Horton Grand Hotel Events

Horton Happenings :: Event Extravaganza November 2015


mixtapeMix Tape 80’s:
Our anchor tenant at the Horton Grand Theater, Lamb’s Players brings back the much loved Mix Tape 80’s musical next month for another run. (show is currently scheduled to run till the end of November and may be extended)  Find all the details here.

tea timeAfternoon Tea Time at Horton Grand Hotel: We will begin our Afternoon Tea at the Horton Grand Hotel on Saturdays from 2pm-5pm. We also have a banquet menu with other options that we will can offer to groups any day of the week! You can learn more and check out our Tea Time menu here!

tonight in san diego novemberTonight in San Diego: Live tapings of Tonight in San Diego at The Horton Grand Theater will happen every Monday until mid-December! Doors open at 7:30pm, tickets are $7.00. Find out all the details regarding guests, show times etc. here.

sd beer week logoSan Diego Beer Week 2015: A public service message from the San Diego Brewers Guild: #SDBW is Coming! Mark your calendars for the 5th year running and 10 day extravaganza of San Diego Beer Week, November 6th – 15th, 2015! With over 100 San Diego breweries, this is the finest celebration of the beer culture that has taken San Diego by storm. For Tickets and information click here!

Puzzling Adventure: Starting September 15, 2015 through December 31, 2015 Embark on a Puzzling Adventure! Scavenger hunt + guided tour + amazing race = puzzling adventure. This adventure takes you on a brain-teasing and educational walkingpuzzling adventure tour of your chosen neighborhood and is perfect for both local and tourist. Consists of a series of locations that you are guided to where you are required to answer questions or solve puzzles to receive your next instructions. Information provided by San Diego Magazine. Purchase tickets here on the Puzzling Adventure website.

maya hidden worldsThe San Diego Natural History Museum (theNAT) – Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed: theNAT welcomes guests to explore ancient Maya. Their newest exhibition Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed opened on June 12 and will run until January 3, 2016. The exhibit showcases hands-on activities, immersive environments, large-scale replica monuments, bilingual text panels and more than 200 authentic Mayan artifacts. 1788 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619.232.3821. More information here.

The San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival: 
The San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival™ returns November 16-22, 2015, and this year is bigger and better than ever. Indulge in new events, the best wines in the world and some of today’s biggest celebrity wine and food festivalchefs and culinary personalities. Join over 150 wineries, breweries and spirit purveyors, 60 of San Diego’s best restaurants, and 10,000 wine and food aficionados from across the nation for the biggest wine and food celebration on the West Coast. Event and tickets here!

jazz fest_336th Year of the San Diego Jazz Fest: Discerning jazz fans call the San Diego Jazz Festival “the crown jewel of jazz festivals.” The event is held during the Thanksgiving weekend at the Town & Country Resort and Convention Center, in San Diego. The SD Jazz Fest is a favorite of festival-goers from around the globe. All venues are conveniently located in the Town & Country Convention Center. There are large concert rooms with double dance floors and small, intimate “listening” rooms. All are non-smoking. The Festival bands represent a wide variety of traditional jazz, dixieland, ragtime, swing, and rockabilly styles. The Festival offers something for every taste in classic jazz. Tickets and more here. 

urban adventure questAmazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure- San Diego: Mar 14, 2015 to Dec 31, 2015 09:00 AM until 07:00 PM. Turn San Diego into a giant game board with this fun scavenger hunt adventure. Combine the excitement of the Amazing Race with a three-hour city tour. Guided from any smart phone, teams make their way among well known and overlooked gems of the city, solving clues and completing challenges while learning local history. Availablehorton musicians 365 days a year, sunrise to sunset. Start when you want and play at your pace. Save 20%- Only $39.20 for a team of 2-5 people after Promotion Code: SDMAG. Sign up online here! 

