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Civico 1845 Welcomes Michelin-Star Chefs

Plus, Catalina Offshore Projects donates seafood & Bitter Brothers Brewing Company celebrates its first anniversary

Dining room at Civico 1845

LITTLE ITALY— Civico 1845 owners/brothers Dario and Pietro Gallo will host friends and fellow Calabrians Antonio and Luca Abbruzzino, the father/son chefs behind the Michelin-starred Antonio Abbruzzino restaurant in Catanzaro, Calabria and the just-opened Ristorante Abbruzzino in Milan, for a special dinner on Wednesday, January 18. The Abbruzzinos will join Civico 1845’s Alfonso Pisacane in the kitchen to cook up an array of new dishes which will be unveiled at the event and added to the restaurant’s menu throughout the year. The India Street eatery, which has also become known for its vegan options, will be offering seatings at 5:30 p.m. and 7:45 p.m; the multi-course dinner includes an appetizer, two pasta dishes, two entrées and two desserts. Call 619-431-5990 for reservations. [EaterWire]

MORENA DISTRICT— Beloved local seafood wholesaler Catalina Offshore Products is commemorating an accomplished 40 years in business by pledging to donate one pound of every 40 pounds of seafood sold through its walk-in fish market to the hunger relief program of the non-profit Kitchens for Good. Kitchens for Good teaches culinary skills to under-served students, who in turn prepare meals for seniors and children across San Diego county. The benefit will run through February 9, and Catalina Offshore estimates that it will ultimately donate more than 1,000 servings of fish to the program. [EaterWire]

BAY HO— Bitter Brothers Brewing Company will celebrate a banner first year with an anniversary weekend that includes its first-ever bottle release, special edition of Little Sister Russian Imperial Stout (a bottle pre-sale is available online), on Saturday, January 21 plus games, food, and bar pouring four versions of its sour beer, Family Tart. On Sunday, January 22, the brewery will cook up its third beer dinner, a five-course affair dubbed The Family Reunion Chef’s Dinner featuring Bitter Brothers chefs Bill Warnke and Travis Clifford plus Tim Kolanko (Blue Bridge Hospitality), Ami Cisneros (Pacific Standard Coastal Kitchen), Phillip Esteban (CH Projects) and Spencer Hunter (Hunter’s Home Kitchen). Only 50 seats are available; tickets are $70, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Feeding San Diego. [EaterWire]