La Jolla dining: Restaurant openings, new menus and culinary events
by MARTIN JONES WESTLIN
Published - 05/19/18 - 05:57 PM | 469 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dominic's Table should be open this fall.
Dominic's Table should be open this fall.
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Dominic’s Table to open at old Roppongi: Chef sets ‘journey through life’ Owner/chef Dominic Tedesco promises a “journey through life with food” at Dominic’s Table, set to launch this month at 875 Prospect St. The site formerly featured Roppongi Restaurant & Sushi Bar, which closed in 2015 after 17 years. Tedesco, a professional cook for more than 30 years, spent the last 15 years in Las Vegas, where he was a private chef and a frequent guest on food television while he worked at the MGM Grand. He says he’s made mostly cosmetic changes to the 5,700-square-foot corner space, which includes two outdoor patios. The upscale casual menu will primarily reflect the chef’s Italian heritage and his favorite dishes from around the world. It will also feature a raw bar with sushi and other seafood items. Jazz on Friday and Saturday nights and brunch on Sundays are also planned. George’s at the Cove sets fine-dining fare, six-course tasting menu New starters and entrees mark chef/partner Trey Foshee and executive chef Jonathan Bautista’s latest seasonal fine-dining menu at renowned George’s at the Cove, 1250 Prospect St. Burrata toast, capers, wood-fired green veggies, sweetbread schnitzel and sourdough are among the eatery’s new items, and the venue will feature a six-course chef’s tasting menu, replacing the four- and eight-course formats. Stone crab and spot prawns can be added to the tasting menu at an extra charge. For more information, see georgesatthecove.com or call 858-454-4244. Malarkey among chefs named to 2018 KAABOO  Brian Malarkey, who counts the La Jolla area among the locales for the 15 restaurants he’s created across the country, has been named to the lineup of chefs at this year’s KAABOO Del Mar, a comedy, music and culinary program set for Friday through Sunday, Sept. 14 through 16, at the Del Mar Racetrack and Fairgrounds. Malarkey, 45, was the founding executive chef of La Jolla’s Herringbone and Del Mar’s Searsucker restaurants, whose brands expanded nationally and internationally to 10 locations.   He resigned from those eateries this year to focus on his Puffer Malarkey Restaurants, which include La Jolla’s Alexandria at Torrey Pines and Farmer & the Seahorse. Malarkey has also held positions at several marquee restaurants in Los Angeles, including chef Michel Richard’s Citrus. He’s served as judge on Food Network's “Guy's Grocery Games,” makes regular appearances on the Today show and “Good Morning America” and was a top chef finalist on “The Taste,” which he co-hosted alongside Anthony Bourdain. He has judged a variety of television cooking programs and can be seen headlining food and wine festivals around the country. His accolades include those from restaurant guide Zagat, USA Today and Eater San Diego. San Diego chef Richard Blais, of Top Chef fame, is also among the collection of 11 chefs. Music acts at the three-day festival include The Foo Fighters, Katy Perry, Blondie, Billy Idol, Robert Plant and former San DIego resident Jewel. Comedy entries feature Craig Ferguson, Louis Anderson, Nikki Glaser and Pauly Shore. KAABOO, founded in 2015, is patterned after nationally prominent events such as California’s Coachella Valley and Tennessee’s Bonnaroo music and arts festivals. For further information, visit kaaboodelmar.com.   
