Chef Amy DiBiase has landed at the soon-to-open historic Cosmopolitan Restaurant (the old Casa Bandini) in Old Town. The restaurant will serve lunch and dinner and opens at the end of the month.
Newlyweds Wade Hageman and his wife Kristi open their Blue Ribbon Artisan Pizzeria on Friday, June 18 at 5pm. 897 So. Coast Hwy 101, Ste. 102, Encinitas, Ca 92024, (760) 634-7671.
Maria Hunt, ex U-T food writer/critic has relocated to the San Francisco area.
The Hard Rock Hotel San Diego has a new executive chef. Jon Eyer joins the property with skills honed at the prestigious Westin La Paloma in Tucson as well as the Westin on Hilton Head Island.
If you’ve got cash, have we got a deal for you: Invest in a Beltran restaurant. According to information sent to their mailing list, owners Philippe Beltran and Jacqueline Delaney are offering investment opportunities for their neighborhood restaurant concepts. He owns Blue Boheme in Kensington and Papa Nanou in Mission Hills, due to open late this year. For information: 619-823-6510.
We hear that Maria Hunt, ex food critic for the UT is freelancing for north county magazines including Riviera where she’s authoring a piece on Roseville in Point Loma.
Maureen Clancy who spent many years writing about food at the UT, now has her own blog,
Chef Jason Seibert has landed in Los Angeles. His time in San Diego included Cafe Cerise (chef/owner) and when it closed he consulted for the opening of downtown’s Jade Theater. He recently spent eight months catering with Wolfgang Puck for LA’s mayor, Billy Crystal and others.
It’s a sad day for San Diego’s home cooks and restaurant-goers when The San Diego Union-Tribune’s Wednesday food section loses two well-known food writers (Maria Hunt and Maureen Clancy) and turns the section into a measly two and a half to three pages of print.
Is this what a city and county of 2.9 million people deserve? No wonder restaurants struggle to gain national recognition when the city’s only mainstream paper chooses to diminish the importance of food and those who grow, buy, cook and serve it. Like the rest of the paper, this section will muddle along with wire stories and little, if any, pertinent local news. The paper sees the future of food and news online rather than in print. No one wins with this shortsighted thinking. What’s your opinion?
Point Loma will soon have a comfortable place to eat, meet and greet when Roseville opens by the end of the year. Look for owner George Riffle (he opened Blanca and Quarter Kitchen and was the general manager at the original Laurel Restaurant and Bar) to pick a well-known local chef for the 95-seat restaurant. Buzz will keep you up to the minute on further details.
Well-known sommelier Ted Glennon recently left his position at the first rate Arterra to launch and direct a new concept at the Hotel Del Coronado. Eno is due to quietly open towards the end of December. Expect about 60 wines by the glass and a 500-bottle cellar that covers a wide variety of places and prices. The finest cheeses, charcouterie and chocolate will complement the wines that Glennon plans to serve in a casual, yet sophisticated, venue. Buzz figures that Eno will be a big hit with locals and guests, whether novices or experts in the world of wine. Why? Because Glennon’s a wine wiz who shares with grace and wit his encyclopedic knowledge that includes a penchant for top-notch service–a combo Buzz experienced many times at Arterra. Expect an update from Buzz in the near future.
Buzz heard from a number of sources that the Union-Tribune’s restaurant critic, Maria Hunt, is moving on to pursue other projects. Buzz called and emailed Hunt for clarification and information, with no response as yet.
Steve and Gabriela Dow decided to find a way to get involved with the community as well as meet new friends. Their company, Friends with Class, offers fun classes in everything from wine tasting and working at home (taught by Steve) to taking toddler snapshots and raising money for charity and nonprofits. They have gift certificates available to make the holiday giving easier.
Another way to meet like-minded souls is through wine tasting. Rob Barnett took his passion for wine and turned it into an online and community oriented business when he created www.vinvillage.com. The tagline “where wine lovers connect” conveys his idea for a social network of wine loving souls in their home cities and around the country so they can meet online via forums and in person for tastings. The online store has wines from smaller producers not usually found in traditional wine stores. Designed to become national phenomenon, Barnett has some good people on his staff including Dustin Jones who is the sommelier at La Valencia. Check out the site and join as the membership is free.