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Little Italy's haven for music lovers, Anthology, is also equally satisfying to foodies alike, thanks to executive chef Eric Bauer, who has been at the helm of Anthology's culinary team since spring of this year -- bringing his enthusiasm and knowledge of cuisine front and center stage.

A Chicago native, Bauer attended Kendall College of Culinary Arts in Chicago and was a finalist for the U.S. Best Young Chefs Competition for Chaine de Rotisseurs 2003. He was also trained in Latin and Mediterranean cuisine under Chef James Cassidy at the Four Seasons Costa Rica. Chef Bauer studied French cuisine under numerous notable chefs at five-star properties across the world and prior to his current post, he served as the executive chef at Morel's, The Palazzo Hotel, in Las Vegas.

Rancho Santa Fe's Delicias restaurant has unveiled plans to improve its wine list. So much so, that it plans to apply for the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence as soon as 2010.

The award, given to restaurants that exemplify a well-chosen selection of quality produced wines, along with a thematic match to their food-style has never been on the radar for the restaurant. The second-tier award usually combines vintage depth, with several vertical offerings of top wines, or excellent breadth across several wine regions according to Wine Spectator. Delicias plans to compliment its California fresh menu by adding 400 labels to its temperature-controlled cellar.

The build-up of Delicias' wine cellar will be spearheaded by Tyler Williams, general manager. California-style wines created in California will be the focal point of the new additions.

Carlsbad-based ResorTime.com, a timeshare resort condominium rental company, has launched a social media contest on the Internet. According to Hansen Hunt, online media coordinator for the company, there are 11 different ways to enter to win one-week luxury accommodations in Hawaii.

"This is an exciting development in our social media outreach," says Sherry Weeks, general manager of ResorTime. "Although experimental at this point, we are already seeing some energy in capturing new users. We'll be tracking the results and reporting on them as we go along."

After recently celebrating its 10-year anniversary, Candelas, specializing in Mexican nouvelle cuisine, sat back and reflected on the success of its downtown Third Avenue location. It was apparent that the restaurant's longevity was largely due to the neighbors that come in week after week, year after year, for a glass of wine during happy hour or to share a meal with family and friends.

Eager to express its gratitude, Candelas sought a way to make it easier for more neighbors to experience the unique flavors, atmosphere and family that makes Candelas, Candelas. The answer was the Neighbor Card, offering 92101 residents a 20 percent discount on food every day, all year.

"We love to see our friends and neighbors enjoy themselves and enjoy this special place, so this just seemed like a natural step to take," said Conrado Abundes, general manager of the downtown location.

Speaking of anniversaries, in celebration of Gaslamp restaurant Acqua Al 2's ninth anniversary, San Diego Padres players will take over the award-winning restaurant as chefs, servers and bartenders during a special event.

On Aug 23, Padres All-Star First Baseman Adrian Gonzalez and his wife Betsy will present the fourth annual Celebrity Staff Night, an evening benefiting the Adrian & Betsy Gonzalez foundation that gives guests the chance to mix and mingle with Padres players.

The Padres players will shake up cocktails, prepare Acqua Al 2's authentic Italian dishes and wait tables. Guests will enjoy a five-course dinner paired with fine wines and bid on live auction items. ¶

Proceeds will benefit the Adrian & Betsy Gonzalez foundation, which empowers underprivileged youth through athletics, education and health.

The people have spoken, and the Travelocity Roaming Gnome is heading to San Diego for one last hoorah in his "Summer of Possibilities" tour. Over the past eight days, San Diego earned more than 45,000 online votes, and as a result the Roaming Gnome will visit Friday through Monday, to experience all San Diego has to offer.

While in San Diego, the Roaming Gnome will post photos and comments about his experiences, allowing fans and followers to keep up with his San Diego journey every step of the way. CONVIS will be sharing the posts on Facebook and Twitter.

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