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