Dog Yoga, Dumpling Class, Seeding Workshops, and 8 Other Things to Do in San Diego in February
There are all kinds of ways to connect, learn, and play with your local food community in San Diego County this month. Pick up some new cooking techniques, start a garden with help from the pros, learn more about growing your farmers market business, get outside, or go out and experience some new dining options. Here's what's on on our calendar for February.
GO OUT TO EAT
Valentine's Day at The San Diego Museum of Art
Wednesday, February 14, tours every half hour 5:30-8:00 p.m.
Panama 66 is hosting a different kind of V-day dinner that starts with a private "love themed" tour of the San Diego Museum of Art, including the exhibition Modern Masters of Latin America, followed by a picnic to eat on a blanket in the Sculpture Garden. Live jazz completes the romantic roundup. There are vegan and vegetarian options on the menu, and a choice of a growler of beer or bottle of wine is included in the price ($125 Nonmember | $110 Member). Buy tickets at SDMart.org.
Eat in Escondido
Catch the last three days of Escondido Restaurant week. It's a great excuse to go check out the local restaurants that make the inland town so charming.
Saturday, February 3, 11am-10pm
You probably know Anthem Vegan from their presence at farmers markets throughout the county, but as of this week, you can try their innovative meatless creations at their new brick and mortar location in North Park. The soft opening will include lunch and dinner service from 11am-10pm, Tuesday through Sunday. They also plan to start offering an expanded dinner menu, weekend brunch, and breakfast seven days a week. The new shop also features a vegan deli and market. Welcome them to the neighborhood at 2611 El Cajon Boulevard on Saturday, February 3rd.
Join a Hands-on Seed Starting Workshop with Nan Sterman
February 10, Saturday, 10 am to noon
February 11, Sunday, 1 to 3 pm
February 15, Thursday, 6:30 to 8:30 pm
February 17, Saturday, 10 am to noon
In these hands-on workshops, Nan guides participants through planting an entire summer vegetable garden, including more than 40 vegetables, flowers, and herbs. Nan provides all the supplies - you take home all the plants, and the skills you learn will allow you to start seeds again and again. The workshops will take place on February 10, Saturday, 10 am to noon at Grangettos Farm and Garden Supply in Escondido (Click here to register ), February 11, Sunday, 1 to 3 pm at Walter Andersen Nursery in Poway (Click here to register ), February 15, Thursday, 6:30 to 8:30 pm in Mission Hills Nursery in San Diego (Click here to register), and February 17, Saturday, 10 am to noon at Grangettos Farm and Garden Supply, Encinitas (Click here to register).
Ask a Master Gardener at Balboa Park
February 4, 10am-3:30pm
Bring your questions on gardening issues, pest management, irrigation, and planting to the Balboa Park Botanical Builing to bet helpful insidte from a certified Master Gardener. No pre-registration is needed for this free event hosted by the Master Gardeners Association of San Diego, just show up!
Farm Fresh Aphrodisiacs Class and Farm Tour at Dickinson Farm
Saturday, February 10, 12pm-3pm
Dickinson Larder creates small batch handcrafted Farm to Pantry items made from Dickinson Farm heirloom fruits, vegetables and herbs, and they offer monthly classes in which you can learn how to make you own. February's class is all about aphrodisiacs, and will include hands on instruction,take home instructions and recipes, a copy of Edible San Diego magazine, Dickinson Farm calendar, supplies to make at least one in-class made item, a farm fresh non-alcoholic drink, and a private farm tour. Participants should wear close-toed shoes and must be at least 16 years old to attend. Pre-purchased tickets are requried and can be ordered on Dickinson's website.
Grow Your Farmers Market Business at the Intents Conference
February 25, 26, and 27
The Intents Conference is produced for farmers’ market businesses throughout the U.S. by San Diego Markets, developers and managers of San Diego County’s largest farmers’ markets and the Vendor-101 program for start-ups. This conference is designed to make your farmers’ market business stronger and more profitable by learning from professional market farmers, food makers and managers. The second annual InTents Conference will take place on February 26th and 27th, 2018, with bonus Market-101 sessions on Sunday, February 25th for small business start ups. You can find the full 2018 schedule of sessions and exhibitors here. The 2018 InTents Conference will take place at the Marina Village Conference Center overlooking beautiful Mission Bay in San Diego. Over the course of two full days of speakers, panels, roundtables and networking opportunities you will discover new information and resources for branding, financing, food prep, ingredients, packaging, operating supplies, signage, insurance, management services, and more! Whether you’re a farmer, artisan food maker, or farmers’ market manager, you’ll find smart new ways to increase your income. Pre-register now for the 2018 InTents Conference online.
