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Grand Opening of Ponsaty’s + Carruth Cellars + More!

patrick ponsaty and chefsNorth County is making some big moves lately. It makes me feel incredibly lucky to be a part of this amazing community. From neighborhood events that benefit local foundations to new places opening up, to change of ownership, we are all looking to make our section of San Diego the BEST place to live.

Below, you’ll get to check out what Master French Chef Patrick Ponsaty is up to, news about the second location of an urban winery opening up in Carlsbad, the new ownership of a bar in Oceanside, and two upcoming events that benefit our neighborhood. And all of this is #NorthoftheMerge. Lucky us!

Ponsaty’s [Grand Opening]

Rancho Sante Fe is set to celebrate the opening of Ponsaty’s this week and it couldn’t be a more beautiful week for it.  Headed by one of San Diego’s most beloved chefs, Patrick Ponsaty, doors will open Tuesday, July 26 for lunch and dinner. Ponsaty’s goal is to have a family-friendly atmosphere, fine for children and even four-legged friends on the patio.

You can expect a French-influenced menu prepared with local produce and seafood, live music on the patio, signature cocktails, more than 50 Scotch choices, and over 300 wines.

Master French Chef Patrick Ponsaty has run some of the finest restaurants around San Diego and will continue to be involved in the critically acclaimed Bellamy’s in Escondido.

I would recommend getting on the interest list for reservations ASAP ([email protected])

  • Address: 6106 Paseo Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe, California 92067

Carruth Cellars [2nd Location Opening]

North County residents have reason to rejoice now that the second location of Carruth Cellars is open for business on State Street. They’re still currently under some construction, but you can come by for their soft opening every day from 3:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. with grand opening festivities in the works.

Carruth Cellars is an urban winery specializing in California style wines. We source quality grapes from premium vineyards in Northern & Central California, transport them by truck, and make our wine with love & gratitude by the beach!

  • Wine tastings are offered 7 days a week – no appointment needed! $15 includes 6 wines
  • Wines are also available by the glass or bottle (no corkage!)
  • Address: 2727 State St #110, Carlsbad, CA 92008

Firewater [Ownership Change]

Oceanside welcomes the new owners of Firewater with open arms. As local area residents, Alicia and Travis Breton, have worked in the bar and restaurant industry for over 20 years. They’re excited to be a part of the revitalization of the Downtown Oceanside area and are proud to be working along side the other local businesses who are bringing a new energy to the area.

Recognizing that there was a shortage of live music venues in the North County area, Firewater was purchased with the #1 goal in mind to provide a great destination for live music and dancing.

They recently remodeled the main floor area and built out a new stage area for live bands and DJs. Plus, they added in a new sound system to give their clientele a great music experience during live performances.

What else are they offering up?

  • Expanded drink selection and local craft brew lineup.
  • Rotating craft brew of the week on tap supporting our local breweries.
  • 2 pool tables and 7 TVs to watch your favorite sports event
  • Happy hour 7 days per week until 6pm.
  • Military discount all day every day.

You’ve got to go check out the change! They’ve done a great job updating the atmosphere and making it a welcoming place for all.

  • Address: 406 Pier View Way, Oceanside, CA 92054



Oceanside is quickly becoming San Diego’s next great foodie neighborhood, with new restaurants and breweries opening and chefs receiving more, well-­deserved attention.

FEAST at Mission San Luis REy

FEAST, hosted by The Old Mission San Luis Rey, Osider Magazine and OnoYum’s creator Nino “Neens” Camilo, is a food festival and community fundraiser highlighting over a dozen restaurants, breweries and distilleries located in Oceanside and benefiting local non-profit organizations in the community.

Participating vendors include, but not limited to:

  • 608 Mission
  • Beach Break Cafe
  • Breakwater Brewing Co.
  • Fiesta Mexicana Restaurant
  • Frattellis Italian Kitchen
  • Local Tap House
  • Mission Ave Bar and Grill
  • Ohana Cupcakes
  • Petite Madeline Bakery and Bistro
  • The Privateer Coal Fire Pizza
  • Urge Gastropub
  • Wrench and Rodent Seabasstropub

The event is 21 and up, tickets are $45 online and can be purchased at With the purchase of each $45 ticket, attendees will get to choose which organization will benefit from their purchase and every ticket includes all food and drink stations.

The list of 501(c) (3) beneficiaries includes:

  • The Historic Mission San Luis Rey
  • The Oceanside Rotary
  • Canine Companions for Independence
  • Ivey Ranch Park Association
  • Teri Inc.
  • DreamKeepers Project, Inc.
  • Vista Teen Outreach
  • The Lavanderia Project

The event will take place this Wednesday, July 27th from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at The Old Mission San Luis Rey. FEAST will feature food, wine, beer, spirits, live music and a raffle featuring items from local businesses and supporters.

  • Wednesday, July 27, 2016
  • 6:00 p.m. – ­9:00 p.m.
  • Mission San Luis Rey
  • 21 +
  • $45
  • Buy Tickets


The 5th Annual Rancho BEERnardo Festival

Known as “The only IPA beer festival in San Diego County,” the 5th Annual Rancho BEERnardo Festival is coming on October 22, 2016! The event is co-sponsored by the Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary Club and URGE American Gastropub and will feature over 50 IPA craft beers and regional wines.

For entertainment, there will be live music, games, and other fun activities. There will also be food for purchase from gourmet food trucks provided by URGE American Gastropub. This is Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary Club’s biggest fundraiser of the year, with proceeds going to numerous local and international charities. The over-21 event’s admission of $40 for 1 ticket or $70 for two tickets includes 15 tastings, People’s Choice Award for best IPA, and complimentary tasting glass.

The 5th Annual Rancho BEERnardo Festival

Webb Park Lake in Rancho Bernardo is a new venue for the Festival this year with ample space and free parking. Last year’s Festival drew over 400 people and we are expecting more than 500 people this year. Come out and have some fun! You don’t want to miss this awesome event! Buy your tickets today!

Your Turn…

Have a new restaurant, shop, or service that you know is opening up? Comment below so I can be sure to highlight it!

Audra Leigh: Audra is a strong supporter of North County local businesses and has spent the past 10 years working passionately as an influencer to keep the chains at bay. She's a mother of three and one naughty puppy, spontaneous traveler, loves to laugh, learn new things, try new foods, and to step out of her comfort zone.