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The Best Food & Drink Events This Month: September-October 2014

Celebrate the Craft, Sriracha Festival, Equinox Dinner

By Troy Johnson

Celebrate the Craft

WHEN: Oct. 12, 11:30AM-3:00PM

WHERE: The Lodge at Torrey Pines, 11480 Torrey Pines Rd., 858.777.6607

COST: $125


The Best Food & Drink Events This Month: September-October 2014

The Best Food & Drink Events This Month: September-October 2014

Simply one of the best food events in San Diego, held on the lawn at the Lodge at Torrey Pines. The Lodge and A.R. Valentien chef Jeff Jackson were among the first in San Diego to really adopt local foodways, and Celebrate the Craft is dedicated to those area people who make good food and drink—farmers, ranchers, vintners, brewers, you name it. Chefs include Jackson, Paul Arias (The Fishery), Pete Balistreri (Tender Greens), Nathan Coulon (True Food), Antonio Friscia (Don Chido), Christian Graves (Jsix), Matt Gordon (Urban Solace), Jason Knibb (Nine-Ten), Javier Plascencia (Romesco, Mision 19), Carl Schroeder (Market), Andrew Spurgin (Bespoke Event and Menu Design), Brian Sinnott (ex-1500 Ocean), Monica Szepesy (Q’ero), Brian La Bonte (Miho Gastrotruck) and Katie Grebow (ex-Café Chloe). Wineries include Brewer-Clifton (Santa Barbara), Falkner (Temecula), Far Niente (Oakville), Joseph Phelps (Napa), Paradigm (Napa), Palumbo (Temecula), Robert Craig, (Napa), Tablas Creek (Paso), etc.

Sriracha Festival

WHEN: Sept. 20, 2-6PM

WHERE: Liberty Station, Luce Court & Legacy Plaza, 2641 Truxtun Rd.

COST: $59-$160


Sriracha. Everyone except those who live within sniffing distance of its factory loves the potent hot sauce. It’s to this generation what Tabasco was to the previous one. And now Randy Clemens, beer writer and author of the Sriracha Cookbook series, has partnered with Food GPS to throw the city’s first Sriracha Festival.  Chefs from Aqui Es Texcoco, The Bellows, Gang Kitchen, Hash House A Go Go, The Patio, Slater’s, Stone Brewing, Supernatural Sandwiches, Urban St. Brewing, Urge Gastropub and Wow Wow Waffle will serve their best rooster-sauce creations. Drinks from Iron Fist, Stone Brewing, Portola Coffee Lab and Los Angeles Ale Works will also be on hand.

Autumnal Equinox Dinner at Suzie’s Farm

WHEN: Sept. 20, 5PM-10PM

WHERE: The Grove at Suzie’s Farm, 2570 Sunset Ave., South San Diego

COST: $175


Suzie’s Farm grows good food. They’re also very good at getting San Diegans interested in farm culture and grow life. Only good things. For their fourth annual Autumnal Equinox Dinner they honor the turning of the season and give a little thanks to the summer harvest with a four-course meal on the farm, paired with beer and wine. This year’s meal will be cooked by Ryan Johnston, the excellent chef of Whisknladle (and its casual offshoot, Prepkitchen). If you’ve never had a dinner on a farm as the sun goes down, it’s a life-affirming moment. This is a chance to do that.

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