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Covo coffeehouse and event space gearing up for La Jolla grand opening
by BLAKE BUNCH
Published - 05/19/18 - 02:00 PM | 590 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The lease for the 10,000-square-foot restaurant and venue at 1205 Prospect St. was signed by Mike Viscuso last year. Formerly Amaya, owned by Doug Manchester, Viscuso has a new vision for this gem of a location, Covo. Currently in its “soft opening” stage, Covo will ultimately serve as a European-style coffeehouse, community meeting place and the perfect late-night entertainment locale. “There’s been a demand for an event space for quite some time,” said Viscuso, managing owner of Covo. “We underwent a $6 million renovation, and established a relationship with Peter Lick to utilize some of his photography, entitled ‘Tuscany Collection.’ Basically, we view it as an extension of his gallery.” Covo has also partnered with Bird Rock Coffee Roasters, which is currently being served in the lounge area daily. “Next month [June] we will begin offering our ‘fast casual’ breakfast and lunch,” said Viscuso. “Also, we’re available for off-premise catering – up to 800 people. We are really happy to have partnered with Bird Rock Coffee Roasters, a local company that makes amazing coffee.” The location boasts a full-size commercial kitchen, ideal for weddings, business conferences or other larger-crowd events. They also brought on chef Augie Saucido, well-known in La Jolla for working for Marine Room chef Bernard Guillas for the better part of a decade. Saucido will ultimately utilize his experience to wow massive throngs of guests, but also expand the lounge menu as well. One major aspect of Covo that will make up for something La Jolla is in desperate need of—late night entertainment. On Fridays and Saturday evenings, from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., La Jolla staples will play, like Roman Palacios, as well as local acts Gene-O and The Lonny Tarr Quartet. It should also be duly noted that Covo has purchased Amaya’s liquor license, which allows them to serve alcohol until close. “One thing La Jolla is in no short supply of is restaurants,” said Viscuso. “Instead of just a restaurant, we wanted to open an event center where people can have business luncheons, meetings and conferences. On June 7, we have a huge conference of meeting planners, concierges, wedding planners, etc. Also, we are accepting bookings for weddings, birthdays, winemaking dinners and holiday parties.” Catty-corner in proximity to major La Jolla restaurants on Prospect Street, Covo seemingly could also become a cornerstone of hospitality workers of the area. After all, they are the ones who keep locals bellies’ full, so they deserve to cool down after a long shift as well. Ultimately, Covo will be a refreshingly new approach to a restaurant location that’s been around for years. Where: 1205 Prospect Street When: Open Monday-Thursday, Sunday by appointment; 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Fridays & Saturdays. Contact: 858-246-6721 or email covolajollacruz@gmail.com.
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San Diego Circus Center Jubilee set for May 25-27
Published - 05/19/18 - 12:05 PM | 402 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The San Diego Circus Center, at 2050 Hancock St., will hold its inaugural Jubilee, highlighting a display of circus acts from talented and amazing performers May 25-27. There will be acts on Chinese pole, contortion, trapeze, Cyr wheel, Lyra, teeterboard, tight-wire, silks, rope, clowning and more. For more information, visit sandiegocircuscenter.org. For tickets, visit SDCCtickets.com.
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Students and volunteers will create ‘Wave of Change’ in Mission Beach
Published - 05/19/18 - 08:56 AM | 435 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Last year’s Kids’ Ocean Day message, 'Come Together,' illustrated the need for unity among in protecting the environment, the oceans, and marine wildlife.
Last year’s Kids’ Ocean Day message, 'Come Together,' illustrated the need for unity among in protecting the environment, the oceans, and marine wildlife.
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On Thursday, May 24 from 8 a.m. to noon at South Mission Beach, I Love A Clean San Diego will lead more than 700 students from local Title I elementary schools in a beach cleanup and aerial art formation for Kids’ Ocean Day, spreading awareness about our ability to affect positive change for the oceans. Last year’s Kids’ Ocean Day message, “Come Together,” illustrated the need for unity among in protecting the environment, the oceans, and marine wildlife. Once again, nearly 1,000 students and adult volunteers will take a stand in the sand on behalf of our oceans to form this year’s message, “Waves of Change.” With this message, the students and volunteers will call for a transformation of everyday habits that negatively impact oceans. Before even reaching the beach, the students are empowered by ILACSD staff through environmental assembly presentations at their respective schools – Buena Vista Elementary, Ericson Elementary, Field Elementary, Porter Elementary, Joyner Elementary, San Marcos Elementary, Mission Elementary, and Los Peñasquitos Elementary. During each assembly, students learned about unique organisms that live in the ocean, how the ocean is connected to their everyday lives, and actions they can take to protect it. On May 24, the lessons from the assembly will come to life when ILACSD staff and volunteers lead the students in a large-scale beach and bay cleanup to pick up litter, including cigarette butts, food wrappers, and single-use plastics. The final culmination of Kids’ Ocean Day will feature the students using their bodies to create an aerial art image spelling out “Waves of Change” along South Mission Beach. This powerful image will demand attention and call for action that addresses the dependence on single-use plastic items that allows eight million metric tons of plastic waste to enter the world’s oceans each year. “Children are the wave of the future,” said Jack Ainsworth, executive director of the California Coastal Commission. “And these kids understand that we need to change our consumption and disposal habits and reduce our reliance on single-use plastics, so the beaches and ocean don’t keep suffering from plastic pollution. I’m proud of all these students for making some waves!”  This is the 20th year I Love A Clean San Diego has organized Kids’ Ocean Day in San Diego County as part of the Annual Kids’ Adopt-A-Beach Cleanup, which has expanded over its 25 years to include five beaches along the California coast. As a precursor to World Oceans Day on June 8, the California Coastal Commission coordinates Kids’ Ocean Day statewide, providing financial support to local efforts with proceeds from the Whale Tail License Plate and voluntary donations on the state tax return to the Protect Our Coast and Oceans Fund.
