Hello Sea Rocket readers! We hope you’re having a happy and healthy hot summer! Here’s what’s happening at the Rocket…
You can now purchase gift certificates for Sea Rocket on-line! After making your purchase, you’ll simply receive an e-mail confirmation. Whether you’re getting ready for the holidays, or know a local foodie who would love to sample our craft beers, California wines, and sustainable seafood, your gift is just a few clicks away. Of course you can also purchase certificates in person at the restaurant anytime we’re open if you prefer! (Hint: Send this link to anyone who may be buying a gift for YOU in the near future!) If you lose this link, you can also find it under our Contact menu tab or at the bottom of our About Us page.
Get it while it’s HOT HOT HOT!! Chef Tommy Fraioli has made a few more seasonal changes recently. We’ve got those much asked for Blistered Peppers again typically using either the shishito or padron variety from Suzie’s Farm, we’ve added a Caprese Salad to the list featuring those lovely and juicy summer heirloom tomatoes with house-made mozzarella, and we’ve put Yellowtail back onto our market fish options, served with green and yellow wax beans and a bacon vinaigrette. We’re also offering Whole Grilled Black Gill Rock Cod as often as we can get it from fisherman Zach, served with beautiful veggies such as asparagus, cherry tomatoes, and various types of squash. Whenever you see whole fish on our specials board, I highly recommend you try it!
Wednesday, August 15th – Third Wednesday DrinkAbout
The FREE bar-hopping shuttle continues tomorrow night from 7-11pm, taking you door-to-door between your favorite local beer bars from South Park to Normal Heights for some safe nighttime fun. Check the website here for the schedule which is the same every month. At Sea Rocket, we’ll be tapping a keg of the just-released Stone Brewing 16th Anniversary Ale, to be paired with Chef Tommy Fraioli’s creative new Urchin Crostini which comes on grilled ciabatta bread with compound butter, jalapeno jam, and lavender sea salt. This recipe will be published in an upcoming coffee table book, so please come out to try it and let us know if you’d make it at home!
Thursday, August 16th – Monkey Paw Beer Pairing Dinner
A casual, all-night beer tasting affair featuring beers from Monkey Paw Brewing in East Village, paired with Chef Tommy Fraioli’s creative local cuisine. It’s THIS THURSDAY, so call today for reservations! 619-255-7049.
Sunday, August 26th – Cider Pairing Dinner
Next we’ll be hosting a 4-Course Cider Tasting dinner with Fox Barrel Pear and Crispin Hard Apple ciders. Communal seating will be at 7pm for the entire menu, and some open reservations will also be available for a la carte ordering at other times. Whether you are a die-hard beer fan or not, you’re going to love these west-coast ciders with fruit sourced from Washington and Oregon and fermentation and bottling done in Colfax California. Learn a bit about this less-oft drunken beverage and see how refreshing they can be on a hot summer’s night! All ciders are brewed with organic sweeteners such as honey, maple syrup and molasses and feature different yeasts just like beer. AND, they are all gluten-free, so our meal will be too! Click here for the menu details.
Thursday, August 30th – 30th on 30th
This monthly mini taste of event continues every 30th of the month. If you haven’t been out for it in a while, do check it out again for some great specials on small plates and discounted drinks. There is a new website where 30th on 30th specials are being listed, so bookmark this page for future reference.
September 1st-8th – Eat Drink Local Week
Make a point to eat local during the first annual Eat Drink Local Week as we celebrate local seasonal food and food makers in San Diego while raising money for three nonprofits that promote healthy food and agriculture education (Olivewood Gardens, Seeds @ City Urban Farm, and Wild Willow Farm.)
At Sea Rocket Bistro, we’ll be offering a special fish entree all week long, featuring the following sources:
Baja Yellowtail from Catalina Offshore
served with Roasted Corn from Gloria Tamai Farm,
Suzie’s Farm Chocolate Bell Pepper Purée,
Red Chard from Be Wise Ranch,
and Red Pearl Onions from McGrath Farm
Learn more from the organizers at Edible San Diego.
Our July Car2Go event was a smashing success (no cars were harmed in the process though!) The event was covered in a KPBS segment about car share programs (you can watch the video on-line here), and we’ll be holding another membership drive with them again later in the year so more of you can get the opportunity to ask questions and sign up.
Thanks to everyone for your continued support of our mission and for the great turnout our events have had lately. We hope you have been enjoying all of the wonderful things our community has to offer, and we hope to get to see you again before the summer is over!