. Duck Foot Brewing Company, 8920 Kenamar Dr., Ste 210, San Diego, CA 92121, 858-433-7916.
SoCal BBQ joint Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill has opened at the Hazard Center in Mission Valley. Executive chef Alex Benes, the "Sultan of Smoke," has created a menu that features hand-cut, certified Angus beef steaks grilled over a live oak fire, as well as slow-roasted and grilled-to-order barbecue chicken, tri tip, St. Louis-style short ribs and baby-back ribs. Among sauces is the chipotle-cherry barbecue sauce. Lunch & dinner daily. Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill, 7510 Hazard Center Dr #215, San Diego, CA 92108, 619-764-4411.
The team from George's at the Cove is launching Galaxy Taco in the former La Jolla Shores Market space. The 4,500-square-foot, indoor/outdoor eatery is expected to attract an equal mix of locals and visitors looking for that quintessential San Diego experience of beers, beaches and tacos. The short menu will feature Baja-inspired foods with local seasonal ingredients, ranging from cold seafood dishes and salads to seasonal hot appetizers, family-style entrées and eight varieties of tacos. (Galaxy Taco will grind its own corn for these soft-style tacos.) Look for a full bar with an excellent selection of tequila and mezcal. The restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner daily from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Galaxy Taco, 2259 Avenida De La Playa, La Jolla, CA 92037, 858-228-5655.

News Bytes

Summer Cooking Classes at Hotel Solamar's Jsix
Executive chef Christian Graves is hosting summertime cooking classes at Jsix’s Lounge during July. These casual and fun lessons will include a meal and two “dealer’s choice” cocktails. Topics include cures, cultures and canning (July 6), pickles three ways (July 13), preserves (July 20), and spices and rubs (July 27). Each class is $40 per person. Jsix, Hotel Solamar, 616 J St., San Diego, CA 92101, 619-531-8744.
Local Chefs Join together at Jsix for Kitchen Collaboration Series
At Jsix restaurant at Hotel Solamar, executive chef Christian Graves is hosting a summer series of Kitchen Collaborations with other notable chefs around town. Chef Norbert Moniz of Tiger! Tiger! will present "Surf & Turf Midwest Meets West Coast" (June 22), and chef Lhasa Landry of Heart and Trotter will do a dinner called "Local Meat” (June 29). The four-course meals will begin at 6pm and cost $40 per person. Jsix, Hotel Solamar, 616 J St., San Diego, CA 92101, 619-531-8744.
Bertrand at Mister A’s Celebrates 50 Years in June 2015 Bertrand at Mister A's Celebrates 50 Years in June 2015
During 2015, Bertrand at Mister A's will honor its 50-year legacy with special menus, a retro cocktail hour and a gala dinner benefiting the Old Globe Theater. The anniversary menu selections will take diners on a journey back to a different era, with dishes and cocktails of the day such as lobster diablo, beef Wellington, Caesar salad for two and baked Alaska. Throughout the month of June, the restaurant will offer a $65 prix-fixe menu with wine pairings, as well as other specials. Bertrand at Mister A's, 2550 Fifth Ave., 12th Floor, San Diego, CA 92103, 619-239-1377.

Chef Shuffle

Arterra has a new chef and a redesigned, seasonally driven menu Arterra has a new chef and a redesigned, seasonally driven menu. Evan Cruz, born and raised in San Diego, worked side by side with Roy Yamaguchi exploring Asia and Hawaii and directing the company’s creative operations. Locally, Cruz also worked at La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club with Bernard Guilles, and served as sous chef at L’Auberge Del Mar. His new small plates menu is influenced by his travels around the world, with dishes like savory short rib bulgogi with kimchi and toasted rice on a mung bean cake or smoky Padrón peppers served with black garlic, pork belly and chives. Arterra is launching a new craft cocktail program, starting with a well-curated Bourbon menu featuring 15 premium, handcrafted selections, two Bourbon-infused cocktails and Bourbon flights. The restaurant still serves sushi as well. Arterra, San Diego Marriott Del Mar, 11966 El Camino Real, San Diego, CA 92130, 858-369-6032.
JRDN Restaurant at Tower 23 Hotel has tagged Danilo “DJ” Tangalin as its new executive chef, overseeing the chic beachfront restaurant known for its fresh take on California cuisine. DJ worked as chef de cuisine at Prepkitchen Del Mar, before joining the team at JRDN as a sous chef. JRDN Restaurant, Tower23 Hotel, 723 Felspar St., San Diego, CA 92109, 858-270-5736.


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