The setting is the Spanish-influenced La Valencia Hotel, a ninety-year old institution nestled along the La Jolla coastline. The chef is Luke Johnson, formerly of the locally-lauded Red Velvet Wine Bar. The occasion is... la fin du monde.
With the Sky Room scheduled to permanently shutter at the end of the year (part of an overhaul of the hotel's food and beverage department), our friend James arranged a dinner to celebrate its end, aptly scheduled on December 21. We had missed Luke Johnson at his previous post, and we were determined not to lose track of him again, come hell or high water - thus, we found ourselves in a black jewel box overlooking the glittering Christmas lights of La Jolla on a quiet evening at world's end.
Salsify, grapefruit, chives
|Lentilles du Puy|
Onion, pork, sweet potato
Turnip, orange, trumpet mushrooms
|Gnocchi, veal cheeks|
Beets, lemon, Parmesan
|Intermezzo - verjus gelée, mint|
Honeycomb, fennel, cornbread
Chocolate, spice, streusel, chestnuts
|Mignardises - White chocolate, cocoa, sea salt|
Sky Room at La Valencia
1132 Prospect St.
La Jolla, CA 92037
Phone: (858) 551-3761