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Chef Jose “JoJo” Ruiz Recognized by James Beard Foundation as a Smart Catch Leader for Lionfish and Newly-Opened Serẽa

Chef Ruiz’s Seafood Program and Commitment to
Sustainable Seafood at Gaslamp’s Lionfish and
Coronado’s Serẽa
Earns Him Smart Catch Seal

Chef Jose “JoJo” Ruiz has again been recognized as a James Beard Foundation Smart Catch Leader, this time for the newly-opened Serẽa, making it the only restaurant on Coronado Island to receive this recognition.

Chef Ruiz was also recognized by the prestigious culinary foundation for the second time as a Smart Catch Leader for Lionfish, making both restaurants the only two in San Diego to receive the recognition.

Serẽa, located at the historic Hotel del Coronado, and the Gaslamp District’s Lionfish — both of which are helmed by Partner/Chef Ruiz — were recognized due to their commitment to sustainable seafood and menu diversity.

Fewer than 20 of California’s estimated 76,000 restaurants are recognized by Smart Catch. “We were committed to sustainable sourcing when we opened both Lionfish and Serẽa, not for the accolades, but because it was right,” Chef Ruiz said. “I grew up in San Diego. The ocean is a part of who I am. There was never a question that my menus wouldn’t be focused on sustainability. To be recognized twice as a Smart Catch Leader is humbling, but to able to do my part to make sure future generations have sustainable food sources is even better.”

In order to be recognized by James Beard Foundation, restaurant menus must meet or exceed 80 percent sustainability, and restaurants must submit to three assessments per year. Further, “red” items , or seafood that is overfished or caught or farmed in ways that harm other marine life, can only appear twice on menus and must total 8 percent volume or less.

As one of the country’s most prominent culinary institutions, the James Beard Foundation’s Smart Catch is a program created by chefs for chefs with the purpose of increasing the sustainability of the seafood supply chain. Serẽa and Lionfish are two of three restaurants in the San Diego area to have earned this Smart Catch Leader recognition.

Opened in February 2017 from Clique Hospitality, Lionfish quickly became one of the leading restaurant innovators in San Diego. At Lionfish, Chef Ruiz showcases his talent in sushi, seafood and coastal cuisine at the bustling Fifth Avenue hotspot at Pendry San Diego. As a technique-driven eatery, Lionfish sets itself apart from other restaurants in the city, showcasing careful precision that elevates each dish for the diner. Chef Ruiz prides himself with a seasonal San Diego-inspired menu of modern coastal cuisine serving fresh sustainable seafood.

Serēa, opened in summer 2019, takes its inspiration from the sea, serving sustainable dishes while diners overlook the scenic Pacific Ocean. While breathing in fresh sea air, diners partake in Chef Ruiz’s fresh-catch cooking done in a simple, elegant manner for the ultimate sea-to-table experience. The approachable cuisine prepared by Chef Ruiz and his team features seasonal ingredients grown by Southern California farmers, ensuring top quality. Serẽa’s ocean-friendly menu is robust with fresh seafood and a raw bar.

For more information about Lionfish, Serẽa and the James Beard Smart Catch program, please visit:, http://sereasandiego.comand

About the James Beard Foundation

For more than 30 years, the James Beard Foundation has championed chefs and other culinary professionals while highlighting the centrality of food culture in our daily lives. Through the James Beard Awards, unique dining experiences at the James Beard House and around the country, scholarships, hands-on learning, and a variety of industry programs that educate and empower leaders in our community, the Foundation has built a platform for chefs and asserted the power of gastronomy to drive behavior, culture, and policy change around food. To that end the Foundation has also created signature impact-oriented initiatives that include our Women’s Leadership Programs aimed at addressing the gender imbalance in the culinary industry; advocacy training through our Chefs Boot Camp for Policy and Change; and the James Beard Foundation Leadership Awards that shine a spotlight on successful change makers. The organization is committed to giving chefs and their colleagues a voice and the tools they need to make the world more sustainable, equitable, and delicious for everyone.

