Flavor and Sound, Finely Tunedby Alanna Berman August 31, 2011
By Alanna Berman
Nestled in between the East Village and Little Italy, Anthology is the hip music and culinary venture of owners Marsha and Howard Berkson, drawing crowds of all ages to experience world class entertainment and award-winning food and drinks. One of the only venues of its kind in San Diego, the intimate, 300-seat house has won numerous awards since opening in 2007.
“We loved the venues from the 1930s and 40s — the supper club restaurants and venues from the old days,” Howard says. “But we put a contemporary spin on it so you can actually have a three- or four-hour experience here with great vibes in a room that’s architecturally pleasing, with artists you can’t always see up close, from all over the world.”
Anthology has been host to world-class acts like the legendary jazz artists Ramsey Lewis, Natalie Cole and Wyton Marsalis. The venue has even helped propel the careers of many rising stars, like Israeli musician Idan Raichel, who appeared in June on Anthology’s stage with popular hip-hop and soul singer India.Arie. Contemporary artists Micelle Branch and Sarah Bareilles have also taken the stage here.
Each week, the Anthology team sits down to look for new and emerging artists to bring to San Diego, so that no matter what type of music guests listen to, they’re sure to find an artist who appeals to them on the lineup.
“There is always something different playing,” Marsha says, “but the level of talent will always be very high.”
In addition to a nice mix of well-known and up and coming artists, the Anthology House Band plays R&B and jazz standards every Tuesday night, and once a month, the venue is host to the San Diego Symphony in a collaboration called “Luscious Noise,” drawing crowds of all ages to enjoy an “edgier side of classical music,” as Howard describes it.
But it’s not just the music that’s garnered Anthology praise. The food, “California cuisine with a farm-to-table twist,” is as eclectic as the musical talent that accompanies it. The menu changes seasonally, and sometimes daily, based on the availability of the freshest ingredients, Marsha says. The California Restaurant Association has even awarded Anthology’s culinary staff the coveted Gold Medallion three of the last four years.
Bringing to the table all of the components of a great night out — award-winning food, world-class entertainment and an exceptional, fully stocked bar — is what the Anthology experience is all about.
“The best thing about running Anthology is making people happy,” Marsha says. “It’s a different experience than going to a 20,000-seat arena, so we are very proud with how happy we are able to make people, doing what we love.”
Anthology serves up entertainment for all ages six nights a week, Tuesday through Sunday. Dinner starts at 5 p.m. nightly. For reservations and ticket prices, visit Anthology online or call the box office. Additionally, Anthology’s private event team can accommodate any party or gathering, from weddings and b’nai mitzvah to corporate meetings.
1337 India Street
San Diego, CA 92101