[desi]gn cakes & cupcakes turns two; open shop is Thursday night

In the two years since [desi]gn cakes & cupcakes began, the bakery has won 13 awards, been recognized by the State Senate and have competed on Cupcake Wars.

To celebrate, [desi]gn will host another open shop from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday (November 15) at its new commercial bakery, 12207 Central Ave., Chino.

They will have cupcakes (flavors haven’t yet been determined) for sale, and in honor of Veterans Day, all current and former military will receive a free mini cupcake when you show your military ID.

For more information and updates, click here for the Facebook event page.

Open shop at [desi]gn cakes & cupcakes on Thursday

It’s been a while, so we’re glad to hear that [desi]gn cakes & cupcakes is having another open shop.

The event will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday (October 4) at their relocated commercial bakery at 12207 Central Ave. in Chino.

The following cupcake flavors will be available: Pumpkin YUM!, Salted Caramel with Black Lava Sea Salt, and Strawberry Funnel Cake.

Cost is $3.25 per cupcake. [desi]gn will donate 10% of sales the City of Hope.

For more information, click here.

Growlers available at I & I Brewing

For those of you who have visited the best little brewery in Chino, I & I Brewing, and have wanted to bring some of that fresh brew home with you, your wish has been granted.

Growlers are now available for filling with select brews.

Which brews, you might ask?

Whatever the brewery has a backup keg of, which means the selection will vary from day to day.

We’re hoping for a backup keg of the Ginger Strong Ale soon.

I & I Brewing is at 14175 Telephone Ave., Suite J, in Chino. The tasting room is open from 4 to 9 p.m. on Fridays and from 1 to 9 p.m. on Saturdays.

Another cupcake open house tonight in Chino

In case you missed the last one, or just can’t get enough of delicious cupcakes, our friends over at [desi]gn cakes & cupcakes are hosting another open house from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight (March 12) at their commercial bakery, 13641 Central Ave., Suite F, in Chino.

Tonight’s available cupcake flavors will be French toast (maple-infused cakes with brown sugar cream cheese frosting, topped with bacon sprinkles), ShamROCK and Roll (chocolate stout cake filled with an Irish whiskey ganache and topped with Irish cream buttercream frosting), and another, yet to be determined, flavor.

I attended the open house last Monday and had a chance to taste the bakery’s two entries at this year’s L.A. Cupcake Challenge: Buffalo chicken and churro. Both were delicious!

For more information, click here to go to the Facebook event page.

Cupcake open house in Chino on Monday


Ever wonder what it’s like behind the scenes of a fantastic sweets factory?

Well, you’ll get your chance to check out an award-winning bakery on Monday (March 5) as our friends over at [desi]gn cakes & cupcakes open their doors for an open house.

And you don’t even need a golden ticket.

The bakery typically just does event catering, special event tastings and online sales of its cupcakes in a jar, so the open house will be a treat (pun intended) for those of us who have wanted to sample their wares.

The cupcake menu is still being decided, but one flavor that will definitely be available for purchase is the one they debuted at the L.A. Cupcake Challenge this year: Buffalo chicken!

The muchtalkedabout savory cake is made with polenta, ranch cream cheese, boneless chicken and Buffalo sauce.

The open house will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at their commercial bakery at 13641 Central Ave., Suite F, in Chino.

For more information, or to vote for a favorite cupcake flavor, head the open house’s Facebook event page.

Update: Three flavors will be for sale — Churro and the above-mentioned Buffalo chicken, both featured at the L.A. Cupcake Challenge, and banana cream pie.

Your open invitation to dine with veterans

This quickie from the Chino American Legion:

Chino American Legion Post 299 at 13759 Central Ave., Chino, hosts breakfast every Sunday from 9 a.m. to noon and taco lunch every Tuesday from 11 a.m to 2. p.m.

Open to the public so come and support your veterans.

Information: 909-628-2080.

So there you have it. Feel free to stop by Sunday morning or Tuesday at noontime and help support local veterans.

Tommy Tuesday returning to the Inland Empire

Original Tommy’s continues to celebrate its 65th anniversary with a series of Tommy Tuesday deals at various locations.

Next week, Tommy Tuesday returns to the Inland Empire, with a twist.

Instead of the usual 99 chiliburgers deal, we’re getting 99 chili fries, which is just fine by me.

Tommy Tuesday will take place from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. this Tuesday (October 11) at the Chino location, 12205 Mountain Ave., just north of the 60 Freeway.

All you have to do to get your deal is say the phrase “chili fry,” which, if you are ordering chili fries, would be a little tricky not to do.

There’s an extra charge if you want chili cheese fries, but it’s totally worth it in my book.

You can also pick up the deal at locations in Eagle Rock, Long Beach, Simi Valley and Westminster.

For more information, click here to get to the Facebook event page for next week’s Tommy Tuesday.

Pulmonary fibrosis restraurant fundraisers tomorrow

Two Inland Empire restaurants will be participating in a fundraiser today (September 29) to benefit the Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis.

Dine at either Corky’s Kitchen and Bakery, 6403 Haven Ave., Rancho Cucamonga, or Guasti Cafe, 13526 Central Ave., Chino, between 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 15% of your bill will be donated to the organization.

Pulmonary fibrosis is a disease characterized by progressive scarring of the lungs.

For more information, click here.

Food trucks rolling in for the second Chino Valley Foodie Fest Saturday

Another weekend, another food truck event, it seems.

The second Chino Valley Foodie Festival will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday (September 17) at Don Lugo High School, 13400 Pipeline Ave., Chino.

Pre-sale tickets are $6 and are available here. Tickets will be $8 at the door. Children five and under get in free.

The event is a fundraiser for the Chino Valley Unified School District.

The first festival, held in April, attracted more than 4,000 people and was the first (that I know of) food truck festival in the Inland Empire.

Fourteen gourmet food trucks are scheduled to serve up tasty treats at Saturday’s event, including the Ludo Truck, the Buttermilk Truck, Pie ‘N Burger, and Rancho Cucamonga’s Suite 106 Cupcakery.

The district will also present the annual State of the District with board president James Na.

For more information, click here to read an article from Inland Valley Daily Bulletin writer Suzanne Sproul.

Follow the jump for a complete list of trucks.
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Grand opening at La Crperie Caf on Thursday

It’s been open a couple of months now, but the Chino La Crperie Caf will be celebrating its grand opening on Thursday (May 19).

The best part? All menu items and alcoholic beverages will be half price!

That bears repeating: All menu items and alcoholic beverages will be half price!

The restaurant, 3968 Grand Ave., will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., will close for an hour in preparation for the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce Monthly Mixer from 5 to 7 p.m., when they’ll have a ribbon cutting.

The mixer is open to chamber members and non-members alike.

Regular restaurant seating will resume after 7 p.m.

And if you decide to have dessert, I wholeheartedly recommend the Martinique crpe. It’s delicious!