Organic Fresh Pasta In Little Italy

Organic Fresh Pasta In Little Italy
Photo by Maria Desiderata Montana

Known for their fresh homemade pasta, Bencotto Italian Kitchen and its “little brother” restaurant next door, Monello, have made a big change this year. Both restaurants are saying arrivederci to normal pasta as they announce they will only be serving organic pasta. After extensive research and taste testing, owners Valentina and Guido selected a supplier in Parma, Italy which offers a large selection of organic flours, certified among the best in the world.

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San Diego Spirits By The Bay Festival

Taste Southern California’s finest local craft spirits this October at the San Diego Spirits By The Bay Festival, San Diego’s first event of its kind. Hosted by the San Diego Distillers Guild, the festival will offer tastings of hand-crafted spirits, paired with delicious bites from local restaurants and food trucks. The one-of-a-kind event will feature only local spirits and distillers, where they’ll feature vodka, bourbon, whiskey, rum, gin and more. Additionally, ticket holders will have the opportunity to meet the distillers themselves.

Mendocino Farms Steps in to Provide Hurricane Relief

On Monday, October 2nd, Mendocino Farms (with local outposts in La Jolla and Del Mar) will be participating in “One Night, One Meal, One Nation” Dine Out Day. The charity evening is part of a greater national effort organized by Ti Adelaide Martin and Lally Brennan of Commander’s Palace, the Greater New Orleans Foundation, and the Louisiana Restaurant Association. As part of the special evening, participating restaurants (including Mendocino Farms) will donate a portion of the proceeds towards individual grants for hospitality workers, as well as to Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign, and local school partners in the greater Houston and Florida Gulf communities.

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Jalisco Cantina Opens in Oceanside

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Oceanside’s iconic Coast Highway just added a new foodie destination to its eclectic restaurant scene with Jalisco Cantina! Their name, “Jalisco,” combines two Nahuatl words and is the language of the Aztecs meaning “sandy place.” It is also home to the blue agave plant and some of the finest tequilas in the world. Jalisco Cantina’s scratch kitchen is dishing out some authentic Central-Coastal Mexican specialties that raise the bar on fresh Mex, and are developed to pair beautifully with their line-up of fine tequilas and uniquely prepared hand-crafted cocktails.

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Nomad Donuts Grand Opening

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Nomad Donuts will celebrate the launch of its new North Park shop with a public Grand Opening on Friday, October 13 from 5 to 8 p.m. Taking place at 3102 University Avenue, this evening will offer guests complimentary bites of Nomad’s globally-inspired donuts and pastries as well as Montreal-style bagels and sandwiches, while supplies last. Guests will also have multiple chances to win Nomad Donuts gift cards and garb throughout the evening and into the weekend.

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Full-On Foodies Flock To The Cork and Craft

1st course. Strawberry Burrata Tartine: sourdough, caviar, mint pesto, and compressed strawberry radish.

With a menu that strikes an edible equilibrium of bar food with steady entrées that attract full-on foodies, Executive chef Scott Cannon is changing the way people think about dinner at The Cork and Craft.  “The best thing about being a chef is having something that is constantly pushing me to be better everyday, ” he says. “I  love teaching and expressing myself through food.”

2nd course. Heirloom Tomato Salad: sun dried tomato biscuit, ramp pesto, arugula, and basil ricotta purée.

Cannon attended the Institute of Technology Culinary Arts program, but his hands-on training came from Paul McCabe and the culinary team he worked with at Kitchen 1540; his first kitchen job in San Diego.

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