Food & Wine

SUPERVISORS APPROVE NEW RULES FOR FOOD SAFETY AT WINERIES AND BREWERIES

 

East County News Service

November 18, 2016 (San Diego)-- County Supervisors adopted new rules Wednesday aimed at making sure people are safe when they visit the region’s hopping number of breweries and wineries and decide to have a burger with their brew or more than just a little cheese with their wine.

Supervisors voted 4-0 to adopt an ordinance and two new permits that will apply food-safety rules found in restaurants to caterers hired to serve food at breweries, wineries and other businesses.

HOLIDAY WINE TRAIL IN THE HEART OF SAN DIEGO WINE COUNTRY "GET YOUR MERRY ON" DEC. 10 AND 11

 

Source: Ramona Valley Vineyard Association press release

November 16, 2016 (Ramona) - Participating wineries from the Ramona Valley Vineyard Association (RVVA) will be holding a Holiday Wine Trail in the heart of San Diego Wine Country on Saturday and Sunday, December 10 and 11, from noon until 5:00 p.m.

WINE TRAIL BLAZERS HONORED AT 2016 TOAST TO EAST COUNTY

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo 1:   Jane and Drum Macomber, Linda McWilliams, Dianne Jacob, Steve and Marilyn Kahle

Photo 2:  Greg Maness and Sarah Babine

November 13, 2016 (Rancho San Diego) — Visitors savored an array of local wine vintages, craft brews and foods at the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce’s 2016 Toast to East County.  Greg Maness of Maness Vineyards, Supervisor Dianne Jacob and Linda McWiilliams, president of the San Diego County Vintners Association, presented three “Dynamic Duo” awards in the annual Trail Blazer awards to a trio of power couples in our wine industry.

The winners were Sarah Babine and Grant Spotts from Granite Lion Cellars in, Steve and Marilyn Kahle from Woof and Rose Winery in Ramona and Drum and Jane Macomber, amateur wine makers and vineyard tour organizers.

Below are remarks from Greg and P.J. Maness on the winners. 

CHIEF’S CORNER: THANKSGIVING COOKING TIPS

 

By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

Now You’re Cooking – With Safety!

November 14, 2016 (San Diego)--Thanks giving is quickly approaching and did you know 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? “Thanksgiving is a fun, festive holiday, but it’s also very hectic says Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna. “All the entertaining and distractions make it easy to forget about what’s cooking on the stovetop.”

HOLLYWOOD CASINO JAMUL IN SAN DIEGO LAUNCHES YEAR-ROUND MILITARY APPRECIATION DAYS

 

East County News Service

November 9, 2016 (Jamul) --  This Friday, November 11th on Veteran’s Day Hollywood Casino Jamul is kicking off a military appreciation program that will honor veterans 52 weeks out of the year.  Each week on Thank You Thursdays all who served our great country will receive a 20% discount on their meal in any of the eight restaurants at the Hollywood Casino Jamul property as well as 15% off at the gift shop. 

PRODUCE PICKS: APPLES AND FALL SEASON CHOICES

 

Apple recipes included

By Greg Dunne

October 26, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – Let’s compare apples to apples. The change of the season from summer fruits, to fall and winter apples is under way. The start of the new crop apples begins the middle of October and will run through early May. The variety of apples we see in the markets are increasing all the time. Some of the relatively new varieties include Opal Apples, Sweetie Apples, Envy Apples, Ambrosia Apples, Ginger Gold Apples, Autumn Glory Apples, and Sweet Tango Apples.

TOAST TO EAST COUNTY OCT. 22 HIGHLIGHTS LOCAL WINERIES, CRAFT BREWERS AND FOOD PRODUCERS

 

Local wine industry trailblazers will also be honored

East County News Service

October 17, 2016 (Rancho San Diego) – Six new Trailblazers will be honored and dozens of local wine and food producers will be highlighted at 2nd annual Toast to East County.

The event, sponsored by the East County Chamber of Commerce, will be held from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 22 at Cottonwood Golf Club on Willow Glen Road in the Rancho San Diego area of El Cajon.

