Three great chefs, a handful of great wines and one extraordinary piece of culinary equipment. Once each of the last two months that has been the recipe for an extraordinary culinary event at the Barrel Smoker Dinner Series at Planet Rooth Design Haus created and produced by Baja Wine + Food. For this third monthly episode in the series — Thursday, July 16 at 6:00 pm — Fernando Gaxiola has brought together one of the San Diego food world’s impressarios, Andrew Spurgin, John Medall (of the Patio Restaurant Group ) and Adria Montaño (formerly of Mision 19 and currently of Don Ramen) as well the wines of two of the Valle de Guadalupe’s best producers: Villa Montefiori and Paoloni Wine. Chefs Spurgin, Medall and Montaño — and no, that’s not a lawfirm — will, of course, be producing their dishes on the unique Barrel Smokers designed by the mercurial master craftsman (and chef) Gustaf Anders Rooth.
I have been to the last two events in the series (the first as a guest and the second cooking) and enjoyed both. From a lot of different perspectives these are all events to be enjoyed: the food is great, the people interesting and they are always a surprise.