The 25th Annual  Gaslamp Gala  was a huge success!

The 25th Annual Gaslamp Gala was a huge success!

The 2019 San Diego Union Tribune Gaslamp Gala presented by The San Diego Hilton Gaslamp Quarter was a huge success!  Over 425 people attended the celebration honoring awardees from the Historic Heart of San Diego, and unvieling plans for a new infrastructure project The Gaslamp Promenade.

Guests started out the evening on the beautiful terrace at the Gaslamp Quarter Hilton where they could have a cocktail and bid on a silent auction filled with hotel stays and fine art.  Revelers tried bites from  barleymash, Challenge Dairy, El Chingon, Havana 1920, Meze Greek Fusion, Volcano Rabbit, The Melting Pot, Shamrock Foods, and STK.  After a welcome and remarks from District #3 Council member Chris Ward and Jason Weisz from Senator Toni Atkins office,  guests descended the staircase onto Fifth Avenue. where dinner was set under the Iconic Arch.

Hilton Gaslamp Quarter provided a beautiful 3 course meal, and guests dined under the stars with hanging lights, and listened to the music of entertainment sponsor, The Shout! House.  The program kicked off with a welcome by Executive Director Michael Trimble, and remarks from The Honorable Mayor of San Diego Kevin Faulconer.  Auctioneer Clint Bell, MC-ed the evening and lead a live auction filled with stunning vacations, a San Diego Padres first pitch and great experiences at different Gaslamp Quarter locations.

The coveted Gaslamp Awards were given in 12 categories to businesses in the neighborhood.  The Gaslamp Visionary award was granted to Marsha Sewell and Outstanding Service Award to George Bates.

A highlight of the evening was also the unvieling of the Fifth Avenue Gaslamp Promenade, which recieved endorsement speeches from San Diego County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, and State Assembly member Todd Gloria.

The event couldn’t have been done without the help of its many sponsors: The San Diego Union Tribune, The San Diego Hilton Gaslamp Quarter, GBOD Hospitality Group,Gefrom Productions, Viejas, Young’s, Southern Wine and Spirits, Sysco, US Foods, Shamrock Foods, The San Diego Padres, RMD Group, barleymash, Anheuser Busch, Karl Strauss,Heineken, The Shout! House, Parq Restaurant + Nightclub, Marriott Gaslamp Quarter, OMNIA. A7D, Trilogy, Kansas City BBQ, Hard Rock Hotel, HP Investors, The San Diego Convention Center, Cohn Restaurant Group, Carrier Johnson + Culture, Kimley Horn,  Rafaels, Pepsico, and Eventworks.

The after party was celebrated at OMNIA, where guests danced into the early AM!

More photos to come

Executive Director receives a Proclamation from Senator Toni Atkin's office
STK as an appetizer sponsor
DJ Kevin
Meze Greek Fusion
25th Annual Gaslamp Gala
GBOD Hospitality Group Reception
Awards Dinner on Fifth Avenue
The Shout! House
Dining under the arch

Gaslamp Gala Award Winners!

Best Boutique –Bubbles Boutique

Best Hotel- The Pendry San Diego

Best New Business- Ike’s Place

Best Art Gallery – Sparks Gallery

Best Fast Casual Restaurant- Ciro’s Pizzeria & Alehouse

Best Venue for Live Music- The Shout! House

Best Casual Dining- Meze Greek Fusion

Best Specialty Retail- Downtown ACE Hardware

Best Personal/ Professional Service- RMD Group Consulting

Best Fine Dining- Greystone

Best Bar- El Chingon

Best Nightclub- OMNIA

Gaslamp Visionary- Marsha Sewell

Outstanding Service Award- George Bates

Prohibition Adds a Harvest of New Fall Cocktails

Prohibition Adds a Harvest of New Fall Cocktails

Prohibition, GBOD Hospitality Group’s underground speakeasy located at 548 Fifth Ave. in the Gaslamp Quarter, has introduced an assortment of new fall-inspired and Old Fashioned cocktails to its menu, available now.

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The new selection of fall cocktails, each priced at $14, include:

  • Fall Gold Rush, made with bourbon, pineapple juice, lemon juice, almond orgeat, cinnamon and R&D House Bitters;
  • Army Navy, made with Seven Caves Tiki Gin, lemon juice, almond orgeat and R&D sarsaparilla bitters;
  • Hotel Nacional, a combination of Havana Club Blanco Rum, lime juice, pineapple juice, demerara and apricot;
  • Greyhound, made with Hibiscus Glendalough Gin, lemon juice, grapefruit juice and honey, garnished with grapefruit zest;
  • Jalisco Maid, made with tequila, lime juice, cucumber, mint and demerara;
  • Old Cuban, a combination of Pusser’s Rum, lime juice, mint, demerara and sparkling wine;
  • Caipirinha, made with Leblon Cachaça, muddled limes and demerara;
  • Kentucky Jippler, a combination of bourbon, honey, lemon juice, grapefruit zest and R&D Sarsaparilla Bitters.

