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−Celebrate Día de los Muertos at Suzie’s Farm!6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Dia De Los Muertos
Gather with family and friends at Suzie’s Farm for a Dia De Los Muertos celebration to pray for and remember those who have passed. To make this a celebration in true Suzie’s Farm style, we have invited chef friends from San Diego and Baja to prepare traditional Mexican dishes. Bring remembrances to place at our Main Altar to commemorate your loved ones. While this is a holiday to remember those who have passed, it is also a fiesta – frivolous and formal and funny and full as life!
Our Dia De Los Muertos celebration will be a family fiesta with tickets available for adults and children.
This celebration is a benefit for the Front Burner Fund and Kitchen Commandos, two great, local non-profit organizations helping our food community.
Read Lucila’s blog post, Que Viva La Vida on the celebration of Life and Death.
When: Saturday, November 2nd, 6:00 – 10:00pm
Where: The Grove at Suzie’s Farm – 2570 Sunset Avenue, San Diego, CA 92154
Chef Flor Franco has helped line up some of the most acclaimed chefs from San Diego and Baja, including:
- Javier Plascencia – Mision 19
- Andrew Spurgin – Andrew Spurgin™
- Isabel Cruz – Barrio Star
- Miguel Valdez and Mark Park – Indulge Contemporary Catering
- Ryan Stein – L’Escargot Bistro
- Martin Gonzalez -
Toast Enoteca Cucina
- Humbertos Aviles – La Caza Club
- Dawn Parks – Wild Thyme Catering
- Maylin Chavez – Local, Organic, Sustainable Catering
- Bianca Castro – Biscotti’s Venuzzi Reposteria
The line-up of chefs is subject to change.+6:00 pmCelebrate Día de los Muertos at Suzie’s Farm!
−5th annual Maritime Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony: The Sustainable Seafood Sensation Returns6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
From the event website
Once again the Fisheries & Seafood Technology Sector Working Group has stepped to the fore and pledged to provide the freshest local sustainable seafood for this annual extravaganza celebration of all things maritime.
The dinner sold out the last two years, so don’t wait to buy your ticket. The dinner will be held at the Liberty Station Conference Center on the evening of Nov. 7. …
Sponsorship opportunities are available starting at $500, up to $5,000 for premium recognition as a Gold Sponsor. Remember that the Gala Dinner is one of the few public occasions during the year where students have the opportunity to rub shoulders with and see the industry at its best, but we need your financial support to make that possible.
- Gold Level Dinner Sponsor – $5,000
- Silver Level Dinner Sponsor – $2,500
- (Bronze) TABLE Sponsor – $1,000
(Each sponsorship above includes a table, seats 8 )
- Non-members: $100
- TMA members: $75
- Educator’s discount: $60 (please inquire for registration instructions)
The Annual Sustainable Seafood Sensation Reception & Dinner that immediately follows Day One of the annual Blue Tech & Blue Economy Summit have elevated the “Maritime Gala Dinner” above and beyond “a celebration of all things maritime” to one of the culinary highlights on any seafood lover’s calendar. In 2012, under the capable direction of Chef/Event Architect Andrew Spurgin a dozen chefs prepared an array of seafood appetizers and a three-course dinner that rivaled any meal served in San Diego in recent history.
The lineup for this year’s dinner is still building, but with a growing list of vendors supporting the dinner, now including Catalina Offshore, capitalizing on the incredible biodiversity of the Southern California Bight is bound to tantalize and delight any palette. Do not miss out! This event has sold out the last two years!
Support OceanSTEM – This sustainable seafood dinner is the highlight of our sustainable seafood education events, “Consider a Fish”, which will be held throughout the year in 2014. Proceeds support OceanSTEM and help fund student interactions with industry professionals in a multitude of settings, including all-inclusive events such as this sustainable seafood reception and dinner. Request a copy of TMA Foundation Sponsorship Packages today, and help us foster the development of tomorrow’s Blue Tech leaders and innovators.
