Ahhh, September! It's finally "Locals' Summer" in America's Finest City! Our beautiful weather persists but the chaos calms as the flocks of tourists dissipate. Don't succumb to cabin fever just yet, because there are still plenty of events taking place this month. Here is our often-immitated-never-duplicated monthly round up of all the fun & delicious happenings taking place this September 2016.
The incoming STK restaurant, which is slowly moving into the space long left dormant by the 2014 closure of Katsuya within Andaz hotel, has hired San Diego native JC Colón as their Executive Chef. With recent experience running the kitchens at Flour & Barley in The Headquarters and Searsucker Del Mar before that, Chef Colón should be an ideal fit at this stylish, modern steakhouse concept, set to open this Fall.
Delight The Taste Buds While Saving Wildlife At The 36th Annual San Diego Zoo Food, Wine & Brew Celebration On September 24
San Diego’s wildest tasting event returns on Saturday, September 24, with a few surprises to celebrate the zoo’s centennial year. The 36th annual San Diego Zoo Food, Wine & Brew Celebration takes over our famous zoo for an adults-only festival that allows guests to sample culinary delights and sip beverages from more than 150 San Diego area restaurants, wineries and breweries, as well as getting the chance to meet exotic animals like a cheetah, koala, and flamingo up close - all while supporting wildlife conservation around the world.
Ballast Point To Host 20th Anniversary Celebration At Del Mar Racetrack On September 4 With Live Performance By The Roots | Enter to Win 2 Tickets
Ballast Point Brewing and Spirits will celebrate two decades of brewing top-notch craft beer this Labor Day Weekend with a 20th Anniversary Festival featuring a live performance by The Roots, taking place at Del Mar Racetrack on Sunday, September 4. The event will also feature the final round of Ballast Point's 20th Anniversary Homebrew Competition. We are raffling off 2 GA tickets to the celebration, so read on for all the details and be sure to enter!
Community Health Improvement Partners To Host Symposium & Culinary Tasting To Benefit Fight Against Childhood Obesity | The Rendezvous: Chew On This Takes Over Liberty Station On September 10
Community Health Improvement Partners (CHIP) will host its inaugural The Rendezvous: Chew on This event to raise funds to support their battle against childhood obesity on Saturday, September 10, from 4-7pm at the McMillin Companies Event Center in Point Loma's Liberty Station. The Rendezvous will be an evening with thought-provoking speakers followed by an outdoor tasting reception with live music, as well as delicious bites and sips from San Diego’s top local farms, premier restaurants, and artisanal beverage purveyors. Read on and be sure to enter our raffle for a chance to win 2 tickets to this delicious and informative event!
San Diego's Italian restaurants are helping the victims of the devastating Italian earthquake by paying tribute to Amatrice, Italy (the small mountainous city at the epicenter of the initial quake on Wednesday, August 24), and its famous pasta dish “Pasta all’Amatriciana,” with proceeds from the sale of the dish going to help those affected by the disaster.
House of Blues To Host Local Brews Local Grooves On September 10 | Save On Passes & Enter To Win VIP Tickets
For those about to rock, we salute you! On Saturday, September 10, House of Blues San Diego will be pairing the top local acts with more than 15 of the best craft breweries for an entertaining evening for music and beer lovers alike. Local Brews Local Grooves will feature music from 16 bands and games on two stages, with several beer-pouring and food stations dotted around the venue. We are offering promo code SDVILLE for $5 off VIP tickets for 2, as well as raffling off a pair of VIP passes.
The picturesque Loews Coronado Bay Resort will host its inaugural Play On The Bay charity fundraising event to support local education on Friday, September 9, from 6-9pm, giving guests the opportunity to enjoy delicious food, ice cold drinks, live music, gondola rides, a silent auction, and more during an unforgettable evening overlooking the beautiful San Diego Bay and skyline.
Cajun-Inspired Steam Kettle Restaurant To Open In Downtown San Diego | The Oyster Bar Is Coming This Fall
The Oyster Bar is moving into the 3,148 square foot space left dormant by the Bargarten at 551 J Street in downtown San Diego. Owned by Global Restaurant Group Inc., which also runs Ritter's Steam Kettle Cooking locations in Santa Ana and Huntington Beach, the restaurant will offer a Cajun Creole-inspired menu primarily using steel jacketed steam kettles to cook each patrons' meal right in front of them.
Hyatt Regency La Jolla will perform a comprehensive renovation and complete reimagination of its main onsite restaurant, previously Michael's, to be renamed and reopened as DRIFT eat + drink this September. The opening of DRIFT eat + drink follows an extensive $12 million rooms renovation.
Pueblo Pacific Beach Is Coming Soon | Get A First Look At The Massive Baja-Inspired Eatery Set To Debut August 27
August 22, 2016
We recently broke the news that award-winning, Denver-based restaurant group Punch Bowl Social has targeted San Diego's East Village for the launch of their first Southern California location. Founded by entrepreneur Robert Thompson, the restaurant group has also announced that it has appointed southern culinary sensation and celebrity chef Hugh Acheson to serve as the burgeoning company's culinary partner. In this newly created role, Acheson will quarterback the ongoing culinary direction of the growing restaurant concept.
