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Tuesday, Oct 16, 2012 - Nibbles | Food & drink

Get a piece of Cucina Urbana, help Eclipse Chocolat grow and more

Our weekly food-news round-up

By CityBeat Staff
seltzerbottles Vintage seltzer bottles from Urban Kitchen Group's online shop
The big news this week is that Tracy Borkum, owner of Urban Kitchen Group, plans to open Cucina Enoteca in the Flower Hill Mall in Del Mar, where Chevy's used to be. Borkum's restaurant group includes the super-popular Cucina Urbana, Kensington Grill and Cucina Enoteca in the Irvine Spectrum. According to a press release, she plans to open 10 restaurants nationwide over the next 10 years, all with the same concept that made Cucina Urbana so popular. 

Just as we were coming up with something snarky to say about spreading the brand too thin (unlike Cucina Urbana's tasty ragu-topped polenta), we spotted something bright and shiny in the press release: the Urban Kitchen Shop! Here's where you can find the stuff that gives Borkum's restaurants their rustic-hip vibe. There's a wide price range, from an original piece of artwork by Marie Najera ($2,250) to light fixtures made from re-purposed cages ($250) to less-expensive kitchen and decorative items. The vintage seltzer bottles are particularly cool.

Quality Social recently rolled out a whole menu of Oktoberfesty items. Here's a few that sound tasty: soft Bavarian-style pretzel bites ($5), braised Duroc pork & spätzle served with fried brussels sprouts, apples and pecans ($14), pumpkin-chocolate bread pudding with whiskey-cured cherries and pumpkin coffee anglaise ($6). To accompany the dishes, QS has added three German beers to the menu: Ayinger Hefeweizen and Ayinger October Fest and a dessert beer, the Aventinus Doppelbock.

For the next month or so, Sea Rocket Bistro will be getting locally farmed tilapia from the Aqua Farm at the International Rescue Center's New Roots Farm in City Heights. Sea Rocket gets deliveries every Friday. 

If you've been to South Park lately, you've probably noticed that something's finally happening with the empty building that used to house Rigal Meats. It's under construction to be the new site of Eclipse Chocolat, which is raising money via Kickstarter to fund the project. Designed by Point of Departure Architecture—whose work you can admire at Dallmann Confections in the Flower Hill Mall and Mosaic Wine Bar, among other locations—Eclipse's new spot will have enough room for chocolate-making, a counter, a full- service restaurant and private dining room. Gifts for backers include an Eclipse Sticker for $5 all the way up to a custom-designed, three-course dinner for you and your 35 besties for $5,000.


 
 
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