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Late Harvest Winemaker Dinner featuring Stags’ Leap Winery

Posted at 4:11 pm November 23, 2010 by Matt Steele

When I arrived a few minutes before the reception of last Saturday’s 2010 Late Harvest Winemaker Dinner featuring Stags’ Leap Winery at Albert’s Restaurant, I caught Chef Chris Mirguet standing behind the beautiful, plentiful buffet table waiting to sauté some duck. I asked him how everything was coming together, and he smirked confidently—a response I’m getting used to at this point. Chris launched into a brief history lesson on Albert’s special dinners, noting that they have been hosting winemaker dinners for at least a decade. “Of course we’re working hard to make sure everything’s good to go, but there’s never a feeling of uncertainty, like we can’t execute and provide a great meal.” I would fault Chris for his unabashed confidence if his meals didn’t deliver. As one of many satisfied diners, I can tell you that they do.

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Fall Members Appreciation Dinners

Posted at 12:49 pm October 15, 2010 by Matt Steele

Albert's Manager Mark Freisinger and Executive Chef Chris Mirguet

Every Fall we say thanks to San Diego Zoo members by treating them to a gourmet three-course meal at Albert’s Restaurant for a very affordable price. And if you think affordable means lower quality—think again. After indulging in last Saturday night’s dinner, it’s apparent that, unlike profit margin, quality is one thing Executive Chef Chris Mirguet and Manager Mark Freisinger are not willing to compromise.

After being seated a few minutes before our reservation time, my brother Andrew and I were promptly presented with menus and given the option to select from a bevy of items to build our own three-course meal. There was also an optional wine pairing with each course for an additional fee, which we opted-in for to get the full experience. (more…)