Pappy Is Coming to Dinner at Craft & Commerce on December 4

November 26, 2014

Don't miss a rare, one-of-a-kind Pappy Van Winkle bourbon dinner taking place at Little Italy’s Craft & Commerce on Thursday, December 4 at 6pm. The legendary Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery in Lexington, KY is internationally famed for producing some of the most sought after bourbons in existence. While most bars that receive a special allocation choose to stash their supply, the cocktail industry heavyweights behind Craft & Commerce have chosen instead to celebrate theirs with friends. To honor the highly anticipated arrival of Pappy’s 2014 release, Little Italy’s most celebrated cocktail haven will host an intimate Pappy pairing experience, aptly titled “PAPPY’S COMING TO DINNER.”

Fall Off the Wagon with Seasonal San Diego Cocktails at These Ten Locations

November 25, 2014

As late journalist and author Jim Bishop once said, “Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons.” Nothing warms you up and welcomes the chilly season like a good fall cocktail. With a cozy scarf around your neck and one of these locally crafted elixirs in hand, you’ll have to agree. Check out our list of seasonal cocktails from these 10 San Diego locations.

Nine Reasons All San Diegans Should Be Thankful

November 24, 2014 

Have you ever gone around the table on Thanksgiving Day, each person giving thanks for something near and dear to their heart? We thought about how lucky we are to live in America's Finest City and, in the spirit of gratitude, compiled a list of the nine top reasons that all San Diegans should show thanks for this beautiful city we call home.

Chef Duvinh Ta of Jake's Del Mar Wins "Chef of the Fest" at 2014 San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival Grand Tasting

Photo by Denise Jones, Newf In My Soup Photography
November 23, 2014

Chef Duvinh Ta of Jake's Del Mar took home top honors this year from the San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival, overcoming many other competitors to win the annual "Chef of the Fest" competition at yesterday's Grand Tasting event with his dry-rubbed pork ribs with Samba BBQ sauce and a watermelon radish and zucchini slaw. The annual competition brings San Diego chefs head-to-head in a fierce culinary competition judged by the San Diego Chapter of the American Culinary Federation along with celebrity guest judges.

South and North Park Ready for Epic Chili Smackdown | Don't Miss the 5th Annual SoNo Fest & Chili CookOff on Sunday, December 7

November 22, 2014

Fifteen thousand people are expected to converge on Sunday, December 7, from 11am-5pm, for a neighborhood celebration as the 5th annual SoNo Fest and Chili Cook­off takes over 32nd & Thorn streets, giving San Diegans a chance to buy local, eat local and drink local, all for a good cause. This free holiday event, presented by San Diego Ceramic Connection and the McKinley Elementary School Foundation, promises award­-winning chili as tons of local restaurants face off for chili bragging rights to prove for another year who reigns supreme in the world of chili! There will also be local vendors and food purveyors, an assortment of food trucks, live music from two stages, a craft beer and wine pavilion, a kid zone area  with carnival games and bounce houses and much more.

Forget About Black Friday - Support Our Local Community with Small Business Saturday at URBN Makers on November 29

November 21, 2014

In celebration of the Small Business Saturday movement to support local businesses, URBN Pizza in North Park is hosting URBN Makers on Saturday, November 29, between 12-4pm. URBN Makers will feature a dozen pop-up shops by San Diego creatives and resident North Park artisans, including lifestyle brand West in Motion, up-cycled fashion by Grammatique and jewelry by Flight of Fancy to name a few. The URBN Makers trunk show aims to create a more personal touch to the modern day consumer-driven holiday shopping experience by giving shoppers the chance to enjoy a beer and a slice of URBN’s award-winning pizza while making a start on that holiday gift list, and help support independent retailers in the process.

Slater's 50/50 to Offer Special Burger and Tap Rare Beer for Black Friday

November 20, 2014

Black Friday isn't usually associated with beer (unless you count being driven to drink from the crowds), but this year, Slater's 50/50 is looking to change that by tapping a very special beer at each of it's locations on Friday, 11/28. Slater's has procured seven kegs of Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout and will tap one keg at each of its seven locations (including Liberty Station and San Marcos in SD) at 11am on Black Friday. Pair this special brew with a Black Friday Burger, available through Cyber Monday!

