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  • Convention Center gets the gold

    The San Diego Convention Center recently earned a gold certification from the International Association of Congress Centres, and is the only convention facility in the nation and just the second in North America, to achieve gold status.

  • Manchester Grand steps up to plate with Padres offer

    The Manchester Grand Hyatt is offering hefty discounts for Padres game attendees. Any Padres home game with a walkoff homer or a grand slam means everyone in the park's ticket becomes good for 50 percent off purchases up to $10,000 for rooms, restaurants, bars, the spa and more -- as long as they are redeemed anytime from the day after the game through Dec. 30.

  • Cosmopolitan names Thurston executive chef

    Old Town's soon-to-open historic Cosmopolitan Restaurant in Old Town has named Jeff Thurston as executive chef.

  • Karl Strauss celebrates 21st with beer dinner

    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.

  • La Jolla Cove's Trattoria Acqua gets lease extension

    Trattoria Acqua on the Cove, celebrating its 16-year anniversary, recently got a renewal on its lease. The La Jolla-restaurant was nearly shut down last month when its landlord elected not to renew the lease; only after announcing closing to the public and sitting down with the staff for a final dinner, did the restaurant's landlord grant it a six-year lease extension.

  • Bali Hai undergoing facelift, to reopen in April

    The family-owned landmark, Bali Hai Restaurant, is currently being revamped and will soon unveil a new look and menu.

  • World Water Day Festival returns to Carlsbad

    The Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation is hosting its fourth annual World Water Day Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, March 20, at the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Discovery Center in Carlsbad.

  • After 16 years, Trattoria Acqua closes its doors

    La Jolla restaurant, Trattoria Acqua on the Cove, recently announced it will be closing its doors on March 13 because the restaurant has lost its lease.

  • Jsix hosts annual oyster-eating contest next month

    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.

  • La Costa's newest recipe is all about being 'green'

    The kitchens at La Costa Resort and Spa are cooking up something good -- for the plants, that is. In an effort to continue to reduce, reuse and recycle, the venue recently installed two industrial compost machines -- not to please the human palate, but instead to cater toward nature by turning kitchen scraps into a compost suitable for use on the golf course and in hotel plant and flower beds.

  • BottleHood's glassware keeps jobs local, landfills open

    Looking to do something about the billions of bottles a year that end up in California's landfills, while simultaneously creating jobs and stimulating the local economy, BottleHood was born.

  • Battle of bands kicks off Poinsettia Bowl

    Just two days before the Poinsettia Bowl, the Gaslamp Quarter's Fifth Avenue plays host to the Poinsettia Bowl Battle of the Bands at 6 p.m. Dec. 21. The match-up is between University of California at Berkeley and Utah State, whose bands, accompanied by their cheer squads, will line up along opposite ends of Fifth Avenue.

  • Blue Christmas in the Gaslamp will help kick holiday blues

    Get ready for the second annual Blue Christmas in the Gaslamp Quarter taking place as part of Gaslamp For The Holidays from 5-10 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 10.

  • November's a big month for wine lovers

    Will you be partaking in Beaujolais Nouveau Day next Thursday, Nov. 19? For the record, Beaujolais Nouveau is a red wine made from gamay grapes produced in France's Beaujolais region.

  • Ballet director brings multimedia performance to Anthology

    In an effort to make live classical music performance more accessible to general audiences, Music Director/Conductor John Stubbs of California Ballet, has created a multimedia performance experience where live classical music, dance and film converge for one special evening titled, Luscious Noise at Anthology in Little Italy on Sunday, Nov. 22, according to a press release.

  • Jose's hosts inaugural flauta-eating contest

    Calling all San Diegans! Jose's of La Jolla has announced it will host the first-ever sanctioned World Flauta-Eating Contest. Billed as the "Jose's World Flauta Eating Championship," this event is expected to draw the world's top competitive eaters in the final scheduled for Dec 6.

  • BICE to open doors in Gaslamp Oct. 28

    The soon-to-open Italian restaurant BICE is rooted in the story of one woman: Beatrice Ruggeri, lovingly called "BICE" by her friends and family.

  • Gaslamp Quarter planning for spooky October

    The Gaslamp Quarter is already gearing up for Halloween. Soon the entire district will be decked out in Halloween décor, including hanging spooky banners from the Gaslamps, plus there are several fun events planned during the entire month of October.

  • Local music thrives, thanks to new partnership

    Local music has never sounded so good, thanks to a new collaboration between Anthology and KPRI (102.1).

