Guest Chef Shares Garden-To-Table Cooking with Lajollacooks4u

San Diego, CA (PRWEB) August 19, 2014

Lajollacooks4u welcomed Chef Mario Ascione of Caffe Macaroni into their kitchen for some chef-to-chef cooking. The result: a complete San Diego foodie tour and a cooking marathon with a garden-to-table focus.

Chef Mario Ascione of San Franciscos Caffe Macaroni ventured down south for a three-day vacation to explore San Diegos food scene. Chef Jodi of Lajollacooks4u guided Chef Ascione on a personal Foodie Tour to San Diegos best, local marketplaces and eateries, including stops in Little Italy and several food specialty markets.

Chef Jodi then set up Lajollacooks4us kitchen, where she and Chef Ascione swapped recipes, techniques, and stories, along with much laughter. Chef Jodi introduced her Persian Grilled Chicken Kebabs, and Chef Ascione shared his expertise in fresh, garden-to-table cooking, particularly in creating simple summer salads.

Pulling ingredients directly from Lajollacooks4us backyard garden, Chef Ascione shared the recipes for his salads, including a Grilled Peppers with Kalamata Olives Salad. His second salad, Tomato, Cucumber and Purple Onion Salad, presented a novel use for ice cubes in creating a fresh, homemade dressing out of melted ice, olive oil, oregano, and salt and pepper.

The salads created by Chef Jodi and Chef Ascione were created almost entirely garden-to-table, a sustainable and healthy approach that takes fresh, organic produce directly from the garden to be used as ingredients in the dishes created.

Cooking with Chef Ascione was very inspiring to Chef Jodi, said, Its important for chefs to cook with other chefs to constantly update their culinary knowledge. Theres always something to learn! Not only did I learn a number of new techniques to share, Lajollacooks4u gained a few new salad recipes.

Lajollacooks4u has dished out the recipes from Chef Mario Ascione on their blog. Guests can request particular recipes while customizing the menus for their private cooking class or corporate team building event with Chef Jodi Abel.

About Chef Mario Ascione

Chef Mario Ascione is the owner and founder of San Francisco-based restaurants, Caffe Macaroni. Chef Ascione was trained in Naples, Italy in Neapolitan Cuisine, before coming to the United States where he has owned a number of famous restaurants for over 25 years. Mario Ascione can be reached by email at either mistermacaroni(at)yahoo(dot)com or at sciuescuie(at)caffemacaroni(dot)com, or by phone at 415-956-9737. To find out more information on Caffe Macaroni and to make your reservations, visit

About Lajollacooks4u

Lajollacooks4u, founded in 2008, provides a unique and intimate activity for couples, corporate team building, and any foodie looking for a unique cooking and culinary experience in an ideal setting overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Based in La Jolla, a suburb of San Diego, CA, Lajollacooks4u has enjoyed record growth since its inception and is ranked as a top attraction in La Jolla on the worlds largest travel review site, Trip Advisor. As always, Lajollacooks4u customizes its private cooking classes to meet the needs and interests of each group. For more information or to make reservations, contact Jodi Abel at jodi(at)lajollacooks4u(dot)com or by phone at 1-858-752-4980. Visit Lajollacooks4us website at

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