Food & Wine

VALENTINE’S DESSERT AND WINE PAIRING FEB. 14 AT SAN PASQUAL WINERY IN LA MESA

 

East County News Service

January 30, 2018 (La Mesa) -- In celebration of Valentine's Day, you’re invited to take your sweetheart, best friend, or even a group of friends to a dessert & wine pairing at San Pasqual Winery tasting room in La Mesa’s downtown village.


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LOVE LOBSTER? VALENTINE SPECIALS AT HACIENDA CASA BLANCA

 

By Miriam Raftery

January 26, 2018 (El Cajon) -- Hacienda Casa Blanca in El Cajon is cooking up a special menu on Valentine’s Day sure to please your sweetheart.  Chooses from Lobster Puerto Nuevo feature whole Maine Lobster, New York steak, or Garlic Cilantro grilled Mahi frizzled with white wine and lemon garlic sauce.   (The regular menu is also available).  Plus enjoy live jazz music from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.


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VIEJAS CASINO & RESORT ANNONUCES ANTONIO VOTTA AS EXECUTIVE CHEF FOR NEW RESTAURANTS LOCALE AND GINGER NOODLE BAR

 

Votta brings more than 10 years of experience to Willows Hotel & Spa’s culinary destinations

East County News Service

January 24, 2018 (Alpine) -- Viejas Casino & Resort has announced Antonio Votta as Executive Chef of Willows Hotel & Spa’s new restaurants, Locale and Ginger Noodle Bar. His focus in this new role will be highlighting the very best locally sourced bounties for the farm-to-table inspired menus.


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HEARTY RUSSIAN AND UKRANIAN FEASTING AT VILLAGE HOUSE KALINA IN LA MESA

 

By Miriam Raftery

An East County Eaters review from East County Magazine

Join the East County Dining Club in a feast Jan. 25 at Village House Kalina

Read details & RSVP by Jan. 25.

January 17, 2018 (La Mesa) – Each time I’ve dined at Village House Kalina in La Mesa, the Russian, Ukranian and other Eastern European dishes have been delicious. These hearty and flavorful foods have nourished the creative powers of Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, Tolstoy and other great Russian novelists, energetic Cossack dancers, tsars and peasants alike.

Cozy and filled with authentic décor from Russian samovar teapots to a balalaika on the wall, Village House Kalina is the perfect place for a hearty winter feast or filling fare year-round.


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LIGHT BULB COFFEE: A SHINING ADDITION TO LA MESA’S DOWNTOWN VILLAGE

 

By Jillian Hymer

An "East County Eaters" review from East County Magazine

January 16, 2018 (La Mesa) -- Light Bulb Coffee is a bright new spot in La Mesa’s downtown village. Opened three months ago at 8138 La Mesa Blvd., the business is filling the shoes that Starbucks outgrew when it moved into an expanded location a couple of blocks.

Their menu holds classic coffees, lattes, and teas alongside a variety of healthy smoothies and specialty drinks, as well as a wide variety of breakfast and lunch food items.  There are several house specialties, such as Turkish Hazelnut, which was subtly sweet when I savored an iced version.  Our editor sampled a hot California Pistachio, which had a nutty and minty flavor.


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JOIN LA MESA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE FOR AN EVENING MIXER AT PROPRIETOR’S RESERVE WINE BAR MARCH 27

 

East County News Service

January 11, 2018 (La Mesa) - On Tuesday, March 27 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., La Mesa Chamber of Commerce invites you to join them for an evening mixer at one of the newest wine bars in La Mesa and East County, the Proprietor’s Reserve Wine Bar at the Riviera.


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RAMONA RANCH WINERY PLANS CHEESE PAIRINGS, LIVE MUSIC, PAINTING, OWLS AND VALENTINE SWEETS

 

By Miriam Raftery

January 11, 2018 (Ramona) – Ramona Ranch Vineyards is hosting a variety of events in January and February.  Below are their descriptions.  For more information, visit http://ramonaranchwines.com/.

As part of our year-end inventory, we've unearthed some gems, including our 2013 Sangiovese Rose, and our 2014 Aglianico to share with you.  Come pair with Cheeses from the Cave local cheese samples on 1/13, 1/27, 2/10 & 2/24.  Gentleman Farmer will be back in February with their artisan products on 2/17 & 2/18 with samples and sauces for sale.


