I recently had the opportunity to get together with some great Chefs and collaborate on a 4 day general managers conference in La Costa Resort in San Diego, California. Several Chefs from around the country, including myself, flew in to help. We are talking 15 hour days — on your feet the whole time. There were several creative minds who refuse to do anything standard; who were always pushing the envelope. At the end of each long day there was always time for a few drinks, because why would anyone want any extra sleep. Good times to be sure!
It was great to see and cook with my task force brothers once again. For 190 people we did three days of breakfast, lunch, dinner, breaks and after parties. There were also several amenities. Working with these Chefs barely feels like work!
The whole event culminated with a sit down gala including my sous vide 72 hour short rib. A great time had by all. Wonderful to work with the team!
Chef Daven Wardynski
Chef Joshua Hasho
Chef Michael Gottlieb
Chef Breanna Metauro
Chef Marc Therrien
Pastry Chef Jaimie Hileman
Many thanks to the great chefs at La Costa for allowing us to share there kitchens with them! An excellent team to be sure.
I would also be remiss if I did not mention the awesome team of food and beverage directors who came out to help and support!
Arrival amenity, healthy snacks
Table set for a nice picnic arrival lunch
Trail Mix Break
House Made Seltzers, fresh pressed juices, carbonated at the last minute
Nice creative signage for the sliders
Kobe sliders and crab cake sliders
Love the sound of eggs circulating in the morning! Eggs at 62c with spinach, duck confit and hollandaise sauce
Granola and yogurt display
Nice garden salad buffet
Carving boards ready for meat!
Creative signage and garden herbs
A wall of living lettuce
A break with a construction theme
The final gala – butter presentation on tomato chimichurri, black salt
Butter lettuce salad, blue, candied walnuts, tomato vinaigrette
The 72 hour sous vide short rib, potato and artichoke gratin
Tro of desserts to finish it off!