We went this evening to the Chef Celebration Dinner at Thee Bungalow. Chef Celebration is a non-profit organization in San Diego giving scholarships to young chefs. A few times a year they have Chef Celebration dinners where several chefs work toegther. Tonight we had a fantastic six course dinner at thee Bungalow
Aperitif: Terra Serena Prosecco
First Course: Foie Gras Terrine with fig and apricot compote (Vincent Grumel - Vincent) (great terrine with unique compote)
Second Course: Seared scallops, braised beef short rips, new potatoe hash, cabernet reduction (Jeff Thurston - Prado) (short rips melt in your mouth and perfect scallops. The reduction had a very intense and good taste)
Third Course: Salad of air-dried beef, grilled radicchio and black truffled vinaigrette (Cristian Graves - JSix) (Very good charcuterie and vinaigrette)
Fourth Course: Tricolored peppercorn crusted Fijian opah, Foie Gras celeriac puree, mustard green and black truffle cognac demi glas (Brian Malarkey - Oceanaire) (First time I had opah - what an amazing fish and the peppercorn gave a nice spiciness. Foie Gras celeriac puree was perhaps the puree I have ever eaten).
Fifth Course: Seared Muscovy duck breast, roasted turnip au-gratin, cherry balsamic jus (Larry Abrams - Thee Bungalow) (Gratin was excellent. Dish could have been a little bit warmer)
Sixth Course: Trio of Chocolate: Spicy Maya Dark, Lavender Valrhona White and Hazelnut Guanaja (Antonio Friscia - Stingaree) (The perfect finish. All three chocolates were very good.)
I can highly recommend to go to one of the Chef Celebration dinner. There will be three more for this year during the next week.