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February Events California 2008



  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, 2008


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 Paracucchi.


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) 603-3773.

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.


CARLSBAD - Valentine's 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 featuring five courses, each with a sample of two chefs' works for $125 per person (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) 603-3773.

INDIO - Date Festival. 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.

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. CAll: (760) 376-2629  [email protected] -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. Box Office (858) 550-1010.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.



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