Want to Oktoberfest in the Inland Empire? Here’s where to do it

This weekend — today in particular — seems to be the big weekend for German-style beer drinkin’ and eatin’.

There are events happening from Palm Springs to Pomona.

Head over the jump for a sampling of where to eins, zwei, drei, g’suffa…

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Taste of Lake Arrowhead is Thursday

The annual Taste of Lake Arrowhead returns to the Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa on Thursday (December 1).

The event will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the resort, 27984 Highway 189, Lake Arrowhead.

It kicks off with the lighting of the resort Christmas tree.

In addition to food samples provided by local restaurants, there will also be desserts, wine and beer tastings and entertainment.

Three awards will be given away at the end of the event: Best of the Taste of Lake Arrowhead, Critic’s Choice and Most Creative Display.

The cost is $25 per person along with either a toy or gift card for Operation Provider.

For reservations or more information, please contact the Lake Arrowhead Communities Chamber of Commerce at 909-337-3715, or purchase tickets online by clicking here.

Lake Arrowhead mom wins Paula Deen recipe contest

A while back we told you of a local mom, Monica Williams Staniec of Lake Arrowhead, who was one of 16 finalists in the second season of Kraft Foods’ and Paula Deen’s “Real Women of Philadelphia” recipe contest.

Entrants submitted videos showcasing original recipes featuring Philadelphia Cream Cheese or Philadelphia Cooking Creme.

Well, the final event was held on June 30 in Savannah, Ga., and…she won!

Monica won in the side dish category for her Stuffed Eggplant with Savory Garlic Cooking Creme recipe.

The winners in the other three categories are:

Monica and the other three winners each received a talent contract worth $25,000, will star in their own cooking videos, will contribute to a cookbook featuring the community’s favorite cream cheese recipes from the season and host the Real Women of Philadelphia community for the remainder of the year.

Congratulations, Monica!

Her introductory post on the Real Women of Philadelphia site has just gone live. You can read it here.

Follow the jump to see the side dish finalists cook-off and to see Monica’s original recipe video entry.
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Local mom a finalist in Paula Deen cooking contest

Apparently, the local mountains are brimming with creative folks!

First, we had a nine-year-old whose hippos were a smash in Ore-Ida’s “Mash Destruction” contest.

Now we have a mom, Monica Williams Staniec of Lake Arrowhead, who is one of 16 finalists in the second season of Kraft Foods’ and Paula Deen’s “Real Women of Philadelphia” recipe contest.

Entrants submitted videos showcasing original recipes featuring Philadelphia Cream Cheese or Philadelphia Cooking Creme.

See what they did there?

Recipes could be entered in one of four categories: appetizer, side dish, entree and dessert.

Monica was recently named a finalist in the side dish category for her Stuffed Eggplant with Savory Garlic Cooking Creme recipe.

She and the other finalists will be flown to Savannah, Ga., to meet Paula and attend the final event on June 30, where four winners will receive $25,000.

Go, Monica!

Click through to the jump to see Monica’s recipe video…and of her reaction upon hearing the news she was a finalist.
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