Oct. 16 2012 12:00 AM

Our weekly food-news round-up

seltzerbottles
Vintage seltzer bottles from Urban Kitchen Group's online shop
The big news this week is that Tracy Borkum, owner of Urban Kitchen Group, plans to open Cucina Enoteca in the Flower Hill Mall in Del Mar, where Chevy's used to be. Borkum's restaurant group includes the super-popular Cucina Urbana, Kensington Grill and Cucina Enoteca in the Irvine Spectrum. According to a press release, she plans to open 10 restaurants nationwide over the next 10 years, all with the same concept that made Cucina Urbana so popular. 

Just as we were coming up with something snarky to say about spreading the brand too thin (unlike Cucina Urbana's tasty ragu-topped polenta), we spotted something bright and shiny in the press release: the Urban Kitchen Shop! Here's where you can find the stuff that gives Borkum's restaurants their rustic-hip vibe. There's a wide price range, from an original piece of artwork by Marie Najera ($2,250) to light fixtures made from re-purposed cages ($250) to less-expensive kitchen and decorative items. The vintage seltzer bottles are particularly cool. ---

Quality Social recently rolled out a whole menu of Oktoberfesty items. Here's a few that sound tasty: soft Bavarian-style pretzel bites ($5), braised Duroc pork & spätzle served with fried brussels sprouts, apples and pecans ($14), pumpkin-chocolate bread pudding with whiskey-cured cherries and pumpkin coffee anglaise ($6). To accompany the dishes, QS has added three German beers to the menu: Ayinger Hefeweizen and Ayinger October Fest and a dessert beer, the Aventinus Doppelbock.

For the next month or so, Sea Rocket Bistro will be getting locally farmed tilapia from the Aqua Farm at the International Rescue Center's New Roots Farm in City Heights. Sea Rocket gets deliveries every Friday. 

If you've been to South Park lately, you've probably noticed that something's finally happening with the empty building that used to house Rigal Meats. It's under construction to be the new site of Eclipse Chocolat, which is raising money via Kickstarter to fund the project. Designed by Point of Departure Architecture-whose work you can admire at Dallmann Confections in the Flower Hill Mall and Mosaic Wine Bar, among other locations-Eclipse's new spot will have enough room for chocolate-making, a counter, a full- service restaurant and private dining room. Gifts for backers include an Eclipse Sticker for $5 all the way up to a custom-designed, three-course dinner for you and your 35 besties for $5,000.


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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