SAN DIEGO COUNTY BAKERS PLEDGE SUPPORT FOR WEST COAST'S LARGEST BAKE SALE TO BENEFIT MAMA'S KITCHEN

 

Sycuan returns for twelfth year, joins bakers such as Behind the Scenes Catering and Sweet Cheeks Baking Co.; Sales begin October 10, 2016

East County News Service

October 15, 2016 (San Diego) - Wells Fargo, Walmart, The Original Pancake House of Poway & Temecula, and Sycuan Casino are just a few of the local companies that have pledged their resources a successful upcoming Mama’s Pie in the Sky Thanksgiving Bake Sale. The fundraiser in its twelfth year benefits Mama’s Kitchen, a nonprofit organization that provides nutritional support at no cost to San Diego men, women and children affected by AIDS or cancer who are vulnerable to hunger. Sales begin October 10 and continue through November 20, 2016. Pie flavors are pumpkin, traditional apple, pecan and Dutch apple, and are available for just $25 each. Pies can be purchased online via www.mamaspies.org or by calling (619) 233-6262.

TOAST TO EAST COUNTY: MANESS VINEYARDS TO INDUCT SIX NEW TRAIL BLAZERS AT WINE MIXER AWARD CEREMONY OCT. 22

 

East County News Service

October 2, 2016 (Jamul) – You’re invited to join Maness Vineyards and Highway 94 Wineries to celebrate the Fourth Annual Trail Blazers Awards Ceremony at Cottonwood Golf. Awards will be presented during the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce’s “Toast to East County” on October 22 from 12 to 4 p.m.

DISPLAY OF HAND-PAINTED WINE BARRELS TO PREVIEW 4TH ANNUAL RAMONA ART AND WINE FESTIVAL NOV. 5

 

East County News Service

September 21, 2016 (Ramona) – Six Ramona and Poway businesses are sponsoring and hosting hand-painted wine barrels to preview the 4th annual Ramona Art and Wine Festival.

EX-CHARGER CORY WITHROW TACKLES OPENING KING’S CRAFT COFFEE SHOP IN POWAY

 

East County News Service

September 9, 2016 (Poway) — Cory Withrow, Founder & CEO of The King’s Craft Coffee Co and former offensive lineman for the San Diego Chargers, Minnesota Vikings and Seattle Seahawks, announces the grand opening today of the King’s Craft Coffee Co, Poway’s first specialty coffee shop serving single origin coffees, European pastries, and handcrafted roasted beans.

BROKEN YOLK CAFE BRINGING HUEVOS TO SDSU

 

East County News Service

September 9, 2016 (San Diego) -- In its first campus-close location, Broken Yolk Café is set to offer San Diego State University students a unique experience.  Known for large, shareable portions of scratch cooking, the hometown breakfast and lunch favorite will offer students both traditional and grab-and-go style food in a modified fast casual format when it opens in the new South Campus Plaza development at the corner of College Avenue and Montezuma Road near SDSU.

EL CAJON CHURCH OFFERS UP “AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 MINUTES” FOOD FESTIVAL SEPT. 17

 

East County News Service

Sept, 8, 2016 (El Cajon) -- “Around The World In Eighty Minutes,” a multicultural festival, will be held on Saturday, September 17th, 2016 from 6 p.m to 8:30 p.m. at the El Cajon Stake Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located at 1270 S. Orange Avenue in El Cajon. The event will showcase cultures and countries around the world through food and information booths and performances.

LA MESA WINE WORKS GRAND OPENING DRAWS A FULL HOUSE

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 7, 2016 (La Mesa)--La Mesa's first cooperative wine-tasting venture is born.

The Barnyard Cassanovas provided lively music from Johnny Cash to rock 'n' roll at the grand opening of La Mesa Wine Works on August 27th. Winemaker Linda McWilliams, sporting a T-shirt reading "Well behaved women rarely make history" and her husband,Mike, chatted with guests about wines offered up from  San Pasqual Winery and Wyatt Oaks  Winery,  both local ventures. 

BEST HAPPY HOURS IN EAST COUNTY: BLACK ANGUS STEAKHOUSE ADDS FRUITY NEW HAND-CRAFTED COCKTAILS

 

By the East County Eaters

September 4, 2016 (El Cajon) – Long known for its flame-grilled steaks, cattle rancher roots and Western-themed décor,  Black Angus restaurants have now added a new hand-crafted, fresh juice cocktail menu to their Bulls Eye Bar.   From a Brazilian margarita that may make you want to dance the Samba to a Citrus Pomegranate Mule, you’ll find plenty to whet your whistle during all-day Happy Hours each Sunday , or from 3-7 p.m. all other days except Saturday.

We stopped by the Black Angus in El Cajon, where we savored some refreshing libations as well as tasty appetizers that roped us in to stay for a full dinner feast. 

TEAMS WANTED FOR BBQ CONTEST OCT. 16 IN SPRING VALLEY

 

East County News Service

September 4, 2016 (Spring Valley) – Fire up your barbecues and get your best recipes ready!  The 7th annual Spring Valley Tailgate BBQ Festival is looking for participants to vie for $1,000 in prizes.

