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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.


March 1-June 30
Monello will be hosting a celebration of Milanese cuisine and culture at its Little Italy restaurant March 1-June 30, 2015, that honors the Expo Milano 2015. Monello’s owners, Valentina Di Pietro and Guido Nistri, are passionate about sharing their love for the Milanese lifestyle, as well as the mission and messages of Expo Milano --- “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life.” Monello will offer a new “Expo Prixe Fixe” menu, priced at $50, excluding tax and gratuity, featuring authentic Italian dishes such as cabbage wraps stuffed with veal meatballs, or cheese flan with sautéed porcini mushrooms. Anyone who orders this menu will be entered to win a trip for two to Milan, featuring an itinerary curated by the couple. The winners will be drawn July 6 at an aperitivo event at the restaurant. Monello, 750 W. Fir St., San Diego, CA 92101, 619-501-0030.
May 26
The 6th Annual I Love Poke tasting event and competition returns to the Bali Hai Restaurant on Shelter Island on May 26. More than fifteen chefs will compete in the poke competition, and local restaurants will be serving island-inspred cuisine along the restaurant's waterfront setting. In addition to live music and foodie fun, judges will crown a new "Poke King." Returning champs chef Kurt Metzger from Kitchen 4140, chef Keoni Simmons from Sushi on a Roll, chef Dion Morales of Bali Hai, and chef Alvanette Pacheco from Specialty Produce will be onsite. Tickets are $65. For more information about I Love Poke and to purchase tickets, visit Bali Hai Restaurant, 2230 Shelter Island Drive, San Diego, CA 92106, 619-222-1181.
May 29-June 7
During the annual Palm Springs Desert Resorts Restaurant Week, diners can enjoy special three-course, prix-fixe dinner menus for either $26 or $38 per person (beverages, tax and gratuity not included) at more than 90 restaurants in the Coachella Valley. Participants include Si Bon, Trio Restaurant and Workshop Kitchen + Bar. Palm Springs hotels and attractions will also offer special discounted rates during Restaurant Week. For more information, please visit

The Celebrity Chef Tour will host a three-day event at The Lodge at Torrey May 29-31
The Celebrity Chef Tour, presented by the James Beard Foundation, will host a three-day event at The Lodge at Torrey Pines in La Jolla. The featured chefs will be host chef Jeff Jackson (A.R. Valentien), Beau MacMillan (elements) and Carrie Nahabedian (Naha). In addition to the Celebrity Chef Tour Dinner, guests will also enjoy wine tastings, a tour of Point Loma Farms and more. For information on all-inclusive packages, visit or call 858-453-4420. The Lodge at Torrey Pines, 11480 N. Torrey Pines Rd., La Jolla, CA 92037, 858-453-4420, 800-656-0087.
Bertrand at Mister A’s Celebrates 50 Years in June 2015 June 1
During 2015, Bertrand at Mister A's will honor its 50-year legacy with special menus, a retro cocktail hour and a gala dinner benefiting the Old Globe Theater. The anniversary menu selections will take diners on a journey back to a different era, with dishes and cocktails of the day such as lobster diablo, beef Wellington, Caesar salad for two and baked Alaska. Throughout the month of June, the restaurant will offer a $65 prix-fixe menu with wine pairings, as well as other specials. On June 1, the original opening date, Mister A’s will host a black-tie fundraiser benefiting the Old Globe in nearby Balboa Park, which is celebrating its centennial this year. Bertrand at Mister A's, 2550 Fifth Ave., 12th Floor, San Diego, CA 92103, 619-239-1377.
November 15-22
The 12th annual San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival is one of the the largest wine and food festivals on the West Coast. Participants can take part in wine tasting seminars, cooking classes, wine dinners, auctions, a celebrity chef events, Grand Tasting Event and more. The event will showcase the food from 70 San Diego restaurants and more than 200 wineries, breweries and spirit purveyors. For more information, visit


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.
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.
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.
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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