Keep track of all the delicious Slow Food URBAN San Diego events here!
−December Nights in Balboa Park5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Balboa Park December Nights, the nation’s premier holiday festival, will take place for the 35th consecutive year on Friday, Dec. 6, 3-11pm, and Saturday, Dec. 7, noon-11pm. As always, the event brings families and friends together to spread holiday joy, learn more about the cultural value of Balboa Park and kick-off the “most wonderful time of the year.”
Participating Balboa Park museums open their doors free of charge from 5-9 pm both evenings and more than 350,000 visitors are expected to experience the joy of San Diego’s largest free community festival. Those who attend will participate in a truly multicultural experience, enjoying food, music and entertainment from around the world.
Revelers can watch top-notch musical and dance performances, enjoy delicious and diverse food choices and help spread a heavy dose of holiday cheer. Some of the more well-known traditions include food from around the globe at the International Christmas Festival at the House of Pacific Relations Cottages; the annual Santa Lucia Procession at the Plaza de California; unique gift shopping at the museum stores and with the artisans of Spanish Village; and musical and dance presentations from the San Diego Junior Theatre, San Diego Civic Youth Ballet, Del Cerro Baptist’s Christmas Story Tree, and more.+5:00 pmDecember Nights in Balboa Park
−Garden of Lights 2013 at San Diego Botanic Gardens (all-day)Dec 7 – Dec 30
The San Diego Botanic Garden brings your favorite elements of the winter season all to one location. Leave the hustle and bustle of the malls behind and enjoy a relaxing evening strolling through the lighted Garden. The San Diego Botanic Garden is a dazzling winter wonderland filled with over 100,000 sparkling lights illuminating the Garden for a magical holiday experience. Adding to the sparkle is the “Poinsettia Garden,” festively decorated with many varieties of poinsettias.
Live music fills the air nightly from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. One night there will be the Peace on Earth Christmas Carolers, while another night features lively Mariachis. *A complete lineup will be released in November.
Got Snow? WE DO! It will be snowing at the Garden December 7, 9, 11, 26, and 28. Please bring your own disc or sled (no metal runners please). Weather permitting.
A team of beautiful Blonde Belgian draft horses will provide wagon rides through the lower area of the Garden on December 14, 15, 18 – 23, and 27 – 30.
Santa will greet young and old alike each night from December 7 – 23 from 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm,
in the brightly lit Gazebo, providing a terrific photo opportunity.
Guests can stay warm at the campfire while roasting marshmallows. There will also be hot mulled wine in the Lawn House Garden for purchase, and the Coffee Hut will be offering hot coffee and cocoa, and supplies to make s’mores to enhance your marshmallow roasting experience.
Food provided daily by Divine Fresh Foods serving Gyros, Kabobs, Soups and Salads and Baklava!
A variety of special holiday crafts that children can create to take home.
Nutcracker Exhibit displaying a collection of over 50 Nutcrackers.
“Alice and Friends at the Holidays”, a display of gourd figures of Alice in Wonderland characters from the original book.
After December 25 when Santa will have departed back to the North Pole, we will have a rotating International Program of Puppet Productions in the Ecke Building.
- Dec. 26 “Harambee”, an African folktale in honor of Kwanza about family working together.
- Dec. 27 and 28 “Little Blue and the Trees” from Europe on friendship about birds and why trees lose their leaves in winter.
- Dec. 29 and 30 “The Emperor’s Choice”: an Asian folktale about seeds and the value of honesty (includes the appearance of large “Gourdeous” green /gold dragon).
Senior Group Visits
- Special Group Rates $7 per person
(30% savings off regular admissions price)
- Reserved Bus Parking
- Complimentary Group Photo for Each Participant
- Discounts on Mulled Wine, Hot Cocoa and Spiced Cider
- Call 760-436-3036 x201 to make a reservation
Non-members: Adults $14; Seniors, Active Military & Students $10
All Children 3-12: $6
Children 2 and under: FREE
Some activities require additional fees.
December 7 – 23 and 26 – 30
5 – 9 pm
For more details, click here.+Garden of Lights 2013 at San Diego Botanic Gardens (all-day)
−Christmas in the Valley at Bates Nut Farm (all-day)Dec 13 – Dec 14Description: Start a new Christmas tradition at Bates Nut Farm with “Christmas in the Valley”. There will several children’s activities. Food will be available for purchase. Santa arrives by fire truck; children can board the Polar Express hayride for a special meeting with St. Nick. Enjoy Christmas shopping at Bates, Farmer’s Daughter, and with the vendors who will set up for the 2-day event. There will be plenty of unique gifts for each person on your gift list.
5:30 Santa arrives by fire truck
6:00 Tree lighting
Christmas in the Valley Hours:Fri, 4:00 – 8:00 & Sat, 10:00 – 4:00Click here for more details.+Christmas in the Valley at Bates Nut Farm (all-day)
−Hands On Italian Trattoria at Great News!6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Instructor: JENNIFER FELMLEY
Date: Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Recipes: Tuscan White Bean Soup; Creamy Polenta; Polpette Rifatte (beef roulades with crispy pancetta stuffing and red wine tomato sauce); Spinach and Kale with Garlic and Golden Raisins; Tiramisu. This hands on class is limited to 32 people. Please bring an apron and wear closed toe shoes.