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RESTAURANT WEEK INCLUDES FIVE EAST COUNTY EATERIES

 

By Miriam Raftery, East County Magazine

January 9, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) – San Diego Restaurant Week will be held January 21st through 28th, offering up three-course dinners from $20-$50 and two-courses lunches for $10-$20.

This year, five East County restaurants are participating, including the Final Cut Steakhouse in Jamul and four La Mesa eateries:  Farmer’s Table, Bo-Beau’s Kitchen and Garden, Antica Trattoria and Terra Bistro.


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JOIN EAST COUNTY DINING CLUB JANUARY 25 FOR A RUSSIAN-UKRANIAN FEAST AT VILLAGE HOUSE KALINA

 

 

January 7, 2018 (La Mesa) --You’re invited to a Russian and Ukrainian feast with our East County Dining Club on Thursday, January 25th  at 6:30 p.m. at Village House Kalina (8302 Parkway Drive, La Mesa). As always, we’ll have prizes galore! Proceeds benefit East County Magazine and our wildfire/emergency alerts.

 Join us on our culinary adventure to the land of hearty and flavorful fare  – food that nourished the creative powers of Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky,  Dostoevsky, Chekhov, Pasternak, Cossack dancers and the Bolshoi Ballet.  Da!

This restaurant seats only 38 people so we expect to sell out; early RSVPs are recommended.

We must receive your RSVP no later Jan. 24, along with choice of entree (see list below) since these special dishes take time to prepare!


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ROMAINE LETTUCE SUSPECTED IN E-COLI OUTBREAK

 

By Miriam Raftery

January 4, 2017 (San Diego) – An e-coli outbreak that has sickened 58 people in the U.S., including California, and Canada is likely tied to consumption of romaine lettuce. At least one patient has died, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control reports.


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LOCAL WINE INDUSTRY PACKS A POTENT ECONOMIC PUNCH

 

By Miriam Raftery

January 2, 2018 (San Diego) – A report just released by the San Diego Vintners Association on the economic value of wineries in San Diego County shows that the burgeoning wine making industry is having a potent effect. In 2016, the county’s 116 wineries generated a $30.4 million regional impact and supported 697 jobs here.


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GIARDINO’S NEIGHBORHOOD CUCINA: A DELICIOUS ADDITION TO LEMON GROVE

 

 

New Italian restaurant is open Christmas Day

By Miriam Raftery

December 21, 2017 (Lemon Grove) –Marco Provino, originally from Palermo in Sicily, worked as a chef in San Diego’s Gaslamp District at Panavino’s on Fifth before falling in love with manager Karina Karvalis. The couple married, moved to Lemon Grove and opened up Giardino’s Neighborhood Cucina, a delightfully authentic Italian restaurant with creative, upscale options at affordable pricing.


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JOIN US AT EAST COUNTY MAGAZINE'S "FEASTING AND MERRYMAKING" HOLIDAY PARTY DEC. 17

 

 

 

December 11, 2017 -- It's time for East County Magazine's annual festive and fabulous "Feasting and Merrymaking Holiday Party!"

This year's event will be held on Sunday, December 17th from 3 to 7 p.m. at 4438 Hideaway Place, La Mesa, 91941. The event is open to our newsletter and wildfire alert subscribers, dining club members and invited guests. Subscriptions are free! Sign up here:  http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/wild-fire-alerts.

This year's party includes a potluck international feast, so bring your best holiday dish or international dish to share.  We will also have live music with Paul Nichols playing folk, pop and holiday carols (yes, you can sing along!). Plus we'll have a treasure trove of prizes and surprises.


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FIND HOLIDAY CHEER HERE: HOLIDAY WINE TRAIL CONTINUES DEC. 16-17 IN RAMONA

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo, left:  La Finquita Winery owners Charlie and Jess Koehler

December 11, 2017 (Ramona) – Last weekend, we got into the holiday spirit with a visit to three of the 14 wineries along the Ramona Holiday Wine Trail, which continues next weekend.  It’s been a popular event, selling out this past weekend so be sure to reserve online now if you plan to hit the holiday wine trail this Saturday and/or Sunday.


