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The Best Food & Drink Events This Month: May 2014

Sustainable Seafood Dinner at Leroy's Kitchen & Lounge, Brew Rendezvous at SILO Makers Quarter, and Bacon & Barrels Festival at the Embarcadero Marina South


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Sustainable Seafood Dinner

WHEN: May 20, 6:30PM
WHERE: Leroy’s Kitchen & Lounge, 1015 Orange Ave., Coronado, 619.437.6087
COST: $60
MORE INFO: www.leroyskitchenandlounge.com

Every time I visit the bizarre idyllic Smallville island that is Coronado, I’m glad I did. A magical, if a touch Stepfordian, place that is. Tim Kolanko is a great reason to visit. One of the city’s top chefs, he’s usually a little too busy behind the scenes building the Leroy’s Kitchen & Lounge group a little mini empire. But for this dinner he’s back in the kitchen with chefs Gregory Chavez (Wine Vault & Bistro) and Leroy’s chef de cuisine, Ronnie Schwandt. It’s a four-course seafood special with wines curated by Patrick Bellow (of Revel and Vance Erickson portfolios). Expect chilled asparagus soup with spot prawns, black cod with sunchoke puree in a bacon vinaigrette, wild king salmon with green garlic/farrow/crispy mushrooms.

Brew Rendezvous

WHEN: May 18, 1-4PM
WHERE: SILO Makers Quarter, 753 15th Street, Downtown, 858.609.7966
COST: $55
MORE INFO: www.makersquarter.com/places

SILO Makers Quarter is doing some good, creative, community-building things with a dirt parking lot in the eastern part of Downtown. For this second annual beer event will be thrown by the Community Health Improvement Partners (CHIP)—which tackles obesity through healthy, sustainable, regional food systems. Expect the usual crop of the city’s best/most progressive, including Stone, Cornado Brewery, Lost Abbey, AleSmith, Sadie Rose Baking Co, Suzie’s Farms, Connelly Gardens, Viva Pops, etc. Food, farmy stuff, beery stuff.

Bacon & Barrels Festival

WHEN: May 31, 1-5PM
WHERE: Embarcadero Marina South, 1 Marina Park Way, Downtown
COST: $75, 10% off with code SDMAG
MORE INFO: www.baconandbarrels.com

No, we cannot escape bacon. We should just submit to its charms and let it colonize us. A good way to start that process is this massive fest dedicated to the magical meat stick and barrel-aged treats (beer, bourbon, Scotch, etc.). Over 140 food and drink booths (including some of Santa Barbara’s top wineries) will dish out bacon creations and Top Chef alum Brooke Williamson will act as the grand poobah of pig. (Williamson will also cook an all-bacon dinner the night before with beer and bourbon pairings by Stone Brewing’s “Dr.” Bill Sysak).

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