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Officine Buona Forchetta Is Hot New Restaurant

Burrata Sorrentina

Recently, I was in Italy dining with Master Italian Chef Mario Cassineri. No wait, I was actually at Officine Buona Forchetta in Liberty Station, which is located in the Point Loma community of San Diego. Cooking from the heart, Cassineri serves up simple but universal dishes that remind me of my Italian home, initiating comfort food memories that will last a lifetime.

Salmon Salad

Restaurant founder Matteo Cattaneo joined forces with Cassineri (executive chef and partner of BiCE), to launch Officine Buona Forchetta. Driven by authentic Italian-inspired dishes, the menu draws from the original Buona Forchetta location in South Park, including their hard to beat Neapolitan-style pies, as well as upscale Northern Italian entree and dessert selections overseen by chefs Mario Cassineri, Francesca Peroncelli and Fernando Gorrino. 

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From Sea, Ranch, and Farm at Herringbone

Whole Fish Ceviche with Shallot, Fresnos, Lime and Micro Cilantro

In the heart of La Jolla and just blocks from the ocean, guests are in for a treat at this beautiful restaurant where dining tables are scattered amongst six live 100-year old olive trees from Napa Valley.

Stone Crab Cake with Pink Lady Apple, Celery Root and Green Goddess

Born and raised in Hawaii, Executive Chef Jessie Glessner knows a thing or two about taking the freshest ingredients from sea, ranch, and farm to create dishes with unexpected flavor profiles based on line-caught seafood and quality meats.

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Full-On Foodies Flock To The Cork and Craft

1st course. Strawberry Burrata Tartine: sourdough, caviar, mint pesto, and compressed strawberry radish.

With a menu that strikes an edible equilibrium of bar food with steady entrées that attract full-on foodies, Executive chef Scott Cannon is changing the way people think about dinner at The Cork and Craft.  “The best thing about being a chef is having something that is constantly pushing me to be better everyday, ” he says. “I  love teaching and expressing myself through food.”

2nd course. Heirloom Tomato Salad: sun dried tomato biscuit, ramp pesto, arugula, and basil ricotta purée.

Cannon attended the Institute of Technology Culinary Arts program, but his hands-on training came from Paul McCabe and the culinary team he worked with at Kitchen 1540; his first kitchen job in San Diego.

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Freshly Caught At Water Grill

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Chilled Seafood Platter

Reminiscent of a giant ship, Water Grill San Diego is a two-storied, 11,000-square-foot casually sophisticated seafood destination.

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Wild Ross Sea Chilean Seabass With Ricotta Gnudi

Water Grill offers more than 16 different varieties of oysters daily, as well as an amazing selection of seasonal live shellfish such as King crabs, spiny lobsters and North American lobsters, softshell crabs, Dungeness crabs, Santa Barbara prawns and a beautiful selection of whole fish both wild and farm raised.

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Big League Chef Prepares Dishes With Precision

Charred Spanish Octopus (GF) with White Beans, Spanish Chorizo, Saffron, and Smoked Lobster Butter and Salsa Verde.

Celebrating its 90th anniversary, La Valencia Hotel, also known as “The Pink Lady,” is a Mediterranean style oceanfront resort in beautiful La Jolla, California.

Kampachi with Yuzu Sorbet

Located inside this luxury hotel, The MED ocean view restaurant is home to big-league Executive Chef Alex Emery, who offers a dramatic dining experience and mans a kitchen that’s humming with precision in presentation and taste. 

Foie Gras Torchon with Toasted Brioche, Seasonal Jam, Duck Prosciutto and Tender Greens.

In many ways, Emery’s journey is a classic tale of climbing the culinary ladder, learning something special at every stop and adding more and more creativity to his skill level. “When I was 16 years old I started as a dishwasher at the Coronado Cays Yacht club, then moved up as a prep cook,” he told me. “Later, I fell in love with the industry and decided to go to culinary school at the San Diego Culinary Institute.”

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Ponsaty’s Presents Culinary Art

Amuse Bouche: Carrot Squash Soup

Chef Patrick Ponsaty is working his magic and hypnotizing diners with show-stopping culinary art at his new restaurant aptly named Ponsaty’s in Rancho Santa Fe, California. We recently visited, took our seats in a lavish dining room that’s screams with style, and experienced a delightful 9-course menu that left us feeling as if we had just dined in the French Quarter in New Orleans.

Organic Veggies

Every morning Ponsaty personally visits his farmer friends and hand selects seasonal produce to be presented to diners each evening. This awe-inspiring chef makes dinner an EVENT not to be missed.

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