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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.

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Hospitality Videos

Interview with Cessna's Russ Meyer

Russ Meyer, chairman emeritus of Cessna, visits Jet Source, Inc. in Carlsbad to check out the display of a Citation X Elite aircraft, which was designed by Cessna.

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High-end outlet shops open at San Ysidro shopping center

Oct. 23, 2014 -- Visitors to the various outlet stores in San Ysidro now have more shopping options, as a new outlet center opened in October. The Outlets at the Border will have stores like H&M, Armani Exchange, Nixon and A'GACI.

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