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.

Free small frozen yogurt at 21 Choices today

Thanks to our friends over at IE Shine On for letting us know about this one…

It’s free day at 21 Choices Frozen Yogurt!

Anyone can get a small frozen yogurt today (November 20).

21 Choices has two locations in Claremont: 460 W. First St. and 817 West Foothill Blvd.

Today’s flavors at the First Street location are: Madagascar Vanilla Bean, Ghirardelli Chocolate, Holly Jolly Strawberry, Save the Twinkies!, Oreo Cookie Magic and Pumpkin Pie.

At the Foothill Boulevard location, today’s flavors are: Bad Santa, Christmas Cocoa, Caribbean Jingle Berry, Chubby Hippo, Madagascar Vanilla Bean and Circus Animal Cookie.

21 Choices also has locations in Old Town Pasadena and USC.

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

Wine tasting dinner at Claremont’s Inka Trails Thursday night

Claremont’s Peruvian restaurant Inka Trails will be hosting a special wine tasting dinner Thursday night (November 15).

Gourmet Peruvian dishes will be paired up with wine from Peru and Argentina.

They will also have live music accompanying the dinner.

The cost of the dinner is $40 per person. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the restaurant at 909-626-4426. Dinner hours on Thursday are from 5 to 9 p.m.

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

Fundraiser brings Merrill Shindler broadcast, food tasting to Claremont’s Hotel Casa 425

Merrill Shindler, KABC radio host, editor of the Los Angeles Zagat Survey and food critic for our trio of sister papers in the San Gabriel Valley (San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News and Whittier Daily News), will be bringing his “Taste Buds” show to Claremont next Saturday (November 10) and you’re invited to participate!

Sponsored by Discover Claremont, the special event will take place from 4 to 5 p.m. at Hotel Casa 425, 425 W. First St.

In addition to the live broadcast, participants will be able to try small plates from a variety of Claremont eateries (including Lounge 425 at Hotel Casa 425, Orchard at the DoubleTree by Hilton Claremont, Packing House Wine Merchants, Tutti Mangia, and La Parolaccia) and sip wine samples.

Admission is $25 at the door, and proceeds will benefit Inland Valley Hope Partners, which provides food, shelter and supportive services for no- and low-income families.

Entry is limited to the first 100 guests, so reservations via email are recommended.

Doors open at 3:30 p.m., and the tastings last until 5 p.m. Guests can stay and enjoy drinks and small plates at the hotel’s Lounge 425.

For more information, click here, email info@discoverclaremont.com, or call 562-596-4466.