Playing with Fire Dinner SeriesFeaturing Chef Greg Frey Jr. & Duck Foot Brewing Co.June 10, 2024 | 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Chef Greg Frey Jr. from Golden Door as he shows off his talents during a collaborative Playing with Fire dinner with The Lodge at Torrey Pines’ venerable Executive Chef Kelli Crosson. Hosted on The Grill’s patio overlooking the Torrey Pines Golf Course, every event includes selections of various proteins and seasonal sides cooked over a wood-burning fire. Guests will also enjoy pours from this event's featured local brewery Duck Foot Brewing Co.

A portion of the event's proceeds benefits Casa de Amparo, a San Diego nonprofit that supports those affected by and at risk of child abuse and neglect, through a range of programs and services that promote healing, growth, and healthy relationships.

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Chef Greg Frey Jr.

Greg Frey’s culinary career began at the Charleston Grill in Charleston, SC where, under the tutelage of Executive Chef Bob Wagner and Executive Sous Chef Michelle Weaver, he quickly rose through the ranks, eventually earning a trip to stage at Le Bougainvillier in St Galmier, in France. Frey moved to Bernardus Lodge in Carmel Valley where he learned how to “cook from the farm”. Next came San Diego when he landed at Pamplemousse Grille as Executive Sous Chef in 2010; the position of Chef de Cuisine at La Costa resort for Bluefire Grill followed a year later. 

Today, Frey is the Executive Chef at the Golden Door in Escondido, CA. He works to achieve the ultimate in spa cuisine: food that is nutritious and delicious. Greg’s culinary background has been focused on providing a healthy mindful presentation and building a strong food sourcing base with relationships with local farmers, fishermen, and ranches. The focus is on sustenance rather than deprivation.

Playing with Fire Menu


This Playing with Fire dinner event features a curated multi-course menu by Guest Chef Greg Frey Jr. and Executive Chef Kelli Crosson. Look forward to wood-fired proteins, seasonal sides, and a delicious dessert as well as beer from Duck Foot Brewing Co.

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