For an enjoyable and very intresting evening–beyond the usual wine dinners that many restaurants offer–1500 Ocean at the Hotel Del Coronado offers something different in October and November. Their first one in September was great fun that included a buffalo milk mozzarella tasting with the owner/cheesemakers at Bubalus Bubalis (Latin for water buffalo) and the owners/growers of Crows Pass Farm Organic Produce.

Join their Octoberfest beer dinner on October 3. Quaff samplings from local breweries, Karl Strauss and Stone Brewing Company, while you enjoy Chef Jason Shaeffer’s favorite family recipes in a menu that matches well with the beers. To go with the spirit of a beerfest, food will be served family style at the table…No oompah music however, just the sound of the waves at the beach and some very good food.

On November 7, the farmer, the vintner and the chef get together for an evening of tastings and special menu. Shaeffer, along with one of his local farmers who supplies produce to him, and winemaker Chuck Carlson of Curtis Winery will be on hand for the evening.

Both dinners are $75 with limited seating. Reservations are a must at 619-522-8490, www.dine1500ocean.com