The Cohn Restaurant Group’s always popular Corvette Diner celebrates its 25th anniversary this month. To mark the occasion, owners David and Lesley Cohn will give away 1,987 burgers to customers who show up starting at 11:30 a.m. March 5 — 1987 being the year the eatery opened in Hillcrest. The venerable diner, one of 17 Cohn fine-dining eateries in the region, moved to its new 13,300-square-foot site in Liberty Station three years ago. For details navigate on over to dinecrg.com … The Cohns are also involved in Supervisor Ron Roberts’ efforts to expand the county’s grading system to those roving gourmet food trucks, which are proliferating in popularity. Roberts introduced paperwork to start the process for setting up an inspection system to grade 550 of the 1,000 trucks countywide that prepare food on board. Currently brick and mortar restaurants are inspected annually and receive a letter grade of A, B or C, which has long been popular with the dining public. On Feb. 27, Roberts held a media blitz with the president of the county Restaurant Association and Trucked Up Productions, which operates the Chop Soo-ey and Ms. Patty Melt food trucks. The vehicles are the creation of Chef Deborah Scott and the Cohn Restaurant Group … Meanwhile, during its annual awards dinner the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce named Larry Anderson, Tri-City Medical Center’s chief executive officer, businessperson of the year in recognition of his role in overseeing the remarkable financial turnaround of the Oceanside hospital. In addition, the chamber also short-listed the 397-bed hospital as a finalist in the competition for the large business of the year … The San Diego North Chamber of Commerce is scheduled to host a breakfast forum March 14 featuring four candidates running for mayor. President and CEO Debra Rosen says admission is free, and includes a light breakfast, but those attending must RSVP at sdncc.com … And speaking of chambers of commerce, the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce and medical care provider Kaiser Permanente report that their Get Fit 30-Day Challenge was a success. The two organizations reported that 1,500 workers and 700 businesses participated in the fitness contest from Jan. 2-31, thus making it the largest chamber-run program. The employees were eligible to enter a lottery to receive prizes … A final item of the week: Those involved in the local tourism industry are invited to an open house hosted by San Diego State University’s College of Extended Studies. The gathering March 6 at the campus alumni center will announce a new advanced degree: Master of Hospitality and Tourism Management. The campus’ extended studies program will begin offering the degree this summer. Anyone can attend the event. To RSVP, visit neverstoplearning.net/htm … Till next week.
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