In the Kitchen with Chef de Cuisine JC Colón of Flour & Barley
Flour & Barley, located at The Headquarters at Seaport, is a great eatery for brick oven pizza, craft brews (over 150 on tap, in bottles or cans), signature cocktails and delicious appetizers. With two locations, one in Las Vegas and their second location here in San Diego, this spacious establishment features exposed brick walls clad with metal rivets reminiscent of World War II aircraft carriers, as well as lighting elements salvaged from decommissioned war ships.
The Chef de Cuisine, JC Colón, shares the Farm House pizza recipe on In the Kitchen.
Farm House Pizza
Why did you pick the specific toppings for the Farm House pizza? The toppings were chosen to complement the richness of the egg yolk. You have the great salty-sweetness of the pork belly, cotto ham and fennel sausage, combined with that rich, runny egg, it’s a perfect match. What's the process of making the dough? We start with our sourdough starter (biga- a type of pre-fermentation used in Italian baking. Our biga was brought over from Campania and is more than 100 years old.) The starter is especially unique because we have been growing it for more than two years. We started in Las Vegas and brought it over to San Diego, where we feed it Coronado IPA to give it a unique flavor. We portion a certain amount of that starter that we add to our flour and add oil in the dough-making process. What's the key component to this dish? Besides the dough itself, I would have to say it’s the egg. The egg has to be runny so when you cut into the yolk you’re able to enjoy the richness of the yolk in every bite. What's a good beer and/or cocktail to pair with this dish? I would suggest the Coronado Stingray IPA, a local IPA. It’s actually the same beer that’s used in the dough making process, so the pairing is perfect.
Chef de Cuisine JC Colón shares one of Flour & Barley's finest pies, the Farm House Pizza.
What kind of experience will a diner get at Flour & Barley?
We want every diner to feel like they are at home. We’re very family-friendly and we have high-quality ingredients and a great local beer selection. There’s really something for everyone, whether you’re a San Diego resident or a visitor.
About JC Colón
Are you from San Diego?
I was born and raised in San Diego and have been here my entire life.