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Circa's First Anniversary & a Foodie Book Fest in South Park

Plus, a cocktail-paired chef collab.

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UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS— Circa, which opened in the former Farm House Cafe space last April, is celebrating its first anniversary with two family-style communal table feasts scheduled for 6:30 p.m. this Wednesday and Thursday. Chef/owner Mike Almos is preparing a multi-course dinner for $35/pp that will include platters of cast iron fried Jidori chicken, flat iron steak with red ale gravy and goat cheese-green bean casserole. Call 619-269-9152 to reserve. [EaterWire]

SOUTH PARK— The Grove will honor Independent Bookstore Day on Saturday, May 2 with food and gardening-themed books and activities, including a talk from author Maria Desiderata Montana (San Diego Chef's Table), a tasting of salsas and moles from chef Deborah Schneider, a seed and plant discussion with Maurice Taitano-Bliss of Urban Seeds, and a workshop on drawing food led by San Diegan Angie Brenner (Anatolian Days and Nights: My Love Affair With Turkey). The bookstore will donate proceeds from select sales and collect donations to support Dorcas House, which serves children and families in Tijuana. [EaterWire]

CORONADO— Chef Tim Kolanko (Stake Chophouse & Bar) closes out his "Cooking With Friends" series by inviting chef Jason McLeod (Ironside Fish & Oyster) into his kitchen at Leroy's Kitchen & Lounge for a cocktail-paired dinner on Tuesday, May 5 at 6:30 p.m. The $55, five course menu includes with asparagus, with egg and butter poached morel mushrooms served with the gin-based The Last Word and confit pork shoulder with Parisian gnocchi, fava beans and fennel puree paired with a drink that mixes bourbon with aperol and orange. Call 619-437-6087 to reserve. [EaterWire]

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