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San Diego Culinary Events

Hungry? Need to fill your culinary calendar? Here is where you will find all the restaurant and culinary happenings in San Diego . We feature a calendar of special dinners, tasting menus, prix-fixe meals, food festivals and other culinary events, including regularly occurring food events as well as special one-time-only events featuring top chefs. Keep checking back so you can know all that's going on in the world of restaurant and food events in San Diego. We've also got the latest San Diego Restaurant News and Wine Events.


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April 20
Head over to The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe for a festive Easter Brunch and Egg Hunt this year. Held from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., executive chef Todd Allison will present a feast at Morada, including made-to-order omelets and crêpes, oven-roasted salmon, a carving station, a raw bar, a salad bar, bagels and lox and a decadent dessert bar. Brunch guests may also participate in an Easter Egg Hunt on the sprawling lawn, held at 11:30 a.m., with treats for all ages. Brunch is $79 for adults, or $34.95 for children 12 and under. Any child under six years old is free. Morada, The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, 5951 Linea del Cielo, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067, 858-381-8289.
April 20
Celebrate Easter by the sea, as Pacific Coast Grill will be serving a grand brunch on April 20, 2014, with signature favorites. Enjoy lobster Benedict, rib eye and eggs, house-cured salmon, crème brûlée brioche French toast with mixed berries or macadamia-crusted crab cakes. The airy Cardiff restaurant also offers ocean breezes and front-row seats to watch surfers catching waves. Pacific Coast Grill, 2526 S. Coast Hwy. 101, Cardiff, CA 92007, 760-479-0721.


Bite San Diego offers several culinary tours of San Diego neighborhoods, including La Jolla, Old Town, Coronado and Encinitas. Each tour lasts around three hours and visits five to seven restaurants and food shops. The cost is $45 per person. Advance tickets are required. For more information, visit
West Steak and Seafood is offering a new weekly culinary program in which executive chef Eugenio Martignago and chef de cuisine David DiSalvo host a series of dinners. Guests are invited to trust in the whims of the chefs, who will design a six-course prix-fixe menu based on their handpicked selections of seasonal ingredients from West Farm. On the morning of an event, Martignago and DiSalvo will visit the three-acre farm to personally choose the freshest and most desirable ingredients to pair with fish, steak, chops or pasta. The chef series will feature Martignago on Tuesday evenings and DiSalvo on Thursday evenings. Reservations are required three days in advance, guaranteed with a credit card, and cost $95 per person or $145 per person including wine pairings. West Steak and Seafood, 4980 Avenida Encinas, Carlsbad, CA 92008, 760-930-9100.
Set in the lovely grounds of Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa, Mustangs & Burros has a new happy hour. Chef Timothy Ralphs has created a lively and fun menu with exciting edibles and potables. Each weekday celebrates different food and beers, from handcraft brews with fresh ceviche to mule drinks with ginger beer paired with real-deal TJ hotdogs. Thursday means street tacos with Tecate; Fridays are pitcher specials with platters of Cal-Mex eats. Most beers and nibbles run $5. Happy hour takes place Monday through Friday with drinks on special from 2 p.m.-7 p.m., and food deals from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mustangs & Burros, Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa, 9700 N. Torrey Pines Rd., La Jolla, CA 92037, 858-550-1000.
Hit the pleasant terrace of Red Marlin for the daily happy hour from 3 p.m.-5 p.m., which features $5 cocktails and sweeping views of Mission Bay, the marina and sunsets over the Pacific. Appetizers like seared tuna tataki or crispy calamari are discounted as well. A two-for-one menu features garlic shrimp, barbecue wings and savory dips like roasted garlic aioli. Red Marlin, Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa & Marina , 1441 Quivira Rd., San Diego, CA 92109, 619-221-4868.
Vintana Wine + Dine is adding a little pulse to the inland North County nightlife with Thursday Night Live on the rooftop terrace every Thursday from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Guests can enjoy live music, cocktails and food by the fire pits. Drink specials include $7 vodka drinks or half-price on select wines. Entertainment will vary week to week with jazz, blue, acoustics and R&B acts, featuring local and regional singer/songwriters. Enjoy the lanai menu with tasty items like crispy chickpea calamari and sesame-crusted Brie. Vintana Wine + Dine, Lexus Centre, 1205 Auto Park Way, Escondido, CA 92029, 760-745-7777.

Enjoy three-course afternoon tea service at The Grand Del Mar, complete with Bernardaud china and Italian linens. Offerings include tea sandwiches (egg salad and bacon; smoked chicken salad; smoked salmon and dill), balsamic mushroom tarts, scones (one traditional and one seasonally inspired flavor) and pastries, such as fruit tarts, orange madeleines, cherry bombs and éclairs. The menu also includes a selection of wines, including Billecart-Salmon, Rosé, Brut, Mareuil-sur-Ay; Dow’s Tawny 20 Yr. Port; and sherry and dessert wines such as A. Margaine, ‘Demi-Sec,’ Villers Marmery. Afternoon tea is served Friday-Sunday, from 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Tea service costs $36 for three courses. For reservations, please call 858-314-1988. In the Library (adjacent to the Lobby Lounge), The Grand Del Mar, 5300 Grand Del Mar Court, San Diego.

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