About Lionfish

Opened in 2017, Lionfish is as social as the bustling neighborhood that surrounds it. Located in the Pendry San Diego in the city’s trendy Gaslamp Quarter sits Lionfish, the dynamic, design-driven hotspot on 5th Avenue that honors the essence of the city’s lifestyle. The restaurant offers modern coastal cuisine that features fresh-catch cooking and seasonal ingredients, all prepared with innovative twists. The menu, featuring both sustainable seafood and prime meats, toys with guest’s tastebuds with its casual, yet complex offerings. The light, fresh appetizers are perfect for sharing. A private dining area is available for a more intimate experience. A lively, yet elegant environment within the two-level space, Lionfish is not only a culinary destination, but it’s also a home for hand-crafted cocktails, all of which are carefully prepared by high-end mixologists in the restaurant’s rambunctious bar.

About Serea

Serẽa, opened in summer 2019, is a sea-to-table concept by Clique Hospitality created for Hotel del Coronado . This unique collaboration between the ever-evolving seaside resort and the trend-setting hospitality company brings an innovative sea-to-table experience to The Del that sets a new tone for the iconic property. Overlooking the Pacific Ocean and the soothing rhythm of the crashing waves, the indoor-outdoor restaurant features elegant, fresh-catch coastal cuisine with a hint of Mediterranean flair. Recognized by James Beard Foundation as a Smart Catch Leader for his efforts in sustainable seafood, Executive Chef JoJo Ruiz has created a menu of thoughtfully crafted seafood dishes, featuring the highest quality seasonal, responsibly raised and sourced ingredients from the region’s oceans, farms and fields—from the California Coast down to the Baja Peninsula. Serẽa also features a lively outdoor bar that offers hand-crafted cocktails, local brews and a comprehensive wine list.


A Yummy Healthy Snacks On Your Holiday Food List – Baja Jerky

Why eat Baja Jerky? 3 words–Fresh. Flavorful. Exciting.

Baja Jerky is the World’s Most Flavorful Jerky!

Here are all their flavorful flavors:

Baja Jerky’s Top Seller is hands down

Salsa Fresca
– Fresh, Vibrant, Cool!

Baja Jerky’s other flavors include:

  • Traditional – Smoky, Smooth with a Smile!
  • Lime & Serrano – Light Tangy Heat with a Zest!

And if you like sweet, Baja Jerky got you covered

  • Sweet Orange – Sweet, Citrus, Tender with a Yum!
  • Churro – Sweet, Cinnamon, with a Sugar Sprinkle

All Natural, Protein Packed and Full of Flavor!

Baja Jerky ranges from 8-11g of protein per ounce.

Their beef is ALL NATURAL

  • Minimally processed
  • No artificial ingredients
  • No added hormones

Their jerky is made with the best ingredients!

  • No added preservatives
  • No nitrites or nitrates added
  • No MSG
  • Gluten free!

I am just so happy that they have two sweet flavors! The sweet beef jerky is not strange at all, the sweetness is not overwhelming, it is perfect for a sweet tooth to get energy from beef jerky! It is also the first time for me to fall in love with beef jerky which is never happened before.

I packed two bags of beef jerky for my workday lunch, it was so yummy and made me very full. My whole afternoon’s energy all comes from these two bags of beef jerky, which are full of protein. Now you can get 20% off if you purchase with the code of BajaHeydoyou20.

About Baja Jerky:

Local company, launched in San Diego in August 2019.

Baja Jerky are in over 100 stores in San Diego and Imperial County, and just launched in all 7 Eleven Hawaii stores at the end of October! Baja Jerky is also available on our website where you can order any flavor in each of our sizes.

Not only are they the WORLD’S MOST FLAVORFUL, but also the healthiest on the market!

Tender, Best cut, Sodium is 1/5 of other jerkies


Yankee Food Awards 2019 Celebrate Festive Edible Gifts & Artisanal Foods from New England

All images courtesy Yankee Magazine/Lori Pedrick

When Yankee launched the annual Yankee Food Awards seven years ago, the magazine wanted to pay tribute to the New England food artisans who vastly contribute to the culture with quality foods made from the finest ingredients and with the highest craftsmanship. By bringing these top-quality offerings to our tables and pantries, they are changing the way we eat—and the trend continues to grow as their artistry becomes even more highly valued.

In Yankee Food Awards 2019 – part of the November-December “Special Holiday Issue” – Yankee once again features the editors’-choice list of New England’s most exquisite locally made foods, festive treats, and gift-worthy edibles—which also makes a handy guide for holiday giving and entertaining ideas.

