An Interview with Chef Dominic Tedesco of Dominic’s Table

DSC_0021Chef Dominic Tedesco is a true, creative Renaissance man and Master Chef.  Add to this mix his irresistible southern charm and old fashioned business ethics, and you have a great recipe for success. Raised in the Midwest by his Italian immigrant parents, he is the youngest of eight boys. Chef Dominic has always stayed true to his Sicilian roots.

From an early age, his fascination with great foods grew into what was the beginning of his dream as he learned to cook at his mother’s side. He opened his first restaurants in Indiana and Kentucky. He also became well known on the competitive circuit, winning the International Pizza Championship, as well as various awards for his pizza recipes.

In 2006, he decided to return to the classroom and finish his culinary degree in Las Vegas, Nevada where he became an Executive Chef to a whole new audience, including many celebrities from Las Vegas to Hollywood. Dominic Tedesco can also be credited as a producer for the Production Company Red Velvet Entertainment, Inc.  Currently, the chef is in development for his own series of television cooking shows and just finished filming a movie he was cast in to be released in theaters, early 2019.

In 2017 Chef Dominic left Las Vegas to make his dream a reality and took his already successful career to a higher level in La Jolla, California. His culinary masterpieces have found a new home with the opening of his new restaurant, Dominic’s Table, a place where his favorite comfort foods and award winning recipes are being served up daily in this beautiful beach city.

We had the pleasure of going to Dominic’s Table and chatting with Dominic about his wonderful new restaurant.                                                    

La Jolla Blue Book: Dominic, the design and feel of the restaurant is wonderful. What was your process in designing and decorating it?

Dominic Tedesco: I designed the restaurant so my guest could feel like they were dining at my house. I wanted a warm, relaxed atmosphere, not crowded, and less noise. I love art, culture and music so we have sweet smooth jazz playing and the artwork around is designed by my brother Guy who is a talented international sculptor and artist with many pieces displayed and more to come.

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LJBB: Let’s talk about the menu- what can we expect to see on the menu regularly?

DT: The menu is my journey through life with food. So 50% is Italian, which is true to my heart, and the rest are my favorite foods from around the world. We also have a delicious raw bar with everything from Japanese style sushi to ceviche from around the word- oysters, crudos, and few surprises.

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LJBB: Each month guests will be able to try dishes inspired from all over the world, is that correct?

Yes, there will also be a special “International Menu” featuring dishes that change every month. They are dishes from specific regions, prepared as authentically as possible. I’ve listened to people and what dishes they like. I asked them how their grandmothers made these foods then see if I can incorporate the ideas into how we prepare the dishes. I do a lot of research to get the right ingredients. It doesn’t matter how authentic the recipe, if you don’t use the right ingredients, it’s not going to be the same.

LJBB: What is your most favorite item off of the menu?

DT: My favorite dish ever is pasta and meatballs! But the menu is designed with all of my favorites from mouth watering steaks, seafood, and salads. We also have have some great vegan and vegetarian dishes.

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LJBB: What’s the best part about having a restaurant in La Jolla?

DT: To provide a great place for everyone to come relax, enjoy delicious food at a reasonable price with exceptional service. I want everyone to create traditions at Dominic’s Table. It is a great place for date night, so come fall in love again with your sweetheart, wife or partner at Dominic’s Table!

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LJBB: How do you see the La Jolla food-scene growing/changing in the next few years, and how do you hope to influence this?

DT: Food is a huge part of everyone’s life and there are some great restaurants and amazing Chefs in La Jolla. I’m proud to now be a part of the community in La Jolla and working with restaurants and fellow merchants to offer a pleasant memorable experience every time you visit La Jolla.

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LJBB: What is one thing folks should know before coming to your restaurant?

DT: My mother taught me to cook as young child and insisted the most important ingredient I could ever put in my food was the feelings in my heart! I truly enjoy serving my guest.

LJBB: Is there anything you’d like to say to our readers before we sign off for now?

DT: Have an amazing day filled with great food, great wine, great friends, and an amazing amount of passion, and always believe!

