Fall is here! The weather is brisk (well, as brisk as it can get in So Cal) the scarves are out and the pumpkins are in. The change in weather has brought with it new and exciting changes in the hospitality scene. A hotel, restaurant, and seasonal menus are just a few items that have debuted across sunny Southern California, and it’s time for you to check them out.
Head to Temecula and enjoy farm-fresh food at the new Farm House Kitchen inside the Temecula Creek Inn. This new rustic eatery promises locally sourced food with premium wines and barrel-aged whiskies. A go-to spot for golfers and wine country visitors, The Temecula Creek Inn underwent a major renovation and its staff is excited to re-introduce themselves to guests, new and old. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served, as well as weekend brunch. Menu highlights include: Columbia River Salmon, Open Fire Bone Marrow, Fried Mac and Cheese and a Jam Board (yes, freshly-made jam on a board!).
The world famous Hard Rock Hotel has taken up residence in the old Hotel Zoso location in Palm Springs. Collaborating with Kittridge Hotels, the Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs contains 160 rooms, a VIP Rock Star Suite, Rock Spa, Body Rock workout facility, the Rock Shop featuring Hard Rock’s world famous merchandise, and of course, a poolside oasis where cocktails and fire pits can be enjoyed. This hotel promises to be the perfect complement to Coachella and Stagecoach attendees, as live entertainment will be featured regularly.
Located in the heart of Laguna Beach, Three Seventy Common is offering special Autumn-inspired dinners. Now until October 31st, three cider-centric dishes will be served up which include; Pork Belly with cider reduction and stewed heirloom apples; Oyster with cider granité, spicy apple relish and cider-glazed root vegetables; and Crispy Duck Breast with cider reduction, Brussels sprouts, bacon and wild rice. For drink, the Kentucky Maplewood cocktail ($10) is made with bourbon, maple syrup, lemon juice and hard cider.
On Halloween night, experience a Hangar 24 Beer dinner starting at 6:30pm. Chef Ryan Adams teamed up with Hangar 24 to create a five-course beer-centric menu with snacks, with each course prepared with beer and accompanied by a Hangar beer. Menu items will include; Oysters with stout granita and horseradish, Bratwurst with beer mustard and housemade pretzel roll, and Chocolate Porter Cake with whiskey caramel sauce & sour cream frosting. The dinner is $52 per person, not including tax and gratuity. For more information, or reservations, visit www.370common.com
Opening at The Market Place in Tustin on Tuesday, November 19, this will be Bonefish Grill’s first California location. Known for their hand-cut, seasonal seafood, Bonefish Grill is sustainably focused and dedicated to responsible fishing practices. Expect dishes like Bang Bang Shrimp with a special creamy, Asian-inspired sauce, PEI Mussels Josephine, and Chilean Sea Bass. The bar area will feature hand-crafted cocktails, an affordable wine list, local craft beers as well as “Happier Hours” Sunday through Thursday from 4-6:30pm. For more information on this new OC eatery, visit www.bonefishgrill.com
Visit the elegant Grand Del Mar in San Diego to partake in their Autumn-inspired events:
Visit the Addison on Thursday, November 14 where a Krug Champagne Tasting Dinner will take place at 5:30pm. A welcome reception will start the experience, followed by a five-course dinner paired with coveted Krug Champagne selections. Highlights will include King Grande Cuvee served during the reception, Krug 2000 Vintage served with Dover Sole “Amandine”, cabbage and curry, and Krug Collection 1989 Vintage paired with Tarte Fine Aux Pommes, dates, ginger and brown butter. This extravagant event is available for a mere $350 per person. For reservations, call (858) 314-1900.
Keep the extravagance going by attending the Haute French Burgundian Dinner at the Addison, part of the San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival. On November 20, at 6:30pm, wines from the famed Burgundy region in Eastern France will be paired with Chef William Bradley’s six-course Haute French Dinner. Expect decadent menu selections like Sea Scallops with Champagne, caviar and watercress, Butternut Squash Veloute with breaised bacon, thyme and chestnuts, and Lamb Persillade with potato gnocchi and parmesan. This dinner is also available for a cool $350 per person.