Food & Wine

FATHER’S DAY SPECIAL MENU AT ANDIAMO RISTORANTE JUNE 18

 

East County News Service

June 13, 2017 (Tierrasanta) – If you’re looking for a delicious way to celebrate Father’s Day in inland San Diego, Andiamo Ristorante in Tierrasanta is offering a prix fixe menu starting at 5 p.m. on June 18th for $29.95 per person – and kids under 12 eat free.

LEMON GROVE BAKERY REBORN: CHERISHED LANDMARK TO REOPEN JUNE 9

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo:  Lemon Grove Bakery

June 6, 2017 (Lemon Grove) – Here’s some sweet news for Lemon Grove residents and baked goods aficionados:  the Lemon Grove Bakery will be opening on Friday, June 9th from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the site of the former Grove Pastry Shop at 3308 Main Street, Lemon Grove.

SANGRIA CONTEST: SAVORING THE START OF A “SUMMER OF WINE” IN RAMONA

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Jacques Sapier serves up a glass of peach and cherry sangria

 

May 28, 2017 (Ramona) – What better way to start off summertime than sipping sangrias on a stone patio in the noontime sun?  At Vineyard Grant James, a sangria contest  began Friday and continues through Monday for Memorial Day reason. 

Savor three tasty options – peach cherry, lemonade or a red wine and jalapeño based sangria—and then vote for your favorite.  Glimpsing the jarful of ballots, the votes appeared split between all three of these creative choices, which went well with a delightful  locally made cheese that we savored as well.

HOT, HOT, HOT! MARDI GRAS CAFE AND MARKET IN SPRING VALLEY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Jordan Damond

 

May 25, 2017 (Spring Valley) -- Mardi Gras,  a small cafe and market located in Spring Valley, is named for the famed carnival held in New Orleans. Following this theme, the cafe sells ample New Orleans specialties for lunch, dinner or to outfit an entire party. As someone ofNew Orleans heritage who has grown up with these foods, I was  pleased to discover that the Mardi Gras Cafe lives up to the quality of  Cajun and Creole cooking served up in New Orleans.

WINERIES TO KICK OFF RAMONA VALLEY WINE COUNTRY SUMMER OF WINE

 

East County News Service

May 23, 2017 (Ramona) -- Winery members of the Ramona Valley Vineyard Association (RVVA) will kick off the Ramona Valley Wine Country Summer of Wine with extended tasting days and/or unique experiences and tasting opportunities over the Memorial Day Weekend, May 26-29, 2017.

CHICK-FIL-A IN SANTEE GIVING AWAY FREE CHICKEN SANDWICHES TO MILITARY FAMILIES ON WEDNESDAY, MAY 24TH

 

East County News Service

May 23, 2017 (Santee) – The 10 Chick-fil-A restaurants in San Diego County, including the Chick-fil-A restaurant at 9418 Mission Gorge Road, Santee, are preparing to give away thousands of free Chick-fil-A entrées on Wednesday, May 24, as part of their annual Military Appreciation Night.

9TH ANNUAL TASTE OF LA MESA JUNE 12 HAS DOZENS OF TASTING OPTIONS

 

East County News Service

May 18, 2017 (La Mesa) -- The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce encourages you to taste foods and beverages from dozens of local restaurants at the ninth annual “Taste of La Mesa” being held on Monday, June12th from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the La Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memorial Drive in La Mesa.

VINTAGE PLEASURES AT FIRST JAMUL WINE FESTIVAL

By Miriam Raftery

May 14, 2017 (Jamul) – Wineries from along the emerging Highway 94 wine corridor  served up fruits of their labors at the Jamul Wine Festival April 29th at St. St. Pius X Catholic Church in Jamul,  all to benefit building classrooms for local children.  Guests also savored an abundant array of delicious foods,  bid on unique silent auction items,  enjoyed live music, a presentation with wine tasting tips, and more.

“We are excited to have this opportunity to showcase the Vineyards and Wineries in Jamul and to make our Festival the first of many to come,” said Gary Gorton with the Knights Council 9659 at the church.

HELP AVAILABLE TO EAT HEALTHIER: COUNTY EXPANDS CAL-FRESH AWARENESS EVENTS IN EAST COUNTY

 

Update: The County has provided a list of additional locations for CalFresh eents in East County.

By Miriam Raftery

Photo:  seagull-bt/Pixabay

May 10, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) -- The desire to eat healthier often comes with an all too familiar roadblock: staying within the family food budget while grocery shopping. There is help for families and individuals to supplement their food budget through CalFresh, a supplemental nutrition program for families and individuals that meet income guidelines.   CalFresh is designed to reduce food insecurity and increase food budgets, improving participant’s access to fresh and healthy food.

PRODUCE PICKS: CHERRIES, FIRST OF THE SEASON AND CALIFORNIA GROWN

 

By Greg Dunne

Photo:  Juan Carlos Peñaloza and Jonathan Borges at Barons Market getting the Cherries and Berries ready for the day.

May 8, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) -- The cherry season has started! California cherries are available and the California peaches and nectarines are also just starting to come in – but the best tasting fruit still has a couple of weeks to go.

