Playing with Fire Dinner SeriesFeaturing Chef Ronnie Schwandt & Karl Strauss Brewing CompanyAugust 14, 2023 | 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Chef Ronnie Schwandt from Blue Bridge Hospitality will show 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 Karl Strauss Brewing Company.

$145 per person (+ tax)

A portion of the event's proceeds benefits St. Jude Children's Research Hospital to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment.

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About Chef Ronnie Schwandt

With a desire to showcase his commitment to seasonal, local, and sustainable ingredients, Chef Ronnie Schwandt is thrilled to return to the Blue Bridge Hospitality team. The native San Diegan, who attended The San Diego Culinary Institute, began his training at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar and spent several years cooking in Coronado where he started as a sous chef at Leroy’s Kitchen and Lounge. His decade of hard work with Blue Bridge Hospitality Group eventually led him to earn the title of Executive Chef of both Maretalia Restaurant and Leroy’s. Most recently, Schwandt worked at Verbena Kitchen and the Trust Restaurant Group before that. Schwandt draws inspiration from family and his mentors, Tim Kolanko (Urban Restaurant Group’s Executive Chef) and Gregory Chavez (Wine Vault + Bistro).

Playing with Fire Dinner Menu


This Playing with Fire dinner event features a curated multi-course menu by Guest Chef Ronnie Schwandt and Executive Chef Kelli Crosson. Look forward to wood-fired proteins, seasonal sides, and a delicious dessert as well as beer from Karl Strauss Brewing Company.

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