Dominic’s Table is located at 875 Prospect St, La Jolla, CA 92037.

San Diego & La Jolla Weekend Events: June 23rd & 24th

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It’s going to be another wonderful weekend in San Diego and La Jolla! Gather up your family and friends, and go explore. Check out what’s coming up.


Saturday, June 23rd:
 
Lucky Street Vintage Market
10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 1722 South Coast Highway #3, Oceanside

If you’re a sucker for vintage, you will love Lucky Street Productions vintage marketplace. You’re sure to find just about every style of vintage in this large warehouse filled with treasures. Every Saturday and Sunday!

Summer Fun on the 101
12 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., near Beacon’s Beach (Encinitas)

Do you love music? Do you love the beach? Let’s be honest- who doesn’t?! The Encinitas’ beachside summer concert will take place this Saturday at Beacon’s Beach. It will feature a beer garden with libations from The Lost Abbey, Port Brewing Company and Boochcraft. The event is free with raffle tickets sold to raise funds for music education programs in Encinitas.

Sunday, June 24th:

High Tide Dinners
7:30 p.m., The Marine Room

Come enjoy steamed Pacific Oysters, herb-sprinkled Lobster Tail, fresh cuts of Black Angus Filet Mignon and more at The Marine Room this Sunday as you enjoy views from the pacific shoreline. This is surely a summer experience you don’t want to miss. Reservations should be made in advance.

Guided Nature Walk
9:30 a.m., Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center

It’s going to be a beautiful weekend to get outside! Take a free guided 1.5 hour nature walk from Mission Trails Regional Park. Along the way you’ll learn about animals, plants, and history of this park in San Diego.

La Jolla Open Houses: June 23rd & 24th

Move into your dream home with our La Jolla Open House weekend guide. Happy house hunting!


When: Friday 1-5PM Saturday 1-4PM and Sunday 12-4PM
Where: 1591 Loring Street
Details: 
$2,325,000. 4BR/4.5BA. Embrace the coveted coastal San Diego lifestyle from this stunning contemporary home!!!
Contact: Maxine and Marti Gellens 858.551.6630, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services California Properties.

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When: Saturday and Sunday 1-4PM
Where: 778 La Canada Street
Details:
$2,250,000. 4BR/3.5BA. Resting on a quiet cul-de-sac adjacent to 22-acres of open space, this stunning contemporary home has been perfectly positioned to capture its tranquil ocean views!
Contact: Maxine and Marti Gellens 858.551.6630, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services California Properties

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When: Saturday 1-4PM
Where: 13090 Caminito Del Rocio
Details: $1,529,000. 3BR+Bonus Room/2BA. Breathtaking ocean views, vibrant sunsets and warm coastal breezes are yours to enjoy from this beautifully remodeled townhome in Sumothe highly desirable Sea Point community!
Contact: Maxine and Marti Gellens 858.551.6630, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services California Properties

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When: Sunday 1-4PM
Where: 1542 Guizot Street
Details: $1,998,000. 5BR/3.5BA. Situated on a spacious corner lot showcasing vibrant sunset and ocean views, this extraordinary European residence has been completely rebuilt and expanded
Contact: Maxine and Marti Gellens 858.551.6630, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services California Properties

When: Sunday 1-4PM
Where: 9351 La Jolla Farms Road
Details: $3,998,000. 5BR/4.5BA.Resting on over a half-acre site surrounded by beautifully landscaped grounds, this spectacular, single-level residence is fully walled & gated affording an exceptional level of privacy!
Contact: Maxine and Marti Gellens 858.551.6630, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services California Properties

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San Diego and La Jolla Weekend Events: June 16th & 17th

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It’s Father’s Day weekend! Come celebrate the special man in La Jolla and San Diego. Here’s a list of some fun things going on in town! Maybe we’ll see you around.

Saturday, June 16th:

Hillcrest Classic Car Show 
1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Pride Park
Kick off Father’s Day weekend at the Classic Car Show in Hillcrest. Each third Saturday of the month car collectors bring out their classic models to show off at to Pride Plaza. See some beauties, and enjoy Hillcrest this beatiful weekend! 
 
Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra
7:30 p.m., Balboa Theatre
The Mainly Mozart Festival is celebrating its 30th year, and you don’t want to miss it. Cellist Johannes Moser joins the orchestra on stage at the Balboa Theatre to perform Mozart and other renowned composers. Tickets start at only $30.

Sunday, June 17th:

Guided Nature Walk
9:30 a.m., Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center

It’s going to be a beautiful weekend to get outside! Take a free guided 1.5 hour nature walk from Mission Trails Regional Park. Along the way you’ll learn about animals, plants, and history of this park in San Diego.

Father’s Day Beatles Brunch 
12 to 5 p.m., Quartyard

If you get by with a little help from dad, let him know this Father’s Day by taking him to Quartyard. The Baja Bugs, a group of four musicians will be performing the Beatles’ hits at the Quartyard this Sunday. Come have some drinks and listen to great music. The event is free before 5 p.m. and $5 after!

Where to Get Dad the Perfect Gift this Father’s Day

Shopping for dad this Father’s Day? Think outside the tie box, and get him something he’ll be totally stoked on. Here’s a few La Jolla Shops we recommend!

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Mitch’s Surf Shop has been offering hand shaped surf boards with the most style and innovation since 1967. Their La Jolla shop is located on Pearl Street, minutes away from the Windansea surf break. Here, customers can find long or short boards in all desired name brands as well as clothing and fins. Daily wetsuit and board rentals are offered on a first come, first serve basis. Stand up paddle boarding supplies and spear fishing gear are also in stock. Come see the water sports specialists at Mitch’s Surf Shop when it comes to all your water adventure needs. They also have a location in Solana Beach at 363 Highway 101 N, Solana Beach, CA 92075
 
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2014 Winner – 1st Place Best Bike Shop San Diego A List

California Bicycle is located on La Jolla Blvd. right off of Pearl Street. The family owned company has been serving La Jolla since 1977. The last three decades have been spent not only providing great customer service, but filling every customer’s bike-related needs. Whether you are looking for a beach cruiser to explore gorgeous beach areas in La Jolla, road bikes to amp up fitness routines, Mountain bikes for some off roading in the mountains or hiking trails, or beginners bikes for children and adults, California Bicycle has everything in stock. They also have a large amount of bike parts and accessories as well as provide in store service and maintenance on bike items. Visit California Bicycle Tuesday through Saturday and get yourself on out on two wheels.

Check out our interview with Jason Millard HERE

Cutom Shirts of La Jolla:

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Custom Shirts of La Jolla has been serving La Jolla since 1977. The men’s and women’s shop is located on Girard Avenue and across from the Athenauem Music Arts and Library. Custom Shirts of La Jolla offers unique American and European customized clothing.
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Sports minded people need the best gear and sometimes that can be hard to find in one place. In 1983 Michael Gotfredson, or chief runner, started Road Runner Sports in a garage space in Del Mar, CA. Over the next 28 years the company grew to have distribution centers in San Diego, CA and Columbus, OH and many neighborhood retail stores throughout the country and are the world’s largest walking and running store. They are proud to be apart of your fitness and provide every item needed to enhance your fitness routine in one place. Whether you are shopping in stores or online, there are hundreds of running shoes and sneakers for men, women, and children. The latest fitness gear, trackers, nutrition bars, drinks, supplements, and men and women’s apparel can all be found here. Not to mention all in the best sporting brands including Nike, Adidas, Reebok, ASICS, and more. Get your fitness gear from the person who knows all there is to know about running and the fitness world and shop at Road Runner Sports.

La Jolla Weekend Open Houses: June 16th & 17th

Move into your dream home with our La Jolla Open House weekend guide. This week we’re featuring three La Jolla homes. Happy house hunting!


When: Friday 1-5PM Saturday 1-4PM and Sunday 12-4PM
Where: 1591 Loring Street
Details: 
$2,325,000. 4BR/4.5BA. Embrace the coveted coastal San Diego lifestyle from this stunning contemporary home!!!
Contact: Maxine and Marti Gellens 858.551.6630, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties.

