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TapHunter and Chef Dan Moody Present…

Jan 19's Jeff and Melani Gordon at Hess Brewing during the website's 2010 SD Brewery of the Year 2nd Place Party

…San Diego’s first-ever pop-up restaurant, a concept that involves a well-known chef taking over a local kitchen for a pre-determined length of time to create 5 course prix fixe meals. Having caught on like wildfire in New York and Los Angeles, this style of culinary experimentation previously only involved the wine world.  Not this year.  TapHunter‘s newest innovation will bring local craft beer into the equation, and West Coaster got the scoop on just what the 11 in ’11 members are up to.

The details: Chef Dan Moody, of the restaurant Relate, will be bringing his “contemporary French cuisine with a down-home American flair” to St. Germain’s Cafe in Encinitas starting Tuesday, February 3rd.  For 19 nights, the chef will create special courses designed with and around the beers of two to-be-determined local breweries.  Opening night on the 3rd will have two group seatings, one at 6pm and another at 8:30pm. tells us more: “During the night you’re encouraged to interact with the Chef and Brewers. Ask them questions, take pictures, heck give em a hug. The night’s 2nd seating will even include a live cooking demonstration by Chef Dan…February 3rd is also Chinese New Year, 2011 is the year of the rabbit, expect Chef Dan to work this into his dishes somehow!”

You can reserve your seat for $5, which is deducted from the cost of your meal, from this website.  Tickets for the 5 course prix fixe menu are $55 plus the cost of the beer flight, with a bit of surprise added in: the menus generally pop up around 4pm the day of.  Each evening will be a “rare and exclusive experience in both beer and food” – join TapHunter for opening night!

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