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Wednesday, Apr 20, 2011

Swap meat

Two fund-raisers, two openings, a chef departure and more

By Brook Larios
stripclubgrilling Gaslamp strippers

There are certain things society doesn’t want you to swap: Wives, identities and sometimes even saliva. But when it comes to food, a little exchange is all good.

San Diego Food Swap will take place April 23. Trade homemade and homegrown food and goods from 2 to 4 p.m. at Winstons (1921 Bacon St. in Ocean Beach). You must RSVP to participate.

Also on April 23, San Diego Roots Sustainable Food Project will host its recurring potluck at Wild Willow Farm & Education Center at Suzie’s Organic Farm. Lend a hand on the farm at 2 p.m., take a tour at 4 p.m. and bring a tasty treat and your own utensils for the 5:30 p.m. potluck. Music commences at dusk.

Ciro’s Pizzeria and Beer House opened in Pacific Beach (967 Garnet Ave.) on April 17. It’s a marriage of brains: The folks at Ciro’s Pizzeria in the Gaslamp and the peeps at Olde City Grill in Pacific Beach = New York-style pizza, cheese steaks and brew.

HapiFish, a Japanese joint specializing in sushi and sneaking in a handful of American nibbles, like sliders, opened April 4 in Encinitas (190 N. Coast Hwy. 101).

On April 30, two nonprofits will hold fund-raisers with, but not limited to, good food. Girls Think Tank’s Big Easy-style event—disclosure: I’m a member—takes place from 6:30 to 11 p.m. at Bill and Michelle Lerach’s La Jolla estate. The event features casino games, music and New Orleans-style fare prepared by Culinary Institute of America (Hyde Park)trained chef Jeff Stanko of Authentic Flavors ($50 and up).

And the Junior League of San Diego’s Island Divine, held at Ellen Browning Scripps Park, will feature samples from more than 50 food and beverage vendors, including Quality Social, Whisknladle, Vigilucci’s and Oceanaire Seafood Room ($80 and up). Visit and, respectively, for tickets.

Baseball season. Right. Grill skirt steak, top sirloin or a double chicken breast all by yourself at Gaslamp Strip Club (350 Fifth Ave.) from 5 to 7 p.m. on Padres home-game days for $10 as part of Home Game Happy Hour. Includes salad and grill-ready garlic bread.

Executive chef Peter Zakarian announced his abrupt departure from West Coast tavern via Twitter on April 5: “I am no longer the chef at WCT. Good luck San Diego. Wish I could say it had been fun but.....later.” Later that day, he tweeted that he’ll soon helm the Gaslamp strippers kitchen of the new Ignite Restaurant in Carlsbad, slated for a June 2011 opening.

The second annual I Love Poke Festival and Competition happens at 6 p.m. April 20, at Bali Hai Restaurant on Shelter Island (2230 Shelter Island Drive). Sample poke and pupus from 15 chefs representing 30 local restaurants and caterers vying for a coveted Best Poke win. Tickets cost $50 in advance and $65 at the door; $5 goes to the Kona California Scholarship.

Chef Kari Rich, who won Best Traditional Ahi Poke in last year’s I Love Poke Festival, now helms the kitchen of the Gaslamp’s Revolver (755 Fifth Ave., But that’s not new news. What is? She launched Food Farm, a farm-to-truck eatery (a food truck serving local, organic and sustainable ingredients) on April 15. Rich is slated for a June Food Network appearance. Check for daily locations.

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