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‘San Diego Restaurant Week’ announced

As part of the California Restaurant Month initiative, the culinary coalition starts off in San Diego with the San Diego Restaurant Week from January 15 – 20, 2012. Over 180 current restaurants are participating in the event by providing three course, prix fixe dinners at discounted prices from $20, $30, or $40 (+ tax and tip). Prix fixe lunches also offered at $10, $15, or $20. Nothing special is required to dine, but reservations are highly recommended as 140,000 guests are expected during the six day event.

California Restaurant Month will be holding week long dining events at thirty destinations across California. Visit their site for information near you.

Photo: City of San Diego

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Café Motif opening in Beverly Hills early December, Basement Tavern to host ‘Movember’ golf tournament

Café Motif and adjacent retail store, Motif, selling high end clothing and home decorations, officially opens on December 6 in Beverly Hills. The French inspired cafe created by owners Elishia Bolour and Sasha Shokrian will serve fresh squeezed juices and smoothies, coffee, tea, sandwiches, salads, and soups. 930 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90035.

To raise funds for prostate cancer, the team behind Basement Tavern in Santa Monica is hosting the “Movember Gold Classic Golf Tournament” for a minimum donation of $40 per golfer on Monday, November 28 from 12 PM – 3 PM. An after party will be hosted at Basement Tavern with a mustache contest, live music, and prize raffles. To participate in the tournament, email twiggbrad@hotmail.com.

Photography provided by Gabriella Kashani

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Michael Ruhlman’s four course dinner and book signing at Farmshop, and Vignalta wine dinner at Ombra

On Thursday, December 1 from 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM, Farmshop in Santa Monica is hosting a four course family-style dinner prepared by Jeff Cerciello and Michael Ruhlman, along with a book signing of Michael Ruhlman’s new book “Ruhlman’s Twenty”. Dinner cost $75 per person and comes with the book. Call 310-566-2400 for reservations. 225 26th St., Suite 25, Santa Monica, CA 90402.

Chef Michael Young of Ombra in Studio City is preparing a five course dinner and wine-pairing with Italy’s Vignalta founder Lucio Gomiero on Wednesday, December 7 from 6 PM – 10 PM. Dinner and wine pairing cost is $89. Call 818-985-7337 for reservations. 3737 Cahuenga Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604.

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Public School 612’s ‘Darker Side of Beer and Dessert’ event, Hot’s Kitchen’s food drive, holiday beers at City Tavern

Public School 612 in Downtown L.A. having an open class with Norm Stackhouse from Stone Brewing Co. to educate on the Darker Side of Beer and Dessert on Monday, December 5 at 7:30 PM for $25. Public School 612 is a restaurant/bar whose focus is on “Education in the Art of Food and Beer.” For reservations call 213-623-1172. 612 S. Flower St., Los Angeles, CA 90017.

Hot’s Kitchen in Hermosa Beach is helping the less fortunate with a canned food drive. Bring in three canned goods and get a complimentary beer. 844 Hermosa Ave., Hermosa Beach, CA, 90254.

For the month of December, City Tavern in Culver City is offering holiday brews, rotating up to five different tap handles until the kegs run out. 9739 Culver Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232.

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Ra Pour Restaurant & Lounge set to open

Ra Pour in Rancho Cucamonga, CA lead by restaurateur Karim Webb and Executive Chef Greg Stillman will open for dinner Monday, November 21. The restaurant’s approach includes craft cocktails and combines indulgent ingredients, global influences and classic Americana. Think Lobster Pops, Kobe Carpaccio, Chicken & Waffles, Wood Fired Pizzas and larger plates like Cola-Brined Pork, Bone-in Prime Filet, and Duck Bolognese.