CALL FOR AVAILABILITY 858-270-1582+6:00 pmHands On Italian Trattoria at Great News!
−The Art and Science of Cuisine at the Salk Institute6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
From event website:
Salk is setting the table and you’re invited…
An inaugural culinary event at the Salk Institute certain to whet appetites. Fusing the most recent scientific discoveries with novel kitchen theory, this celebration of food and science will reinvigorate lifestyle choices and usher in a new year of wellness.
Meet San Diego’s freshest-thinking chefs and learn how to optimize the nutrition in your home meals
Mingle with Salk scientists who can explain the latest research into the links between nutrition and health—and learn how they’ve altered their own habits
Sample an extraordinary array of delicious foods
Above all, be inspired!
Please join us for this one-of-a-kind exchange of food and ideas.
For more information, please contact email@example.com or 858-453-4100 ext. 1846.
Deborah Szekely – Honorary Chair
Nathan Coulon – Featured food station
Isabel Cruz – Featured food station
Joy Houston – Featured chef
Michelle Lerach – Featured dessert station
Denise Roa – Featured food station
Su-Mei Yu – Featured food station+6:00 pmThe Art and Science of Cuisine at the Salk Institute
−Truffle Tuesday at Hess North Park5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Hess Brewing Company North Park will be offering an early Valentine’s Day beer & truffle paired flight. This special will include three beers paired with three of Andrea’s Truffles made specially for the event. Flights will be $14 and will be available in a limited quantity.
Get here early Tuesday Night and enjoy the excellent pairing. Andrea will be here if you have any questions, if you’re looking for a Valentine’s gift idea, or if you just want to meet the mind behind the desserts.
Click here for more details!+5:00 pmTruffle Tuesday at Hess North Park
−Cooking Seafood with Catalina Offshore at Great News!6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Cooking Seafood with Catalina Offshore
Instructor: GOMES & FELMLEY
Date: Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Recipes: Baja Stone Crab Cakes; New England Style Clam Bake; Pan Roasted Halibut with Citrus Herb Butter; Poached Salmon Salad with Green Goddess Dressing. *Tommy will be donating his teaching fee to Urban Slow- Foods San Diego. Recipes subject to change due to availability.
CALL FOR AVAILABILITY 858-270-1582+6:00 pmCooking Seafood with Catalina Offshore at Great News!
−Hands On: Wine Lovers at Great News!11:00 am – 1:30 pm
Hands On: Wine Lovers
Instructor: JENNIFER FELMLEY
Date: Saturday, February 15, 2014
Time: 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM
Recipes: Baby Spinach Salad with Shiraz Vinaigrette, Dried Cherries and Toasted Almonds; Crème Fraiche Mashed Potatoes; New York Strip Steak with Blue Cheese Butter and House Made Steak Sauce; Dark Chocolate Mousse with Raspberries.
This hands on class is limited to 32 people. Please bring an apron and wear closed toe shoes.
CALL FOR AVAILABILITY 858-270-1582. See website for more details.
+11:00 amHands On: Wine Lovers at Great News!
−February SlowSips at Alchemy Restaurant6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
This month’s Slow Sips gathering will be at Alchemy Restaurant! There will be a cash bar and of course, if you show your Slow Food Urban SD membership card, you receive 15% off any food and beverage purchases.+6:00 pmFebruary SlowSips at Alchemy Restaurant
−San Diego Chefs Salute Tommy Gomes2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
From event website:
Sometimes a purveyor is more than just somebody who sells you things. Sometimes a purveyor becomes something else. They become a trusted friend; a valued adviser; a fan; and a supporter of the community as a whole.
To the chefs in San Diego, Tommy Gomes is all of that and even more. Over the years he and his company, Catalina Offshore Products, have gone from being a fish monger to a true hub of the culinary community. While always offering a dazzling array of products, Tommy has also become the number one supporter of the culinary scene in San Diego and is an amazing supporter of the chefs and cooks who make it happen.
Please join us as we honor him in the best way possible with good people, good beverages and fantastic food.
Our chef line-up is truly an All Star team: Anthony Sinsay, Matthew Morrison, Matt Richman, Chad White, Tommy Fraioli, , Hanis Cavin, Matt Gordon, Alex Carballo, Jeff Bonilla, Rich Sweeney, Brandon Brooks, Steven Molina, Jenn Felmley, Daniel Barron, Karl Prohaska, Karen Blair, Trey, Amy DiBiase, Olivier Bioteau, Ryan Studebaker, Nate Soroko, Karrie Hills, and Tyson Blake.
Mike Hess Brewing and Societe Brewing will be on hand pouring their fantastic beers and Ian Ward, mixologist supreme, will be shaking up something special….
Hope to see you all there…+2:00 pmSan Diego Chefs Salute Tommy Gomes