Sept. 25 2012 12:00 AM

This week's food-news round-up

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Squash at the San Diego Public Market
While the San Diego Public Market moves ahead with plans to turn its Barrio Logan warehouse and surrounding spaces into something rivaling Vancouver's Granville Market, Barcelona's Boqueria and Seattle's Pike Place, you can stop by Wednesdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a farmers market. While it's small compared to, say Hillcrest's or Little Italy's farmers markets, there's a solid selection of veggies, fresh-made foods, flowers, artisan cheeses and honey and some cool handmade jewelry and other crafty stuff. If you can find him, chat up Tom, the market's ambassador (he's usually standing near renderings of what the market will look like when it's finished), who'll give you an overview of everything they've got planned. ---

The 10th annual Celebrate the Craft-a showcase for local chefs, local ingredients and local wines-takes place Sunday, Sept. 30, at the Lodge at Torrey Pines. Participating chefs include A.R. Valentien's Jeff Jackson, Farmhouse's Oliver Bioteau, Katie Grebow from Cafe Chloe, Matt Gordon from Urban Solace, George's Trey Foshee and Nine-Ten's Jason Knibb. Tickets are $75 and available at celebratethecraft.com.

Monday, Oct. 1, is International Sake Day. Which gives us a chance to pimp this feature on sake from our 2012 Drink Issue.

One of our fave local restaurants, Starlite, turned five last week. Apologies for not alerting y'all to the festivities (and for not wishing you a happy b-day, Starlite), but there are always good deals to be had there, like $15 off a bottle of wine with the purchase of an entree on Sundays, $6 Kentucky Colonels on Wednesdays and $6 Mules, also on Sundays. For "Tapas Tuesdays," Chef Kathleen Wise dreams up new small plates. This week's included grilled jerk-chicken wings; flatbread with roasted tomato chutney, ricotta and basil pesto and a chilled cucumber soup with mint and pistachios. Keep up with specials on Starlite's Facebook page.

Also celebrating five years is Eclipse Chocolate. To celebrate, they're hosting a prix-fixe, small-plate dinner on Saturday, Sept. 29. Dishes include a roasted-tomato bisque with a garlic vanilla-bean buttermilk croute and parmesan crisp; your choice of herb-crusted roasted lamb chop or mushroom / asparagus risotto fritter, both served with quinoa-stuffed red bell pepper with cocoa-balsamic sauce; and, for dessert, a bread-pudding trio. Seatings are at 4, 6 and 8 p.m.

Got food news? Write to kellyd@sdcitybeat.com.

Calendar

  • Visit one of the 70 participating restaurants, bars, coffeehouses and nightclubs in town on this night and 25 to 50 percent of sales will go to local HIV/AIDS services and prevention programs. 
  • Anthony Bernal and Chris Ward, who are vying to replace Todd Gloria on the San Diego City Council, will discuss urban issues, such as parking, homelessness and new developments
  • The new exhibition designed by Dave Ghilarducci is made from hundreds of rolls of packing tape and bound together by layers of plastic shrink-wrap. Visitors can navigate their way through cocoon-like passageways...
  • The renowned Mexican black and white photographer presents an exhibition exploring the principal themes within three groups: "Bestiarium"," Fantastic Women" and "Silent Natures."
  • Presented by Pacific Arts Movement, the sixth annual mini film fest features 14 film programs from 10 countries that includes everything from docs to romantic tearjerkers. See website for full lineup and...
  • The San Diego County Bike Coalition hosts this monthly bike-in happy hour event to get biking residents involved in their communities and discuss bike projects planned for that specific community
  • Debunk some of the stereotypes surrounding cannibalism at this new exhibition that takes a hands-on approach to the subject. Includes video games and interactive activities where patrons will have to decide...
  • So Say We All's monthly storytelling night features stories about those jobs we took because we had to take a job. Featured readers include Allison Gauss, Annmarie Houghtailing, Cecile Estelle, and more
  • Artists from the all-abstracts group show will talk about their work and techniques. Artists include Edwin Nutting, Danielle Nelisse, Leah Pantea, Lenore Simon, and more
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