  • Carlsbad residents provoke new eatery influx

    The city of Carlsbad is experiencing a restaurant boom that will bring new eateries for just about every taste, budget and dining style. More than two-dozen eateries spread throughout all corners of the city are either opening or in the works, with choices ranging from Mediterranean cuisine to nationally renowned burgers, enormous fluffy omelets and margaritas the size of a birdbath.

  • Oceanaire Seafood promotes exec chef

    Gaslamp Quarter's Oceanaire Seafood Room has named Sean Langlais the interim executive chef; he previously held the role of executive sous chef and has been with Oceanaire since 2006.

  • Karl Strauss offloads first batch of beer waste to Greenhouse

    A green partnership is under way as Greenhouse recently picked up the first load of spent yeast from Karl Strauss Brewing Co.

  • Anthology chef's food hits the right notes

    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.

  • HospitalityBeat: Zoological Society COO to serve on Convention Center board

    Matthew "Mick" Musella, COO of the Zoological Society of San Diego, was recently appointed to serve in an ex-officio capacity on the San Diego Convention Center Corp.'s board of directors.

  • New Keating bar puts emphasis on the bubbly

    Below the Keating Hotel sits a new champagne bar called MIX at SWAY, located inside the SWAY Lounge, which features a variety of champagnes from $4 to $85.

  • Addison headwaiter named advanced sommelier

    Will Costello, headwaiter at the acclaimed Addison at the Grand Del Mar, has attained the level of advanced sommelier, a coveted certification from the American Chapter of the Court of Master Sommeliers, the premier international examining body for the wine industry.

  • Casa de Bandini resurfaces in Carlsbad

    After four long years, Casa de Bandini has relocated. Scheduled to open on June 30, Bandini moves north to The Forum in Carlsbad, bringing with it the same romantic essence of Old Mexico -- reminiscent of the original location with lavish dining rooms and lush landscaping.

  • All-organic burger joint thrives downtown

    With a plethora of pricey restaurants flanking the streets of downtown San Diego, brothers Derek and Craig Cowling knew something was missing: a chic organic burger haven for cost-conscious diners.

  • Grand Del Mar sales manager earns designation

    Amy Butterfield, national sales manager for The Grand Del Mar, has earned the Convention Industry Council's Certified Meeting Professional designation.

  • Candelas celebrates 10th anniversary downtown

    On June 7, 1999, Mexican Nouvelle restaurant Candelas opened its doors at 416 Third Avenue and began a flourishing, reciprocal relationship with its downtown neighbors. Ten years later, it is still there with many of the same staff and guests frequenting its dining room and lounge.

  • Japan Society brings 7th beer, sake festival

    The Japan Society of San Diego and Tijuana will host its seventh annual Beer & Sake Festival on June 25 at the San Diego Marriott Del Mar.

  • Brigantine turns 40; founders reflect on progression

    The first Brigantine Seafood Restaurant will turn 40 on May 20. Tasteful observances are planned in all Brigantine locations, including a "$40 for 40" dinner for two offered Thursdays during May, and the release of a special 40th anniversary bottling of the Brigantine's 2007 Reserve Chardonnay, which earned a silver medal at the recent San Diego International Wine Competition.

  • Hotel vet relocates to take on Sheraton, Starwood

    With several decades of successful hospitality management experience, Keri Robinson has relocated to San Diego to lend her expertise to the role of area managing director for Starwood Hotels and Resorts.

  • Barona Resort gets energy efficiency rating

    Barona Resort & Casino has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Energy Star, the national symbol for superior energy efficiency and environmental protection. Commercial buildings, including hotels and resorts, that rate in the top 25 percent of facilities in the nation for energy efficiency may qualify for the Energy Star. Barona was one of only 85 hotels in the state of California to receive this recognition.

  • Whisknladle celebrates successful year with new venture plans

    For downtown La Jolla restaurant Whisknladle, the first year in business included rave reviews for its back-to-basics approach to cuisine, charming ambiance and friendly and educated services. Rounding out a successful first year, Whisknladle has also announced plans to open Prepkitchen, a take-out eatery and gourmet market, in the spring.

  • 'Behind the Scenes' chosen to cater Olympics broadcasting

    San Diego-based catering company, Behind the Scenes (BTS), recently announced it has been selected as the caterer of choice for NBC Olympics broadcasting at the upcoming 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia. In addition, BTS also catered for the international broadcasters and corporate sponsors at the Olympics in Sydney, Australia; Salt Lake City, Utah; Athens, Greece; Torino, Italy; and Beijing.

