Patio Dining at The Prado at Balboa Park

The PradoThe Prado is winner of numerous local and national awards for its location and cuisine. Strategically positioned in the architecturally stunning House of Hospitality, it is the only full-service restaurant in world-famous Balboa Park.

Surrounded by museums, theaters, gardens, and fountains, the Prado is a destination for both tourists and locals. It is a striking combination of lush landscapes, structural designs, and cultural attractions. With multiple choices for dining, including an enclosed terrace, open-air patio, and lively lounge, it’s easy to find the right atmosphere for your visit. The restaurant is also a favorite for catering that special occasion or event.

Executive Chef Jonathan Hale brings a unique style and flavor to his dishes, drawing from an eclectic life and career that spans the globe. Born in India and raised in London, Chef Hale was professionally educated at the Culinary Institute of America in New York City. From there he worked at some of the world’s finest restaurants in Colorado and Hawaii, finally landing in San Diego in 2001. Whenever possible, Chef Hale is adamant about supporting local farmers. He enjoys creating new and exciting dishes and watching his guests marvel at the textures and flavors.

Read more about The Prado in the Food Lover’s Guide to San Diego and the San Diego Chef’s Table: Extraordinary Recipes From America’s Finest City.

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San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival

San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival

NOVEMBER 16th-23rd, 2014

Celebrate eleven years of decadence at the West Coast’s most talked about wine and culinary celebration. This year’s action-packed line-up features cooking classes, tasting panels, celebrity chef dinners, and multiple tasting events showcasing San Diego’s fresh and flavorful food scene and the chefs that make it happen.

San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival

As one of the largest wine and food festivals in the nation, the San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival has helped shine the light on San Diego’s thriving food scene. We’ve got our eyes and ears peeled for the city’s most drool-worthy restaurants and newest food trends to hit the streets, bringing you an epicurean experience unlike any other. The magnitude of culinary talent in San Diego combined with an international showcase of the world’s premiere wines and spirits, and the nation’s trendsetting culinary masters, makes attendance at the San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival a mouthwatering feast and precursor to the Thankgiving holiday.

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Little Italy Festa October 12th

little-italy-festaLittle Italy Festa

Sunday, October 12, 2014 from 10:00am to 6:00pm

The Little Italy Association (LIA) and a small group of community members organized a festival that celebrated Italian culture not only in the entertainment provided, on the one stage, but the types of vendors that were allowed to display their wares along India Street.

FESTA! highlights include:

  • Italian food served al fresco throughout the neighborhood reflecting a wide variety of specialties
  • Music on 3 stages featuring the familiar and the new
  • Cooking demonstrations/contests
  • Gesso Italiano (Italian Chalk) chalk art painting before your eyes;
  • Chalk art for kids
  • Kids Fun Zone with inflatables, face painting, balloon art
  • Italian Motor Sports Exhibit featuring cars and motorbikes
  • Stickball Exhibition Game
  • Bocce Ball Tournament

Get my new book here, just in time for the Festa!

New Book By Maria Desiderata Montana (History Press/Release Date October 7th, 2014)
New Book By Maria Desiderata Montana (History Press/Release Date October 7th, 2014)

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Julian Apple Days Festival

Julian Apple Days FestivalOct. 4 & 5, 2014

A special weekend full of fun for the whole Family!

As part of Julian’s Apple Days Celebration, a two-day Apple Days Festival will be held October 4th and 5th at Menghini Winery featuring apple displays, music and dancing, an antique tractor display, children’s games and activities, gold panning demonstrations, a beer and wine garden, food and merchandise vendors, contests, and, of course, apple pie. The event runs from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., both Saturday and Sunday. The admission is $5 for adults with children 12 and under free of charge.

In 1907, Julian apples won the prestigious Wilder Medal, the highest award given by the American Pomological Society. Hard-working ranchers wanted to celebrate, town leaders wanted to interest outsiders in Julian’s future so preparations got underway for a great event, a harvest home, a fall festival undefined and they called it Apple Day. On October 9, 1909, colorful displays of various varieties of apples were set up in Town Hall, there was an all-night dance, free food, some speeches and a baseball game with Ramona. There was foot racing, rooster-pulling on horseback, and fancy riding tricks by individual horsemen. Newspaper accounts estimated the crowd from 200 to 2,000. Subsequent annual celebrations would attract upwards of 45,000 people.

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