Paul Martin’s American Grill opens at Victoria Gardens

P.F. Chang’s. Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar. And now, Paul Martin’s American Grill.

The trifecta is complete.

Paul Martin’s, the third of Paul Fleming’s restaurants at Rancho Cucamonga’s Victoria Gardens, officially opened Monday (June 23).

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Tour de Fork returns to Victoria Gardens on Thursday

Tour de Fork 2014A great fundraiser and culinary event is returning to Rancho Cucamonga’s Victoria Gardens on Thursday (June 26).

The second annual Tour de Fork will take place from 5:30 to 8 p.m. along the center’s South Mainstreet.

Tickets ($42-$52) include unlimited food tastings and five beverage tastings. A full 100% of ticket sales will benefit your choice of three local charities: The Rancho Cucamonga Community and Arts Foundation, the Rancho Cucamonga Library Foundation or Rancho Cucamonga Animal Care and Services.

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Cheers to the best beer, wine, spirits and olive oil at Fairplex

It’s time again for the Cheers event at Fairplex in Pomona. Tonight’s (June 21) the night.

Billed as “L.A.’s wine, spirits, beer and food festival,” the event showcases the award-winning winesspiritsbeers, olive oils and dairy of the 2014 Los Angeles International Competitions.

More importantly, it’s a fundraiser for educational programs at the Learning Centers at Fairplex, which offers educational programs for students of all ages and socioeconomic backgrounds.

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Tickets still available for Saturday’s Wig Wam Pow Wow with Charles Phoenix

Wig Wam Pow WowOur friend (and Ontario native) Charles Phoenix is returning to the scene of last winter’s doughnut exchange — the iconic Wigwam Motel.

Tomorrow (June 21), he’ll be hosting the Wig Wam Pow Wow, a veritable cornucopia of nostalgic fun, complete with a vintage trailer and classic car show, an old-fashioned weenie roast (featuring Gazzolo’s sausages), a sing-along ’round a bonfire, and of course, one of Charles’ signature retro slide shows.

There are plenty of other surprises in store, including an appearance from the world-famous Bob Baker MarionettesBallusionist.com’s Brian Potivn, and the delightful musical stylings of Mr. Tiny and Mary.

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Art walk and crab boil in downtown Redlands today

Redlands’ Downtown Art Walk and Crab Boil — or as we prefer to call it, the Downtown Crab Boil and Art Walk — will take place from noon to 6 p.m. today (June 15).

For $15, participants can get crab and crawfish dishes prepared by Ryan Berk of à la Minute and Parliament Chocolate and the Jonathon Wiener from Lounge 22.

Beer (from Hangar 24 Craft Brewery and Ritual Brewing Co.) and wine (from State Street Winery) will be available for an extra $5.

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Head to Claremont’s Vom Fass today for whisky and waffles

Our friends at the Claremont Vom Fass are celebrating Father’s Day with a special treat.

The gourmet shop will be serving bite-sized portions of seared apricot waffles à la mode with whiskey cream, followed by a whisky tasting.

The event runs from 1 to 4 p.m. today (June 15) at the shop, 101 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Suite C2-100.

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Blaze Pizza coming to Riverside Plaza, offering free pizza for a day

Blaze PizzaPizza fans! Mark your calendars for next Tuesday (June 17).

That’s the day the new Blaze Pizza will be giving out free pizza.

Yes…free!

It’s the second Inland Empire location for the chain, which opened at the Desert Hills Premium Outlets in Cabazon back in April.

The new pizzeria is in Riverside Plaza, at 3540 Riverside Plaza Drive, Suite 328.

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Rancho Cucamonga Jersey Mike’s Subs is open

The Inland Empire’s newest Jersey Mike’s Subs opened yesterday (June 11).

The sandwich shop has moved into the former Quiznos at 9659 Milliken Ave., #102, Rancho Cucamonga. It’s is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

The location has distributed 3,000 coupons good for a free regular sub for a minimum $1 contribution to Foothill Family Shelter, Rancho Cucamonga Community Services, or Living the Dream Foundation. Customers must have a coupon to get the deal, which is good through Sunday (June 15).

Locations in Fontana and Menifee are also in the works.

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Elephant Bar shuttering about a third of its locations

We knew that the San Bernardino Elephant Bar, 1050 E. Harriman Place, was closing, and have recently learned that it will close tomorrow (June 11). However, that’s not the end of the story. We’re hearing that at least 15 of the chain’s 44 locations — a little over a third — are closing this week. Continue reading

Tomorrow is National Doughnut Day

Tomorrow (June 6) is National Doughnut Day is tomorrow, an event begun during the Great Depression by the Salvation Army as a way to raise funds and bring awareness to the organization’s social service programs.

It also commemorates the “doughnut lassies,” female Salvation Army volunteers who provided writing supplies, stamps, clothes-mending and home-cooked meals, and of course, doughnuts, for soldiers on the front lines, initially during World War I.

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