Marine Room Duo to Cook at N.Y.’s James Beard House
Tourism & Hospitality
by Tanya Rodrigues
‘Fun Card’ Promotion Makes Return Visit To SeaWorld
Marine Room executive chef Bernard Guillas will soon make a return appearance to the James Beard House in New York City.
Guillas and chef de cuisine Ron Oliver will cook a meal at the renowned culinary center Jan. 18.
Guillas was last at the Beard House two years ago, when part of a three-chef team showcasing San Diego’s restaurant industry.
In a media release, he said he’s glad to be going to New York, especially after September’s tragic terrorist attacks.
“I want New Yorkers to know I am proud to come and support the city and the James Beard Foundation,” Guillas said.
Dinner will feature Metompkin crab and winter corn brul & #233;e, Mayan buttercup squash soup, Pacific sea bass in pomegranate macadamia crust, black buck antelope chop rossini and tangerine pine nut cake.
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Promotion Back: Sea World San Diego is again featuring its successful “fun card” promotion.
With the marketing strategy, anyone who buys a one-time full-time admission is given unlimited return visits to the theme park , with the exception of popular holidays as May 26, July 4, Sept. 1 and Dec. 21-31.
As with last year, the offer lasts through the slower winter season. This year, the fun pass is available through April 15.
This is the second year the park is doing the promotion, which had proven successful at other SeaWorld parks.
It also succeeded at boosting attendance figures at the Mission Bay attraction. Although admission intake doesn’t benefit as directly, return customers tend to spend enough money at the park to make it a profitable program, spokesman Bob Tucker told the San Diego Business Journal previously.
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Play Buzz: The Theatre in Old Town’s upcoming show is actually a return trip of sorts.
“Beehive,” which opened an eight-month run at the theater 10 years ago, will be launched a decade to the day of its debut , Feb. 1.
The ’60s musical revue will be charging 1992 prices as part of its preview, $15-$20 per ticket, starting Jan. 18.
After that, the show will fast-forward to 2002 prices of $25-$35.
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Checking In: The Flower Fields of Carlsbad Ranch opens with a new event this year. According to the San Diego North Convention & Visitors Bureau, an antique tractor will pull an open-air wagon displaying this year’s flowers. The Anaheim Convention Center recently began offering wireless options through its facility. “Sing-A-Long Sound of Music” will open at San Diego’s Ken Cinema on March 8. A two-week run is planned. Look for the San Diego Unified Port District to launch a new marketing campaign Jan. 17. The marketing plan is expected to encourage residents and tourists to visit and patronize bayfront businesses, including restaurants and shops. The San Diego Natural History Museum will soon open a new exhibit featuring the Tyrannosaurus rex dinosaur. The crime-themed “T. Rex on Trial” runs Feb. 16 through May 27. The exhibit has visitors use scientific methods to re-create an ancient crime scene and determine the dinosaur’s guilt or innocence.
The deadline for the next tourism & hospitality column is Jan. 17. Rodrigues can be reached at (858) 277-6359, Ext. 107, or via e-mail at