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8 p.m. to 10 p.m., April 21

Bub's Burger Brawl

Bub's at the Ballpark, East Village

Who will take the burger crown and win eternal, meaty glory? Two chefs will compete head-to-head every Monday in April in a blind tasting where you vote for your favorite burger. Come in and try each one and cast a vote for whose burger is the best. To try the featured burgers it will be $6 for two sliders or $10 with an added beer pairing.

4 p.m., April 22

Thai Tuesday

Benchmark Brewing Co., Grantville

Join us in the tasting room for Thai Tuesday featuring Saranya Thai Cafe. We offer beer pairing suggestions for Saranys's tasty dishes.

5 p.m. to 9 p.m., April 23

Taste of Morena

Restaurants along Morena Boulevard

Taste the best of the Morena District with samples from more than 20 restaurants. Tickets can be purchased at Coles Fine Flooring and Carpets, 1170 W. Morena Boulevard; Jerome's Furniture, 1190 W. Morena Boulevard; and U.S. Bank, 5330 Napa Street starting Monday, March 24. Only 500 tickets are available. Complimentary shuttles run a continuous loop the night of the event. Attendees are encouraged to bring a canned good to support the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank.

6 p.m. to 8 p.m., April 24

Wine World Wanderlust

Venissimo Cheese Del Mar, Del Mar

We're teaming up with our neighbors at Wine Connection to take you on a wine & cheese pairing journey around the world. Learn the basics of pairing fine wine with fabulous fromage from experts from both worlds.

5 p.m. to 10 p.m., April 25

Reader on Tap

North Park Theatre, North Park

The San Diego Reader presents Reader on Tap, bringing together local breweries and five great San Diego bands for an unforgettable night of music and tastings. Rock out with Transfer, Dead Feather Moon, The Creepy Creeps, Low Volts, and Schitzophonics and taste some of San Diego's finest local beers at the North Park Theater. General Admission Ticket: Valid from 6pm-10pm and includes ten beer tastings, plus a free $20 Uber credit (new Uber customers only). VIP Ticket: Valid from 5pm-10pm (early admittance). Includes food from 5pm-6pm provided by the West Coast Tavern, two full pours, ten beer tastings, and a free $30 Uber credit (new Uber customers only). 21+ only.

3 p.m. to 7 p.m., April 26

The Earth Jam: A Celebration for Creation

Center for a Healthy Lifestyle, Solana Beach

This all-ages event is about bringing together community and sharing passion for love, life, food, and our Earth while benefiting a new “Center for a Healthy Lifestyle” location in Encinitas. The new center will help bring more food education, awareness, and gardening classes to the people. Shop authentic goods, listen to music, and enjoy free lectures from guest speakers. Organic, raw, and vegan dishes will be available for purchase with a pop-up cafe by Living on the Veg. This will include infused elixirs, kombucha, and amazing vegan and raw desserts by chef Fuji. Experience and celebrate the Earth with joy and laughter by gathering with amazing people and great food. Live music, DJ, gardening, and children’s arts and crafts.

5 p.m. to 9 p.m., April 27

Paleo-Conscious Cuisine

Turquoise Cellars, Pacific Beach

Local Paleo advocates will come together to demystify the Caveman Diet and offer their individual farm-­to­-table approach. With speeches by butchers, chefs, and Paleo experts, guests will be able to enjoy a primal, health-focused menu while learning about the process and ideal preparation of a grass­-fed, Paleo diet. The Paleo diet’s core values consist of returning to human nutritional roots in the Paleolithic Era. In honor of Spring, the all­-Paleo menu will feature lamb from the Heart & Trotter and be a collaboration between Turquoise Cellars chef Taylor Martin­Funk and Bare Bones Broth chef and owner Ryan Harvey. Guests will be treated to a lamb meatball upon arrival, and each course will be accompanied by wine pairings selected by Master Sommeliers. Last fall’s Turquoise Cellars’ Paleo event sold out.

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Cross-genre jam session births massive IPA

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Viva Cervecería Azteca

Aztec Brewing Company’s beers returning to Mexico

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Feast!

Cheesesteak isn't the only food from Philly

At long last, I try a pork roll sandwich

A lot's been said about Giorgino's cheesesteaks — after all, the sign over the Golden Hill shop boldly claims to have the best in town. But there's been another item on the menu that's aroused ...

Hot, cool, beautifully squishy at La Fachada

This courtyard is an oasis from the streets of Sherman Heights.

Sherman Heights. Around seven in the evening. I’m standing over the grilled onions, breathing in their fumes. And the blackened green jalapeños. Man. You cannot beat this. With most Mexican food trucks, the health authorities ...

Getting to know you, Afghanistan

Food from a place we usually only hear about

I doubt I'm alone in associating the word kabob (or kebab) with coastal Mediterranean countries — the skewered meat typically served alongside pitas and tahini, or tzatziki. However, Mira Mesa's Ariana Kabob House offers a ...

For better or worse: the late-night Cali burrito

Go-to post-bar staple wins every time

Burritos are tough to write about because they're not photogenic. That probably says more about what people want to read than it does burritos. But some nights, when the bar shuts down and a stomachful ...

Set 'em Up Joe

Nine-Ten’s Martinez

Knowing a lot about a lot and enough about the rest, Nine-Ten’s sommelier and food and beverage manager Summer Haines is a wearer of many hats. To help the bar’s hotel — the Grande Colonial ...

Here's the Deal

Salty Frog

Like most sterling life decisions, the Salty Frog was born out of little more than camaraderie and a sturdy dollop of beer-addled whimsy. Jason Hasty, his wife Alisha, and Kanai (pronounced “Can-I”) — a buddy ...

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