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Chef Claudette Zepeda finds her next chapter: opening signature restaurant at new Encinitas hotel

A little over a year after renowned local chef Claudette Zepeda shuttered her dream restaurant El Jardin at Liberty Station, she has unveiled plans for her next culinary venture in Encinitas.

Zepeda has been appointed the executive chef at Alila Marea Beach Resort, a bluff-top, oceanfront hotel opening early next year at 2100 N. Coast Highway 101. The new boutique hotel is part of Hyatt’s Alila luxury chain of 17 hotels in Asia, Africa and the U.S. Alila means “surprise” in Sanskrit.

An artist's rendering of VAGA restaurant in Encinitas

An artist’s rendering of VAGA restaurant at the Alila Marea Beach Resort, which will open in Encinitas in early 2021.

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The new resort will have 130 guest rooms and suites, 28,500 square feet of meeting space and two restaurants that will bear Zepeda’s distinctive stamp: The Pocket, a poolside bar and lounge, and VAGA, a global cuisine restaurant that Zepeda calls her “love letter” to the melting pot of international cuisines shew grew up on in San Diego.

Zepeda, 36, will oversee all culinary operations at those two restaurants, as well as the resort’s room service operation and the catering operation for banquets, meetings and special events. It’s the greatest career responsibility the Imperial Beach native has ever had, but she said she’s ready for the challenge after a year of personal growth.

The Chula Vista resident is best known for the authentic Mexican cuisine she cooked on Bravo’s “Top Chef” season 15 and on “Top Chef Mexico,” as well at El Jardin and the shuttered Bracero Cocina de Raiz in Little Italy.

She honed her cooking skills in her teens cooking in her aunt’s restaurant in Guadalajara, and after one year of culinary school in San Diego, she was mentored by well-known chefs Denise Roa and Gavin Kaysen.

El Jardin, she said, was meant to be “the legacy I was going to leave for my kids.” But owner Johan Engman pulled the plug on the high-end concept one year after its July 2018 debut, due to poor sales.

An artist's rendering of the Alila Marea Beach Resort in Encinitas

An artist’s rendering of the Alila Marea Beach Resort, which will open in Encinitas in early 2021.

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After she left El Jardin — which Engman then revamped into a more casual Mexican cantina concept — Zepeda said she took a healing trip to the coast of Oaxaca, where she grieved the closure and then decided to “take my life back.”

During her time at El Jardin, Zepeda collected many honors, including being named a semifinalist for the James Beard Award for Best Chef: West in 2019, a spot on Esquire’s 2018 Best New Restaurants list, a rave review in The New York Times and 2018 Chef of the Year honors from The San Diego Union-Tribune.

After the restaurant closed, endorsement and public appearance offers that she had been too busy to accept before suddenly became a way for her to expand her horizons.

“It was a year of learning opportunities and for growth. I always came from a place of ‘yes’ in my life, so

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Hotel Plus 2021 Will Open a New Chapter to Gather over 2,000 Exhibitors with The Exhibition Space Of 200,000 sqm

SHANGHAI, Nov. 2, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The 2021 edition of Hotel Plus show, organized by Sinoexpo Informa Markets, will be held from March 30th to April 2nd at Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC). Covering all the 17 halls of SNIEC, the mega event is expected to reach 200,000 sqm exhibition space. Exhibit categories have been fully optimized, include Ceramics, Bathroom Total Solutions, Building & Decoration, Engineering Design, Lighting & Intelligent Control Systems, Smart Hotel, Hotel Furniture, Hotel Supplies, Cleaning, Air Purification, Facility Management, Epidemic Prevention, Self-service, Smart Retail, In-store Displays, and Commercial Space, to serve as a one-stop purchasing platform of construction and operation for hotels and commercial space.

Hotel Plus 2021 will be held from March 30th to April 2nd at Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC).

“It’s been a tough year, we experienced many difficulties from event postponement, venue change to relocating exhibitors and reorganizing activities. Some companies delayed their event plan, but we also have welcomed many new participants. As event professionals we must strive to move forward and help exhibitors to meet the challenge. We were proud of ourselves when the Hotel Plus show in August kicked off,” said Ms Helen Du, Director of Hotel Plus, “Now 2021 is just around the corner. As the only B2B show in China targeting buyers from hotel and commercial space sector, Hotel Plus will keep its unique advantage in hotel supplies, engineering design and lighting, and continue to expand further into cleaning, smart retail and commercial design to attract a broader spectrum of trade visitors.”

New hall layout of Hotel Plus 2021

Hotel Plus 2021 will gather more than 2,000 suppliers from hotel and commercial space industry under one roof. The booth reservation is growing against the economic downturn. So far, brands who have confirmed to exhibit at the show include Sleemon, Canasin, povodo, xshuai, SSWW, COSO, FANYI Signage, OPPLE, TENNE, youwe, JSHDE, Power Dekor, Golden Sail, Groupe GM, LMZ, Sidefu, Gold Sanitary Ware, Zhongcheng, Dr.OPPEAL, CANWIN, SQ Hotel Linen, SOUTH, GREE, GIMIG, YAGAO, YouMian, KANGCAI, Coburg, Ming Fai, LIERKANG, Kinen, IGE, Qualicer, Zhengyi, BETONBAU, LUONNE, Xiefuchun, PADOM, Guanghao, haicheng-tex, Pengyuan, Guest Supply, GCS, Xin Jie Weaving, Yining, JOBO, Vilai Cosmetics, Shangguo, MSA, LG, Guiheng, Hyundai L&C, BVEI, PENSEN, Nanhai Space Sanitary Ware, Haotai, Hanhe, bittel, Be-Tech, Puietel Technology, JELON, Laffey Electric, Kingint, TCL, QUEENSO, bymiot, GREATSART, Keruide, ITO, SHJR, FSILON, FLOVA, Tetch Electronic, kuaierte, LONYEON, and SOQO.

Apart from products showcasing, Hotel Plus will have a variety of onsite activities during the show dates dedicating itself to working as a social hub for the community. Design Week Shanghai, Hotel Culture Week, Charm of Light, China Mall Show and many more exciting conferences and competitions will gather industry insiders from hotel groups, shopping malls, real estate developers as well as architecture and design circle at Hotel Plus to experience innovative exhibition form and space.

China International Building and Interior Design Forum at Hotel Plus 2020

If you’re interested in Hotel Plus, please go to https://en.jiagle.com/cs-hotelplus/for more information.

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Hotel Plus is China’s leading trade show catering to hospitality and commercial space industry. Serving as one-stop sourcing platform for hotels, restaurants, clubs, retail shops, shopping malls and

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