The Lodge at Torrey Pines Hosts Hallmark Celebrate the Craft with Original Chef Lineup

The iconic 15th annual culinary festival showcases California’s bounty on Oct. 29

La Jolla, CA – In conjunction with the milestone anniversary of The Lodge at Torrey Pines, on Oct. 29 the property will host the 15th annual Celebrate the Craft, a premier food festival highlighting Southern California’s finest chefs, food artisans, produce, wine and craft beer. In honor of the momentous occasion, the lineup of featured chefs will mirror that of the inaugural 2002 festival.

“This is a celebration of San Diego’s culinary and agricultural community, which has grown over the past 15 years,” said The Lodge at Torrey Pines’ Executive Chef Jeff Jackson. “We’ve developed a fraternity of chefs, winemakers, producers and farmers who are passionate about the sources of our foodstuffs. This year the event will have an entirely new format, with chefs cooking in teams to demonstrate their collective creativity, rather than showing off their individual talents.”

The festival will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the luxury hotel’s Arroyo Terrace overlooking the world renowned Torrey Pines Golf Course and Pacific Ocean. Chefs will cook in teams of three, working together to develop plates highlighting one key protein, such as chicken, fish, and rabbit, or a vegetable.

Tickets to the festival are available for $135 per person at all-inclusive ticket includes an extensive variety of food tastings, wine, craft beer and complimentary valet parking. As a new added component this year, guests can partake in a special VIP section for $185, which includes a private seating area in the Gamble Suite, exclusive reserve wine tastings from the featured wineries as well as a full bar. Guests interested in extending their Celebrate the Craft experience can also reserve a room package starting at $545 per night.

A portion of the ticket sale proceeds will be donated to Slow Food Urban San Diego, a non-profit organization that encourages the enjoyment of and access to local, seasonal and sustainable foods.

The festival will hail the same lineup of chefs as the first Celebrate the Craft, including the notable Christian Graves (Citizen Rail in Denver) and Michael Stebner (Sweetgreen) who are returning to San Diego to participate. Chef Jackson will also cook alongside local favorites Kelli Crosson (A.R. Valentien), Steven Riemer (Oceana Coastal Kitchen), Paul Arias (The Fishery), Pete Balistreri (Tender Greens), Gregory Chavez (Wine Vault & Bistro), Drew Deckman (Deckman’s en el Mogor), Jack Fisher (Town and Country Resort), James Foran (Grossmont College), Trey Foshee (George’s at the Cove and Galaxy Taco), Greg Frey Jr. (The Golden Door), Antonio Friscia (Legal Restaurants), Eric Gallerstein (Mastiff Sausage Company), Matt Gordon (Urban Solace and Solace & The Moonlight Lounge), Katie Grebow, Jason Knibb (NINE-TEN), Tim Kolanko (Blue Bridge Hospitality), Jarrod Moiles (Rancho Valencia), Carl Schroeder (Market Restaurant), Kara Snyder (Tender Greens), Brian Sinnott, Andrew Spurgin, and Ryan Studebaker (MIHO Gastrotruck).

Produce and other ingredients will be provided by regional farms, ranches and artisans, including The Aniata Cheese Company, Bloom Family Farm, Bread and Cie, Catalina Offshore Products, Coleman Farms, Crows Pass Farms, De Bruin Rabbit, FishBone Kitchen, Jack Fisher Confections, JOIA Life All-Natural Soda, Liberty Ducks, Point Loma Farms, McGrath Family Farm, Miradero Ranch, Niman Ranch, Stehly Farms Organics, Tzaddik Farm and Windrose Farm.

Celebrate the Craft’s featured vintners, selected by The Lodge’s sommelier Paul Krikorian, will include California wines from Dolce, En Route, Eric Kent Wine Cellars, Far Niente, Frog's Leap Winery, Grgich Hills Estate, Jackson Family Wines, Linked Vineyards, Navarro Vineyards, Nickel & Nickel, Ramey Wine Cellars, Robert Biale Vineyards, Robert Craig Winery, Sherwin Family Vineyards, Tablas Creek Vineyard and ZD Wines. San Diego’s thriving craft beer scene will be represented by AleSmith Brewing Company, Bitter Brothers Brewing Co. and Societe Brewing Company, and spirits will be available from You & Yours Distilling Co.

About The Lodge at Torrey Pines

The Lodge at Torrey Pines is an AAA Five Diamond award-winning property offering more than 20,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space with views of the world-renowned Torrey Pines Golf Course and the Pacific Ocean. Guests of The Lodge can take advantage of the near-perfect weather while hiking in the Torrey Pines State Reserve, golfing on Torrey Pines Golf Course or relaxing at the spa. The Lodge pays tribute to the California Craftsman movement and is modeled after Greene and Greene’s famed Gamble and Blacker houses in Pasadena, California, two of the finest examples of early 1900s Craftsman-style architecture. The Lodge features 170 spacious guest rooms and suites, a 9,500-squarefoot full-service spa and two restaurants serving contemporary California cuisine. The Lodge is owned and operated by Evans Hotels and is in proximity to the San Diego International Airport, downtown San Diego and downtown La Jolla. The Lodge is located 11480 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, CA 92037. For reservations, call (858) 453-4420.