  • Hotel Indigo brings affordable luxury downtown this summer

    InterContinental Hotels Group announced that Hotel Indigo San Diego will open this summer in downtown's East Village. Launched in 2004, Hotel Indigo caters to guests who desire affordable luxury, personal service and an alternative to traditional hotels without sacrificing any of the business amenities they have come to expect.

  • Karl Strauss completes expansion; celebrates 20 years in S.D.

    In February 1989, two college grads and a 75-year-old master brewer, who shared a passion for beer, sparked the journey of the Karl Strauss Brewing Co. -- reportedly the first craft brewery to open in San Diego since Prohibition. Chris and Matt, along with help from world-renowned master brewer Karl Strauss, realized their dream.

  • Cohn opens 333 Pacific Steak & Seafood in Oceanside

    San Diego-based and family-owned Cohn Restaurant Group recently announced the opening of 333 Pacific Steak & Seafood restaurant in Oceanside. This recent addition to the Cohn family is the group's 13th restaurant, which offers innovative cuisine, casual elegance and oceanfront dining to Oceanside.

  • Boat show returns to Convention Center Jan. 8

    As the third largest consumer show to be held in San Diego annually, The San Diego Boat Show returns to the San Diego Convention Center and Marriott Marina Jan. 8-11, with two new features to address growing industry trends and consumer demand -- the Green Boating Zone and Affordability Pavilion.

  • Richards bring GM experience, passion to Dakota Grill

    Gaslamp steakhouse Dakota Grill & Spirits recently announced the addition of Carrie Richards as the general manager, and the Cohn Restaurant Group's (CRG) newest member.

  • Bayfront Hilton ready for guests

    Hilton Hotels Corp. announced that its newest Hilton brand property, the Hilton San Diego Bayfront, has officially opened its doors for business.

  • Upscale Addison earns 5 diamonds from AAA

    Addison, the fine dining restaurant at the new Grand Del Mar, has earned one of the most coveted awards of all: a Five Diamond rating from the Automobile Association of America.

  • Café Coyote welcomes Mitchell as new GM

    Café Coyote Old Town has welcomed Mike Mitchell as its new general manager; in his position, Mitchell will oversee management, personnel and the overall operations of the restaurant.

  • Crescent Heights comes to downtown San Diego

    Occupying the first floor of a downtown high-rise, sits Crescent Heights Kitchen & Lounge, a California-cuisine restaurant from Executive Chef David McIntyre and his wife, Mariah.

  • Cohn Restaurant Group launches new site

    San Diego restaurant powerhouse, the Cohn Restaurant Group, has recently launched a new Web site, The site was designed with guests in mind, built from suggestions and survey feedback from e-Cuisine Club subscribers and guests.

  • CRA San Diego names new chapter president

    Lehn Goetz, co-owner of Old Town's Café Coyote restaurant, has been elected president of the California Restaurant Association's San Diego County Chapter (CRA).

  • Groovy Like A Movie honored for 'green' efforts

    Groovy Like A Movie, a full service multi-media production company, was recently recognized by the San Diego Area Green Business Program for adopting and meeting strict environmental compliance and conservation practices.

  • Ready, set, eat: Restaurant Row revs up this fall

    Those who relish the art of cuisine and indulging their palates are in for a treat. Next month, Old California Restaurant Row in North County celebrates nine nights of Restaurant Week, plus the ninth annual Taste of Downtown takes place.

  • Ready, set, eat: Restaurant Row revs up this fall

    Those who relish the art of cuisine and indulging their palates are in for a treat. Next month, Old California Restaurant Row in North County celebrates nine nights of Restaurant Week, plus the ninth annual Taste of Downtown takes place.

  • Art attack in Old Town

    Also coming up in September, the Old Town San Diego Art Festival takes place Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 20 and 21, from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. This free event put on by the Old Town Chamber of Commerce features over 100 contemporary artists from around the world, displaying their crafts along San Diego Avenue, plus an impressive showcase of painting, sculptures, ceramics, furniture and jewelry.

  • Oceanaire Seafood Room honored for wine list

    Gaslamp Quarter establishment, The Oceanaire Seafood Room, was honored by Wine Spectator with the coveted "Award of Excellence," a recognition of the quality of its award-winning wine list. Since opening in 2005, Oceanaire has achieved a Wine Spectator's Award every year.

