Category: #InsideSDM


Five Reasons We Loved World Eats

While San Diego is known for outstanding fish tacos and craft beer, the cuisine scene offers so much more. That’s what inspired our Global Cuisine feature story for the November issue and our first-ever World Eats Party. Over 400 attendees came to indulge in contemporary art and global cuisine, making the night a big success.

First, we should tell you that SDM staffers love two things – eating and exploring San Diego. This event was a natural blend of both. Similar to the various tastes at the event, each team member was excited to attend for different reasons. Here are the top 5 reasons we booked our calendars to celebrate at World Eats:

1. DIVERSE LINEUP OF RESTAURANTS

19 restaurants offered various ethnic cuisine that transported you around the globe in one bite.

2. ABILITY TO TASTE NEW DISHES OR RESTAURANTS WE NORMALLY WOULDN’T BE BRAVE ENOUGH TO TRY

It can be hard to commit to a new exotic menu item or restaurant when the regular choice is a safe and delicious bet.

3. FOOD WAS THE FOCUS, NOT JUST AN ACCOMPANYING ELEMENT

An event is only as good as its food. That’s why we put it first for the highest quality communal dining experience.

4. UNIQUE URBAN SETTING

Culture is the combination of many elements. The Museum of Contemporary Art as a venue provided the visual aspect of culture and entertainment in between dishes.

5. CELEBRATING DIFFERENT CULTURES AND BACKGROUNDS IN A TIME WHERE DIVISIVENESS IS A STRONG SUBJECT IN OUR COUNTRY

We aren’t political, but we are advocates for togetherness. We were excited to highlight and honor the local culture within our diverse San Diego community.

After attending World Eats, we have even more reasons to go again next year. We hope you do too!

The magazine comes to life at San Diego Magazine events

San Diego Magazine events bring our stories to life. Our editors and critcs curate content that we transform into tangible (and tasty) experiences. Attendees can see, touch, and taste the featured businesses and restaurants. Each event is a celebration and opportunity to experience (not just tell) what we love about San Diego.

Our events offer the highest quality cuisine, art, entertainment, and more, creating an enjoyable sensory overload. Sip on a mimosa as you arrive at Brunch Bash or interact with art displays at Best of San Diego. Each event is fine-tuned to the last detail.

San Diego Magazine events are a hub of opportunity for guests and sponsors. Sponsors can showcase new or loved products and get instant feedback. Our affluent audience is exposed to businesses and products they may not have tried otherwise. Both get a chance to meet in a relaxed, open environment and build a personal relationship.

Our talented events team says the future holds only bigger and better San Diego Magazine events. Any opportunity to turn a feature into a celebration won’t be overlooked. Check out 2018 event lineup and learn about becoming a sponsor here. We hope to see you soon!

#InsideSDM: My First Week at San Diego Magazine

Hi everyone! I’m Amy Dunphy, marketing coordinator and newest employee at San Diego Magazine. For all the curious minds, here is my honest, unfiltered review of my first week as a new hire.

There are standard things that come with starting a new job, like the introductions and HR protocol. However, during my first week there were several things that were unique to SDM and its culture.

The first and most prominent was the office aesthetic. The place screams fun. New and vintage magazine covers vibrantly contrast the white and blue colored walls. Modern, beachy furniture and decorations reflect the city we promote. Office windows display beautiful views of downtown, Coronado Island, and the bay. What better way to get inspired about San Diego than by gawking at its greatness?

I’m a creative, outgoing person. That’s what drew me to the magazine in the first place. Turns out, I’m not alone. No one was too shy or too busy to introduce themselves to me at the first opportunity. I wish I had a dime for every time I heard “We are so glad to have you here!”

Employees here have a lot of tasks and deadlines on their plate. However, you’d never know just by observing. I previously envisioned the publishing atmosphere to have phones ringing constantly, people running, papers flying, tears flowing. To my surprise, everyone here is friendly, calm, and energetic. They can’t wait to give me tips and share why they love SDM.

That love apparently never dies. Several of the employees have been here for over 10 years. It speaks volumes that so many of the SDM workforce have stuck around and still overflow with passion for their jobs.

After just a week here, I can see why. San Diego Magazine is a creative space with exceptional people coming together to produce outstanding publications. Cue Natalie Cole, because I think this will be an everlasting love.

San Diego Magazine celebrates 10 years of the Best of San Diego Party

On August 18, 2017, San Diego Magazine hosted the 10th annual Best of San Diego Party at Liberty Station to a sold-out crowd of more than 2,000 attendees. Each year, the party brings together winners from the June Best Restaurants and August Best of San Diego issues for an outdoor evening extravaganza. For the 10th anniversary, San Diego Magazine’s event team went all out, adding interactive elements, colorful décor, hidden bars, and surprise performances.

The party featured 50 of the city’s top restaurants, craft breweries, live bands, photo booths, an interactive mural, a speakeasy tiki bar, theme lounges, life-size pinatas, and much more. Guests sampled their way through the event trying unlimited bites from all of the city’s top chefs. When the sun went down, the party turned up with dancing, live bands, a DJ, and fire dancers.