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Chew The Scene, Chef Throwdown, Seany’s Chef Fest are among the hot tickets

Lu Rou Fan from Zen Modern Asian Bistro
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Chew The Scene puts Asian American food in the spotlight

Pacific Arts Movement, the presenters of last April’s epic, sellout Filipino feast and documentary screening, are gearing up for their annual Chew The Scene event, which serves as the official launch party for the San Diego Asian Film Festival. Held on Tuesday, October 9 at the San Diego Natural History Museum in Balboa Park, it will feature 16 local restaurants, including George’s at the Cove, Kettner Exchange, Bivouac Ciderworks, Common Theory, and more, cooking their takes on Asian American cuisine; among the off-menu dishes being created especially for the evening are bibimbap lettuce wraps from Cross Street Chicken & Bee and pho xiao long bao from Crab Hut. General admission tickets ($60) include unlimited food tastings and complimentary beer and wine, plus a special cocktail featuring Malahat Spirits or Ming River baijiu.

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LeBron James-backed pizzeria opens in Chula Vista with a giveaway

Blaze Fast Fire’d Pizza, which counts NBA star LeBron James as one of its investors, has just opened a new 2,100-square-foot location in the Otay Ranch Town Center. To celebrate, the fast-casual eatery will be giving away pizzas on Friday, September 14 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The scratch-made pizzas, which can be customized with dozens of ingredients and toppings, cook in an open flame oven in three minutes flat.

The San Diego Festival of Beer is back

One of the longest-running local beer festivals returns for its 24th year on Saturday, September 22. Hosted by San Diego Professionals Against Cancer, the San Diego Festival of Beer will run from noon to 5 p.m. at the Broadway Pier, with at least 50 breweries pouring more than 100 varieties of craft beer and proceeds going to support San Diego-area nonprofits fighting against cancer. The $40 ticket price includes unlimited beer, and there will be food available for purchase.

Liberty Station hosts a chef fest

In honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, The Seany Foundation is putting on the inaugural Seany’s Chefs Fest on Sunday, September 23 at Luce Court in Liberty Station. The family-friendly event (kids under 4 are free) will raise funds for Seany’s Camp Reach for the Sky, an annual camping experience for kids affected by cancer. Chefs from over a dozen eateries, including Pamplemousse Grill, Jsix Restaurant, Catalina Offshore, Hotel Republic, and Frost Me Gourmet will be participating, and there will also be live music, art, and cocktails from Cutwater Spirits and Fernside’s Christian Siglin.

Chefs to throw down at the Hotel del Coronado

Scheduled for Friday, September 28, the annual Chef Throwdown is a major food extravaganza that includes a multi-chef tasting as well as a three-course dinner followed by dancing. MC’d by ‘Sam the Cooking Guy’ and Food Network star Melissa d’Arabian, the progressive event will benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and feature more than 35 chefs from San Diego and Baja including The Del’s master French chef Patrick Ponsaty and executive chef Stefan Peroutka. $250 general admission tickets include the Chef Throwdown food tasting and competition, a three-course dinner from Hotel del Coronado, and an after-party with sweets from top pastry chefs and a silent auction.

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