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Are you game for Trattoria Acqua’s fall food fest?


Week two of Trattoria Acqua’s “Festival of Game” features duck, boar, rabbit and venison prepared as described by Acqua’s Michael McGeath: Moulard Duck, $11: Duck confit salad with frisee’ lettuce and baby greens, Spanish Cabrales blue cheese, red grapes and white balsamic vinaigrette.

Harvard Cookie Girl proves kitchen may be best place to learn life skills

Bibi Kasrai and her daughter Ava have fun rolling out cookie dough together.

By Catharine L. Kaufman The Kitchen Shrink As a young girl growing up in Iran, Bibi Kasrai was banned from the kitchen as her mom and dad encouraged their intellectual dynamo to strive for an MBA degree rather than an MRS. degree with a minor in domestic goddess. Following her parents’ advice Kasrai graduated from [...]

Foodies get a taste of California at The Lodge’s annual festival

Stephan and Susan Finger. Photos by Steven Hyde

The eighth annual Celebrate the Craft food and wine festival, which showcases regionally grown ingredients and innovative cooking and winemaking, was hosted by The Lodge at Torrey Pines on Oct. 31. Growers, vintners, and culinary artisans from some of California’s most renowned farms, bakeries, wineries, and confectioners were on hand to share their skill and enthusiasm

Restaurant hosts Rescue Mission benefactors

Mission board member Gregory Syrios of La Jolla and his wife Cristiani greet guests at the mission’s 55th anniversary event.  Photo: Luci Dumas

Delicias Restaurant in Rancho Santa Fe hosted the San Diego Rescue Mission (SDRM) on Sept. 28 to celebrate the mission’s 55th anniversary.

Tickets now on sale for Celebrate the Craft


The eighth annual Celebrate the Craft Food and Wine festival at The Lodge at Torrey Pines runs 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m, Oct. 31. Tickets are $75 per person at, where there is also a list of participants and a schedule of events

Chefs and foodies come together to ‘Celebrate the Craft’

Executive Chef Jeff Jackson sets up the artisan table at the 2009  Celebrate the Craft event at The Lodge at Torrey Pines. Photo: Courtesy

October 31: This year, it’s not just Halloween. It’s also the date of one of SoCal’s finest food and wine happenings, the eighth annual “Celebrate the Craft” event at The Lodge at Torrey Pines.

Chefs host dinner for ailing fellow chef

Chef Timothy Gutmann of Poseidon Restaurant in Del Mar  Photo: Courtesy

Local chefs have taken a stand to support fellow San Diegan chef Timothy Gutmann of Poseidon Restaurant in Del Mar in his fight against cancer.
Gutmann has battled Crohn’s disease for 16 years, with the last year-and-a-half especially draining due to his development of T-cell lymphoblastic lymphoma.

Alexandria Boswell of La Jolla wins Foster Farms cooking contest

Alexandria Boswell will cook chicken beginning at 5 p.m. Sept. 24 at La Jolla Cove for the Tri Club of San Diego's season-ending potluck dinner. Boswell will host a contest for the best potluck dish at the party. There will be prizes.

Alexandria Boswell has won the first-ever Foster Farms West Coast Chicken Cooking Contest in a heated Final Cook Off held today at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, in California’s Napa Valley. Boswell and her Spinach Stuffed Chicken Breasts dish beat out more than 2,000 recipes to win the $10,000 grand prize and a one-year supply of Foster Farms fresh chicken.

Celebrate the Craft features regional ingredients

Photo: Courtesy

Celebrate the Craft is one of Southern California’s premier showcases for regionally grown ingredients and innovative cooking and wine-making. As in years past, the celebration features the finest food artisans from across California’s broad culinary spectrum.

Restaurant Week will feature the area’s best

Executive Chef Bernard Guillas of the Marine Room. Photo: Courtesy

Try out special three-course, prix-fixe meals at more than 180 restaurants during San Diego Restaurant Week, Sept. 19-24. Prices are per person and do not include beverage, tax or gratuity.

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  • Del Mar couple to present program about Bhutan at Solana Beach Library September 1, 2014
    Join cultural anthropologist and photographer Roger Harmon and his wife, Nancy, at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9, in the Solana Beach Library for a free presentation of their travels to Bhutan through slides and artifacts. […]
  • Carmel Valley Boy Scouts climb Mount Whitney September 1, 2014
    Several boys from Boy Scout Troop 765 (Carmel Valley) made the climb to the tallest peak in the contiguous 48 states this summer. They spent the summer hiking the tallest peaks of Southern California, preparing for their hike of Mount Whitney. These peaks included Mount Baldy, Mount San Jacinto, and Mount San Gorgonio. The boys made the 22-mile round-trip tr […]
  • Multimillion-dollar renovation complete at Hilton San Diego Del Mar September 1, 2014
    Hilton San Diego Del Mar announces the completion of its multimillion-dollar renovation. Funded by Wheelock Street Capital and Sage Hospitality, the hotel’s completed renovation includes the lobby, business center, fitness center, restaurant, meeting spaces and all 257 guest rooms. “This renovation has truly transformed the Hilton San Diego Del Mar property, […]