You & Yours Distilling Co. Releases Old Tom KEXFest Returns for a Third Year
El Chingon to Feature Two Year Anniversary Specials
SDCM Restaurant Group–which operates Kettner Exchange, The Grass Skirt, Devil’s Dozen Donuts, Firehouse and Vin de Syrah–would like to announce its third annual KEXFest, which will be held at Little Italy’s Kettner Exchange on Sunday, May 16, 2019. As with previous years, the entire Kettner Exchange and Devil’s Dozen Donuts property on Kettner Boulevard will be transformed into an immersive culinary experience.
Ramen Menma to Offer Cold Ramen for Summer
Friday, April 19, 2019
Claudette Zepeda-Wilkins X Sidecar Doughnuts
Tillamook, a popular dairy brand from Oregon, is coming to San Diego on a Summer Scoop Series tour from May 17-29. The brand has teamed up with You & Yours, Thorn Brewing, Crackheads in Carlsbad, and more for collaborations that are free and open to the public. They’re bringing their newly branded VW buses and ice cream carts for free samplings. A full list of stops is here.
Neighborhood Closing Party
Little Italy Food Hall to Host Spring Cocktail Party
You & Yours Distilling Co. is releasing Old Tom, their first grain-to-glass spirit, today at its East Village tasting room. The Old Tom was distilled with a variety of botanicals, including juniper, lemon, rose hips, cinnamon and clove, and then rested in a red blend wine barrel from Paso Robles for six months. Due to the small batch nature of this release, quantities are extremely limited and will be available starting today for purchase (bottle or straight taste, no cocktail application) exclusively at the Tasting Room.
Cusp Dining & Drinks
Juniper & Ivy and Shake Shack Team Up for Burger Collaboration
Lost Coast Meadery Takes Home Awards
Blue Bridge Hospitality recently announced that a new French bistro-inspired restaurant called “Little Frenchie” will open in Coronado. Taking the place of Blue Bridge’s former West Pac Noodle Bar, the 1,600 square-foot restaurant will be located in Coronado’s historic Pacific Western Bank and will be helmed by a Bouchon alum.
Plus Cucina Sorella’s new menu, a new ramen at Menya Ultra and more
Jason Gethin has joined the restaurant as its new chef de cuisine. Gethin’s new dishes include: mushroom polenta, made with wild mushrooms, green onion vinaigrette and parmesan cheese; grilled levain bruschetta, topped with smashed peas, lemon, feta cheese and pea shoots; Faroe Island salmon served with Bloomsdale spinach, potatoes, oyster mushrooms, clam broth and breakfast radish; and house-made pappardelle with wild boar ragu, red cabbage, lemon and ricotta cheese; among others.
Bubbles & Brunch at JRDN
Urban Solace and Solace and the Moonlight Lounge’s Matt Gordon Moves to Blue Bridge Hospitality
JRDN at Tower23 recently launched their Bubbly and Brunch program featuring the month’s top bubbles poured and paired with executive chef David Warner’s three-course menu. Sommelier Chris Delany heads up the drinks portion of the experience. The next includes Delany’s favorite selections at a “JRDN’s Favorites” Bubbly and Brunch on April 7.
Carlsbad’s Park 101 will be serving specialty brunch dishes, as well as their weekend Mega-mosas. gets you a bottle of Cupcake Prosecco and your choice of orange juice, guava or strawberry puree. All mothers will also receive a complimentary mimosa on Sunday, May 12thwhen they come in during brunch, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Reservations are highly encouraged and can be made by emailing email@example.com.
