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Bird Rock Coffee Roasters Wins Award; La Valencia Preps Plant-Based Dinner

Plus, CUCINA enoteca plans a winter harvest celebration.

SAN FRANCISCO— Bird Rock Coffee Roasters' Chuck Patton sent us a snap from last weekend's Good Food Awards gala held in San Francisco. Bird Rock was one of the 17 award winners in the coffee category of the competition, which honors artisanal and sustainable food from all over the nation. Patton is pictured here with Rachel Peterson, owner of Panama Esmeralda Estate, the source of their winning rare Geisha varietal; he tells Eater that the shop has sold out of this particular coffee, but on Wednesday, January 20, they releasing another naturally processed Geisha from Esmeralda that will be available as pour overs at all three Bird Rock locations for $11.00 per cup. [EaterWire]

LA JOLLA— On Tuesday, January 26, six chefs will gather at La Valencia for a six-course evening of fine dining centered around organic plant-based cuisine. Joining La Valencia's James Montejano are Wrench & Rodent's Davin Waite, Cafe Gratitude's Dreux Ellis, Carnitas' Snack Shack's Hanis Cavin and more. The six-course dinner is $125 and includes wine pairings from organic or biodynamic vineyards that practice organic or biodynamic viticulture; a portion of proceeds will support the non-profit Berry Good Foundation. [EaterWire]

DEL MAR— Also scheduled for Tuesday, January 26 is the next installment to CUCINA enoteca's harvest dinners. The winter-themed version of the three course family-style meal, cooked by chefs Joe Magnanelli and Rosa Geremia, will feature proteins and produce from local farms, including Suzie's Farm and TAJ Farms, whose representatives will be in attendance. Seating is limited; tickets are $60. [EaterWire]

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