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SPRING DELIGHT 05.05.11

GIUSEPPE’S DISH OF THE MONTH:

Colazione del Contadino

{Farmer’s Breakfast}

Colazione del Contadino (serves 1-2)

  • Cage Free Organic Eggs each 4
  • Baby Zucchine with Blossom Each 4
  • White Onion Each 1/4
  • Feta Cheese Cup 1/4
  • Grated Parmiggiano Reggiano Cup 1/2
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil Tbsp 2
  • Granulated Sugar Tsp 1
  • Crusty Levain Bread Slices
  • Any Fruit of your liking for side dish

Crack the eggs in a bowl and whisk them with some salt and pepper. In an Omelet Pan or Cast Iron Skillet Heat up 1 Tbsp of Olive Oil, dice the onions and slice the zucchini in to small little circles, then combine with the olive oil and let it brown a bit. Add the zucchini blossoms and let them wilt for a minute or so, then add the eggs, the feta and season with salt and pepper With the help of a rubber spatula start lifting the bottom of the frittata and let the lose eggs get underneath in order to cook properly. Once the bottom is cooked flip it over and cook the other side. Turn off the heat and let it rest.

Take the slices of bread, drizzle the remaining of the olive oil and either grill them or toast them, when done sprinkle the sugar on it.

Cut the fresh fruit to your liking and serve.

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There is something so fascinating about simplicity in cooking, especially using classic methods and fresh ingredients. I grew up eating very simple dishes created from the most seasonal ingredients. At the farm we didn’t really know any different, since everything was sourced there. With very few trips to the grocery store, we ate everything that was available that season and there were plenty of choices.

This dish reminds me so much of my Grandmother (Nonna Antonia would have been 100 this year). On early mornings in the Spring, the outdoor temperature would still be a bit low in our area of Italy, and on busy days my father would ask me to go help Nonna Antonia. Like most kids, I would ask, “What do I get to do?” His answer would be, “Get your Nonna to cook you breakfast before we start the day, and you get to pick the ingredients you want.”

Even at that age, I would think, “Cool!” I already knew that I was going to become a chef, so it was a no brainer to take a quick walk around the farm and pick the ingredients.

Stop #1 – Figure out the protein. I would see all our chickens and pick the eggs still warm (No kidding! How much fresher can you get than that.) A couple of times they got kind of mean and started chasing after me.

Stop #2 – Figure out the vegetable part of the meal. I would see a beautiful baby zucchini with a nice little blossom and think “Frittata!” Then I would pick some onions and keep wandering around the garden.

Stop #3 – No breakfast would be served without fruit, so I would pick whatever looked best and would be easiest to reach. As a kid, there were a couple of times when, trying to be helpful, I climbed a fruit tree too high and took a bad fall. After that I always looked for things that could more easily be  accessed, like the little wild strawberries I loved. They were so sweet, one bite was like pure sugar on your tongue.

Once all the ingredients were in my little wicker basket I would go back to the farmhouse and my Nonna would take care of the rest. Colazione del Contadino was one of my very favorite breakfasts, a simple and flavorful frittata accompanied by a couple of pieces of grilled bread with our olive oil and some sugar (a cheap version of French Toast.) Every bite was so good, I can still see the smile on my Nonna’s face. She was so proud of her little grandson, and she always made me feel very special.

So since it’s springtime, I felt like giving you a very simple dish idea to make for your kids, or better yet, have them help make it and learn how to do it just like I did.

The one thing you may not be able to find is the cheese we used, because back then we would make our own Caciotta, which is a semisoft cheese made from sheep’s milk. I am pretty sure that nobody in this town will have that, so I suggest a great substitute – fresh feta.

Visit the downtown farmer’s market and look for Spring Hill, which is the very best feta product at this moment. While you are at the market, make sure to buy cage-free organic eggs and baby zucchini with blossoms. The dish photos show the kind of fruit I would serve at this time of the year.

Enjoy!

Giuseppe

 

Specializing in Wedding, Corporate Event and Celebration Catering in La Jolla & San Diego! Planning a special event, a wedding, a party, a corporate lunch… GIUSEPPE Restaurants & Fine Catering of San Diego & La Jolla will create, cater and customize every detail of your next festivity with a menu to tempt any invited guest. Imagine your special day through our sample wedding menus. Every delicious element, each luscious ingredient was carefully selected to express the desires of the bride and groom. We, at GIUSEPPE Restaurants & Fine Catering will cater your wedding day, a celebration to cherish forever. Whether it’s a Board of Directors luncheon in the conference room, an elegant cocktail reception for your clients, or a festive, holiday celebration for employees, GIUSEPPE Restaurants & Fine Catering is San Diego ‘s premier choice to cater any business event. Make your next elegant corporate event end in praise and success. We invite you to stop by the Museum Café in La Jolla for breakfast Saturday or Sunday beginning at 9am or for lunch, between 11 am and 3 pm each day. Or just stop in for a quick cup of Giuseppe’s famous, steaming Cappuccino with a foamy crest while enjoying the breeze over La Jolla Cove.

