Food & Wine
June 21, 2012 (La Mesa) -- Celebrity Chef Brian Malarkey is serving up some summer specials Gingham restaurant in La Mesa. Dubbed the first “urban cowboy diner”, Gingham features weekly themed events and specials, fun for couples, friends and families including movies and dining deals. Also, in conjunction with the La Mesa Car Show, Gingham will be offering some to-go food that will be cooked on the grill out back, perfect for anyone who wants to grab a quick lunch and go back to the festivities.
June 19, 2012 (San Diego)—“Our honey reputation continues to make history,” Deerhorn Valley Antler editor Kim Hamilton announced today.
This year, beekeeper Dave Yarbrough from Upper Deerhorn Valley entered his honey in a blind tasting sponsored by the San Diego County Beekeeping Association at the San Diego County Fair. It tied for first place, and was ultimately awarded second place on a tie breaker.
June 17, 2012 (Julian) -- Taking its acclaimed walking food tour “over the hill and through the woods,” this June, Bite San Diego, the successful food walking tour, is adding to its already acclaimed San Diego Tours with Bite San Diego, Julian. The food tasting and cultural walking tour features a guided tasting tour through one of San Diego’s most historically rich towns for eats and treats.
June 15, 2012 (San Diego) – Malamana will be performing flamenco at Andiamo Ristorante on June 16 beginning at 5:30 p.m. The prixe fixe menu is $29.95 per person and includes 3 courses.
By Sierra Robinson
2506 Alpine Blvd, Alpine, CA 91901
June 12, 2012 (Alpine)- Janet’s Montana Cafe, a cozy little hideaway in Alpine, definitely shows the true meaning of western-style. The Old West theme was apparent the moment we walked in, greeted by a large bull moose head on the wall.
9927 Maine Avenue
Lakeside, CA 92040
By Sierra Robinson
June 12, 2012 (Lakeside)—Savoring flame-broiled, 100% Angus beef burgers at Steers, an Australian-based eatery that opened its first American restaurant in Lakeside last weekend, I predict that Steers will soon be rounding up a herd of loyal new customers.
After opening outlets in Australia and South Africa, the owners moved to La Jolla and scouted out an ideal location for their first U.S. venture. The site of the former Lakeside Steak House has been fully remodeled, serving up juicy burgers, espetadas (a shish-kabob like creation) and coming soon, steaks sizzling on the barbie.
June 9, 2012 (La Mesa) – On June 12 winemaker Linda McWilliams, from San Pasqual Winery, and Gingham’s executive chef, Ryan Studebaker will combine to create a specially prepared 6 course dinner designed to pair specifically with six of San Pasquals wines. Gingham is located at 8384 La Mesa Blvd., La Mesa.
June 9, 2012 (San Diego) -- Bleu Boheme is hosting an interactive wine event featuring the Niven Family Wine Estates on June 19 at 4090 Adams Ave., San Diego. The event will begin at 5:00 p.m. when, at 30 minute intervals 20 guests will be greeted in the lounge and taken on a 7 station tour throughout the restaurant with wine and food pairings.
June 1, 2012 (La Mesa) – In celebration of La Mesa’s 100th birthday San Pasqual Winery is offering a special Centennial Wine Tasting at its tasting room in downtown La Mesa at 8364 La Mesa Blvd. For $15 you receive 6 generous tastes of San Pasqual’s award winning wines in a keepsake 19 oz Centennial logo glass.
30 Restaurants, 4 Wineries, & Signature Beer Sponsor Karl Strauss Brewery
CA BALLOT INITIATIVE WOULD REQUIRE LABELING OF GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOODS AMID GROWING EVIDENCE OF HEALTH IMPACTS
May 28, 2012 (Sacramento)--California is ground zero in the growing national movement to give consumers the right to know if their food contains genetically engineered food, according to today’s front page story in the New York Times. The California Right to Know ballot initiative to label genetically engineered foods “cleared a crucial hurdle this month, setting the stage for a probable November vote that could influence not just food packaging but the future of American agriculture,” wrote Times reporters Amy Harmon and Andrew Pollack.
May 12, 2012 (Spring Valley) -- Maness Vineyard is holding the 4th Annual Food and Wine Mixer June 2 at historical Vineyard Mansion, 12685 Campo Road, Spring Valley from 12:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. The event is to raise awareness for the local vineyards and wineries that are emerging across San Diego County.
The day will include entertainment such as local personality Diane Jean from The Brew Ha-Ha and Josh Tafoya on the baby grand. A grape stomping contest will be held as well. A charity raffle will benefit The House of Peru.
