Outstanding in the Field, the roving restaurant without walls that has been hosting open-air events at farms, ranches, beaches, olive tree groves and orchards since 1999, brought its long winding table to Catalina Island on Nov. 1. In a secluded sea cove that’s the site of a beloved summer camp, Nyesha Arrington, a former Top Chef contender who owns Leona Restaurant in Venice beach, prepared a four-course lunch in her jerrybuilt surfside kitchen.
I recently spent a weekend in San Diego checking out some major hotel renovations (more on this in our Winter issue), visiting Balboa Park, and eating. Lots of eating. Coming from Los Angles, one of the things I appreciate most about San Diego’s culinary scene is the wide variety of restaurants packed into the compact Gaslamp Quarter and other parts of downtown. That closeness means if you have groups staying at one of the convention hotels they can easily walk to any of scores of restaurants.