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“HOLIDAY IN THE COUNTRY…FOLLOW THE RAMONA WINE TRAIL” 3 WEEKENDS IN DECEMBER

 

Source: Ramona Valley Vineyard Association

 

December 2, 2017 (Ramona) -- Participating wineries from the Ramona Valley Vineyard Association (RVVA) are featuring a  “Holiday in the Country” when you “Follow the Ramona Wine Trail” in the heart of San Diego Wine Country during the first three weekends of December: 2/3, 9/10, and 16/17.

Wine fans can visit 14 wineries decked out for the holidays. In addition to discounted tastings, individual wineries are presenting their own selected special holiday happenings to accompany tasting, such as tree lighting ceremony, tree trimming, holiday music, crafters’ goods for a little shopping, signed magnum bottles, and the introduction of white wines for a White Christmas theme. Santa is also expected to hover.


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VINEYARD HACIENDA OWNERS SWEPT OVER WATERFALL IN HAWAII

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 29, 2017 (Spring Valley) -- Tragedy has struck a Spring Valley family after George and Gladys Novinger were swept over the towering Rainbow Falls in Hilo, Hawaii over the weekend.  Gladys was found unconscious and taken to a hospital, where she died.  Her husband is presumed dead, though his body has not yet been recovered and may have been washed out to sea, according to Hawaii authorities.


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

 

East County News Service

November 20, 2017 (San Diego's East County) - EDCO would like to remind residents that kitchen fat, oil and grease (FOG) that’s left over from daily cooking, or after deep frying a Thanksgiving turkey, can be recycled! For interested residents, EDCO has a free, safe and more environmentally friendly option for disposing of household FOG.


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MAMMA MIA! BUSINESS RECOGNITION SERIES HAILS LIDO’S ITALIAN FOODS

 

By Helen Ofield, Lemon Grove Historical Society

November 19, 2017 (Lemon Grove) -- The Lemon Grove Historical Society and the City of Lemon Grove will continue the Business Recognition Series by honoring Lido's Italian Foods on Dec. 5 at 6 p.m. at the city council meeting in the Community Center, 3140 School Lane, when Mayor Raquel Vasquez will present the restaurant's owners with a city proclamation, Miss Lemon Grove will present flowers, and an appreciative audience will take photos and applaud the business beloved in the town for 62 years.


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HOLIDAY CHEER AND MORE AT SAN PASQUAL WINERY

 

East County News Service

November 18, 2017 (La Mesa) – Looking for holiday cheer?  San Pasqual Winery’s tasting room in La Mesa is offering cork wreath making classes, an evening of wine and cheese, and live music nights featuring musicians specializing in jazz, classical, and guitar ranging from country to classic rock and more.  For a full schedule of holiday season happenings, scroll down.


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THANKSGIVING TURKEYS NEEDED FOR HOMELESS IN EL CAJON

 

Source:  ECTLC

November 13, 2017 (El Cajon) -- The East County Transitional Living Center is in need of fresh or frozen turkeys to feed its more than 400 residents on Thanksgiving Day.  The residents are recovering from homelessness or addiction.


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LIVING WITH LIONS: NOV. 18 AT RAMONA RANCH WINERY

 

East County News Service

November 14, 2017 (Ramona) - Shy, but by no means cowardly, our hills are alive with mountain lions. 

If you’re interested in learning about local wildlife, you’re invited to attend “Living with Lions” this Saturday, November 18th at 1 p.m. at the Ramona Ranch Winery. 

You’ll hear about local mountain lions roaming San Diego County in this special presentation by the Mountain Lion Foundation. In addition, learn about the Julian Project focused on increasing safety for people, pets, livestock and lions.


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YOGA, MUSIC, TRIVIA AND MORE AT LA MESA WINE WORKS

 

East County News Service

November 14, 2017 (La Mesa) — Upcoming events at La Mesa Wine Works include yoga, live music, crazy hat day, trivia night and more. Scroll down for a schedule of events.


