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Chef Celebration - Thee Bungalow (SD)

honkman Oct 20, 2006 06:43 AM

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.

  1. Jim Strain Oct 20, 2006 03:46 PM

    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.

    5 Replies
    1. re: Jim Strain
      crave Aug 10, 2007 02:20 PM

      Thanks for this info, I will look it up.

      1. re: crave
        Captain Jack Aug 10, 2007 03:54 PM

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 The website is way out of date.

        1. re: Captain Jack
          DiningDiva Aug 10, 2007 04:40 PM

          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
            honkman Aug 10, 2007 05:01 PM

            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
              crave Aug 10, 2007 11:12 PM

              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. honkman Aug 14, 2007 03:31 PM

      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

      2 Replies
      1. re: honkman
        DiningDiva Aug 14, 2007 04:59 PM

        October 30th is certainly calling my name!

        1. re: honkman
          crave Aug 14, 2007 11:09 PM

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

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          LaurenZ Aug 15, 2007 09:15 AM

          What is the cost of these events anyway?

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          1. re: LaurenZ
            honkman Aug 15, 2007 09:55 AM

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

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