An event like this would never be possible were it not for the support of key sponsors and supporters, including the following:
- Carlsbad Aquafarm
- Catalina Offshore Products
- Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute
- Living Coast Discovery Center
- San Diego Fishermen’s Working Group
- San Diego Oceans Foundation
- Vesper Wines
- Cook + Schmid
The Maritime Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony is put on by The Maritime Alliance Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and a portion of your payment is tax-deductible
Check website for more details.+6:00 pm5th annual Maritime Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony: The Sustainable Seafood Sensation Returns
−Cooking Seafood with Catalina Offshore at Great News!6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Cooking Seafood with Catalina Offshore
Instructor: GOMES & FELMLEY
Date: Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Join Tommy Gomes, Catalina Offshore Products Fishmonger and Chef Jenn, Culinary Instructor and Certified Culinary Nutritionist to not only learn how to make wonderful fresh fish dishes, but how to filet and portion fish as well. Chef Jenn is a talented cook and teacher who has a deep passion for food. Tommy comes from a fishing family and has been around it all of his life, the two make a wonderful duo. San Diego Magazine had nominated him as one of the top 50 people to watch in 2011, so don’t miss out. Tommy will discuss how to buy fresh seafood and what to look for in freshness and how to trust a true fishmonger. He will also instruct students on how to use the entire fish.
Recipes: Thai Seafood Salad; Polenta with Shrimp in Sage Butter; Baked Whole Local White Fish with Italian Lemon, Olive Oil and Fresh Herb Sauce; “Best of Catalina Offshore Products” Cioppino (fisherman’s stew).
*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+6:30 pmCooking Seafood with Catalina Offshore at Great News!
−SAN DIEGO BAY WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL (all-day)Nov 18 – Nov 24
Raise a glass and celebrate a Decade of Decadence as the San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival returns November 18-24, 2013. The seven-day epicurean experience celebrates San Diego’s fresh and flavorful food and drink scene with over 20 citywide events, celebrity chefs from across the nation, wine and cooking classes, chef dinners, _Cooking Light_ and _Health Magazine’s_ The Fit Foodie 5K/10K presented by Citibank, and multiple tasting events throughout the week.
The Festival’s legendary Grand Tasting transforms the beautiful San Diego Bay into a food and wine lover’s paradise, featuring 200 wineries, breweries and sprits from around the world, 70 local restaurants and gourmet food companies, and the Chef of the Fest Competition where San Diego’s best chefs take center stage.
Join the celebration!
For a schedule of events, tickets and hotels visit, see event website.+SAN DIEGO BAY WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL (all-day)
−La Plancha Pop-Up Dinner: Celebration of Baja & Tequila Tasting6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
A unique collaboration of Baja and San Diego chefs to include Chad White of Plancha Baja Med, Javier Plascencia of Mision 19 and Jason Knibb of Nine-Ten. Feast upon 6 uniquely styled courses with handpicked tequila pairings selected by Marcela Valladolid of Hacienda de la Flor and Food Network’s Mexican Made Easy. The Plancha Baja Med tagline is “It’s like a high 5 in the mouth” and with this line up of chefs, it promises to do just that.
The term plancha is Spanish for “iron” and is the type of griddle used in Mexican cooking, similar to a flat top grill. “Baja Med” refers to the culinary movement where Mexican, Mediterranean and Asian cuisine are fused together to create one mouthwatering flavor explosion. Chef Chad White began a journey of pop-up dinners in this style, where he is able to take creative liberty to cook what he wants, however he wants, wherever he wants. The sky is the limit. Now’s your chance to take part in the La Plancha experience.
Date: Monday, November 18, 2013
Time: 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Location: Romesco Baja Med Bistro
Attire: Sophisticated Casual
Call (760) 845-0911 to reserve your seat.
For more information, click here.+6:30 pmLa Plancha Pop-Up Dinner: Celebration of Baja & Tequila Tasting
−November Slow Sips at 1500 Ocean at the Hotel Del6:30 pm – 8:00 pmThis months Slow Sips is Tuesday November 19th, at 1500 Ocean at the Hotel Del from 6:30 – 8:00. There will be a cash bar and of course as always if you show your Slow Food Urban SD membership card you receive 10% off any food purchases. Please RSVP on Brownpaper tickets if you plan on attending!Hope to see you there!!+6:30 pmNovember Slow Sips at 1500 Ocean at the Hotel Del
−Storytellers Pop-Up Dinner With Todo Mundo6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
A dining and music experience featuring Chef Nick Brune of Eco Caters/Local Habit and David Green Truck of Green Truck SD.
Storytellers is a pop-up event hosted by Eco Caters and Green Truck SD.
Each event will showcase 7 tracks from a local musician paired with 7 courses of organic cuisine. Each track is detailed by the artist followed by the chefs explanation of his dish and then finally the music is performed live while guests enjoy their pairing experience.
Each guest will receive a CD, 7 courses, 7 live tracks, and 2 home brews for $65
Click here for tickets and more information.+6:00 pmStorytellers Pop-Up Dinner With Todo Mundo
−SoNo Fest and Chili Cook-Off11:00 am – 5:00 pm+11:00 amSoNo Fest and Chili Cook-Off
−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)