Claremont Craft Ales turns one, throws party, collects shoes

Has it really been a year?

Claremont Craft Ales is celebrating its first anniversary on Saturday (July 27) and you’re invited to the party!

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Claremont Restaurant Week has begun

Claremont Restaurant WeekIt’s Claremont’s turn for restaurant week.

The inaugural Claremont Restaurant Week begins today (July 9) and concludes next Tuesday (July 16).

About a quarter of the city’s 80-plus eateries are participating in the event, offering prix fixe specials ranging in price from $10 to $40.

Head over the jump to see who’s participating, along with a selection of specials.

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Claremont Village’s Blues & Brews Craft Beer Walk is Saturday

Foodies and craft beer fans will want to take in the Claremont Village’s fourth annual Blues and Brews Craft Beer Walk, which takes place from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday (June 29).

Participants (21 years of age and older) will be able to tour the village and try food and drink samples from nearly two dozen participating eateries and sample beer from about 15 craft breweries.

They’ll be entertained along the way by over a dozen bands.

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Inka Trails wine pairing event is Wednesday

Peruvian restaurant Inka Trails is hosting a special wine pairing event from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday (April 24) at the restaurant, 1077 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont.

The event includes a three-course dinner, paired with exclusive wines from Peru and Argentina, and live music.

Cost is $35 (plus tax) in advance and $40 the day of the event.

Reservations are required and can be made by calling the restaurant at 909-626-4426.

For more information, click here for the Facebook event page. Click here to download the evening’s menu.

Earth Day deals from Loving Hut, Feisty Chicken & Grill

Today (April 22) is Earth Day, and both Loving Hut and Feisty Chicken & Grill have deals lined up in celebration.

Vegan restaurant Loving Hut is offering 10% off when you present this coupon any day through Saturday (April 27). You have the option to display the coupon on your mobile device or print it in color or black and white.

Loving Hut has locations in Claremont (175 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Suite A 102) and Upland (903 W. Foothill Blvd.).

For details, click here.

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Pacific Western Bank’s annual food drive on through February 28

For the third year, Pacific Western Bank is hosting a food drive for Inland Valley Hope Partners.

Eight branches (five of which are in the Inland Empire) are participating: Corona, Claremont, Covina, Glendora, Irwindale, Rancho Cucamonga, Ontario and Upland.

The bank has set a goal to collect 500 food items per location. Last year it collected three tons of food, which helped feed about 150 families for a week.

Since 1968, Inland Valley Hope Partners has provided food, shelter and supportive services to children and families in need. It provides close to 70,000 pounds of food every month, so your donations are definitely needed.

If you would like to host a food drive at your company please call Fran Robertson at Inland Valley Hope Partners 909-622-3806x 231.

Inland Valley Hope Partners has provided food shelter and supportive services since 1968.

Enter to win a $25 gift card from the Claremont Loving Hut

Vegan restaurant Loving Hut in Claremont is currently hosting a contest to give away a pair of $25 gift certificates.

To enter, simply text GoGreen to 71441. Additional entries can be gained by visiting the restaurant’s Facebook page.

The gift cards will be given away on Thursday (February 14) and February 28.

For details, click here.

The Claremont Loving Hut is at 175 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Suite B102A.

Food Truck Mania returns to Claremont January 26

It’s been a while since the Claremont High School Music Boosters held its first food truck fundraiser, but they’re going it again.

The latest Food Truck Mania will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, January 26, at Taylor Hall, 1775 N. Indian Hill Blvd. (at Scripps Drive), Claremont.

It is a free event.

A portion of the proceeds of food sales will benefit CHS Music Booster programs.

A good variety of trucks are scheduled for the event, including our pals from the Rancho Cucamonga-based Suite 106 Cupcakery. Click over the jump for a list.

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Do you like pie? I Like Pie has opened in Claremont

A new pie bakeshop, the I Like Pie Bake Shop, opened a couple of Saturdays ago in Claremont.

The shop, which specializes in both sweet and savory pies of all shapes and sizes, from whole size (10″) round pies down to jelly jar pies (muffin-sized) to toaster pastry-shaped (Pop Tartesque) hand pies to empanada-like fold overs and rounds to lollipop pies.

It’s kind of like a cupcake shop for those who prefer pies to cakes. A cuppiery?

Their selection is not limited to pies, however, as delicious pictures of cookie bars were spotted on the bakery’s social media feeds.

Warning: Unless you want to get instantly hungry, avoid checking out the photos on I Like Pie’s website, Twitter and Facebook feeds.

Also, if you plan on visiting I Like Pie, go early. We stopped by tonight just after 5 p.m., only to be greeted by a nearly-empty display case. The chicken pot pie sample I was offered made me want to make a return visit, however. For the best selection, we were told to get there before 1 p.m.

I Like Pie, 175 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Suite 102B, is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday through the holidays.

Much thanks to reader Judith for tipping us off about this one.