· By Kevin Graham
Crafting a Vibrant New Restaurant in Downtown San Diego
Burgeon combines locally-sourced food with innovative craft beer at The Arbor in Little Italy
Burgeon at the Arbor is a taproom and scratch kitchen offering a unique tasting experience to San Diego’s historic Little Italy district in Spring 2021. The Arbor serves as a reminder to the San Diego community about what dining out should be, pairing the innovative craft beer from Carlsbad-based brewery Burgeon Beer Company with an approachable, sustainably-focused fusion of flavors by Chef Chuy of The Good Seed Food Company.
Our Commitment to San Diego-sourcing and Environmental Sustainability
We are committed to building our scratch kitchen in concert with our mission to grow and flourish sustainably. The Arbor’s seasonal menu rotates with locally and ethically sourced produce, seafood and meats to deliver a dining experience based on the delicious tastes and aromas San Diego's farmers have to offer.The scratch kitchen model allows Chef Chuy to repurpose many ingredients throughout our menu, enabling new creations and ideas to thrive while reducing waste. Every dish on the menu is crafted to accentuate the beer drinking experience and there will be an abundance of organic, dairy-free, gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan options offered.
About the Chef
Jesus de la Torre (Chef Chuy) is the executive chef of The Good Seed Food Company and leads the kitchen at The Arbor. Born in Mexico and raised in California’s San Fernando Valley, he worked his way up the ranks in both the front of the house and back before becoming a chef 20 years ago.
The Good Seed Food Company began in 2017 with Chef and his wife Kadi, and is known for its creative pairing events with local breweries, cideries, meaderies, coffee roasters, and wineries.
Chef Chuy does nothing traditionally; he pushes flavor boundaries, thinks outside of the box, and is excited to pair his unique menu with the innovative beers at The Arbor.
Sourcing Fresh Produce
At Burgeon, we encourage guests to drink our beer fresh to maximize flavors and aromas, and Chef Chuy embraces a similar approach by utilizing the freshest produce and ingredients possible in his inspired dishes. De la Torre has built lasting relationships with many farmers, markets, other chefs, and fisheries over the years and delivers his farm-to-table practices to patrons at The Arbor.
Chuy works with numerous local farmers including a mother-and-son duo in Ramona Connelly Farms, Rancho J'Balie run by Steve Bailey in Valley Center, Specialty Produce, and more to source fresh avocados, citrus, and other produce. Chef Chuy also plans to work with a variety of San Diego's fish vendors like Tuna Harbor Dockside Market to get his hands on locally-caught seafood which will translate to delicious specials including ceviche, fried fish tacos, and more.
Chef's go-to Farmer's Markets in San Diego
Sustainability and support for our local community are built into our identity at Burgeon and are equally foundational to our menu at The Arbor. If you would like to bring home delicious local produce while supporting San Diego’s growers and makers, here are some of our favorite San Diego farmer’s markets:
Burgeoning into a New Community
By bringing independently brewed craft beer and creatively inspired food to this vibrant neighborhood at an accessible price point, it’s our mission to deliver Burgeon Beer to our loyal San Diego fans while connecting with a new audience of craft beer drinkers and local food enthusiasts. We cannot wait for you to stop by for a pint and enjoy our one-of-a-kind tasting experience!
The Arbor is scheduled to open at 1326 Kettner Boulevard in Spring 2021. Follow us on Instagram or sign up to our email list below for updates on this new tasting room and scratch kitchen.