Roadhouse BBQ and Tap-Out in Rancho Mirage tomorrow

BabesRoadhouseBBQandTapOutBarbecue fans and beer lovers will want to head to Babe’s Bar-B-Que & Brewhouse in Rancho Mirage between 1 and 5 p.m. tomorrow (September 28).

That’s because the brewery restaurant will be the site of a Roadhouse BBQ and Tap-Out event.

For $35 (or just $30 in advance), you can have five draft craft beers or five BBQ items from their patio smoker.

Or you can have two draft craft beers and three BBQ items from their patio smoker.

Or you can have one draft craft beer and four BBQ items from their patio smoker.

Or, well…you get the idea. You get a selection of five items, your choice of brew or ‘cue.

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Auntie Anne’s helping raise funds to fight childhood cancer

AuntieAnnesALSFAuntie Anne’s is hoping to raise half a million dollars to help fight childhood cancer, and they need your help to do it.

Through October 15, the pretzel purveyor is selling lemon icons for $1, each of which contains a kid-friendly lemon joke and $1 off the purchaser’s next pretzel and drink.

Proceeds from the sales will benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand, an organization which raises funds to help find a cure for childhood cancer.

But the fun doesn’t end there.

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Trio donating 10% to Stroke Recovery Center this week

May is National Stroke Awareness Month and the help the cause, this week Trio Restaurant has been donating 10% of lunch and dinner proceeds to the Stroke Recovery Center in Palm Springs.

OK, so the week is more than half over, but the fundraiser continues through Sunday (May 19), so you’ve got all weekend to enjoy some great food and help support (and if you’re quick, you can still catch tonight’s prix fixe!).

Trio is at 707 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs. Click here for reservations.

Dine Out for Life on April 25th

It’s time once again for Dining Out for Life!

The annual event is a fundraiser for AIDS service organizations and is being held in many locations nationwide on Thursday.

Here in the Inland Empire, proceeds will benefit Desert AIDS Project.

This year, over 35 Coachella Valley restaurants are participating.

Most are donating 33% of the day’s sales to the organization, but some are donating more.

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McDonald’s hosting McWrap parties in Fontana, Palm Springs

McDonald’s is fêting its new Premium McWraps with a series of parties at Southern California restaurants.

The parties, which are being promoted on Twitter, begin tomorrow (April 2) and wrap up (get it?) on April 10.

Guests will be able to try Premium McWraps, play games, win prizes and hang out with friends and other McDonald’s Twitter fans.

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Indio International Tamale Festival is this weekend

Tamale lovers…the annual Indio International Tamale Festival is this weekend (December 1 and 2).

The event, which has become a Dine 909 tradition in the last couple of years (usually in conjunction with Saturday’s Palm Springs Festival of Lights parade), runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The festival location is bounded by Miles Avenue on the north, Requa Avenue on the South, Towne Street on the west and Smurr Street on the east.

It’s definitely a trek for most of the Inland Empire, but it’s worth a visit at least once to see the variety of tamales sold at the festival, including seasonal flavors like pumpkin.

It’s not all about the tamales. There are other food vendors, too.

There’s also a parade (Saturday at 10 a.m.), lots of entertainment (including War, 4:30 p.m. on Sunday), tamale-eating contests (Saturday), carnival rides and more at the free event.

For more information, click here.