Happy Trails chili cook-off today in Apple Valley

The Rotary Club of Apple Valley is hosting the 10th Annual Happy Trails Chili Cook-off, presented by Valley-Hi Toyota Scion and Victorville Motors, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today (October 22) at the Lenny Brewster Sports Center is at 21024 Otoe Road, Apple Valley.

In addition to chili tastin’, the event will feature live music by Main Stream Band, a kids’ area with a bounce house, a car show and horseshoe tournament.

Over 40 cooks will compete in the International Chili Society sanctioned cook-off, with the winner qualifying for the World Championships to be held in West Virginia in 2012.
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Rancho Cucamonga Oktoberfest to feature food trucks

The (Der?) Rancho Cucamonga Rotary Club is hosting an Oktoberfest food truck festival from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday (October 23) at Etiwanda Gardens, 7576 Etiwanda Ave., in Rancho Cucamonga.

In addition to a beer garden, German food and live bands, they will also be hosting several food trucks.

The current lineup includes Tapa Boy, Del’s Lemonade, OG Tempura, Curb A Peel, Macho Nacho, the Dim Sum Truck, Me So Hungry, Crepe’n Around, and one of my favorites, Waffles de Liege.

Tickets are $5 presale, and children 12 and under are free. For tickets and more information, click here.

Update: What a difference a day makes. After writing this post (and my column for the week), the event’s website was updated and most of the trucks had been removed. However, in addition to Del’s and Waffles de Liege, we also get local food trucks Stella Pierre’s Gourmet Grub and My Delight Cupcakery. Plus Temaki Truck, and, (perhaps) Short Rib Truck. Sheesh…this event has seen more changes than Cher’s costumers…however, they’ve been updating their website dutifully. Click here to see if the lineup changes yet again.

Have a Chocolate Affair on Saturday in Palm Springs

Calling all chocoholics!

The Spa Resort Casino Hotel’s newly-renovated Canyon Conference Center will be the place for you from 6 to 9 p.m. this Saturday (October 22) as Cliff Young’s Out To Eat television show presents the Chocolate Affair Palm Springs.

The event will feature tastings and samplings of the finest chocolate desserts, baked goods, confections, beverages and specialty items from some of the best artisan chocolatiers, businesses and restaurants in Southern California.

Your $25 ticket grants you unlimited samplings from such famous names as Los Angeles’ Choclatique, Brandini Toffee, See’s Candy, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, ChocoVine, Over the Rainbow Cupcakes, Kiss My Cakes, Azul Restaurant and Lounge, Lulu California Bistro, Red Tomato, Sherman’s Deli and Bakery, The Steakhouse, Billy Reed’s Restaurant, David Bacco Chocolatier, Harry and David, Java Caliente, Lindt Chocolate RSVP, Marsatta Fancy Chocolates, MetroMint, Sisters Cupcakes by Design, Three Sixty North and Xoai Healthy Chocolate.

Proceeds from the event will benefit AIDS Assistance Program, a non-profit organization that feeds low-income men, women, and children living with HIV/AIDS in the Coachella Valley.

Tickets are available online by clicking here.

The Canyon Conference Center is at 100 North Indian Canyon Drive in Downtown Palm Springs.

Cool off for free at Baker’s Drive-Thru all week

The forecast calls for 80 temperatures all week, so what better timing for Baker’s Drive-Thru to offer free Cool Creations?

Each day for the next week, the chain will offer a different flavor Cool Creation, beginning today (October 17) with a Cherry Bomb, to its Facebook fans.

No purchase is necessary, but there’s a limit of one free item per person, or per car, per visit.

As with past giveaways, you can print the coupon, or just display it on your mobile device.

For more information, head to Baker’s Facebook page. To access today’s coupon, click here for the Facebook event page for today’s giveaway.

Baker’s Drive-Thru restaurants can be found throughout the Inland Empire.

Update: Tuesday’s offer is for a free Baker’s Blast. Facebook event page link is here. Wednesday’s deal is for a free Lemon Berry Click here for the Facebook event page. Thursday’s freebie flavor is the Annie Palmer. The Facebook event page is here. Friday’s free flavor is Rootzilla. Click here for the Facebook event page. The free flavor for Saturday is caramel iced coffee. The Facebook event page is here.

Dine 909’s adventures in (un)reality television


That’s the best word I can use to describe it.

To be sitting in a smallish restaurant in a nondescript strip mall in La Verne.

And having camera crews roaming the restaurant, and Chef Gordon Ramsay running in and out of the kitchen and through the dining area.

Yes — the Chef Gordon Ramsay — the notoriously short-tempered British culinary and television star.

The dinner took place at Charlie’s Italian Cafe on the final day of filming for Ramsay’s Fox reality show, Kitchen Nightmares.
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Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlor hiring fair is next week

Ever wanted to be a zookeeper when you were a kid?

Well, perhaps you grew up and didn’t become a zookeeper, but how would you like to be a Zoo maker? Or how about a Zoo server?

Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour is looking for a few hundred good men and women for its Rancho Cucamonga location, which is now set to open sometime near the end of November.

The hiring event will take place from 2 to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday of next week (October 18, 19 and 20) in the parking lot of the future Farrell’s, 10742 Foothill Blvd.

Positions include ice cream fountain “artisans,” servers, hosts, cooks, bussers and dishwashers.

Potential employees can get a jump on the rest of the applicants by clicking here to fill out an application online to print out and bring with, or fill one out at the event.

Hosts and servers who get called back will participate in group auditions on October 21 and 22.

For more information, click here, or click here to visit the Farrell’s blog for the Rancho Cucamonga location, with updates on construction progress and other news.

Good luck!

Update: If you want a leg up on the competition, you might want to practice the hokey pokey…and read this article by Senior Business Reporter Andrew Edwards.

Lazy Dog to open in R.C.


Lazy Dog Cafe will open its newest location on
Fourth Street in Rancho Cucamonga early next year. Shown here
is the Temecula restaurant.

of Lazy Dog Cafe

Lazy Dog Cafe,
a chain of Southern California restaurants, is opening its 10th
location on Fourth Street between Richmond Place and Buffalo Avenue in Rancho Cucamonga.
Construction of the restaurant is expected to be complete in March or

The Planning Commission last night gave the green light on
the cafe, which will have a bar and outdoor dining space. Moni Dosanjh
of RSI Group, which represents the restaurant, told the commission the
menu includes everything from meat loaf to calamari to kung pao chicken.

like the look and feel of the restaurant. It has that kind of craftsman
bungalow look that fits very well with Fourth Street,” said commission
Chairman Lou Munoz. “I’m partial to Not Your Mom’s Meatloaf. It sounded
pretty mouth-watering.”

Not Your Mom’s Meatloaf was among the
more standard items on the menu. Lazy Dog also dishes up some unique
items such as spicy fried chicken lollipops and sweet potato tater tots.

9,400-square-foot restaurant will be built on an empty parcel near
where the Mel’s Drive-in used to be. Dosanjh said this is the first time
the restaurant is building from the ground up, as opposed to moving
into an existing space.

“We’re looking forward to go under construction,” he said. “This building will be our prototype.”

Tomorrow, the restaurant is expected to wrap up construction of its West Covina restaurant.

Get a ‘Taste of Redlands’ tomorrow evening

Tomorrow (October 8) evening, the Redlands Chamber of Commerce will present “Cruisin’ Cuisine: A Taste of Redlands’ Fare,” featuring samples from 15 restaurants.

The event will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Participants will be given a wristband, a “passport” and a map of participating restaurants and businesses who are hosting restaurants that are not located downtown.

In addition, participants who visit ten locations and get their “passport” validated can enter to win a 42-inch television.

The event, a fundraiser for the chamber, costs $35 for chamber members and $45 for non-members. Call the chamber office at 909-793-2546 for tickets.

For more information, click here to read Kristina Hernandez’ story as it appeared in the pages of the Redlands Daily Facts.

Tommy Tuesday returning to the Inland Empire

Original Tommy’s continues to celebrate its 65th anniversary with a series of Tommy Tuesday deals at various locations.

Next week, Tommy Tuesday returns to the Inland Empire, with a twist.

Instead of the usual 99 chiliburgers deal, we’re getting 99 chili fries, which is just fine by me.

Tommy Tuesday will take place from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. this Tuesday (October 11) at the Chino location, 12205 Mountain Ave., just north of the 60 Freeway.

All you have to do to get your deal is say the phrase “chili fry,” which, if you are ordering chili fries, would be a little tricky not to do.

There’s an extra charge if you want chili cheese fries, but it’s totally worth it in my book.

You can also pick up the deal at locations in Eagle Rock, Long Beach, Simi Valley and Westminster.

For more information, click here to get to the Facebook event page for next week’s Tommy Tuesday.

Second annual Lake Arrowhead Brewfest is Saturday

What a perfect way to spend a sunny fall afternoon: Relaxing lakeside, sampling beer from a variety of brewers.

Sound like fun? You can do just that at the second annual Lake Arrowhead Brewfest this Saturday (October 8).

The festival will take place lakeside from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Arrowhead Lake Association’s Tavern Bay Beach Club, 28399 North Shore Road.

Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 the day of the event. A $10 designated driver ticket is also available. Click here to buy tickets online and avoid the possibility of getting turned away at the door.

Your admission price to the fest, a fundraiser for the Lake Arrowhead Communities Chamber of Commerce, includes a commemorative beer glass.

The event will feature a live how-to beer brewing demonstration, and John Palmer, author of “How to Brew,” will again take part in the event.

Participants include Redlands’ Hangar 24 Craft Brewery, Big Bear Brewing Company, Riverside’s Inland Empire Brewing Company, Carlsbad’s On The Tracks Brewery and Escondido’s Stone Brewing Co.

In addition, Riverside’s Beer, Beer, and More Beer is partnering with the Mountain Brew Club for the event.