Bluewater Grills in Southern California and Phoenix kick off the 2018 Bluewater Second Tuesday Monthly Tasting Series with a Jan. 9 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” – planned for Tuesday, Jan. 9 at Bluewater Grill restaurants in Newport Beach, Redondo Beach,Temecula and Phoenix; Bluewater Boathouse Seafood Grill in Coronado; and Bluewater Avalon on Catalina Island – are part of a month-long competition between the two European fish stews. The $34.95 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 Carlsbad will offer North San Diego County seafoodies their own neighborhood version of the annualBouillabaisse-vs.-Cioppino classic.

Seafood fans unable to attend the Jan. 9 celebrations can order the same fish stews for the regular menu price throughout January; while the French and Italian wines are included on Jan. 9 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, reservations are strongly advised.

For menus, locations and operating hours for the seven unique Bluewater restaurants in Southern California and Arizona, go to www.bluewatergrill.com.

About the Bluewater Family of Seafood Restaurants

Bluewater Grill serves the freshest sustainably caught or farm-harvested seafood, innovatively prepared, in an atmosphere of casual style and at a surprisingly affordable price.

In addition to the original location in Newport’s Cannery Village, there are Bluewater Grills at King Harbor in Redondo Beach, in the Camelback neighborhood of central Phoenix and in Temecula Wine Country in Southern California’s Inland Empire.

As part of the company’s commitment to one-of-a-kind settings, Bluewater Avalon and Bluewater Boathouse Seafood Grill serve locally caught seafood from two of Southern California’s most picturesque locations: over the water on Avalon Bay on Santa Catalina Island, and in the former Hotel del Coronado boathouse on Coronado Island in San Diego, respectively.

Most recently, Bluewater founders opened an eighth restaurant in Carlsbad Village in November 2017 and announced plans for an eighth location on the Santa Barbara beachfront in early 2018.

For details, go to www.bluewatergrill.com or visit us on Twitter or Instagram. Each Bluewater restaurant also has its own Facebook page for restaurant-specific menu offers, recipes, events and local happenings.

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