For those who did not get a chance to participate in the recent San Diego Restaurant Week Taste event, I’m giving away a pair of tickets to another upcoming taste event, Taste of Downtown. Details are at the end of this post.

As you may recall, I previously gave away tickets to the first annual SDRW Taste event, a kick-off before Restaurant Week started. I also received complimentary tickets to attend with the DH and I was quite curious how it would be like.

Like many, I was a little surprised by the price ($75 per person), since the other taste events I’ve participated in are usually around $30.  Once I arrived though, I soon understand the high price point. Unlike other taste events I’ve been to, the bites and drinks at this event were truly unlimited. In addition, every single food station was paired with an alcohol beverage, leading to one very boozy night. The quality of the bites were also a bit higher than previous taste events I’ve been to. My favorite part was that even though there was a large crowd, it was easy to sample each booth. There weren’t super long lines or waits at any station with the exception of Slater’s 50/50, which had a small line going most of the night because they were making their famous burgers on the spot.

The event took place at the Broadway Pier right before sunset, providing for some magnificent views. Half of the booths were situated inside and half outside. It was pretty impossible to have the stomach to consume everything offered. DH and I tried to hit most of the food ones and opted to skip most of the alcohol ones. I wisely let DH handle my camera early on in the evening.

Here’s a highlight of some of my favorites:


Tuna lettuce wrap from Marble Room; Beef tongue sandwich from Cowboy Star; Pretzel Rolls from Sadie Rose Baking Co., Caramel Panna Cotta from Cucina Urbana; Green papaya salad and Thai Tea from Chedi Thai Bistro; Hamachi from FireFly; Filet Mignon Wraps and Sandwiches from Donovans; Hubert’s Lemonade (mainly because of the cute bottles and you could take it to-go); Slater’s 50/50.

If I had to pick one favorite for the night though, it would be Lump Crab Martini from La Gran Terraza. This restaurant is open to the public though it’s located inside University of San Diego. I had just read a post about it on Mary’s blog, and was really impressed with their appetizer which was not only tasty but creative. A tasty crab cake sat inside a martini glass. On top of the crab cake was a dollop of sorbet which tasted like a martini when it melted on your tongue.

Towards the end of the night Specialty Produce began giving away its display of fruits and vegetables to guests. Sweet! We got a bag full of various veggies and an entire box of sweet and juicy warren pears.

Here’s some more photos from the night:

We had a lot of fun. Out of all the taste events I’ve been to in San Diego, this was by far my favorite one. I loved the space, the easy access to food, and the unlimited bites and drinks. Sometimes I attend an event and am glad I did it once but don’t care to do it again. This is one I’m looking forward to attending again.

Now onto my giveaway. Thursday, October 11, 2012 from 5-9pm is Taste of Downtown. There will be  50 restaurants participating.Click on the link to see the complete list.  I’ve attended in the past. It’s a lot of fun and a lot of food. Tickets are $30, but I’m giving away two tickets on my blog.

I will use random.org to draw the winner. Contest ends Sunday October 7, 2012 at 5pm. I will contact the winner and they must respond within 48 hours with their name and the name of their guest. If I do not hear from the winner within 24 hours, I will select a new winner. Good luck!

You can enter up to three times:

1. Leave a comment at the end of this post, telling me which downtown participating restaurant you are most interested in trying.

2. Like this post on Facebook. Then leave a separate comment at the end of this post telling me you’ve done so. Make sure it is a separate entry from your comment so that it will be counted as an additional entry. Please do not leave a comment telling me you’ve liked it on FB if you haven’t because I do check.

3. Tweet the following message “Enter for a chance to win 2 tickets to Taste of Downtown via @kirbiecravings http://bit.ly/QO3DFK” Then leave a separate comment at the end of this post telling me you’ve done so. Make sure it is a separate entry from your comment so that it will be counted as an additional entry. Please do not leave a comment telling me you’ve tweeted it if you haven’t because I do check.

 

   

54 Responses to “SDRW Taste recap and Taste of Downtown Giveaway”

  1. Rachel — October 3, 2012 at 5:22 am

    I’d like to try Stout. We eat out Downtown a lot, but don’t usually venture over to the financial district.

  2. Linda — October 3, 2012 at 6:39 am

    After reading your post on Katsuya, I would have to say that is the one I am the most curious about :)

  3. Sara — October 3, 2012 at 6:52 am

    I have not been to Cafe Sevilla in awhile, so I’d be interested in trying it again! Thanks!

  4. Val — October 3, 2012 at 6:52 am

    I’d like to enter to win the 2 free tickets to Taste Downtown! I would give the tickets to my mom and sister, as I’m now located in NYC (originally from San Diego though), but would urge them to try Acqua al 2 (went to the restaurant in Florence and it was amazing!!) I also just tweeted about it @ValsBakedGoods

  5. Lindsey W.B. — October 3, 2012 at 7:14 am

    Ooo, the Asti Ristorante sounds pretty fancy, but I rarely get downtown at all so anything would be a real treat!

