From The Crew Behind San Diego's Best Coast Beer Fest - Buddy The Elf's Beer, Wine & Food Festival Is Coming This December 3 | Save On Passes & Enter To Win VIP Tickets To Carols & Barrels Beer + Wine Fest

October 23, 2016

From the organizers of the very popular Best Coast Beer Festival comes Carols & Barrels, Buddy the Elf's beer, wine & food festival of choice, taking over the Port Pavilion at Broadway Pier on Saturday, December 3 for a holiday-themed afternoon of unlimited craft beer and wine samples, as well as small bite offerings from area restaurants. We are raffling off 2 VIP tickets, as well as giving our readers promo code SDVILLE for $5 savings per ticket. Read on and be sure to enter!

After Parting Ways With Stone Brewing Co., "Dr." Bill Sysak Announces Launch Of His Own Brewery | Wild Barrel Brewing Company Is Coming To San Marcos In 2017

October 22, 2016

Despite an aggressive global expansion that includes a recently launched brewery in Germany, Stone Brewing Co. laid off approximate 5% of its workforce this month, with rumors being that the terminated included the brewery's longtime beverage supervisor, cicerone, and pairing expert "Dr." Bill Sysak. Well, Sysak is apparently turning lemons into lemonade by focusing his expertise on the launch of his own San Diego brewery, announcing plans for the opening of Wild Barrel Brewing Company at an undisclosed location in San Marcos in 2017.

Tom Ham's Lighthouse Celebrates San Diego Beer Week With 3rd Annual Brews, Views & Chews On November 7 | Enter To Win 4 Tickets

October 21, 2016

Are you ready for a food and craft beer tasting event at a lighthouse during San Diego Beer Week? On Monday, November 7, from 6-9pm, local breweries and chefs will take over picturesque Tom Ham's Lighthouse for the 3rd annual Brews, Views and Chews, featuring live music and unlimited samples of local brews and bites from some of the area's best restaurants. We have four tickets to give away to one of our readers! Who wants 'em?

6th Annual Battle Of The Chef Bands Takes Over Music Box In Little Italy On November 2 To Benefit The Center For Community Solutions

October 20, 2016

On Wednesday, November 2, San Diego's culinary industry will converge at Music Box in Little Italy to rally as fellow restaurant industry insiders rock the roof off a packed house for the 6th annual Battle of the Chef Bands. Hosted by Sam 'The Cooking Guy' Zien and Josh Kopelman of DiningOutSD, Battle of the Chef Bands is an annual fundraiser where bands made up of restaurant employees and chefs compete battle-of-the-bands-style to benefit the domestic violence awareness efforts of the esteemed Center for Community Solutions, all while other local eateries sample their fare to concert goers.

Bar By Red Door Debuts In Mission Hills On October 20 | Get The Real First Look

October 19, 2016

Trish Watlington closed Wellington Steak & Martini Lounge this past June to rebrand the space into Bar By Red Door, a bar-focused lounge with an emphasis on interactive cocktails and a mainly shared and small plates food menu, set to unveil on October 20.

Support The Kickstarter Launch Of Tuck & Get The Ultimate Comfort Companion

October 19, 2016

Straight out of a scene from Seinfeld, it all started as an argument between two of my brothers about the right way to sleep soundly - whether feet sprawling out from the bottom of the blanket or tucked tightly inside. The debate sparked an idea that lead to Tuck - The Ultimate Comfort Companion, which launched its crowdfunding campaign today on Kickstarter. Much more than a blanket, this all-in-one accessory is a footed-throw, a pillow, and a hoodie, meant to protect against the chill and promote relaxation, offering all the comforts of home in one fluffy package. It's like a snuggie on steroids, and it's available now on Kickstarter.

Experience The Next Generation Of San Diego Craft Beer At The New Kids Brewery & Distillery Welcoming Party On November 10 | Save On Passes & Enter To Win Tickets

October 18, 2016

Get a taste of the future of San Diego's burgeoning craft beer industry as well as samples from a newly thriving distillery industry at The New Kids Brewery & Distillery Welcoming Party, taking place during San Diego Beer Week on Thursday, November 10, from 6-10pm at the at the Baja Room in Marina Village. As usual, we are raffling off a pair of passes and offering promo code SDVILLE for $5 savings per ticket!

Owners Of The Oldest Tavern In Town Open Banzai Bar In San Diego's Midway District

October 18, 2016

The owners of The Waterfront, Werewolf, Harbortown Pub and more have opened Banzai Bar at 3048 Midway Drive in San Diego's Midway District at the location that formerly housed Shakedown Bar, with a grand opening party scheduled for October 21. The 1,300-square-foot eatery boasts a Japanese/Hawaiian themed menu and includes an outdoor patio and bar and an arcade game room, as well as a devotion to San Diego craft beers and a lengthy list of custom cocktails.

