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Jsix hosts annual oyster-eating contest next month

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Next month on March 24, Jsix restaurant and its chef, Christian Graves, play host to their annual Shuck and Swallow event featuring 10 duos -- one shucker, one swallower -- from San Diego restaurants and kitchens in a competition to see who can open and eat the most oysters in 10 minutes.

Free to the public, chefs from Jsix, Pacific Del Mar, Water's Fine Catering, Quarter Kitchen, Oceanaire, 1500 Ocean plus more, will participate in a competition to show up their culinary colleagues.

The event starts at 6 p.m. at LOUNGEsix, atop Hotel Solamar.


Rancho Santa Fe establishment Delicias Restaurant is set to open a 5,000-bottle wine cellar in March, becoming one of the widest selection of any free-standing restaurant in Southern California, according to a press release.

Selected under the consultation of Jessie Rodriguez, advanced sommelier, the wines will focus on a price range from $50 a bottle to $150, but will feature selections up to $5,000 a bottle.


Kimpton's Hotel Solamar recently promoted Mark Dibella to general manager.

In his new post, Dibella will be responsible for all daily operations for the Kimpton's only San Diego hotel. He previously held the position of director of sales and marketing since 2008.


Another downtown hotel, Sè San Diego, recently added three new hires to the executive team: Joe Velasquez has been named director of sales and marketing; Nicola Gabriele joins as general manager of Suite & Tender, and Reg McDonald has been added as director of nightlife and entertainment, a newly created position.


In celebration of love in the Gaslamp, the Gaslamp Quarter Association -- in partnership with KiFM Smooth Jazz 98.1 -- recently debuted the Gaslamp Lovers' Promotion.

Over the past few weeks, the public was invited to share their best Gaslamp Quarter love, connection or relationship stories for an opportunity to win a special couple's prize, including a Valentine's Day stay at the San Diego Marriott Gaslamp Quarter, dinner for two at the Hard Rock Café, movie tickets, a Segway tour for two and a story and photo in next month's issue of San Diego Social magazine.

The winners will be announced on Friday morning on KiFM.

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