Seven culinary adventures around San Diego will keep your plate full on your next date night.
The Urban Dictionary describes a foodie as “A person that spends a keen amount of attention and energy on knowing the ingredients of food, the proper preparation of food, and finds great enjoyment in top-notch ingredients and exemplary preparation.”
If that describes your “who I’m looking for” on a dating website or your current sweetheart, then it’s probably routine to seek out new and exciting foodie experiences.
Here are seven culinary adventures around San Diego that are worth marking the calendar for your next date night.
Take a walking food tour with Bite San Diego
Be lead through one of six neighborhoods on this can’t miss gastronomic tour for foodies. Put on your stylish new tennis shoes and visit five-plus stops around your choice of North Park, Liberty Station, downtown San Diego, La Jolla, Coronado or Encinitas. Tours generally cover 1.5-2 miles, include a variety of fascinating local information about the neighborhood, plenty of food samples, and cost $47 per person. Visit the website for locations within each neighborhood, meeting times and places.
Farm to table exploration with Epicurean San Diego
Select from North County, Central or South Bay to take a private van tour of culinary hotspots in San Diego. North County stops include Cyclops Farms and Masters Kitchen and Cocktail, while South Bay includes cupping at Virtuoso organic coffee company and a farm to table lunch at Wild Willow Farm. These intimate tours last 5-6 hours and cost $125-139 per person.
Mondays Don’t Suckling at Campfire
If there’s one thing that’s popular in San Diego besides craft beer, it’s pork. From pork belly comparisons to bacon magnets for the fridge, foodies love to talk about the pig. Each week, Chef Andrew Bachelier and his team brine and roast a whole suckling pig, snout to tail. Look for a different twist each time, with flavors ranging from Mediterranean to Thai, along with tiki-style drinks to match the tropical flair. Event starts at 5 p.m. and is served until food runs out.
2725 State St., Carlsbad, 760.637.5121, thisiscampfire.com
Themed dinners & music at Café La Rue
With a variety of foodie themed nights every week, this downtown La Jolla staple can be in constant rotation in your dating calendar. Paella Mondays include paella and sangria, Shucks and Champs Wednesdays offer oysters and Veuve Clicquot champagne, and Supper Club Sundays include a 3-course menu for $35. With live music six days a week (6-9 p.m.), it’s perfect for those nervous first dates or for relaxing fun with your sweetie.
1132 Prospect St., La Jolla, 855.818.6857, lavalencia.com/dining/cafe-la-rue.aspx
Making pasta love at The Wine Pub
This two-hour class is perfect for present and future gastronomic fun with your sweetie. Twice a month (the first and third Sunday) Melissa Stoltz welcomes pasta lovers to whip up their own creations with ingredients from The Wine Pub’s kitchen. Chef Stoltz prepares participants’ pastas for a communal dinner on the patio with wine available. The workshop also includes recipe cards and one pound of pasta to take home for future cozy dinners with your bae. Price: $100 for couples, $65 singles.
2907 Shelter Island Dr. #108, Shelter Island, 619.758.9325, thewinepubsd.com
Work with your hands at Cucina Sorella
Welcoming a new theme every month (like stuffed pasta or ravioli), Chef de Cuisine Daniel Wolinsky leads lovebirds to pasta-making bliss. Lasting 2.5 hours, the class includes lunch and wine, along with recipe cards, and take home pasta prepared that day. Price: $68 (plus service fee and tax).
4055 Adams Ave, 619.281.4014, urbankitchengroup.com/cucina-sorella-kensington
Go exclusive at Cloak & Petal
Want to be two of six people with a private menu? Make a reservation for this omakase sushi bar, which features an exclusive menu created from the chef. Set amongst beautiful Japanese décor (including a giant cherry tree), it will be a foodie date to remember (as long as you monitor your sake intake).
1953 India St., Little Italy, 619.501.5505, cloakandpetal.com