Temecula’s Wiens Brewing opens Saturday

You might have heard of (or even visited) Wiens Family Cellars in Temecula.

Well, the family is branching out.

Wiens Brewing celebrates its grand opening Saturday (November 10).

The tasting room, at 27941 Diaz Road, Suite A, Temecula, will be open seven days a week: 3 to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 1 to 8 p.m. Friday and noon to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Currently on tap are:

  • Front Street Lager (a golden lager)
  • Plateau Pale Ale (a pale ale)
  • Old Town Amber (amber lager)
  • Insomnia IPA (an India pale ale)
  • Braun IPA (a brown India pale ale)
  • Descend (a black India pale ale)

The brewery is also distributing to lots of south Riverside County bars and restaurants. Click here to find out where.

To stay in touch, head to the brewery’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

Pechanga Food Truck Festival returns Saturday

If you were at the first one, you know.

It was massive.

The event sold out, as did many of the trucks about halfway through the event.

This go-round is expected to go a little smoother, with even more trucks ready to feed the hungry masses.

Not only are the usual trucks from Los Angeles and Orange counties going to be on hand, but, as last time, a good number of trucks from San Diego, and even a handful from Las Vegas will be at the event.

You might even spot a few Inland Empire trucks as well, including Pearson’s Catfish and our friends from Suite 106 Cupcakery.

The festival will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday (October 6) at Pechanga Resort and Casino, 4500 Pechanga Parkway, Temecula.

Tickets are $10 and are available in advance here.

Follow the jump to see the 53 (yes, 53!) currently scheduled trucks.
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Taste of Temecula Valley coming Saturday

The second annual Taste of Temecula Valley will be held from from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday (April 28).

The event will take place in Town Square, 41000 Main St., Old Town Temecula.

Attendees will be able to sample from area wineries, restaurants, breweries and specialty vendors.

Admission is $10 per person 13 or older, which includes one “taste” ticket or a commemorative wine glass. Children under 12 are free. Additional “taste” tickets will be available for $2 each.

The event is sponsored by the Temecula Valley Foundation for Excellence in Education, with proceeds benefiting Temecula Valley Unified School District schools.

Black Market Brewing Co. throws release party, invites food truck

Temecula’s Black Market Brewing Co. is throwing a party today (March 7) for its latest brew release, Darth Cerevisiae.

They’ve invited Yucaipa-based gourmet food truck Stella Pierre’s Gourmet Grub along in case partygoers get hungry.

The event kicks off at 4 p.m. and lasts until the wee hours of 9 p.m. at the brewery’s tasting room, 41740 Enterprise Circle North, #109, Temecula.

Click here for more information.

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.

Last-minute Mother’s Day suggestions

So, you still haven’t decided where you want to take Mom for Mother’s Day?

Let us help you out with a few suggestions:

Caf Champagne at Thornton Winery

32575 Rancho California Road, Temecula

On the menu: Prime rib, Tuscan-style chicken and gnocchi, Sangiovese braised beef short ribs, toasted orzo Greek salad, cheese blintzes, house-made tiramisu, warm banana bread pudding. Full menu available here.

Cost: $49.95 adults, $19.95 children 5 to 12 years old, 4 and under free

Time: Noon to 5 p.m., with live music from noon to 4 p.m.

Information: 951-699-0099

Ponte Family Estate Winery

35053 Rancho California Road, Temecula

On the menu: Belgian waffle and omelette bar, white port poached chicken breast with pistachio cream, prime rib, spiral-sliced ham, Alaskan halibut en crote, cheesecakes and lemon meringue and Key lime pies.

Cost:
$49 adults ($44 for wine club members), $25 children under 12 years old ($22 for children of wine club members)

Time:
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Information: 951-694-8855
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No New Year’s Eve plans? Here’s a few suggestions

For some people, New Year’s Eve is the biggest party night of the year. Time to go all out and shake loose the dust of the old year while reveling in the anticipation of the year to come.

Some of us, however, will be working.

If you’re one of those party people, you’ve probably had your celebration planned months ago, but in case you haven’t, here’s a quartet of suggestions for you.

Of course, it helps if you have a bit of spare cash left over from Christmas.
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Playing catch-up, again

So it’s Christmas Eve and I’ve got a few minutes squeezed in-between holiday preparations to play catch-up from the week’s Inland Empire food news.

First of all, we’ve got a pair of food reviews, as usual, from the Bulletin and the Sun. David Cohen traveled to Temecula to dine at Creekside Grille, located at Wilson Creek Winery. Elaine Lehman traveled to Yucaipa to have lunch at the Beach Cafe. I don’t get down to Temecula very often, but next time I’m in Yucaipa, I may seek out the Beach Cafe. It sounds right up my alley.

Read David’s review here. Read Elaine’s review here.

Next up, from David Allen’s blog, we read that Connal’s has replaced the old Mi Taco at 1226 W. 7th St. in Upland. The Connal’s chain, which was established in Pasadena 50 years ago, has doubled in size with the new location.

That’s right…after 50 years, they now have two locations to serve you!

David also notes that Connal’s is very generous with its portions. In his column, David recounts a little bit of the history of Connal’s, and hinted at the possiblility of adding Mi Taco’s signature Matador Salad (of which David has the recipe) to their menu.

If you are a fan of Mi Taco’s Matador Salad, David might even share that recipe with you if you ask politely. You can email him here.
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