Food & Wine

SAN PASQUAL WINERY PICKS UP GOLD AND SILVER AWARDS

 

East County News Service

March 21, 2017 (La Mesa) – Linda McWilliams, winemaker at San Pasqual Winery in La Mesa, has picked up six more awards in the 2017 San Diego County Fair’s Toast of the Coast Wine Competition! Her latest honors include gold, silver and a special award:

HIGH “STEAKS” WIN: FINAL CUT AT HOLLYWOOD CASINO JAMUL-SAN DIEGO

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

 

March 21, 2017 (Jamul) – Final Cut Steakhouse offers a premier menu of artfully prepared dishes served up amid the glamour of vintage Hollywood. You can also savor spectacular scenic views through a wall of windows high atop the new Hollywood Casino Jamul-San Diego.

You don’t have to be a gambler to be a winner at Final Cut Steakhouse!

 

HACIENDA DE LAS ROSAS WINERY TO CLOSE DOWN

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo:  Tammy Rimes and her husband/winemaker, the late William Holzhauer

March 9, 2017 (Ramona) – Hacienda de las Rosas Winery in Ramona is closing its doors.   The last day in business will be Saturday, April 29th. The property will be going up for sale in April, owner Tammy Rimes announced in an email to wine club members.

RAMONA RANCH WINERY TEAMS UP WITH JR ORGANICS TO OFFER PICKUPS OF LOCAL VEGGIES: LEARN MORE THIS SUNDAY

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 10, 2017 (Ramona) – “We’re crazy about all things local,” say the owners of Ramona Ranch Winery.  Besides offering locally produced wines and cheeses, the winery is now offering customers the opportunity to take home boxes of fresh vegetables from JR Organics.  

SANTEE CHICK-FIL-A HOSTING ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION ON MONDAY, MARCH 6TH

 

East County News Service

March 5, 2017 (Santee) – The Santee Chick-fil-A restaurant, 9418 Mission Gorge Road, Santee, will celebrate the start of its fifth year of serving customers on Monday evening, March 6. The public is invited to attend the celebration to be held between 5 and 8 p.m. Chick-fil-A officials said the celebration will recreate the experience when the store opened in late February 2013.

EAST COUNTY EATER: FARMER’S TABLE SERVES UP WHOLESOME, FLAVORFUL FARE IN LA MESA

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 4, 2017 (La Mesa) – I come from a farming family, so I’ve looked forward to sampling the farm-to-table fresh cuisine at Farmer’s Table in La Mesa. The restaurant lives up to its pledge of “honest food done right” with locally grown, organic vegetables and an array of tasty dishes to savor.

REVIEW: SHELDON’S SERVICE STATION - A DELIGHTFUL ADDITION TO LA MESA’S DOWNTOWN VILLAGE

 

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 2, 2017 (La Mesa) – I visited Sheldon’s Service Station, La Mesa’s newest coffee shop, looking forward to a tasty and piping hot cup of java.  The Espresso Mocha lived up to expectations, but the most delightful surprise was the array of creative and healthy breakfast and lunch menu options.

TIKI THEME AND CHARITY DRIVE ENHANCE EASTBOUND BAR & GRILL’S ANNIVERSARY BASH

 

By Rebecca Jefferis Williamson

February 14, 2017 (Lakeside) -- “I came for a date,” long-time customer Norm Ferreira said, recalling his first experience at East Bound Bar and Grill in Lakeside seven years ago. “The date didn’t last, but the restaurant did.”

EASTBOUND BAR & GRILL TURNS 7: GETTING A BELLYFULL IN LAKESIDE FEB. 11

 

East County News Service

February 7, 2017 (Lakeside) -- Eastbound Bar & Grill is turning seven on February 11th and is throwing a birthday party with a lineup of events that aren’t to be missed!  Because everyone knows that no Eastbound celebrations are complete without the Pajama Brunch, live music, charitable giving and the annual Beer Belly Contest.

CHICK-FIL-A IN SANTEE GIVING AWAY FREE BREAKFAST ON WEDNESDAYS IN FEBRUARY

 

East County News Service

February 7, 2017 (Santee)  – The nine Chick-fil-A restaurants in San Diego County, including the Chick-fil-A restaurant at 9418 Mission Gorge Road, Santee, will give a free breakfast entrée to every guest between 6:30 and 10:30 a.m. every Wednesday morning throughout the month of February. The free entrées will vary from week to week, including Chick-n-Minis (3 count) on Feb. 8 and 22 and a Chicken Biscuit on Feb. 15.

WINE WORKS HOSTS SUPER BOWL PARTY IN LA MESA

 

East County News Service

February 4, 2017 (La Mesa) – La Mesa Wine Works invites football fans to a Super Bowl Party this Sunday from 12 noon to 8 p.m.  You can enjoy the game on Wine Works’ big screen TV, while savoring your favorite wine, complimentary snacks, and halftime pizza.  Prizes will be given out each quarter.

GROSSMONT JOINS 70 OTHER DISTRICTS IN STATEWIDE CELEBRATION OF MADE-FROM-SCRATCH, LOCALLY-SOURCE FOODS

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Dr. Gary Woods, GUHSD school board member, tastes locally-sourced foods along with students at Grossmont College “California Thursdays” event.

January 26, 2017 (El Cajon) -- Nearly 20,000 students in the Grossmont Union High School District participated today in a novel approach to school food: healthy, freshly prepared meals made with California-grown produce and fresh ingredients.

BILL SCHWEITZER SELECTED AS PRESIDENT OF RAMONA VALLEY VINEYARD ASSOCIATION (RVVA); APPLAUDS OUTGOING PRESIDENT MICOLE MOORE

 

Source: Ramona Valley Vineyard Association

Photo:  Outgoing RVVA president Micole Moore (left) and incoming RVVA president Bill Schweitzer (right) pose with the speaker, Master Sommelier Frederick Dame (center), at the 2016 Lum Eisenman Wine Competition awards dinner on June 22, 2016.

Jnuary 26, 2017 (Ramona) - The Board of Directors of the Ramona Valley Vineyard Association (RVVA) selected Bill Schweitzer as their new president for the next three-year term.

TOUCHDOWN WITH AN EAST COUNTY SUPERBOWL

 

East County News Service

January 21, 2017 (San Diego's East County) - One of the most exciting days in sports is right around the corner: Super Bowl Sunday on February 5th.  Everyone knows that no football party is complete without cold beers, huge TVs, delicious food and a little bit of game-day rivalry.  This year, The Hills Local Pub in La Mesa and Eastbound Bar & Grill in Santee are serving up Super Bowl parties where you can root for your favorite team, enjoy food specials, and go for a win of your own in games with prizes.


HEARTS FOR SAN DIEGO TO RECEIVE LOTS OF LOVE AT CUPID'S CAROUSE FUNDRAISER FEB. 11 IN LA MESA

 

East County News Service

January 21, 2017 (La Mesa) -- People's hearts tend to grow 3x the size when Valentine's Day rolls around. This year, the community can show their love by attending Cupid's Carouse, an annual tasting party, on Saturday, Feb. 11 from 7 - 10 p.m. at the La Mesa Community Center.

STATE GRANT WILL FUND CUYAMACA COLLEGE VINEYARD AND GROW NEW VITICULTURE APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM

 

Source: Grossmont-Cuyamaca College District

January 18, 2017 (El Cajon) - Cuyamaca College has secured a grant of nearly $260,000 to bolster its new viticulture apprenticeship program and cover the cost of a planned two-acre vineyard on the Rancho San Diego campus.

BOUGHT MILK? PRICE-FIXING CLASS ACTION SUIT SETTLEMENT ANNOUNCED

 

East County News Service

January 18, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) – If you bought milk or other dairy products such as yogurt, half and half or cream anytime since 2003, you may be eligible for a refund through a class action suit that alleges price-fixing by the dairy industry. Claims must be submitted by January 31st.

END OF AN ERA: ANTHONY’S FISH GROTTO ON EMBARCADERO OFFERS DRAWINGS AND SPECIALS IN FINAL 2 WEEKS; LA MESA ANTHONY’S TO REMAIN OPEN

 

By Miriam Raftery

January 17, 2017 (La Mesa) – Anthony’s Fish Grotto on the Embarcadero has been a fixture on San Diego’s waterfront for 70 years.  For many San Diego County residents, it’s long been a go-to place for special occasions from prom nights to wedding anniversaries.

RAMONA’S WINEMAKING COMES OF AGE

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photos by Mark and Miriam Raftery

Photos, left:  Bill Schweitzer, Ramona Valley Vineyards Association cofounder and past president at Highland  Hills Winery; Pamo Valley Tasting Room on Holiday Wine Tour

January 8, 2017 (Ramona) –“2016 is going to be our greatest vintage so far. Everybody says it came in perfect,” says Bill Schweitzer, cofounder of the Ramona Valley Vineyard Association (RVVA) in 2002,  and a driving force in attaining an American Viticulture Area (AVA) designation for Ramona back in 2006.  That’s due to the ideal combination of heat, rains and drought years—as well as years of efforts by local vintners now savoring the fruits of their labors.

Sipping wine on the sunny patio at Highland Valley Winery during the Holiday Wine Trail event in December, he reflected that back in 2001,  Ramona had just one winery (Schwaesdall) and 20 vineyards growing grapes.  Today, there are at least 29 wineries in Ramona, soon to be 35, and 150 vineyards.

SAN PASQUAL WINERY TASTING ROOM AND GALLERY ANNOUNCES FEBRUARY MUSIC EVENTS

 

East County News Service

January 4, 2017 (La Mesa) - San Pasqual Winery Tasting Room and Gallery will host a variety of musical entertainment each Saturday evening in February—including an acoustic guitar and mandolin duo, a guitarist focused on Hawaiian and Celtic styles, a Latin music guitarist and composer, and a pianist performing favorites from the ‘40s through the ‘70s.  Scroll down for details.

CUISINART RECALLS 8 MILLION FOOD PROCESSOR BLADES SOLD FROM 1996-2015 AFTER 30 INJURIES

Mouth lacerations, cracked teeth reportedly caused by broken blades in food

Photos courtesy U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

East County News Service

December 15, 2016 (Washington D.C.) – Here’s some bad news for holiday chefs:  the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announces a voluntary recall on blades of approximately 8 million Cuisinart food processors sold nationwide from July 1996 through December 2015 and manufactured in China.

PUBLIC SQUARE COFFEE HOUSE IN LA MESA: UNIQUE SCONES AND VEGAN FARE

 

By Robin Norris Kendall

December 13, 2016 (La Mesa) -- The Coffee House Revolution has come to East County. Move over Starbucks—we can now choose to drink global, but sip local. Take, for example, Public Square Coffee House in the Village of La Mesa.

HIGHWAY 94 CLUB WINE TASTING DEC. 15 TO BENEFIT LOCAL STUDENTS

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 7, 2016 (Dulzura) –The Highway 94 Club, in partnership with East County Vintners, will present their 4th annual Wine Tasting on Thursday, December  15th at 6:30 p.m. in the Barrett Junction Café on Highway 94.

GROUNDSWELL TAKES OVER FAILED TWISTED MANZANITA BREWING, PLANS JANUARY OPENING

 

By Mike Allen

Photo: Kevin Rhodes and wife Christianne Penunuri

November 24, 2016 (Santee) -- San Diego’s seemingly ever-growing craft beer industry shrank a bit earlier this year, when Twisted Manzanita Brewing threw in the towel and shut down its operations in Santee.

But that unfortunate situation provided a chance for another brewer to expand and jump-start its growth plans.

MARY’S DONUTS: A SANTEE FAVORITE NOW EXPANDS TO LAKESIDE

 

By Robin Norris Kendall

November 22, 2016 (Lakeside) -- When you die and go to heaven the first thing you will put in your mouth is one of Mary’s donuts. At least that is what I thought when I bit into one at the new Lakeside location. I am not like Homer Simpson, I don’t dream of donuts…donuts, but these are so fresh and light that I am now a fan.

LIBRARIES IN ALPINE AND LEMON GROVE LIBRARIES HOST VERMONT AUTHOR ON EVOLUTION OF ORGANIC FOOD MOVEMENT DEC. 5

 

East County News Service

November 21, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) -- On Monday, December 5th the San Diego County Library will host Vermont author Grace Gershuny in a discussion and book signing of her latest book. Ms. Gershuny will speak at the Alpine Branch, 1752 Alpine Blvd., Alpine, CA from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. and at the Lemon Grove Branch, 3001 School Lane, Lemon Grove, CA from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

SABRA RECALLS DOZENS OF HUMMUS PRODUCTS DUE TO LISTERIA CONTAMINATION

 

East County News Service

November 20, 2016 (San Diego) – The Sabra company has announced a voluntary recall of its hummus dip products after finding Listeria Monocytognes at the manufacturing facility, but not in tested finished product.

Consumers with any product with a "Best Before" date up through January 23, 2017 are urged to discard it. You can find code and "Best Before" date on the lid of each package. The recall includes all hummus products by Sabra except not organic hummus. The recall does not include other Sabra products such as guacamole, salsa, or Greek yogurt dip.

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