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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

~~~Chef Jenn's Upcoming Hands on Cooking Classes~~~

Wanted to update all my friends and followers of my upcoming classes for Febuary and March!

Hands-on Vegan Valentines Cooking Class at Sea Rocket Bistro
On Sunday Feb 13 from 6 to 9pm, I will be at Sea Rocket Bistro in North Park teaching my Vegan, Vegetarian and any food lovers interesting in learning how to cook some vegan treats.
Menu includes:

Roasted Beet and Caramelized Onion Tart with Creamy Tofu Spread

Quinoa & Asparagus Salad with Blood Orange Vinaigrette

"Like Water for Chocolate" Roasted Chiles Stuffed With Lentils and Wheatberries and Topped with Walnut Sauce

Almond Citrus Olive Oil Cake with Raspberry Coulis and Champagne Pairing

Students will prepare the meal entirely themselves under the expert direction of Chef Jenn, as well as enjoying the meal, including a glass of champagne with dessert! You will learn everything necessary to prepare the vegan feast below from cutting to plating, along all recipes for future use.

Reserve a seat today!

E-mail or call 619-997-8043.

For more information click here

Caribbean Delight's

Explore the bold flavors of the Caribbean. This hands-on, 4 week class will present you with all of the amazing flavors the Caribbean has to offer (like Jamaican Beef Patties, Flambéed Bananas, Coconut Pie, Spiced Roasted Chicken with Ham and Almond Stuffing, Jerk Chicken, Stewed Chayote Squash, Black Beans and Rice, Cuban Style Marinated Flank Steak and so much more! Chef Jenn will teach you what it takes to make, and eat, some really tasty dishes. Class will showcase the cuisines of Jamaica, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and more.

Wednesday 6:00 pm-9:00 pm at Torrey Pines High School $138.00(for all 4 weeks)

Cooking for Foodies

Foodies paradise! This hands-on 4 week series will work on intermediate and advanced (this class is not recommended for beginners) cooking techniques; as well as new culinary trends, seasonal cooking and much more. Students will get to explore recipes from all different cuisines (from Pan Asian to Classical French) along with the great seasonal bounties that San Diego has to offer. Recipes include: Seared Beef Steaks with Port Wine Reduction, Roasted Garlic Cream Spinach, Chocolate Framboise Cake, Spinach and Herb Stuffed Pork Loin Roast, and much more!

Thursday 6:00 pm-9:00 pm; at La Costa Canyon High School $143.00(for all 4 weeks)

To sign up online go to

and more to come

Healthy Caribbean Delights 03/02/2011
Cooking For Foodies Part 2 03/03/2011

For any other questions please contact Chef Jenn at (858) 212- 9054
Or follow me on twitter Chef_Jenn

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Catalina Offshore Products....and my friend Tommy Gommes

(Seared Spot Prawns)

The other day I was shopping at Ranch 99 (Asian super market) and saw a line of people waiting for awful looking seafood and all I wanted to do was scream “RUN NOT WALK TO CATALINA OFFSHORE PRODUCTS”!!

I am guessing many of those people had never heard of Catalina Offshore Products, as many who read this blog may not be aware of them either. I have decided to make sure everyone knows about this place and just how amazing it is.

Catalina Offshore Products is a warehouse located just off Morena Blvd. There is no display cases or show rooms but what they do have is high-quality, sushi-grade fish, fresh seafood,lobster,and uni.

(Pank Parmesan Crusted Scallops)

(Grouper Seared in Rendered Lardo)

(New England Style Lobster and Shrimp Roll...from my Collaberation Kitchen event)

 Tommy Gommes says it best “ If your not sure about seafood, come see me and we can make it easy for you to understand. While we are NOT a full retail fish shop, we are a seafood wholesale house and prices go up and down with market value. Sometimes swordfish, while fresh is $5 a pound and other times its $11.00 or more. So its best to call in.”

(Bluefun Tuna Carpacio with Wasabi Yuzu Sauce and Radish Sprouts)

You can find more info in a great article from Caron Golden.

Catalina in also extremely eco-friendly (there building is 90% powered by solar power) and sustainable. I really think this is what makes them unique. You get the all the peace of mind and great quality without paying extra for it!

They’ve been around for more than 25 years, beginning when founder Dave Rudie, a professional sea urchin (uni) diver, and his wife Kathy started processing the uni and seaweed he caught.

Even if you have never heard of Catalina Offshore, you may have heard of Tommy Gommes. Tommy is the head of public relations, but I would say it is more like “6 degree of Tommy Gommes”. Everyone on in this city seems to know and love him (especially me)! You can read all about him in recent articles on Sign on San Diego or San Diego Magazines “Top 50 people to Watch”.

Gomes also started a tasting event with local chefs called Collaboration Kitchen at Catalina and partnering with Specialty Produce. The once-a-month program brings together the best chefs in the area for seafood cooking demonstrations and a 5- to 7-course tasting meal that raises money for the Monarch School for homeless and at-risk kids. And I am so proud to say I have been at part of these amazing events, I am already planning my return in 2011.

You can call them at (619) 297-9797, find them online , watch them on Youtube or find them on facebook and twitter.

Become a member!! Creating an account on the Catalina webaite takes a couple minutes and gets you access to discounts up to 20% on seafood, a monthly newsletter with specials, new products, recipes, cooking tips, and free Catalina merchandise with qualifying orders and more!

Catalina Offshore Products is located at 5202 Lovelock St. San Diego, CA 92110. Hours for walk-ins are from

8am to 2pm Monday thru Friday
8am to 12:00 noon on Saturdays

Best to call ahead and ask what is new, place your order for pick up, “YES” you can trust Tommy to pick good fish :)

More picture of some of my amazing meals from Catalina
(Octopus Ceviche)

(Spicy Tuna Roll with Masago)