Although food fights used to be playful, they've turned ugly now that combatants lace casseroles with live piranhas and stuff pies with razor-filled apples. Make lunch, not war, with today's Groupon: for $15, you get one single-day ticket to The Gourmet Experience (a value of up to $30, based on ticket price at the door), taking place October 9–10 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in Del Mar.
The Gourmet Experience is a two-day foodie fantasy filled with tempting tastes, exciting products, and educational presentations. Pry open your jaws and unfurl your tongue to sample the edible wares of brands such as Cabot Creamery, Sutter Buttes Olive Ranch, and Karolina Cacao, and then explore gourmet gadgetry that can help you transform raw ingredients into works of edible art for your lip-lined mouth museum. Brian Malarkey—a Top Chef finalist and chef of Searsucker—and chef Bernard Guillas of The Marine Room are among the epicurean experts who will mount the Gourmet In Action Stage during the course of the weekend, where they'll whip up delectable demos and hand-feed spectators from the nourishing eyedropper of knowledge. Parched palateers can also amble to the That's the Spirit beer and wine pavilion, home to numerous craft beers, fine wines, and rousing toasts delivered in pig Latin.
Ideal for cheering up grumpy gourmands or giving a special super-taster a day off from performing heroic flavor feats, today's deal can be used to attend either day of The Gourmet Experience. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days, and children 12 and younger are admitted free, giving budding culinarians the chance to don their favorite toques without risking playground ridicule. Etiquette: Then and Now
John Hancock Hosts The Cooking Light & Health Fit Foodie Race Weekend
Although the course itself is reason enough to strap on running shoes, at The Cooking Light & Health Fit Foodie 5K or 15K, racers are motivated by finish-line prizes that make medals pale in comparison. The route weaves through the city, where sterling views reward stretched muscles as runners charge across a 5 or 15-kilometer course. Upon reaching the finishing line, racers head to the John Hancock Vitality Village. Here, they can indulge in events such as food tastings, celebratory drinks, and cooking and fitness demonstrations.