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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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September 14
Taste of the Nation San Diego, held at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront, is a culinary event supporting Share our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign, which raises funds to end childhood hunger in America. This year’s funds will support the San Diego Hunger Coalition. Participants can enjoy food and drinks prepared by more than 50 of the city’s finest chefs and culinary enthusiasts. The event will also feature a silent auction and various games and activities. Taste of the Nation will take place Sunday, September 14, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets are $75 for general admission and $100 for VIP. For more information, visit ce.nokidhungry.org
 
September 21-26
The California Restaurant Association presents the twice annual San Diego Restaurant Week. Featuring prix-fixe menus from more than 180 San Diego restaurants, guests can opt to dine for lunch or dinner. Three different price choices are available for the two-course lunches and three-course dinners. Select a $10, $15 or $20 menu for lunch and $25, $35 or $45 menu for dinner. For more information, visit www.sandiegorestaurantweek.com
 

ONGOING EVENTS

Ongoing
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 bitesandiego.com.
 
Ongoing
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.
 
Ongoing
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.
 
Ongoing
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.
 
Thursdays
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.
 

Friday-Sunday
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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