To compile the list, Yankee senior food editor Amy Traverso and contributing editor Krissy O’Shea traveled to farmers’ markets, festivals, gourmet shops, and grocery stores all over New England in search of the best that all six states have to offer. Rather than naming “best in category” winners, they have presented 10 awards of excellence to standout products that include handmade cheeses, charcuterie, preserves, matzoh bread, mulling syrup, and candy.

“The selections for the Yankee Food Awards 2019 deeply reflect the character of New England and its landscape and the commitment of the food artisans to the local agricultural community,” said Amy Traverso, Yankee senior food editor. “The foods are all of the highest quality and imbued with the flavors of the region—from the nuttiness in hand-baked breads to the mineral brininess in the cheeses, the fruits of Cape Cod cranberry bogs added to the mulling syrups, and cider honey caramels made from ultra-creamy fresh goat milk and sweets made using organic local grassfed butter.”

The Yankee Food Awards 2019 recipients are:

-Cato Corner Farm (Colchester, CT)
Aged Bloomsday Cheese

-Farmtrue (North Stonington, CT)
Maple Walnut Ghee-Nut Butter

-Lakin’s Gorges Cheese (Waldoboro, ME)
Rockweed Cheese

-Goodnow Farms Chocolate (Sudbury,MA)
Esmeralda’s 70% Chocolate Bar

-Wood Stove Kitchen (Mont Vernon, NH)
Mulling Syrup

-Popette of Pendulum (Pawtucket, RI)
Fruit Lollipops

-Babette’s Table (Waitsfield, VT)
Saucisson au Fromage

-Blake Hill Preserves (Windsor, VT)
Spiced Plums with Port and Star Anise

-Patchwork Farm & Bakery (East Hardwick, VT)
Everyday Matzoh

-Big Picture Farm (Townshend, VT)
Cider Honey Farmstead Caramels

The Yankee Food Awards 2019 are featured online here:

Available now on newsstands and online, Yankee magazine’s “Special Holiday Issue” is chock-full of holiday stories, recipes, seasonal getaways, and holiday happenings and events across New England this Yuletide season. For more information about Yankee‘s November/December issue, visit:

About the Yankee Food Awards
Created out of a desire to highlight locally made food products and their makers, the Yankee Food Awards celebrate both the quality and variety of offerings of today’s New England food scene. Structured as awards of excellence rather than an either/or competition, they celebrate both established and up-and-coming brands.

About Yankee
Based in Dublin, New Hampshire, Yankee: New England’s Magazine was founded in 1935 and is the iconic American magazine covering the finest that New England has to offer. Covering classic New England travel destinations, food traditions, and home and lifestyle stories with stunning photography and artwork, Yankee has featured many notable American writers in its pages such as Robert Frost, John Updike, and Stephen King. With a total circulation of nearly 300,000 and a total audience of 1.8 million readers, the magazine is published by Yankee Publishing Inc. (YPI), a family-owned, independent company. Yankee has also partnered with WGBH to produce Weekends with Yankee, a 13-episode documentary series on public television that taps into Yankee’s extensive behind-the-scenes access to the region’s six states. YPI also owns the nation’s oldest continuously produced periodical, The Old Farmer’s Almanac, and McLean Communications. For more information about Yankee, please visit:


Thanksgiving Gifts for Parents

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Do you need a thoughtful gift for your parents? One that shows how much you appreciate their love and hard work? Mango Media’s got your back. Every mom and dad could use a new book, whether they’re looking for empowerment and encouragement or just a few new craft beers and recipes to try on their next day off. Check out these amazing books—we’re sure you’ll find a few that your parents will love.

For dad

Beer School by Jonny Garrett
An insider’s guide to craft beer, the world’s greatest drink! Since its invention 6,000 years ago, beer has come a long way. The legends ofthe craft beer industry have made sure everyone’s within reach of great beer. But, how do you make sure you get your hands on the right brew? Can you learn how to make beer? Welcome to Beer School, brought to you by the heroes of the Craft Beer Channel, a guide to everything you need to know about the wide and wonderful beers of the world. In Beer School, we define and detail the finest artisan crafts, including ales, lagers, porters, stouts, and IPA beers. Plus, with the lowdown on everything from hop varieties and barrel aging, to serving temperatures and glassware, Beer School helps you learn how to make beer and get the best from every sip. View this book onAmazon!

