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Kettner Exchange Goes All-American; Kitchen 4140 Expands Patio

Plus, PARQ launches a new summer menu.

LITTLE ITALY— This month, Kettner Exchange's executive chef Brian Redzikowski and beverage manager Steven Tuttle are collaborating on "All American Backyard BBQ"-themed Chef's Table dinners, which are the intimate and often quite epic, multi-course dinners held at an 8-seat communal table in a private nook behind the restaurant's kitchen. Two editions of the dinner are already sold out, but seats are still available for Wednesday, July 29. Among the five courses of cocktail and food planned are Jungle Juice served with watermelon salad, a corn soup with corn cheese and heirloom popcorn paired with The Firecracker, a layered drink with rum, fruit purees and Blue Curacao, and a classic Old Fashioned alongside house-smoked tri-tip. [EaterWire]

BAY PARK— Kitchen 4140's patio has enlarged to include new seating in the garden, which grows produce for executive chef/owner Kurt Metzger to use in his seasonal menu. Just-added summer dishes include half a roasted duck with crispy potatoes, fresh herbs and a champagne vinaigrette-dressed mache salad and handmade braised short rib gnocchi in a white wine sauce served with their own garden's vegetables. Starting July 2, the expanded patio will also be hosting live flamenco guitar every Thursday between 6 and 9 p.m. [EaterWire]

GASLAMP— Executive chef Errol LeBlanc's menu for Parq Restaurant & Nightclubhas a new raw bar section, whose offerings range from oysters and Diver scallops to various ceviches, and just-added vegetarian options that a chilled apricot and watermelon salad and agnolotti with summer vegetables and King oyster mushrooms. The bar has also refreshed its cocktail list for the season, bringing in the Summer Sandia, made with mezcal, watermelon, basil and lime, and the spicy Picante Pimiento, which mixes jalapeño and yellow bell pepper puree with gin, ginger beer, basil and lemon. [EaterWire]

Kettner Exchange

2001 Kettner Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101 (619) 255-2001