See “A Christmas Carol” at the Lamb’s Players Theatre

In the mood for a show stopping performance? Look no further than the Lamb’s Players Theatre, an intimate, 350-seat boutique stage located just a short walk from The Del. First opened in 1971, the artist-led theatre has continued to exist as a prominent venue for some of the most famous and well-loved plays and musicals. Catch their final play before the new year, ”A Christmas Carol,” or plan a visit during their 2022 season.

An Iconic Venue

Currently in its 50th year of production, the Lamb’s Players Theatre has created a name for itself as a prominent venue not only in San Diego, but across the country. The theater prides itself on its mission to “tell stories well” and uplift their community. The Lamb’s Players Theatre now focuses on delivering small, yet impactful performances to its audiences. The organization also emphasizes the importance of the arts in children’s lives, with their Educational Outreach.

Catch “A Christmas Carol”

To finish off the 2021 season at The Lamb’s Players Theatre, the organization presents “A Christmas Carol,” a whimsical adaptation of the iconic Charles Dickens story, adapted and directed by Kerry Meads. The shows will feature performances at 7 p.m. from December 21-24, with the final show on December 26. Find more information about the play and buy your tickets here

2022 Season

The theatre’s upcoming 2022 season is sure to attract visitors from near and far. From April 2 through June 12, you can catch the smash hit “Million Dollar Quartet.” This performance will focus on the combined works of Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis on an evening in 1956 that altered American music history forever. The theater will also perform “The Hound of the Baskervilles,” a suspenseful and incredibly fun Sherlock Holmes mystery. Finally, the 2022 season will wrap up with “Respect” highlighting the most iconic female singers of the 1960s, from Aretha Franklin to Joni Mitchell. 

These electric performances at the nearby Lamb’s Players Theatre are a must-see. Check out the Lamb’s Players Theatre’s website here for more information, and to buy tickets. 

Ring in the New Year at The Del

Seeking New Year’s Eve plans you’ll remember for years to come? Don’t miss The Del’s Roaring 20’s Speakeasy Gala in the Crown Room, where a decadent feast, live music and good company are sure to keep the energy high as we ring in 2022.  

The spectacular event will feature a special live performance by award-winning band, The Mighty Untouchables, plus a live DJ, an open bar, memorable midnight champagne toast and so much more. 

Beyond entertainment, the special celebration will feature an extensive array of live-action food stations including a sushi table, carving station, seafood on carved ice and caviar station, to name a few. And for dessert? Expect an extra sweet menu of divine delicacies, from a “dolled up” chocolate mousse martini bar to “tin pan alley’ sweet shots. 

Guests are invited to arrive at 8 p.m. on December 31. If interested in attending, please browse the various ticket packages available ranging from general admission to a VIP ringside table.

Q&A: Executive Chef Stefan Peroutka on the Reimagined Dining Experience at The Del

Executive Chef Stefan Peroutka thrives on reaching new culinary heights—and most recently, that meant reimagining The Del’s dining experience as The Del completes its Master Plan. Prior to joining The Del—and bringing life to new innovative tastes and designs at ENO Market & Pizzeria, Sun Deck restaurant, Serea and more—Chef Stefan applied his classical European training while working at celebrated restaurants and top hotels around the world, from Austria to California, Portugal, Las Vegas and beyond. We caught up with the talented chef to learn more about his Austrian roots, San Diego- and Baja-inspired culinary creations and new dining experiences at The Del. 

What is your background in culinary arts and what inspired you to become a chef?

I always liked cooking from an early age on, but once I started my apprenticeship it just sucked me in. My first Chef & Mentor Volker Klein opened up my eyes to the endless possibilities in the culinary world. I was inspired by him to go out and learn about different styles of cuisine and embrace other cultures. I certainly have a classic European foundation in culinary arts but I have learned so much over the last 27 years in the field and every day is a new experience. 