Stone Finally Adds a Burger to Its Menu, Among Other Changes
Friday, May 17, 2019
Friday, April 5, 2019
Chris Pisani Wine Dinner
New Boba Tea Spot Opening on Convoy
Fundamentals of Blind Tasting Class with Lindsay Pomeroy at Cucina Urbana
Friday, May 10, 2019
Chong’s title is now Executive Chef of Puesto at the Headquarters. Edgar has been at Puesto at the Headquarters since 2016 and has worked his way up from line cook, working closely under Puesto’s founding executive chef Luisteen Gonzalez from the beginning. A Tijuana native, Edgar staged at Noma while he was in school at the Culinary Art School (in Tijuana), and is inspired by Scandinavian cuisine. In his new role, he’ll have direct input on the menu at Puesto at the Headquarters, adding new menu items starting in June with the next seasonal menu change. Chef Chong will continue to work closely with Chef Katy Smith, Puesto’s executive creative chef who oversees all six locations, as well.
20 of the best cheesemakers from across the country and around the world will team up with San Diego’s world-renowned drinks scene for the Liquid City Cheese Expo 2019 at Brick in Liberty Station. Five cheesemakers collaborated with San Diego drinks companies to make a one-off San Diego cheese just for the event and can be found exclusively at Venissimo. These include a stinky cow’s milk from Jasper Hill in Vermont washed in Pure Project beer, blue cheese from Valley Ford in Northern California soaked in Vesper Vineyards petite Syrah and Beehive cheddar from Utah rubbed with Mostra coffee, to name a few. Buy tickets here.
Born & Raised to Host Exclusive Wine Dinner Series
Friday, March 22, 2019
Pendry San Diego and Bub’s Naturals are partnering for their first-ever Celebrity Charity Event at Nason’s Beer Hall on Saturday, April 27 from 7-10 p.m. A portion of food and drink proceeds and all live auction proceeds with support The Glen Doherty Memorial Foundation – a charity organization focused on providing current and former special operations professionals, from all branches of the government, the means necessary to transition and succeed in civilian life. Guest bartenders include a variety of professional athletes and servicemembers.
Friday, March 29, 2019
Manten Ramen to Open in Hillcrest
La Jolla’s mainstay Italian gelato shop, Bobboi Natural Gelato, has opened its second location in the Little Italy Food Hall. The location at the Little Italy Food Hall is the first of two planned locations in the neighborhood, with a standalone Bobboi shop set to open in late spring within the AV8 apartment building at the corner of Kettner Boulevard and Ivy Street.
Galaxy Taco will still be holding Taco Tuesday, which will occasionally be a taco takeover, but they’re changing things up a bit. The main focus this year will be a new event: Taco Wars. Once a month, two chefs will battle it out and each chef will be responsible to create one taco that will compete with one another. They will be holding three rounds of two chefs (once a month), out of those three rounds all winning chefs come back for the final round in which three chefs will battle it out for the title of Galaxy Taco Wars Champ. The winner will receive the title of Galaxy Taco Wars Champ, a Taco Wars Trophy (which will get passed on to recent winners) and a donation set to the charity of their choice. The first is on April 2 between Jason McLeod of Ironside/CH Projects and Jason Knibb of Nine-Ten.
Seven Seas Craft Beer & Food Festival to Launch at Sea World
Edgar Chong promoted to Executive Chef at Puesto at the Headquarters
Chef Javier Plascencia & Chef Oscar Torres of Animalón in the Valle de Guadalupe have begun taking reservations for their third season in operation. Situated under a hundreds-of-years-old oak tree, the tasting menu-style meal is offered in three, five or eight courses for both lunch and dinner service this time. Adding to the changes, a full vegetarian menu is also available and guests will no longer be able do dine a la carte as they have been in the past. Guests will also be treated to an al fresco lounge, complete with bar, couches and fire pit, to enjoy before and after their meal. Reservations can be made here.
Could you include in Friday 5? Chef Brad and the team at Trust Restaurant have unveiled a new seasonal menu. Sugar snap peas, English peas and vines, and scallions star in several of the dishes. Other spring-centric ingredients highlight San Diego spot prawns, Mangalista tomahawk pork chops, Australian wagyu and Hawaiian kampachi.