  • The Shores Restaurant hires new GM

    Recently, The Shores Restaurant announced the hire of Lisa Redwine as restaurant manager. Redwine's experience in the food and beverage industry encompasses over 10 years in a managerial capacity, most recently at Molly's Restaurant & Bar at the Marriott Hotel, San Diego, where she served as general manager and wine director.

  • Arrive Like Royalty rolls into town

    If ever there was a company to get your motor running, your heart beating and your ego soaring, it's Arrive Like Royalty, a new boutique luxury transportation service just launched in San Diego.

  • RA Sushi appoints new head sushi chef

    RA Sushi Bar Restaurant has announced the promotion of Joao Mezashi to head sushi chef.

  • Local celebrity mixer to help with weight loss

    On July 18, at the Ivy Hotel, My Fight With Fat will host a celebrity mixer where attendees will be privy to see, smell and taste firsthand as celebrity Chef Scotty of Chile Co. cooks up a nutritious three course meal and teaches twelve culinary secrets to eating healthier and making better food choices. The event will also feature many celebrity guest speakers, an art walk, a live comedy show by Shereen Faltas and more.

  • Father's Day, Restaurant Week to keep diners busy

    A plethora of exciting dining adventures await during the month of June.

  • New business venture aims to empower young girls

    Four women educators with a passion for empowering girls to grow strong, independent and confident are counting down to July 1 -- which marks the grand opening of It's All About The Girl, a new party venue designed exclusively for girls age 4-16.

  • RA Sushi raises funds for St. Jude

    RA Sushi will host its fourth annual "Nicky's Week" fundraiser in May to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. From May 25-31, the restaurant and bar will donate 100 percent of the proceeds from the sale of their signature tootsy maki, edamame, pork gyoza, FIJI Water, Red Bull and other select beverages to benefit the hospital.

  • New exec sous chef at Barona

    San Diego culinary veteran James Phillips has been appointed executive sous chef at Barona Valley Ranch Resort & Casino. In his new role, he will help to develop new menu items, oversee special events catering -- both on and off site -- and manage Barona's entire culinary operation alongside the resort's executive chef, Dean Thomas.

  • San Diego Hospitality makes headlines

    In April, a Conde Nast Traveler reader poll named the recently renovated Spa at Rancho Bernardo Inn as the number one resort spa in North America.

  • Palatable pleasures along Adams Avenue

    The Adams Avenue Business Association will hold its annual "Taste of Adams Avenue" from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., June 22, with a variety of samples of house specials, entrees and desserts from restaurants along Adams Avenue.

  • San Diego Hospitality makes headlines

    In April, a Conde Nast Traveler reader poll named the recently renovated Spa at Rancho Bernardo Inn as the number one resort spa in North America.

  • Little Italy celebrates tasting fest

    The Little Italy Association announced its inaugural neighborhood food tasting festival, Taste of Little Italy, coming to be held from 5-9 p.m., Wednesday, May 14.

  • Local law firm adds twist to national program

    Each year in April, across the country various companies participate in "Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day" which falls on April. This year, international law firm, Morrison & Foerster, which also has an office in San Diego will do something a bit extra for the young ones.

  • Picnic People offers cost-saving solutions

    At a time when the economy is experiencing a slump and corporations are cutting costs, Picnic People hopes to entice corporate, institutional and social clients with an economically-feasible opportunity to entertain and reward their employees. Picnic People, a San Diego corporate and special event picnic company, will host a tasting and headquarters open house for potential corporate, social and institutional party goers April 2 and 3.

  • Gaslamp Quarter to showcase leading artists' talent

    The Gaslamp Quarter plays host to its inaugural Artist Showcase Saturday, March 29. This free community art event will feature more than 50 of San Diego's leading artists gathering to display their talent on the streets and rooftops of the historic entertainment district.

  • Gaslamp Quarter to showcase leading artists' talent

    The Gaslamp Quarter plays host to its inaugural Artist Showcase Saturday, March 29. This free community art event will feature more than 50 of San Diego's leading artists gathering to display their talent on the streets and rooftops of the historic entertainment district.

  • Barona executive chef lauded for generosity

    Dean Thomas, executive chef of the Barona Valley Ranch Resort & Casino, was named 2007 Chef of the Year by the American Culinary Federation San Diego Chefs and Culinarians. Thomas was honored for his contributions to the chapter, outstanding outreach to the local community and passion for developing culinary talent in San Diego.