Press Release




THE 28th Annual GOLD MEDALLION AWARDS

May 2012

Meetings Focus ‘Best of’ 2011 Awards

San Diego, California (May 2012) –The California Restaurant Association (CRA) featured a multi-course dinner, live entertainment, followed by an award ceremony to celebrate the San Diego County restaurant industry. Executive Chef Jeff Jackson of The Lodge at Torrey Pines won 2012 Chef of the Year for his innovative, “Farm to Table” style cuisine. Within A.R. Valentien and The Grill, Chef Jackson amazes with his ability to integrate the freshest, organic ingredients into his exquisite creations, impressing even the most refined pallets.

Chef Jackson draws inspiration from the best local provisions available each season and changes regularly depending on produce offered at local farmers markets, small growers, ranchers and fishermen. The focus is on the ingredients, fresh and clean flavors prevail, allowing the ingredients to shine. Chef Jackson formed a community amongst fellow San Diego Chefs by creating “Celebrate the Craft”; Southern California’s premier showcase for regionally grown ingredients, innovative cooking, and winemaking. Tickets go on sale June 30th and will be hosted at The Lodge of Torrey Pines September 30th.

The menu of the signature and award wining A.R. Valentien changes daily in order to take advantage of the natural flavors and textures of the freshest ingredients supplied. Simple combinations allow each ingredient of a particular dish to enhance one another while retaining individuality. Offering an array of fresh organic charcuterie plates, cheese platters, paired California wine tasting menus, and main entrées; the rich flavors are unique in his Farm to Table style of cookery. The Grill awarded the 2012 Best Casual Hotel Restaurant, offers a relaxed and convenient San Diego dining experience located adjacent to the practice putting greens and starter’s club house of the Torrey Pines Golf Course. Whether dining inside or on the patio, you will find a complete menu of your favorite items and beverages.

The Lodge at Torrey Pines is a 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, including 8 suites, more than 13,000 square feet of meeting and banquet space, a 9,500 square-foot full-service spa and two restaurants serving contemporary California cuisine. The Lodge is adjacent to the Torrey Pines Golf Course and is within walking distance to the Torrey Pines State Reserve.

The Lodge at Torrey Pines is owned and operated by Evans Hotels, San Diego. For Artisan Table reservations please call (858) 777-6635, hotel reservations call 800-422-8386, or for further information please contact Krista Adkins at (858) 777-6711, kadkins@lodgetorreypines.com, or visit www.lodgetorreypines.com.