The Palace Bar: Whether you’re closing a business deal in the early hours of the day, looking for a drink after work or looking for a night on the town, the Palace Bar provides the perfect location to unwind. Join us on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings for live and local entertainment between 7-10pm. Below is our musician lineup for the month of November 2015. To find out more or listen to music samples from each musician, click on the artist’s name below. 

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 Lele Rose
Thursday, November 5, 2015 Austin Nash Park
Friday, November 6, 2015 Ryan Brolliard
Saturday, November 7, 2015 Reggy Woods
Thursday, November 12, 2015 Ryan Brolliard
Friday, November 13, 2015 Sophisticados
Saturday, November 14, 2015 Jay & Keri
Thursday, November 19, 2015 Lele Rose
Friday, November 20, 2015 Ryan Brolliard
Saturday, November 21, 2015 Sophisticados
Thursday, November 26, 2015 Thanksgiving!!
Friday, November 27, 2015 Joseph Luna
Saturday, November 28, 2015 Sophisticados
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Horton Grand Afternoon Tea

Scones

Assorted Seasonal Flavors served with Mixed Berry Preserves,
Lemon Curd, and Whipped Cream

1st Course

(Assortment of Finger Sandwiches)
Smoked Salmon with Lemon and Dill Cream Cheese Puff
Southern Chicken Salad on Toast Points
Cucumber, Tomato and Basil Bites
Ham and Cheese Puff with Spicy Dijon
Mediterranean Skewer Scotch Egg

2nd Course

Assorted Petit-Fours
Seasonal Napoleon Pastry
Chocolate Covered Strawberries

$32.00 per person

Loose Leaf Tea By White Lion Tea
Each teapot serves 1-2 people

Organic Strawberry Fields
(Scented green tea) Hunan Province, China – green tea, Papaya & Strawberry pieces.

Ginger Snap Organic
Pungent with warm aromatic ginger sweet orange and cooling mint add the
perfect balance to this classic infusion.

Lemon Soufflé
White tea leaves and tart, juicy lemons refined with vanilla and caramel essences.

Cranberry Hibiscus
Whole cranberries, hibiscus petals, elderberries, and black currants are blended with Rooibos “Red Tea” for a berry sensation that is crisp, tart, and bursting with flavor. This tea is fabulous iced with a fresh slice of orange.

Apple Cider Organic
Apple bits fresh from the orchard combined with green tea, rooibos “Red Tea,” and spices to create a tempting, calorie free rival to the real thing. Naturally low in caffeine. Try it Iced!

White Ambrosia
Rare white tea leaves are laced with sweet toasted coconut and juicy pineapple.
It’s like having a vacation in a cup!

Vanilla Dolce
Premium black tea paired with a double dose of vanilla to create a creamy, luxurious tea that will win you over even before the first sip. It may be vanilla, but it’s anything but plain.
Try it Iced!

Earl Grey with Lavender
This classic blend of fine black tea gains complexity and character from the clean, lightly floral flavor of lavender and is scented with the citrusy, natural Italian oil of bergamot.

Moroccan Mint Organic
This famous Middle Eastern blend of tightly rolled Formosan gunpowder tea
and peppermint create a refreshing cup. Great iced.

Prices are exclusive of 20% service charge and 8% tax.
Menus are subject to change without prior notice.

Eat Well, Celebrate Love: All In a Day’s Work for This SD Chef

imagejpeg_0When it comes down to it, food and cooking is really all about love. For San Diego’s Chef Nelson De Leon, that statement couldn’t be more true.

A longtime resident, Chef Nelson De Leon has been been cooking up magic in San Diego’s restaurant scene for over 25 years. He started out in the restaurant business as a busboy and waiter, and has worked hard ever since to gain the hands-on kitchen experience and culinary training that has enabled him to grow into the fine chef he is today.

Chef Nelson De Leon’s experience throughout San Diego at places like the famed local favorite Morton’s Steakhouse has enabled him to hone excellent culinary skills. But his extensive experience also gives him the ability to plan creative, enticing menus, organize and cook for banquets and catering events, direct an entire catering staff, and create memorable, meaningful experiences for those who enjoy the meals he crafts.

