Who says the boys get to have all the fun? St. Germain's Bistro & Café in Encinitas is starting a new girl power movement by launching a quarterly guest chef series featuring only San Diego's top female chefs.
The Lady Chef series will introduce a new female pro every three months, and together with St. Germain's own executive chef, Kaitlin Ramos, the femme fatale foodies will create a special dinner menu to be served exclusively for one month. And who chooses the lucky ladies? Nino "Neens" Camilo, founder of the I Love Poke Festival, plays the part of series curator.
The first female to mix things up is Isabel Cruz, author and owner / executive chef of Barrio Star, Isabel's Cantina and Coffee Cup, among others (pictured). Cruz and Ramos are currently finalizing details of the collaborative menu in preparation for the big debut on February 1. The new dishes will be served throughout February during the restaurant's regular dinner hours, Tuesday through Sunday from 5 to 10pm. More Lady Chef highlights include a spicy Taco Tuesday special, an enhanced Valentine's Day menu, and a book signing with Cruz during dinner on February 1.
The Lady Chef series will continue to rotate San Diego female chefs throughout the year. Next up, St. Germain's will feature Dawn Parks, owner / executive chef of The Wild Thyme Catering & Events in May; Kari Rich, owner / executive chef of Food Farm Truck in August; and Alvanette Kauwalu, a personal chef specializing in Hawaiian and Asian cuisine in November. Rewind back to the month of October, during which St. Germain's will feature dishes from all female chefs on a special menu dedicated to breast cancer awareness.
St. Germain's Bistro & Café is located just blocks from the beach on South Coast Highway 101 in Encinitas, and serves executive chef Kaitlin Ramos' seasonally inspired menu of French bistro and coastal California cuisine during breakfast, lunch and dinner. For more information, visit stgermainscafe.com
Pictured: Chef Isabel Cruz's cuisine at Barrio Star