Food & Wine

RAMONA HOLIDAY WINE TRAIL EACH WEEKEND BEFORE CHRISTMAS INCLUDES HOLIDAY SHOPPING, MUSIC, AND WINE TASTING

East County News Service

December 4, 2019 (Ramona) -- This year’s Ramona Holiday Wine Trail runs four weekends to make sure you have time to cover all 18 participating wine-tasting venues and take advantage of all that the Holiday Wine Trail has to offer. The event includes holiday shopping at wineries as well as live music, special events and promotions plus of course, wine tasting.  This year, the wine trail runs each Saturday and Sunday between Thanksgiving and Christmas:

E-COLI OUTBREAK LINKED TO ROMAINE LETTUCE HARVESTED IN CALIFORNIA

East County News Service

November 24, 2019 (San Diego) - CDC, public health and regulatory officials in several states and the U.S. Food and Drug Administrationexternal icon (FDA) are investigating a multistate outbreak of E. coli infections linked to romaine lettuce harvested from the Salinas, California growing region. 

RECYCLE THANKSGIVING TURKEY FAT, OIL AND GREASE (FOG) AT EDCO’S BUYBACK CENTERS

Source: EDCO
 
November 22, 2019 (San Diego) -- Kitchen fat, oil and grease (FOG) that’s left over from daily cooking, or after deep frying a Thanksgiving turkey, can be recycled!  EDCO has a free, safe and environmentally friendly option for disposing of household FOG.
 
Residents are asked to simply collect used discarded FOG in a leak-proof container and drop it off free of charge at EDCO’s conveniently located Buyback Center. The FOG will then ultimately be processed, filtered and converted into biofuel by a third-party processor.
 
It is important that participants do not mix FOG with any other oils, such as motor oil or gear oil, that inhibit the process of converting the FOG into biofuel.
 
Facilities are located at:

CHIEF’S CORNER: LET’S TALK TURKEY – THE SAFE WAY

By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

November 18, 2019 (San Diego) -- Thanksgiving signifies the beginning of the holiday season and many of us will be spending more time in the kitchen preparing for the holidays. Thanksgiving Day is the leading day for home cooking fires, with three times as many occurring on Thanksgiving as any other day of the year.  

TALKING TURKEY: BEST BETS FOR THANKSGIVING DINNERS OUT

By Miriam Raftery

November 17, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) – If you want to take a break from holiday cooking, Thanksgiving feasts are being served up at several local restaurants and other unique locations on Thursday, November 28.  Here are some delicious options ranging from traditional fare with all the trimmings to French and Italian interpretations, a vegan option, a lavish buffet, and even a feast in a historic log inn nestled in a pine forest, with a range of prices to suit your budget, too.

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: GIARDINO AND COMMUNITY CELEBRATE SECOND ANNIVERSARY

By Miriam Raftery

November 12, 2019 (Lemon Grove) – Giardino Neighborhood Cucina celebrated its second anniversary last night, treating all guests to a delicious array of complimentary appetizers as well as toasts with champagne and lavender-vodka lemonade.

The appetizers include savory meatballs, cheese platter, olives, strawberries and more.  Guests also enjoyed live music and a festive ambience with red and gold balloons.

SIMMONS CHICKEN PRODUCTS RECALLED DUE TO HIGH RISK OF METAL CONTAMINATION

East County News Service

Photo:  Creative Commons

November 7, 2019 (Washington D.C.) – Over 2 million pounds of chicken products sold to institutions in eight states including California have been recalled by Simmons Prepared Foods, Inc. due to metal contamination.

PIE-MAKING CLASS NOV. 9 IN ALPINE

By Miriam Raftery

 

October 27, 2019 (Alpine) – The holidays are coming. What to serve?  It’s easy as pie! Alpine Ranch is offering a homemade pie-making class on Saturday, November 9 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.

 

From pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving to mince pie at Christmastime, home-made pies are a holiday tradition that’s as American as apple pie.

 

Cost is $40. To register and get directions, contact Nancy Teas-Crain at ntcrain@me.com or call/text 619-733-5016.

