STEAM Festival On State Street

STEAM FESTIVALDon’t miss the 2nd Annual VanGo! S.T.E.A.M. Festival on State Street in Front of Washington Elementary S.T.E.A.M. Magnet School in Little Italy on Saturday, June 11th from 12 – 6 p.m.

The creativity of local students comes to life with the S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) Festival, a FREE community event that features silly soap box car races; live musical and visual arts performances; interactive S.T.E.A.M. activities, a fine art exhibit; local vendors; food; and a beer and wine garden. Washington Elementary integrates their community partnerships with their curriculum by having local businesses sponsor the cars and together with sponsors, students and teachers; they design, engineer and build rolling sculptures!

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Summer Block Party at Liberty Station

Liberty StationCelebrate community and creativity at Liberty Station’s historic naval-base-turned-neighborhood during the Summer Block Party on Saturday, June 11th. Friends and neighbors are invited to this walkabout-style event to sample the newly opened eateries, dance along to live entertainment, partake in some family-friendly activities and a free outdoor yoga class, and discover all that San Diego’s latest neighborhood destination, Liberty Station, has to offer.

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The Corner Drafthouse Keeps It Simple

The Corner DrafthouseSan Diego’s Bankers Hill neighborhood is gearing up to celebrate the opening of a soon-to-be favorite local hangout. Opening early June, The Corner Drafthouse, located at 495 Laurel Street, will be a worthy destination for foodies, craft beer and cocktail enthusiasts alike. Their location near Balboa Park will also serve as a stopover for San Diego tourists.

Running the show and managing partners, Executive Chef Dan Sobek and David Creviston, plan to “wow” the neighborhood alongside former La Valencia Chef De Cuisine, Mark Pultz, with seasonal, farm-fresh West Coast fare at this American gastropub. In addition to down-home food favorites, a wall with over 70 local taps will showcase some of Southern California’s best brews. Guests can also expect a creative cocktail menu featuring seasonally inspired, house-made infusions and exceptional wine offerings.

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New Cucina Sorella In Kensington

Cucina Sorellacucina SORELLA Brings a Pasta-Forward Approach to Urban Kitchen Group’s Longstanding Kensington Location

A leader in San Diego’s culinary transformation for over two decades, celebrated restaurateur Tracy Borkum unveils cucina SORELLA—the newest sister concept to the Urban Kitchen Group collection of restaurants (CUCINA urbana; CUCINA enoteca in Del Mar, Newport Beach and Irvine).  

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Chef Table Dinners At Kettner Exchange

Kettner ExchangeThe Chef’s Table dinners at Kettner Exchange in the heart of Little Italy, bring eight to ten guests into the kitchen with acclaimed Executive Chef Brian Redzikowski for a masterfully curated and always creatively themed five-course dinner. Each dish is paired with a signature cocktail from EATER San Diego’s “2015 Bartender of the Year” and Beverage Director Steven Tuttle, or select wine, creating the ultimate fine dining experience.

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Memorial Day Weekend Dining Options

Memorial DayMemorial Day Weekend is synonymies with fun-filled days, good friends and even better food. These restaurants are offering Memorial Day Weekend specials to brighten everyones long weekend.

FIREHOUSE American Eatery + Lounge will celebrate Memorial Day Weekend in true American fashion with an all-day, all-American BBQ from on Monday, May 30. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., guests can enjoy $1 hot dogs, $1 ribs, $3 Coors Light; with a live music from a DJ starting at 3 p.m. to keep the party going  

Rustic Root | San Diego, California  

Soak in the Memorial Day Weekend sunshine and enjoy brunch with a view of San Diego’s historic and lively Gaslamp Quarter from the only dedicated restaurant rooftop downtown San Diego, Rustic Root. The restaurant’s contemporary brunch menu is packed with innovative and rustic takes on global comfort food will turn the restaurant into a brunch hotspot on Monday, May 30. On Memorial Day, brunch will be served both downstairs and on the rooftop for locals and visitors alike looking to celebrate the holiday out of the office. Rustic Root’s scenic rooftop, fantastic American / global comfort cuisine with a focus on local, seasonal and sustainable ingredients, plus its incredible craft cocktail program—which now includes a craft Bloody Mary cart—makes it one of San Diego’s best rooftop destinations for a Memorial Day Weekend brunch.