All of this serves him well in his role at the Horton Grand Hotel in the Gaslamp Quarter. As the catering chef for one of San Diego’s longest-standing and most highly regarded hotels, Chef Nelson is personally responsible for the deliHorton-Grand-cuisinecious cuisine eaten at special events–most notably weddings–that take place here.

Through his love of food, Chef Nelson has the joy of creating special memories for lovebirds who choose the Horton Grand Hotel as the perfectly elegant and classy wedding venue. Bride, groom, and guests enjoy savory entrees like grilled lemon and herb salmon and filet mignon with shallot-wine sauce, or get their fill of slow-roasted turkey and herb-crusted pork loin from the buffet. Creative, sophisticated combinations like brie and curried apple filo make mouths water as guests toast, chat, and enjoy the merriment of the occasion. Full, satisfied bellies perfectly match full, happy hearts.

“The secret ingredient is always love,” says Chef Nelson. “I am blessed not only because I get to cook, create, and do what I love, but also because I have the important job of contributing to one of the most special days of anyone’s life. I take great responsibility in that, and am overjoyed when I know that the bride, groom, and all their guests are savoring the food that the team and I have prepared for them,” he added.

As caHorton-Grand-cuisine2tering chef for the Horton Grand Hotel, Chef Nelson also creates quite a spread for breakfast and luncheon events. A love for both sweet and savory flavor profiles makes it easy for him to whip up everything from fluffy belgian waffles and caramel apple blossoms to beef encroute and mouthwatering dill potato salad.

Try some of Chef Nelson De Leon’s culinary creations by booking a special event at the Horton Grand Hotel. The classic Victorian-style building set amidst the bustling Gaslamp District is complete with an elegant New Orleans-style courtyard, ballrooms, restaurant/bar space, and other on-site meeting venues. Pack your bags–the hotel has incredible accommodations for an overnight stay as well!

Horton Happenings :: Event Extravaganza August 2015

tonight in san diegoTonight in San Diego: Monday night’s in August we will still have our Tonight in San Diego talk show. Doors open at 7:30pm, tickets are $7.00. Find out all the details regarding guests, show times etc. here.

mix tape 80Mix Tape 80’s: Our anchor tenant at the Horton Grand Theater, Lamb’s Players brings back the much loved Mix Tape 80’s musical next month for another run. (show is currently scheduled to run till the end of November and may be extended)  Find all the details here.

del mar racesDel Mar Racing: Now through September 7, 2015. Catch thoroughbred racing five days a week (dark Monday and Tuesdays). Post time most days is 2 p.m. and special events include the Four O’Clock Friday concert series, beer festival, family weekends and the $1 million Pacific Classic on Aug. 22. Check out the website for event dates and times. Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, 858.755.1141. More information on races and concerts here. 

old town logoStagecoach Days: Now through August 22, 2015. Old Town celebrates the history of San Diego on seven consecutive Saturdays with living history activities, demonstrations, stories and songs. On August 8 – “Soldiers and Citizens”– The military has been part of San Diego since its inception. Following the Mexican American War, dragoons, the Mormon Battalion and the Boundary Commission all had an impact on life in San Diego.  Attendees can do a self-guided tour of the state park and sample tastes of history along the way, while learning about the food preparation and cooking techniques of the 1800s. 12-4 p.m. San Diego Ave and Twiggs St., Old Town, 619.220.5422. For a list of Stagecoach events and weekly themes visit the San Diego visitors guide here.

maya hidden worldsThe San Diego Natural History Museum (theNAT) – Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed: theNAT welcomes guests to explore ancient Maya. Their newest exhibition Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed opened on June 12 and will run until January 3, 2016. The exhibit showcases hands-on activities, immersive environments, large-scale replica monuments, bilingual text panels and more than 200 authentic Mayan artifacts. 1788 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619.232.3821. More information here.