SEVENTH ANNUAL RAMONA ART AND WINE FESTIVAL NOV. 2

“Pink Panther” artist, auction of original wine-barrel art/furniture, gourmet food bites, award-winning wines, live music, fine art, commemorative poster art, scenic venue
 
East County News Service
 
October 27, 2019 (Ramona) - The seventh annual Ramona Art and Wine Festival will be held at Begent Ranch, 18528 Highland Valley Road, Ramona, Calif., on Saturday, November 2nd, 2019, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tickets are available  at at http://ramonaartandwinefest.net(PayPal or credit card) or at the door.

SPROUTS HEALTHY COMMUNITIES FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES $3M IN ANNUAL GIVING AND NATIONAL DAY OF SERVICE FOR SPROUTS TEAM MEMBERS

Source:  Sprouts

October 23, 2019 (Phoenix) - The Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation on October 8 announced $3 million in donations to nonprofit organizations that specialize in nutrition education and fresh food access. Funds include Neighborhood Grants that support grassroots children’s nutrition education programs, as well as large, multi-year Impact Grants designed to help partners increase organizational capacity and scale programs.

SPRING VALLEY TAILGATE & BBQ FESTIVAL FIRES UP OCT. 27

By Miriam Raftery 

October 22, 2019 (Spring Valley ) – California’s Largest Annual Amateur Tailgate & BBQ Contest is the perfect way to learn how to take your backyard BBQ skills and test them out in a contest that helps raise money for local youth.The 10th annual Spring Valley Tailgate & BBQ Festival will be held on Sunday, October 27 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

BEST LOCAL RECIPES: AUTUMN SALAD WITH HORSERADISH VINAIGRETTE

East County News Service

 

October 21, 2019 (San Diego) – Farmer/owner Andy Williamson at Grow Eco, a community supported agriculture farm in San Diego, has generous shared another of his recipes. Enjoy this autumn salad with horseradish vinaigrette to add some zest to your household this fall! (If you want to have fresh seasonal veggies delivered direct to your doorstep weekly or every other week, visit their website.)

BEST LOCAL RECIPES: PUMPKIN BISQUE

East County News Service

October 21, 2019 (San Diego) – This fabulous fall favorite recipe for Pumpkin Bisque comes to us from Andy Williamson, farmer/owner of Grow Eco, a community supported agriculture farm in San Diego.  You can order boxes of fresh, seasonal local produce delivered to your doorstep on a weekly or every-other-week basis and get more delicious recipes on their website

NEIGHBORS TO GATHER AT COMMUNITY SPEAKEASY IN ALPINE TO SUPPORT LOCAL BREAST CANCER AWARENESS ORGANIZATIONS OCT. 16

Barons Market to serve up bites paired with Modern Times brews for the final Backroom Beer Pairing of the year.  In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, all proceeds to benefit Michelle’s Place and Susan G. Komen® San Diego

East County News Service

October 10, 2019 (Alpine) -- Barons Market and Modern Times will turn up the heat in the kitchen and crack open their best brews for Southern Californians to enjoy at all eight market locations, including Alpine in East County This will mark the last Backroom Beer Pairing of the year and, as always, guests will support their community as they socialize at Barons’ patios and stockrooms. Barons Market will donate 100 percent of the proceeds from tickets sold for its eight store locations directly to breast cancer awareness organizations Michelle’s Place and Susan G. Komen® San Diego.

WASTED: A CELEBRATION OF SUSTAINABLE FOOD COMING TO SAN DIEGO OCT. 20

Kitchens for Good is making celebrity chefs rethink kitchen waste

Source: Kitchens for Good

 

October 8, 2019 (San Diego) -- Kitchens for Good will host WASTED: A Celebration of Sustainable Food on Oct. 20 sponsored by Sysco. This tastemaker event will feature 35 local and national celebrity chefs and mixologists who will be competing to prepare winning dishes and cocktails using food that would otherwise be discarded. The goal of the event is to bring awareness to sustainability for chefs and consumers, creating a call to action about the way people consider food waste. All proceeds will support Kitchens for Good, a non-profit organization that tackles issues of food waste, poverty and hunger.

 

JUST A FEW TICKETS LEFT FOR OUR FALL FIESTA OCT. 5 IN JAMUL INCLUDES SEAFOOD/MEXICAN CUISINE, WINE, LIVE MUSIC AND MORE!

