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August 2023

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SANDPIPER: COURTESY OF SANDPIPER Wine, Dine, and Shine in e Jewel learned, from the wonders of La Jolla's deep underwater canyons to the uniqueness of our annual leopard shark aggregations," says Director of Exhibits Megan Dickerson. "We've now created a space where our community can learn and play together within view of the ocean that we are so inspired to protect." On September 17, Sandpiper Wood Fired Grill & Oysters and its executive chef, Marty Fay, are swapping out standard dinner service for a family-style, all-you-can-eat steamed crab feast. Fay, who hails from the Baltimore, Maryland area, is bringing this favorite East Coast tradition to La Jolla Shores with seatings at 4pm and 6:30pm. For $85 per person, guests can enjoy as many Maryland blue crabs as they can eat. All draft beers will be $5 that evening as well. Congratulations are in order for Alfie Szeprethy, Executive Chef of Sammy's and Toasted Gastrobrunch + Dinner, who was named San Diego's Chef of the Year at the recent Gold Medallion Awards, an event hosted by the San Diego Chapter of the California Restaurant Association. Beginning his career with the company as chef at Roppongi and evolving into corporate chef for Sammy's menus, which combine California cuisine with Mediterranean influences, Szeprethy now manages all 15 kitchens under the Sammy's restaurants — including a Pearl Street location in the heart of La Jolla — and Toasted Gastrobrunch umbrella. "Chef Alfie has been with us for ten years and we couldn't be prouder of him and the passion he has shown," says Sammy's founder Sami Ladeki. "I am lucky to have him working side by side with me to put my culinary wishes on the plate. Not only is he talented and creative, but he is also a leader and has the respect of all who work with him." Nature lovers rejoice! Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography has debuted Blue Beach, a place for people to connect with the ocean and each other. rough August 30, Blue Beach will be home to a series of family-friendly happy hours featuring a special menu of craft beer and wine paired with bite- sized foods and tasty treats. e happy hours take place Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings from 5 to 6:30pm and also include music, outdoor games, and pop-up interactions with Scripps scientists. "I hope that our community leaves Blue Beach feeling relaxed by the ocean but also pleasantly surprised by what they've La Jolla restaurant highlights and staycation tips ensure a stellar time no matter what you seek BY MIA PARK Indulge dining Alfie Szeprethy ranchandcoast.com 60 AUGUST 2023 RANCH & COAST MAGAZINE Blue Beach at Birch Aquarium Sandpiper Wood Fired Grill & Oysters

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