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Table Three at Georges California Modern (La Jolla, CA)

Sometimes, a touch of serendipity will light a spark. Table Three, arguably the best seat at Georges California Modern, looks out over the Pacific Ocean. Squint seconds after the sun sets and you just might catch that elusive green flash. Blue, orange, pink, and yellow fade to black as blips of light, fishing vessels, dot the darkness, possibly netting tomorrow’s catch. It is that impossible contradiction – a table with a great view and better food.

Table Three was born out of my last meal at Georges California Modern – where I asked Chef Trey Foshee to “go for it” – and it is now the menu’s official name.1

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Georges California Modern (La Jolla, CA) – Of the Place

How does one arrive at a sense of place?

With noma and Rene Redzepi grabbing headlines, influencing a world-wide foraging movement, “place” has become every restaurant’s muse. Chefs, and PR types, emphasize the locality and foraged nature of their ingredients but how many truly achieve that elusive “sense of place”? How does a chef pull together historic and social ephemera, bundle it with timely ingredients, and convincingly interpret an area – within the confines of a plate? Add historian, archaelogist, and sociologist to the roles of chef – “craftsman.”1

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