Show 142, October 17, 2015: Celebrate the Craft Festival – Lodge at Torrey Pines

Jeff JacksonThe 13th Annual Celebrate The Craft Festival is coming to The Lodge at Torrey Pines on Sunday, October 25th from 11:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. A star collection of local chefs, farmers, ranchers, vintners and brewers come together for an eagerly anticipated annual celebration of the very best of California’s culinary offerings. It’s a great one-stop overview of the food scene in San Diego County.

Participating area chefs include Jason Knibb of Nine-Ten, Javier Plascencia of Bracero, and Carl Schroeder of Market Restaurant.

Prestigious farmers (well-known in the SoCal hospitality business) including Coleman Farms, Crows Pass Farms, McGrath Family Farms and Windrose Farm will be there, too.

Executive Chef Jeff Jackson of The Lodge at Torrey Pines has the preview. He created this event 13 years ago after he relocated from a luxury hotel property in Santa Monica to San Diego to open The Lodge at Torrey Pines.

Chef Jackson oversees the culinary concept and menu development at the 170-room California Craftsman style property, which features a signature restaurant, A.R. Valentien, two loungers and a casual restaurant, The Grill, as well as meeting and banquet facilities.


Show 61, February 15, 2013: Bob Spivak, President, CEO, and Co-Founder, Grill Concepts, Inc.

The Grill on the Alley30 years ago dining history was made in Beverly Hills (a tough city for restaurant longevity) with the launch of The Grill on the Alley which is better known as The Grill. It soon evolved into a high profile business destination for lunch for the power brokers of Hollywood. Where your table was signified your status in the Entertainment Business. No one arrived before 1:00 p.m. At night it became a destination for affluent locals with a very loyal following. Unusually for the time pretentiousness was never part of the gameplan. It also was the start of a significant restaurant company with three successful concepts.

To this day the signature Cobb Salad (a faithful homage to the iconic Brown Derby) is the most popular menu item. Bob likes to feel it’s a true recreation of this classic dish from the long departed heritage restaurant in Beverly Hills that was a forerunner of The Grill. The most popular dessert is the house rice pudding, a perennial favorite.

Grill Concepts, Inc. continues to flourish to this day. Public School (“an education in the art of food and beer”) is the newest concept (with a sense of humor) with locations in Downtown Los Angeles, Culver City and Thousand Oaks. Northern California (Mountain View) and Sherman Oaks are next, and more locations are on the horizon. It’s a bar & restaurant gathering spot.

Founder Bob Spivak, a second generation restaurateur with a love for the hospitality business, joins us to share the fascinating story.

“We are so fortunate to have been in business for 30 years,” President, CEO, and Co-Founder Bob Spivak said. “In the ever changing restaurant industry, we are proud to say that we were vintage before it was trendy. And we will continue to maintain the tradition of exceptional service and timeless cuisine that guests have come to count on.”