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Sustainable fish tales draw foodies to water

On June 6 at Fibonacci’s Bistro on Campus Pointe, a sold-out crowd of 350 foodies gathered for the kickoff event of Sustainable Seafood Week, sponsored by Cooks Confab and Slow Food Urban San Diego.

Cooks Confab, a group of chefs who believe in sustainable dining, includes some of our area’s top cuisine-artists, who were among the 11 chefs featured at the event: Trey Foshee from George’s California Modern; Jason Knibb from Nine-Ten; Jeff Jackson from A.R. Valentien at the Lodge at Torrey Pines; and Andrew Spurgin, executive director/chef of Waters Catering, whose newest venue, Fibonacci’s, is a splash away from UCSD.

Spurgin, a co-founder of Cooks Confab, hosted the evening of tastes and tipples that also included a presentation by Scripps Institution of Oceanography marine ecologist Nancy Knowlton and an excerpt from “The End of The Line,” a documentary film about overfishing.

Experimental music event closes department’s season

“Experimentation is the DNA of UCSD’s Department of Music,” it states on the department’s website. And lately they’ve had some prime DNA on display.

On May 20, to celebrate the completion of his three years as Composer in Residence for Calit2, an institute designed to bring together great minds and cutting-edge technologies, Distinguished Professor Roger Reynolds put on a show in the black-box theater of the Atkinson engineering building.

“An Evening with Roger Reynolds and Friends” was a multimedia, multisensory experience, combining live and recorded music, spoken word, visual images and high-tech expertise.

It was not, as Reynolds said at the start of the two-hour performance, a linear structure, but “a compilation of elements that interfere with each other, support one another, and go backward and forward in time.”

Farmers bring fresh tastes to The Ranch

If you’re a fan of farmers markets, here’s a new one you’ll want to try.

Just opened in May, the Sunday Rancho Santa Fe Farmers Market is an assemblage of some of the best local foodstuffs around, many of them here in our area for the first time.

The Helen Woodward Animal Center, which is right down the road, is a beneficiary of the market and receives 10 percent of the vendor profits each week.

The market also has special features such as taste-able demos by top local chefs. First to appear on May 16 was Paul McCabe of L’Auberge Del Mar’s Kitchen 1540, who will be back again in July. Other chefs will be scheduled twice monthly throughout the summer.

Pack your beach bag with great food-to-go

Local takeout places really hit the spot

You’re off to the beach, you’ve got your sunscreen, your towel, your beach chair … but something’s missing.

Food!

Here are a few great takeout places where you can find what you need to make your day at the beach complete.

HOT TIP: Call ahead to check business hours, and remember: You’ll get your fast food a lot faster if you arrive before — or after — the lunch time rush.

New chefs offer tasty new options

It’s mid-May, we’re springing toward summer, and two old-favorite eating establishments have brought in new executive chefs to freshen their menus.

At both venues, the new influence is Mediterranean — primarily the south of France, Italy and Greece — and both have pretty outdoor seating areas such as you might find on the shores of the Med.

The new chefs have a lot in common. They’re both in their late 30s, married with two (or almost-two) children, and both have impressive international culinary credentials. But each puts his own special spin on his specialties.

The A-List meets ‘Aida’ at La Jolla Athenaeum

The place to be on April 29 was the Athenaeum, where members and friends of The A-List, art-and-music-loving young professionals, came to see Zandra Rhodes’ costumes for the opera “Aida,” design their own outfits for Zandra paper dolls, sip pink lemonade-and-Bacardi drinks named for the pink-haired designer, and listen to the sounds of Dreamtiger, a local band.

UCSD music professor exhibits his digital art

It’s not every day you get to see a cutting-edge art exhibit by a world-famous violinist. But János Negyesy is not an everyday sort of person.

Born in Budapest, Hungary, in 1938, he never knew his father, who was taken away by the Nazis when he was less than a year old. He started playing the violin at age 4, and his first public “concert” at kindergarten graduation changed his life.

“Everyone started applauding before I even started playing,” he said. “I played a little one-minute piece, and then they applauded even more. I thought: ‘This is it!’ ”

With a combination of good luck and cheerful determination, he managed to outwit the secret police in Soviet-occupied Hungary and take advantage of an offer to study with a renowned music teacher in Germany — despite having his passport confiscated and leaving home with less than $5 to cover the trip.

Local B&Bs offer a home away from home

Spring has sprung, and visitors are flocking to our corner of the world. If way too many are flocking to you, here are two great suggestions for overflow guests.

Bed & Breakfast Inn at La Jolla

7753 Draper

(858) 456-2066

www.innlajolla.com

You may never have noticed this lovely B&B, just across from the Museum of Contemporary Art and a block from the beach. But for the kind of attention and amenities most of us wish we had at home, this is the place.

They’ll make you feel like dancing

Every Friday night for the past three years, 100-200 people have been showing up for free salsa lessons at the La Jolla Marriott. Singles and couples of all ages and skill levels come to get into the Latin groove, and the effervescent instructor Jemadean is a big part of the draw.

She offers simple but detailed instruction, a graceful demonstration of each new pattern and a constant changing of partners, encouraging beginners and advanced salsa-lovers to join in the dance.

Susan Chou of Del Mar is one of Jemadean’s regulars. “I love salsa dancing,” she said. “It combines exercise and music with a Latin flavor, and you get to connect with people from all walks of life. It’s fun, it’s challenging, and you keep improving. And it’s a low-cost hobby too!”

Small Farm Conference offers taste of San Diego

Where do you buy your food? Does most of what you eat come from California or from China? Do you actually know any of the growers and purveyors of the food on your plate?

For more than 20 years, the California Small Farm Conference has been a source of support to the state’s small-scale farmers whose lives have grown harder every year. Since their home base is Davis, annual conferences usually convene in Northern California, but this year’s chosen venue was the Marriott Del Mar.

“We thought San Diego County was a good place to gather, since it has the most small farms in the entire state,” said Carle Brinkman, regional manager of the Pacific Coast Farmers Market Association. “And the Marriott suited our needs.”

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