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Vinavanti Urban Winery's New Brunch; Beer & Chef Pairings With a Purpose

Plus, Po Pazzo winds down in Little Italy.

Vinavanti Urban Winery
Vinavanti Urban Winery
Lyudmila Zotova

HILLCREST— Glasses of bubbly, both bottle conditioned and naturally sparkling, are now $5 off during Vinavanti Urban Winery's new weekend brunch, served Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Brunch bites range from savory quiche, panini and house cured salmon with curried potato pancake to French toast with maple and brandy sauce or Mexican chocolate bread pudding. The winery will also offer guided wine tastings and cellar tours both days at noon. [EaterWire]

ENCINITAS— Our local culinary and brewing communities are partnering up for Pairings With a Purpose, a fundraiser for Feeding America San Diego that will be held at the Bobby Riggs Tennis Club on Saturday, April 16 from 1 to 5 p.m. Chefs from participating restaurants including The Lodge at Torrey Pines, Tidal, Jsix, Azuki Sushi and Puesto will be serving up bites while craft breweries ranging from Monkey Paw Second Chance and Bitter Brothers will be offering tastes of beer. There will be live music from The Silent Comedy and Tolan Shaw, plus a raffle and silent auction items, and even a special appearance by 'Top Chef' contestant Chad White. Tickets start at $35. [EaterWire]

LITTLE ITALY— Busalacchi Restaurants has set a closing day, Sunday February 28, for their India Street eatery Po Pazzo Bar and Grille. Until then, the restaurant will be serving up its old school menu of traditional Italian dishes and offering live music during the weekend. As previously reported, the Busalacchi family is shuttering Po Pazzo to renovate and modernize the space, which is scheduled to reopen this spring as Barbusa, a Sicilian-inspired concept. [EaterWire]