For mom

The Booklovers‘ Guide to Wine by Patrick Alexander
Under the careful guidance of his father, Patrick Alexander began drinking wine with his meals at the age of five. At the same age, encouraged by his mother, he began a lifelong love-affair with books. The twin pleasures of wine and writing remained his passion for thenext sixty-five years. For the past six years, Patrick has been teaching asold-out wine appreciation class at the nation’s No.1 independent bookstore, Books & Books in Coral Gables, Florida. The Booklovers‘ Guide to Wine is based on this very successful class and blends Patrick’s passion for the culture and history of wine and his love of literature for the world’s great writers. A literary twist on traditional food and winepairings, this book explores how great wines and great writers can be combined to enhance the enjoyment of both. The book describes the history of wine from the time of Noah to the birth of two-buck Chuck. It explores the significance of terroir and varietal, thedifferences between Old World and New World wines, and much more. View this book on Amazon!

For dad

All about the Burger by Sef Gonzalez

Do you know what the first burger chain was? That Taco Bell was originally known as Bell Burger—and was founded in the same city as McDonald’s? Have you heard of the 1980’s Burger Wars? All About theBurger covers all of these topics and more! Discover the food history you’ve been missing in this entertaining book. Take an informational magic carpet ride through the history of burgers. You’ll learn about restaurants, cooking styles, and different eras that have made theburger the juggernaut that it is. From White Castle to Shake Shack, from simple sandwich to specialty burger, don’t miss out on what is sure to be one of the most entertaining looks at history ever written. Viewthis book on Amazon!

For mom

Cooking, Making, and Baking by Cynthia O’Hara

From the creative mind of the “Harried Housewife” blog comes abeautifully packaged one-stop-shop book bursting with DIY recipes and ideas for the entire year! Cooking, Baking, and Making includes 60 DIY recipes with bonus designs and 40 DIY ideas that tie your home together for all 365 days. For spring, serve Herbed Cucumber Tea Sandwiches and a make a Spring Centerpiece as you watch the flowers bloom. Inthe hot summer, delight your guests with Fresh Berries and Cannoli Cream and make your own decorative coasters. In autumn, admire theturning leaves as you bake Dilled Beer and Cheddar Bread and make Autumn Harvest Potpourri. And in winter, enjoy Creamy Eggnog Cupcakes and make Festive Votives while snuggling by the fire. Cynthia O’Hara presents incredibly user-friendly projects and dishes that make replicating her flavors and designs as natural as the changing of the seasons. The Harried Housewife has written articles and developed a wide variety of recipes that reflect a simpler time and are ideal for budget-conscious families. The “Harried Housewife’s Recipe Box” column is syndicated nationally in regional newspapers. View this book on Amazon!

For dad

Eating Well to Win by Richard Ingraham

Chef Richard Ingraham has been personal chef for NBA star Dwyane Wade for more than a decade. The Miami native is also a Chopped contender and the founder of the private chef network, ChefRLI, which caters to professional athletes. Now this chef to star athletes is ready to share the secrets of cooking for a peak performance lifestyle. Chef Richard’s book is designed for those who want to change their diet to achieve peak performance, whether that be at the gym or the office.This is an insider’s guide to how it really happens. Step-by-step in 90 recipes, he will show theCrossFit enthusiast, the working mom and the weekend golfer how to eat for optimum performance because he knows all of the secrets, and it’s not all kale smoothies and grilled chicken. In addition to his recipes, Chef Richard will share what he’s learned about eating well to live well throughout his career from his parents and grandparents, who were his first culinary instructors, to his celebrity clients. Readers will get advice on how changing what you put in your body will change what you put out into the universe and make you feel better physically and emotionally. It’s not just about making sure you get the right mix of veggies and carbs. This is about feeding your spirit as well. Chef Richard is serving up recipes for inspired living. View this book on Amazon!

For mom

A Cookie to Celebrate by Jana Douglass

Instagram sensation and specialty baker extraordinaire Jana Douglass will make you rethink your concept of cookies. With her inspired ideas, your confections will bring you raves and plenty of party invitations for life! What sets A Cookie to Celebrate apart is Jana’s detailed instructions for gorgeous special occasion cookies, from birthdays and engagement parties to Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine’s Day and much more. In ACookie to Celebrate, she shares her baking expertise along with foolproof recipes for these delicious desserts. Each cookie in this collection is guaranteed to stand out and destined to becomethe most Instagrammed sweet treats you’ve ever made! View this book on Amazon!


