Claremont Pie Festival returns Saturday

Saturday (March 14) is Pi Day, and the city of Claremont is again celebrating the day with the Claremont Pie Festival.

The event features pie baking and eating contests, pie making demos, pie tastings, a vintage apron exhibit, a pie recipe card hunt, kids’ apron decorating and an apron parade, along with classic cars, live music and vendor booths.

The festival will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Village.

Headquarters for the festival is the I Like Pie Bake Shop, 175 N. Indian Hill Blvd., naturally.

Click here for more information and contest forms.

San Bernardino Elephant Bar to be reborn as Jiro’s Japanese Restaurant

Jiro's Japanese RestaurantWe’ve been watching construction going on at the former Elephant Bar at 1050 E. Harriman Place in San Bernardino and had figured out it was going to be Jiro’s Japanese Restaurant, but then San Bernardino Sun reporter Ryan Hagen came along and filled in the blanks for us.

The new restaurant is expected to open in May.

We’re thinking it should do well, since there hasn’t been a Japanese restaurant in the Hospitality Lane area since Yamazato of Japan closed in December 2008.

And, no, we’re not counting Seattle’s Best Teriyaki.

Read Ryan’s article here.

Fontana’s Tio’s Mexican Grill goes upscale with new addition

Tio's Grille and CantinaFontana’s Tio’s Mexican Grill, 16953 Sierra Lakes Parkway, just went upscale with the addition of Tio’s Grille & Cantina next door.

The new place — which had its grand opening on Saturday — looks amazing!

It’s truly a family affair, as the owners’ niece, who operates designstiles, created the look.

You can check out the pics (from Sabra Lattos Photography) here.

Share Italian with the Let’s Dine Out crew

Reservations are now being taken for the latest Let’s Dine Out Show Grub Club event.

Allen Borgen and crew will host diners at Domenico’s Italian Kitchen, 890 Oak Valley Parkway in Beaumont. The event is scheduled to take place from 4 to 7 p.m. March 8.

Participants will sample 14 different dishes, including four different pizzas. Cost is $42 per person, which includes tax, tip and a non-alcoholic beverage.

For more information, including a full menu, click here. To make a reservation, click here.

Chocolate Decadence, wine festival coming to Pechanga this weekend

WineFestChocDecTemecula’s Pechanga Resort and Casino has a pair of delectable events this weekend that are sure to delight any food lover.

The resort’s annual Chocolate Decadence is set for 7 to 10 p.m. Friday (February 27).

The event features both sweet and savory chocolate treats, along with more than 30 wineries featuring over 100 champagnes, sparkling and dessert wines specially selected for pairing.

Attendees will also be able to sample desserts and other confections created by Pechanga’s pastry chefs.

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San Bernardino Third Thursdays Food Fest returns tomorrow

SB Third ThursdaysIt sure seems like it’s been longer than a month, but downtown San Bernardino’s Third Thursdays Food Fest is tomorrow (February 19).

The event takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the city hall parking lot on Court Street between D and E streets.

All the usual suspects are scheduled to serve: Bacon MANiaCrepes Bonaparte, the Greasy Wiener, the Grilled Cheese Truck, the Mocha-Lotive Express, My Delight Cupcakery, Piaggio on Wheels, and Street Foods Co.

Ride the sbX to the event and receive a $5 voucher to spend at any of the food trucks.

For updates and more information, visit the event’s Facebook page.

Carolyn’s Cafe hosting another BBQ night Saturday

Carolyn's BBQ NightFans know Carolyn’s Cafe in Redlands is a great spot for breakfast or lunch.

However, man (and woman) does not live on breakfast and lunch alone. So, Carolyn’s Cafe is hosting another of its rare BBQ Nights this Saturday (February 21).

The restaurant will be serving pulled pork and brisket plates and sandwiches and a Southwest bacon avocado burger, along with side dishes and desserts — including Carolyn’s deliciously decadent coffee cake.

The event will take place from 4 to 7 p.m., but you probably want to get there early to avoid any sell-outs.

Carolyn’s Cafe is at 1711 W. Lugonia Ave., Suite 101.

For more information, click here.

Golden Corral coming to San Bernardino

Circus Vargas and the giant pumpkin patch/Christmas tree lot are going to have to find a new home.

That’s because a Golden Corral is planned for the southeast corner of Waterman Avenue and Hospitality Lane in San Bernardino — right where those temporary businesses are usually located.

It’ll be the fifth Southern California location for the buffet chain, following Hesperia, Industry, El Centro and a planned Bellflower restaurant.

No opening date has been set.

Brätworks celebrating grand opening tomorrow with buy-one-get-one-free deal

Bratworks Grand OpeningAlthough San Bernardino’s Brätworks has been open several months now, the gourmet hot dog shop is celebrating (or is that cele-brät-ing?) its grand opening tomorrow (February 7).

From 10 a.m.-midnight, guests will be able to take advantage of a buy one, get one free deal on all the restaurant’s “classic works” hot dogs.

In addition, there will be prizes and giveaways from 10 a.m.-noon, a DJ and face painting from noon-4 p.m., free grilled cheese for kids from 4-7 p.m. and half-price beer from 7 p.m.-midnight.

Brätworks is at 4235 N. University Parkway, Suite 102.

$5 sandwiches, Winternationals ticket discount at Philly’s Best

Head to the San Dimas Philly’s Best today (February 5) to pick up any sandwich for just $5, and while you’re there (or at any Philly’s Best location), you can also save $7 off advance Circle K NHRA Winternationals ticket purchases (or save $5 off tickets at the raceway).

The sandwich deal is good today only at the San Dimas location, 806C W. Arrow Highway.

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