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  • Shawn Holder, Owner of the Pannikin


    The Pannikin is a San Diego institution with locations in Leucadia, La Jolla and now at the San Diego airport. Owner Shawn Holder has San Diego roots that go way back as his dad was one of the first City of San Diego lifeguard chiefs. They roast their own coffee, and all the baked goods are made in-house. This column I wrote in the Coast News pretty much sums up the Leucadia location.

  • Evelyn Weidner and Barbara Grice from the Encinitas Lima Bean Faire September 27


    Lick the Plate is joined by Evelyn Weidner and Barbara Grice from the San Dieguito Heritage Museum to celebrate ‘ŒAll Things GrowingŠ…Our Agriculture Heritage’ with the 6th Annual Battle of the Lima and Other Beans Cook Off on Saturday, September 27. Local chefs, both amateur and professional, can use any dry bean to create their astoundingly creative dishes. Prizes will be awarded to the top dishes served. Last year, hundreds of locals experienced and enjoyed the Lima Bean Faire, so come early to be sure you get to taste all the entries!

    The San Dieguito Heritage Museum brings to life the history of the entire North San Diego County area covered by the original Spanish land grant, collecting, preserving and interpreting the local history of Encinitas, Olivenhain, Leucadia, Cardiff, Solana Beach, Del Mar and Rancho Santa Fe. A first this year will be walk-through tours of the Teten House, the earliest farmhouse in Olivenhain, which has been relocated onto the Museum grounds. The Teten House is currently under extensive renovation, so you’ll get an early peek at what we believe will be one of our most noteworthy exhibits.

    For the kids, there will be a Petting Zoo from the Olivenhain 4-H Club and other activities, plus a large Plant and Flower Silent Auction for gardeners, and enough baked goods to make your sweet tooth smile.  Of course, admission to all the Museum buildings is free.

    To participate as a chef in either the amateur or professional divisions, please register at or call 760-632-9711 with questions. Event hours are noon to 4 pm, with food served from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Prizes will be awarded at 3:00 p.m. The San Dieguito Heritage Museum is located at 450 Quail Gardens Drive in Encinitas. More information can be found at or by calling 760-632-9711.

  • Pastry Chef Tina Blanco from Valley View Casino & Hotel


    Pastry Chef Tina Blanco is part of the award winning team at Valley View Casino & Hotel that prepares world-class pastries for the amazing restaurants at Valley View. Tina grew up in Texas and her road to Valley View has included stops in Chicago and Las Vegas working under some of the best pastry chefs in the country.

  • David Arato, owner of Bottega Italiana Gelato

    BI-kpri-headerI recently discovered Bottega Italiana, a company that makes gelato here in San Diego and is sold at retail stores in Coronado and UTC plus Whole Foods and restaurants all over town. The owner, David Arato, a native of Italy and former professional cyclist is my guest this week and has a very interesting story having grown up in Italy and toured the world via his cycling career.

  • Adam Koven, Owner of The Cravory


    The Cravory cookies are the ultimate cookie experience, with a soft cookie center and perfectly baked surface that provides both a gooey and crisp cookie eating venture. The Cravory was co-founded in 2009 by three young entrepreneurs, Adam Koven, Nate Ransom, and Derek Jaeger who are extremely passionate about food and absolutely addicted to cookies. Over the cupcake craze and all about texture, they set out to fulfill their dream of creating a cookie company that would allow customers to indulge in a playful luxury that satisfies both the sweet and savory taste buds of cookie lovers, with an edge.

    Crafted from only the finest ingredients and gourmet flavor combinations, The Cravory has raised the bar on unique cookie recipes and traditional offerings by continually creating cookie flavors that are unexpected and totally delicious. Set to open their first cookie shop this fall in San Diego, The Cravory continues to develop innovative cookies while staying true to the fun and comfort found in eating a freshly baked cookie.

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