Sunday, February 17, 2008
Featured Event: Valentine's Day
Gourmet Meal at Four Seasons Resort Aviara
Restaurant, Vivace, in Carlsbad, California Offered Feb. 13-18,
Stefano Paracucchi Appears as Guest Chef February 13-18, 2008 at
Four Seasons Resort Aviara, Carlsbad, CA
Chef Stefano Paracucchi, son of acclaimed Angelo Paracucchi, is
a master in his own right. The Paracucchi family is recognized
for Italian gastronomy, and Stefano's father became one of the
most popular, beloved teachers of Italian cooking worldwide. He
opened Il Carpaccio at the Royal Monceau Hotelrom in Paris,
Ristorante Paracucchi in Osaka, Japan and was involved in
cuisine for the Olympic games in Seoul. In true Italian fashion,
Stefano shares his father's passion for good food. He has taken
his talent to Hong Kong's Mistral at the Intercontinental Grand
Stanford, and his very own Sarzana, Locanda Dell' Angelo.
Suffice to say that
Carlsbadd's Four Seasons Resort Aviara is honored during Valentine's
Week 2008 to open its kitchens to this famous chef, and serve a
meal that many will cherish as one of their best. If you can get
to Carlsbad, you're in for a treat. Normally you would have to
travel thousands of miles to enjoy Paracucchi's exotic blends,
but for one week you can sample the fruits of his culinary
genius at Vivace restaurant at the luxury golf and spa resort in
Carlsbad. The resort's Italian-inspired restaurant serves handmade
pastas and dishes from award-winning chef, Bryant Wigger, who
shares the philosophy and resources his guest talent will
require in order to prepare the Valentine's meals. The two chefs
from separate continents
draw from their local resources that are superb and abundant.
“Both Italy and California
are similar to a degree—both are unique in that you have almost
everything at your disposal—fresh vegetables from the
surrounding farmers, fish from seaside markets and the seasonal
produce in and around the mountainous regions. This is probably
what makes our cooking different and interesting,” says Stefano
On the menu for this
one-time visit and premier (it's Paracucchi's only stop in the
U.S.), will be Cappun Magro, a Ligurian salad prepared with
fresh fish, shellfish, garden vegetables and flavored bread
crumbs. An antipasti dish of Sonoma Valley Foie Gras features
mixed nut Sabbiato, Crema di Pesce and an Arabic coffee sauce.
Guests can then choose from a host of Primi dishes such as
Handmade Tagliolini or Chestnut Dumplings with Formaggio Acido,
Shrimp Cannelloncini Pasta, Baccalà and Pomodoro Passato.
Chef Bryant Wigger
simultaneously presents entrée choices of Veal Tenderloin “Sotto
Vuoto” with Porcini Farotto, Brussel Sprouts and Black Truffle;
Arctic Char “alla padella” with Umbrian Lentil, Heirloom Carrots
and Black Mussel Brodo; and Porcini-Rubbed Rack of Colorado Lamb
with Farotto nel Pomodoro, Garlic Rapini and Mint.
The evening culminates with Italian desserts custom created by
Four Seasons Executive Pastry Chef Franck Riffaud. Chocolate
“Cremeo with Sambuca-Flavored Cream, Fresh Pineapple Coup with
Mint Gelato, Vanilla Risotto with Praline Crema “mille foglie”
and Poached Apple Polenta Cake with Caramelized Apples and Green
Apple Gelato will be served.
When is it available?
February 13 - 18, 2008, evenings. Reservations accepted between 6:00 pm and 9:30 pm by calling (760)
How much does it cost?
$75/person for four-course meal. $95/person for
five-course meal. $125/person for Doppio Piacere, a five-course
meal, each course with a sample of both chefs. Tax &
gratuity are not included in price.
Where is it?
Four Seasons Resort
Aviara, 7100 Four Seasons Point, Carlsbad, Ca.
Week Guest Chef Gourmet Feast. Chef Stefano Paracucchi,
acclaimed throughout the world, will prepare the Valentine's
week menu at Four Seasons Resort
Aviara though February 18, 2008. Choices include a four-course
dinner for $75 per person, five-course dinner for $95 per person
or a unique Doppio Piacere menu
five courses, each with a sample of two chefs' works for $125 per
(plus tax and gratuity).