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Pechanga Microbrew & Craft Beer Festival

PechangaMicrobrew & Craft Beer Festival at Pechanga in the Temecula Wine Country brings in about 2,000 to taste beers from around So Cal & beyond

Micro and craft beer makers from throughout Southern California and beyond descend on Temecula Wine Country for one special afternoon. The 8th Annual Pechanga Microbrew Festival and Chili Cook-off happens Saturday, June 11 from 1:00p.m. to 5:00p.m. inside the Pechanga Resort & Casino Grand Ballroom. For one price, beer enthusiasts can taste unlimited samples of craft and small production brews from across Southern California, as well as selections from Northern California, the Midwest and east coast. Ticket holders also can enjoy limitless tastes of eight varieties of homemade chili, fired up by the award-winning chefs at Pechanga Resort & Casino.

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Father’s Day Fun For The Whole Family

Kettner Exchange
Kettner Exchange

With Father’s Day approaching on June 19th, we’re excited to share some of San Diego’s greatest dining specials and packages – perfect for the whole family!

Bellamy’s | Escondido, CA

Enjoy Father’s Day at Bellamy’s, a hidden gem in Escondido that incorporates locally sourced ingredients into a fine dining experience. Treat dad to an elevated dinner with a specials including deviled eggs with pork belly; short rib and Mexican prawns with pomme puree; rack of veal with pomme puree, and green peppercorn sauce; filet and Maine Lobster with wild mushroom and fingerling potatoes, and more. What better way to celebrate than with delectable modern cuisine and fine wines?

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Beers and Cheers at Quad Alehouse

Quad AlehouseQUAD ALEHOUSE TO CELEBRATE ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY ON MAY 26th

Cheers to one year of beer! Quad AleHouse, located on the third floor above Gaslamp Tavern at the corner of Fifth Avenue and E Street, will celebrate its one-year anniversary with a night of drink specials, bites, prizes and more from 5 p.m. until 2 a.m. on Thursday, May 26.

Open to the public, specials will include $4 Bulleit cocktails and Fernet deals throughout the night. In addition, Quad AleHouse will offer complimentary cocktails and free appetizers from 7 to 8 p.m. A photo booth will be set up for the occasion and guests are encouraged to enter raffles for a chance to win prizes from local breweries around the San Diego area. Pre-registration for the raffle is available at www.quadalehouse.com.

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Taste It All In Little Italy

Taste of Little ItalySan Diego’s Little Italy presents the 8th Annual “Taste of Little Italy-The culinary hub invites visitors to enjoy tastings from dozens of restaurants-

On Wednesday, June 15th the foodie event of the summer, “Taste of Little Italy,” will take place in San Diego’s Little Italy from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Visitors can stroll through the culinary hub to experience the neighborhood’s one-of-a-kind eateries. Ticketholders will receive a Taste Passport mapping out a list of participating restaurants and their menu offerings.

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Silo Craft Beer and Bites

SiloKick-off San Diego’s Craft Beer Month at the 6th Craft Beer + Bites event at SILO in Makers Quarters. Taking place on Friday, June 3rd from 5 – 9 p.m., the outdoor community space in the heart of downtown will be lined with unique pours from over 20 local breweries and a roster of gourmet food trucks, all to benefit local brewers through San Diego Brewers Guild. Drink in all that San Diego summer has to offer for a relaxed evening of tasty bites, crafty brews, fun outdoor games, local artisan vendors and live music!

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San Diego Spirits Festival Is Back

san diego spirits festival 1San Diego Spirits Festival is back for YEAR 8 AND they have some great new and old features to excite and tempt everyone.

The Marine Rock Band will be performing in the entrance to keep you happy when you first arrive. And yep Don Loco and his talented bartenders are back again. For their  8th year, they will have Craft Cocktails, Chef Demonstrations, Bartender Battles, Entertainment, Food Trucks, and visual entertainment.

