Living a Good Life

At Rancho Bernardo Inn, we're committed to using nutritious and flavorful, fresh ingredients. That is why we have our own Chef's Garden on property.  At Rancho Bernardo Inn, providing fresh, flavorful ingredients that are used throughout our dining venues is something we take a great deal if pride in. Stop by and see the garden for yourself. You'll likely one of our chefs collecting items for the day's preparations.

It's our belief that a big part of living a good life is eating well. We think cuisine should be both good and good-for-you. That's why we use fresh ingredients in all of our dishes, which change frequently to showcase the very best of each season. 

"As chefs we really respect the relationship between food and kitchen. We honor the season and the product itself. The garden teaches us to be patient because everything has its time... It makes us better stewards of who and what we are."

-Chef Margaret Carvallo, Executive Pastry Chef

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"On your morning walk through the manicured grounds of Rancho Bernardo Inn you’re bound to stroll past the abundant Chef’s Garden. Its patches of colorful blooms and comforting aromas can’t help but catch a passerby’s fancy. Later those herbs and produce will likely show up in an afternoon cocktail and an evening entree. They might even imbue a pampering spa treatment."

-Sherry Stern,

"When walking to the garden to see what I'm going to cook for the day, I feel very lost in the beauty of the nature that surrounds the property. I want every single guest who dines at AVANT to see the beauty of the amazing fruits and vegetables we grow right here on the property."

- Chef de Cuisine, Sergio Jimenez

flowers in the gardenchef in garden harvesting tomatoes

Fall ingredients

What's Inn Season? Pumpkin, pears, apples, figs, cauliflower, kale, pomegranates, cranberries

chef's cup with flowers in itrosemary

Winter ingredients

What's Growing? Blood oranges, persimmons, clementine, winter squash, dates, kiwi, passion fruit, red currants

Food at Home Recipe, compliments of Executive Pastry Chef, Margaret Nolan Carvallo

Blood Orange & Rosemary Marmalade

flowers in the gardenchef harvesting tomoatoes in the garden

Spring ingredients

What's Inn Season? Carrots, beets, sweet basil, radishes, blackberries, artichokes, garlic chives, strawberries, rhubarb, lime thyme, apricots, oranges, limes, edible carnations, english thyme

Looking for a spring cocktail to make at home? Make this Blackberry Smash Cocktail recipe brought to you by our culinary team at Veranda Fireside Lounge & Restaurant. Get the full recipe here.

Chef clipping herbs in the gardenberries in garden

Summer ingredients

What's Growing? Berries, Tomatoes, Corn, Melon, Avocado, Cucumber, Squash Blossoms, Cherries, Peaches, Mint

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