How have your experiences growing up in Austria influenced the way you cook today?

I believe it has taught me to embrace simple ingredients and love for down to earth cooking and food.   

What drew you to lead a wide range of culinary operations at The Del?

What can I say, it’s The Del. It’s an amazing place. It presents its challenges, but I do not mind a good challenge. Early on, I saw the visions our owners and leadership team had for the property as a whole and for F&B at The Del. It was something I wanted to take on, to be a part of. I wanted to make part of The Del my own and maybe leave a bit of my own legacy in such a legendary place.

From ENO Market & Pizzeria to the Sun Deck, Babcock & Story Bar, and Serea – how has The Del’s Master Plan and reimagination evolved the dining experiences at the iconic seaside hotel? 

Our new additions have truly elevated the hotel. From the entirely restored Sun Deck with a new oceanfront, 360-degree bar to ENO Market & Pizzeria’s new indoor marketplace with grab-n-go food and new outdoor patio area for pizzeria dining, there is so much more variety for guests to enjoy. I am proud of what we’ve created, and we have a few more projects in the works that have yet to be revealed. It is an honor to offer contemporary and ever-evolving cuisine that keeps our guests coming back and gives them a chance to try something new with every visit. 

How has the Southern California beach lifestyle at The Del influenced your cooking style?

I would say it is more specifically San Diego and Baja California beach lifestyle that has influenced me in the last few years. I draw lots of inspiration from my team, colleagues, my weekend trips and the occasional night out exploring local favorites. It is a great area to explore and immerse yourself in. 

Other than The Del’s Chef Garden, what local farms/farmer’s markets do you shop at regularly?

I like to frequent some of the local markets when time allows—Hillcrest and Little Italy are always fun. For the hotel, we work closely with our vendors that provide bi-weekly farmer and local catch lists to us. We use these to source and incorporate items into our menu or create a special for one of our restaurants 

How do locally sourced ingredients play a role in the dining options?

It’s incredibly important to us. All the chefs on property embrace local ingredients and use them whenever possible. 

Beyond locally sourced ingredients, we also understand there’s a new initiative for the dining establishments at The Del to be more sustainable? Can you share more about this?
We looked at this from multiple angles, food sourcing of course is a big factor, as well as food waste reduction, water conservation, especially  in warewashing, eco friendly to-go vessels. It is a multilevel approach that we always review and improve on. 

With the Holidays upon us, there’s few major dining events at The Del including Christmas Eve Buffet, Christmas Day Buffet, New Year’s Event Roaring 20s Speakeasy and New Year’s Day Brunch. Can you share the scoop on the menu for each?

This year we brought back our spectacular Crown Room holiday events. We just finished Thanksgiving and it was a huge success. The new team that worked with me on these events really raised the bar and did an amazing job elevating the experience for our guests.

We still have limited availability for Christmas eve and Christmas day but seats are going fast.  We also created a new NYE experience—we are bringing the roaring 20s back alive with awesome entertainment, great drinks and a wide raging high and food selection that is really top notch. The event is designed to have you eat, drink, dance, and party all night right into the new year. It’s an all inclusive event that will be just a great all out party for our guests with lots of surprises and culinary delights. 

We understand when not at work that you’re an avid cyclist. What are some of your favorite local rides?

I love to climb on my bike, so anything out in the mountains is on my list. Great Western Loop, some hill repeats up Mount Helix, Honey Springs Rao, Lyon Valley, to name a few. If my schedule permits I also like to ride to work from Bonita where I live to Coronado up the Silver Strand.

Discover The Del’s Legendary Ice House Museum

Seeking to uncover The Del’s storied past? Look no further than the newly restored Ice House Museum — a legendary building that dates back to the early 1900s. As a part of The Del’s Master Plan and reimagination, the Ice House Museum has been thoughtfully updated for a brand new era. Here, guests are welcome to explore permanent exhibits and rotating displays highlighting The Del’s history, learn about the hotel’s many famous guests, explore century-old artifacts or reserve a Haunted Happenings Tour, Legendary Tour or Self-Guided Tour. 

