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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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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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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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!

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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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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Celebrate National Hamburger Day

National Hamburger dayIn the land of the free, nothin’ screams America like NATIONAL HAMBURGER DAY! Set your grill to “FLAME ON” come MAY 28th, ‘cause here’s the scoop on where to get the most bun-tastic bites west of the Mississippi. From C Level’s sleek steakhouse to kid-friendly Corvette Diner and Soda & Swine’s expertly paired burgers and brews, we have the lowdown on the best buns you can get your hands on!

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Craft Beer Week

Craft Beer Week True North TavernIt’s hard to argue that the best way to celebrate American Craft Beer Week is by visiting San Diego’s bars with a plethora of local craft brews for you to choose from. There’s something about the sun and the city’s laid-back atmosphere that enhance the enjoyment of a cold craft brew. It might be the freshness of local kegs being tapped shortly after shipping out. It could be San Diego’s establishments’ eagerness to show off those local creations that are winning awards across the country and the world.  Whatever it is – join your west coast beer neighbors to celebrate the lagers, ambers, IPAs and more that American brew masters are producing and perfecting. Kick off the drinking on May 16th; order a pint, a mug or a bottle and join in on the American Craft Brew festivities at any of these San Diego bars.

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New Spring and Summer Menu at Bottega

San Diego Food Finds Bottega AmericanoAs the seasons change and the weather grows warmer, people are longing for light and refreshing cocktails and dishes to satisfy their taste buds. Executive Chef David Warner at Bottega Americano, has created new menu items bursting with bright colors and fresh flavors.

Start off your meal strong with spring and summer sippers inspired by Italian classics and served with a modern twist. Grab a seat at the bar and sip a Bottega Seasonal Cocktail with Bols Genever, ginger beer, mulberries, blackberries and mint, or toast to the sweet life with the La Dolce Vita. One taste of our blend of pear infused vodka, Carpano Bianco, cucumber, mint, grapefruit bitters and lime will instantly transport you to Lido Beach.

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Winemaker Dinner at Bracero

BraceroBracero’s Meet the Winemaker dinner is back! On Monday, May 23, Bracero Cocina de Raiz will offer diners a unique opportunity to meet Phil Gregory of Vena Cava Winery located in Valle de Guadalupe. Bringing the essence of Valle de Guadalupe to the city of San Diego, this wine tasting experience is one not to miss.

Known for their inventive wine making techniques, Vena Cava is a leader in the new generation of winemakers that have sprouted in Valle de Guadalupe. Vena Cava aims to create a harmony between high quality wines and the sustainability of the land. Beginning at 6:00 p.m., enjoy a night of wine and food on the upstairs patio of one of Little Italy’s most popular destinations. Bracero will be serving Vena Cava’s Sauvignon Blanc, Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Big Blend, which will be accompanied by small plates from the Bracero kitchen. Toast the end of the evening with an exquisite glass of Vena Cava’s sparkling Rosé Barbera.

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