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BRIDAL BAR EVENTS 04.28.11

Here is a small peek into the fun around town we here at The Bridal Bar are privileged to partake in throughout the year, thanks to Jason Taylor of Taylor Films you too can enjoy!

 

Thank you Jason!!

 

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WE WELCOME KATHRYN GAYNER DISTINCTIVE FLORALS & EVENTS 04.28.11

The Bridal Bar is colorfully cheerful to plant another seed in our garden of beautiful designs….we proudly welcome Kathryn Gayner Distinctive Florals & Events!

Flowers are truly a passion of mine. From a very young age I found myself creating and designing projects around flowers. I love and appreciate all types of floral designs. From the ornate floral arrangement, to the simplicity of a single stem, I love it all.

I was fortunate to have lived in Asia as a child, and I have traveled extensively throughout Asia and Europe. I am fascinated by different cultures and traditions, and I work to incorporate fresh and exotic details into my designs.

My own style leans towards the tastefully ornate and naturalistic. I love designing around natural elements such branches, stones, bamboo and exotic wood. Starting with your taste preferences, theme, and colors, I look for ways to bring out the unexpected in the arrangements. It could be the coupling of succulents and wildflowers that provides a pleasant contrast. Or tiny, hand appliqué gems at the center of each bloom. To me, flowers are an art form and a way of expression; so if you’re pursuing a theme or mood, let’s really go for it!

I’ve been designing florals for almost fifteen years now, and I’m fortunate to share the benefits of my experience with great clients. I work with exceptional brides, corporations, organizations such as the San Diego Opera and UBS, and wonderful charities including National Charity League and Las Patrones. I’m a So Cal native, and I have four adorable kids, a devoted husband, and two loyal dogs (a Basset Hound and a Bernese Mountain Dog.)

I believe that florals bring events to life, and I’d love to help you with yours.

~ Kathryn

 

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NEW @ LOUNGE APPEAL 04.27.11

WOW the guests at your next event with Lounge Appeal‘s newest addition, The Sectional Showcase Bar!

The Sectional Showcase Bar allows you to design the look and size to suit your event! The possibilities are LIMITLESS!

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JENNIFER & JOSH 04.15.11

Preppy & Posh Beach Wedding

Jennifer and Josh Judman’s wedding included everything I adore – -a bright sunny day at the Hotel Del Coronado, stunning seaside ceremony featuring florals by Kathy Wright and Co. and pretty details at every turn for the guests to delight in.

Their wedding was designed by Susanne Duffy of Crown Weddings and included all the special touches Susanne brings to every event.  Using a palette of navy blue, crisp white, magenta and emerald green, the Hotel Del was transformed into a preppy paradise reminiscent of an F. Scott Fitzgerald novel.

Simply Posh Design worked with the couple’s custom monogram and incorporated it into all their reception stationery to include bejeweled program booklets, place cards, menus and table signs.   In addition, we carried  their monogram from the printed page onto the dance floor for a special finishing touch.

Thanks to Luna Photo for capturing their day.

Congratulations Jennifer and Josh!

~ Jennifer

From a lifelong passion for paper, design and all things visual arts Simply Posh Design was born. Jennifer Dailard brings more than a decade of advertising and design talents to the table and now, nearly three years since its inception, Simply Posh Design is a full service paper production company offering extraordinary custom invitations and personal stationery. We believe it is a privilege to share in the happy events that lead clients to Simply Posh Design and are happy to work with you.
Simply Posh Design has aligned itself with several premier companies offering premier invitation components. Current partners include, Envelopments, Waste Not Paper, Green Paper Company and Marsupial Pouches.

 

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VENDOR FEATURE: BROOKE JOANNA BENLIFER, RD ~ MEN’S FITNESS MAGAZINE MARCH 2011 04.13.11

Our very own Brooke Joanna Benlifer, RD was interviewed for an article on the realities of “low-cal” foods in the March 2011 issue of Men’s Fitness Magazine.


Brooke Joanna Benlifer, RD is a Cornell University graduate and Registered Dietitian. As a nutritional coach, she has expertise in weight management, emotional eating, sports nutrition, corporate wellness and integrative medicine. She offers special packages catered specifically to brides, grooms and wedding parties, helping them feel their best and reach their wellness goals.
You deserve to look and feel amazing on your special day!

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VENDOR FEATURE: B.MOOKIE ~ AT HOME WITH VALLEY & CO. – SPRING 03.31.11

b.mookié jewelry as featured in the Spring 2011 Issue of At Home With Valley & Co.

b.mookié makes custom and handmade jewelry with a modern perspective. The company specializes in custom designed jewelry for brides and their attendants to co-ordinate with their wedding attire while enhancing the beauty and personal style of their day. Molly Beard, the founder and designer, remembered the lack of personal attention and options she had available when looking for her own wedding day jewelry. So she decided to make b.mookié available by appointment, to reserve some time to meet with the bride and discuss their custom designed jewelry that will embody their personal style. b.mookié strives to provide their customers with the best in personalized service and the highest quality jewelry. Whether it is custom designed jewelry for a wedding party of 15 or an individual one of a kind earring set to celebrate a 1st Anniversary. Their goal is to capture individual style on custom designed jewelry to be cherished and enjoyed for many years to come.