The Ice House Museum

A piece of history itself, the masonry structure was first erected in the early 1900s and was used as the ice-making center for the entire island. Now, the museum is home to an extensive array of historical photos and artifacts — including dinnerware, signs, land deeds, rotating displays and permanent exhibits. Here, you can learn about the hotel’s many famous guests and events through pictures—including a Marilyn Monroe selfie spot — and see real artifacts and pieces used by hotel guests and staff over 100 years ago. 

The Haunted Happenings Tour 

This haunted tour takes you through the chilling history of The Del, and is led by the story of the infamous ghost of Kate Morgan. Kate Morgan was a guest who was found dead on the stairs of The Del, and legend has it, she still haunts the hotel to this day.

The Legendary Tour 

This tour features an in-depth, guided walking tour of the hotel’s historical past, and even includes access to behind-the-scenes areas of The Del. On this 90 minute tour, walk through the Victorian building and gardens while learning about The Del’s abundant history.

The Self-guided Tour 

The Del’s Self-guided tour gives guests the opportunity to explore the hotel’s past on their own. This tour offers a fun experience complete with letters, oral histories, audio reenactments and stories from the staff to uncover the hotel’s history on your own. 

Located just outside the Ice House Museum is The Legacy Court, which will host receptions and intimate cocktail parties. Preserving the history of the original hotel, The Legacy Court includes reclaimed bricks from the original industrial buildings from 1910. The Legacy Brick Program was created for friends of The Del to customize a brick—commemorating a special occasion or preserving the memory of a loved one.

With the new Ice House Museum and these exciting and informative tours, you can easily uncover the storied past of The Del. Admission to the museum is complimentary, and you reserve a tour online and find out more information here.

Explore The Del’s Upcoming Holiday Festivities

The Holiday season is in full swing at Hotel del Coronado. Turn up the cheer with an extensive array of festivities — from Skating by the Sea to the “At First Light” Light Show Spectacular. 

Christmas Eve at The Del

Celebrate Christmas Eve in the spectacular Crown Room at The Del for a lavish buffet. Complete with “culinary surprises and traditional favorites” the Christmas Eve event will be a night to remember surrounded by loved ones. Don’t miss this fantastic Christmas celebration, with stunning decorations and a two-story tree in The Del’s newly-restored lobby.

Skating by the Sea

What better way to celebrate the holidays than with some ice skating? At The Del’s Skating by the Sea, the beachfront ice rink gives guests the opportunity to skate amidst stunning views of The Pacific. Additionally, guests can enjoy festive cocktails and boozy hot chocolates from the Frostbite bar. 

“At First Light” Light show Spectacular

At The Del’s “At First Light” Light Show Spectacular, experience a captivating light orchestrated set to brilliant music on the Founder’s Lawn. Continuing through January second, the brilliant light show takes place every thirty minutes nightly from 5 p.m – 9 p.m.

Photo Courtesy of Hotel Del Coronado

Christmas Dining

Celebrate Christmas with a glorious holiday feast in the dazzling Crown Room. Indulge in an elegant buffet dinner on Christmas Eve and a special Christmas Day Brunch, complete with traditional fare and some gourmet surprises.

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New Year’s Day Brunch

Start the new year on the right foot with The Del’s New Year’s Day Brunch. Enjoy a wonderful meal in the elegant Ocean Room, featuring a chilled seafood bar, international cuisine and carving stations. Also available is the option to upgrade to the unlimited Mimosa and Bloody Mary Bar to ring in the New Year.

Photo Courtesy of Hotel Del Coronado

Whether you’re skating by the sea or enjoying a delicious, festive dinner, the holidays at The Del are a truly magical time of year. For more details on the cheer-filled events to come, visit our website.