night fightNight Flight: Every Thursday night through Labor day, visitors can catch a free performance from pro flowboarders at Belmont Park’s WaveHouse. The Night Flights start after sunset with a backdrop of bright neon lights. Viewers can enjoy drink specials and adrenaline fueled entertainment. 3146 Mission Blvd., Mission Beach, 858.228.9283. Find out what else is going on at Belmont Park here. 

little italyLittle Italy Summer Film Festival: June 27-Sep. 5. Starting Saturday, Little Italy kicks off its weekly tradition of showcasing an Italian film at the Amici Park Amphitheater. On June 27, guests will enjoy We have a Pope about a man’s confrontation with the great responsibilities of the papacy in the Vatican. English subtitles. 8 p.m. $5/pp. W. Date & State Streets, Little Italy, 619.233.3898. Find out more information here. 

kiss me kateKiss Me, Kate: Now through August 9, 2015. The beloved classic performance transports audiences into the wings as a touring company gets ready to open a musical version of The Taming of the Shrew, starring a divorced couple whose offstage battles threaten to bring down the curtain. Featuring dance numbers, Shakespeare-quoting mobsters and a musical score that leaves everyone singing along, The Old Globe delivers another summer performance favorite from its stage. (Photo Charles Erickson) 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, 619.234.5623. Learn more here. 

urban adventure questAmazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure- San Diego: Mar 14, 2015 to Dec 31, 2015 09:00 AM until 07:00 PM. Turn San Diego into a giant game board with this fun scavenger hunt adventure. Combine the excitement of the Amazing Race with a three-hour city tour. Guided from any smart phone, teams make their way among well known and overlooked gems of the city, solving clues and completing challenges while learning local history. Available 365 days a year, sunrise to sunset. Start when you want and play at your pace. Save 20%- Only $39.20 for a team of 2-5 people after Promotion Code: SDMAG. Sign up online here! 

horton musiciansThe Palace Bar: Whether you’re closing a business deal in the early hours of the day, looking for a drink after work or looking for a night on the town, the Palace Bar provides the perfect location to unwind. Join us on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings for live and local entertainment between 7-10pm. Below is our musician lineup for the month of August 2015. To find out more or listen to music samples from each musician, click on the artist’s name below. 

 

 

 

 

Saturday, August 1, 2015 Jay & Keri
Thursday, August 6, 2015 Kenny Beaumont
Friday, August 7, 2015 Sophisticados
Saturday, August 8, 2015 Jimmy Dean/Phil Diorio
Thursday, August 13, 2015 Kenny Beaumont
Friday, August 14, 2015 Sophisticados
Saturday, August 15, 2015 Ryan Brolliard
Thursday, August 20, 2015 Kenny Beaumont
Friday, August 21, 2015 Sophisticados
Saturday, August 22, 2015 Lele Rose
Thursday, August 27, 2015 Kenny Beaumont
Friday, August 28, 2015 Sophisticados
Saturday, August 29, 2015 Lele Rose

 

Legendary Chef Meets Iconic San Diego Institution

Horton Grand Hotel After leaving a trail of cities mouthwatering after him, Chef Ken Haupt has settled down in San Diego for the time being, and the culinary scene has certainly changed for the better.

Originally from San Francisco, Ken received his formal training at Le Cordon Bleu California Culinary Academy, which is one of the top culinary institutions in the nation. Within San Francisco he worked his magic at Roy’s and Yoshi’s. Always on the lookout for a new adventure, Ken moved to Sacramento where he worked at the world renowned Thai/Vietnamese restaurant – Lemongrass. Though he was quite young, he was chosen to open up Lemongrass’s first restaurant extension. After deciding corporate management wasn’t his cup of tea, he worked at Kru, and then opened up Red Lotus. Eventually Ken was brought on as chef at Sacramento’s oldest restaurant – The Broiler Steakhouse.