Shake Shack and Juniper & Ivy are joining forces from April 22-28 in honor of the new Shake Shack outpost opening in Little Italy on April 28. Chef Anthony Wells has created a limited edition “ShackMeister” burger available at Juniper & Ivy . The “ShackMeister”, inspired by the menu item at Shake Shack, is given a twist with two house-made patties, beer-infused raclette, shallots pickled overnight in Hoppy Dank Ale from local brewery Modern Times, and a rendition of the traditional “Shack Sauce”, all stacked on a house-fermented potato roll and topped.
Menya Ultra debuted a new ramen on their menu this past week. The spicy miso ramen comes with three levels of heat, pork broth, miso, mackerel flakes, fish-flavored oil and garlic oil along with two slices of chasiu and other ramen toppings. Though it is a limited-time offering, it is expected to be on the menu for some time.
Born & Raised’s sommelier Rafael Peterson is collaborating with global wineries to release rare, older vintages and pairing these stunning wines with a curated menu by chef Ted Smith. Born & Raised is selecting their best cuts of meat and dry aging them for this intimate dining experience for up to 15 diners. The evening will culminate in educating guests on the unique characteristics of these wines. The cost is 0, inclusive of tax and gratuity. The first is with Chateau Musar on Wednesday, May 29.
Terra American Bistro Releases Meat & Three Menu
Stop by Neighborhood Monday, March 25 starting at 5pm for their Closing “for now” Party and help them say goodbye to the past and usher in a new era. Make an offer at their swap meet as they sell off everything before their six-month renovation of the reimagined space. The event will have guest bartenders, a guest DJ and they’ll serve a few bites as a sneak peek of what’s to come on the future menu.
Bobboi Now Open at Little Italy Food Hall
Friday, April 26, 2019
Ranch 45 Mother’s Day Cooking Class
Every month Sidecar partners with a different chef as part of the Sidecar Chef Series, wherein they invite a guest chef to create a Sidecar doughnut of their very own. The flavor is featured for a month, with a portion of proceeds going to a charity of the chef’s choosing. For the month of May, Sidecar’s partner is San Diego’s own Claudette Zepeda-Wilkins of El Jardin. Hers is a spiced cake doughnut topped with a house made carrot mole glaze and finished with black & white sesame seeds. A portion of all proceeds goes to Zepeda-Wilkins’ charity of choice, Alliance of Moms.
AR Valentien’s Artisan Table Signature Wine Series will next feature winemaker Chris Pisani from ZD Wines in Napa. The dinner will be on April 4 from 7-9:30 p.m. Tickets are 5 per person, plus tax, and can be purchased HERE.
The marine park’s Seven Seas Craft Beer & Food Festival is about to kick off with more than 55 food items (including 33 that are brand new this year), an all-new Flavors of India realm, 127 beer options, several wine choices and live entertainment on three stages. It launches March 9 and sails on for eight weekends through April 28. All that one needs for this gastronomic trip are admission to SeaWorld and a Seven Seas Passport.
Rustic Root to host Rooftop Rosé Garden Brunch Party
Tickets are available in three tiers: Early Bird for and General Admission for , which includes entrance to the event and access to all of the offered experiences. VIP tickets are on sale for 0, which includes early entrance from 1-2 p.m. with an open bar and unlimited oysters; a private VIP tasting experience, a KEXFest tote bag filled with gifts and everything else general admission guests will enjoy, as well. Buy tickets here.
Celebrity Bartender Charity Event at Pendry San Diego
El Chingon will be “doble” the fun this weekend with two-for-one drinks, apps and more in celebration of its two-year anniversary on Saturday, March 30 and Sunday, March 31. El Chingon will start the weekend by unveiling the newest addition to the GBOD Hospitality Group motorcade on Saturday, March 30. Guests will be able to pose for pictures with the surprise ride, as well as enjoy happy hour from 3 to 5 p.m., when select appetizers and drinks will be available for each. On Sunday, March 31, El Chingon will have a variety of two-for-one drink offerings.