Earlybird ticket rates extended to Oct. 2 for our Oct. 5 fiesta

 

East County Magazine and our East County Dining Club invite you to party hearty at our 

FALL FIESTA!

When: Saturday, October 5 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Where:  D&S Farms, home of Granite Lion Cellars Winery

                                                                     (in their shaded oak grove at 2801 Jamul Highlands, Jamul)

  • Catered dinner from La Loteria de Jamul (choice of entrees: chicken poblano or fish in jalapeño/pineapple sauce, plus apple salad, ceviche, chips and salsa, potatoes, roasted vegetables, avocado aioli, and churro)
  • Music by Sergio D. Tala (Spanish, Caribbean, rhumba and flamenco. Ole!)
  • Wine tasting, wine by the glass available
  • Prizes galore, festive fun and more! Prizes include:  $300 gift basket from E-Med spa (facial and skincare products), $200 gift basket from Ava Hair Salon, gift certificates from La Loteria del Jamul,  Round Table Pizza, Home Depot and others, original wine-themed art by Annette Cirillo, purse with fringe and rhinestones, wine lovers' gifts, jewelry and more.

 

Cost: $33 with RSVP by Oct. 2,  $38 after Oct. 2 (if not sold out); designated driver/no alcohol $28

Tickets:  Click arrow below for menu of ticket options to pay via credit card or Paypal:

Tickets-Fall Fiesta

COHN RESTAURANT GROUP TO TAKE OVER SURF RIDER PIZZA IN LA MESA

By Miriam Raftery

September 30, 2019 (La Mesa) – Surf Rider Pizza Co. in La Mesa is among four restaurants that Cohn Restaurant Group will be temporarily taking over. Those four restaurants were managed by Patio Marketplace, an entity of Gina Champion-Cain. 

SYCUAN CASINO RESORT OPENS TRIO OF TASTY NEW RESTAURANTS

East County News Service

September 25, 2019 (El Cajon) – Sycuan Casino Resort has opened three new restaurants:  the Bull and Bourbon steak house, the Elicit Lounge, and Retreat, a poolside venue complete with cabanas and swim-up bar.  View/download menus and learn more at Sycuan.com. 

Below are delicious details on the new Clique Hospitality offerings provided by Sycuan:

LA MESA CHAMBER TO HOST BEER GARDEN AT GROSSMONT CENTER’S “FIRST FRIDAY NIGHT MARKET” OCT. 4

East County News Service

September 21, 2019 (La Mesa) - The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce announced its lineup of alcohol that will be served on Friday, October 4th at the "First Friday Night Market" Chamber beer garden at Grossmont Center.  The styles of Mike Hess Brewing Company's beers being offered are:  Grapefruit Solis, an IPA with grapefruit, Hop Cloud, the first of their Hazy IPAs, offering unlimited pineapple, mango and citrus, and Steel Beach, a crisp, light-bodied and refreshing lager beer that defines craft lager beer.

GUESTS KICKED UP THEIR HEELS AT CAMPO CREEK VINEYARDS' PICKNG AND STOMPING PARTY

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

September 20, 2019 (Campo) – Guests kicked up their heels in more ways than one at the Campo Creek Vineyards first-ever Grape Picking and Stomping Party on September 7th

Wine club members and other visitors first got a taste of what it’s like to pick grapes, getting tips on harvesting ripe Pinot Noir grapes on the vines. 

Located on a cattle ranch that dates back to 1888,  the vineyard now has 10,000 vines and the winery produces hand-crafted wines, many with labels featuring cattle, cowboys and ranching themes.

PRESSED JUICERY NOW OPEN IN SCRIPPS RANCH, SERVING HEALTHY AND TASTY PLANT-BASED JUICES, FREEZES AND SNACKS

East County News Service

September 14, 2019 (Scripps Ranch) – Pressed Juicery held its grand opening today in the Scripps Marketplace (10624 Scripps Poway Parkway).  Aiming to show that healthy and great taste don’t have to be mutually exclusive, the Scripps Ranch store carries cold-pressed juices, functional shots, plant-based milks, and plant based vegan soft serve Freeze topped with gluten free and vegan toppings.  The store also has trendy grab and go snacks including gluten free Bakeology Cookie bites and Simply Fuel Protein Balls.

