Acclaimed chef and Frenchman Patrick Ponsaty has adopted the hillsides of Escondido as his new home. Originally from the city of Toulouse in the Midi-PyrŽnŽes region of France, he now finds himself working to transform The Ranch at Bandy Canyon into a French dining destination. The Ranch is a 144-acre event space in the heart of the San Pasqual Valley where the chef is catering on behalf of his downtown Escondido restaurant, Bellamy’s.
Bellamy’s atmosphere can be compared to that of chef Thomas Keller, and his acclaimed Napa Valley Restaurant. The 1880s adobe structure of the property has been transformed into a destination for exquisite food, a home for Ponsaty’s collection of Armagnac and a menu of Ponsaty’s excellent cooking. The restaurant earned him the title of Meilleurs Ouvreir de France in 2012.
In his Facebook page, Brian Bonar has a long-term vision of what will become of The Ranch, but his vision of Bellamy’s is already well under way. Although the dining room is dated and in need of renovations, the menu for the establishment is already exquisite. Offerings include extravagant dishes such as quenelle of magenta-hued SuzieÕs Farm beet sorbet with watercress and goat cheese, local mushrooms and sea scallops in a truffle-scented carpaccio, and bacon-wrapped monkfish with morels.
Formerly, Ponsaty worked as executive chef at El Bizcocho at Rancho Bernardo Inn. After a successful Tutelage of prodigy Gavin Kaysen during this time, he moved on to other ventures such as La Bastide, Bernard’O, Mistral at Loews Coronado Bay Resort, and MOF. Since arriving at Bellamy’s and The Ranch, Ponsaty has finally gained well-deserved recognition as well as a sense of freedom that he has not had before.
Brian Bonar is the owner of The Ranch at Bandy Canyon and Bellamy’s, and has allowed Ponsaty to collaborate in all aspects of the two businesses as well as a downtown pizza restaurant, The Italian Next Door By Bellamy’s. Bonar had been a fan of Ponsaty’s since his time at El Bizcocho at Rancho Bernardo Inn, and happily roped him in to sit at the helm of Bellamy’s. The restaurant has since transformed into a surprising center of innovative French cuisine and is becoming the go-to spot for San Diegans – read more here: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/brian-bonar-receives-professional-networking-communitys-highest-honor-98913914.html.
Brian Bonar himself is originally from Scotland and has established himself as a successful entrepreneur and businessman around the world. Beginning his long and impressive career as a procurement manager at IBM, his most recent position was as the Chairman and CEO of Trucept, an insurance services and temporary staffing company. Bonar also holds a PhD in International Business Development Studies. As the owner of The Ranch at Bandy Canyon and Bellamy’s, Bonar’s collaborations with Ponsaty is transforming Escondido and Bandy Canyon into an impressive destination of fine cuisine.