Communal Coffee Three Year Anniversary Party with Stella Jean’s
On Saturday, March 23 enjoy an afternoon spent blind tasting with Master of Wine, Lindsay Pomeroy. Lindsay has helped foster a community of knowledgeable wine drinkers in San Diego throughout her 12-year tenure as the Chief Wine Educator and founder of Wine Smarties, San Diego County’s first wine education company. Lindsay is also the exclusive instructor for the Wine & Spirits Education Trust and French Wine Scholar in San Diego and Temecula counties. At 12 p.m. imbibers can enjoy wine tasting alongside a sampling of Cucina’s food for per guest. All wine will be available for purchase after the event. For more information or to purchase tickets online, please visit urbankitchengroup.com/events or call the restaurant direct at (619) 239-2222.
La Jolla’s Cusp will be serving a regular brunch menu with a few decadent specials. Start the meal one of Chef Funes’ specials, like crab Benedict with herb focaccia, roasted tomatoes and hollandaise, brioche French toast with lime curd and blueberry compote and fresh cinnamon rolls. In addition to brunch, which will be served starting at 9am, guests are encouraged to take mom out to dinner, where Chef Funes’ has a special surprise for dinner guests. Mother’s will enjoy a welcome glass of bubbly during dinner only. Reservations strongly suggested.
Playing With Fire at The Lodge at Torrey Pines
For the mom who loves to cook, newly opened Ranch 45 in Solana Beach will be hosting a Mother’s Day cooking class on Saturday, May 11. The hands on class for moms and kids. will include baby lettuce salad, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, ranch dressing, herb marinated Dutch steak, roasted broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, marble potatoes and sunflower cupcakes. Recipes will include regular and vegan-gluten free recipes and the class is also allergy friendly; all items can be prepared gluten free and with nuts. Tickets are per pair and include class and recipes, tastes, non alcoholic beverages, tax and service charge, along with 10% off provisions. Space is limited to 10 pairs. Register for the class here.
San Diego will get its very own ice cream festival—the first in the city—come June 23. So far, 16 local ice cream and gelato shops—like An’s Dry Cleaning, Mutual Friend and Bing Haus—have signed onto Scoop San Diego with more to come. Tickets are and get the guest 10 samples of their choice from one of the participating vendors.
You&Yours x Patisserie Melanie
Stone Brewing’s Liberty Station and Escondido locations both revamped their food menus, bringing in grass-fed beef producer Belcampo to debut two new burgers on the menu. Also new are a sizeable selection of shareable plates including sausage Wellington, yellowfin ahi poke “nachos” and Jidori chicken wings. A selection of street tacos includes an Ensenada-style fish taco, a Yucatan pork taco, a carne asada taco and a taco de calabacitas.
Ramen MENMA – Basso Drillman Oceanside will start offering “COLD RAMEN” for hot summer from from April 19 on. Two types will be offered: the spicy, creamy ”Cold Tantan Men” with sesame flavor. A vegan option is available. The ”Cold Beef Ramen” is with Japanese-style soup stock and a ginger-flavored soy sauce flavor.
Tillamook Ice Cream Comes to San Diego
Three Culinary Events to Hit The Lodge at Torrey Pines in May
Manten Ramen in Hillcrest will have a grand opening event on April 27, 2019 Saturday and April 28, 2019 Sunday. 50% off All ramen are available during this event. Manten Ramen is a sister Ramen shop of Nishiki Ramen in Kearny Mesa. Mike Furuichi and Hajime Kitayama, the owners of Nishiki Ramen, have opened their second location with a new brand name, Manten Ramen, at the Hub in Hillcrest. The new concept of Manten Ramen is to offer the same quality authentic Japanese ramen as Nishiki Ramen offers in more casual and relaxed atmosphere.
