The Lodge At Torrey Pines To Host Exclusive James Beard Foundation Celebrity Chef Dinner On Saturday, May 30

May 18, 2015

On Saturday, May 30, the James Beard Foundation's Celebrity Chef Dinner Tour comes to San Diego! Don't miss this exclusive family-style, farm-to-table culinary event at The Lodge At Torrey Pines in La Jolla. Food Network star Beau MacMillan, James Beard Foundation Award winner Carrie Nahabedian, along with A.R. Valentien Chefs' Jeff Jackson, Kelli Crosson, and Olivier Bioteau will be on hand to discuss the creative process behind the evening’s fare as they present a five-course menu under the stars, paired with wines from Nickel & Nickel, Far Niente and En Route vineyards.

“The art and the thought that goes into preparing quality dining experiences is central to what I do, and I have been inspired by the James Beard Foundation for many years,” said The Lodge At Torrey Pines Executive Chef Jeff Jackson. “This is such an incredible opportunity for everyone involved, and I’m excited to work with Chefs Beau MacMillan and Carrie Nahabedian to create not just a dinner, but a culinary experience.”

The James Beard Celebrity Chef dinner will begin at 6:30pm with a bountiful reception. Offerings will include suckling pig prepared in a Caja China box, steamed buns, lobster Papillion, oak roasted oyster Rockefeller and more. After the reception, diners will be seated and appetizers will be served including jeweled farro verde with terrine of foie gras, stuffed baja chocolate clams, and an heirloom carrot, orange, arugula and burrata salad. For the main course, there will be oak-roasted dry aged kobe sirloin, duck fat and thyme basted Hasselback potatoes, glazed copper river sockeye salmon and more! The meal will finish with a selection of rare cheese. Tickets to this once in a lifetime feast are available online at the cost of $275 per person, inclusive of wine pairings, service charge, and tax.

The Lodge At Torrey Pines is also offering an all-inclusive, two-night stay package in honor of this event, which will showcase San Diego’s best produce and California wines over the course of one memorable weekend. The package includes two night Signature guestroom accommodations, a cocktail reception and dinner for two at the award winning A.R. Valentien on Friday, breakfast for two at The Grill on Saturday, an interactive tour of Point Loma Farms with lunch for two on Saturday, James Beard Celebrity Chef Tour dinner for two, and Sunday brunch for two on the Arroyo Terrace.

The Lodge At Torrey Pines is located at 11480 North Torrey Pines Road. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit and peruse the full menu below.