  6. Lindsey W.B. — October 3, 2012 at 7:15 am

    And, as always, I like you very much on facebook ;)

  7. Amy Hoang — October 3, 2012 at 7:33 am

    My jealousy mode is on full blast right now :3 The event looked AMAZING and the food ….. T.T I can’t believe Cucina Urbana had samples of their panna cotta!! That was my favoriteeeee thing off their restaurant week menu. And you even walked away with veggies from Specialty Produce?! Le sighhh Sorry for the over dramatic comment LOL

    Anyways, I want to try Proper Gastropub. Even the name sounds tasty!

    Thank you for the contest!!

  8. Amy Hoang — October 3, 2012 at 7:33 am

    I also liked the post on FB!

    Thank you again for the contest!!

  9. Grace — October 3, 2012 at 8:16 am

    Lump Crab Martini from La Gran Terraza looks tasty! :)

  10. Lori — October 3, 2012 at 8:20 am

    I’d love to re-visit Cafe Sevilla; haven’t been there since they closed for remodeling.

  11. 910r1 — October 3, 2012 at 8:35 am

    i want to try katsuya

  12. 910r1 — October 3, 2012 at 8:36 am

    like too @ fb

  13. 910r1 — October 3, 2012 at 8:36 am

    i also already like your fb page

  14. Teresa — October 3, 2012 at 9:03 am

    I would like to try katsuya!

  15. Jess — October 3, 2012 at 9:36 am

    Would like to try the food at Acqua Al 2. It would probably remind me of my recent visit to Florence.

  16. Kate G — October 3, 2012 at 9:56 am

    I would like to try Proper Gastropub!

  17. cynthia — October 3, 2012 at 10:28 am

    I’d like to try Saltbox! I have heard good things about it. :)

  18. cynthia — October 3, 2012 at 10:29 am
  19. Kelly — October 3, 2012 at 10:35 am

    Katsuya!

  20. Jennifer — October 3, 2012 at 11:40 am

    I want to try EVERYTHING!!! Here’s the top ones I haven’t yet tried on my list: La Gran Terraza, Marble Room, Katsuya :D

  21. Christina — October 3, 2012 at 11:40 am

    I’ve wanted to try Donovan’s for a little while.

  22. Christina — October 3, 2012 at 11:41 am

    Your FB post has been liked!

  23. Jennifer — October 3, 2012 at 11:41 am

    I liked your post on your page!

  24. Christina — October 3, 2012 at 11:41 am

    Tweeted! You have been tweeted!

  25. Brian truong — October 3, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    I want to take my girlfriend to Donovan’s!!

  26. Brian truong — October 3, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    I also liked you on fb!!

  27. Kathy — October 3, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    Proper Gastropub

  28. Kathy — October 3, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    Also liked post on FB

  29. Anne N. — October 3, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    I like to try Cafe Sevilla.

  30. Anne N. — October 3, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    Liked your FB page.

  31. Anne N. — October 3, 2012 at 7:18 pm
  32. phi — October 3, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    I would love to try donovan seafood prime steak!

  33. Harvitron — October 3, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    I’d like to give Donovan’s a try!

  34. Amy Hyong — October 3, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    liked on fb! :D

  35. Amy Hyong — October 3, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    martini lump crab please!

  36. Shannon — October 4, 2012 at 8:56 am

    Donovan’s Prime Seafood!

  37. Vicky — October 4, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    I’ve never been to Cafe Sevilla and I’ve been meaning to try the place out!

  38. Vicky — October 4, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    I also liked your post on facebook!

  39. Vicky — October 4, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    Just tweeted about your giveaway (@sunnipq)!

  40. Kathleen — October 5, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    Would love to see what BarleyMash has to offer!

  41. Kathleen — October 5, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    Also liked your FB page/post :)

  42. Tommy — October 5, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    I want to try Ocean Room

  43. Tommy — October 5, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    Also entered on Facebook!

  44. Debbie T — October 6, 2012 at 11:19 am

    I can’t believe I haven’t been to Proper – I will remedy that if I win the tickets!

  45. Debbie T — October 6, 2012 at 11:19 am

    I like your post on Facebook and follow

  46. Debbie T — October 6, 2012 at 11:20 am
  47. Lindsey — October 6, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    Wow, this looked fantastic! OMG that Lump Crab Martini.

    I have to say that Red Light District and Barleymash both look pretty awesome. Thanks Kirbie!

  48. Tasha — October 7, 2012 at 9:59 am

    I liked the post!

  49. Tasha — October 7, 2012 at 9:59 am

    Most interested in trying the Saltbox.

  50. Taylor — October 7, 2012 at 11:16 am

    I’d love to try Toast! We just did taste of North Park and it was great! Would love to do this one :)

  51. Taylor — October 7, 2012 at 11:17 am

    I also liked your post on Facebook

  52. Taylor — October 7, 2012 at 11:19 am
  53. Tiffany R — October 7, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    Saltbox! I always walk by and the menu looks so exquisite!

  54. Tiffany R — October 7, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    I liked it on FB too!

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