Top chef, homebrewer and restaurateur: Amanda Baumgarten

Tickle the Tastebuds - Cuisine & Restaurants

Pairing 2 of her favorites (and mine) 

Amanda BaumgartenIn a time when specialization is often a key to success, in a place where the competition is stiff, Amanda Baumgarten and Waypoint Public are rising to the top with creative cuisine paired with an extensive beer selection. Given that Waypoint Public is located in San Diego, home to some of the nation’s most respected breweries, the beer-drinking public is hard to impress. But the new North Park bistro and beer bar is doing just that.

A large part of the restaurant’s success is Amanda Baumgarten, who is not only the executive chef, but also a partner in the business. Amanda spent over a decade training and working at several of the most prestigious restaurants in the industry, including four separate Michelin-starred dining destinations (La Tante Claire and Le Gavroche in London and Melisse and Patina in Los Angeles). The Bravo Network’s Top Chef veteran has gone on to become the executive chef of both Water Grill in Los Angeles and Herringbone in La Jolla.

Not only is Amanda a top chef, she’s an avid home brewer. And she’s good. So good that San Diego’s renowned Stone Brewing Co. has tapped her to do a limited chef collaboration beer this summer - the first of its kind in beer collaborations for Stone. She will be brewing

her homebrew recipe on Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens - Liberty Station's 10-barrel system. For Amanda, this partnership is one of the proudest moments of her professional career. 

The beer for this collaboration will be an Apricot & Arbol Saison, brewed with apricots, chile de arbol, juniper berry, savory and vanilla pods, which she’ll be creating alongside Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens - Liberty Station Brewing Manager, Kris Ketcham.

To further highlight the top-notch beer and food pairing, Waypoint Public is presenting a Brewmaster Dinner Series, combining Amanda’s cuisine with beers from Ballast Point, AleSmith, Dogfish Head, The Bruery, and more.


May 22 - Meet the Brewer Event at Waypoint Public

June 19 - Collaboration Beer Dinner at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens - Liberty Station

June 21 - Official Beer Debut at both Waypoint Public and Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens - Liberty Station.




Wednesday, April 16 - Hess Brewing Wednesday, May 21 - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Wednesday, June 18 - Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Wednesday, July 23 - The Bruery

Wednesday, August 20 - AleSmith Brewing Company

Wednesday, September 17 - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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