For Immediate Release: Celebrate love with Intimate Classics concert, gourmet wine-pairing dinner on Feb. 15

Escondido, California — :

Dinner and a Show: The perfect pair. Dinner and a Show, and that dinner includes locally-grown wine? Now that’s a match made in heaven.

Valentine’s Day is drawing near and those who are smart have likely begun making plans and calling in reservations. But those who are really in-the-know know that the best night to go out, the one offering the most intimate way to celebrate the Day of Love, is the day after Valentine’s Day, on Saturday, Feb. 15.

For those looking for a far-from-ordinary way to spoil their sweetie this year, the California Center for the Arts, Escondido (the Center) offers its Intimate Classics “dinner-and-a-show” that is sure to deliver a night to remember.

Lovebirds will delight in a moving performance by Icelandic cellist Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir, who was praised by the Los Angeles Times for her “emotional intensity.” Prior to the 7 p.m. show, smitten concertgoers can treat themselves to a gourmet meal prepared by the Center’s Executive Chef Jerome Morrow, with each course thoughtfully paired with the juice of San Diego wineries Vesper Vineyards and Stehleon Vineyards. Ditch the downtown crowds and escape to Escondido for a romantic night celebrating exceptional music, food, wine and, of course, your love!

The Intimate Classics concert series

Celebrating the raw beauty and power of music, the Intimate Classics series offers locals the chance to experience chamber music expertly performed in the up-close-and-personal setting of the 400-seat Center Theater.

Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir is a soloist, chamber musician, teaching artist and classical music advocate. She has graced some of the greatest halls in the world, including Carnegie Hall in New York and Disney Hall in Los Angeles. Declared “alluring and gutsy” (TimeOut NY) and “charismatic” (New York Times), the award-winning cellist enjoys playing masterpieces of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries as well as new works by living composers. (Learn more: During the Feb. 15 recital, Sæunn will be accompanied on piano by Elizabeth Joy Roe, an accomplished musician in her own right.

The Wine-Pairing Dinners

Following a successful debut of the Intimate Classics series last year, the Center decided to take the concertgoer’s experience to the next level this season by offering wine-pairing dinners to accompany each show.

February’s pre-performance, four-course gourmet dinner will begin at 5 p.m. From starter through dessert, each course will be perfectly paired with a wine from Vesper Vineyards or Stehleon Vineyards. The menu for February is as follows (Please note: menu is subject to change):

Petit Soup
Tomato with Basil Foam served with a Toast Point

Roasted Vegetable and Bread Salad
on a Bed of Frisée with Herb Vinaigrette

Citrus-Marinated Tea-Smoked Pork Chop
with Pomegranate-Apple Glaze, Pomme Purée and Broccolini with Baby Carrots
– Or –
Vegetarian Selection
Portabella Tower over Spinach
with Crushed Tomato and Garlic

Panna Cotta topped with Raspberry Cream and Mint

Ticket Information

Tickets for the concert and dinner must be purchased separately, and the dinner is available as a stand-alone option. Concert tickets range from $30-$40, with discounts for students/military and FREE admission for children 12 and under. Dinner tickets are available for $50 for Center members and $60 for non-members.

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, the Center is offering special “dinner and a show” pricing. The Valentine’s Special (admission to both the dinner and concert) is $65 for Center members and $75 for non-members. This special is only available by calling the Ticket Office at (800) 988-4253.

Special group rates are also available through the Ticket Office.



About the California Center for the Arts, Escondido 

A 501(c)3 charitable organization, the Center’s creation was sparked by a civic vision—one that recognized the vital role that the arts play in strengthening and uniting the community. Our commitment to enriching lives and improving access to the arts, especially for low-income individuals and families, is exemplified through our extensive educational programming and robust series of free community events. The Center is guided by an enthusiastic Board of Trustees and passionate staff who are dedicated to furthering arts education and access, and to creating programs that provide cultural enrichment for residents of North County and beyond.

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