|This is the setting for the fun and energetic cooking class we participated in at The Marine Room in La Jolla, California.|
We have enjoyed many fine meals at the Marine Room in La Jolla, and I recently learned that cooking demonstrations are offered four times yearly. Earlier this week, Rich and I attended the "Vintage Valentine" class which was great fun. In the oft repeated words of Chef Bernard: "Life is Delicious!"
|The class was presented by Executive Chef Bernard Guillas and Chef de Cuisine Ron Oliver, who have also collaborated on two gorgeous cookbooks - most recently, Two Chefs, One Catch - pictured above|
The cookbooks are a story in themselves. Beautifully written and photographed, Chefs Ron and Bernard shopped the first book, Flying Pans, to several literary agents, with no takers - so they self published - and the book won awards!
|We were treated to a very refreshing, light cocktail - lemon vodka with pomegranate juice and seltzer|
|Mise en place for the Maine Lobster Minestrone|
|Chef Bernard is over the top, bubbly, effusive; Chef Ron is deadpan. They play off each other beautifully!|
|Waiting for dinner service|
|Chef Bernard shelling the lobster for the minestrone that Chef Ron was composing. The stock was the lobster cooking water re-infused briefly with the lobster shells for added flavor.|
|Maine Lobster Minestrone, as presented by Chef Bernard|
|Chef Bernard seasoning tenderloin for Beef Wellington|
|Chef Bernard plating the components of the main course|
|Filet Mignon Wellington, Comte Potatoes, White Asparagus Bundle with a Truffle Port Wine Reduction|
|Finally, a Flight of Chocolate Pot de Creme|
Interestingly, The Marine Room, which this year celebrates its 75th anniversary, was in the news recently, as a hungry sea lion pup wandered into the restaurant and was found sleeping in a booth with a view very early in the morning. During the evening, Chef Bernard shared the news that he had been to Sea World earlier in the day to visit the pup, now named "Marina", and that she has gained 4 pounds since her rescue and will be released back in the sea in a few weeks. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/06/us/a-hungry-sea-lion-wanders-into-a-restaurant.html?_r=0
Anyone interested in more information regarding this wonderful evening, please contact me at Joan@tastefulvoyages.com