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Ticketed Events: Opening Night Event, Networking Luncheons, and More

Educators Academy Presentation and Reception
Saturday, November 7, 6–7:30 p.m.

Connect at the Educators Academy Reception. Hors d’oeuvres and nonalcoholic beverages will be provided. Cash bar available.

As part of the reception, the Ferguson Award for support to public relations education will be presented. The winners of the Betsy Ann Plank Graduate Student Paper and Top Faculty Paper will be recognized. To register, select Educators Academy Presentation and Reception under Optional Tickets on the registration form.

Opening Night EventUSS Midway with fireworks photo
USS Midway
Sunday, November 8, 7–9 p.m.

All aboard! Join us as we kick off this year’s Conference on the USS Midway, the longest-serving U.S. Navy aircraft carrier of the 20th century. Now the most-visited floating ship museum in the world, you will be inspired by this West Coast symbol of strength, freedom and peace, where 225,000 men and women once served from World War II to Operation Desert Storm.

As the sun goes down, the night heats up. Savor cultural delicacies that are uniquely San Diego, take in panoramic views of the sparkling city skyline and sway to the sounds of smooth jazz — all in the dramatic presence of historic fighter jets and naval aircraft.

It’s “all hands on deck” as we invite you to celebrate the start of this year’s Conference with an unforgettable evening in the heart of San Diego.

2009 Atlas Award White Paper Presentation and Dinner
Hosted by the International Section
Lou & Mickey's 224 Fifth Avenue
Sunday, November 8, 8-10 p.m.
Tickets are $85 per person.


Enjoy this eclectic restaurant quoted as a “favorite” of San Diego’s Gaslamp district . Serving choice seafood, poultry and prime beef in a relaxed, inviting environment. Located right at the entrance to the Historic Downtown San Diego Gaslamp Quarter and celebrating mid-Western hospitality and the music of your father’s generation, Lou & Mickey’s will serve San Diegans and their visitors classic American food.

After dinner, the International Section will honor the winner of the 2009 PRSA Atlas Award for Lifetime Achievement in International Public Relations.

PRSA Professional Interest Sections Networking Luncheons

Open to all Conference registrants and organized by PRSA’s Professional Interest Sections, these special events will allow you to get a taste of one of America’s most extraordinary cities. Base your luncheon selection on your area of expertise, interest, venue or all three. Attending a networking luncheon event will be a great addition to your Conference experience!

Please note that luncheons are optional events and you will need to purchase a ticket in advance. Attendance is limited, so advance registration is recommended.

Monday, November 9, 11:45 a.m.–1:45 p.m.
Tickets for all lunches are $30.
All restaurants are within walking distance of the Conference hotel.

Hosted by the Association/Nonprofit and Multicultural Communications Sections
Mister Tiki Mai Tai Lounge Restaurant 801 5th Avenue

Be transported to exotic Polynesia! Dine among Tiki relics and palm fronds while enjoying mouthwatering Pacific Island and Japanese delicacies. Executive Chef Jason Gethin shows off his creative flair while delivering exotic flavoring and spices in his unique variety of dishes. This smart luau lunch includes choices of pupus (appetizers) and assorted island plates such as misoglazed salmon or lemongrass-marinated jidori chicken breast. It’s a tropical escape that you will not soon forget.

Hosted by the Corporate Communications/Employee Communications/Financial Communications Sections
McCormick & Schmick‘s 675 L Street
The world renowned restaurant McCormick & Schmick‘s is uniquely designed to create an inviting, original and relaxed atmosphere, where guests can enjoy the highest quality dining experience. The Restaurant‘s menu features the finest fresh seafood, poultry, and entrée salads, with their commitment to local freshness apparent in the seasonally inspired dishes and regionally inspired preparations offered.

