Longtime followers of common Cucina Urbana restaurant in Bankers Hills feared the worst when it didn’t reopen within the spring like all of its sister eating places within the City Kitchen Group.
However final week firm officers introduced that Cucina Urbana is simply briefly closed. Within the meantime, it’s working as s a pop-up eating and drinks expertise on the Julep occasions heart close to Middletown. With Snake Oil Cocktail Co., Cucina can be providing a restricted alfresco menu and cocktails on the indoor/out of doors Julep venue at 1735 Hancock St.
Billed as Camp Cucina, the menu options pizzas, pastas, antipasti and desserts. Dinner is served from four to 9 p.m. Thursdays by way of Sundays. For particulars and reservations, go to julepvenue.com/campcucina.
Chef Angelo Sosa on new HBO Max sequence
Angelo Sosa, the Encinitas celeb chef who competed final fall on Bravo’s “High Chef: All-Stars” sequence, was additionally featured in a current episode of the brand new HBO Max sequence “Selena + Chef.” The 10-episode sequence options pop singer Selena Gomez getting ready dishes with 10 well-known cooks through a reside video hyperlink from their residence kitchens. Different featured cooks on the sequence embody Nancy Silverton, Roy Choi and Ludo Lefebvre.
Sosa, who’s at the moment government chef at Small Barn bistro in Outdated City Temecula, appeared within the Aug. 27 episode, the place he taught Gomez learn how to make guacamole dusted with white chocolate and Baja fried rice. In lieu of look charges, the cooks every acquired a $10,000 donation to their favourite charities. Sosa selected Feeding San Diego. The episode could be seen at hbomax.com.
TownHall Public Home bows out for second time in Vista
TownHall Public Home, a family-run restaurant in Vista, closed Sunday, three days shy of its one-year anniversary.
House owners Roddy and Aaron Browning launched Townhall on Sept. 10 of final 12 months at 230 S. Santa Fe Ave. to exchange the Vista department of their profitable 10-year-old Oceanside restaurant The Flying Pig Pub & Kitchen. TownHall struggled to make its mark downtown, partly due to ongoing building on Santa Fe Avenue that diminished auto visitors.
The Brownings closed TownHall in January, then reopened it once more in Could for takeout and patio eating solely. However the restaurant by no means gained sufficient traction to be financially profitable. The Brownings say the constructing is now on the market.
Canceled wine and meals fest plans pop-ups
The 2020 San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival has been canceled, with plans for its return to San Diego’s bayfront Nov. 7-14, 2021. Within the meantime, competition producers are internet hosting a sequence of brunch and dinner pop-ups on Saturdays, starting this weekend and persevering with by way of Oct. three on the Parq West occasion venue at 2557 Third Ave. in Bankers Hill. For reservations, go to btscenes.square.site/parqwestpopup.
Native distiller unveils canned lemon vodka cocktail
San Diego-based You & Yours Distilling unveiled its newest canned cocktail on Sept. 1: Meyer Lemon Vodka Soda. It joins the corporate’s seven different canned cocktails, together with Cucumber Mint Vodka Soda, which was launched in July. Made with the corporate’s grape-based house-distilled vodka, the brand new 12-ounce cocktail could be bought on-site at You & Yours tasting room at 1495 G St., or a $15 four-pack could be ordered on-line at youandyoursdistillingco.square.site/canned-cocktails.
Asian meals supply service arrives
Chowbus, a food-delivery service that works solely with Asian eating places, has arrived in San Diego. It provides residence supply from greater than 35 Asian eating places from Nationwide Metropolis to Poway focusing on genuine Asian delicacies, together with Scorching Pot King in Clairemont, Shan Xi Magic Kitchen on Convoy Road and Gong Cha in Mira Mesa.
Based in Chicago in 2016, Chowbus operates in 23 North American markets. The corporate says it provides extra Asian meals selections than different meal supply apps. Chowbus prospects may bundle objects from a number of areas in a single supply. For particulars, go to chowbus.com.
‘High Chef’ casting new spin-off sequence for beginner cooks
Through the years, many San Diego restaurant cooks have competed on Bravo community’s “High Chef” competitors sequence, however the present’s producers at the moment are casting a spin-off sequence referred to as “High Chef: Amateurs!”
Skilled residence cooks of all ethnicities should be 21 or older and a U.S. citizen to use. The 65-question on-line software could be discovered at topchefamateurs.castingcrane.com.
UCSD opening six new eating places
For the opening of its new North Torrey Pines Residing and Studying Neighborhood, UC San Diego plans to open six quick-service eating places to serve college students in 2021. They embody Blue Bowl build-your-own superfood bowls; Copa Vida specialty espresso and tea; Fan-Fan, a Chinese language and Asian fusion eatery; Plant Energy vegan quick meals; Showa Ramen; and Tahini, providing Center Jap road meals.
Pam Kragen writes about eating places for the San Diego Union-Tribune. E-mail her at email@example.com.
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