Corona Gourmet Food Truck Festival coming next weekend

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OK, we’re taking a little break this weekend, but the food trucks are coming back to the Inland Empire next weekend.

The big event will be at Corona’s the Shops at Dos Lagos.

The Corona Gourmet Food Truck Festival will take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, August 25 at the shopping center, 2780 Cabot Drive.

Thirty food trucks are scheduled for the event, courtesy of our friends over at I.E. Gourmet Food Trucks.

It’s not all about the food trucks, however.

Also part of the event is Taste of Dos Lagos, which features samples of food, wine, and cocktails from various Dos Lagos eateries, including the Viva Las Vegas roll from RA Sushi, stuffed dates and quinoa from Citrus City Grille, Jack chicken strips, bruschetta chicken pasta and Electric Lemonade from T.G.I. Friday’s, a beer float with Young’s Double Chocolate Stout and Tahitian vanilla bean ice cream, and Chimay-braised pulled pork sandwich with Harvarti cheese and apple butter on a Brioche bun from Steam Haus Gastropub, grey salt caramel, fresh mint chip, roasted banana with brown sugar caramel and lavender honey ice creams from Christopher Michael Ice Cream, and selections from Miguel’s California Mexican Cocina, TAPS Fish House and Brewery and Pinkberry.

In addition, Hangar 24 Craft Brewery will be on hand, pouring a selection of brews.

Tickets are $8 (plus $2.06 service fee) in advance or $10 at the door. V.I.P. tickets, which grant you one hour early admission (10 a.m.) and entry to a shaded area with reserved tables, are $20 (plus $2.90 service fee) in advance or $25 at the door. Kids five and under are admitted free.

Advance tickets are available online here or at the Dos Lagos Management Office, located near Sunglass Hut.

While supplies last, you can get two free tickets to the event by spending $75 in a single day at Dos Lagos retailers. Simply bring your receipt(s) to the Dos Lagos Management Office from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Corona Partners for Parks.

Head over the jump to see the list of scheduled trucks.
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Sharkfest brings food trucks to Corona Thursday night

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The public is invited to Santiago High School’s Sharkfest, happening from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday (August 16).

Several food trucks are scheduled to be at the event:

Admission is free. Proceeds will benefit the school’s football team.

Santiago High School is at 1395 Foothill Parkway, Corona.

For more information, click here.

Food truck festival set for Leap Day

Our friends over at I.E. Gourmet Food Trucks have put together their very first food truck event.

The Corona Chamber of Commerce Prime Time Mixer will take place from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. next Wednesday (February 29) at the UFC Gym, 470 N. McKinley St., Corona.

Trucks scheduled to participate include Bacon MANia, the Lime Truck, Pogi Boy, Dos Chinos, Crepe’n Around, and the Slummin’ Gourmet, according to the event flier.

Also, Cafe2U will debut its new truck.

The event is free to attend.

For information, visit I.E. Gourmet Food Trucks’ website.

Head to Corona for cheap chili fries today

That’s because the Original Tommy’s in Corona is one of the locations participating in today’s Tommy Tuesday.

In continuing celebration of the chain’s 65th anniversary, Tommy’s has been offering deals at select locations on Tuesdays.

Today’s (November 29) deal, good until 10 p.m., is chili fries for 99. You can get up to five orders at that price.

All you have to do is say the secret phrase: Happy Holidays!

The Corona Tommy’s is at 2280 Compton Ave.

For more information, or to see all participating locations, visit the Facebook event page.

Other Inland Empire Original Tommy’s can be found in Barstow, Chino and Riverside.

Tommy Tuesday returns to the Inland Empire

Original Tommy’s is still celebrating its 65th anniversary with occasional deals.

Next Tuesday, the chain is serving up 99 chiliburgers at only three of its 33 locations.

One of them happens to be in the Inland Empire.

From 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday (August 2), you’ll be able to buy up to five chiliburgers at that price at the Original Tommy’s at 2280 Compton Ave. in Corona.

All you need to do to get the deal is utter the secret word: BBQ!

The other two participating locations are in San Diego and Las Vegas.

Click here for the Tommy Tuesday Facebook event page.

Tip-A-Cop next week at Claim Jumper

Claim Jumper is hosting a Tip-A-Cop fundraiser for Special Olympics from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday (April 14).

The premise is simple: Police personnel help out the wait staff and in return, get tipped by guests.

The tips are donated to charity.

I’ve been to several of these Tip-A-Cop events in the past and, although there always seems to be a bit of confusion, they’re usually a lot of fun.

Claim Jumper has an Inland Empire presence in Rancho Cucamonga (12499 Foothill Blvd.), San Bernardino (1905 Commercenter East), Temecula and Corona.

For more information on the Claim Jumper Tip-A-Cop fundraiser, click here.

Nicky’s Week on now at RA Sushi

RA Sushi, with Inland Empire locations in Chino Hills and Corona, is hosting its sixth annual “Nicky’s Week” fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital this week.

The Scottsdale, Ariz.,-based restaurant will donate 100% of the proceeds from select food and beverage items to St. Jude. The fundraiser ends Saturday (June 5).

If you want to help out, RA Sushi, 2785 Cabot Drive, Corona, is open for lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and for dinner until 11 p.m. through Saturday. Happy hour is 3 to 7 p.m. through Saturday. RA Sushi, 13925 City Center Drive, Chino Hills, is open for lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and for dinner until 11 p.m. daily. Happy hour is from 3 to 7 p.m. through Saturday.

Meet Me at Mimi’s, Corona-style

Get ready…they’re doing it again.

Tomorrow morning, May 5.

9 a.m.

Mimi’s Cafe, Corona.

If you’re a regular follower of Dine 909, you know the drill: Get there early, get gift certificates.

In the past, Mimi’s has given $100 gift certificates to the first 10 adults (18+) in line, $50 the next 15, and $25 to the next 50, for a total of 75 gift certificates worth $3,000. Not bad for just standing around.

They have been handing out gift certificates to celebrate their grand openings of new restaurants or remodels of older locations. Corona happens to fall in the latter category.

With this remodel, the Corona location gains a full bar and gets a refreshed look.

After 17 years, I believe they’re due.

Why not come out and join the celebration? You might just walk away with a free gift card as a Cinco de Mayo present!

The Corona Mimi’s Cafe is at 2230 Griffin Way, at McKinley Street. They’re open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m daily.