Chef Dawn Parks is the New Lady Chef for St. Germain's Cafe

Chef Dawn Parks
July 14, 2012

This August, Chef Dawn Parks of The Wild Thyme Company-Catering and Events becomes the third chef in St. Germain's Cafe & Bistro's successful Lady Chef Series, a quarterly guest chef series featuring San Diego’s top female chefs. Chef Dawn Parks will collaborate with St. Germain Cafe’s Executive Chef Kaitlin Ramos to create a flavorful, female-influenced Lady Chef dinner menu beginning August 1st and available throughout that month.
St. Germain’s Café’s previous Lady Chefs have included Isabel Cruz (February) and Kari Rich (May), yet Chef Dawn Parks is the first  guest chef to cross over from the realm of catering.

With an emphasis on seasonal menu options, Chef Dawn Parks crafts cuisine both classic and trendsetting. Prior to The Wild Thyme Company, her culinary career included time at The Sir Francis Drake Hotel’s Scala Bistro, Aloha Restaurants, Inc. where she was the corporate chef, Rice Restaurant at the W Hotel in San Diego and at Salk Institute where she operated the café and managed the catering production for daytime events.

Tequila Steamed Mussels
St. Germain’s Café & Bistro is located on the historic 101 Coast Highway in downtown Encinitas. Just blocks away from world-famous beaches, it draws both tourists and locals to its sun-filled patio and indoor dining room for brunch, breakfast, lunch and dinner. St. Germain’s serves breakfast and lunch daily and dinner Tuesday through Saturday night.

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Directly below is Chef Dawn Parks' Lady Chef menu, hitting plates August 1st.

To Share:

French Onion Fondue + Fresh Baked Baguettes
Short Rib Sliders, Pickled Red Onion, Gruyere, Micro Cress + Brioche
Tequila Steamed Mussels (Pictured Above), Piquillo Pepper Sauce, Mexican Crema, Cilantro + Scallion


Roasted Asparagus, Butter Lettuce, Poached Egg, Chervil Butter + Carrot “Caviar”


Roasted Beet Ravioli, Arugula, Caramelized Walnuts + Brown Butter
Seared Scallops, Semolina Griddle Cake, Herb Jam, Oven Dried Tomato Chips
Tuscan BBQ Short Rib, Three Bean Salad, Crispy Onion Strings
Rosemary and Garlic Lamb Chops, Honeyed Red Onion Confit, Herb Fries


Dulce de Leche Tiramisu
Caramelized Banana
Tres Leches Cake
Banana Mascarpone
Caramel Popcorn

1010 S. Coast Hwy 101
Encinitas, California 92024
(760) 753-5411

Happy Hour - Monday to Saturday 4-7pm
Dinner Hours - Monday to Saturday 5pm-10pm, Sunday 7am-4pm

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