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.
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.
THE MED at La Valencia Hotel presents Easter brunch, featuring a prime rib carving station, sushi and ceviche bar, made-to-order omelets, bottomless mimosas, a Bloody Mary bar and more. There will also be Easter desserts (including cheesecake and carrot cake), a visit from the Easter Bunny, children’s egg hunts and live music. The event will be held from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., with egg hunts at 11 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. The cost is $84 per adult (plus optional $10 all-you-can-drink Bloody Mary & sake bar and bottomless mimosas); $29 for children under 12. For reservations, call 858-454-0771. THE MED, La Valencia Hotel, 1132 Prospect Ave., La Jolla, CA 92037, 858-551-3765.
The Grill at The Lodge at Torrey Pines continues its Craft Beer Dinner Series on April 8th with Societe Brewing Company. Chef/beer enthusiast Jeff Dibble will create a menu to complement each brew. Reception starts at 6:30 p.m. and then seating is at 7 p.m. The cost is $75 per person inclusive of food, beer pairings, valet parking, exclusive of tax and gratuities. For more information, visit www.lodgetorreypines.com. The Grill, The Lodge at Torrey Pines, 11480 N. Torrey Pines Rd., La Jolla, CA 92037, 858-453-4420.
The Good Earth Great Chefs Series is hosting chef, restaurateur and author April Bloomfield at Chino Farms in Rancho Santa Fe. Bloomfield, is the talent behind The Spotted Pig, The Breslin, The John Dory and Tosca Cafe, and she will be on site with her new cookbook, A Girl And Her Greens; Hearty Meals from the Garden. The free event will take place on from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Chino Farms, 6123 Calzada del Bosque, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067, 858-756-3184.
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.
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.
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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