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Sustainable Fishing Program By The Patio Group

The Patio Group

 

Director of Culinary Operations, Jason Hotchkiss, to Lead First-of-Its-Kind Fishing Initiative, Elevate Sustainable Seafood in San Diego

The Patio Group, San Diego’s favorite neighborhood-focused, pet friendly and sustainable restaurant group has introduced Chef Jason Hotchkiss as its new director of culinary operations. Passionate about ecologically responsible fishing practices, Hotchkiss has implemented a new sustainable fishing program for The Patio Group, which will be helmed from local Mission Beach institution and new The Patio Group restaurant, Saska’s Steak and Seafood.

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Cucina’s Summer In Pink Celebration

Cucina'a Summer in Pink

Everything’s coming up Rosé at CUCINA urbana (Banker’s Hill) and CUCINA enoteca (Del Mar). Toast to la dolce vita during CUCINA’s 2nd annual SUMMER IN PINK Celebration. Beginning June 1st through August 31st, CUCINA’s 2nd annual Summer in Pink celebration invites guests to toast with custom Rosé wine flights and specialty bottles for a unique summertime soirée.

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Three Sheets To The Wind Cocktail Menu

Grant Grill Cocktail MenuJust in time for summer, Grant Grill’s Chef de Bar, Cory Alberto has launched his newest seasonal cocktail menu curated with nautical intention. The menu spins off of traditional maritime tales, and includes distinctive coastal-inspired flavors and ingredients. Where better to enjoy cocktails like the new Star of India, infused with Old Harbor Navy Strength, then in the heart of San Diego, one of the largest port cities and Naval bases.

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True Food Educational Dinner Series

True Food KitchenTrue Food Kitchen is kicking off its educational community dinner series with the first event taking place today at 6 p.m. Each dinner will take place in the restaurant’s beautiful private dining room and will provide diners an opportunity to interact with Executive Chef Nathan and experience a custom four-course menu reflecting a select theme using locally sourced ingredients.

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Bacon and Barrels Festival Returns

Bacon and Barrels FestivalBacon & Barrels Festival

Bacon enthusiasts, rejoice! Everyone’s favorite strip of savory-goodness is making a big appearance in San Diego this May, and it’s time to reserve your tickets now.

Take 20% off any tickets by using our discount code SDFoodFindsBB16

The Bacon & Barrels festival is back, and this time it’s better than ever.  On Saturday May 21st, the hottest chefs from the finest local restaurants will prepare and serve small plates starring bacon in its most inventive forms. The best mixologists, brewers and wine makers will quench your thirst with refreshing bacon-based and bacon-inspired cocktails and brews. The event will feature equally impressive views, as it will be held on the waterfront at Embarcadero Marina Park South.

Bacon and Barrels Festival

This hog heaven will include artisan and local vendors, live music by The Spazmatics, demos by celebrity chefs and a whole lot of fun!  To celebrate special achievement in the bacon arts, one chef and one mixologist will be named the 2016 Jefe del Porko by well-known food enthusiasts. It’s pretty much the Bacon Oscars, and not one to be missed!

Tickets are now available for those 21 years and older and can be purchased here. Not to mention, all food and drink tastings are unlimited and included in the ticket prices. Go hog wild!

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Classic American Food At Encontro

Encontro

On the corner of University Avenue and 30th Street, in the hustle and bustle of North Park you will find Encontro. From the Spanish verb “encontrar”, which means to meet, find or to discover; Encontro will take you on a journey to rediscover classic American craft food.

The Paul Basile designed eatery opened in January and boasts an industrial-chic look with natural lighting, an open kitchen and a down-to-earth aesthetic. Black walls contrast the large windows that surround 30th Street and University, and bring the essence of North Park into Encontro. Guests can place their orders upon entry at the iPad station, after ordering diners can choose from table seating, bar seating, the outdoor patio, a stool that looks into the open-flamed grill or one that gazes out onto University Ave.