The Instant Pot Diabetes Cookbook: Simple Recipes for Healthy Home Cooking

The ultimate Instant Pot cookbook for people with diabetes, from the diabetes food and nutrition experts! THE INSTANT POT DIABETES COOKBOOK, by bestselling author and food consultant Nancy S. Hughes and the American Diabetes Association. The book features easy and lightning fast recipes optimized for the Instant Pot and features dishes for every meal of the day. It comes out in months later in November just before the holidays.

This Instant Pot–authorized cookbook from the experts at the American Diabetes Association contains 90 easy and healthy recipes made with simple ingredients. Inside, you’ll find nutritious, flavorful Instant Pot recipes that will easily transform into mouth-watering meals. Each recipe includes detailed instructions to walk you through every step of cooking with your Instant Pot. Recipes include family favorites as well as a wide range of options inspired by Mexican, Italian, Thai, Indian, and Cajun cuisines. Whatever you have a taste for, you’ll find it in this book! Additionally, each recipe meets the nutrition guidelines set by the American Diabetes Association.

Other features of the Instant Pot Diabetes Cookbook include:

  • Pressure Pointers to help you understand how your Instant Pot works and what it can do
  • A table of cooking times for a variety of ingredients from grains to veggies to meats
  • Essential kitchen equipment and ingredients to have on hand to make diabetes-friendly cooking with your Instant Pot a breeze
  • Complete nutrition information with each recipe to make diabetes meal planning easy

About the Book:

by Nancy S. Hughes and the American Diabetes Association

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: American Diabetes Association; 1 edition (November 26, 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580407064
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580407069
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds

About the Author:


Guilt-Free Fried Food Fresh from Air Fryer & the ADA

The great Maya Angelou once said: “The best comfort foods will always be greens, cornbread, and fried chicken.” And she wasn’t wrong! But, while comforting, fried foods have never been healthy foods…until now.

THE EASY AIR FRYER COOKBOOKHealthy Everyday Recipes for People With Diabetes [American Diabetes Association | October 2019 | $14.95 US/$19.99 CAN] by Kathy Moore & Roxanne Wyss celebrates one of the most celebrated kitchen inventions in recent memory: the air fryer! Packed with 80 delicious recipes for the handy countertop appliance, the book helps readers make fried favorites healthy. Best of all, every recipe has been customized to meet the nutritional guidelines established by the American Diabetes Association making them all diabetes-friendly!

  • Sunday Morning French Toast
  • Diner-Style Pork Chops
  • Crisp Parmesan Broccoli Florets
  • Pecan Baked Apples
  • Southwestern Egg Rolls
  • Nashville Hot Chicken

The air fryer has revolutionized home-cooked fried foods. By using up to 75% less fat than traditional frying methods, they’ve made foods once strictly off-limits to use accessible and enjoyable for the whole family. And with THE EASY AIR FRYER COOKBOOK arriving on bookshelves just in time for the holidays, it’s going to be a very happy, healthy, and mouthwateringly good season for all!

THE EASY AIR FRYER COOKBOOK, the newest collection of recipes from writing and cooking partners Kathy Moore and Roxanne Wyss is published by the American Diabetes Association. This mouthwatering collection of recipes provides readers with dozens of delicious fried food favorites made diabetes-friendly with the air fryer. From weeknight meals for the whole family to snacks on the go and even desserts, there’s something in here for everybody. Best of all, each recipe follows the ADA’s dietary and nutritional guidelines. And a diabetes-friendly diet isn’t a special diet, it’s a smarter diet!

About the Book:

Healthy Everyday Recipes For People With Diabetes
by Kathy Moore & Roxanne Wyss
October 29, 2019
American Diabetes Association

$14.95 US/$19.99 CAN Trade Paperback
ISBN-13: 978-1580407038

About the Authors:

Kathy Moore and Roxanne Wyss, also known as The Electrified Cooks, are food writers and consultants, cookbook authors, bloggers (, and culinary educators who love to share their passion for cooking. As close friends and colleagues, they use their culinary experience and expertise to help others prepare delicious, easy family meals.

About the American Diabetes Association
The American Diabetes Association® and its mission are CONNECTED FOR LIFE®. The Association funds research to prevent, cure, and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Founded in 1940, its mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. For more information please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit Information from both of these sources is available in English and Spanish.