On Aug. 27, the folks at the Gaslamp’s Keating Hotel are presenting a special screening of “Hotel Hell,” the Fox television reality show in which bombastic British chef Gordon Ramsay plays tough guy to hoteliers who want to improve their operations and their business. The Keating was the first hotel shot in the series which recently debuted — with very high ratings on Fox, according to the hotel’s publicist. In this particular episode, Ramsay helps transform the boutique hotel’s aging dining room into the new, stylish MerK Bistro, with locally grown foods. There might be some room at the tables for the screening, which will serve dishes created by the old crab himself. Most likely Ramsay won’t be attending, but it will be a fun evening for the other stars of the show. Check in at themerk.com … Palomar Health, California’s largest public health district, made a bit of history when it recently transferred 84 patients from its aging downtown hospital to its new $1 billion, 288-bed facility in west Escondido. The hospital deployed a fleet of 18 ambulances to move patients to their new digs … Anti-drinking message. Sorrento Valley-based nliven systems, of Defense Web Technologies, recently launched its latest software product, “The A Game: Mutants on Campus” for college campuses. The online game was designed to improve alcohol awareness on college campuses. CEO Robert Nascenzi says the game is intended to encourage interaction with students rather than the usual “read, click, read click format” … Birthday bash. Veteran butcher shop Iowa Meat Farms, located on Mission Gorge Road, celebrates its 30 anniversary in September. The store is owned by Siesel’s Old Fashioned Meats in the Bay Park neighborhood of San Diego, and the locations have close to 90 years of experience … On Sept. 2, Temple Adat Shalom’s Men’s Club is hosting a 12-hour “Mini-Golf for Good” tourney as a money raiser to help feed North County’s hungry and house the homeless. Publicist Rob Weinberg says the event is a rather unusual fundraiser, given that it takes place in the temple. The one-day club-fest boasts a wide-range of sponsors from the area’s business community. Go to minigolfforgood.org for details … Finally, this item of note: The San Diego Film Foundation is holding an outdoor screening of “Mirror Mirror,” the recent Julia Roberts-Lily Collins flick, to be shown under the stars on Sept. 8 at the Ellen Browning Scripps Park in La Jolla. The foundation is the nonprofit behind the annual San Diego Film Festival that is scheduled for Sept. 26-30 this year. For more details about the festival, check in at sandiegofilmfest.com. Till next week!
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