Upcoming Events

September 14 – Taste of the Nation – No Kid Hungry Fund-raising

NO KID HUNGRY Campaign! Solare and more than 50 of San Diego’s best restaurants, winemakers, brewers, and distilleries will unite for one amazing cause: supporting Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign to end childhood hunger in America. Nearly half of all children in the U.S. will be on food stamps at the some point in their life. Each ticket purchased for this event supports Share Our Strength’s efforts to eliminate childhood hunger and supports local San Diego beneficiary San Diego Hunger Coalition. Chef Accursio is preparing a special dish and we are one of 3 restaurants competing for a special prize. Come support us — and a great cause: No Kid Hungry. 3pm-6pm at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront. All the details are here.

September 18 – Chef Showdown!

The 10th anniversary of the fantastic annual Chef Showdown will be at the San Diego Harley-Davidson Showroom on Morena Blvd. Solare will be here! A highly anticipated & incredibly fun food tasting and mixology event, San Diego’s own version of “Iron Chef” features two teams of the area’s top chefs in a lively and highly entertaining culinary competition. This event brings together members from the restaurant industry, business leaders and philanthropists to raise awareness and funds to end domestic violence. Sign up now for tickets here . I am sure Chef Accursio will be on the winning team! ;-)

September 20 – Buglioni Winery – Pure Veneto!

We are super lucky that Mariano Buglioni — owner and winemaker of Buglioni Winery near Verona in Veneto, Italy — will be visiting Solare on Saturday afternoon and evening. Buglioni is one of the very top Veronese wineries and their focus is on the grape varietals for Valpolicellas, Amarones, and more. We plan to have a gathering at 5pm with small plates and his amazing wines and then around 6pm he plans to do a talk on Verona, Veneto, and its wines and culture. I met Mariano at Vinitaly in April and spent lots of time together. An amazing guy and you’ll love meeting him and trying the wines. Here is a short video on Buglioni Wines and his Restaurant near the winery ~~ $29++/person for 4 great Buglioni wines and great small plates/appetizers from Chef Accursio. Join us!

September 21-26 – San Diego Restaurant Week

Solare will be participating in San Diego Restaurant Week this year. $35++ dinner and $20 lunch. We are excited! Stay tuned for more details on the menu and our theme. Chef Accursio is working on it now! We will only be serving the Special Dinner and Lunch menu during these days. And, note that during Restaurant week, the last lunch seating is 2:45pm and then dinner service begins at 4:30pm. We will be open for drinks, wine, beer, cocktails, etc., all afternoon. Resto Week!

September 27 – San Diego Zoo Food & Wine Celebration

This is a great party! Each year the San Diego Zoo holds a “Food and Wine Celebration” and 2014 will be their 34th annual event. And, Solare will be there again in full force. It is held at the Zoo, and VIP entrance is 6pm ~ Early Admission at 6:30pm ~ and General Admission at 7:30pm. All details can be found here. Let’s get wild at the Zoo!

September 30 – Italian Wine Dinner: Luce della Vite Estate!

The Luce Estate with their family of wines is one of the top wineries in all of Tuscany. In fact, their winery is right in the famed medieval town of Montalcino – you know Brunello di Montalcino, of course! And we are having a special dinner focused on their wines – Lucente, Luce, and Luce Brunello and more. These are serious high-end Tuscan wines – especially the Luce and Luce Brunello. Alessandro Lunardi will be traveling to San Diego to lead the 4-course Solare Dinner designed by Chef Accursio where each course is paired with carefully selected wines from their estate. Luce means Light! Click here for the Luce Estate 6:45pm dinner ~ 6:15pm reception. $74++ for the 4-course dinner and 5 great wines. Contact us for details. Sign up now – it will sell-out.

October 4 – Cooking Class: Authentic Pizza!

Have you ever wanted to learn how to make pizza in the authentic style from the renowned city of Napoli? How about a tasty Sfincione from Sicily; Focaccia from Liguria? Here is your perfect opportunity! Pizza Chef Brian and Chef Accursio will guide you through each step – starting with making the dough from scratch. Each student will take home extra dough to show off their pizza making skills that evening at home! The fun starts at 10am (note: 10am and not 10:30am) at Solare with an Italian-style coffee of your choice and a pastry. Italian wine is served for students interested in “cooking with wine”. – Limit 10 — Contact us for details.

October 25 – Cooking Class: Ossobucco and Risotto

For this class, you will be transported form San Diego to Lombardia, Italy, to learn how the perfect Ossobuco is made. The key to classic Ossobuco is exactly how the meat is braised, and that is one of many things you will learn from Chef Accursio. Lombardia is famous for their Ossobuco! And what does a wonderful plate of Osso Buco need? Risotto! Chef Accursio will also lead you to prepare the world’s best risotto where the rice is the prefect level of “creamy-ness” but the kernels are still whole and firm. This is great risotto – but it is not easy to make – unless you join this class! The fun starts at 10:30am at Solare with an Italian-style coffee of your choice and a pastry. Italian wine is served for students interested in “cooking with wine”. – Limit 10 — Contact us for details.

October 29 – Feast of Campania!

Each month, we have a special tasting dinner where we feature a different region of Italy. This month it’s Campania! Campania is rich in culture, especially in regard to gastronomy, music, architecture, archeological and ancient sites such as Pompeii and Herculaneum and the Amalfi Coast. The name of Campania itself is derived from Latin, as the Romans knew the region as Campania felix, which translates into English as “fertile countryside”.

Campanian cuisine is famous! Neapolitan dishes center on seafood, and Casertan and Aversan ones rely more on fresh vegetables and cheeses. The cuisine from Sorrento combines the culinary traditions from both Naples and Salerno. Pizza was conceived in Naples including the ever-popular Margherita. And Neapolitans were among the first Europeans to use tomatoes not only as ornamental plant, but also as food and garnish. Spaghetti is also a well-known dish from southern Italy and Campania. Buffalo mozzarella cheese comes from Campania! The list goes on and on! ;-)

It is a 10-course feast served family style at community tables. $59++/person. 6:45pm dinner and 6:15pm reception. It is a “foodie’s” delight! RSVP. Watch a Video about the Feast of Roma that Accursio and I made to get a feeling for the Feasts ~~ Contact us for reservations!

Every Thursday Night – Live Jazz View Flyer

We love jazz of the style from the late 1950’s and early 1960’s … and that is exactly what the Chris Lea Jazz Experience plays every Thursday night starting at 8:30pm. Join us!