LITTLE ITALY— From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Cafe Gratitude will be offering free Thanksgiving meals on a first-come, first-serve basis. An all-volunteer staff will serve an organic plant-based menu of pre-set dishes including raw pecan, cranberry and apple stuffing, red lentil holiday loaf, and mushroom gravy to an estimated 800 to 1,000 people. Anyone interested in volunteering to help serve the holiday meal can call 619-736-5077. [EaterWire]
LA COSTA— The Omni La Costa Resort & Spa kicks off the holiday season this Saturday, December 3 with its annual tree lighting ceremony that will feature festive beverages, carolers, a holiday market, and family-friendly crafts starting at 4 p.m. At 5 p.m. is awards announcement event for its gingerbread house contest, with entries created by professional and amateur bakers and students. All the gingerbread houses will be on display through Friday, December 30. [EaterWire]
AROUND TOWN— The Cravory will offer its signature cookies and new limited edition holiday flavors for just $1 each on Sunday, December 4 — National Cookie Day. The one-day offer will be available at its cookie shops in Point Loma and Carlsbad. The seasonal flavors for December include peppermint bark, gingerbread crunch, eggnog brownie and The Grinch, a pistachio cookie studded roasted pistachios, dried cranberries, white chocolate chips and drizzled with cranberry glaze.