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Carnitas Snack Shack Expands To Waterfront Location

carnitas snack shackCarnitas’ Snack Shack Owners Hanis Cavin and Sara Stroud Bring Their Pork-Centric Eatery to the Waterfront

Culinary power couple Hanis Cavin and Sara Stroud along with their pet pig, Carnitas, are thrilled to announce the latest addition to their growing family of cult favorite, pork-centric eateries.  Carnitas’ Snack Shack’s new Embarcadero location boasts nearly 10,000-square-feet of prime waterfront real estate, capturing the essence of the quintessential Southern California lifestyle.

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Where to Find Gluten Free Desserts

Gluten Free Grapefruit Panna Cotta at Bracero
Gluten Free Grapefruit Panna Cotta at Bracero

Gluten helps food maintain its shape and for some, it can cause celiac disease, which prevents nutrients from properly being absorbed. If you’re gluten-intolerant or would like to try a gluten-free treat in honor of the month, visit these San Diego restaurants that provide delicious gluten-free desserts that are sure to satisfy any sweet tooth! gluten free

Mixing bold Latin flavors with clever Asian touches, Barrio Star incorporates vibrant flavors in all of their dishes. Missing out on chocolate indulgences due to your gluten-free diet? The Flourless Chocolate Chipotle Cake is just the dessert for you! Served with ganache and a scoop of vanilla ice cream, this treat comes without gluten… and disappointment! gluten free

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Brew and Food Fest Trading Tickets for Tweets

Brew and Food Festival

Brew & Food Fest Trading Tickets for Tweets

Beer lovers can tweet their way into the upcoming Brew & food Festival, slated for June 4 at Waterfront Park in stunning San Diego.

Six savvy social media users will be invited to enjoy “The Beerfriend Experience” at the highly-anticipated craft beer and culinary collision. The Beerfriend Experience includes:

  • Early entry to the Brew & Food Festival
  • 2 Madcraft VIP passes
  • Bragging rights

Here’s how it works: In the weeks leading up to the Brew & Food Festival, the @MotleyBrews crew will comb through Facebook, twitter and Instagram posts tagged with #Brewandfood to identify six motley characters they’d like to drink beer with. Winners will be announced on social media the week of May 22. Each winner will be invited to bring a guest to the Brew & Food Festival and “hang out” for the day with festival organizers, brewers, chefs, and media. Beer and food will be provided; transportation will not.

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Half-Priced Wine For A Dime at Bleu Boheme

Bleu BohemeCELEBRATE NATIONAL WINE DAY AT BLEU BOHÈME WITH HALF-PRICED WINE FOR A DIME

There are two occasions for wine lovers to toast on May 25th, when #WineWednesday and National Wine Day come together. Bleu Bohème, located at 4090 Adams Ave. in Kensington, will celebrate the occasion with half-off more than 30 wine selections and select bottles of wine available for one dime, available from open until close.

Bleu Bohème’s extensive wines au pichet menu, offering quarter and half liter carafes, includes a vast selection of flavorful wines. The special will apply to any wine purchases from 6 to 9 p.m.

Guests enjoying dinner will also have the opportunity to enjoy its extensive wine list at home with Bleu Bohème’s “Wine for a Dime” promotion. Guests who purchase a select bottle of wine with their meal may purchase a second bottle to take home for only 10 cents. The Wine for a Dime offer applies to select bottles of wine.

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Family Night At Mess Hall

Mess Hall Roast

Make it family night at Mess Hall as Executive Chef Tim Kolanko prepares a weekly roast highlighting the market’s seasonal bounty. This three-course, family-style dinner features a three-course prix-fixe menu of slow-roasted proteins, straight from Mess Hall’s wood-fired oven. An ever-changing menu, Chef Kolanko walks the market each Sunday, gathering freshly caught fish, large butcher cuts, handmade pastas and locally-sourced veggies to create such dishes as a fresh spaghetti with Baja stone crab, wood fired roasted broccoli with parmesan and an adobe roasted pork shoulder. Aiming to satisfy palates while educating diners, Chef Kolanko and his Sunday Roast are changing the way San Diegans interact with their plates, advocating transparency and accountability with every bite.

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