In November 2019, Executive Chef Brad Wise of San Diego’s Trust Restaurant Group opened Rare Society, serving wood-fired steaks, chops, seafood and modern riffs on favorite steakhouse sides. Pastry Chef Jeremy Harville directs the bakery selections and dessert menu featuring sweet-tooth satisfying treats such as house-made cakes and scoops of signature Mr. Trustee ice cream. Rare Society offers the ultimate steakhouse cocktail list with a selection of classic martinis and well-balanced, handcrafted libations with flavor profiles designed to pair with the hearty dishes. The carefully selected wine list features classic producers and cult-like wines from across the globe. The intimate space invites guests to slide into comfy booths and dine like mad men and women or enjoy small bites around a fire pit on the outside patio in the charming University Heights neighborhood.
Opening summer 2020, Callie will feature California-Mediterranean cuisine from Executive Chef Travis Swikard. Following 10 years cooking alongside iconic French chef Daniel Boulud in New York, where he was Executive Chef of Boulud Sud and culinary director of Bar Boulud and Epicerie Boulud, Swikard returns home for his first solo project. Callie will put the farmers, fisherman, and fresh, local ingredients of the greater San Diego region at the forefront and blend them with a Mediterranean palette. The setting for Callie is an open, natural light-filled space set in downtown’s East Village neighborhood.
In January 2020, Border X Brewery in San Diego’s Barrio Logan neighborhood begins a year-long quest to create new flavors of beers reflecting seven regions in Mexico. The brewery currently produces beer that reflects the cross-border influences within its neighborhood such as horchata golden stout, featuring the classic Mexican rice drink, horchata, and abuelita’s chocolate stout flavored with Mexican chocolate. The brewery owners will travel to seven regions to get inspiration, starting in Mexico City, followed by Guadalajara, and then develop a beer it will serve in-house using the regional influences. The brewery has also launched successful public programs, such as the ongoing Mujeres Brew Club with monthly sessions including beer industry speakers and guest brewery tastings, as well as hosting live music three nights a week with acts ranging from Latin Jazz to Rock in Español to Cumbia and a Loteria game night (similar to bingo) with a DJ.
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