France vs Italy Tasting

EVENT: Jan 8 | We're kicking off 2019 with a friendly battle of famous fish stews and wine! Come and decide which you like best: French Bouillabaisse or Italian Cioppino. Paired with a glass of French Pinot Blanc and an Italian red, respectively.

Newport Beach, California (Jan 1, 2019)

We are kicking off our 2019 Second Tuesday Monthly Tasting Series with a showdown between Europe’s two famous fish stews paired with hand-selected wines from each country. Following the special events, seafoodies will be able to declare which centuries-old dish is best: French Bouillabaisse or Italian Cioppino.

The French Bouillabaisse vs. Italian Cioppino Tasting Event is planned for Tuesday, Jan 8 at Newport Beach, Redondo Beach, Temecula, Phoenix, Coronado, Carlsbad and Catalina Island, and is part of a month-long competition between the two European fish stews. The $35 tasting event features separate bowls of French Bouillabaisse, made with saffron and garlic, and a tomato-based Italian Cioppino, paired with a glass of French Pinot Blanc and an Italian red, respectively.

For the first time ever, the newly opened Bluewater Grill on the Santa Barbara beachfront overlooking Stearns Wharf, will offer Central Coast seafoodies their own neighborhood version of the annual Bouillabaisse vs Cioppino classic.

Seafood fans unable to attend the Jan 8 celebrations can order the same fish stews for the regular menu price throughout January. While the French and Italian wines are included on Jan 8 only, they can be added for the per-glass price during the remainder of the month. The French Bouillabaisse is also available as a seasonal special through February, and customers can enjoy Bluewater’s San Francisco Cioppino year-round.

Bluewater’s monthly tasting events, hosted every second Tuesday, feature seasonal seafood specialty items paired with hand-selected wines or specialty draught beers. The events include casual commentary and Q&A by the restaurants’ resident chefs, and have become a popular monthly diversion for local seafood aficionados and Bluewater Grill’s large fan base.

Due to the popularity of the monthly tasting events, advance reservations are strongly advised.


Come in, get hooked

Newport Beach  949 675 3474

Redondo Beach  310 318 3474

Phoenix  602 277 3474

Catalina Island  310 510 3474

Coronado  619 435 0155

Temecula  951 308 2722

Carlsbad  760 730 3474
Santa Barbara  805 845 5121




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