Foothill AIDS Project to benefit from this year’s Dining Out For Life

In years past, we’ve written about the annual Dining Out For Life charity event, during which restaurants help raise money for AIDS service organizations.

Thus far, however, the focus has been on Palm Springs-area restaurants raising money for Desert AIDS Project, which is great, but what about the rest of the Inland Empire?

Well…we’ve got good news: For the first time, Foothill AIDS Project is going to be a beneficiary.

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Like pie? The Claremont Pie Festival is today!

Claremont Pie Festival 2016In honor of Pi Day, which took place earlier this week, the Claremont Pie Festival will be celebrated from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today (March 19).

The annual festival, which will run along Second Street between Oberlin and Harvard avenues, will feature pie baking and eating contests, a recipe hunt, entertainment, a “kids korner” and a car show.

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Taste of the Inland Empire happens tonight in Claremont

The Upland Chamber of Commerce’s Taste of the Inland Empire will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. tonight (January 15) at the DoubleTree by Hilton, 555 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont.

In addition to an array of food and drink, the event will feature a Monte Carlo night and an auction.

Tickets are $75 and may be purchased by calling the chamber at 909-204-4465. Tickets might also still be available online by clicking here.

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Whiskey mogul Jack Teeling visiting Claremont Vom Fass

Jack Teeling Vom Fass ClaremontJack Teeling, chosen as “World’s Best Global Whisky Ambassador” at this year’s World Whiskies Awards is coming to the Inland Empire.

He’ll be paying a visit to Vom Fass Claremont next week.

Teelings’s family has been producing Irish Whiskey since 1782.

Jack will be busy while he’s here, hosting a whiskey class on the 25th, deciding who the Inland Empire’s best bartender is on the 26th and greeting the public on the 25th and 27th.

The bad news is that these events are booked solid. The good news is that the owners of Vom Fass Claremont are committed to squeezing as many people into the public meet and greet sessions as possible.

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Just a few more days to vote for the best Inland Empire bartender

Battle for the Best BartenderThe last couple of weeks, Vom Fass Claremont has been hosting a battle for the Inland Empire’s best bartender, and round one voting wraps up in just a couple of days.

The top three finalists in round one will face off in the Industry Day Cocktail Mix Off at Vom Fass, where they will create cocktails using one of three Teeling Whiskeys available at Vom Fass.

Judges will include local business owners, other bartenders and Jack Teeling (of Teeling Whiskey).

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Win(e)d down on Friday this month at Vom Fass Claremont

The folks over at Vom Fass in Claremont have come up with a great way to wind down your week.

All month long, stop in the shop between 5 and 8 p.m. on Friday for an evening of wine-tasting. This Friday (August 14), the shop is showcasing great wines under $10. The cost of the wine-tasting is $5 and no reservation is required.

Vom Fass is at 101 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Suite C2-100.

For more information, click here.

Claremont Restaurant Week begins tomorrow

Claremont Restaurant WeekWednesday evening was the big preview for Claremont Restaurant Week, and if the samples served during the kickoff is any indication, this is going to be one great culinary adventure!

Nearly two dozen restaurants have great prix fixe menus lined up for the third iteration of the event, which starts tomorrow (July 10) and runs through July 19.

Even restaurants beyond Claremont — including Pappas Artisanal in La Verne and Upland’s Pine Haven Cafe and Nuno’s Bistro & Bar — are getting involved.

Head over the jump for a list of participating restaurants.

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Fun Belly offers walking food tours of Claremont

Fun Belly Food Tours has recently begun walking food tours of Claremont.

Public tours ($69) take place at 2 p.m. Saturdays and last three hours.

Each tour includes tasting stops at at least six eateries along the route. Private tours are also available for groups of six or more.

Fun Belly also offers tours of Eagle Rock and Old Town Pasadena.

For more information, visit the Fun Belly website. (Tip: Be sure to check Fun Belly’s Facebook page for discount codes.)

Claremont Pie Festival returns Saturday

Saturday (March 14) is Pi Day, and the city of Claremont is again celebrating the day with the Claremont Pie Festival.

The event features pie baking and eating contests, pie making demos, pie tastings, a vintage apron exhibit, a pie recipe card hunt, kids’ apron decorating and an apron parade, along with classic cars, live music and vendor booths.

The festival will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Village.

Headquarters for the festival is the I Like Pie Bake Shop, 175 N. Indian Hill Blvd., naturally.

Click here for more information and contest forms.

Scotch Master coming to Vom Fass in Claremont

In the past, we’ve mentioned the popular (and usually sold-out) Scotch whisky classes at Vom Fass in Claremont.

Well, next month the shop is upping the ante.

Scotch Master Stewart Laing will be visiting from Glasgow, Scotland, and spending two days at the shop conducting Scotch seminars and a teaching a Scotch class.

Laing has almost 50 years experience in the whisky business and recently started his own company — Hunter Laing & Co. Ltd. — with his two sons.

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