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  • Dennis Borlek from Fathom Bistro Bait & Tackle on Shelter Island Pier


    First off, you must experience Fathom. It is truly a one-of-a-kind drinking and dining experience located right on the Shelter Island Pier. Second, owner Dennis Borlek is doing exactly what he loves, in an epic location that totally suites him, cooking food that makes him happy, with a soundtrack that defines the word eclectic. It’s a great week of interviews. Check them out at

  • Betty Hunt, owner of the fabulous Betty’s Pie Whole Saloon in Encinitas

    Betty Hunt of Betty's Pie Whole Saloon
    Simply put, LTP loves pies, who doesn’t right?  So when I got wind of Betty’s Pie Whole in Encinitas I was quite elated. Betty’s is owned by Betty Hunt, a sassy redhead who has taken pies, both savory and sweet to a higher level with her new venture. Read more about her venture here or check out her website.

  • Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus Chef Matt Loory


    Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus travels around the country in the longest privately owned passenger train in North America and it’s equipped with its own restaurant or “pie car.” The chef on the pie car is 23 year-old Matt Loory who cooks for 100 performers from 25 countries. With the circus coming to San Diego August 7-10, this was a chef I needed to know. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did. Get tickets at

  • Chef/Owner Barbara McQuiston from The Curious Fork

    Barbara McQuiston

    Founder & Executive Chef | The Curious Fork

    McQuiston’s passionate dedication to food has led to a finely tuned philosophy: good food, fresh food, and healthy food must all be one and the same. From visits to markets throughout the world to exotic adventures on a smaller scale within her own home kitchen, culinary curiosity has always been the guide for McQuiston’s cooking endeavors. Barbara’s path to The Curious Fork was perhaps unorthodox—she began her professional career in the field of aerospace technology ending up as an Office Director at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The global influences she picked up through that first career, coupled with an ever-present personal passion for bringing loved ones around a table to enjoy the healthy, creative dishes she cooked, eventually led her to change her course. A graduate of San Diego Culinary Institute, McQuiston has since honed her craft through training in several area restaurants, catering and continuing to find inspiration through searching local San Diego Farmers Markets for surprise ingredients. McQuiston founded The Curious Fork in 2012 with the goal of creating a warm, welcoming environment for busy local residents to ignite and explore their own culinary curiosity in educational ways. McQuiston’s cuisine and programs cater to home cooks contending with dietary restrictions, allergies, aging relatives, and the constant search for healthy solutions, all while maintaining and emphasizing creativity and delicious taste. Barbara invites visitors to “share the curiosity, share the good times, and feed your passion. Follow the fork.”

  • James Haggard, chef/owner of Haggo’s Organic Taco in Leucadia

    James Haggard of Haggo's Organic Taco

    I can’t say I’ve ever had an experience quite like I had when I walked into the funky little patio dining area at Haggo’s in the heart of Leucadia. It felt like I was transferred into a Wes Anderson movie, more specifically, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. Maybe it was the snorkeling mask hanging under the order window, or the framed picture of The Royal Tenenbaums, or the cool soundtrack and eclectic furnishings. Whatever it was, it’s a good thing and combined with the food, worth a visit.

    Haggo’s Organic Taco is one-of-a-kind and that’s what Leucadia is all about right? No chains, just very creative proprietors of unique shops and restaurants that should be a regular part of your shopping and dining experience.

    The proprietor, James Haggard is a 15 year food and beverage veteran with the majority of that time spent at Rancho Valencia. He has resided in Encinitas for the past 20 years and definitely has a pulse on the local vibe, while having created one he can call his own. Haggo’s itself is a mobile food facility entrenched at the end of a strip of eclectic businesses and right next door to local institution The Plant Lady. James wanted to make clear that this is not a mobile food truck though. They are staying put and that’s a good thing as they have created an environment that will become a destination.

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