|Sous Chef Johnny|
|A little garnish with baby greens|
|Hamachi Sashimi with Tangerine Vinaigrette and toasted Macadamia Nuts|
|Shawn Styles, CBS 8 Lifestyle Reporter and|
Meteorologist, tasting the hamachi
The Chula Vista Nature Center sits on a 23-acre preserve, and is home to more than 150 native species of animals, an endangered species breeding program, and nearly 200 native plant species. Guests can step into the Shorebird Aviary and enter the home of native water and shorebirds, including egrets, ducks, herons and other local birds, who reside in this peaceful tidal slough habitat.
|Black-crowned Night Heron|
|North American Ruddy Duck|
Another incredible and innovative tasting was this Roasted Susie’s Farm Beet Poke with Cilantro, from Chef/Owner Jeff Rossman, Terra American Bistro.
Rubio's Fresh Mexican Grill was there, serving Grilled Garlic-Herb Shrimp Tacos. These are quite the tacos - grilled corn tortillas topped with toasted cheeses, habanero-citrus salsa, grilled garlic herb shrimp, crisp bacon, cilantro/onion, cotija cheese, creamy chipotle picante sauce, and sliced avocado.
Sushi rolls were offered at two different chef tables....
And several wineries and breweries, with very happy people serving the wine and beer
The Honorary Committee included City of Coronado Mayor, Casey Tanaka,
and City of Chula Vista Mayor, Cheryl Cox
|Coronado's School Board Member, Doug Metz, and Mayor Casey Tanaka|
|Chula Vista Mayor, Cheryl Cox, and husband|
Greg Cox, SD County Board of Supervisors
We were able to meet a few of the Nature Center’s native birds of prey. These residents of Raptor Row are all injured or non-releasable birds that could not survive in the wild on their own.
|Female Barn Owl|
|Pico, a Great-horned Owl|
Paella is another dish on my list to prepare soon -
This paella was was made with noodles instead of rice, and squid, mussels and clams
|Paella, from Romesco Baja Med Bistro|
|Liege Waffles from Belgium Gourmet, another must make on our list!|
|Marshmallows and Strawberries for the Chocolate Fountain|
|Silent and Live Auctions|
The David A. Wergeland Shark & Ray Experience is a state-of-the-art, 21,000-gallon aquarium that includes a shallow-water touch tank where you can touch the resident rays. Step down below to the six-foot viewing window and you will feel like you’re underwater along with the Leopard sharks, Guitarfish, and other native creatures.
The Chula Vista Nature Center welcomes about 70,000 visitors each year, including more than 15,000 students from schools across the greater San Diego area. Proceeds from this year's event will support the new Outdoor Classroom and Discovery Park project.
We look forward to a return trip for more photo opportunities at Turtle Lagoon, Eagle Mesa, and out on the walking trails throughout the preserve. If you've never been to The Chula Vista Nature Center, please check out the web site, here, for information on tickets, membership, programs, special and private events, and exhibits.
In the meantime, I'll be working on recipes and future blog posts featuring Hamachi with Tangerine Vinaigrette, Beet Poke, Paella, and Liege Waffles.
Arcade Fire recorded a new version of the song, Wake Up, which was featured in the trailer for the 2009 film Where the Wild Things Are.