Last Wednesday night at Parq night club The Gaslamp Quarter Association recognized the best of the best in our historic district with the 22nd annual, Lamplighter Awards. RMD group was the title sponsor and The San Diego Union Tribune/ Pacific Magazine helped to present the posh evening full of revelry, awards, and a sous chef show down!
The evening started off with guests walking the red carpet and getting their pictures taken at the step and repeat sponsored by Coca Cola. Nominees and guests were able to peruse the silent auction filled with gold albums, weekend stays, wines and signed sports memorabilia. People also got to try the delectable treats from Park Place Cafe, Challenge Dairy, and The Melting Pot guests also got to vote on 8 other restaurants participating in the first “Sous Chef Showdown” award.
The Sous Chef Showdown was a gathering of rising stars from the Gaslamp Quarter culinary scene who battled for the “Best Up and Coming Chef in the Gaslamp” Guests sampled some amazing creations and voted for their favorite by placing a poker chip in a glass dish at their favorite “bite” station.
Rose Lane- Barleymash- Stout braised short ribs served on a creamy corn polenta cake, pickled onions and a horseradish-marscapone cream
Raul De La Cruz- Don Chido- Braised beef tongue huarache: epazote goat cheese, black bean puree, chantrelle mushrooms, chili de arbol truffle
Edgar Sanchez- Henry’s Pub & Restaurant- Mama’s peppered salmon with mashed potatoes
Khien Luong- Ida Bailey’s Restaurant- Spicy chicken sandwiches
Gustavo Rivera- Meze Greek Fusion Cuisine- Lamb street tacos
Brad Austin- Parq Restaurant & Nightclub- Buttermilk biscuit with pimento cheese and house smoked pork belly.
Michael Mora- Rustic Root- Surf and turf sushi cake
Henry Lopez- Tin Roof- Nashville hot fish: spicy tuna tar tar topped with pickled okra on a chicharron.
The winner was crowned as the last Lamplighter Award of the night. Congratulations to Michael Mora from Rustic Root! He was not only awarded bragging rights, but also a Global Chef’s Knife engraved with the Gaslamp Quarter Association logo and “The 2016 Sous Chef Showdown Winner.”
Congratulation to all nominees! And the 2016 Lamplighter Awards go to……..
Best New Gaslamp Quarter Restaurant/Bar Biga
Best New Gaslamp Quarter Shop/Gallery San Diego Trading Company @ Market Street
Favorite Gaslamp Quarter Hotel Hard Rock Hotel San Diego
Favorite Gaslamp Quarter Attraction The Haunted Hotel & Great Room Escape
Favorite Gaslamp Quarter Professional Service Provider RMD Group Consulting
Favorite Gaslamp Quarter Casual Dining Union Kitchen & Tap
Favorite Gaslamp Quarter Fine Dining Blue Point Coastal Cuisine
Favorite Gaslamp Quarter Quick Bites The HUB Market & Deli
Favorite Gaslamp Quarter Dessert My Yogurt
Favorite Gaslamp Quarter Sushi Taka Sushi
Favorite Gaslamp Quarter Brunch Rustic Root
Favorite Gaslamp Quarter Café Park Place Café
Favorite Gaslamp Quarter Pizza Ciro’s Pizzeria & Beerhouse
Favorite Gaslamp Quarter Steakhouse Fogo de Chao
Favorite Gaslamp Quarter American Cuisine barleymash
Favorite Gaslamp Quarter Asian Cuisine Ramen Yamadaya
Favorite Gaslamp Quarter Indian Cuisine Royal India Exquisite Restaurant & Lounge
Favorite Gaslamp Quarter Ethnic Cuisine Meze Greek Fusion
Favorite Gaslamp Quarter Italian Cuisine BiCE Ristorante
Favorite Gaslamp Quarter Mexican, Latin, or Spanish
Cuisine Don Chido
Favorite Gaslamp Quarter Seafood Restaurant Tin Fish
Favorite Gaslamp Quarter Burger Burger Lounge
Favorite Gaslamp Quarter Shopping – Health & Beauty A Style Concierge
Favorite Gaslamp Quarter Shopping – Specialties &
Services Downtown Ace Hardware
Favorite Gaslamp Quarter Shopping – Accessories Eyes on Fifth
Favorite Gaslamp Quarter Shopping – Footwear Skechers
Favorite Gaslamp Quarter Art Gallery Michael J. Wolf Fine Arts
Favorite Gaslamp Quarter Shopping – Boutique Dolcetti Boutique
Favorite Gaslamp Quarter Shopping – Gifts & Souvenirs It’Sugar
Favorite Gaslamp Quarter Convienience Store The Emergency Room Convienience Store
Favorite Gaslamp Quarter Tattoo Parlor Off the Wall Tatoos
Favorite Gaslamp Quarter Pawn Shop Aztec Pawn Brokers
Favorite Gaslamp Quarter Lounge Vin de Syrah Spirit & Wine Parlor
Favorite Gaslamp Quarter Hookah Lounge Pasha Lounge
Favorite Gaslamp Quarter Pub Henry’s Pub
Favorite Gaslamp Quarter Venue for Live Music The Shout! House
Favorite Gaslamp Quarter Cigar Shop / Lounge /
Tobacconist Gran Havana
Favorite Gaslamp Quarter Bar Prohibition
Favorite Nightclub Parq Restaurant and Nightclub
Favorite “Friend of the Gaslamp Quarter” Allen’s Flowers & Plants
The evening capped off with a quick ride from Free Ride Everywhere Downtown (FReD) whisking guests to the after party at Henry’s Pub.
“The 2016 Lamplighter Awards proved to be a wonderful success! Thank you to McFarlane Promotions, all of our sponsors and Gaslamp Quarter member businesses for making this event truly special!” – Michael Trimble, Executive Director of the Gaslamp Quarter Association.