San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival Returns This November 14-20 With An Incredible Lineup Of More Than 40 Events | Enter To Win Tickets To The Grand Tasting

October 17, 2016

Tickets are on sale for the 13th annual San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival, taking place this November 14-20 all over America's Finest City. This year offers an impressive lineup of over 40 citywide tasting experiences, including celebrity chef dinners, a pizza festival, a taco showcase and so much more. We are raffling off 2 tickets to the always amazing Grand Tasting on November 19, so read on for all the details and be sure to enter.

The San Diego Brewers Guild Presents 8th Annual San Diego Beer Week This November 4-13 | 10-day Celebration To Feature More Than 500 Events Across the City

October 16, 2016

For the eighth consecutive year, the San Diego Brewers Guild will bring together over 100 breweries from across San Diego County for the region’s highly anticipated annual celebration of all things beer - San Diego Beer Week. The 10-day event, beginning Friday, November 4 and continuing through Sunday, November 13, consists of more than 500 beer-centric events held at locations around the county, bookended by two always sold out extravaganzas - the San Diego Brewers Guild Festival, SDBW’s 2 day official opening event held at downtown’s Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, and The Beer Garden, the week’s closing event held at The Lodge at Torrey Pines.

Pali Wine To Open Tasting Room In San Diego's Little Italy

October 15, 2016

Pali Wine Co. will open a tasting room in San Diego’s Little Italy district on October 19. Located at 2130 India Street, the tasting room features Pali’s diverse lineup of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines, as well as those from its sister label, Tower 15, featuring Rhone and Bordeaux varieties grown in the Central Coast. The location also offers a rotating selection of eight “fresh” wines, blended straight from the barrel to keg, which will be available for tasting or for carry-out by growler.

The 6th Annual Baja Culinary Fest Takes Over Tijuana This October 27-30 | Enter To Win 2 Tickets To The Night Of A Thousand Flavors

October 15, 2016

The Baja Culinary Fest returns to Tijuana for its sixth year from Thursday, October 27 through Sunday, October 30, offering a bustling line up of dinners, seminars, panels, workshops, culinary contests and deliciousness, as well as a free-to-enter tasting showcase with some of Baja's best wine, beer and food vendors at the Tijuana Cultural Center, located only 40 minutes from downtown San Diego. We are raffling off 2 tickets to the kickoff event - Night Of 1000 Flavors - so read on for all the details and be sure to enter.

Dog Haus Biergarten To Grand Open In Downtown San Diego On October 21

October 14, 2016

Dog Haus Biergarten will grand open on October 21 at 969 Ninth Avenue on the corner of 9th & Broadway in downtown San Diego, offering 4,000-plus square feet of dining space and a menu of gourmet hot dogs, sausages, burgers and one-of-a-kind creations, as well as a curated list of craft beers. In celebration of their debut, Dog Haus is offering a free Haus Dog to guests on opening day.

Hillcrest's Pardon My French Restaurant To Launch Weekly Ménage A Trois Wine, Meat & Cheese Events Every Wednesday

October 14, 2016

As temperatures begin to cool, diners are invited to Hillcrest to heat back up with a little Ménage a Trois of fromage, charcuteries and wine. Every Wednesday starting October 19, Pardon My French restaurant will feature an assortment of imported cheeses and cured meats paired with French wines.

Danilo "DJ" Tangalin Takes Executive Chef Role At Paradise Point's Tidal

October 13, 2016

Danilo "DJ" Tangalin worked at local restaurant group Eat.Drink.Sleep for two years before splitting with the company in early September, almost immediately after launching Decoy Dockside Dining in Lakehouse Hotel & Resort at Lake San Marcos. He has now found a new home as Executive Chef of Tidal at Paradise Point Resort & Spa, taking over the position left open by the departure of Chef Amy DiBiase last month, who moved on to join Grand Restaurant Group (Bellamy's, Ponsaty's).

Chef Phil Esteban Leaves The Cork & Craft To Join CH Projects | Rancho Bernardo Restaurant, Brewery & Winery Names Scott Cannon As New Executive Chef

Chefs Scott Cannon & Phil Esteban
October 12, 2016

Chef Phil Esteban has left Rancho Bernardo’s The Cork & Craft to join CH Projects (Craft & Commerce, Soda & Swine, Ironside Fish & Oyster and more), and will soon work as Corporate Chef Jason McLeod's right-hand-man, assisting in overseeing the culinary development of the company. Meanwhile, Cork & Craft has appointed Chef Scott Cannon as their new executive chef.