Dine and Discover: A Unique Culinary Adventure in Downtown Bakersfield

Dine and Discover outstanding eats and drinks from June 11th thru the 17th, in the heart of Bakersfield, California. ‘Dine and Discover’ promises a week-long culinary celebration unique to Bakersfield’s vibrant downtown district.

Whether you’re new to Kern County or a longtime resident, you’re invited to indulge in an eleveated experience featuring the city’s unique culinary landscape, brought to life by downtown restaurants and Innovators Brittni Brewer, Vicheka Ek, and Daryl Dean B. Santos. Together with the Innovation Lab by The Hub of Bakersfield, ‘Dine and Discover’ restaurant week offers an opportunity to taste exclusive prix fixe menus crafted specifically to tantilize your tastebuds.

Guests are encouraged to explore a hand-picked selection of restaurants and bars to visit througout the week, and to order from the exclusive «Dine and Discover» menu. These carefully curated tasting menus range from $25-35 for lunch,
$40-60 for dinner, and $18-35 for drink flights and tastings.

Among the featured restaurants are Café Smitten, Radio Sandwich, Locale Farm to Table, Mama Roomba, The Botanist, and many more. For the full lineup, follow @dinediscoverbakersfield on Instagram.

Dine and Discover week has been meticulously organized by a dedicated team from The Hub of Bakersfield Innovation Lab, including Brittni Brewer, Vicheka Ek, and Daryl Dean B. Santos. Their joint efforts and shared love of food brought a “90 day goal” from concept to fruition and backs the mission of The Innovation Lab, encouraging community members to be a part of the change and progress they would like to see by bringing innovative ideas to life.

«We aim to illuminate the hidden culinary gems within our rapidly evolving local food scene,» said Brittni Brewer, a real estate agent and one of the seven graduates of the 2023 Innovation Lab. «Each restaurant week menu offers a unique glimpse into the creative vision and distinct flavors of each participating establishment.»

The three founding Dine and Discover innovators are prominent members of the community and are advocates for creating big wins for the community at large. The Innovation Lab’s mission extends beyond creating engaging experiences. Participants undergo a 5- month program where they build relationships with passionate changemakers, interact with city stakeholders and work in team environments to enhance Bakersfield’s urban core, aiming to make the downtown area an increasingly attractive place to live, work, and thrive.