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Annual count finds fewer homeless people in region
by José A. Álvarez
Published - 05/19/18 - 08:06 AM | 398 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The number of homeless people in San Diego County dropped by 6 percent from the previous year, according to the 2018 Point-in-Time Count. Conducted every year by the Regional Task Force on the Homeless, the count this past January showed that 8,576 men, women and children are living on the street or in shelters, compared to the 9,116 counted in 2017. The results, announced at a news conference Thursday, are used to apply for federal funds to help local homeless people and to find solutions on how to best serve those most vulnerable in our community. Of the 8,576 homeless people in the region, 4,990 were unsheltered this year compared to 5,621 last year, an 11 percent drop. Also, 3,596 were sheltered, compared to 3,495 last year, a nearly 3 percent decrease. “Seeing the overall number decline was a positive reversal, but there are far too many swings in data to declare a trend or to not see other areas where we need to increase our focus,” said San Diego County Supervisor Ron Roberts, who chairs the Regional Task Force on the Homeless. “We continue to face many challenges, highlighted by a lack of new housing, a condition that squeezes hardest those with the fewest resources. The only marginal decrease in the number of chronically homeless is among my biggest concerns.” After a steady decline the last few years, veteran homelessness rose 24 percent, with 1,312 counted as opposed to 1,054 a year earlier. The number of homeless veterans remains down 20 percent from 2011’s count. County addressing affordable housing, homelessness Over the past few years, the County has taken more aggressive steps to address affordable housing and homelessness in the region. And in the recommended budget for the upcoming fiscal year, the County has dedicated more than $175 million and 120 new jobs to meet the needs of the region’s most vulnerable residents, including those at risk or experiencing homelessness. The County is also working to make housing in the region more affordable. It has created a $25 million Housing Trust Fund for seniors, veterans and other vulnerable people. The goal is to generate 400-600 new affordable housing units. The County is repurposing excess property and turning it into affordable housing. Furthermore, a record high of more than $650 million will go toward behavioral health services, tripling the investment in drug and alcohol treatment programs. Two years ago, the County launched Project One for All, an extensive effort to provide intensive wraparound services, including mental health counseling and housing, to homeless individuals with serious mental illness. Since the program began, 605 homeless people now have a permanent place to live and are receiving needed treatment and resources. Funding for Project One for All will continue. Working with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, the County manages the Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing program which offers rental assistance to homeless veterans and ongoing VA case management and supportive services. More than 525 homeless veterans have been housed in San Diego County since the program began in 2009. The budget will fund 50 Psychiatric Emergency Response Teams and the County’s Whole Person Wellness program, which aims to help 1,000 homeless Medi-Cal patients who cycle in and out of emergency rooms. The County will continue providing public health, behavioral health and self-sufficiency services at the City of San Diego’s three tent shelters. More than 1,600 people participated in this year’s homeless count, including more than 500 County employees. For complete results of the count, visit the San Diego Task Force on the Homeless website. José A. Álvarez is a communications specialist with the County of San Diego Communications Office.
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