Learn to Cook Healthy Chinese Dumplings at Bastyr
Wednesday, February 21, 6:00pm to 7:30pm
In this class, you will learn how to create dumplings for the celebration of Lunar New Year. Traditionally, eating dumplings is considered good luck and believed to bring wealth for the coming new year. The instructor will explain how to use traditional approaches to make healthy versions of these authentic Chinese delicacies, including chicken, shrimp, and tofu-mushroom dumplings, as well as a dumpling soup in a homemade broth. All recipes will include a vegan or gluten-free variation when requested in advance. All ingredients and materials are included in the class fees. Attendees will receive generous samples and printed recipes to take home. Class size limited to 20 people. General admission tickets are $40, and discounted pricing is available for students, seniors, military and their families, as well as Bastyr Clinic patients. Pre-register online.
Learn to Make Chocolate at Solare Lounge with Chef Accursio
Saturday, February 3, 10:30am
Chef Accursio shares his passion and reveals his mastery of the world’s most celebrated confection, chocolate. Through a step-by-step introduction to chocolate, Chef Accursio will cover buying, tasting, tempering, coating and decorating with chocolate in a hands-on environment. After various skills are demonstrated, you will have the opportunity to work with your own chocolate, and use it in cold and baked pastries as well as learn to use chocolate as a sweet and savory enhancement to various main dishes. Regardless of your experience, this chocolate workshop will provide you with skills and knowledge that will pay you back for years to come. The class will cover chocolate/cacao, different techniques, cocoa cake sponge, cocoa ravioli, truffles, and mascarpone mousse. The class begins at 10:30am at Solare in Liberty Station with an Italian-style coffee of your choice and a pastry. Italian wine is served to sip while you cook, and the course fee of $85 includes lunch. Get in touch with Solare Lounge to reserve you spot.
Farm-to-Picnic Blanket Couples Cooking Class at Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center
Sunday, February 11th, 10am-12pm; 11am-1pm; or 12:30pm-3:30pm
The beautiful, organic gardens of Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center in National City are the perfect backdrop for a romantic, pre-Valentines Day excursion. After the class, you'll go home with more than memories, as you learn new techniques for cooking seasonally. You'll start your outdoorsy afternoon with a guided tour of the garden during which you will harvest fresh herbs for your lunch. Next you will enjoy a hands-on cooking class where you will learn to make seasonal dishes using garden-fresh ingredients. The day will culminate with a private picnic in the garden. Pre-purchased tickets ($45 per person) must be booked for the desired start time, and can be ordered online.
GO PLAY OUTSIDE
A Day at the Lake San Marcos Marina at Lake House Hotel and Resort
The marina at Lake San Marcos is now open to the public and has a pretty awesome lineup of activities for day-trippers. Go fishing for bass, crappie, catfish or bluegill in your rented aluminum fishing boat ($40 per hour) and work your way around the lake to find the hottest fishing holes. Visitors can also rent a fishing poles from the Marina for $5 for use on a boat or for fishing from the dock. The calm, uncrowded waters of Lake San Marcos are a great place to learn and explore on a stand up paddle board, available to rent by the hour for $25. Soak up the lake views while cruising the water in a kayak, available to rent for $25 for a single kayak or a double for $35 per hour. Cruise the lake on an over-sized water trike, which features two full size seats that can accommodate two adults or can be operated by a single rider, available to rent by the hour for $35.
Dog Yoga "Doga" at Good Dog Pet Outfitters
Saturday, February 24, 9am-10am
This Point Loma pet boutique is kicking off a wellness series that allows folks to practice their downward-facing dog, with their dog. Good Dog Pet Outfitters is partnering with local yoga teacher and animal lover, Laura McIntire, on a monthly Doga—Dog and Yoga—class beginning on Saturday, February 24. The series is scheduled for every fourth Saturday of the month in the Doga area behind the boutique. The hour-long class begins with a pack walk followed by yoga poses accessible for all levels of fitness. Following the class, humans and their companions can enjoy complimentary treats in the shop, as well and 10 percent off the entire store. The doga clas is $20 per person-pup couple. Attendees should bring their own yoga mat and water and purchase a ticket ahead of time online.