By Serena Scaglione
May 6, 2012 (San Diego) – Bleu Boheme in Kensington is celebrating Mother’s Day with a special Brunch Prix Fixe on May 13 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The three course meal includes hors d’oeuvres, entree and dessert for $39.95 per person.
By Kate Yapjoco
May 4, 2012 (San Diego) – Terra American Bistro in East County is among area restaurants highlighted as part of Celiac Awareness Month in May. An estimated 3 million Americans suffer from celiac disease, which is an autoimmune digestive disease. People with celiac disease cannot tolerate gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye as well as many other food products. During Celiac Awareness Month San Diego restaurateurs will be offering a wide, delicious, healthy array of gluten-free dining options.
May 4, 2012 (Julian) -- Jeremy’s on the Hill and Milagro Farm Vineyards are starting Mother’s Day weekend with a very special wine pairing event on May 11 at 6:30 p.m. at Jeremy’s, 4354 Highway 78, Wynola (just outside of Julian).
May 2, 2012 (San Diego) -- Andiamo Ristorante is celebrating Cinque di Mayo with live music on the patio with Rosie G and Ed and a prix fixe special menu. Menu items include Filleto “Cinque di Mayo”, a pan-seared 8oz fillet mignon finished with chipotle chile, garlic, gorgonzola cheese, fresh rosemary and a touch of cream and a Shrimp “Mojo de Ajo”, jumbo Mexican shrimp finished with clarified butter, fresh garlic, cilantro and a touch of “Salsa Asada”.
LA MESA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PREPARES FOR 4TH ANNUAL “TASTE OF LA MESA – TASTE OF THE CENTURY” JUNE 11
May 1, 2012 (La Mesa) -- The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce announced that the fourth annual “Taste of La Mesa - Taste of the Century” event will be held on June 11 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the La Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memorial Drive, La Mesa. This year the Chamber has added “Taste of the Century” to celebrate the City of La Mesaʼs 100th Anniversary.
The evening allows guests to sample fare from many local restaurants and food providers, as well as winetasting and craft beers.
May 1,2012 (San Diego) – The Craft Brewers Conference gets underway in San Diego May 2-5 and Yard House, which helped to fuel the craft brew craze 15 years ago when it opened its 250-tap flagship restaurant in Long Beach, will host two events before and during the gathering at its Downtown location at 4th and Broadway.
(La Mesa)—Join us for a spirited evening at San Pasqual Winery, 8364 La Mesa Blvd. in historic downtown La Mesa on Sunday, April 29 from 4-7 p.m. to benefit East County Magazine!
April 16, 2012 (La Mesa)--This year, to celebrate La Mesa's 100th anniversary, the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce is expanding its 4th Annual Taste of La Mesa to be the Taste of the Century.
The event, set for June 11, will feature an expanded venue & more restaurants than ever before, as well as VIP opportunities.
April 14, 2012 (San Diego) – The College Area Business District is holding its 2nd Annual College Area Taste on April 15 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The Old Town Trolley will be available to drop patrons off in front of every participating restaurant’s door. The tour starts at the BID Office at 4704 College Ave., San Diego.
EASTER FEASTS: LOCAL RESTAURANTS SERVING BRAISED RABBIT, LITTLE PIGS, ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT SEAFOOD AND MORE
March 17, 2012 (La Mesa) – Updated March 23, 2012 -- Last week, we ran a story indicating that SDG&E failed to notify hundreds of La Mesa homes and businesses of a planned outage March 2. Sam Chammas, owner of Riviera Supper Club, wich had a full restaurant and band playing when the lights went out, has now challenged SDG&E to “say sorry with a steak.”
Will SDG&E accept this rare invitation from the steakhouse owner, or consider the matter well done? ECM has asked SDG&E to respond and will publish the response when received. Meanwhile, here is Chammas’ sizzling statement:
By Miriam Raftery
March 13, 2012 (San Diego) – “What if we can have food and water sustainability here? “ Congressman Bob Filner, also a candidate for Mayor, asked. Filner reiterated his plan to make San Diego a national model of sustainability for energy, water and food, the unveiled a new vision: “What if we had a food hub in San Diego?”
His plans provided abundant food for thought at the Forging a Sustainable Future Conference sponsored by UnitedGREEN at San Diego State University earlier this month.
Filner envisions a food hub with a wholesale and resale market for locally grown healthy foods, similar to the world-famous Pike Place Market in Seattle. School systems could buy fresh foods for school lunches. Parents and other residents could shop for foods grown by local farmers, and much more.