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In honor of its 21st anniversary, San Diego's Karl Strauss Brewing Co. is hosting a Chef Celebration Beer Dinner, featuring six local chefs preparing five different dishes paired with varying Karl Strauss beers on May 18.

Chef Celebration is a partnership of more than 50 award-winning local chefs who donate their time and skills to raise funds for the nonprofit culinary scholarship program. Over the past 12 years, the program has awarded more than $60,000 in scholarships to local chefs.

Visit chefcelebration.org for information.


La Costa Resort has appointed Michelle Frye as spa director of the 43,000-square-foot The Spa at La Costa, which she will manage.

Frye joins La Costa from SĂ© SPA at Se San Diego Hotel.


San Ysidro Health Center's Maternal and Child Health Center's new kitchen is playing host to various cooking classes such as, "Cooking for a Healthier Lifestyle," "Prenatal Cooking," "Cooking for Preschoolers," and a "Teen Cooking" class.

To date, "Cooking for a Healthier Lifestyle" is the center's most successful class with more than 1,000 participants attending since last summer. The "Cooking for Preschoolers" class provides instruction to parents and their tots to increase the families' abilities to cook healthier options for their picky toddlers.

These free classes vary in length from four to six weeks and end with a graduation ceremony where participants receive a certificate of completion.

For information, visit syhc.org.


Smooth jazz hits the streets of the Gaslamp Quarter on Saturday, May 29 for the Smooth Jazz 98.1 Gaslamp Festival. The event will have two outdoor stages and over two dozen indoor venues featuring a blend of national, international and local jazz acts from 12:30 p.m. through 10 p.m.

Tickets are $29 online at kifm.com.


San Diego's Paradise Point Resort & Spa recently named Peter J. Bonell as their new director of sales and marketing where he will oversee all sales and marketing activities and programs for the 44-acre property.


On Tuesday, May 18, winemaker Tobin James will be pouring five of his favorite wines from 6-10 p.m. at The Wine Pub in Point Loma.

James will spend the evening tasting and talking about reds, whites and sparkling wines produced at his Paso Robles, Calif., cellar.

The $25 tasting includes $10 credit toward the purchase of Tobin James' wines. Call 619-758-9325 to register.


Old Town Family Hospitality Corp. has recruited Joseph Melluso to be the operator of the soon-to-be open, historic Cosmopolitan Hotel in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park.

Melluso has created 15 restaurants throughout the United States, nine of which are in San Diego County.

The Cosmopolitan Hotel is recognized as one of the oldest buildings within the state park system. It has been used as a home, hotel, livery and olive factory, nearly destroyed by storms and neglect, rehabilitated and transformed by many owners, caretakers and residents -- invited or not.

Originally constructed as San Diego pioneer Juan Bandini's home between 1827 and 1829 with 50,000 handmade adobe bricks. Now, the Cosmo's reconstruction will reveal many of the intricate details added to the home when it was turned into a hotel in 1869 and the second level was added.


On Saturday May 22, the Museum of Photographic Arts (MoPA) celebrates California wine, food and photography with its 12th annual fundraiser, Vintage.

Drawing inspiration from 1960s California, the event pairs food and wine tastings from Napa & Sonoma County vineyards with San Diego's restaurants.

Proceeds benefit the Museum's exhibitions and arts education programs. Visit mopavintage.org.

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