Ida Bailey RestaurantSeeking new scenery, and a warmer climate, Ken picked up and headed south to America’s Finest City. Upon arrival to San Diego he began working at Cowboy Star, which was awarded Southern California’s best steakhouse award. After his stint there, Ken began working at Kettner Exchange, which was awarded San Diego’s Best New Restaurant.

Those were all just appetizer gigs for Ken, who has now began his entree – Chef at the Horton Grand Hotel’s Ida Bailey Restaurant. Not only is the Horton Grand Hotel one of the oldest and most elegant hotels in San Diego, it’s also historic, and has been present throughout the many chapters of the Gaslamp’s colorful history. Not just anyone is skilled enough to navigate a restaurant with such a strong historical context, while keeping at pace with the tastes of modern times.

“Live life according to what makes you happy, as cliche as that may sound,” says Ken Haupt. “I always cook with happiness with the hope that, after just one bite, people can taste happiness, whether they’re aware of it or not.”

Ida Bailey’s has been an iconic Gaslamp institution for quite some time, and under the tutelage of a chef with an immense amount of experience, it will be exciting to see what comes out of the kitchen!

You have the opportunity to taste the excellence yourself any day of the week either by making a reservation of trying your luck with with a walk-in. The menu is excellent everyday, and look out for some exquisite events on the horizon that will be absolutely incredible.

Father’s Day is just around the corner, which will be a perfect opportunity to both celebrate dad’s, and taste Ken’s creations.

Some Things Get Better With Age. A Spirited Revival has Begun

Palace Bar Horton Grand Hotel Fermented grain mash. That doesn’t sound remotely appetizing, but those three little words actually create an entire world, lifestyle even, around a delicious liquid. A liquid that has been celebrated, prohibited, and revitalized over the course of history. We’re talking whisky, or whiskey depending on your preference.

It’s commonplace within San Diego to hear about wine and craft beer, but whisky? Oh yes, whisky is quickly becoming the hottest drink around town, and it’s no surprise that whisky bars are popping up all over to accommodate the developing thirst.

Scotch, bourbon, Tennessee, rye, Irish… what’s the difference? With whisky popping up all over the place, it’s a good idea to know some basic facts about the differences among whisky’s. That way, next time you order a drink, you won’t have to pretend like you know what you’re talking about, you’ll be a whisky pro.

Scotch is simple whisky produced 100% in Scotland, from malted barley.

Bourbon is made from a grain mixture, with at least 51% from corn, and must be made in the U.S.

Tennessee, if you can’t already guess, is a bourbon that must be made in the state of Tennessee. What makes Tennessee so special? Not sure, except they make excellent whisky.

Rye, is made with rye, but the Canadians, who were the first to make the stuff, didn’t set particular rules about it, so there are few regulations. In the U.S., it must have at least 51% rye in it.

Irish whisky is produced in Ireland, but other than that has no real rules concerning its development, so there’s much diversity among the drink.

Palace Bar at Horton Grand Hotel Fantastic, now you’re acquainted with the types, but are you acquainted with the culture? Of course, you could drink whisky wearing whatever you want, in any type of glass, anywhere, but that’s like saying you’re going to drink wine in a mug, while eating pizza in a junkyard. It’s possible, but it doesn’t quite honor the experience the way you could.

Tweed coats, lace gloves, pressed pants, crisp dresses, are among some suggestions for attire. Of course this isn’t the roaring ‘20s anymore, but still, classy is always an elegant choice.

It’s imperative to note, that whisky is not for chugging. Rather, whisky is for leisurely sipping. One’s intention should be to savor each flavor, the way the craftsmen intended. It’s up to you if you prefer to drink your whisky neat, meaning no ice, on the rocks – with ice, or mixed with other liquids. It’s always fun to drink whisky with a whisky stone, basically just one large ice cube that keeps the drink nice and cool, without watering it down due to melting quickly.