Alchemy's Former Executive Chef Ricardo Heredia Wins $110,000, Defends Bacon Title and Wins World Food Championship

November 19, 2014

The smoke has cleared and the dust has settled, and Alchemy's fomer Executive Chef Ricardo Heredia has been named the 2014 World Food Champion, winning $100,000 and bragging rights to last a year. Heredia, who competed in and took the category title in the Bacon World Championship - one of nine categories represented at the World Food Championships - bested a packed playing field of more than 400 competitors over the weeklong, tournament-style event. The World Food Championships took place in Downtown Las Vegas, Nov. 12-18, culminating in a Final Table throw-down between the nine category champions for the World Food Champion title.

Sandbar Sports Bar & Grill Named Two-Time Winner of San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival TKO Fish Taco Throwdown

Photo by TJ Sinsay
November 19, 2014

Sandbar Sports Bar and Grill is the two-time winner of the San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival Fish Taco TKO Challenge. Last night’s competition was a signature event of the San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival that pitted nearly a dozen top fish taco makers against each other in a mouthwatering battle hosted at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens location in Liberty Station.

Escondido's Vintana to Host Winemaker Symposium and Harvest Festival | Saturday, November 22

November 18, 2014

On Saturday, November 22, Vintana in Escondido will host a Winemaker Symposium and Harvest Festival Tasting Tour showcasing a host of local wineries from around Escondido, and the surrounding valleys. Wine enthusiasts are encouraged to come and enjoy a 40-seat symposium, followed by special tasting in the contemporary penthouse restaurant, where they can enjoy expansive views while sampling wine from eleven of the regions most promising vintners.

The El Agage Break Up | Restaurant Group Splits Up - Del Mar Location to Change Name and Branding

November 17, 2014

By mutual consent, El Agave Restaurant & Tequileria, located at 2304 San Diego Avenue in Old Town has dissolved its partnership with El Agave Restaurant, located at 1555 Camino Del Mar in Del Mar Plaza. The Del Mar location will soon change its name and is no longer associated with the Old Town location as of November 17. Since 1996, El Agave Restaurant & Tequileria has been providing classical Mexican cuisine at its original location in the heart of historic Old Town San Diego. The location opened a second branch in Del Mar earlier this year.

Beaumont's Eatery Loses Executive Chef But Adds New Dinner Items.

November 17, 2014

Chef George Morris is leaving his position as executive chef of Bird Rock's Beaumont's Eatery and will move to Arizona to join former La Valencia chef Paul McCabe at Royal Palms Resort and Spa's signature restaurant, T. Cook's. With Morris' departure, Tommy Fraioli will get more responsibility at Beaumont's, including assisting in unveiling new menu items. Word on the street is that after a short test run, Fraioli will be officially promoted to the executive chef position.

Treat Yourself to a Relaxing Thanksgiving by Leaving the Cooking to the Pros | A Roundup of More Than Twenty Turkey Day Offerings All Around San Diego

November 16, 2014

We’ve made it through the masquerading madness of Halloween, which means the holiday season is officially upon us and Thanksgiving will be here before you even have time to clean those decorative cobwebs out of your house. Now, before you start to have a mental breakdown just thinking about the last minute cleaning, the impossible multitasking of cooking and your relative’s signature dry, burnt turkey, we have a roundup of San Diego’s best bars, restaurants and hotels who are eager to keep your stress levels low and thankful meter sky high by doing all the cooking for you this Thanksgiving.

Pizzeria Mozza to Close San Diego Location

November 15, 2014

Pizzeria Mozza is proof that just because something works well in Los Angeles doesn't mean that it will be successful in America's Finest City. The celebrity chef-owned Pizzeria Mozza, located at The Headquarters at Seaport Village, will soon shutter. Owned by Masterchef judge Joe Bastianich, cookbook author Nancy Silverton and Iron Chef Mario Batali, the San Diego branch of the popular Los Angeles restaurant has been open less than a year and is already on its way out. November 30 will be the eatery's last day of operation.