Rustic Root will host a Rooftop Rosé Garden Brunch Party on Saturday, May 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rustic Root will be partnering with Svedka to shower guests with specialty rosé cocktails and flights, slushies, themed brunch bites, gifts, activations and more. Drinks include the launch of their new Frosé slushy and brunch cocktails. Menu highlights will include Raspberry Rosé French Toast, with rosé whipped cream and a Rosé yogurt parfait with fresh berries. The event is free to attend and open to the public.
The Little Italy Food Hall will be hosting a spring cocktail launch party on Thursday, April 4 from 6-9pm. In collaboration with St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur, they will have cocktail specials, giveaways, and a flower photo wall. The Food Hall Bar will be serving the new spring cocktail menu all day starting April 4. Some of the new cocktails include an old fashioned with citrus-infused bourbon, Benedictine, and R&D House Bitters, as well as a new libation consisting of Brugal 1888, lemon, Demerara, mint, and blackberry.
Animalón Begins Again in the Valle de Guadalupe
Lost Coast Meadery cleaned up at the Mazer Cup International, which is the world’s largest mead competition. It’s the equivalent of GABF but for for the mead industry, and is held every March outside Denver. The local meadery brought back five medals to San Diego, which tied them for the most medals of any meadery in the world this year.
To celebrate their launch of seasonal floral pastries, Patisserie Melanie is collaborating with You and Yours Distilling and Native Poppy to bring guests a one-stop shop for Mother’s Day. On Saturday, May 11 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. stop by the You and Yours tasting room in East Village to grab some last minute gifts for mom while sipping on garden cocktails paired with floral macarons from Patisserie Melanie. The event is free to attend and will be hosted at the You and Yours Tasting Room located at 1495 G Street, San Diego, CA. Guests can register by visiting https://www.eventbrite.com/e/you-yours-pre-mothers-day-garden-party-tickets-60717856744.
Little Frenchie to Open in May
Spring Menu Unveiled at Trust
Taco & Tequila Festival Returns
A special Chef’s Table will take place at Kettner Exchange on March 20 and 21. Chef Brian Redzikowski will be hosting a dinner along side his brother, Steve, who was named a James Beard finalist for “Best Chef Southwest” for three consecutive years. Brian most recently won the 2018 Southern California Regional Cochon 555 and competed in the National Championship in Chicago. The two brothers competed together in Beat Bobby Flay on Food Network last month. Each chef will cook 3 courses for the upcoming dinner so diners can experience both chefs together.
Guest Chefs Eric Gallerstein and Jacob Bartlett from Mastiff Sausage Company will cook at an upcoming Playing With Fire event. The next will be on April 1 from 5:30-7 p.m. and will cost per person. Tickets for the outdoor event can be found Here.
The popular Lemon Grove restaurant will be offering a tasteful brunch buffet this Mother’s Day, serving playful dishes for the whole family. The popular and cozy Italian eatery will be offering multiple stations, including egg dishes, sweet dishes and desserts, pasta and salads. Endless mimosas will also be available for . Buffet will be served from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Menya Ultra Releases New Ramen
May 21 from 7-8pm will feature Ryan Shea of High West Whiskey, who will lead a discussion on all things High West Whiskey. He will take guests through the core of the portfolio, which includes American Prairie Bourbon, Rendezvous Rye, Double Rye and Campfire. As a special treat, he will also have a bottle of Yippee Ki-Yay, a rye blend finished in ex-vermouth and ex-Syrah barrels. For tickets, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hp-spirit-sessions-high-west-whiskey-with-ryan-shea-tickets-61821461656?ref=eios.
Ice Cream Festival Lands in North Park
After recently announcing the shutter of his iconic San Diego neighborhood gems, Urban Solace (North Park) and Solace and the Moonlight Lounge (Encinitas), Matt Gordon announces that he’s joined forces with principal David Spatafore at Blue Bridge Hospitality. Charged with managing both front-of-house and back-of-house operations, Gordon will be the Vice President of Operations, a newly-created position within the company.
