This Thursday, June 21st, Cafe Jardin at Sherman Gardens in Corona del Mar is hosting another Garden Fusions gourmet dining experience. And, it’s even more “summery” in nature this lovely June eve with a “Fusions Sandcastle Lounge” created by famed Chris Crosson (“Mr. Sandcastle” to you).

Crosson will share his experiences on becoming and being a professional sand sculptor. It’s not all just a day at the beach! His passion for sandcastles has taken the Crosson family all over the country to compete in competitions. The family’s favorite competition is the Newport Beach Sandcastle Contest at Corona del Mar’s Main Beach. The Crossons have participated in this annual event with friends, neighbors and family members every year since 1994.

When the beach meets the kitchen, you can count on Chef Pascal Olhats to create a menu that is classic California coastal cuisine. The evening begins with a Reception featuring California BBQ hors d’oeuvres with beer pairings from Towne Park Brewery.
The Dinner Menu includes:
Local heirloom tomato salad with Sonoma goat cheese
Orange wood smoked brisket with homemade chipotle sauce on grilled local citrus
California beach-style clam bake with Manassero Farms sweet corn
Pineapple upside down pie with “sandy” macadamia nut crust

Cost is $75 per person. Additional beverages, gratuity and tax are not included. To keep the experience intimate, seating is limited to 50 guests.Reservations are required. Call Cafe Jardin to make reservations at 949.673.0033.

Future Garden Fusion Dinners include:
Wednesday, July 18 – Food, Fiber and Love: The Heart of a Palm
Wednesday, Aug. 15 – Eat Your Flowers!
Wednesday, Sept. 19 – Pineapple: Crown of the Caribbean
Wednesday, Oct. 17 – Harvest Celebration

Sherman Library & Gardens is at 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar.