Lunch & Learn 14th Season Kicks Off

Chef Jeff Jackson

Lunch & Learn’s 14th season kicked off with a bang as special guest Chef Jeff Jackson of The Lodge at Torrey Pines brought his singular culinary style to Sanctuary. Food Network Star and element’s Executive Chef Beau MacMillan got the night started discussing Chef Jacskon’s impact on him as a young, burgeoning culinary upstart. Describing how Chef Jackson taught him his culinary philosophy of finding the best ingredients and then allowing them to shine through technique. Then Chef Jackson came out and gave the eager Lunch & Learn crowd a demo of one of his specialties, a delicious chilled gazpacho answering any questions the crowd had while they sipped wine and chowed down on the gazpacho they just learned how to make. It was an epic night of culinary delights, great company and live entertainment from Angela Ferrari and her band.


Course One:
White gazpacho with Dungeness crab, sweet corn, thomcord grapes, and Sweet 100 tomato
Paired with Pillsbury Viognier


Course Two:
Ahi Crudo Aqua Chilie with avocado, shaved radish, and cilantro
Paired with Pillsbury Chenin Blanc 2013


Course Three:
Roasted Porchetta with stuffed summer squash, olive oil poached tomatoes, arugula, and romesco
Paired with Pillsbury Roan Red


Course Four:
Stone Fruit Melba & Chocolate Mignardises
Paired with Pillsbury Symphony 2015

Upcoming Lunch & Learn Events:

July 25 at 12pm – ‘Take a bite out of ‘The Big Easy’ Lunch Event
Join Chef de Cuisine Chris Lusk of New Orleans’ Restaurant R’evolution as he exposes the down and dirty of the N’awlins’ food scene. Gumbo, shrimp n’ grits and live jazz, just a taste of what Chef Chris is bringing to Sanctuary from one of the best food cities in the world. Named one of Esquire Magazine’s “Four Breakout Chefs to Watch,” Chef Lusk brings his Louisiana flare to Sanctuary.

*August 8 at 6pm – ‘Robert Irvine 365’ Dinner Event/ VIP Pre-Dinner Reception Meet & Greet
Behind the fame, lights and glory from one of the most successful Chefs in Food Network history, to the brand that is Robert Irvine, there is a man. Find out what motivates him, inspires him and drives him to be one of the hardest working, ambitious and charitable celebrities today. This is Robert Irvine 365.

August 15 at 12pm – ‘Southern Charm’ Lunch Event
Meet Chef Lindsay Autry (Season 9 ‘Top Chef’ Finalist) as she charms us with her soulful, southern style. This native North Carolinian has left her mark on some of the top kitchens in the country. She currently owns and operates Fin & Feather a southern meets Florida catering concept in Palm Beach, Florida.

August 22 at 12pm – ‘The Dead Rabbit NYC’ Lunch Event
What’s it like to manage the best cocktail bar in America or the world for that matter? Find out when superstar Jillian Vose returns to Sanctuary for an elaborate lesson in the sensual pleasures of the crafted cocktail. The bar manager at New York City’s famed The Dead Rabbit Grocery & Grog, Jillian Vose brings her renowned mixology skills to Lunch & Learn.

August 29 at 6pm – ‘Roadtrip, Destination: Tacoma’ Dinner Event
Pile on board with Chef/Owner Matt Schweitzer of Hilltop Kitchen and Marrow Kitchen & Bar on a journey of modern American cuisine through a NorthWest filter. Join us as we celebrate the incredible ingredients of the region that have brought much acclaim his signature restaurants.

October 16 – Dinner Event
Famed author and food critic Simon Majumdar brings his unique perspective and culinary experience to the final Lunch & Learn of the season. Majumdar is a frequent guest on Food Network shows “Extreme Chef,” “Cutthroat Kitchen,” and “Iron Chef,” and is the author of “Eat My Globe.”

Reservations are required and can be made by calling (480) 607-2300.