Rialto’s National Night Out event to again feature food trucks

Rialto National Night OutTonight (August 4) is National Night Out and while different cities celebrate in different ways, in my opinion, Rialto is doing it right.

Along with the bounce houses and the musical performances, the city has again scheduled food trucks for the event.

This year’s truck lineup includes the Greasy Wiener, the Grilled Cheese Truck, Where’s the Fire Gourmet Pizza, Suite 106 Cupcakery, Hang 10 Tacos and Drive Me Cookie.

Rialto’s National Night Out event is set for 5 to 8:30 p.m. at the Civic Center, bounded by First Street and Rialto Avenue, and Willow and Palm avenues.

For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page.

The Cheesecake Factory offering half-price cheesecake slices today and Thursday

National Cheesecake Day 2015National Cheesecake Day is officially Thursday (July 30), but The Cheesecake Factory’s celebration is so big, it stretches over two days!

Today (July 29) and Thursday, dine-in guests can get any slice of cheesecake for half price.

In addition, the chain is hosting a “Say Cheesecake” contest, with a top prize of $1,000 cash.

Inland Empire locations include Rancho Cucamonga, Riverside and Rancho Mirage.

For more information, click here.

Half-price lasagna at Brio Tuscan Grille on Tuesday

Brio Lasagna Day 2015Who doesn’t love lasagna? It’s got everything: Pasta, cheese, meat, sauce, all conveniently arranged in delicious layers.

It’s really a meal in itself.

Tuesday (July 28)  is National Lasagna Day and in celebration of that fact, the fine folks at Brio Tuscan Grille — whose Rancho Cucamonga location is one of just two in California — is offering full orders of their delicious lasagna for half price.

All day, while supplies last.

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J. Riley Distillery launch party is tonight in Redlands

Redlands-based J. Riley Distillery has released its first batches of whiskey for sale.

The distillery has two varieties — California Clear and 1775 — available for sale now at KB Korner Liquor, 402 E. Redlands Blvd., Redlands, and will soon be available at other retail outlets.

A launch party is slated for 7 to 10 p.m. tonight (July 25) at The District, 19 E. Citrus Ave., Suite 101.

Besides The District, J. Riley whiskey is served at several other downtown restaurants, including Darby’s American Cantina, Rok N Fondue, and The State.

For more information, click here.

Wienerschnitzel celebrates anniversary with 99¢ hot dogs

Wienerschnitzel anniversaryWienerschnitzel is celebrating its 54th anniversary — Der fun since ’61, right? — tomorrow (July 19), but its the chain’s fans who are getting the presents.

You see, guests can get an original chili, kraut or mustard dog for just 99¢ at participating locations on that day.

While you’re there, you might as well pick up an old-fashioned sundae — the Tastee Freez deal of the day — for just $1.99.

Wienerschnitzel locations can be found throughout the Inland Empire.

San Bernardino Jimmy John’s set to open Tuesday

Jimmy John's San BernardinoWe’ve known about the San Bernardino Jimmy John’s since we spotted it in mid-May, and initially was told it was set to open in the first part of June.

Well, it turns out that timeline was a little optimistic.

The eatery, 1060 Harriman Place, Suite C5, is now set to open on Tuesday (July 21).

The franchise owners have another location in the works.

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Galco’s fifth summer soda tasting is Sunday

Galco's Summer Soda Tasting 5I’ll be the first to admit that the Inland Empire doesn’t have everything.

And one of the things it doesn’t have is Galco’s Soda Pop Stop.

You see, Galco’s is home to hundreds of soda varieties from the U.S. and around the world, and it’s the “around the world” part that’s the focus of Galco’s fifth summer soda tasting event.

The “Around the World in 80 Sips” event is set for 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday (July 19), featuring samples of sodas from Japan, France, Italy, Hawaii, England, New York and many other locales.

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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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