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San Diego veterans will sit down to gourmet Christmas dinner



Veterans and their families will enjoy a gourmet meal on Christmas Day thanks to many restaurants who are donating their time and skills to the “The Rise & Shine Restaurant Group Veterans Dinner.”

Once known as the “The Wounded Warrior Christmas Dinner,” The event brings together those who have fought relentlessly to keep freedom alive in the United States and the many men and women culinary experts who make San Diego one of the best destinations for fine dining in the country.

The feast is organized by Fig Tree Cafe, Breakfast Republic and Como Ceviche.

“This dinner has grown dramatically since we started in 2011 when only 80 families were served,” said Engman. “Now in our sixth year, we are changing the venue to Brick, Liberty Station which can accommodate feeding the estimated 500 attendees.”  

This event is also recognized by many San Diego political officials. Over the years, the dinner has been visited by some of San Diego’s political elite.

In 2012, Rep. Brian Bilbray (R-North County) made an appearance saying, “It’s not just a way to remember Christmas and recognize what Christmas is all about, it’s a way to say thank you to all the heroes.”

Navy Seabee Johnny Arian was injured in Afghanistan and says events such as Rise and Shine are an important part of the healing process.  

Many of San Diego’s most popular  eateries also feel it’s important to recognize the heroes who have risked their lives in the name of freedom.

Inn at the Park, Big Front Door, Brazen Barbecue, Bread & Cie, Stone Brewery, and Southern Wine & Spirits have all donated to the event.

“The Rise & Shine Restaurant Group Veterans Dinner” is on Christmas Day Sunday, December 25, from  2 pm to 4:30 pm

BRICK – Liberty Station is located at 2863 Historic Decatur Road San Diego, 92106.

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