The event is sponsored by Cali Comfort Restaurant and the Marso Walchef Youth Empowerment Organization to raise funds for youth sports.  The BBQ competition will be held on Sunday, October 16 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the street outside Cali Comfort at 8910 Troy Street in Spring Valley.

MILAGRO WINERY’S TASTING ROOM TO REOPEN SEPT. 3

UPDATE FROM THE MILAGRO FAMILY:  Please note that the Milagro Tasting Room will not re-open as previously announced on Saturday, September 3rd, 2016. We are shooting for a tasting room re-opening date towards the end of September and will confirm that date once all necessary procedures are updated. The exact timing of this completion is out of our control. Please bear with us just a bit longer. The wait will be worth it, we promise!

East County News Service

August 1, 2016 (Ramona) - Milagro Farms Vineyard and Winery in Ramona announces it will reopen its tasting room on Saturday, September 3.  The tasting room has been closed for several months for a major remodel.

An e-mail to wine club members reads, “We have used the down time wisely and made some fantastic improvements here at Milagro.  We assure you that the new experience will not disappoint.  The outdoor area directly adjacent to the tasting room has been re-crafted for optimal relaxation and entertainment purposes, complete with bocce courts, a children's play structure, picnic tables, wooden swings and new patio furniture.  Inside we have added an essential board game library and lots more seating options.”

The new Milagro will include:

LA MESA WINE WORKS GRAND OPENING PARTY AUGUST 27

 

East County News Service

August 24, 2016 (La Mesa) - La Mesa Wine Works invites you to their grand opening celebration this Saturday, August 27th, including live music by the Barnyard Casanovas band from 7 to 10 p.m. The La Mesa Wine Works is a co-op designed to showcase local wines; currently they are pouring vintages from both the award-winning San Pasqual and Wyatt Oaks wineries.

SAMMY’S WOOD-FIRED PIZZA HAS TASTY VEGETARIAN OPTIONS

 

By Chisato Iversen

August 17, 2016 (La Mesa) - East County Magazine stopped by Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza (
8555 Fletcher Pkwy, La Mesa) to have some lunch.  I was pleasantly surprised to see that unlike most pizza places this restaurant has wide variety of foods and was really international--from soups, to tacos, all the way to, of course pizzas. I am pescatarian, so was definitely really happy to see that they have a lot of food options that are for vegetarians or vegans. 

19TH CENTURY STAGECOACH REPLICA TO BE ADDED TO LOCAL MUSEUM AT RANCHO BERNARDO WINERY

 

Built by Volunteers for the Rancho Bernardo Historical Society and the Escondido History Center

East County News Service

August 13, 2016 (Rancho Bernardo) -- The Rancho Bernardo Historical Society (RBHS) plans to introduce its newest exhibit to the public, a replica of a vintage 1880s Mud Wagon Stagecoach. The rollout is scheduled for Saturday, August 20, at the RBHS museum at the Bernardo Winery, 13330 Paseo Del Verano Norte. The 11 a.m. to noon program will feature an explanation by project leaders Rich Thorpe and Phil Ewing of why and how this stagecoach replica came to be built.  Also, a keynote speech on the history of roads and transportation in the back country, especially around the old town of Bernardo, will be given by author Charles R. LeMenager.

HIGH MERCURY LEVELS FOUND IN MANY LOCAL LAKES AND RESERVOIRS

 

Update:   Helix Water says Lake Jennings drinking water tests clean, issue is with fish tissue; state clarifies problem is with fish tissue, not necessarily water for drinking

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

August 6, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – State officials are warning that 150 reservoirs statewide are tainted by mercury. Ten San Diego reservoirs are contaminated, including some of East County’s most popular fishing spots.  “Mercury is negatively impacting the beneficial uses of many waters of the state by making fish unsafe for human and wildlife consumption,” the State Water Resources Control Board website warns.

However some local officials dispute those findings.

 

What lakes locally have mercury issues,accordingto the state?

Local reservoirs listed as "mercury impaired" on the state's document are El Capitan Reservoir, Lake Henshaw, Lake Hodges, Lake Jennings, Loveland Reservoir, Lower Otay Reservoir, Lake Morena Reservoir, San Vicente Reservoir, Lake Sutherland, and Sweetwater Reservoir, according to a California Water Boards publication released in June.

JOIN US SUNDAY! ROARING ‘20S PARTY JULY 31 AT SAN PASQUAL WINE BAR IN LA MESA. COME PARTY WITH THE PRESS!

