Edit ModuleShow Tags

The Best Food and Drink Events in August and September

Beau MacMillan and Brian Malarkey Dinner, Cooking Class with a Thai Food Master, and KAABOO


KAABOO | Photo: Shutterstock.com


Beau MacMillan and Brian Malarkey Dinner

When: Aug. 22, 6-9 p.m.

Where: Herb & Wood, 2210 Kettner Blvd., Little Italy

Full disclosure. I know Beau MacMillan. He and I have been judges on Guy’s Grocery Games for a few years now. But I should also disclose that this has nothing to do with the fact that he’s one of my favorite loud humans on the planet. This has to do with his cooking. Beau Mac has been the exec chef of Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort for years. He also beat Bobby Flay on Iron Chef America. For this tag-team, unrelentingly carnivorous dinner (some proceeds will go to C-CAP, a nonprofit helping fund careers in the culinary arts), he and Malarkey will do tray-pass dishes (grilled meatballs with lemon yogurt, beef cheek and bone marrow bao buns with kimchi pickles and smoked oyster remoulade), dinner mains (beef carpaccio, oxtail gnocchi, wood-roasted ribeye cap and bone marrow, braised Korean bbq with fermented garlic and chive butter), and desserts (bourbon butterscotch pudding). 

Cost: $150


Cooking Class with a Thai Food Master

When: Sept. 7, 2:30-5 p.m.

Where: Saffron Thai La Jolla, 1055 Torrey Pines South Road

People may rightfully complain about San Diego’s lack of decent Chinese, but the city does Thai food very, very well. And if one chef stands as the iconic leader of Thai cuisine, it’s Su-Mei Yu. Born and raised in Bangkok, she moved to the states and opened Saffron Thai over 34 years ago. Things don’t last that long unless they’re a front, or they’re special. Yu’s special, having cooked on Martha Stewart, Good Morning America, and The Today Show. Her cookbook Elements of Life is one of my go-tos, a mix of traditional Thai recipes with a focus on healthy, soulful eating. At this cooking demo, she’ll teach how to make her anti-inflammatory paste, which is the base for a lot of her dishes at Saffron, as well as yellow curry, chicken sate, and “brain food.” Each attendee will get a signed copy of Elements of Life (that alone is worth the price of admission). It’s limited to 20 students, so do it now. 

Cost: $55

For Reservations: info@saffronthai.com or (858) 263-4324 



When: Sept. 13-15

Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar

The music gets all the headlines (Kings of Leon, Mumford & Sons, Dave Matthews Band, Duran Duran, Sheryl Crowe, etc.), but this year’s lineup on their “Palate” stage is being headed by Michael Mina, who just opened International Smoke in Carmel Valley. The headliners include Mina, Richard Blais (Juniper & Ivy), Antonia Lofaso (Scopa Italian Roots), Travis Swikard (ex-Boulud Sud, opening new restaurant in San Diego soon), Nyesha Arrington (Top Chef, Knife Fight), Eduardo Garcia (Montana Mex) and Ryan Gilbert (Lafayette Hotel), giving cooking demos. Expect fire (Mina) and ice (Blais). 

Cost: $115-up


Edit ModuleShow Tags

More »Related Stories

My Favorite Restaurant Bathroom

At Pamplemousse Grille, the chef-owner takes time to mock my manhood

The Best Food and Drink Events In November and December

San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival, Chefsgiving, and Wreaths Across America

Eat This, Drink That: November 2019

Octopus at Serea, California Citrus kombucha from MightyBooch, and Philly cheesesteak at Gaglione Brothers
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


’Tis the Season for San Diego Fun

Here's where to play and stay this winter in America’s Finest City

We Chat with the Crew behind Hornblower Cruises and Events Aboard the High Spirits Ship

Sponsored by Hornblower
Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags