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By Craig Reed, Envision La Mesa

October 16, 2018 (La Mesa) -- Envision La Mesa hosted its second Hidden Gems event on Saturday, October 13 at BMH Italian Deli located at 7670 El Cajon Blvd in La Mesa. More than 20 participants met Sammy Carini, the owner of the deli, while enjoying handcrafted deli sandwiches, soups, and cannolis.

Carini with more than 35 years of experience in the restaurant business, together with Maria Sardina (aka “Mama” to regulars) run BMH which is known for their the “love sauce” balsamic dressing found on each table, and the fresh baked bread which makes each of their sandwiches memorable.

Participants at the Hidden Gems event included La Mesa Mayor Mark Arapostathis, La Mesa’s City Council members Bill Baber and Guy McWhirter, David Myers who is a candidate for La Mesa City Council this year and La Mesa-Spring Valley School Board candidate Chardá Fontenot.

Other noted guests included, representatives San Diego’s Food Fanatics, a local culinary group which promotes and blogs about the area’s restaurant scene. 

Hidden Gems, developed by Envision La Mesa, is a social event, which rediscovers local restaurants, allowing new residents to find these “hidden gems” and long-term residents an opportunity to revisit a tried and true foodie experience.

Envision La Mesa is a community group dedicated to revitalizing La Mesa neighborhoods by supporting local businesses and resident involvement.  

For more information, visit http://bmhitalian.com or https://www.envisionlamesa.org/.

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