Food and drink events coming to the San Diego area this month include San Diego Beer Week, San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival, ChefsGiving, and Ramen Festival.
11.1: Dia de los Muertos “Food Memorias” dinner
Join Top Chef contestants Claudette Zepeda-Wilkins and Joe Sasto for a six-course dinner paying homage to lost loved ones who were intergral in shaping each each chef’s career. Reservations can be made at 619.795.2322. — Leslie Hackett
2885 Perry Rd., Liberty Station, eljardinrestaurantbar.com
11.2: Stone Brewing Anniversary Ale Release
In honor of Barrel Republic’s fifth year in business, Stone Brewing Co. is taking over the taps at all three BR locations and introducing a 5th Anniversary Ale to recognize the bars’ contributions to the local beer scene.
Barrel Republic locations in Pacific Beach, Carlsbad and Oceanside, barrelrepublic.com
11.2-11: San Diego Beer Week
Spearheaded by the San Diego Brewers Guild, this 10-day celebration features festivities involving more than 130 of the county’s bars, restaurants and craft breweries. Here are a few of Beer Week’s can’t miss events.
11.3: 2018 Guild Fest
Kicking off Beer Week, more than 60 independent breweries from San Diego and beyond offer unlimited samples following a pre-party harbor cruise.
Embarcadero South, downtown
Highlighting the local beer community’s camaraderie and shared goodwill, this indie-beer celebration includes more than 30 local breweries pouring unlimited samples of rare releases and one-time collaborations.
The Observatory, North Park
11.11: Beer Garden
Twenty-eight local breweries and 14 of the county’s top chefs cap off Beer Week by offering unlimited sips paired with mouth-watering bites.
For a chance to win a pair of tickets to the Beer Garden closing party, go here.
The Lodge at Torrey Pines, La Jolla
San Diego Beer Week: Throughout San Diego, sdbeer.com
11.3: Escondido Tamale Festival
Enjoy the county’s best tamales during this annual event that includes food trucks, a beer and wine garden, and a Chihuahua fashion show among other attractions.
Grape Day Park, Escondido, escondidotamalefestival.org
11.7: Cooking holiday dishes with Brian Malarkey
Celebrity chef Brian Malarkey teaches guests how to make his traditional holiday dishes then feasts with attendees during an intimate, family-style dinner on the restaurant’s outdoor patio.
Famer & the Seahorse, Torrey Pines, facebook.com/farmerandtheseahorse
11.8: Bartender Battle: Fall/Winter Cocktail Edition
Editor’s note: This event has been cancelled.
Using ingredients included in a “Mystery Box,” local bartenders compete head-to-head to create the best cocktail with guests receiving samples and judges determining the winner.
Lot 8, Hotel Circle South, chefseries.eventbrite.com
11.8: Giardino 1 year Anniversary Party
To say thank you for your support, this Lemon Grove Italian restaurant is celebrating by providing passed bites, live music and a chance to win a private dinner in the wine room. RSVP available on facebook.com/giardinosd. — Leslie Hackett
8131 Broadway, Lemon Grove, giardinosd.com
11.9: Le Diner en Blanc
Don your best whites for this chic picnic centered on appearance and etiquette and hosted at a public venue that’s kept mum until the last minute.
Location TBA, sandiego.dinerenblanc.com
11.10: Eighth annual Carruth Cellars Reserve Wine Sale
Stock up on bottles for the holidays as Carruth Cellars digs deep into their cellars and pulls out limited and award-winning wines for their biggest sale of the year.
Carruth Cellars, Solana Beach, carruthcellars.com
11.11: Taste of University Heights
Coinciding with the University Heights Arts Open, this self-guided stroll along Park Boulevard is your opportunity to sample delicacies from a baker’s dozen of the neighborhood’s diverse restaurants.
Throughout University Heights, uharts.org
11.11-18: San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival
This weeklong festival of food, wine and culture features dozens of events and hundreds of wineries from around the world. Here are some highlights.
11.16: Smoked: A Live Fire Experience
Chefs Tommy Fraioli and Ivan Munoz cook a four-course, family-style BBQ dinner that includes beer and whiskey pairings as well as a bluegrass concert under the stars.
Quartyard, East Village
11.16: Grand Decant Tasting Experience
Expand your palate at this epic, walk-around tasting event that showcases more than 200 domestic and international wineries.
Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina, downtown
11.17: Grand Tasting
More than 60 of San Diego’s leading chefs put their best bites forward as hundreds of beer and spirit purveyors share samples of their finest wares.
Embarcadero Marina Park North, downtown
11.18: Taco TKO
Cast a vote for the city’s top taco at this chef showdown complemented by live music, tequila tastings and plenty of beer to go around.
South Promenade, Liberty Station
11.13: World Eats
Celebrate the rich diversity of San Diego’s dining scene at this outdoor extravaganza that includes unlimited samples of incredible dishes inspired by cultures from around the world.
The Headquarters, Seaport Village, sandiegomagazine.com
11.13: Trust James Beard Dinner
Chef Brad Wise (a three-peat chef in PACIFIC’s annual Chain of Gourmand) recently got the chance to cook at the prestigious James Beard House in New York City. Now it’s your chance to relive the legendary night when he recreates his “Sunny San Diego” dinner at Trust in Hillcrest. — Leslie Hackett
3752 Park Blvd., Hillcrest, eventbrite.com
Nine of San Diego’s most notable chefs prepare their signature holiday dishes in the venue’s open kitchen, then serve their meals family-style with complementary wines at communal tables.
Provisional Kitchen, Cafe & Mercantile, Gaslamp, pendryhotels.com
11.14: Bankers Hill Wine Pairing Dinner with Quigley Fine Wines
Executive chef Carl Schroeder and chef de cuisine Tyler Nollenberger team up for a five-course meal (plus amuse bouche) paired with a selection of wines curated by wine director and sommelier Michael Pickering. Reservations available at 619.231.0222. — Leslie Hackett
2202 Fourth Ave., Bankers Hill, bankershillsd.com
11.15: Shaken, Not Stirred Holiday Cocktail Making Class
Learn how to make three holiday cocktails and go home with the recipes to mixup for your guests at any festive event.
Herringbone La Jolla, 7837 Herschel Ave., La Jolla, hakkasangroup.com
11.17: Uncorked: Derby Days Wine Fest
Dress in your finest derby attire for this grape-centric event that includes music, live horse racing, and samples from more than 100 wineries.
Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Del Mar, uncorkedwinefestivals.com
11.18: Fall Harvest Dinner
Celebrate the autumnal bounty at Amici’s Ristobar with a pre-fixe menu served family-style that includes a mix of traditional and innovative items from chef Rhoelle Gabriel. — Leslie Hackett
5980 Village Way, Carmel Valley, amicisristobar.com
11.24: Third annual Adams Avenue Spirit Stroll
Sip while you shop as a dozen of Adams Avenue’s trendiest stores serve holiday-themed cocktails concocted by nearby bars and restaurants.
Along Adams Avenue, adamsavenuebusiness.com
11.29: Third annual San Diego Ramen Festival
Slurp your way to satisfaction at this event featuring ramen, art, a beer garden, premium sake and live entertainment.
Port Pavilion, downtown, sdramenfest.com
11.29: Taste & Tequila
Formerly known as the Taste of Old Town, this annual event is a yearly opportunity to gorge on the neighborhood’s most famous meals while wetting your whistle with sensational spirits as lively music and engaging entertainers keep the party going between bites.
Throughout Old Town, oldtownsandiego.org