Chino Hills Wine Walk is tomorrow

Chino Hills Wine Walk 2015Are you ready to sip, snack and shop, all while supporting the Chino Hills community?

The fifth annual Chino Hills Wine Walk will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. tomorrow evening (October 10) at The Shoppes at Chino Hills.

Proceeds from the event will help the Chino Hills Community Foundation’s cause to supplement funding for cultural, educational and recreational projects in the city where funding is insufficient or unavailable.

20 wines and appetizers will be featured at participating retailers at The Shoppes at Chino Hills.

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Tickets made available for today’s Inland Empire Cupcake Fair

Cupcake Fair 2015 ticketsFear not, cupcake fans!

Although tasting tickets have sold out for today’s (October 4) Inland Empire Cupcake Fair & Baking Expo, you can still go.

General admission tickets — which do not include tasting tickets — will be available for $10 at the door, beginning at noon.

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Rah Rah Redlands to feature food trucks

Food trucks will again be part of this year’s Rah Rah Redlands at the University of Redlands’ Ted Runner Stadium.

The homecoming tailgating event, which is open to the public, runs until 8:30 p.m., with the football game kicking off at 7 p.m., tonight (October 3).

Adult admission, which includes the football game, is $10. Kids 4 to 12 get in for $5. U of R students and kids 3 and younger get in free. A family pass — good for two adults and up to four kids — is $35.

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Just a few more days to vote for the best Inland Empire bartender

Battle for the Best BartenderThe last couple of weeks, Vom Fass Claremont has been hosting a battle for the Inland Empire’s best bartender, and round one voting wraps up in just a couple of days.

The top three finalists in round one will face off in the Industry Day Cocktail Mix Off at Vom Fass, where they will create cocktails using one of three Teeling Whiskeys available at Vom Fass.

Judges will include local business owners, other bartenders and Jack Teeling (of Teeling Whiskey).

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Rancho Cucamonga VFW Car and Motorcycle Show and Chili Cook-Off is today

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8680’s Car/Motorcycle Show and Chili Cook-off is going on until 4 p.m. today (September 27) at the post, 8751 Industrial Lane, Rancho Cucamonga.

Yours truly is one of the “local celebrities” that will be judging the chili cook-off. The judging is set to begin around 2 p.m.

Please feel free to come down and help support a worthy cause.

Nine food trucks scheduled for lunch today in downtown San Bernardino

SB Third Thursdays September 2015Today (September 17) is the third Thursday of the month, and that means that food trucks will be converging on San Bernardino’s City Hall.

The trucks will park in the parking lot on the south side of Court Street between D and E streets from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Scheduled trucks include the Bakery Truck, Belly Bombz, Big Wave Grill, Crepes Bonaparte, Greenz on Wheelz, the Grilled Cheese Truck, Jojo’s Grill-A-Dog, the Lobos Truck and Piaggio on Wheels.

For updates, “Like” the event on Facebook.

Rancho Cucamonga Toby Keith’s I This Bar & Grill is closed

Longtime reader Carl tipped us off Monday night that the Victoria Gardens Toby Keith’s I This Bar & Grill has closed.

It’s just the latest of a string of closures for the chain, but whatever happened, happened pretty quickly: Yelp reviews indicate the restaurant was open Sunday night and the restaurant’s Twitter page posted a link early Monday morning to its now-nonexistent Facebook page.

A Love and Theft concert slated to take place at the venue on September 24 has been cancelled.

Several of the chain’s locations across the country have closed in the last year or so, including a Phoenix restaurant that opened earlier this year.

In August, workers in Cincinnati sued the chain for non-payment of wages and concealing the restaurant’s shutdown in July of this year. That location also had several legal issues.

Other recently shuttered locations include Oxnard, Folsom, Syracuse, N.Y., Newport News, Va., Tucson, Ariz., Orlando, Fla., Woodbridge, Va., Orange Beach, Ala., St. Louis Park, Minn., and Houston. A Rosemont, Ill. location is facing an eviction trial in October.

The restaurants are operated by Phoenix-based Boomtown Entertainment.

I This Bar & Grill? Well…maybe not so much.

The Rancho Cucamonga location, which opened in April 2012, was at 12635 North Main St.

Ontario Hamburger Mary’s hosting ribbon-cutting event today

Hamburger Mary's Ontario Grand OpeningThe newly-opened Hamburger Mary’s in Ontario will kick off its grand opening celebration with a ribbon-cutting ceremony today (September 10).

The ribbon-cutting begins at 5 p.m., with a live band performing from 6 to 8 p.m.

A special drag show — featuring Chad Michaels and Delta Work from RuPaul’s Drag Race, along with Mayhem Miller and Dolly Levi — begins at 8 p.m.

The grand opening celebration continues at 5 p.m. Saturday (September 12).

Hamburger Mary’s is at 3550 E. Porsche Way.

For updates, “Like” the restaurant’s Facebook page.

Subway, King Taco, others offering Los Angeles County Fair deals

Los Angeles County Fair Juicy'sWant to visit the Los Angeles County Fair and get a ride wristband for just $25?

Simply head to any participating Subway restaurant.

You gotta be willing to play hooky on Thursdays, because that’s the only day the offer is good.

Still, it’s a tremendous deal, considering the wristband alone is normally $50 by itself.

Click here for a list of participating locations, which includes most Inland Empire restaurants.

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Free pizza today at Eastvale Blaze Pizza

Blaze PizzaToday (September 3) is a good day to be in the Inland Empire.

Not only can you get free Pizza Bitz at three Inland Empire Wetzel’s Pretzels locations today, social media fans of Blaze Pizza (founded by Wetzel’s Pretzels co-founder Rick Wetzel and his wife Elise) can get a free pizza today at the chain’s new location in Eastvale.

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