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Dueling Beer Dinner; Halloween Sweets; New TOAST Menu

A beer-centric dinner; what the heck is a "boo-kie"?; a new menu heavy on the pumpkin.

AVANT at the Rancho Bernardo Inn.
AVANT at the Rancho Bernardo Inn.
Chris Rov Costa

RANCHO BERNARDO—AVANT at the Rancho Bernardo Inn is kicking off San Diego Beer Week with a Beer vs. Beer dinner next Thursday, November 6 starting at 6:30 p.m. Chef de cuisine Tomas Baistrocchi will present a four-course menu with dishes like grilled octopus and braised pork shank, each paired with a duo of brews from Stone Brewing Co. and Ballast Point. For reservations, email alexandrea@jpublicrelations.com [EaterWire]

EAST VILLAGE—Bake Sale is featuring a lineup of Halloween-themed sweets this week, including "boo-kies" (housemade marshmallow on chocolate cookies), mummy pop tarts made with pie dough and housemade strawberry jam, and pumpkin seed brittle. Find 'em now through October 31. [EaterWire]

EAST VILLAGE—TOAST Enoteca & Cucina is launching a new menu on November 3. Expect autumnal dishes like pumpkin, pancetta, and Italian sausage lasagna, roasted pork belly with mashed sweet potatoes and gremolata, and a pumpkin, salami, and mozzarella-stuffed focaccia. [EaterWire]

Rancho Bernardo Inn

17550 Bernardo Oaks Drive, , CA 92128 (855) 574-5356 Visit Website

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