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Italian café opens first U.S. location in Hillcrest

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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."

For information, visit sandiego1882.com.

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 OpenTable.com'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."


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