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Artisan Table, The Lodge at Torrey Pines

October 16, 2013 | By | Reply More
The cozy entrance to A. R. Valentien, the signature restaurant at The Lodge at Torrey Pines.

The cozy entrance to A. R. Valentien, the signature restaurant at The Lodge at Torrey Pines.

The Lodge at Torrey Pines famously sits above the Torrey Pines Golf Course and provides a sweeping view of the lush fairways and the blue Pacific beyond.

That fact is known to most sports fans and anyone who has attended the annual Farmers Insurance Open or who watched the 2008 U. S. Open on TV.

Less obvious is the Lodge’s fame for its outstanding farm-to-table cuisine. The course may be Mecca to golfers, but it’s A. R. Valentien – the signature restaurant – that attracts serious foodies, gourmets, and lovers of great food and wine.

Dining guests at The Lodge at Torrey Pines appreciate Executive Chef Jeff Jackson’s commitment to the very freshest locally-sourced ingredients, which he obtains from producers across Southern California. In A. R. Valentien, the menu changes with the seasons and is always subject to local availability.

The communal Artisan Table at A. R. Valentien takes place on Thursday night.

The communal Artisan Table at A. R. Valentien takes place on Thursday night.

Lunch and dinner at A. R. Valentien are great occasions, but the truly savvy lover of food and wine will make a point (and a reservation) to be at The Lodge at Torrey Pines on Thursday night. This is when dinner is served on the terrace at a communal Artisan Table, and guests have a great opportunity to interact with the chefs and sommelier.

In this relaxed, intimate alternative to traditional restaurant dining, guests enjoy a variety of seasonal dishes in a welcoming, less formal setting. Surrounded by 10 – 25 kindred spirits, diners savor four courses served family style. These include appetizers, main course, cheese, and dessert and coffee, along with wines selected by the chefs to complement each unique meal.

The Artisan Table was inspired by the warmth and popularity of the communal dinner for chefs and artisan food producers that takes place at the annual Celebrate the Craft festival, which is hosted at The Lodge at Torrey Pines every fall.

“The conviviality that results is unforgettable,” says Chef Jackson.

A. R. Valentien at The Lodge at Torrey Pines is participating in the La Jolla Foodie Getaway. Click here to enter the contest.

Celebrate the Craft takes place at The Lodge at Torrey Pines every fall.

Celebrate the Craft takes place at The Lodge at Torrey Pines every fall.

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Elizabeth Hansen

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I live in La Jolla and I'm a travel writer, so in addition to enjoying my home town's great weather, beautiful surroundings, and range of cultural and recreational options, I also see La Jolla - and the rest of San Diego - as a travel destination. And what I see sometimes drives me batty. People vacation in La Jolla, but don't take advantage of everything our community offers, so I decided to start this blog and provide insider advice for out-of-towners. Hey. I figure if I can write insider tips about exotic destinations on Authentic Luxury Travel, I ought to be able to lead readers off the beaten path that starts just outside my front door. In the process, I'm having fun revisiting my favorite places and discovering some new ones. Travel writers are naturally snoopy, and this blog is my excuse to have a good ol' sticky beak around my home town. I hope you find it helpful. If you are coming to La Jolla or another area of San Diego and would like my help in planning your trip, please read "Need Help Planning Your Trip" and then email me at ehansen298@aol.com. Elizabeth Hansen

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