The selection of Classic Stirred Old Fashioned variations, each priced at $14, includes:

  • Archangel, made with gin, Aperol and cucumber juice;
  • Fall Old Fashioned, a combination of bourbon, maple, cinnamon and R&D House Bitters;
  • New Carre, made with Henebery Rye, Applejack, vermouth, Bénédictine and R&D Cherry Apple Bitters;
  • Oxacan Old Fashioned, a combination of El Silencio Mezcal, honey, R&D House and Fire Bitters;
  • Irish Sazerac, made with Glendalough Irish Whisky, demerara, Peychaud’s Bitters and absinthe.
downtown san diego gaslamp quarter prohibition new fall cocktails

The selection of Top Shelf Old Fashioned cocktails include:

  • Enforcer Level Old Fashioned, made with Blanton’s Bourbon, demerara and bitters, priced at $20;
  • Under Boss Level Old Fashioned, made with Whistle Pig 12-year-old rye, demerara and bitters, priced at $45;
  • Boss Level Old Fashioned, made with Balvenie PortWood 21-year-old scotch, demerara and bitters, priced at $75;
  • Godfather Level Old Fashioned, made with Macallan Rare Cask scotch, demerara and bitters, priced at $90.

 

More information about Prohibition is available by calling 619.501.1919 or online at www.prohibitionsd.com.

 

About Prohibition

In February of 2017 GBOD Hospitality took over management of Prohibition, a speakeasy known for its craft cocktails, where bartenders, rapturous live music and hypnotic lighting capture the elusive spirit of the 1920s-era underground bar scene. Prohibition, located at 548 Fifth Ave, is an underground bar and the stairs are located behind an inconspicuous “Law Office – Eddie O’Hare, ESQ.” door located adjacent to Havana 1920. It is open Monday through Thursday from 8 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. and Friday and Saturday from 7 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. with live music beginning at 9 p.m. More information about Prohibition is available on the website at www.prohibitionsd.com and on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @ProhibitionSD.

Yesteryear – Exhibition Celebrating New Releases of Tim Cantor

Yesteryear – Exhibition Celebrating New Releases of Tim Cantor

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Yesteryear, a new exhibition celebrating the release of Tim Cantor’s new collection of paintings and writings, will be held on Saturday, November 9 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at The Art of Tim Cantor gallery.

On this 50th year of Tim Cantor’s life, his art continues to be ever dynamic, inconsistent, and a riddle to define.  But the riddle of him is at hand; framed and painted and written in view.  More than ever, he spills open his soul, and proves that the years have not clipped his imagination.

Yesteryear is the culmination of 50 years of a perpetually maturing passion. It is the finest of art from a man of understanding, in love, who paints and writes both philosophically and from the heart, and yet never lets go of the child within, full of life and new to it all.

The Art of Tim Cantor

Yesteryear

When: Saturday, November 9 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Where: 527 Fourth Avenue

For More Information, Please Visit: The Art of Tim Cantor

Mezé Greek Fusion to Support It’s All About the Kids® Foundation with Signature Sauce Sales

Mezé Greek Fusion to Support It’s All About the Kids® Foundation with Signature Sauce Sales

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Mezé Greek Fusion, GBOD Hospitality Group’s Greek restaurant located at 345 Sixth Ave., is giving back to the community by partnering with local charity, It’s All About the Kids® Foundation, to provide meals to food-insecure children across San Diego county.

For each bottle of the restaurant’s signature Mezé Sauce purchased, GBOD Hospitality Group will provide one meal for a hungry child through the It’s All About the Kids® Foundation. The popular house-made hot sauce, available to purchase at the restaurant for $10, is made with chili paste, vinegar, garlic, cilantro, pomegranate juice, salt and pepper.

It’s All About the Kids® Foundation is a San Diego-based 501c(3) non-profit organization established in 2004. Its Feed the Kids Food Pantry provides between 6,000 and 10,000 meals each week to children and their families with bags of fresh produce, bread, tortillas and non-perishable food. Currently, more than 700 families are part of the program, including children from eight schools and seven zip codes in San Diego. In September 2019, the Feed the Kids program will surpass providing 500,000 meals to kids across the county. More information about  It’s All About the Kids® Foundation may be found on the website at www.ItsAllAboutTheKids.org.

More information about Mezé Greek Fusion may be found online at www.GaslampMeze.com.

 

Fall Back in Time this Sunday with a Free Children’s Historical Street Fair!

Fall Back in Time this Sunday with a Free Children’s Historical Street Fair!

