LITTLE ITALY— Into pork? Ironside Fish & Oyster's executive chef Jason McLeod is just one of 25 chefs from around the nation to be chosen to receive a heritage breed Duroc pig from Templeton Rye, which was fed spent grain from the small-batch distillery. McLeod will be showcasing the pig via two nose-to-tail dinners, scheduled for 6 to 9 p.m. on Monday October 6 and Tuesday October 7, that'll feature a multi-course family-style menu plus signature cocktails from the bar. Tickets are $80 and seating is limited. [EaterWire]
DEL MAR— October marks Pacifica Del Mar's 25th anniversary and the restaurant is celebrating by launching a special tasting menu that'll be available starting October 1 until the end of the year. The three course, $25 dinner will feature classic dishes from the restaurant's history, some which have been on the menu since the eatery first opened.
SOUTH PARK— PARKTOBERFEST will descend on the Gala Foods (soon to be Target Express) parking lot on Saturday, October 11 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The free event will include an Oktoberfest-style beer garden for grown-ups and a family-friendly area with arts and crafts. Traditional German eats, including sausages, pretzels and potato salad will be available for purchase and there's an all-day lineup of bands on the main stage. [Facebook]