Vivace is the resort's signature dining room serving regional
interpretive Italian in a casual, yet elegant setting. Location:
7100 Four Seasons Point, Carlsbad, Ca. Reservations accepted between 6:00 pm and 9:30 pm by calling (760)
INDIO - Date
Annual Indio Date Festival at Riverside County Fairgrounds.
Fair runs through Feb. 24, 2008. Camel & Ostrich Races at 12pm &
2pm in the Arena; Fiesta del Charro at 5:30 pm in the Arena; and
popular band Los Tiranos del Norte will perform at 8 pm at
Aladdin's Concert Pavilion.
There's also an award-winning Arabian Nights Musical Pageant
starting at 6:15 p.m. at the Pageant Stage. Carnival rides from 10 a.m. to Midnight. General
admission: $7; Unlimited carnival rides: $18. Location:
Riverside County Fairgrounds, 82-503 Hwy 111, Indio, CA 92201.
Call: (800) 811-FAIR or (760) 863-8247. datefest.org
KERNVILLE - Whiskey
Flat Days. A Living History Weekend with Rodeo at 1:00 pm
that includes Open Team Roping, Bull Riding, Saddle Bronc
Riding, Steer Riding, Sheep Riding, Open Barrel Race and Calf
Scramble (for kids under 8 years) at McNalley Rodeo Arena,
Kernville, CA. Reenactment events all four days.
Runs through Feb. 18, 2008. kernvalley.com/news/whiskey.htm CAll:
(760) 376-2629 email@example.com -email.
LA JOLLA - THE
SEVEN. A play adapted from Aeschylus' “Seven Against Thebes", is
Greek tragedy meets hip-hop in writer/composer Will Power's
modern adaptation of Aeschylus' story of a cursed family and a
society unsure of how to free itself from war. Power's urban
remix, with rhyming verse and diverse musical styles, shines
with relevance through the eyes of a new generation. Contains
adult language. Runs through March 16, 2008. Performance
times: Tuesday and Wednesday: 7:30 pm; Thursday, Friday: 8:00
pm; Saturday: 8 pm; Sunday: (NO 2 pm
performance this first week of the show's premier, but there
will be matinee performances on future Sundays.) Sunday,
Feb. 17, one show only: 7 pm. lajollaplayhouse.org. Box Office
MONTEREY - Gem Faire. Classes, demos, and gems to adore in
this popular event where you can even find jewelry repair while
you wait! Time: Friday: 12pm-7pm, Sat: 10am-7pm, Sun: 10am-5pm.
General Admission $5 Weekend Pass; Children 11 and under Free.
Tel. (503) 252-8300. Location: Monterey County Fairgrounds, 2004
Fairground Rd., Monterey, CA 93940. gemfaire.com
NEWPORT BEACH - Newport Beach Jazz Party. 8th annual jazz
event includes artists Bringing the weekend to an exciting close
on Sunday evening, the renowned Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra!
Featured at this year’s Pool Sessions Sunday from 12 noon until
3:30pm will be the Al Williams Jazz Society, Bill Cunliffe and
Imaginacion and the International Power Trio with Atsuko
Hashimoto, Houston Person and Jeff Hamilton! Individual reserved
seats are priced at $65/$70 for evening performances and $30/40
for the Grand Opening Sessions. Location:
The Marriott, 900 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, CA.
Call the Jazzline: (949) 759.5003 newportbeachjazzparty.com
SAN DIEGO - Chinese
Center New Year Fair. This 26th Annual 2-Day event
celebrates the Year of the Rat with Chinese food, music, crafts,
calligraphy, Asian Story Theater, performances of martial arts,
traditional Lion and Dragon dances and acrobatics. Time 10 am -
5 pm. Location 3rd Avenue (between Market St. & J St.) ~ J
Street (between 3rd Ave. & 4th Ave.), San Diego, CA. Cost: Free.
Call: (619) 644-8304. sandiegochinese.net
SAN FRANCISCO -
Tulipmania at Pier 39. One of Pier 39's most popular
events because of the quantity and color of these vibrant
flowers. Location: The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA. Cost:
Free admission. pier39.com
ZEPHYR COVE - Murder on the Dixie Dinner Cruise.
Four-course dinner, Murderous Martini Bar, and murder mystery
cruise on Lake Tahoe aboard M.S. Dixie II. Location: Zephyr Cove
Marina, 750 U.S. Hwy. 50, Zephyr Cove, CA.Timee: 6:30 p.m.Cost:
$89/person. Call: (800) 238-2463. laketahoecruises.com
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