Juniper & Ivy to Launch Weekly "Left Coast" Chefs Tasting Menu Starting February 19

January 27, 2015

Approaching its one-year anniversary as a tour-de- force addition to the San Diego culinary landscape, award-winning Juniper & Ivy will launch its highly anticipated Left Coast chefs tasting menu on Thursday, February 19. Located on the edge of San Diego’s historically rich Little Italy neighborhood, the restaurant’s new dining series will offer the opportunity for eight guests - on Thursday night at 6pm each week - to completely surrender their control over choice. The food-adventurous can expect a fully unobstructed view to the action and whimsical dishes flush with one-of-a-kind creations.

Originally conceived as a chefs choice ‘four (4) snacks and four (4) plates’ dining experience with optional wine pairings, Juniper & Ivy owner Mike Rosen saw an opportunity to further stretch the creative boundaries of the restaurant’s already ever-changing seasonal and inventive menu with a new iteration of the tasting menu concept. Think a modernist American left coast omakase showcasing the fluid bounty of the west coast with dynamic interplay between chefs and patrons.

“I have always been enamored with tasting menus and desperately wanted to integrate one into our service,” says Juniper & Ivy owner, Mike Rosen. “Our challenge, which this revised concept overcomes, is to deliver our team’s unique vision of a left coast tasting menu, while in no way sacrificing the dining experience for those ordering from our regular menu.”

Under the creative helm of Bravo and Food Network fixture Chef Richard Blais, Executive Chef Jon Sloan, Chef de Cuisine Anthony Wells, Pastry Chef Bradley Chance and Sous Chef Bradley Austin will have the opportunity to flex their gastronomic muscles and delve into a cuisine that will serve as a delicious playground for the epicurious. The multi-course tasting will feature only locally sourced ingredients, all of which will be prepared exclusively in house.

Every ingredient, from the raw salt extracted from Chula Vista’s salt mines, to the foraged rosemary and lemon verbena plucked from the county’s star soil, to the unique proteins like the Whole Lamb Saddle with black pickled walnuts, tiny morel and young peas – all will share the thread of commonality in their local provenance and in-house preparation. Dishes will solely be dictated by fresh local ingredient availability and creative acumen. No two Left Coast tasting menus will ever be the same.

Optional beverage pairings will include thoughtfully curated selections of wine, sake, beer, apéritifs and digestifs expertly chosen by Juniper & Ivy’s Sommelier, Tami Wong, and selected to complement the course or courses it accompanies.

Juniper & Ivy’s Left Coast tasting menu will come at the cost of $95 per person and $60 per person for the additional beverage pairing option. For more information on how to reserve seats, visit or call (619) 269-9036.