Chino Brew & Chew coming March 24

Tickets are available now for the Chino Brew & Chew, which will bring together breweries and food trucks from the Inland Empire and beyond in a fundraiser for Soroptimist International of the Chino Valley.

The event will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. (with VIP admission at noon) Sunday, March 24, at the Chino Fairgrounds, 5410 Edison Ave.

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Happy first anniversary to I & I Brewing!

Happy first anniversary to the fine folks over at the best little brewhouse in Chino, I & I Brewing.

The brewery opened its doors the first weekend of 2012.

Some of this weekend’s celebration are being kept secret, but details are slowly being revealed.

The brewery will be open a little early — at noon — on Saturday (January 5), the Garlic Scapes truck will be serving lunch and the Vizzi Truck will be serving dinner beginning at 5 p.m. A special beer will be tapped.

The first 200 guests will get an anniversary edition glass when they purchase a large taste.

Head to the Facebook event page for updates.

I & I Brewing is at 14175 Telephone Avenue, Suite J.

Local Cyber Monday deal: Two free cupcakes with six-pack purchase from [desi]gn cakes & cupcakes

Our friends over at [desi]gn cakes & cupcakes are offering a special Cyber Monday deal in conjunction with their upcoming open shop.

Just pre-order order a holiday six-pack of cupcakes (two each of chocolate peppermint, gingerbread and egg nog) for $18 and you’ll receive a bonus of two reindeer red velvet cupcakes!

You must pre-order via email before midnight tonight (November 26). The offer is limited to two pairs of bonus cupcakes per customer.

The open shop will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, December 12 at [desi]gn’s commercial bakery, 12207 Central Ave., Chino.

For more information, click here. Click here for more information on the upcoming open shop.

[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.