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3 Unique San Diego Food Events Not to Miss in May

The most interesting (and delicious) events happening around town this month


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Chefs create dishes inspired by their favorite literary characters at Eat. Drink. Read. | Photo: Council on Literacy

There is no shortage of food and drink events in San Diego, which means more and more organizers are thinking outside the box in an effort to stand out from the crowd. Here are three unique events that combine delicious food with exercise, literature, and complete darkness.

 

Darkroom: A Dinner Series

Where: Uptown Tavern
When: May 9, and monthly

It’s lights out at this monthly, five-course tasting dinner where guests might be left in the dark by the surprise menu, but won’t be distracted from its flavors by any light whatsoever. Uptown Tavern’s executive chef Mark Molina designs the menu around in-season ingredients. Each month’s event—limited to no more than 20 guests and guaranteed to sell out quickly—features a new menu for $49.95 per person, including a welcome aperitif cocktail.

 

Sweat San Diego

Where: Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa
When: May 12, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Yes, the focus of San Diego Magazine's very own annual fitness event is to break a sweat while sampling workouts from a long list of the hottest studios like Orangetheory Fitness, Barre 59, Club Pilates, and Define U Fitness. But fitness is a lifestyle that should include delicious bites, drinks, and other ways of feeling good. Round out your day with healthy bites and beverages from names like Califia Farms, Bonafide Provisions, Fizzique, and Café Moto, plus live music, swag bags and mini-massages. Tickets ($46) include two 20-minute workout sessions. 

 

Eat. Drink. Read. A Culinary Event for Literacy

Where: San Diego Air & Space Museum in Balboa Park
When: Thursday, May 17, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The “read” part of the San Diego Council on Literacy's annual food event and fundraiser refers to the fact that proceeds go toward literacy programs and books for kids. Which means you can feel even better about the “eat” and “drink” parts: dishes and drinks inspired by local chefs’ favorite books or literary characters. Diners can sample creations from more than 20 chefs from notable restaurants like Civico 1845, Waypoint Public, Stone Brewing Co., Pacific Del Mar, and Galaxy Taco, and watch them go head-to-head for a number of awards granted by celebrity judges. Tickets are $75.

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