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Chef Celebration - Thee Bungalow (SD)

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We went this evening to the Chef Celebration Dinner at Thee Bungalow. Chef Celebration is a non-profit organization in San Diego giving scholarships to young chefs. A few times a year they have Chef Celebration dinners where several chefs work toegther. Tonight we had a fantastic six course dinner at thee Bungalow

Aperitif: Terra Serena Prosecco

First Course: Foie Gras Terrine with fig and apricot compote (Vincent Grumel - Vincent) (great terrine with unique compote)

Second Course: Seared scallops, braised beef short rips, new potatoe hash, cabernet reduction (Jeff Thurston - Prado) (short rips melt in your mouth and perfect scallops. The reduction had a very intense and good taste)

Third Course: Salad of air-dried beef, grilled radicchio and black truffled vinaigrette (Cristian Graves - JSix) (Very good charcuterie and vinaigrette)

Fourth Course: Tricolored peppercorn crusted Fijian opah, Foie Gras celeriac puree, mustard green and black truffle cognac demi glas (Brian Malarkey - Oceanaire) (First time I had opah - what an amazing fish and the peppercorn gave a nice spiciness. Foie Gras celeriac puree was perhaps the puree I have ever eaten).

Fifth Course: Seared Muscovy duck breast, roasted turnip au-gratin, cherry balsamic jus (Larry Abrams - Thee Bungalow) (Gratin was excellent. Dish could have been a little bit warmer)

Sixth Course: Trio of Chocolate: Spicy Maya Dark, Lavender Valrhona White and Hazelnut Guanaja (Antonio Friscia - Stingaree) (The perfect finish. All three chocolates were very good.)

I can highly recommend to go to one of the Chef Celebration dinner. There will be three more for this year during the next week.

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  1. Thanks for the great report, Honkman. I'm feeling full after reading it. These Celebration dinners are really like all-star games, except in most cases everyone comes out a winner. Thanks again.
    . . . jim strain in san diego.

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    1. re: Jim Strain

      Thanks for this info, I will look it up.

      1. re: crave

        Anyone have the schedule? The website is way out of date.

        1. re: Captain Jack

          Try the CRA San Diego site. This event usually happens in either the end of September or early October. It's a scholarship fundraiser for culinary education.

          1. re: DiningDiva

            I contacted them by email about this years schedule but haven't heard back. I will post the answer as soon as I get it.

            1. re: honkman

              I called Pamplemousse to check about schedules after I noticed the site wasn't updated, they said they are on this years schedule and will be hosting the Oct. 2. dinner. No word on the site though.

    2. I just got an email with the 2007 dates and participiating chefs:

      2007 host restaurants and participating chefs:

      Tuesday, October 2nd – Pamplemousse (858) 792.9090 www.pgrille.com
      514 Via de la Valle, Del Mar, CA 92075

      Hanis Cavin -- Kensington Grill
      Amy DiBiase -- Baleen/Paradise Point
      Bernard Guillas -- Marine Room
      Paul McCabe -- J Taylor/L'Auberge
      Jeffrey Strauss and Tommy DiMella-- Pamplemousse

      Tuesday, October 9th – Savory (760) 634.5556 www.savorycasualfare.com
      267 El Camino Real, Encinitas, CA 92024

      David Birtness -- ECR Grille
      Paul Murphy -- Humphrey’s By the Bay
      Patrick Ponsati -- Bernard'O Restaurant
      Franck Riffaud -- Four Seasons Aviara
      Pascal Vignau -- Savory

      Tuesday, October 16th – Thee Bungalow (619) 224.2884 www.theebungalow.com
      4996 West Pt. Loma Blvd., San Diego, CA 92107

      Todd Nash –Dakota Grill
      Paul Niles – Thee Bungalow
      Jonathan Hale – Blue Point
      Deborah Scott -- Kemo Sabe, Indigo Grill, Island Prime
      Jeff Thurston – The Prado

      Tuesday, October 23rd – Azul La Jolla (858) 454-9616 http://www.brigantine.com/azul/
      1250 Prospect Street, La Jolla, CA 92037

      Orion Balliet- Azul La Jolla
      Ish Espinoza- Miguel’s
      Steve Floyd –Zócalo Grill
      Michael Mitchem- Brigantine Restaurants

      Tuesday, October 30th – Terra (619) 985.8202 www.terrasd.com
      3900 Vermont St., Ste. K, San Diego, CA 92103

      Brian Malarkey – The Oceanaire Seafood Room
      Benjamin Moore – Parallel 33
      Gavin Kaysen – El Bizcocho
      Jeff Rossman –Terra Restaurant
      Nicola Calamari – Vigilucci’s Restaurant

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      1. re: honkman

        October 30th is certainly calling my name!

        1. re: honkman

          Thanks for the list Honkman. I think I want to try the Oct.2 and Oct.30. Is it still the same price?

        2. What is the cost of these events anyway?

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          1. re: LaurenZ

            Last year it was $75. I think this will be also the price for this year.