Edit ModuleShow Tags

The Best Food and Drink Events in March and April

Seasonal food dinners, Chef-Driven Bake Sale and Fundamentals of Blind Wine Tasting


Published:

Chef-Driven Bake Sale

Seasonal Food Dinners

When: March 13 (and once a month for the next several months)
Where: Mille Fleurs, 6009 Paseo Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe

Bertrand Hug knows how to run a restaurant. The deeply French expat has helmed Mister A’s since 2000, navigating it through a couple economic recessions and a drastically changed dining culture in the post-tech world. But the original concept that made his name was Mille Fleurs. Opened in 1984 in Rancho Santa Fe, it’s located down the street from San Diego’s famed Chino Farms. Alice Waters and Wolfgang Puck made “farm to table” famous by using Chino’s apex fruits and veggies, but Mille Fleurs was right there with them the whole way. An era ended last year when longtime chef Martin Woesle called it a day. As the heir to the kitchen, Hug tapped Sean McCart, who was executive chef of top Oregon restaurant Bay House before moving to San Diego and moving through Juniper and Ivy (sous chef), The Patio on Goldfinch (chef de cuisine), and eventually at Mister A’s (chef de cuisine). These seasonal dinners will give neighbors a chance to see what the new guy in town can do with the help of local farmers and purveyors, and give non-RSFers a reason to wind through the country roads and visit a San Diego classic.

 

Cost: $95 ($75 for vegetarian options)
The Menu

 

Chef-Driven Bake Sale

When: March 31, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Herb & Eatery, 2210 Kettner Boulevard, Little Italy

This one’s pretty simple. There are two nonprofits doing good: Friendly Feast, started by local food writer Erin Jackson to foster friendships between chefs, farmers, and food producers; and Monarch School, the great Barrio Logan public school that does wonders for homeless teens. Then there are 12 excellent San Diego pastry chefs who will donate their time and creations to the bake sale: Adrian Mendoza (Herb & Wood), Crystal White (Wayfarer Bread), Elizabeth Olsen (Ironside), Vicky Sorrisio Scully (Wild Thyme), Ginger Niles (The Med at La Valencia), Marco Maestoso (Maestoso), Jose Alonzo (Nine-Ten), Jeremy Harville (Trust)—the names go on. Sundays are the traditional “donut days” in American culture. But this Sunday, make it a little different, a ton more creative, and help out locals who help locals.

Cost: Depends on what you buy.
More Info

 

Fundamentals of Blind Wine Tasting

When: March 23, 12 p.m.
WHERE: Cucina Urbana, 505 Laurel Street, Bankers Hill

Some people know wine very well. Others dedicate their lives to it, and know it on a deeply intuitive, encyclopedic, almost supernatural level. Those people are called Certified Master Sommeliers. These are the sort of people who can look at a wine in a glass, notice the color and the way light refracts from it, and tell you what part of the world the grapes were grown in. The practice is called “blind tasting,” and it’s required of Master Somms. There are only 140 of these wine savants in the US, and only 21 of them are women. One of those women is San Diego’s Lindsay Pomeroy, who’s run her own wine education company called Wine Smarties for the last decade-plus. On this Saturday, she’ll tuck into the rustic hideaway near Balboa Park and teach guests the basics of blind tasting.

Cost: $55
More Info

Edit ModuleShow Tags

More »Related Stories

Good Grief, It’s a ‘Peanuts’ Double Feature at OB Playhouse

Catch the all-ages ‘You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown’ and the adults-only ‘Dog Sees God’ in rotating repertory

A Tour of San Diego with Sure Fire Soul Ensemble

The local funk band’s made soundtracks to many of our city’s neighborhoods

San Diego Happy Half Hour Podcast: Episode 141

A taqueria in San Ysidro gets national attention, a modern Filipino restaurant to open in Hillcrest, and are millennials sick of drinking?
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module

Subscribe to the Blog

 
Edit ModuleShow Tags


SD Food News

The hottest thing in San Diego food right now just might be Tijuana.

About This Blog

Restaurant reviews, food trends, top cocktails, wine, beer and generally the best eats and drinks in San Diego, by Food Editor and general good guy Troy Johnson.

Recent Posts

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Sponsored

Enter San Diego’s Cutest Pet Contest

Your furry family member could win a pet prize package and be featured in San Diego Magazine

The SKY Facial Plastic Surgery Difference

The only person performing injectable treatments at SKY is the head honcho himself, Sirius K. Yoo, M.D.
Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags