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San Diego Culinary Events

Grand Tasting Event at San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival (photo by Kevin Hulett)

Hungry? Need to fill your culinary calendar? Here is where you will find all the foodie happenings in San Diego. GAYOT presents 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. Also check out the latest San Diego Restaurant News and Wine Events.


La Quinta Resort & Club will host the Celebrity Chef Tour December 4-5 December 4-5
La Quinta Resort & Club will host James Beard Foundation's Celebrity Chef Tour. Participating chefs include Jimmy Schmidt (Morgan's in the desert), Larry Forgione (The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone), Mary Sue Milliken (Border Grill), Suzanne Tracht (Jar), Richard Blais (Juniper & Ivy) and more. Events include a rustic dinner under the stars on Friday and the gala on Saturday. Prices range from $100 to $325. For more information, visit James Beard Foundation's website. La Quinta Resort & Club, 49-499 Eisenhower Dr., La Quinta, CA 92253, 855-884-9315.
January 17-24
During San Diego Restaurant Week, taking place January 17-24, 2016, diners can enjoy specially priced lunch and dinner menus. Participating restaurants include Amaya, Cucina Enoteca and The Grant Grill. For more information, please visit San Diego Restaurant Week's website


La Jolla Shores’ Galaxy Taco presents happy hour Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Specials include a buck off all tacos and drink deals like their $10 Modelo Especial beer and Cimarron Blanco Tequila shot combo. Galaxy Taco, 2259 Avenida De La Playa, La Jolla, CA 92037, 858-228-5655.
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
Vintana Wine + Dine's happy hour in the Vintana Vodka Lounge + Lanai is served daily from 2:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. It includes seven appetizers for $7 dollars and $7 martinis. Vintana Wine + Dine, Lexus Centre, 1205 Auto Park Way, Escondido, CA 92029, 760-745-7777.
Monday through Friday
Set in the lovely grounds of Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa, Mustangs & Burros offers happy hour Monday through Friday from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Specials vary each day of the week. Mustangs & Burros, Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa, 9700 N. Torrey Pines Rd., La Jolla, CA 92037, 858-550-1000.
Sunday through Thursday
Guests can enjoy a lovely sunset over the bay at Humphreys Restaurant and a three-course meal for $25, Sunday through Thursday evenings from 5 p.m.-6 p.m. Start with either root vegetable salad with sherry truffle vinaigrette or wild mushroom soup, and then select from a roster of entrees including red snapper, chicken pot pie, five-cheese ziti, cioppino or English-cut prime rib. Dessert options are chocolate cake with salted caramel frosting or Uncle John’s bread pudding. Wines by the glass are available for $5. Reservations can be made by calling 619-224-3577. Humphreys Restaurant, 2241 Shelter Island Dr., San Diego, CA 92106, 619-224-3577.

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