The Westgate Hotel to Welcome Celebrity Guest Chef Flor Franco for a Spirit of Baja Event On Friday April 10 in the Fontainebleau Room | Enjoy Exquisite Tequila Tasting & Six-Course Wine Pairing Dinner

March 31, 2015

San Diego's Westgate Hotel will bring guests south of the border on Friday, April 10, when they host an unforgettable gastronomic journey inspired by the colorful flavors of Baja California, Mexico. The Spirit of Baja Dinner will begin with a tequila cocktail reception and tasting at 6pm, followed by a 6 course meal starting at 7pm. Don't miss what is sure to be an amazing evening!

The Westgate Hotel’s Executive Chef and Baja cuisine aficionado Fabrice Hardel will create Baja inspired hors d’oeuvres. For the main event, celebrity guest chef Flor Franco will take over the kitchen to prepare a six-course wine pairing dinner and tequila tasting (full menu below) showcasing the great diversity and quality of the thriving culinary destination. Fernando Gaxiola, the acclaimed owner of Baja Wine + Food and the largest importer of Baja wines, will pour a selection of premier wines from the Valle de Guadalupe.

“It has been so exciting to watch Baja California grow as a culinary destination over the years and we are thrilled to share these eclectic flavors and distinctive experience at the Westgate Hotel,’” said Linda Karimi, Hotel Communications Director of the Westgate Hotel. “The evening that Flor and Fernando have planned is sure to impress our guests.”

Mexican born Chef Flor Franco was an early frontrunner in the Baja culinary scene as the Culinary Director/Partner at internationally acclaimed eco-anti-resort Encuentro Guadalupe and the highly lauded Conviva Cantina Artesenal. She continues to be a fixture in both Baja and San Diego maintaining a commitment to high-quality, often locally sourced, ingredients and tantalizing new flavors.

Tickets are priced at $129 per person, plus tax and gratuity and can be purchased at