San Diego Reader Searches For City's Best Burger At 1st Annual Burgers & Beers Festival On September 10 | Save On Passes & Enter To Win VIP Tickets
Adding to their continued search for the area's best taco, the San Diego Reader is also on the hunt to find the city's top burger! Help them decide at the 1st Annual Reader Burgers & Beer Festival at Golden Hill Park on Saturday, September 10, where attendees will get the chance to sample and vote on gourmet burgers from more than 30 of the best restaurants as they compete to win the title of "Best Burger in San Diego". As usual with any great event in San Diego, we are raffling off 2 VIP tickets to attend, as well as offering promo code SDVILLE for $5 savings per ticket (limited to only first 100 tickets purchased, so act fast).
We recently announced that an "American style bar and grill", Bull & Grain, was in the process of opening at 1263 University Avenue in Hillcrest in the space that most recently housed Tabletop Commons. Set to unveil this coming September after a total overhaul, the restaurant has announced that Daniel Barron will lead the kitchen as Executive Chef. A longtime San Diego chef, Barron most recently launched Blush Ice Bar before leaving America's Finest City for a short stint as the Executive Chef at Mister Lyons in Palm Springs.
The team behind Urge Gastropub and Mason Aleworks will open a gigantic dining, drinking and gaming destination in San Marcos in 2017. Urge Gastropub & Common House will transform a 21,000 square foot former-warehouse in the new North City urban oasis and offer seating for nearly 500, as well as bowling, bocce, games, a 15 barrel in-house brewery and a 5,000 square foot outdoor patio and beer garden.
Point Loma Institution Red Sails Inn Restaurant To Shutter | Brigantine Restaurant Group To Take Over Space For New Concept Ketch Grill & Taps
San Diego Bacon Festival Returns To Liberty Station On September 3 | Save On Passes & Enter To Win VIP Tickets
Bacon. Beer. Booze. On Saturday, September 3, those three things will come together at the all-inclusive 4th annual San Diego Bacon Festival, returning to Preble Field in NTC Park in Liberty Station for a food and drink festival centered around America's favorite porky pleasure. Organized by PushPins Media, this event will unite the masses with San Diego's finest chefs, breweries, eateries and distilleries for a day of unlimited indulgence in honor of International Bacon Day. We are raffling off 2 VIP tickets for one extremely lucky porker (a $200 value), as well as promo code SDVILLE for $5 savings per ticket!
Wake up and smell the coffee! Whether you’re into a good ol’ cup of joe or require a super nutritious power shot to get your day started, we all know the early bird gets the worm. Slip out of your pajamas and into these six San Diego restaurants that are serving out-of-box cups of morning buzz.
San Diego International Film Festival To Return This September 28 Through October 2 | Save On Passes & Enter To Win Tickets
The San Diego International Film Festival has announced that it will return to America's Finest City for its 15th straight year this September 28 through October 2. Produced by the San Diego Film Foundation, the five-day event will feature 100+ independent films, studio premieres, panels with celebrities and industry insiders, red carpet events, parties, all-star tributes and filmmaker awards. In addition to offering promo code SDVILLE for 20% savings on any festival ticket, we are also raffling off 2 Festival Passes (a $550 value). Read on for all the details and be sure to enter!
Decoy Dockside Dining, the new waterfront restaurant at the Lakehouse Hotel & Resort in San Marcos, is set to open on August 29. From the innovators at Eat.Drink.Sleep. - who own and manage other notable hotel, restaurant and entertainment properties including Tower23 Hotel and JRDN restaurant, Draft, Cannonball and Belmont Park - have been working on a multi-million dollar phased redevelopment of the Lakehouse Hotel & Resort, a unique destination tucked away in on the shores of Lake San Marcos in San Diego’s North County. The development features a waterfront hotel, renowned St. Mark Golf Club with an 18-hole and an executive golf course, and an array of outdoor activities and amenities.
A new soccer-inspired gastropub has unveiled in San Diego's BayHo area, taking over the space left dormant by the closure of Kitchen 4140. The first restaurant by Paris-born proprietor Caroline Sternberg, Red Card Café is now open at 4140 Morena Boulevard in Bay Park, offering a modern interior design, indoor-outdoor seating and a menu built around the rising popularity of international street foods.
Homeless Awareness Day Spotlight - Just Call Us Volunteers Celebrates 10 Years Of Feeding San Diego's Homeless With Wacky Wingding Party & Fundraiser On September 17
San Diego native Chef Julie Darling started her nonprofit company Just Call Us Volunteers in 2006 with the mission of providing fresh and nutritious holiday meals to San Diego's homeless population. With the help of generous friends and clients who donated food and time, the organization has since served meals to more than 30,000 people entirely through donations and volunteer help. On September 17, Just Call Us Volunteers will host its 10th anniversary celebration and fundraiser at the Francis Parker Upper School Campus for an evening of tasty samples from the top chefs in America's Finest City, as well as an eclectic array of entertainment, all for a charitable cause.