Friday, May 3, 2019
Little Italy Food Hall’s Not Not Tacos has a few new menu items, including the Sam’s Cheeseburger with secret sauce, lettuce, sautéed onions, crispy onions, parsley; the Marinated Lamb with cucumber, tomato, onion, tzatziki and parsley and Chinese Cashew Chicken with cabbage, onions, szechuan peppers, green and red peppers, garlic aioli. Not Not Tacos is also now serving crispy tater tots tossed in ranch seasoning.
New Menu at Not Not Tacos
Chef’s Table at Kettner Exchange
Hundred Proof’s Spirit Sessions
Galaxy Taco to Host Taco Wars
It’s officially Friday: time to clock off and get those weekend vibes started. No plans yet? No problem! Eater’s here with a handy round up of recently opened restaurants, new-to-you bars, seasonal menu changes, chef debuts and more. Whether you’re hankering for an after work happy hour – or the lowdown on this weekend’s culinary events, beer festivals or Sunday Brunch bites – our regular weekly feature will be sure to help you make the most of that well-earned downtime.
During the month of May three culinary events will be held at The Lodge at Torrey Pines. The Artisan Table Guest Chef dinner featuring Ironside and Born & Raised’s chef Jason McLeod will be held on May 2. The Grill at Torrey Pines then hosts Playing with Fire featuring Guest Chef Matt Gordon on May 6, and the month concludes with A.R. Valentien’s Artisan Table Signature Wine dinner featuring Liquid Farm wines on May 23.
Terra American Bistro will be closing to remodel Sunday, April 7 and reopening the following Thursday at 4:30 with a new look, logo, menu and concept. Specifically, the restaurant will be launching a Meat & Three menu. A southern culinary tradition, Meat & Three dinners are popular with locals who choose one meat (or protein) and up to three side dishes from a selection of down-home favorites. The rotating menu will feature local fish procured from Catalina Offshore products, bread from Bread & Cie, and as much local farm fresh produce as possible.
New Chef de Cuisine at Bankers Hill Bar + Restaurant
This Saturday, May 18th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., North Park’s Communal Coffee will be celebrating its third year in business by gathering a bunch of awesome San Diego businesses and creatives for a day of fun stuff, including the debut of University Heights scoop shop Stella Jean’s mobile ice cream cart. They’ll be serving free scoops of a Strawberry Rose Jam flavor in cones until they run out. Communal will also be doing buy one get one birthday cake lattes for the occasion. To round out the festivities, there will be live music, a craft table and photo booth and hourly goodie bag giveaways.
Liquid City Cheese Expo 2019
Cucina Sorella Overhauls its Entire Dinner Menu
The brainchild of bartender Sean O’Connell, Hundred Proof’s new Tuesday night event series showcases distilleries and spirits specialists and provides guests an opportunity to learn the stories behind the unique spirits featured at the University Heights bar. O’Connell started Spirit Sessions to create a way for the Hundred Proof team to connect with the community and welcome people into the bar. The stories provide insight into the traditions, values, innovations and histories surrounding each of the spirits and ultimately answer the deeper question of “why” we drink what we drink. A different distillery and spirit will be featured every week. The admission includes a welcome cocktail, spirits tasting and education session.
San Diego’s popular Tequila & Taco Music Festival will be returning for its third year to the beautiful Embarcadero Marina Park South in Downtown San Diego on April 27 and 28. The festival will feature exclusive tequila sampling on Saturday, with entertainment, good eats and other libations for guests 21 and up available for purchase throughout the weekend. Purchase tickets here.
The weekend beginning May 17 will see a new boba tea shop open up on 4235 Convoy. The opening weekend features buy one get one free boba milk tea on May 18 and 19 and there will be daily specials for different drinks throughout the following week.
Executive Chef Tim Kolanko of Cucina Sorella recently rolled out an entirely new dinner menu. An emphasis on family-friendly dining options include deep-dish pizzas alongside an expansive selection of “Pasta Your Way,” which encourages guests to choose from a combination of six house-made pastas and sauces with options to add-on a variety of proteins and market vegetables.