Oh, trends. When it comes to food, they don't typically begin in San Diego. Take, for instance, pop-up restaurants, into which chefs invest little risk and lots of creativity for a brief rendezvous with locals. Enter (finally) Relate Restaurant, helmed by classically trained, self-proclaimed authority on dating and relationship-related cooking advice (see: theRelationChef.com) Dan Moody. Scheduled to open Feb. 3, Relate will serve meals from 6 to 10 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays through Feb. 26 at St. Germaine Café (1010 S. Coast Hwy 101, No. 103, in Encinitas), which is currently a breakfast- and lunch-only spot. The daily, rotating, five-plus course dinner will run $50 to $60.
Home Brew Mart / Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits will host a beer-paired food-truck dinner from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 27, at Ballast Point's original Linda Vista location (5401 Linda Vista Road). Fifteen beers will be available on tap, each for $1, and MIHO Gastrotruck will serve its usual fare plus a dish to be specially paired with one of Ballast's chili-pepper-infused brews. And Kyle Miholich, owner of neighboring Fiji Yogurt, will concoct a beer-based mango, lime and Thai-chili yogurt for giggles. ballastpoint.com
Dragon's Den (315 10th Ave.), East Village's forthcoming nighttime lair, is slated to open Thursday, Feb. 3. Think: sake, craft beer, organic cocktails and gluten-free spirits plus sushi and small plates. thedragons densd.com Piatti Ristorante & Bar (2182 Avenida de la Playa in La Jolla) marks its 20th year in La Jolla with a Jan. 27 dinner and fund-raiser for Las Patronas, a San Diego organization that raises money for area nonprofits. The event takes place at 6:30 p.m. and includes a menu by chef Pepe Capatinta, an open bar and your monthly dose of elbow-rubbing. You can get $60 tickets at brownpapertickets.com/event/140748.
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