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Help us welcome Casa Sol y Mar to Diane Powers’ Bazaar del Mundo Restaurant family!
Casa Sol y Mar – the fourth restaurant in a family of fine Mexican eateries dispersed throughout San Diego– opened in May. The restaurant is located in the bustling Del Mar Highlands Town Center at 12865 El Camino Real, and is elaborately designed to reflect the true spirit of Mexico.
“Our philosophy is to offer great value and a delightful Mexican dining experience,” said Powers. “This includes memorable flavors, abundant selections, high quality and fresh ingredients, and a spirited, authentic environment that captures the essence of Mexican traditions.”
Guests will sense the warmth and enchantment of Mexico as they enter through the beautiful wood and glass doors and find themselves standing beneath a high glowing ceiling and breathtaking iron chandelier. The interior of the restaurant is artfully painted in a fiesta of gold, crimson, and orange jewel tones, sparkling from wall to wall with Mexican folk art, festive embellishments, and glazed Mexican accent tiles in red, emerald, and orange hues.
The delicious menu is comprised of traditional Mexican dishes with an emphasis on flavor and freshness, including a large selection of regional entrees made from scratch, and award-winning seafood recipes that have been in the Bazaar del Mundo family for decades. The menu also features newly created small plates and appetizers, as well as entrees with a contemporary twist. Homemade dressings, salsas, guacamole and sauces are made fresh daily, along with hot corn and flour tortillas. There is also an extensive children’s menu, appetizing entrée salads and countless gluten-free, vegetarian and healthy dining selections.
In the lively cantina, guests enjoy giant frosty margaritas, sip fine Mexican beers and consume tasty appetizers and entrees. The cantina features flat screen TVs and reclaimed wood tables framed with black hammered iron and custom bar stools upholstered with bright wool fabrics hand woven by artisans in Oaxara, Mexico. In addition, Casa Sol y Mar offers a collection of top shelf, premium and specialty tequilas including Reposado and Anejo-aged in white oak casts for more than a year. Check out the Cantina menu here.
The Bazaar del Mundo Restaurants are famous for cheerful, strolling Mariachis who serenade guests Wednesday through Sunday evenings – completing the cultural experience.
Question: How long have you been working with Diane Powers and Casa Guadalajara, and what was your professional background?
Answer: “Hard to believe, but it’s been just about twelve years, and I’ve loved every minute of it! My background is primarily in Special Events; however I have also been the Director of Marketing for several national companies in the entertainment industry. My twelve years with Diane have by far been the happiest, as well as the best career move I ever could have made.”
Question: What are your main duties and areas of expertise at Casa Guadalajara?
Answer: “My official title is Special Events Director at Casa Guadalajara, though I am also the face for public relations and advertising events for the Bazaar del Mundo shops located right next door to the restaurant. At Guadalajara my team and I work with tour groups and Destination Management Companies to provide their clients with a memorable experience when visiting Old Town and our particular businesses. The amount of catering business which we’re doing, both on and off site, has just exploded as well.”
Question: What separates your services from your competitors, of which there are quite a few?
Answer: “Anyone can put out a plate of food and call themselves caterers. We go way above and beyond that. The goal of our team is to ‘provide memories’, meaning that we strive to make EVERY event which we cater so special that everyone that attends has a ‘Wow’ experience. We have so much fun being creative and putting little surprises into each event, and our clients just love that. I am so proud of my team and what we’re accomplishing for so many couples getting married, having anniversary celebrations, birthday parties or corporate events. Name the event and we can make it memorable!”
Question: What do you enjoy most about your job?
Answer: “I really love having the freedom to be creative and really build an event to suit the occasion. Diane gives our team a lot of latitude to create something unique each time we do an event; no cookie-cutter approach is acceptable. I also am so proud of the Special Events team and love working with them to make all of this happen. I can sometimes have a creative idea that they first look at and wonder ‘How are we going to do that?’, and every time they find a way to do it. They are incredible, the best I’ve ever worked with.”
Question: Last question, what exciting events are on the horizon for the Casa Guadalajara catering group?
Answer: “We are always trying to up our game. Lately we’ve been putting together more and more team building events that are food and drink centered. Not every company wants to take their people zip-lining or kayaking. Our client companies have had so much fun together making salsa, guacamole, homemade sweet and sour mix to name a few things they’ve concocted. It’s a fun, safe way for teams to bond. We look forward to doing a lot more of that this year.”
To book your special event call Catherine at (619) 295-5231. Casa Guadalajara is located in the beautiful Old Town section of San Diego at 4105 Taylor St. The Bazaar del Mundo shops are located right next door and offer you San Diego’s most unique and enjoyable shopping experience.
Casa Guadalajara is one of 3 Great Cinco de Mayo Celebrations by the Bazaar del Mundo trio of San Diego Mexican Restaurants
Casa Guadalajara Special Events Director Catherine Breedlove and her team were surprised to receive some very special recognition from Allied PRA this morning. At Casa Guadalajara and Bazaar del Mundo we see every day all of the extra effort Catherine and her team put into everything they do. Every event is very special in Catherine’s eyes. This recognition was very well deserved, and it was very classy of Allied PRA to do so.
On the certificate it say’s, “Catherine is always going above and beyond to make our events the best…she’s very quick to add enhancements and special touches that we didn’t even expect or ask for!” That really sums up Catherine’s work ethic and ingenuity.
Catherine’s admiration of PRA is mutual. She say’s,” Back in 1996, when Diane (Casa Guadalajara and Bazaar del Mundo owner Diane Powers) hired me to develop her banquet department, PRA was the first major destination management company to give us a chance. We have been event partners for 16 years now. The people there are awesome and some of the best in the industry. They are very professional, yet very personable.”
We are all very proud of you Catherine. Thanks for all you do!
Here is the certificate she and her team were awarded today: