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The Best Food & Drink Events This Month: January 2015

Welcome Back Foie Gras Dinner, Campari Cocktail Classic, Wine Wednesdays With Joshua Orr


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Welcome Back Foie Gras Dinner

WHEN: Jan. 26
WHERE: Wrench & Rodent Seabasstropub, 1815 S. Coast Highway, Oceanside

The biggest news in California food was the Jan. 7 repeal of the ban on foie gras—the delicacy of fattened goose liver. Local chefs (and animal rights activists) are highly aroused by the move, and it figures to be a lively showdown between diners and protestors at the Welcome Back Foie Gras Dinner. Thirteen local chefs are participating, including Daniel Barron, Hanis Cavin (Carnitas Snack Shack), Matt Richman (Table 926), Rich Sweeney (R Gang), Davin Waite (Wrench & Rodent), and RoseAna Peyron (Counterpoint). Proceeds will go Collaboration Kitchen.

COST: $150
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Campari Cocktail Classic

WHEN: Jan. 20, 9PM
WHERE: Bottega Americano, 1195 Island Ave., Downtown, 619.255.7800

Enjoying a cocktail is generally a good reason for life. Doing it at one of the better new restuarants in San Diego, Bottega Americano, is an even better reason. And the fact that eight of the city’s top barteners will be competing for your mouth joy is even better. The iconic bitter aperitif Campari is gathering bartenders from Bottega, Prepkitchen, Seven Grand, Polite Provisions, Sycamore Den, Bankers Hill Bar + Restaurant and Kettner Exchange all for a competition to create the best Campari cocktail.

COST: FREE
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Wine Wednesdays With Joshua Orr

WHEN: Jan. 14, 21 and 28, 6PM
WHERE: Marina Kitchen, 333 W. Harbor Dr., Downtown, 619.234.1500

Locals wouldn’t normally go to a hotel restaurant on the marina, but Joshua Orr is an attraction worth taking advantage of.  Last year, the San Diego sommelier won Top Somm, one of the biggest national competitions for up-and-coming wine experts.  During January he’ll hold one-hour classes every Wednesday on different wine regions, pairings and emerging trends. It’s a different theme each week: “Blind Tasting” (Jan. 14), “The Wide World of Chardonnay” (Jan. 21) and “Food & Wine Pairing” (Jan. 28). Tourists shouldn’t be the only ones getting to taste this.

COST: $20
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