Diane Powers, a recognized entrepreneur and design professional, is the creator and force behind some of San Diego's beloved retail and restaurant destinations -- The Bazaar del Mundo Shops and Casa Guadalajara restaurant in Old Town, Casa de Pico in La Mesa and Casa de Bandini in Carlsbad.
As president and chief operating officer of Eddie V's Restaurant Inc., Jim VanDercook oversees all of the company’s concepts, which include Eddie V’s, Wildfish Seafood Grille and Roaring Fork. He is responsible for the development and growth of the company, with plans to aggressively grow all three brands over the next few years. Key growth markets for this initiative include San Antonio, Houston, Dallas and Southern California.
Southern California native Jeff Rossman is executive chef and owner of Terra American Bistro, the East College area's first farm-to-table restaurant, focusing on sustainability and built with reclaimed materials.
San Diego's only jazz station, Jazz 88.3, was named Station of the Year (large market) by Jazz Week last month.
Terra American Bistro's Executive Chef Jeff Rossman's farm-to-table cookbook, "From Terra's Table: New American Food From Southern California Organic Farms," recently added a new honor to its list of accolades. The San Diego Book Awards Association recently named it the Best Cookbook 2011 in the 17th annual San Diego Book & Writing Awards.
Chad White is executive chef/partner of Sea Rocket Bistro and owner of EGO Culinary Trends.
The Japan Society of San Diego and Tijuana hosts the ninth annual Beer & Sake Festival on from 6 to 9 p.m., June 23, at the San Diego Marriott Del Mar, bringing together San Diego's top chefs to showcase their Japanese culinary and sake traditions for the San Diego community.
The Ladeki Restaurant Group has added Mark Augarten to its executive team as vice president of operations.
The 18th annual Taste of Gaslamp is slated for Father's Day Weekend -- June 18-19. The event will feature more than 25 dining venues each day.
The San Diego Council on Literacy will host its second annual culinary fundraiser, "Eat. Drink. Read." May 18 at Liberty Station. The council's CEO, Jose Cruz, talks about how this event supports the organization and why fans of good books, good food and drink will want to attend.
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.
Gran Fondo is setting the stage for its third year in San Diego. The Italian "Big Ride" brings out more than 3,500 cyclists and thousands of spectators for the ride across the county.