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Taste the Impossible Burger at Jaynes Gastropub

Plus a holiday feast, toy drive, truffle class and cheese club

Jayne’s Impossible Burger
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Rightfully known for its tasty burger, which has a place on Eater’s essential burger list, Jaynes Gastropub is now serving the Impossible Burger, a meatless patty that claims to cook up and taste just like beef. Featured at restaurants ranging from Momofuku in New York City to San Francisco’s Jardiniere, the Impossible Burger is completely derived from plants, combining vegetable protein and amino acids with soy leghemoglobin, which gives the patty a meaty flavor and makes it “bleed” like real cooked meat. Janyes Gastropub is offering the six-ounce Impossible Burger on a Bread and Cie seeded bun with Vermont cheddar, housemade pickled onions and garlic aioli for $18.50; an all-vegan version in also available.

Holiday Feast of Seven Fishes at Fishmonger's Market’s

Let Fishmonger’s Market do the cooking for you and bring home the Italian Christmas Eve tradition of Feast of the Seven Fishes, The European-style fish market and eatery is featuring a Feast of the Seven Fishes dinner package that includes Dungeness crab salad, a smoked fish platter, steamed mussels, fried jumbo wild shrimp, crab cakes, baked ocean fish and Sicilian cioppino for $50 per person. Call (619) 756-7345 to reserve your order for pickup before Sunday, December 24.

Queenstown Public House turns into life-sized gingerbread house

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Queenstown Public House, the New Zealand-inspired restaurant in Little Italy, is continuing the annual tradition of transforming its Victorian cottage into a festive gingerbread house. Decked out with lights, snowy flocking and candy, the winter wonderland is designed to spread joy but also raise awareness for children affected by homelessness. For the month of December, the restaurant is accepting unwrapped toys for donation; Queenstown Public House partner, Darren Roach, said, “We collected hundreds of toys last year, and this year we’re hoping to beat our goal again by surpassing 500 donated toys.”

Learn the art of truffle making at Chuao Chocolatier

Chuao Chocolatier is launching its first truffle rolling classes that will be held at the chocolate company’s headquarters in Carlsbad. For $60, attendees will get a guided tour of the chocolate factory, hands-on instruction in truffle-making that includes a number of take-home truffles and a Signature chocolate bar. Advance tickets are required; class dates are Saturday, December 16 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. and Tuesday, December 19 from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Yes, you can get monthly cheese deliveries

Smallgoods American Cheeses & Provisions, a fixture at local farmers markets, has launched the American Cheese Club, a new monthly service that will deliver cheese right to your door. Available to residents of California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, New Mexico and Arizona, the club focuses on American artisan cheeses and offers several subscriptions and gift options.