URBAN DISH: SIMON SAYS GAZPACHO AT SALTBOX
If you’ve dined at Saltbox, you know that combining flavors and getting creative is the name of the game in Chef Simon Dolinky’s kitchen. A Wisconsin native, Dolinky traveled near and far before he eventually landed in San Diego, where he now focuses on using local, sustainable products to build truly organic and delicious meals. To highlight this craft and add some interactivity to the Saltbox experience, Dolinky has launched a series of cooking classes appropriately titled, “Simon Says.” For just $30 a person, you and some friends can gather in the trendy Saltbox bar to learn the secrets behind Dolinky’s flavorful dishes and enjoy an array of samples and cocktails as you watch the demonstration.
A group of about ten gathered around the table for the June ceviche event, watching intently as Dolinky created three very different and very delicious ceviche dishes – shrimp, scallop, and a Bloody Mary shrimp and scallop. The class was able to interact with the chef, picking his brain and sharing ideas. The intimate class was an hour and a half long and well worth the money.
This Saturday, July 28th, from 4 to 5:30pm, Saltbox will feature a hands-on informational class featuring gazpacho. You’ll learn how to create simple and delicious summer soups with fresh, locally-sourced produce and proteins. Gazpacho, a tomato-based, vegetable soup traditionally served cold, originated in the southern region of Andalucía, and is widely consumed in Spain, a country that Dolinky proudly lived in for several years. This class will include small bites of the items being prepared in addition to tasty cocktails throughout. Tickets can be purchased on Saltbox’s website.
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