Marina Kitchen Unveils The Sta. Rita Hills Winegrowers Alliance BBQ Dinner Menu

Sta. Rita Hills Winegrowers BBQ Buffet at Marina Kitchen on March 30, 2014

Marina Kitchen Unveils The Sta. Rita Hills Winegrowers Alliance BBQ Dinner MenuMarina Kitchen is hosting the Sta. Rita Hills Winegrowers Alliance for a wine-filled weekend on Sunday, March 30. The Sunday event starts with a walk-around wine tasting from twenty member wineries, followed by a BBQ dinner buffet featuring live-action food stations, large format bottles, and several Sta. Rita Hills wines not available at the preceding tasting.

“Chef Aron and I have collaborated to design a BBQ dinner buffet menu that will be able to stand its own against all of these amazing wines from Sta. Rita Hills,” said in-house sommelier and bar manager, Joshua Orr. “We’re really excited about partnering with the Sta. Rita Hills Winegrowers Alliance, which has made a name for itself in the wine world. The combination of great wine, great food, and the company of great winemakers will make this event a triple-threat.”

The wineries that are currently confirmed for the event include: Zotovich Vineyards and Winery, Brewer Clifton, Flying Goat Cellars, Harley Ostini, Hitching Post Wine, Longoria Wines, Lafond Winery & Vineyards, Cargasacchi Vineyards, Clos Pepe Vineyards, Cold Heaven Cellars, Dragonette Cellars, Fiddlehead Cellars, Foxen Winery, Ken Brown Wines, Kessler-Haak Wine, Kita Wines, Lindley Wines, Pali Wine Company, and Liquid Farm.

The walk-around Sta. Rita Hills Tasting starts at 3:00pm and lasts until 5:00pm. Tickets for the tastings are $20.00 per person plus applicable ticketing fees. The BBQ dinner buffet begins at 5:30pm. Tickets for the dinner are $45.00, not including applicable ticketing fees. A combination ticket, which covers both the tasting and the dinner, is $55.00 per person–a 10-dollar discount from original ticket price.

The menu for the BBQ Dinner Buffet is as follows:


A Local Selection of Seasonal Vegetables, Lettuces, and Herbs
Herb Goat Cheese, Tomato Jam, House-Made Ranch Dressing, Balsamic Bleu Cheese Dressing

Grilled Oysters in the Half Shell
Blood Orange Beurre Blanc

Dungeness Crab Salad
Shaved Grilled Asparagus, Champagne Vinaigrette

Crispy Pork Belly
Sting Nettle, English Pea Risotto

Crispy Artichokes and Cauliflower
Green Garlic Aioli

Selection of Meat and Cheese


Brandt Beef Smoked Brisket Served with Citrus BBQ sauce
Niman Ranch Baby Back Ribs Served with Citrus BBQ sauce
Jidori Smoked Whole Chicken Served with Citrus BBQ sauce


White Cheddar Mac and Cheese
Roasted Steak Potatoes
Ranch Style Black Beans
Warm Fingerling Potato Salad


Local Farm Strawberry Shortcake
Selection of House-Made Ice Cream and Sorbets Served in Mini Cones

To purchase tickets to the event, click here. For the latest details on Marina Kitchen, visit Marina Kitchen’s Facebook page at

About Marina Kitchen
Marina Kitchen is the epicenter of a new food and beverage experience at the San Diego Marriott Marquis and Marina. With panoramic views of the bay from its indoor and outdoor dining space, focus on serving “modern comfort food” using fresh, seasonally available ingredients, and wine program with a distinct West-coast orientation, Marina Kitchen is quintessential Southern California dining at its best. Marina Kitchen’s contemporary design, lounge atmosphere, and cozy and private seating arrangements make it the perfect place for guests to dine, work, gather with groups, and play. For the latest information, follow Marina Kitchen on Facebook or Twitter.

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