April 7, 2011

February 7, 2013

Italian cafť opens first U.S. location in Hillcrest

Bringing the brand and concept over from Italy, Caffe Vergnano 1882 is opening its first U.S. location in San Diego's Hillcrest neighborhood in mid-April.

The coffeehouse/café is modeled after more than 50 units now operating in 13 different countries, including Italy, Germany and England.

Hector Rabellino is moving from Italy to San Diego to lead a planned expansion of Caffe Vergnano 1882 throughout California. The plan is to open six stores over the next five years.

"I am here to manage, train and supervise the entire operation in order to guarantee an authentic replication of our Italian concept," said Rabellino. "To uphold the integrity of our reputable Italian product, service and recipes, experienced trainers from Italy have come to California to work with our baristas, chef and floor staff, to ensure the operations are run parallel to those we implemented in Italy and other locations."

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The Grand Del Mar is bringing the family together for a pre-Mother's Day culinary bonding session.

From 10-11:30 a.m. on May 7, banquet chef Scott Mickelson and pastry chef Melissa Logan, team up for a kid-friendly, hands-on cooking class, featuring items such as homemade cinnamon rolls with maple-cream cheese icing, roasted apples with vanilla-honey glaze and more.

Price is $65 for one parent and one child; $25 for additional children (limit two children per adult). For reservations call 858-314-2000/

What do you get when Beatles fans want to do something meaningful for their community?

San Diego's Beatles Fan Club will host its first business networking events at On the Border restaurant May 21.

Club members will be joined by local business representatives, business people in the entertainment industry, as well as local celebrities and artists showcasing various types of art. The club's goal is to open doors of opportunity for artists that are looking to expand their careers.

Contact Art Kaliel at 760-613-6412 for more details.

Gaslamp Quarter restaurant, Searsucker, was recently voted No. 2 in the Top 10 Hottest New Restaurants by's reviewers.

According to the story, "The list of winners is derived from more than 7 million reviews submitted by OpenTable diners for more than 12,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia."


April 7, 2011

February 7, 2013

Events Calendar


Upcoming Events

Gunmetal Blues, the Musical

Sun, Feb 1
North Coast Repertory Theatre
Solana Beach
San Diego Premier! Music and lyrics by Craig Bohmler and Marion Adler. Directed by Andrew Barnicle.

The Darrell Hammond Project

Sun, Feb 1
Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre
La Jolla
The Darrell Hammond Project, based on Hammondís acclaimed memoir, God, If Youíre Not Up There, Iím F*cked: Tales of Stand-Up, Saturday Night Live and Other Mind-Altering Mayhem, invites the audience on a heartbreaking and hilarious journey inside the life and mind of an American comic genius, trying to unravel the mystery of how a man repeatedly climbed out from the depths of despair to become a world-class comedian.

Murder For Two

Sun, Feb 1
The Old Globe Theater
San Diego
The Old Globe today announced the full cast and creative team for Murder for Two, with book and music by Joe Kinosian and book and lyrics by Kellen Blair. Globe veteran Scott Schwartz (A Room with a View at the Globe, The Hunchback of Notre Dame at La Jolla Playhouse) returns to direct Blair and Kinosianís Off Broadway hit, a vaudevillian mystery musical with an energetic two-man cast. Great American novelist Arthur Whitney has been murdered at his own birthday party, and his killer could be any one of the guests. But this is no ordinary murder mystery. The entire world of this hilarious musical is brought to life by two incredible performers: one plays the detective, the other plays all 10 suspects, and both play the piano! Murder for Two is an irrepressibly wacky tour-de-force musical that NewYork1 dubbed ďa must-see 90-minute jolt of caffeinated creativity!Ē

C.S. Lewis On Stage

Sun, Feb 1
Lambs Players Theatre
Award-winning actor Tom Key in a fascinating look into the wit, wisdom and work of one of the 20th Century's most engaging thinkiners and hugely popular writers.

Artist in Residence, Julie Kreimer

Sun, Feb 1
Lux Art Institute
Landscapes and abstractions seamlessly relate in Julian Kreimer's oil paintings as he explores the terrain between the two. Lush color combinations applied in quick, fluid strokes are built into dense layers to create windows int Kreimer's envionments both recognizable and contemplative.

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