Le Dîner à San Diego, Southern California’s inaugural spontaneous flash “pop-up picnic” dinner feast to occur on May 25th, has announced a partnership with San Diego’s leading and most exclusive fine dining catering company, Campine. Dubbed “a culinary + cocktail conspiracy,” Campine is helmed by Chef/Partner Andrew Spurgin formerly of Waters Fine Catering, Antonio Friscia of the famed nightclub and event venue Stingaree, and celebrity chef Brian Malarkey, Chef/Owner of Searsucker, Burlap, Gingham, Gabardine and the upcoming Herringbone.
|The Gentlemen of Campine!|
Driven by standout talent, quality of product and exceptional experiences, each of the three chef’s unique styles will be represented in a five-course menu, creating an approachable sophistication that captures the elegant night yet, at the same time, is quintessentially Campine. Highlights of the dinner menu include the San Diego Charcuterie composed of house made pâté, local charcuterie, deviled eggs, cornichons and house made pickles on an olive baguette, a spring quinoa salad garnished with mint, preserved lemon zest, dates, asparagus and other seasonal fresh produce, a selection of California cheeses, apricot mamalata, rosemary brined and roasted whole jidori chicken and more (full menu below). The eco-friendly fabric bag will also include four splits of champagne to toast the night in style.
Le Dîner à San Diego has also secured a partnership with boutique cocktail design and consulting firm Snake Oil Cocktail Co. who will be present day-of the event to provide distinct craft cocktails for purchase. Utilizing only the freshest ingredients, Snake Oil Cocktail Co. thoughtfully designs their delights to complement any chosen menu to create an artfully designed mixture.
Finally, Le Dîner à San Diego has partnered with Slow Food Urban San Diego (SFUSD), a local division of national non-profit organization Slow Food USA, who will be a beneficiary of the event. Le Dîner à San Diego will be sponsoring school field trips with increments of tickets sold – specifically, 1,000, 1,500 and 2,000 tickets – for the potential of funding three field trips total. This will be run through SFUSD’s farm-to-school program and will take place at nearby farms with schools within the San Diego Unified School District. Finally, if the event sells out (4,000 tickets sold), Le Dîner à San Diego will donate an additional $1,300 to Slow Food USA’s The Thousand Gardens in Africa project, which builds vegetable gardens in African towns.
The partnership between Le Dîner à San Diego, Campine, Snake Oil Cocktail Co. and Slow Food Urban San Diego aligns each company’s core passion and foundation to celebrate, share food, laugh and most importantly have a good time, creating a dynamic event that truly represents the city of San Diego in its finest form.
Guests have the following options to purchase their ticket / catered dinner basket:
· LDaSD “BYO” Guest: The ticket package includes 1-10 entrance tickets at $25/each. Guests with “BYO” tickets bring their own food and beverage.
· LDaSD “Campine Catered Dinner” Guest (4/pack): This ticket package includes 4 entrance tickets at $25/each and 4 dinners at $50/each. Guests with “Campine Catered” tickets will pick up their gourmet picnic dinner at the event.
· LDaSD “Campine Catered Dinner” Guest (2/pack): This ticket package includes 2 entrance tickets at $25/each and 2 dinners at $60/each. Guests with “Campine Catered” tickets will pick up their gourmet picnic dinner at the event.
· Campine Catered Dinner for 4 Only!: This ticket is for guests who have already purchased the $25 entrance ticket to the event but would like to add a Campine gourmet picnic dinner for 4 at $50/each to be picked up at the event.
· Campine Catered Dinner for 2 Only!: This ticket is for guests who have already purchased the $25 entrance ticket to the event but would like to add a Campine gourmet picnic dinner for 2 at $60/each to be picked up at the event.
About Le Dîner à San Diego:
Le Dîner à San Diego is inspired by “pop-up flash mob” dinner parties, which have taken place in France, Germany and several other European and Canadian cities. In 2011, these events were held in Chicago, New York, Atlanta and in San Francisco with Le Dîner à San Francisco where over 3,500 people gathered on October 14, 2011 at the Music Concourse in Golden Gate Park to celebrate the simple things that connect us all; wonderful food, great wine, and dining with the people we love. Guests for Le Dîner à San Diego are encouraged to dress elegantly in white, bring their own chairs (tables are provided) and whatever elegant picnic accoutrement they desire. While guests are unified in the spirit of the event, they way they choose to celebrate will be of their own design. It is the hope of the LDàSD team that the evening will be one of creativity, spontaneity and magic. To buy tickets for the May 25, 2012 event or for more information, please visit the site: www.ledinerasandiego.info/index.html