A very special Grub Club is filling up has sold out

The Let’s Dine Out Show’s Grub Club events are traditionally special meals served at a local restaurant.

Next month’s event is a break from tradition.

The February 26 Grub Club is in partnership with the American Culinary Federation Southern California Inland Empire Chefs & Cooks Association and will take place at the Riverside Culinary Academy.

The evening will feature a six-course meal designed and prepared by five of the Inland Empire’s premiere chefs.

If you’re interested in this unique experience, you better hurry.

About two-thirds three-fourths of the reservations for the $25 meal have already been filled.

Click here to see the menu and to register for the dinner.

Update: The event is now sold out! I hope you were able to register it did.

Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour: Food, fun…lifesaving techniques

A big Dine 909 shout out goes to Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour server Michael Boles!

Fontana resident Ron Herman had gone to the newly-opened restaurant in Rancho Cucamonga to celebrate his 60th birthday.

Unfortunately, just after his food arrived, Herman suffered a seizure and stopped breathing.

Boles, a former U.S. Navy medic, heard a commotion in the restaurant.

Boles rushed over to Herman and (assisted by an off-duty paramedic) performed CPR, saving Herman’s life.

Rancho Cucamonga reporter (and Dine 909 contributor) Wendy Leung captured the scene during a recent reunion between Boles and Herman.

You can read her report here.

Refresh with a 32-ounce soda for only 60¢ today at Baker’s Drive-Thru

Inland Empire original Baker’s Drive-Thru, whose generosity with deals is well known to followers of this blog, is ramping up its campaign to celebrate its 60th anniversary.

Today (January 30), the chain is offering a 32-ounce Coke (or any other fountain beverage) for just 60¢, with a coupon.

The usual restrictions apply: One coupon per person or per car. Valid today only. You can either print the coupon or show it on your mobile device.

Be sure to follow Baker’s Drive-Thru on Facebook to catch all its deals, not just the ones we happen to spot.

There’s no Facebook event page for this deal, so click here for the coupon.

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

Groupon offering two-for-one tickets to the Palm Springs Food Truck Festival

Thanks to our friends over at [Desi]gn Cakes & Cupcakes for alerting us via Twitter of this:


For all you Palm Springs Food Truck Festival fencesitters out there, this deal should push you over the edge.

For the next day and a half, you can get two tickets (general admission or V.I.P) to the festival for the price of one via Groupon.

That’s a savings of either $10 (general admission) or $40 (V.I.P.).

The event takes place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday (February 4) at the Spa Resort Casino, 401 E. Amado Road.

V.I.P. ticketholders get early admission (10 a.m.), free water and soda, participation in a meet-and-greet with some of the truck operators and entry into drawings for a Las Vegas weekend.

The festival is being curated by Cliff Young, host of KVCR-TV’s Out To Eat, who has lined up 58 trucks (so far) for the event.

This is going to be a big event!

Click here to purchase the deal.

Follow the jump to see which trucks (including I.E.-based Stella Pierre’s Gourmet Grub, Where’s The Fire? Gourmet Pizza, Suite 106 Cupcakery and E & E Pel’s) are scheduled to participate.
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I This Bar & Grill to finally open?

Well, according to this post from Rancho Cucamonga reporter (and Dine 909 contributor) Wendy Leung, the long-gestating Victoria Gardens restaurant/bar will finally open mid-March…or so.

Wendy sent this tweet earlier today:

This will probably be small consolation to those folks who were hired in a job fair way back at the beginning of December.

Click here to read Wendy’s post over on RC Now.

Who wants a free combo burrito?


As expected, Baker’s Drive-Thru has posted its third coupon this week on its Facebook page.

Today’s coupon is for a free combination burrito.

As usual, you can print it out or display it on your mobile device. One coupon per person or per car per visit. The coupon is valid today (January 27) only.

There’s no Facebook event page created, so click here for the coupon.

Thanks again to Baker’s Drive-Thru for its generosity! Baker’s restaurants can be found throughout the Inland

Jacinto Farms expands to Redlands tomorrow

Mentone’s Jacinto Farms, which sells fresh produce grown within a four-mile radius, will open an auxiliary location in Redlands tomorrow (January 27).

The 1,200-square-foot stand, in a former gas station at 1269 Brookside Ave., will open at 9 a.m., then will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. beginning Monday (January 30).

The Jacinto family has been growing in the area since the 1920s.

The original Jacinto Farms stand is at 2108 Mentone Blvd.

Redlands Daily Facts reporter Kristina Hernandez has written about the new location. You can read her story here.

Restaurant folks: Register now for No Kid Hungry fundraiser


Restaurant owners and managers: This message is for you!

If you want to help in the effort to end childhood hunger in America, now is the time to act.

Share Our Strength is currently signing up restaurants for its annual Dine Out For No Kid Hungry event, which will take place this year from September 16-22.

Chains with Inland Empire locations which participated in last year’s campaign include Denny’s, Dave & Busters, Joe’s Crab Shack, Togo’s, Sizzler, Elephant Bar Restaurant, Cinnabon, Corner Bakery Cafe, Boston Market and P.F. Chang’s China Bistro.

Not to name names, but I’m thinking there’s quite a few Inland Empire-based chains and independent eatieries which might want to think about joining the campaign this year.

There are many levels of participation, from donating a percentage of sales, to having a special menu promotion to creating donation cards.

If you are interested in participating, click here to fill in the form. For more information about the Dine Out For No Kid Hungry campaign, click here.

Dine 909 thanks you in advance!

Winter deals waning at Sonic

Some things go completely unnoticed here at Dine 909, until someone waves them in front of us.

Such was the case of the Sonic Southern California winter deals. It wasn’t until Rancho Cucamonga reporter (and Dine 909 contributor) Wendy Leung retweeted this yesterday:

That was our first indication that Sonic Drive-Ins were currently running any kind of promotion.

Unfortunately, we also found out that it ends next week.

Follow the jump to see the daily deals.
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