Hosted by the Corporate Social Responsibility/Environmental/Public Affairs & Government Sections
Asti Ristorante 728 5th Avenue
Asti adds new definition to downtown dining with charming, exotic interiors and delicious Italian food. The menu features a vivid variety of seasonal seafood and authentic Italian delicacies including petto di pollo alla oscaiola (chicken breast stuffed with wild mushrooms and Marsala wine) or classic fettucine Alfredo con pollo. Boasting a kitchen that makes all their pastas from scratch, and a creative and diverse menu, Asti is one of San Diego’s most striking Italian restaurants.

Hosted by the Counselors Academy
Edgewater Grill 861 West Harbor Drive
Get ready for a feast for the eyes as well as the stomach. Located in Seaport Village, Edgewater Grill offers the finest waterfront views of the San Diego Bay. Enjoy an unhindered view of the Coronado Bridge and Coronado Island while dining on Italian-influenced delicacies prepared with a lighter California touch. Enjoy the seaside ambience, ocean breeze and spectacular food as they combine to form the quintessential San Diego experience.

Hosted by the Counselors to Higher Education Section/Educators Academy
Trattoria La Strada 702 5th Avenue
Experience traditional Tuscan elegance and upscale ambience at this award-winning restaurant, which offers exquisite Italian delicacies. Trattoria La Strada is recognized as the “best of the best” of Italian restaurants, and with authentic homemade gnocchi, ravioli and spaghetti, not to mention petto di pollo a limone (chicken with wine and lemon), it promises to tantalize your taste buds with a true taste of Tuscany.

Hosted by the Entertainment & Sports/Food & Beverage/Travel & Tourism Sections
Jsix 616 J Street
Looking for innovative dining? With their enticing, archetypical atmosphere and vast selection of sustainable and organic foods, Jsix is the quintessential new age restaurant. Inspired by the “slow-food” concept, Executive Chef Christian Graves makes everything from scratch, including delectable ravioli and carrot cake. Located in Solamar Terrace, Jsix will captivate you with their pure delightful flavors and their amazing view of the San Diego skyline.

Hosted by the Health Academy
La Fiesta 628 5th Avenue
Savor the taste of authentic Mexican cuisine at one of the most popular restaurants in the Gaslamp District. A truly scrumptious menu features polo alla parrilla — chicken marinated in fresh herbs and mustard with guacamole and beans. The traditional tacos with shredded beef are known as some of the best in the city and vegetarians can relish the simple-yet-delectable vegetarian fajitas marinated in La Fiesta’s exotic chili spice recipe.

Hosted by the Independent Practitioners Alliance
Buster’s 807 W. Harbor Drive
Say “aloha” to a fabulous meal. Located in the beautiful Seaport village, Buster’s features delicacies inspired from ethnic Hawaiian culture. The “luau” style lunch buffet is a feast that includes a vast array of American comfort food presented Hawaiian style. Specialties include Macadamia nut crusted chicken breast with soy ginger glaze and Hawaiian chutney, Balinese baby back pork ribs with tamarind citrus BBQ sauce and fresh catch of the day with the chef’s special sauce. Experience luau-style dining with an exquisite waterfront view of San Diego Bay.

Hosted by the New Professionals Section
Rockin’ Baja 310 5th Avenue

You’ve never had seafood quite like this. Experience the “ritualistic” way of preparing lobster delicacies, discovered by the fisherman of the Baja Coast. Add a funky tweak to the historic ambience and the result is a fun-filled dining experience that allows you to experiment with every seafood delicacy available on Rockin’ Baja’s diverse menu. Don’t miss the “baja buckets” filled with multiple choices of local seafood. The restaurant oozes the warmth of the West Coast and offers a unique combination of Mexican platters with traditional Baja cuisine.

Hosted by the Technology Section
The Fleetwood 639 J Street
Dine in style. Located in the heart of San Diego’s East Village, The Fleetwood is the perfect place to kick back and enjoy a delicious lunch made with the freshest ingredients. The Fleetwood features a modern twist on comfort food in a comfortable yet sleek atmosphere. Start your lunch off with a farm green salad followed by your choice of a steak sandwich, grilled chicken, pasta or salmon. Adorned with lush palm trees, soothing colors and communal tables, The Fleetwood provides a modern relaxed ambiance that truly matches the feel of their cuisine.