Press Release


May 2014

La Jolla – A.R. Valentien, the signature restaurant at the AAA Five Diamond The Lodge at Torrey Pines, will host a series of six specialty Artisan Table Dinners beginning May 22. Executive Chef Jeff Jackson, Chef de Cuisine Kelli Crosson, and Sommelier Paul Krikorian will partner with California wine makers once a month through October for an intimate communal meal served family style in four courses.

The Artisan Table Dinners will take place on the heated outdoor patio overlooking Torrey Pines Golf Course and the Pacific Ocean. For reservations, call 858-777-6635. The list of events:

Date Winery Attending Representative Price
May 22 ZD Wines (Napa) Jill de Leuze Billeci $130
June 19 Patz & Hall (Sonoma) James Hall $130
July 17 Palmina (Lompoc) Steve and Chrystal Clifton $115
August 14 Nickel & Nickel (Oakville) Bruce C. Mooers $140
September 18 Foxen (Santa Maria) Jenny Williamson Dore and Dick Dore $130
October 16 Chappellet (St. Helena) Cyril and Blakesley Chappellet $130

“Artisan Table Dinners are synonymous with summer at The Lodge,” Chef Jackson said. “There’s nothing Kelli, Paul, and I enjoy more than hosting this collaborative effort that invites discussion with our guests. We like to share the thought process in determining the farm-to-table menu pairings with the featured wines, and being able to have our friends from the wineries here to talk about the selections is the icing on the cake.”

The Artisan Table Dinner menus from Chef Jackson, a protégé of the famed French chef Jean Banchet, will depend on what’s being offered from local growers, ranchers, and fishermen at the time of the event. Produce arrives at The Lodge from no farther than Paso Robles in central California. Food is always prepared with minimal handling and in simple combinations to highlight the textures and flavors inherent to each element.

A.R. Valentien takes its name from an early 1900s California artist whose works in ceramics, watercolors, and oils adorn the walls of the restaurant. The Lodge at Torrey Pines pays homage to the California Craftsman era and was designed to blend in with the adjacent Torrey Pines State Reserve, which features golden sandstone formations and rare Torrey pine trees.

The Lodge at Torrey Pines is owned and operated by Evans Hotels, San Diego. For restaurant reservations please call (858) 777-6635, hotel reservations call 800-422-8386, or visit