Food & Wine

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.

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.

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.

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.

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