November 2017 Around Town 2

Bluewater Grill Names Managers for Carlsbad Location

Bluewater Grill Carlsbad has announced that two long-time north San Diego County residents have assumed the roles of managing partner and executive chef at the newest Carlsbad Village destination for fresh, sustainable seafood, monthly chef’s tastings and neighborhood happy hours.

Giorgio Tegami, a 30-year restaurant veteran, has been named Bluewater Grill Carlsbad managing partner and general manager. The Milan, Italy, native and long-time Carlsbad resident comes from Il Fornaio, where he opened the Irvine, Carmel-by-the-Sea and Coronado restaurants as general manager before being asked to launch the company’s upscale seafood concept, Canaletto Ristorante Veneto, in Newport Beach.

Art Garcia of San Marcos, previously the executive chef for Fish House Vera Cruz restaurants in Carlsbad, Temecula and San Marcos, has taken on similar duties at Bluewater Grill Carlsbad. Garcia opened Bluewater Grill Temecula as executive chef in 2014 and will bring his years of experience in grilling, fresh-fish preparation and gourmet seafood and shellfish recipe creation back to Carlsbad.

“We are thrilled to hand-pick a culinary and management team that is connected to both Carlsbad and the many nuances of seafood preparation and signature dish and recipe creation,” explained Jimmy Ulcickas, Bluewater co-founder and co-owner. “At Bluewater Grill, our mission isn’t just to serve the absolute freshest fish, but to showcase the amazing culinary possibilities of seafood that is both sustainably harvested and innovatively prepared. Giorgio and Art have the experience and local relationships to help us do just that.”

Bluewater Grill is open now in a completely redesigned and expanded space at 417 Carlsbad Village Drive.

Oska Wellness Brings On 
Two Executives

Oska Wellness, a technology company committed to developing consumer health and wellness products, announced two key additions to its executive leadership team with the hiring of Mike Regan as Chief Operating Officer and Gary Acord as Chief Financial Officer.

“I’m delighted to announce that Mike and Gary are joining our team,” said Greg Houlgate, CEO/President Oska Wellness. “We’re building great momentum here at Oska Wellness.  Mike and Gary bring deep leadership experience at a time when we’re focusing on its next phase of growth. This is an exciting time for the company.”

Mike Regan will oversee the procurement, manufacturing, and fulfillment of the supply chain, as well as customer service and information systems.  Regan is a seasoned executive with over 35 years’ experience in private and public software companies. He has a broad operational expertise in customer training and support, information technology, product development and professional services. Regan has played a key role in helping such companies as Sybase, KACE Networks, and Alteryx expand their global footprint in the EMEA and Asia Pacific regions.

Gary Acord was most recently at Alteryx, Inc. where he served as CFO for five years. He previously held a variety of strategic and finance leadership positions with a number of companies, including KACE Networks, MusicMatch, Inc. and SalesLogix. He also had a long career with KPMG, where he was a managing partner.

Oska introduced Oska® Pulse in 2016, a small, portable, hands-free wearable device that relieves pain, muscle stiffness and inflammation.

Kelly Cardenas Honored with Community Service Award

State Assemblyman Rocky Chavez recently attended the Friends of La Posada luncheon to present an award for outstanding community service to Kelly Cardenas. Kelly and his crew at Kelly Cardenas Salon dedicate their time offering free haircuts for the homeless and use their talents in many different ways to give back to the community.

Chuck Samuelson Gives Back with Kitchens for Good

Carlsbad resident Chuck Samuelson, founder of San Diego non-profit Kitchens for Good, is literally saving lives and creating jobs in San Diego for at-risk youth and residents. 70% of Kitchens for Good’s operating budget is funded by its catering and events. They’ve recently launched a line of Savory Spreads (spicy mustards and ketchups, savory jellies) which are available online. Giving Back Never Tasted So Good.

Thanksgiving Dining at Park 
Hyatt Aviara

Gather with the family at Park Hyatt Aviara Resort Golf Club & Spa to celebrate Thanksgiving. The resort will feature three special menu options at Vivace, Argyle Steakhouse, and California Bistro.

VIVACE: Join us for a special four course Thanksgiving Menu. Available from 5:00pm-9:30pm. $78.00 per person. Our a la carte menu will also be available.

ARGYLE STEAKHOUSE: Gather together for an elaborate Thanksgiving Brunch Buffet that includes all the trimmings. Available from 10:00am-2:00pm. Adults $89, Kids 6-12, $32 (prices exclude tax and gratuity). A special 3-course menu will also be available for $68 per person and offered from 5:00pm-9:30pm. Our a la carte menu will also be available.

CALIFORNIA BISTRO: Gather together for an elaborate Thanksgiving Brunch Buffet that includes all the trimmings. Available from 10:30am-2:30pm. Adults $89, Kids 6-12, $32 (prices exclude tax and gratuity). For details and reservations please contact 760-448-1234 or visit

Aaron Chang “Everglow”

Carlsbad LIfestyle celebrates the mastery of award winning, internationally acclaimed artist Aaron Chang with this full image of “Everglow.” Aaron’s fine art photography has been published all over the world. He was kind enough to edit “Everglow” for our cover this month and we want to share the full image here for you to enjoy.