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When: Saturday and Sunday 1-4PM
Where: 778 La Canada Street
Details:
$2,250,000. 4BR/3.5BA. Resting on a quiet cul-de-sac adjacent to 22-acres of open space, this stunning contemporary home has been perfectly positioned to capture its tranquil ocean views!
Contact: Maxine and Marti Gellens 858.551.6630, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties

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When: Saturday 1-4PM
Where: 13090 Caminito Del Rocio
Details: Breathtaking ocean views, vibrant sunsets and warm coastal breezes are yours to enjoy from this beautifully remodeled townhome in the highly desirable Sea Point community!
Contact: Maxine and Marti Gellens 858.551.6630, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties

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San Diego & La Jolla Weekend Events: June 9th & 10th

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It’s going to be another wonderful weekend in San Diego and La Jolla! Gather up your family and friends, and go explore. Check out what’s coming up.


Saturday, June 9th 

Sea to Shining Sea
8 to 9:30 a.m., USS Midway Museum
The celebration of our country continues as Connected Warriors hosts yoga event aboard the USS Midway. Join the wonderful teachers as they lead a 90-minute yoga class on the ship’s flight deck.  Tickets start at $25 and support veterans organizations.

25th Anniversary Marine Corps Mud Run
8:30 a.m. (Saturday and Sunday), Lake O’Neill (MCB Camp Pendleton)
If you’re in the mood to be patriotic but a mud run is more your style, come check out the 25th Anniversary Marine Corps Mud Run! This is an bstacle-filled course at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in North County. You’ll be able to participate in either a 2K, 5K or 10K run. This event supports active-duty Marines.

San Diego Festival of the Arts
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Saturday and Sunday), Waterfront Park
The San Diego Festival of Arts is BACK! This festival features more than 200 artists a;; along Waterfront Park. Admission is only $12 one-day or a $16 two-day. Plus, indulge in food and libations from San Diego’s finest, and dance to some tunes at one of the four stages.

Sunday, June 10th 

Toast of the Coast Wine Festival
12 p.m. and 7 p.m., Del Mar Fairgrounds
Calling all wine lovers! More than 130 award-winning wines will be showcasing at the Del Mar Fairgrounds this Sunday. Get up to four hours of unlimited wine samples for only $65. If that wasn’t a good enough offer for you, your ticket also gets you admission to the San Diego County Fair the same day! As always, party responsibly.

La Jolla Weekend Open Houses: June 9th & 10th

Move into your dream home with our La Jolla Open House weekend guide. This week we’re featuring four La Jolla homes. Happy house hunting!


When: Saturday and Sunday 1-4PM
Where: 1740 Colgate Circle
Details: 
$4,395,000. 5BR/6.5BA. This gorgeous home is a sizable, soft contemporary estate that checks off all of boxes on your wish list!!
Contact: Maxine and Marti Gellens 858.551.6630, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties

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When: Friday 1-5PM Saturday 1-4PM and Sunday 12-4PM
Where: 1591 Loring Street
Details: 
$2,325,000. 4BR/4.5BA. Embrace the coveted coastal San Diego lifestyle from this stunning contemporary home!!!
Contact: Maxine and Marti Gellens 858.551.6630, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties.

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When: Saturday and Sunday 1-4PM
Where: 778 La Canada Street
Details:
$2,250,000. 4BR/3.5BA. Resting on a quiet cul-de-sac adjacent to 22-acres of open space, this stunning contemporary home has been perfectly positioned to capture its tranquil ocean views!
Contact: Maxine and Marti Gellens 858.551.6630, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties

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When: Sunday 1-4PM
Where: 595 San Antonio Avenue
Details: 
$8,000,000-$9,500,876. 5BR/5BA and 2 Half Baths. This beautiful home is prominently positioned on 100 feet of prime bay frontage in the coveted La Playa area of Point Loma!!
Contact: Maxine and Marti Gellens 858.551.6630, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties

 

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