In the last couple of years, sales of gift cards have exploded — and with good reason. They’re available pretty much everywhere, they don’t require wrapping and one size fits all.
Plus, what foodie wouldn’t love getting a gift card to their favorite restaurant?
What’s for dinner?
How about a heaping helping of philanthropy?
The Mexico Cafe and the San Bernardino Police Officers Association is hosting a fundraiser at the restaurant today (December 8) for San Bernardino Police Officer Gabe Garcia, who is recovering after being shot back in August.
All tips and donations will be given to his family to help with his rehabilitation.
It’s the first weekend in December, and that means it’s time for the Indio International Tamale Festival!
The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today (December 6) and Sunday (December 7). It takes place in downtown Indio, between Highway 111 and Indio Boulevard, along Miles Avenue, Towne Street, Smurr Street and Requa Avenue.
Ontario’s My Delight Cupcakery is celebrating its fifth anniversary on Sunday (December 7).
The event will run from noon to 5 p.m.
The award-winning bakery will give away gift bags to the first 50 customers and a cupcake to the first 100 customers There will also be giveaways all day long.
Be prepared to delight in a special cupcake menu featuring the bakery’s all-time best sellers.
And because man (and woman) cannot live by cupcakes alone, there will be a pair of food trucks — Cousins Maine Lobster and Me So Hungry — to provide a prelude (or perhaps the other way around) to dessert.
Baker’s Drive-Thru debuted its limited-time pumpkin shake last week.
The hand-scooped dessert will only be available as long as the ingredient supply holds out, which is expected to be just a few more days.
The shake is available in one size, at the bargain price of $2.
I had a sneak preview of the shake before its unveiling and thought it was delicious, tasting a little like pumpkin pie with whipped cream.
Baker’s Drive-Thru locations can be found throughout the Inland Empire.
Time has run out for the Carlo and Angela Alcé, owners of Dhat Island in Redlands.
The restaurant will serve its last meal in its current location on Saturday (November 22).
Troubles began back in June, when the property where the restaurant is located was sold.
Food truck fans, rejoice!
Tomorrow is the third Thursday of the month, and that means the return of food trucks to the City Hall parking lot in downtown San Bernardino.
Following the overwhelming success of the inaugural event last month, organizers are bringing even more trucks on board for tomorrow’s lunch (November 20).
If you remember, long lines were the norm and some attendees ended up at local eateries due to time constraints. Most of the trucks had sold out by the time the event was over.
Let’s hope the increased number of trucks will help.
The new Dickey’s Barbecue Pit in Riverside Plaza (3540 Riverside Plaza Drive, Suite 314) is celebrating a three-day grand opening beginning at 11 a.m. this morning (November 6).
Today, the first 50 guests receive gift cards worth up to $50 and the next 100 guests will receive free meal vouchers.
On Friday (November 7), the first 100 guests will receive a big yellow cup of tea, plus there will be giveaways of Dickey’s swag all day long.
Veterans Day is Tuesday (November 11) and, as is tradition, restaurants are rolling out the red carpet for our servicemen and -women by offering deals — including free meals — to veterans and active duty military.
Head over the jump for the list.
Sixteen food trucks, are scheduled to be part of the church’s Fall Festival, which is set for 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. tonight (October 31).
Scheduled trucks include Belly Bombz, Classic Taco Truck, Cousins Maine Lobster, the Cupcake Place, Eat ‘Em Up Truck, the Grilled Cheese Truck, Kona Ice, MexiCalbi, Porko Rico BBQ, Rita’s Italian Ice and Frozen Custard, Rolling Sushi Van, the Sweet Stop, Tornado Potato and Where’s the Fire Gourmet Pizza.
The Grove Community Church is at 19900 Grove Community Drive.
For more information on this free event, click here.