AUNT JEMIMA PANCAKES, WAFFLES AND FRENCH TOAST RECALLED

 

East County News Service

Photo via Mike Mozart on Flickr

May 6, 2017 (San Diego's East County) - A New Jersey company is recalling Aunt Jemima frozen pancakes, waffles and French toast due to a listeria contamination.

Pinnacle Foods issued the recall Friday night.  It affects products distributed in the United States and Mexico, but does not include dry mixes and syrups.

CELEBRATE MOMS WITH SPECIAL MENU MAY 14 AT FARMER’S TABLE IN LA MESA

 

East County News Service

May 4, 2017 (La Mesa) – You’re invited to celebrate Mother’s Day at Farmer’s Table in La Mesa, where a special 3-course prix fixe menu will be served up for $38 per person.  A wine pairing is also available for $15.

CHEERS! PADRE DAM MAKES BEER FROM WASTEWATER, WINS NATIONAL AWARD FOR WATER RECYCLING

 

East County News Service

April 29, 2017 (Santee) -- Padre Dam Municipal Water District, Helix Water District, City of El Cajon and the County of San Diego were recently honored with being named “Recycled Water Agency of the Year” - medium agency category - from the WateReuse California Section and the WateReuse California Board for their work on the East County Advanced Water Purification Program. To celebrate,  they teamed up with Ballast Point Brewing Company to serve up a”Padre Dam Pilsner,”  a  beer made with treated wastewater from the East County Advanced Water Purification Program  at a reception last month at the Westin hotel downtown.

LA MESA CHAMBER WELCOMES FARMER'S TABLE TO COMMUNITY

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photos by Rebecca Jefferis-Williamson

 

April 22, 2017 (La Mesa) -- The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on Wednesday to celebrate the opening of Farmer's Table,  La Mesa's hot new dining spot. 

The restuarant specializes in farm-to-fork fresh cuisine, serving up hearty breakfasts, lunches and dinners daily.  From a farmer's salad to wood-fired pizzas to a black and white tagliolini brimming with shellfish,  you'll find plenty to satisfy your appetite here.

SAN DIEGO COUNTY VINTNERS ASSOCIATION HOSTS WINE AND FOOD FESTIVAL APRIL 30

 

East County News Service

April 19, 2017 (San Diego) - On Sunday, April 30, the San Diego County Vintners Association’s 22nd Annual Wine & Food Festival returns to Bernardo Winery.  The festival features over 25 local wineries, national and international award-winning wines, unlimited food sampling, live music, and a silent auction.

SAVOR THE FLAVORS OF HWY 94: WINE FESTIVAL APRIL 29 IN JAMUL

 

East County News Service

April 18, 2017 (Jamul) – Fantastic local wines, great food and live entertainment will be just a few of the highlights of the second annual Wine Festival benefiting St. Pius X Catholic Church's building fund.  On Saturday, April 29, from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., wine lovers will enter the event grounds in Jamul, Calf. and begin tasting wines from the following participating wineries:

A SALUTE TO ADMIRAL’S EXPERIENCE: FLAVORS OF THE WORLD SERVED UP AT SAN CARLOS RESTAURANT

 

 

 

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 11, 2017 (San Carlos) – As a Navy chef,  Geoff Cole traveled the world preparing feasts for admirals and other VIPs.  Now he’s opened a  salute-worthy restaurant in San Diego's San Carlos neighborood. At Admiral's Experience, he serves up  what he calls “world class cuisine” from around the globe—as well as a catering service.   

“I cooked for all the admirals, senators and dignitaries on their private jet,”  Chef Cole told East County Magazine.  Of Jamaican descent, he’s  lived in exotic locales such as Hawaii and collected favorite dishes in his travels to Europe, the Middle East, the Caribbean and other places.

FRIENDS COOK UP BENEFIT SATURDAY TO HELP AILING OWNERS OF LONDON BAKERY IN RAMONA

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 7, 2017 (Ramona) –Joanne Bennett and her daughter, Paige Duffy, have a passion for baking authentic English pastries, from classics with a modern twist to a lemon curd recipe dating back over 100 years from the family’s roots on London’s east side.  Together, the mother-daughter duo opened their London Bakery in Ramona (632 Main St.) with the slogan “food fit for a Queen.” 

Both have been stricken with major medical conditions and are facing healthcare staggering bills as they struggle to keep their business open.  So an employee has organized a fundraiser tomorrow at the bakery from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. The public is urged to stop in, buy some goodies, and if possible, make a donation.

VINTAGE ALPINE: WINE & FOOD TASTING AT SUMMERS PAST FARMS MAY 7

 

East County News Service

April 7, 2017 (Flinn Springs) - The Alpine Kiwanis Club invites the public to attend the 27th Annual Vintage Alpine fundraiser held from 1 - 4 p.m. on May 7, hosted by the nonprofit Kiwanis Club of Alpine Foundation, Inc. This "Wine Experience in the Country" will take place within the lovely gardens of Summers Past Farms at 15602 Old Highway 80 in Flinn Springs.

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.  

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.

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