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Oct 28, 2010 11:20 AM

Celebrate the Craft SD

Just a reminder that Celebrate the Craft is this Sunday at the Lodge at Torrey Pines. Its $75.00 pp, and while that may seem expensive for one of these events, The quality of the event, makes it well worth it. Chefs from 1500 Ocean, Cafe Chole, Georges, Nine-Ten, Savory, Market among others will be there cooking up dishes. Plenty of good wineries as well. It never seems to be too crowded. I know the weather may be a bit iffy on Sunday, but I'll be there in my finest orange and black.

1500 Ocean
1500 Orange Avenue, Coronado, CA 92118

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  1. I've always been interested in this event, but never bit because it is so expensive for something that has almost no information out. For the price they could at least give some specific details; do you get taster tickets? if so, how many? Does the price include tasters of wine and/or beer? How many? What is the schedule for the demonstrations or whatever? Is everyone served through the course of the event or all at one time?

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    1. re: MrKrispy

      Don't go....terrible event ;0)

      There is plenty of information on this thing at No "taster tickets." It includes everything. It is a walk-around event at a great location. (I know I will regret saying this. Now I hope it rains...which it did 2 years ago and it was still great.


      Really. Don't go. You certainly don't want to sample food from the best farms and chefs in the county only to wash it down with great wine and beer. Better to stay home with a bag of chips and a Bud Lite.


      1. re: eatemup

        'Better to stay home with a bag of chips and a Bud Lite.'

        LOL..spoken like a 'real' man from the greater Ramona area!

        ; )

        1. re: Beach Chick

          Yes. Better still to go to Cheers for a burger and Fat Tire Ale.

            1. re: littlestevie

              Yes. I saw one of those was coming. A little highbrow for us(we?) Ramonans

              1. re: littlestevie

                What's a 'Wetwillies'?

                sorry LS to hijack your thread..
                Please report back on drinking lots of crafty beer, farm to table food, fine wine and enjoying the view..

                1. re: Beach Chick

                  See the whats new in San Diego thread.

                  1. re: Beach Chick

                    Wet Willies is a chain of bars that features a wall of mixed drinks, a la lower end Vegas style partying. Brings back memories of beer golf...

          1. re: MrKrispy

            All inclusive price, no tickets needed. The chefs have tables set up where the cook and set out the tastes. Think tapas size tastes. Most of the chefs are paired up with a farm or a protein source (Catalina offshore is always there). The location is out on the green behind the Lodge, right next to the 18th hole on the golf course. It is similar to most vintners festivals I have been to, but the food is across the board better, and way less crowded. There is plenty to eat and drink.

              1. re: 4wino

                I went to this event for the first time and I have to say although it is pricey, it was probably the best food and wine event that we have been to in San Diego. There were a lot of good wines, both from wineries that I was familiar with (Tablas Creek) and ones that I had not had before (Freestone, a new winery from Joseph Phelps). Not all of the food was stellar but there were a lot of great dishes. Some of my favorites were the Rabbit burger with some unusual condiments from Nathan Coulon (who was very nice) and Cafe Chloe, the Pacific Cod in an heirloom bean broth from Romesco, and the unbelievably fresh vegetables from Suzie's farms. The most unusual dish was the bone marrow custard, with onion puree and cowboy bacon from brandt beef and my favorite was the Taten tatin creme fraicite from Market. The weather was perfect and it is an incredible setting.

                Cafe Chloe
                721 9th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

                1. re: sdaints

                  I was there too working the Slow Food Urban table. Loved the rabbit burger too particularly with the harissa. Surprisingly, I also liked the hot dog.

                  1. re: DiningDiva

                    DD, I must of have said hello to you and didn't even know it! I was NOT the guy in the Russian cossack uniform by the way. The (pardon the pun) bun on a bun was great. The tomatoes and the beets worked really well with the slider. The chicken donner was also quite tasty. The apple dessert from Market was great and it went so well with the dessert wine from Nickel and Nickel right next door. Really the only dish that really didn't work for me was the lamb from nine-ten. The thing I like about this event besides the great food and the beautiful location, is that every body is sooo nice. The chef were busy but they took time to talk about their dishes, even Jeff Jackson who must have been going crazy, took the time to us.

                    1. re: littlestevie

                      I was not the cossack either. He had to have been roasting in that hat.

                      We all agreed that the rabbit burger was the clear winner although there were a lot of great items. I actually had the lamb in the 2 spot. Ah well, each to his own. I agree with DD that the dog was really good. This and the Cook's Confabs are easily the best food events in the county.

                      1. re: eatemup

                        Ah, but did you guys know the French Maid was with the dude in the cossack? And that the Russian commrad (now HE HAD to have been hot) was with the Greek Goddess. Did you see the, ahem, older woman dressed in black tank top and little, itty bitty short shorts? We all had bets as to whether "she" was a he.

                          1. re: DiningDiva

                            That gal has been to he last couple of ones. Even my wife remembered her. Definitety female, how much surgical and or chemical enhancement is anybody guess. It was nice and warm out there so I guess if you've got it.....

                            1. re: littlestevie

                              Photos or it didn't happen haha. I didn't make it due to overwhelming odd headache from a Halloween party the night before. Hopefully we can make it next year!

                              1. re: MrKrispy

                                Nothing like a little kalua pork and homemade kimchee from Georges washed down with a crisp rose from Zaca Mesa to make those headache blues go away.

                                1. re: MrKrispy

                                  What happens in Torrey Pines...stays in Torrey Pines ;-)

              2. It's coming up this weekend again. I hadn't been yet - might try it this year. Always read great reports. Seems a little too classy for me. :)

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                1. re: FireFlyFiftyFive

                  Naw, go, you'll have a great time. But is it this weekend? I thought it was usually more into November

                2. I went this year for the first time in 4 years. GREAT food, great wine, gorgeous weather-- but what struck me most was how young the crowd was. My first time there it was all ritzy looking boomers, but this past Sunday-- mucho 20 and 30-somethings and very chic. The event was way sold out and everybody looked very happy. When I struck up a conver with the McGraths from McGrath Farms, they gave me a huge bag of fresh lima beans. I felt like I won the top door prize.

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                  1. re: pickypicky

                    Thanks for the report. Keep in mind that there's a somewhat similar event coming up, though it is craft beer focused, rather than wine. It's the closing event for San Diego Beer Week.


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