Slideshow SLIDESHOW: Behind the Scenes: Keegan Gerhard's Sunshine on a Plate at D Bar, San Diego

[Photographs: Erin Jackson]

Citrus season came a bit late this year, which bummed out Keegan Gerhard, co-owner of D Bar (and frequent Food Network host) to no end. Sipping on clementine Izze soda was the closest he could get to satisfying a craving for citrus, one of his all-time favorite elements to showcase in desserts.

When the citrus crop finally came around, he decided to make the most of it by creating the "Sunshine on a Plate" ($10), a dessert designed to wow diners (and challenge his team of pastry chefs). The playful, yet elegant creation sings the praises of citrus, with elements like citrus glass, oven-dried meringue, and three different sorbets.

There are three main components: a buttermilk panna cotta with tangerine sauce, a mixed citrus tart, and a "blown-apart lemon tart".

The celebration of citrus is available until the end of May, at which time, a new plated dessert centered around one ingredient will emerge: a study of strawberries sourced from Suzie's Farm.

Take a look at how this stunning dessert comes together in the slide-show above.

D Bar

3930 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92103 (map) dbarsandiego.com

About the author: Erin Jackson is a food writer and photographer who is obsessed with discovering the best eats in San Diego. You can find all of her discoveries on her San Diego food blog EJeats.com. On Twitter, she's @ErinJax

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