It’s a free Sunday fun-day for the entire family at the 19th Annual Fall Back Festival! This free children’s historical street fair is in the heart of downtown’s Gaslamp Quarter, with the lively festivities taking place on Sunday, November 3 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in front of the Davis-Horton House on 4th and Island Avenue. Rally the gang and combine a day of play and educational fun as history comes alive while kids pan for gold with actual prospectors, observe a blacksmith displaying his trade, or saddle up for an adventurous pony ride!

downtown san diego gaslamp quarter fall back festival
downtown san diego gaslamp quarter fall back festival
downtown san diego gaslamp quarter fall back festival

It’s never a dull moment at this children’s historical street faire! Your cowboys and girls are sure to work up an appetite— but never fear: for just $5 you can enjoy a variety of snacks for the kids from some of the Gaslamp’s most favorable food finds like quesadillas from Mr. Joey’s Taco Shop, popcorn, and ice cream. Kids and adults can also enter into one of our spaghetti-, pie-, or ice cream-eating contests for your chance to win some awesome prizes and walk away with a full stomach!

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downtown san diego gaslamp quarter fall back festival
downtown san diego gaslamp quarter fall back festival

The whole family will be immersed in the magical old-fashioned atmosphere that the Fall Back Festival brings to life each year. With numerous historical demonstrators and interactive activities, this is the perfect place to spend a Sunday afternoon with family and friends. Fall Back is produced by the Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation, and helps to advance their mission of preserving the history and culture of the Gaslamp Quarter and providing a living history of San Diego. For more information, please visit gaslampfoundation.org or contact McFarlane Promotions, Inc. at events@mcfarlanepromotions.com or call the office at 619.233.5008.

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downtown san diego gaslamp quarter fall back festival
downtown san diego gaslamp quarter fall back festival
Treat Yourself to Halloween in the Gaslamp Quarter

Treat Yourself to Halloween in the Gaslamp Quarter

With history comes ghost stories, and there aren’t many places in San Diego with more history than the Gaslamp Quarter. Old buildings and a colorful past set the scene for a perfect Halloween haunt, and many of the Gaslamp’s restaurants, bars, and nightclubs are pulling out all the stops to make this the most spooky season yet! From themed cocktails and cuisine to costume parties and treat-or-treating, see what the historical heart of San Diego has to offer this Hallow’s Eve Weekend!

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Venture to the Upside Down

From demogorgons to Christmas lights, Eggo waffles to walkie talkies, things are getting strange in the Gaslamp! Venture into the upside with two Stranger Things-themed parties: Side Bar Things featuring DJ Gordo on Saturday, October 26th and Stranger Syrah with a photo booth and themed cocktails, also on Saturday, October 26th.

 

Something For The Little Ghouls and Gobblins…

All that trick-or-treating drums up an appetite! On Thursday, October 31st from 3-close, Burger Lounge is treating your kids (12 and under) to a free meal when you order an entrée and fries.

Ghosts Eat Brunch Too

A weekend without brunch is about as scary as you can get! Searsucker presents Monster Bash Brunch, a special Halloween-style brunch on Saturday, October 26th from 10am – 2pm! Fuel up on all your favorite brunch dishes before heading out to haunt!

 

And we can’t forget about our furry friends! Sign of the Whale is hosting “Howl-O-Ween: Brunching with your Bestie” adoption event! Bring your dog…or maybe leave with a new one! There will be a canine costume contest, pup-friendly trick-or-treating, a raffle benefitting the Angels of Rawley Foundation, and more!

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downtown san diego gaslamp quarter halloween
downtown san diego gaslamp quarter halloween

You Are In For A Wicked Night

If costume contests, Halloween cocktails, delicious bites, live DJs, and dancing is the paranormal activity you’re craving, the Gaslamp has much to choose from! On Thursday, October 31st, go sky-high at Andaz for Rooftop Terror: a sexy party including drinks (until midnight), unlimited tacos and a live DJ! Also on the sexy-side, FLUXX’s Playboy Halloween Party on Saturday, October 26th…every bunny is welcome!

 

Feeling a bit insane trying to make your Halloween plans? Then you’ll fit right in at Barleymash’s Asylum party, a three-day event on the 26th, 30th, and 31st featuring a Day-of-the-Dead party with sugar skull painting, DJ Will Duka, and an Espolon Prize raffle!

 

The scarier the party the better! If you’re looking to dance your way to the dark-side, check out F6ix’s CarnEVIL, Nightmare on Market Street at The Smoking Gun (no cover for 92101 residents), or the weekend line up at Tin Roof with Nineties Massacre, Hocus Pocus Trivia Night, Scary-aoke, and Hallow-EMO night!

 

If the urge to dance is overwhelming, Tropical Savor Bar & Grill may be just your spot. Come in costume and dance to Salsa, Bachata, and Reggaeton hits all night. Prizes will go the best costume!

 

Did someone say drink specials? Union Kitchen & Tap are tapping into their freaky side with an American Horror Story theme and a boo-zy $5 special on Bearded Lady cocktails!

 

A Scary Night at the Movies

What is Halloween without scary movies? Theatre Box is getting in the spirit with a line-up of the most popular horror movies! In addition, 5th and Sky Gardens and Lounge will be hosting “5th & Scare” a rooftop party with signature craft cocktails, a guest DJ, and a costume contest with cash prizes on Thursday, October 31st!

 

Pick your poison – this incredible Gaslamp Quarter lineup has something for everyone!

For more information on these events and more, visit https://www.gaslamp.org/halloween