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A SMASHINGLY FESTIVE MARDI GRAS CELEBRATION! 03.23.11

Bridal Bar Vendors join forces….

“Panache Productions” Elegant Event Planning presents

A Smashingly Festive “Masked Mardi Gras Soiree” at the Hotel Parisi of La Jolla

Panache Productions launch party for “Le Petite” Panache & “Staffed with Panache” and coming out party for Kathryn Gayner Distinctive Florals & Events & SoBelle Chocolates & Favors was a fabulously exquisite affair, with the “Who’s Who” of San Diego in attendance at the Hotel Parisi in La Jolla.

Joining forces with Epod Photobooth and KOOL Party Rentals to create a prestigious fete of glow hoop dancers, live jazz band and a marvelous face painter. Who adorned the “Staffed with Panache” team of sushi chefs, servers, bartenders and dancers with eloquent peacock masks. She stayed on throughout the evening to paint many of the Guests who chose this mask preference, over the silver tray of assorted feathered masks offered upon arrival.

Guest dined on Cajun Crayfish Sushi Rolls, Blackened Salmon Nigiri and Champagne Bloody Mary Oyster Shooters while sipping on Hurricane “Cruz” Martinis. The Hotel Parisi Ballroom was overflowing with 500 peacock feathers, the bejeweled floral designs of Kathryn Gayner Distinctive Florals & Events and the hand designed chocolates of SoBelle Chocolates & Favors. Guest lounged on KOOL Party Rentals while the “glowing” bar, buffet and tables illuminated the room, accent lighting was provided by San Diego Stage & Lighting. As other Guests put on their party face, forever captured in a picture in the Epod Photobooth….An amazingly marvelous time was had by all and is still a buzz on the social grapevine…..

 

Panache. someone who has a dashing confidence of style, or shows a certain flamboyance and courage. Panache Productions is a full service event planning company. The style and sophistication of your soiree is what distinguishes a Panache event from the ordinary. Cruz, a La Jolla legend with over twenty years of expertise, orchestrating hundreds of elite events, will ensure that Panache seamlessly coordinates your event with the utmost attention to detail. “Be your own Guest”, whether you’re hosting a prestigious black-tie dinner, a private cocktail party or a corporate affair our professionals will handle every phase of your event. Under the guidance of Cruz, our esteemed collection of vendors will complement your unique style with the savoir faire that your fête deserves. “Dressed to impress”, Panache provides talented, knowledgeable event managers, servers, and bartenders, everything you’ll need to make your affair flawless from start to finish. Listening to our Clients is extremely important to us for a fabulously successful event. Call us for a complementary creative session to discuss your visions and our ability to make them a reality. Ask about “Le Petite Panache” for your more intimate petite affairs. “Everything you can imagine is real”…Pablo Picasso.

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GRAHAM & EVER ~ DESTINATION: COSTA RICA 03.18.11
Graham & Ever decided that their dreams would come to life in beautiful and enchanting Santa Teresa, Costa Rica where the waves are epic for surfing and the relaxed beach atmosphere is ideal for unforgettable wedding celebrations.
Casa Capitan which boasts the largest and most extravagant house in Santa Teresa, and that’s an understatement, makes it the most amazing venue for quaint weddings of 50 guests or less.
The ceremony took place on the beach at sunset, followed by the wedding reception which was a short stroll up the sandy path through the palms to the house and nestled by the infinity pool.
The hanging lights and votives mixed perfectly with the surrounding palm fronds and myriad of strategically arranged Cali lily, orchid, and hydrangea arrangements, all done in the corresponding colors of white and green.

In lieu of wedding favors, guests signed custom made coasters and dropped the coaster into a bowl for the charity of their choice, including a local school, an environmental cause, and an animal shelter. {Which by the way, is just a magnificent idea!}

Congratulations to Graham & Ever, may they have a long and joyous life journey together!!

~ Don

Don Mirra Photography fuses a passionate, artistic eye of composition and light with a photojournalism approach of spontaneity and responsiveness to the “decisive moment”. Don Mirra Weddings’ expansive line of style, confidence, and experience combined with Don’s comfort in capturing formal and informal images ensures all aspects of your wedding experience are documented while providing the exclusive bride and groom with avant-garde photographic memories.

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FEBRUARY AT THE BRIDAL BAR 03.09.11

February 4, 2011

The Most Romantic Proposal Contest Announcement

February 9, 2011

Buzz About Town: The Mikey Show 94.9 FM

February 10, 2011

Bridal Bar Member Mixer

February 14, 2011

Bridal Bar Toast To Valentine’s Day

February 27, 2011

US Grant 2011 Wedding & Event Showcase: A Royal Affair

It was a busy February at the Bridal Bar filled with many fun collaborations and many happy brides and grooms-to-be!

 

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