Three Days in the Valle de Guadalupe

I recently had the pleasure of being invited to work with chef Flor Franco for a tasting menu event at Manzanilla in Ensenada, Baja California. Among other projects, Franco is the chef/creator of Resguardo and Convivia at the eco-resort Encuentro de Guadalupe in the wine producing Valle de Guadalupe. Encuentro and the restaurants Flor has established there are very special because they exemplify a complete integration of local food and wine crafting, organic farming, water conservation, and exquisitely austere architecture... Thanks to Encuentro and Flor for hosting us, and sharing some amazing meals at Encuentro and with neighbors in the Valle.

 

Encuentro. Let's start with the perfect dinner Flor greeted us with...

Finca by Javier Placencia

Vena Cava Winery, with restaurants Corazon de Tierra & Troika. 

The main event. A tasting menu created by four chefs, presented at Manzanilla in Ensenada. Cocktails by Frank Thaheld of Snake Oil Cocktail Company

Tres Galline at Montefiori Winery

Orchids & Onions!

Honored and very excited Home Kitchen Culture and Snake Oil Cocktail Company have partnered with the San Diego Architectural Foundation to present this year's Orchids & Onions celebration! We can't wait! 

MY STRANGEST STRANGER| UCSD Art Gallery

Always cool to provide reception refreshments for the artists and projects at UCSD Art. How am I so fortunate to have such interesting and engaging requests for HKC? Please see this show at the University Art Gallery while it's up:

http://uag.ucsd.edu/upcoming-exhibition/

Persian quinoa and amaranth salad| Pom seeds. Marcona almonds. Golden raisins. Mint. 

Lamb meatball skewer| Lamb & Merguez meatball w/ date molasses & sesame glaze. Herbed and roasted tomatoes. Caramelized cippilini onions. Mint.

Winter gazpacho| Roasted and fresh tomato Salmorejo (Winter gazpacho) presented in cups. Crumbled chorizo, pastured egg, smoked sesame salt, microbasil. Good bread. 

An Architectural Focus, Five Photographers

Special thanks to these five photographers for inviting Home Kitchen Culture to provide refreshments for an exhibition of their work at Co-Merge. Please see the show during its 8 week run, and all print sales benefit the San Diego Architectural Foundation! 

sdarchitecture.org/

www.co-merge.com

Cannellini bean spread| Cannellini and roasted garlic spread. Charred tomatoes and tomato confit oil. Assorted bread from Bread & Cie. 

Lamb meatball skewer| Lamb & Merguez meatball w/ date molasses & sesame glaze. Herbed and roasted tomatoes. Caramelized cippilini onions. Mint.

Winter gazpacho| Roasted and fresh tomato Salmorejo (Winter gazpacho) presented in cups. Crumbled chorizo, pastured egg, smoked sesame salt, microbasil. 




Staff lunch for Woodbury University School of Architecture, March 4

Thank you Woodbury University School of Architecture for inviting Home Kitchen Culture to provide lunch for their staff meeting. Always a pleasure- and this menu was an absolute favorite of mine! Thanks to Christina Ng and Chinitas Panaderia for coming up with another supernaturally perfect batch of sweets! 

sweet rice & winter fruit salad| blood orange. pom seeds. forbidden rice. marcona almonds. cardamon & aniseed citronette. 

charcut & butter sandwich| cured meats. house smoked butter. castelvetrano olive spread. 

tortilla espanola| Spanish fritatta. charred bell peper aioli. young manchego.

assorted sweets from Chinitas Panaderia| chaidoodles. blue corn'n'berry thumbprints.