Showing what it means to be part of a local food community, several area chefs will join Pamplemousse owner/ chef Jeffrey Strauss on Nov. 8 to raise money for the medical treatment of Timothy Gutmann, executive chef of Poseidon Restaurant in Del Mar. Gutmann is battling T-cell lymphoblastic lymphoma and has Crohn’s disease, and an upcoming stem-cell transplant will put him out of commission for three to four months. The all-inclusive wine / beer dinner costs $150. Reception and silent auction begin at 6:15 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:15 p.m., all at Pamplemousse Grille (514 Via De La Valle, Solana Beach). E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to get tickets or for details.
On a lighter note, Taste of Little Italy takes place from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 3. Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 day-of and include $10 off the Nov. 3 or 4 9:30 p.m. David Sanboshow at Anthology, acoustically one of the best venues in San Diego (we don’t play favorites). If you’re not an alto-sax fan, skip Sanboand take advantage of a pass to the venue’s “Fresh Vibes Tuesdays” featuring the Anthology House Band and all-night happy hour with farm-fresh fare by newcomer (to Anthology) Todd English. Buy at tasteoflittleitaly.com or by calling 619-615-1092.
Sessions Public, the new Point Loma eatery (4204 Voltaire St.) with simple farm-to-table, bar-or-lap fare, now serves Sunday brunch from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., with a rather eclectic menu featuring items like duck machaca, beignets, a breakfast burger topped with hash browns and a fried egg and beer pancakes with caramelized ’nanners and peach butter. Wash it down with bottomless mimosas or Ballast Point Bloody Marys. sessionspublic.com
The eighth annual Celebrate the Craft takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31, at The Lodge at Torrey Pines. It’s a full day of cooking demos by local chefs and displays by growers, bakers, vintners and confectioners. We’ve been assured that though the event takes place on Halloween, the “craft” in the title refers to regional, artisanal foods, not witchcraft. We will, however, consult Christine O’Donnell for confirmation. Tickets cost $75 and are available at celebratethecraft.com.
And, finally, speaking of bakers, confectioners and Halloween, Eclipse Chocolat—the North Park chocolatier helmed by Will Gustwiller—will celebrate its third birthday on Sunday, Oct. 31. Stop by from 3 to 6 p.m. (2121 El Cajon Blvd.) to sample Eclipse’s holiday truffles and items from the new Sunday brunch menu, which kicks off in mid- November. Show up in costume and get a treat. eclipsechocolat.com
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