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CHIEF’S CORNER: LET’S TALK TURKEY

 

By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

November 13, 2017 (San Diego's East County) - When most of us think about Thanksgiving, images of turkey, stuffing and time spent with loved ones typically come to mind, not fire hazards. However, an increased risk of fire is, in fact, a reality of Thanksgiving reminds Fire Chief Sam Digiovanna. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), three times as many home cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving as on a typical day. Unattended cooking is the leading cause of home cooking fires.


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BRING HOME A FRENCH COUNTRY THANKSGIVING FEAST FROM FABRISON’S IN JAMUL

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 11, 2017 (Jamul) –What’s better than a home-cooked Thanksgiving dinner?  The one you don’t have to make. Fortunately, Fabrison’s  Country French restaurant in Jamul is offering delicious take-out dinners for Thanksgiving. 

The menu includes free-range turkey, butternut squash soup, garden greens salad, green bean casserole, orange cranberry sauce, sugar-spiced glazed carrots, roasted potatoes (with garlic and rosemary option), gravy, french baguette stuffing, dinner rolls and pumpkin pie.

Cost is $39.95 per person. You can choose from these take-out options:


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GOLDEN CORRAL BUFFET & GRILL NOW OPEN IN EL CAJON: MILITARY APPRECIATION DAY NOV. 13

 

By Robert Gehr and Miriam Raftery

November 10, 2017 (El Cajon) – Just in time for Veterans’ Day weekend, Golden Corral Buffet & Grill is open in downtown El Cajon. On Monday, November 13,  the restaurant will host Military Appreciation Day from 5 to 9 p.m. – serving up free meals for all active duty and retired military members as well as veterans.


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KNOW YOUR HEART HEALTH RISKS AND AVOID A VISIT TO THE ER THIS THANKSGIVING

 

By Hannah Boss

November 4, 2017 (San Diego's East County) - The holiday known for the turkey, the stuffing and the pies (are you hungry yet?) is unfortunately also known for meals that are chock full of fat, sugar and sodium - all things that are bad for your heart.


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EAST COUNTY DINING CLUB'S NEXT SIZZLING EVENT: NOV. 10 AT ALPINE INN STEAKHOUSE

 

October 25, 2017 (Alpine) -- Alpine Inn Steakhouse (2225 Alpine Blvd., Alpine), the coziest steakhouse in East County is now reopened under new ownership -- and East County Dining Club will host our next event sizzling event there on Friday, November 10th. 

Join us for cocktails (cash bar) at 5:30 in the steakhouse bar and dinner at 6:30 in the private captain's-style dining room. Enjoy live music by Paul Nichols and Cindy Burnham, plus you can win prizes!  You don't have to be a dining club member -- all are welcome!

This event requires an RSVP by November 5 and pre-reserving your choice for entrée, 2 sides, and a dessert. See the delicious details below!


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ZINFANDEL MONTH TASTINGS AT VINEYARD GRANT JAMES

 

East County News Service

November 3, 2017 (Ramona) — November is National Zinfandel Month. Vineyard Grant James in Ramona invites you to celebrate these special red wines on November 18 and 19.  Winemaker Susanne Sapier will be giving Zinfandel talks at 1, 3 and 5 p.m.


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WINE INDUSTRY TRAIL BLAZERS HONORED AT TOAST OF EAST COUNTY

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo, left:  Greg Maness, founder of the Trail Blazer awards, receives a surprise award of his own, presented by his wife, P.J.

October 27, 2017 (El Cajon) — At this year’s Toast of East County held at the Elks Club Lodge in El Cajon, the 2017 Trail Blazer Awards were presented to three pioneers in the local wine industry:  Ric Bonnoront of Red Wagon Vineyards in Jamul, Tim Peterson of Rock Canyon Winery in Alpine, Micole Moore of Ramona Ranch Winery, and Greg Maness of Casi Cielo Winery in Jamul. 


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MASSIVE PACKAGED VEGETABLE RECALL INCLUDES MULTIPLE BRANDS OF PRODUCTS, SOME SOLD AT WAL-MART AND TRADER JOE’S

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 25, 2017 (San Diego) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced a massive recall of processed vegetable products due to possible Listeria contamination.  The products were packaged by Mann Packing of Salinas, California and sold through multiple brands at major retailers in the U.S. and Canada including Trader Joe’s and Walmart.


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