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Top Chef’s Sam Talbot and Yotam Ottolenghi Coming to San Diego

Check out four can’t-miss events this October

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Herb & Wood launches celebrity chef series

The first of Herb & Wood’s new series of guest chef dinners featuring high-profile chefs from around the country kicks off on Wednesday, October 3 at 6 p.m. at the Little Italy restaurant, where chef/owner Brian Malarkey will welcome former Top Chef star Sam Talbot. Semi-finalist on season 2 of the show, Talbot is the founding executive chef of The Surf Lodge in Montauk, NY and a cookbook author. The dinner, a partnership with Chef’s Roll and Chef Works, will feature demos from Malarkey and Talbot and two courses prepared by each chef along with tray-passed appetizers and a dessert from Herb & Wood executive pastry chef Adrian Mendoza. Tickets are $100, with 10% of ticket sales going to benefit Beyond Type 1, a nonprofit foundation co-founded by Talbot that supports the diabetes community.

Famed chef Yotam Ottolenghi to sign books at Chino Farm

North County’s Chino Farm continues The Good Earth/Great Chefs series on Saturday, October 27 with an 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. event featuring acclaimed chef Yotam Ottolenghi, the author of the New York Times bestselling cookbooks including Plenty, Ottolenghi, and Plenty More. Ottolenghi, who runs an impressive group of restaurants in London, will be at the farm to sign copies of his latest cookbook called Ottolenghi SIMPLE. There will also be live music, food samples, and a pantry stocked with gift items and ingredients inspired by the Middle Eastern flavors of the book.

Jsix hosts Filipino-Mexican collaboration dinner

National Filipino Month and National Mexican Month both extend into October, so in honor of the overlap, Jsix executive chef Anthony Sinsay has invited famed Baja chef Javier Plascencia to collaborate on a dinner that celebrates their Filipino and Mexican heritages. Scheduled for Thursday, October 11 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., the dinner will feature six courses that represent the trade history between Philippines and Mexico, highlighting the indigenous ingredients of each county. The cost of the dinner is $95, with an optional $35 cocktail/wine pairing; for reservations, call (619) 531-8744.

Little Italy puts on a dinner in red

On Saturday, October 6 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., the Little Italy Association of San Diego (LIA) will host an event to raise funds for their community nonprofit. Presented by PenFed Credit Union, it’s called Solo Italiano: Dinner in Rosso and will be held at the recently-opened Piazza della Famiglia. Attendees are encouraged to dress in red for the event, which will feature a pop-up Italian soda bar, olive oil, vinegar, and gourmet cheese tastings, live entertainment and dancing, a fashion show, and a family-style dinner. General admission tickets are $200.

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