Foodie Flashes | By Frank Sabatini Jr.
Little Italy is making way for an urban winery called San Diego Cellars, due to open in August. The facility will feature a wine preparation area, a tasting lounge and garden patio. Appetizers and entrees will also be served. Matthew Richards of Matthew Richard Cellars is spearheading the project and plans to produce about 2,000 cases of vino from the 3,000-square-foot space once it is fully up and running. 2215 Kettner Blvd.
The space that formerly housed Porkyland in Hillcrest will reopen July 1 as Tiki Taka Grill, a full-service Mediterranean-style bistro featuring fresh salads, homemade pita and meat skewers in 12 varieties. The original Tiki Taka Grill resides in Palm Desert, Calif., though closes during the summer months. 646 University Ave., 619-295-0005.
Heirloom tomatoes and other organic bounties of the summer season will be spotlighted in a series of dinners at Eclipse Chocolat in North Park on July 14. The dinners, held at 4, 6 and 8 p.m., will incorporate sweet elements such as white chocolate béchamel used with veggie ratatouille and vanilla bean and blood orange croute giving rise to heirloom tomato gazpacho. The cost is $30 per person. 2121 El Cajon Blvd., 619-578-2984.
Eat a variety of small meals for $5 a pop at Old Town restaurants such as Cosmopolitan, Harney Sushi, Miguel’s Cocina, El Agave and more in a “grub sprawl” organized by Alternative Strategies. The event will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. on July 9, when participants can pick up wristbands at either Miguel’s or El Agave before proceeding onto the other restaurants taking part. For more information, visit GrubSprawl.com.
After sitting vacant for a year, the former Bing Crosby’s Restaurant in Fashion Valley Mall will bounce back to life on July 2 with the arrival of True Food Kitchen. Developed by Fox Restaurant Concepts in Scottsdale, Ariz., the globally inspired, green-certified kitchen brings together some culinary talents with San Diego connections. Overseeing the menu is Chef Michael Stebner, who headed the former Mixx in Hillcrest, and Executive Chef Nathan Coulon, who dates back to The Belgian Lion and most recently, Quarter Kitchen, Downtown. The restaurant’s overall concept adheres to the healthy-living tenets of author Dr. Andrew Weil. Expect meals made with locally sourced produce, hormone-free meats and plenty of vegetarian and vegan options. 7007 Friars Rd., 619-810-2929.
A taste of France could be rolling into your neighborhood soon, as the gastro truck Crepes Bonaparte zigzags the county, slinging made-to-order crepes filled with meats, cheeses, veggies and dessert ingredients. Launched a couple years ago in Orange County by Christian and Danielle after a trip to Paris, their eye-catching vehicle has been featured on Food Network’s “The Great Food Truck Race.” Locations fluctuate weekly, so check the website for updated appearances: crepesbonaparte.com.