PEARSON BROTHERS WINERY RETURNS TO EAST COUNTY – WITH A TASTING ROOM IN A WILDLIFE SANCTUARY

By Miriam Raftery

September 3, 2019 (El Cajon) -- What could be more heavenly than wine made from wildflower honey, orange zest, cane sugar and vanilla?  How about this news: the creators of honey-wines known as “Saccharo” have moved their Pearson Brothers Winery back to its roots, returning to East County.

They now have a new tasting patio in a wildlife sanctuary open as of Sept. 21, as well as a wine club, and recipes for cocktails featuring their sustainably-produced Saccharo honey wines in several new varieties.

EAST COUNTY DINING CLUB INVITES YOU TO OUR MIDEAST FEAST SEPT. 26 (RSVP BY SEPT. 17)

 

This event has been cancelled due to not enough RSVPs to meet the restaurant's minimum.  Refunds will be issued to those who purchased tickets. 

September 9, 2019 (El Cajon) -- Our next East County Dining Club event is a Mideast feast at Happy Times Mediterranean Restaurant (2441 Jamacha Rd., El Cajon in the Rancho San Diego area) on Thursday, September 26 at 6:30 p.m.

Come savor the flavors of Iraq with authentic foods and a special musical performance by Fouad Sawa and the Peace Band performing on authentic Middle Eastern instruments. Meet the media and make new friends, plus we'll have opportunities win win prizes.

This restaurant requires us to RSVP no later than Sept. 17 - no exceptions  Early reservations are strongly recommended!

AMERICAN BEEF PACKERS, INC. RECALLS RAW BEEF PRODUCTS DEEMED UNFIT FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION

East County News Service

September 6, 2019 (Chino, Calif.) -- American Beef Packers, Inc., a Chino, Calif. establishment, is recalling approximately 24,428 pounds of raw beef products that are deemed unfit for human consumption, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Aug. 31.

CAMEL DAIRY ADDS FALL EVENTS INCLUDING CAMEL MILK CHOCOLATE TASTING

By Miriam Raftery

 

September 6, 2019 (Ramona) – The Oasis Camel Dairy in Ramona is opening its farm store on Sept. 7, 8, 14, 15, 28 and 29 as well as Oct. 5, 6, 12, 13, 20, 26 and 27. Besides shopping for products such as camel milk bath bombs and lotions, you can now relax with country views while sampling 11 varieties of camel milk chocolate by Al Nassma including dark, milk, orange, sweet-spice, date and white chocolate varieties, along with non-alcoholic beverages and snacks.

DISCOVER THE VEGAN LIFESTYLE OCT. 4 AT GROSSMONT CENTER’S FIRST FRIDAY NIGHT MARKET

East County News Service

 

Photo: Vegan burger, courtesy of Grossmont Center

 

September 6, 2019 (La Mesa) – You’re invited to taste how delicious a vegan lifestyle can be at the First Friday Night Market at Grossmont Center on Friday, October 4 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sponsored by Vegan San Diego, this free event gathers the most exceptional vegan vendors all in one spot so that you can savor and sip delectable plant-based food and beverages.

“HOLY SMOKE BBQ” SEPT. 1 TO BENEFIT RURAL PARISH IN DESCANSO

East County News Service

August 23, 2019 (Descanso) -- Sunday, Sept. 1 will mark the 82nd Our Lady of Light Catholic Parish Deep Pit BBQ and community event from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The pit will be ignited, 1,500 pounds of local beef will be seasoned and prepared to be cooked in a special Deep Pit in the hills of Descanso.  This year’s theme:  “Holy Smoke!”

WINING AND DINING UNDER THE STARS AT THE JAMUL WINETASTING FESTIVAL

By Miriam Raftery

 

August 9, 2019 (Jamul) -- Over 200 guests turned out at the Jamul Winetasting Festival July 27th at D&S Farms in Jamul, home to Granite Lion Cellars Winery.  A golf cart ferried guests to the festivities in a shady oak grove complete with waterfall, twinkle lights and a stage area carved into a rocky mountainside—all to benefit the St. Pius X Catholic Church building fund.

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