Sunday, August 30, 2009

September Wine, Cheese, and Chocolate Threeway

Our Threeway last week was such a sexy time, we decided to push our calendar up a bit and schedule another one in two weeks. Usually these events come every month, but we sold out for the last one and with our dance card filling up so quickly, we're spreadin' the love more frequently these days.

If you have yet to check our Threeways out, I'm sure you're wondering what the heck I'm blogging out. So check it:

Main Entry: three·way
Function: noun
Definition: Threeway-A form of group se...

Opps, wrong dictionary. Let me grab the chocolate-covered one!

Threeway- A tasting event involving exploring three different gastronomic pleasures at the same seating.

Ahh! Much more appropriate, no? Well it's true, while our Threeway events make for a fun and possibily sexy evening, the focus is on enjoying and exporing nine different tastes (three artisan cheeses, three satisfying wines, and three exotic truffles). The tasting is complete with an open discussion of how our palates appreciate the process of taste and how one taste can effect and change the taste of another.

Our next event is September 16th from 7-8pm and we sell out at just 22 people! Call us for RSVPs at 619.578.2984. Cya then!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Another Threeway Coming Up!

Our sexy evening of wine, chocolate, and cheese earlier this month sold out a few days prior to the event so I've decided to schedule another one before the end of August. Normally these just come along once a month, but evidentally our chocolat libido has been high as of late, so we're gearing up for another Threeway next Wednesday, August 26th! And this one's thematic! Check it:

Join myself and informal guest star from Stone for an hour-long experience of three truffles, three cheeses, and three locally brewed beers from Stone Brewing. That's right, folks... this time we're changing it up and going all brews! Beer googles make everything happen so much smoother anyway.

All nine tastes for just $20 a head. And don't forget your 10% discount on all other chocolate purchased that evening. We're closing the event at 24 guests and we've got 14 so far to don't hesitate. Call us to make an RSVP at 619.578.2984.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Summer Eats and the Caprese Tomato Brulee

We're ripping through taking reservations for our next Prix Fixe dinner on Saturday with only one table left at our 6.5 seating. No worries for you slackers, though, there is plenty of space still left at 4.5 and 8.5. What's everyone so exited about, you ask? Well little ol' me has been doing some recipe testing and here's what's coming. Check it:

That's our Caprese Cherokee Heirloom Tomato with Brulee Crust & White Chocolate-Balsamic Drizzle. Looks amazing, no? Well it's pretty mouth watering if you ask me. But that's just the beginning of the good eats we're featuring. Take a look at the whole dinner line-up here.

Don't forget to place your reservations in time! As always, we hold tables with a credit card and have a 48 hour cancelation policy. Call the cafe direct for more info: 619.578.2984

Saturday, August 8, 2009

August Summer Harvest Dinner

Its that time of already... temperatures are rising, beaches are calling, and the heirloom vegetables of Southern California are ripe for the picking. What's a chocolatier to do? Sounds like a lovely time for a Chocolate Tasting Dinner!

With Luigi's Pizzaria open next to the cafe now, there are a lot of new folks around here these days. For you faithful bloggers out there forgive me for sounding like a broken record, but I think I can hear at least one tiny voice in the back of the crowd feably asking, "What's a Chocolate Tasting Dinner?"

For just $25 bucks a person (tip and tax extra, of course), cafe patrons with the proper RSVPs can come and enjoy a three course dinner. But not just any old prix fixe... no, no, no... surely you all know me better than that by now! At our dinners, each course features a chocolate or caramel component! I know a few of you are thinking this is strange, but with this being our 16th multi-course dinner, some of my friends are insisting that that makes me America's foremost authority of chocolate savory food. Well, I doubt that, but I've certainly seen a lot of interesting cocoa-laden concoctions by now.

So what's up next? With summer in full swing, I can't help myself but exploit all it has to offer. Join us for our next dinner, Summer Harvest, on Saturday August 22nd. Check it out:

Spinach and Articoke Dip with Cocoa-glazed bacon & flatbread (optional starter)

Caprese Salad with Brulee Crust of Heirloom Tomato, Fresh Mozzarella, Basil, & White Chocolate-Balsamic Drizzle

Ricotta-Parmesan Ravioli & Sage Brown Butter Sauce with Shaved Fennel Bulb and Chile-Burnt Caramel Hazelnut

Summer Berry Bread Pudding of Raspberry & Blackberry with Cocoa Nib-Infused Creme Anglaise

We have seatings at 4.5, 6.5, and 8.5 and as always, space is limited for our dinners. For reservations, call 619.578.2984!
Until then, take a look at what we featured last month, with pictures courtesy of our friends at Kaleb Scott Photographs.
Steamed Mussels with Crispy Salumi and Herbs
Roasted Corn and Potato Chowder with Shrimp Demilgaze and Cocoa-glazed Bacon
Fried Crabcake with Poached Egg, Hasty Pudding, and Chile-burnt Caramel Hollendaise

Caramel Apple Pie with Vermont Cheddar and White Chocolate Semifreddo