La Jolla learns to Cook, Wine and Dine from Chefs at the Marine Room

This week, I attended a cooking demonstration and 3-course dinner plated and created by the famous chefs of the Marine Room. The landmark restaurant sits on La Jolla’s sandy beach, inviting the tides to lick its windows. Wednesday night had a dramatic backdrop of storm clouds behind a group of almost 50 guests seated and swirling complimentary glasses of Sauvignon Blanc.

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I was able to talk with Chef Bernard Guillas before the demonstration. Like an artist, he described the canvas (a white plate) he and Chef Ron Oliver would be painting (filling with food). The meal’s theme was “Hunting Games” celebrating the hunting season and the season of comfort food. The appropriately named sommelier, Lisa Redwine, worked with Guillas to hand-pick a selection of red wines to pair with each course.

It was not a hands-on cooking class, but the chefs threw out a wealth of information. Every person in the room could watch the chefs slice, saute and spice the food easily in the angled mirrors on the ceiling. Like a well-rehearsed comedy act, they interacted with the audience well, playing up their contrasting personalities. Charismatic Chef Bernard bantered and winked while the soft-spoken Chef Ron quipped back with dry humor.

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Couples Retreat at La Jolla Hotels

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, many couples are planning their holiday celebrations.  Make this year one to remember and reserve a table at one of La Jolla’s first class restaurants and end the evening with a romantic stay at one of the premier La Jolla hotels.

If you are looking for a mouthwatering dining experience, there are several restaurants in La Jolla that are offering fixe prix menus and specialty dinner entrees for Valentine’s Day.  Here are some of our favorite options:

Donovan’s Steak and Chop House – The prix fixe menu at Donovan’s includes choice of appetizer or salad, Australian cold water rock lobster tail and prime filet mignon and a choice of dessert for $100 per person. Guests can choose to share a bottle of wine for $135 per person.  Each lady will also be given a complimentary long stem rose to celebrate the night.

George’s California Modern – George’s menu focuses on local products and produce and features a 3 course Valentine’s Day meal with choice of appetizer, entrée and dinner or night cap beverage for $70 per person.  Meal choices are selected from a special Valentine’s Day menu; however, additional items can be requested for an additional charge.

The Marine Room – The Marine Room features a 4 course prix fixe menu including choice of appetizer, first course, main course and dessert.  The seafood inspired menu that includes crab cakes, sea bass, lobster tail and more is available on Valentine’s Day for $125 per person.

To end the night, reserve a room at La Valencia Hotel in La Jolla for a romantic couple’s retreat.  Their exclusive Destination Romance Package includes a two night stay in a partial ocean view accommodation, a welcome amenity with the chef’s selection as well as your choice of champagne or wine, breakfast for two each morning, and a three course dinner for two in the Mediterranean Room or in Café La Rue and Whaling Bar.

Look through our local directory for other La Jolla restaurants and hotel options and begin planning a Valentine’s Day to remember.

Celebrate the Holidays with your Favorite La Jolla Restaurant

With the holiday season approaching, many individuals are beginning to plan their holiday party or gathering at a La Jolla restaurant.  There are many local eateries that are offering specials throughout the month of December from prix fixe holiday menus to buffet options with all the traditional fixings.

For visitors or residents looking for a great holiday restaurant, there are a few restaurants in La Jolla that will be open on Christmas Day to celebrate the holiday with you and your family and friends.  Here are some of the mouth-watering brunch or dinner meals you can enjoy on the twenty fifth:

The Shores Restaurant

The Shores will be open on Christmas Day from 10am to 2pm serving guests a holiday brunch including clam chowder, ranch poached eggs Benedict with main course highlights of roasted Black Angus beef steamship and an almond citrus zest crusted butterfish.  There will also be a children’s station for dessert as well as caramel gingerbread pudding.

Nine-Ten

The Nine-Ten, a chic restaurant and bar found on Prospect Street in La Jolla, is a local favorite featuring San Diego’s best seasonal cuisine.  The restaurant will be open from 7:30am to 1:30pm serving from their regular brunch menu.  Chef Jason Knibb and pastry chef Esteban Acosta will also be preparing a few special offerings for the holiday.

Whaling Bar and Grill at La Valencia Hotel

The Whaling Bar and Grill of La Valencia, one of the boutique hotels in La Jolla, invites friends and family to enjoy a four coursed fixed price menu, $75 per adult and $35 per child ages 12 and under.  There will also be a variety of sweet treats for kids to enjoy and adults can enjoy ocean views and holiday acoustics.  Open from 1pm to 8pm, premium seating is also available at the Hotel’s Sky Room.

The Marine Room

Diners can celebrate the season and enjoy a special a la carte menu from 12pm to 7pm on Christmas day.  The menu will feature bobwhite quail confit, center cut angus filet mignon, free range veal medallions, and more.  For desert, choose from the warm butter pear torte, hazelnut praline Yule log, cobblestone plantation pie, amarula crème brulee, or a gold dusted chocolate pyramid.

La Estancia Hotel will also be offering a holiday inspired brunch and prix fixe dinner in their Adobe El Restaurante in addition to George’s at the Cove.  George’s California Modern which will be open from 2pm to 9pm and will also be serving items from a special holiday a la carte menu.

With the restaurants in La Jolla offering delicious menus throughout the year, these holiday options are sure to please all diners.  Book your reservation today and begin planning a memorable meal complete with stunning ocean views and award winning cuisine.

Easter Brunch & Dinner Guide 2012 | La Jolla

EASTER BRUNCH GUIDE | LA JOLLA | APRIL 8, 2012

Break out your pastels and egg baskets because it’s Easter Sunday! Enjoy an Easter Sunday Brunch with family and friends at any of these fine dining restaurants in La Jolla. Reservations are highly recommended.

La Valencia Kids can enjoy arts & crafts in the Verandah Room and Easter Egg Hunt in the Garden starting at 11:30 am. And of course there will also be an appearance from the Easter Bunny. Seating Times: 10:30 am and 1:30 pm. Price: $85 per person, $38 per child under 12 years old and under.
1132 Prospect St
La Jolla, CA 92037
858-454-0771

The Marine Room The extensive Easter buffet features new dishes, including Carob Rosemary Crusted Black Angus Ribeye, Seafood Crepes La Jolla, Hoisin Macadamia Crusted Barramundi, Petit Syrah Braised Jidori Chicken Coq Au Vin, Preserved Lemon Ravioli, and much more. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $58 per person.
2000 Spindrift Dr
La Jolla, CA 92037
855-203-8511

The Shores Restaurant Oceanfront buffet, named “Best Brunch” by Gayot and the La Jolla Village News.Executive Chef Bernard Guillas and Chef de Cuisine Amy DiBiase highlight local flavors with special menu items. Sunday, April 8, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. $46 per person, $23 children 12 to 6 years, $4 per year children 5 and under.
8110 Camino Del Oro
La Jolla, CA 92037
855-203-3530

George’s California Modern It’s a California Modern take on Easter favorites, including Brioche French Toast, Eggs Benedict, Niman Ranch Pork Loin and Cheek, White Seabass, and Prime Shortrib Hash.
1250 Prospect St
La Jolla, CA 92037
858-454-4244

Fleming’s A Flavorful 3-Course Brunch, Served from 11:30 am to 3 pm. Regular menu will also be available throughout the day and evening. Space is limited for this popular holiday, and reservations are strongly recommended. $34.95 per person.
8970 University Center Lane
San Diego, CA 92122
858-535-0078

There are certainly many other options to consider. If this list doesn’t quite do it for you, visit this link to check out some other popular La Jolla restaurants.