That’s quite enough information to get you started, now you just have to pick out a place to go enjoy some whisky.

“Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough,” well said, Mark Twain.

Well, good thing there’s a never-ending supply of not only good, but excellent, whisky at the Palace Bar. It’s only fitting that the romantically historical Horton Grand Hotel, where the Palace Bar resides, should house a bar befitting its class and style. To go along with the classical ambiance and satisfying drinks, there’s also live music to be enjoyed every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings from 7-10 p.m. at the Palace Bar. Grab your cigars, don your favorite whisky attire, and join us any night of the week for the ultimate whisky experience.

Holidays in the Gaslamp: A Celebration of Historic Proportions

The simple word “Gaslamp” already brings to mind a picturesque city setting, with beautiful old brick buildings, cobblestone roads, and the hustle and bustle of people, vendors, tourists and, of course, the holidays! Every great city in America has an urban center, where holiday lovers can visit to bask in the holiday spirit and engage in celebratory activities. San Diego, being America’s Finest City, is no different. Don’t let the warm temperatures and palm trees fool you, the Gaslamp’s holiday spirit and festivities are forces to be reckoned with!

If Holiday spirit is what you’re looking for this season, then an excursion through the Gaslamp quarter is just what the Doctor ordered. Block after block is lined with splendid old brick buildings, many of which are decked from head to toe in holiday gear. The icon the Gaslamp Quarter is so famously named after – the Gaslamps – can be found donning lovely red bows and other holiday decor. Holiday atmosphere runs high within the Gaslamp, but there’s much more than just looking, there’s much to do in the name of holiday spirits as well!

Cuteness Overload Christmas Dog.
Pet Parade – Cute animals dressed up in holiday ensembles, what could be more fun and festive? On Sunday December 7th, the 7th annual Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade returns! This year the parade is presented by Downtown Ace Hardware and Market Street Veterinary Clinic. The parade starts and ends at the Hilton Gaslamp Park. For more information about this event visit Gaslamp Pet Parade.

Jingle All the Way
The 2014 Poinsettia Bowl Gaslamp March – Marching bands and spirit squads from the Poinsettia Bowl’s competing teams will parade along Fifth Avenue in the Gaslamp Quarter, performing holiday classics. The event will take place on Sunday, December 21st. The event will culminate in an exciting battle of the bands on 5th and Market. For more information about this event visit Gaslamp March.

little  girl with Christmas present

Get Your Craft On
Handmade Holiday at the San Diego Central Library – Give the gift of sincerity this holiday season! Saturday December 13th, enjoy live music, local handmade goods, and crafting with the kids at the brand new Central Library. Oh and watch out – there’s rumors the Grinch might be lurking around. For more information visit San Diego Central Library Handmade Holiday.

Take Me Out to the Ballpark
Holiday Wonderland at Petco Park – For 12 different nights throughout December, Petco Park will be transformed into a winter wonderland. Venture to the ballpark where you’ll be able to take a ride of the Polar Express, walk through magical lighting displays, feed live reindeer, explore Candyland, take pictures with Santa and more! Visit San Diego Padres Tickets for more information.

No Snow? No Problem! We’ve Got Ice
family ice skatingOutdoor Rink at Horton Square – San Diego may not get typical “winter weather,” but that doesn’t mean we can’t partake in any of the fun cold weather activities! From now through January 1st, swing by Horton Square and try out your ice skating skills! The best part is that all of the fun had at the rink goes towards a great cause – Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Rady’s Children’s Hospital San Diego. For more information about the ice rink visit San Diego Ice.

As you can see, there’s no lack of Holiday spirit and entertainment in the Gaslamp! Of course, if you’re coming to the Gaslamp for the Holidays and are looking for a historic, relaxing, and picturesque place to stay we’d be happy to accommodate you! (link here to website/rates/booking). We’ve discussed many of the main Holiday events happening, but you can find a full list of everything that’s happening in the Gaslamp here at San Diego Events.