 

 

 

 

July 29, 2016 (La Mesa) – You’re invited to celebrate the era of Great Gatsby, flappers, gangsters, silent film stars, ragtime and jazz. Join East County Magazine at a benefit to support our nonprofit community reporting on Sunday, July 31 from 4-7 p.m. at the San Pasqual Wine Bar (8364 La Mesa Blvd.) in La Mesa--all to benefit our nonprofit reporting and wildfire alerts through East County Magazine.

Festivities include wine tasting, sparkling drinks  and Italian dinner plus dessert,  “All That Jazz” musical performance highlights,  live period music by the Classics, Douglas Fairbanks and Laurel & Hardy film clips, games, opportunity drawings and silent auction, games, surprises and more!

Space is very limited! RSVP by July 30 for discount rates and your “speakeasy” password!  619-698-7617 or editor@eastcountymagazine.org 

  • Live“All That Jazz” preview by singers/dancers from Visionary Dance Theatre plus  Laurel & Hardy and Douglas Fairbanks film clips;
  • Live music by the Classics
  • Toast the Prohibition Era with sparkling “bubbly” drinks ; relish a ‘20s style feast fit for Gatsby & guests, wine tasting, dinner & desserts by Tiramisu Trattoria, Swami’s & Little Roma that Al Capone would relish!
  • ‘Cocktail attire or 20s attire encouraged (flappers, film stars, gangsters, robber barons, etc.)
  • Opportunity drawings and silent auction; prizes and surprises!  Win a night on the town including steak dinner & “Chicago” theater tickets, Joe’s Crab Shack dinners, The Hills Pub and Lunchbox Cafe gift certificates, wine baskets, Hawaiian pearls, turquoise and coral jewelry, antiques, collectibles, elegant items, CDs, Julian Old Time Photos, T-shirts and more.

SIP OF JULIAN JULY 30 SERVES UP WINE, BEER, HARD CIDER AND MEAD

 

East County News Service

July 28, 2016 (Julian) -- On Saturday, July 30th, 2016, the Julian Chamber of Commerce is hosting the 2nd Annual ‘Sip of Julian’. The Sip features eight of Julian’s alcoholic beverage purveyors. Proof that we’re not just about apples and great pie, we have growers and producers of wine, craft beer, delicious hard cider, and mead, an ancient honey-based beverage, offering up a sampling of their delicious hand-crafted specialties.

GROCERY STORE BOYCOTT BEGINS: STORES IN LA MESA AND SPRING VALLEY AMONG THOSE TARGETED

East County News Service

July 27, 2016 (San Diego)—A boycott of six Vons, Ralphs and Albertsons grocery store locations is underway starting this week, the United Food & Commercial Workers Union in San Diego has announced.  If no contract agreement is reached by August 8th,the union has voted to call a strike against all of the stores’ locations throughout southern California.

The boycott locations include two in East County:  the Vons store at 8011 University Ave. in La Mesa and the Albertsons at 9831 Campo Road in Spring Valley.

EAST COUNTY WINEMAKERS TAKE HOME MORE MEDALS FOR OUTSTANDING WINES

 

Source: Ramona Valley Vineyard Association

July 24, 2016 (Ramona) – San Diego County winemakers picked up more medals for outstanding wine at the Ramona Valley Vineyard Association (RVVA) Awards Dinner for the 2016 RVVA Lum Eisenman Wine Competition on June 22.

FINEST MADE BREWERYAND TASTING ROOM OPENING IN SANTEE

 

Culinary zest meets craft beer in East County brewery

By Gwennie Gardiner

July 24, 2016 (Santee) - A chef-inspired craft brewery and tasting room will emerge into the San Diego craft beer scene in August 2016. Nestled in Santee’s thriving business district, Finest Made Ales is owned by Chef and Brewmaster Rey Knight.

HEALTH CARE LIBRARY IN LA MESA WILL HIGHLIGHT MEALS ON WHEELS PROGRAM FOR ELDERLY

 

East County News Service

 

July 20, 2016 (La Mesa) – The Grossmont Healthcare District’s Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, will host “More than a Meal,” a free presentation about Meals on Wheels San Diego County, from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 27. The program is part of the library’s Wellness Wednesday series, normally held on the fourth Wednesday of the month. Admission is free. Light refreshments will be served. Advance RSVP is not necessary. Speaking will be Brian Midkiff, community outreach coordinator with Meals on Wheels San Diego County, a community nonprofit organization. 

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