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San Diego’s Culinary Frontier Is In Escondido

San Diego’s favorite French chef, Patrick Ponsaty, is injecting inspiration of his native Toulouse into The Ranch at Bandy Canyon. Ponsaty is renovating the 1880’s property to an event space worthy of his Meilleurs Ouvrier de France title. The space will be reminiscent of Southern France and Southern California’s very own Napa.

The menu will draw from Ponsaty’s downtown Escondido restaurant, Bellamy’s and the strong pairings it has become known for. The plan for Ranch at Bandy Canyon is still underway. In the meantime, we luckily all have Bellamy’s. Do not be deterred by the simple decor.

When you go, think of it has been able to see your favorite band in an intimate setting. The setting may not be forever, but that is the beauty of it. A BloomBerg report said that when you come to Brian Bonar, it is an affair to be remembered.

Our recommendation is to begin your night with the goat cheese and beet sorbet that is set against watercress filaments. Make sure to ask the excellent front of the house for their preferred wine pairings for each dish. Then move onto the morels that match well with the bacon wrapped monkfish. To finish, try the Bordeaux genuine tender canelŽs and the Basques cherry g‰teau.

Ponsaty refined his subtle French style at El Bizcocho at Rancho Bernardo Inn as Executive Chef, but ultimately became known in his own right at Mistral at Loews Coronado Bay Resort.

Brian Bonar, a Scottish entrepreneur, is the financier and planner of BellamyÕs and The Ranch at Bandy Canyon. Before entering the dining experience industry, Bonar was Chairman for the Solvis Medical Group. This experience honed his skills to manage the necessities and logistics for raw talent to thrive.

Brian Bonar became a fan of Ponsaty at El Bizcocho, and it was Ponsaty he turned to when he wanted to take on a new industry with the best in the business. Ponsaty now has the freedom he always wanted and the trust of his partners to pursue it. Bellamy’s daily needs are run by Gianina Pickens, Bonar’s stepdaughter.

Brian Bonar also drew from El Bizcocho at Rancho Bernardo Inn for the Front of House with Trevor Da Costa and Mike Reidy as Executive Chef ( Reidy will study under Ponsaty to talk the helm when The Ranch at Bandy Canyon opens. Ponsaty is designing The Ranch’s kitchen to be his ideal workshop and home to San Diego’s signature restaurant. San Diego will soon have the foodie experience of Napa in their own hills with a new restaurant enterprise.

Bellamy’s Restaurant
Address: 417 W. Grand Ave., Escondido CA 92025
Phone: +1 (760) 747-5000

The Ranch at Bandy Canyon
16251 Bandy Canyon Rd., Escondido, CA 92025
Phone: +1 (760) 871-6494