August 10 – 3rd Annual Loving Local Music and Local Food Festival
Chef Accursio and other great San Diego chefs will be cooking at this important event! It’s an elegant night out – and it all helps to support Blues Lovers United San Diego and Slow Food Urban San Diego. The 3rd Annual Loving Local Music and Local Food participants enjoy a beautiful waterfront view. Dinner guests get to sit down for a gourmet four-course dinner, featuring delicious locally grown foods, prepared by some of San Diego’s top chefs. Organic, local, and sustainable – it doesn’t get any better. The benefit will be taking place at Driscoll’s Wharf in Point Loma. Get your tickets here
August 16 – Cooking Class: A Journey to Sicily
Join chef Accursio for a culinary experience with typical dishes from his homeland. Need I say more!! Learn all about the nuances of Sicilian cooking right in Solare’s own kicthen. 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.
August 16-17 – ArtWalk NTC @ Liberty Station 2014
Right across the street from Solare! Celebrate Creativity at ArtWalk NTC . This 9th annual festival moved to NTC @ Liberty Station in 2013, and the venue was a tremendous success. Artists love the flat grassy park with easy load-in and strike access, and the layout provides every artist with a corner space. Attendees will enjoy the opportunity to purchase artwork from more than 175 fine artists, all in a beautiful al fresco setting, plus live music, interactive art for adults and kids, and delicious street food options. FREE ATTENDANCE. FREE PARKING, MARK YOUR CALENDAR AND PLAN TO ATTEND!
August 16-17 – Open for Lunch on Saturday & Sunday
We will be open from 11:30am to 2pm for lunch both days this weekend. As you may know, we normally open at 4:30pm on Sundays … but to help celebrate ArtWalk, we are open early! Please join us for a great lunch on the patio or in our beautiful lounge of dining room.
August 20 – Feast of Calabria!
Each month, we have a special tasting dinner where we feature a different region of Italy. This month it’s Calabria! If Sicily is considered the “football” of Italy, then Calabria is the toe of the boot. Since only a thin sliver of water separates these two regions, their histories, landscapes, crops, etc. are closely entwined. The cuisine is a wonderful balance of meat-based dishes (pork, lamb, goat), vegetables (especially eggplant), and fish. Pasta (as in Central Italy and the rest of Southern Italy) is also very important in Calabria. In contrast to most other Italian regions, Calabrians have traditionally placed an emphasis on the preservation of their food, in part because of the climate.
In Calabrian cuisine, pork is the preferred meat. Preserving meat as sausage, ham and salame keeps it fresh through the year. Calabrian cuisine also includes plenty of fresh seafood caught in Tyrrhenian waters — every town has its own version of baccalà. Top vegetables include eggplants, peppers, tomatoes, asparagus, artichokes, peas, and beans. Porcini mushrooms grow great in Calabria! Calabria was settled by Italic Oscan-speaking tribes such as the Oenotrians (roughly translated into the “vine-cultivators”). There is 3,000 years of rich cultural history (the famed mathematician Pythagoras even lived here). 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! Click here for the menu.
August 22 – The Best of San Diego Party
San Diego Magazine’s “The Best of San Diego Party” features unlimited food samplings paired with wine, beer and cocktails plus live entertainment. CELEBRATE the restaurants, breweries and businesses that have San Diego buzzing – ENJOY restaurant tastings – SIP on signature cocktails – LISTEN to live entertainment and dance to the DJ – MAKE memories in the photo booths – WATCH the August “Best of San Diego” issue come to life. It is right here in NTC next to Solare. Yay!
August 26 – Barbarella: Diary of a Diva Book-Signing Party
Right here at Solare! Come meet Barbarella and celebrate the release of her first book: Diary of a Diva: Behind the Lipstick! After a decade of penning her popular column, Diary of a Diva, writer, personality, Emmy Award-winning producer Barbarella has released her first book, Diary of a Diva: Behind the Lipstick. Starts at 6pm at Solare. Click Here for info and details on purchasing tickets.
August 30 – Cooking Class: Gnocchi and Bolognese - Sold Out
A full immersion in gnocchi and slow braised Bolognese sauce — the essence of the Emilia-Romagna region.
You will learn to twist the traditional recipe of gnocchi, by filling them with sausages, by creating different tastes, and shapes, so you can surprise your family and guest at home. 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.
September 4 – An Evening of Wines from Veneto, Italy
Bob Gelman and I teamed up for a fun evening of Solare food and excellent wines from the Veneto region of Italy. Soave! Valpolicello! Amarone! Bob is the owner of Grape Connections right here in Point Loma and he will be leading the Wine Tasting. Dinner starts at 6:45pm; reception at 6:15pm – contact us for details.
September 5 – San Diego Reader – FEAST!
Follow your taste buds to Broadway Pier on Friday, September 5th for the 3rd Annual “Reader Feast!” Tasting Event. Enjoy food and drink tastings from dozens of the city’s best neighborhood eateries, wineries, breweries, and food trucks as you look out over the scenic San Diego Bay. Solare will be there! General Admission tickets include food and drink samples from all vendors and are valid from 6-9pm. The VIP ticket options too! A portion of every ticket sale and all proceeds from the cash bar benefit Fresh Start Surgical Gifts, a charity for disadvantaged infants, children, and teens suffering from physical deformities caused by birth defects, accidents, abuse, or disease through the gift of reconstructive surgery and related healthcare services. Click here for details and tickets
September 21-26 – San Diego Restaurant Week
Solare will be participating in San Diego Restaurant Week this year. We are excited! Stay tuned for more details on the menu and our theme. Chef Accursio is working on it now!
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!