Victoria Gardens McDonalds’s celebrating grand opening today

Victoria Gardens McDonald'sThe new McDonald’s at Victoria Gardens in Rancho Cucamonga will celebrate its grand opening from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. today (August 27).

The event will feature free small iced or hot coffee and snack-size Oreo McFlurrys from 4 to 7 p.m. There will also be a $1 Egg McMuffin vs. $1 Big Mac challenge, with proceeds supporting the Loma Linda Ronald McDonald House.

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Three food truck festivals on tap in the Inland Empire this weekend

Damien Food Truck Movie NightThree events featuring food trucks are scheduled here in the Inland Empire this weekend.

The Santiago High School Sharkfest is scheduled from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. today (August 14). Eleven food trucks — including our friends from My Delight Cupcakery and Where’s the Fire Gourmet Pizza — are scheduled to participate in this free event.

The school is at 1395 E. Foothill Parkway, Corona.

For more information, including a list of scheduled trucks, click here.

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Help Brio Tuscan Grille celebrate its Sweet 16

Brio Sweet 16Brio Tuscan Grille — which has a location in Rancho Cucamonga’s Victoria Gardens — is hosting a Cheers to 16 Years celebration, which runs through August 16.

The event includes two limited-edition menu items, a “Pretty in Pink” Birthday Martini and a Raspberry Ricotta Cake.

Members of the chain’s loyalty program will save $16 when they spend $50.

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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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Farrell’s Ice Cream Challenge is back

Farrell's Ice Cream Eating Challenge 2015Do you love ice cream?

Do you really love ice cream?

If you do, and you think you’ve got what it takes, good news: Qualifications have begun for Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour Restaurant’s sixth annual Splendiferously Superific Summer Spectacular Ice Cream Eating Challenge.

Whew…that’s a challenge just reading that.

To qualify, visit any Farrell’s between now and July 12 and pay a $20 entry fee. You’ll receive a limited-edition T-shirt, a $5 coupon for your next visit and a three-scoop sundae.

Then, wolf down that sundae as fast as you can.

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Tour de Fork fundraiser returns to Victoria Gardens next week

Tour de Fork 2015The Tour de Fork is returning for a third “tine” to Victoria Gardens in Rancho Cucamonga. The fundraising event is set for 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday (June 11) along the center’s South Mainstreet.

I’ve been able to attend both previous events and have enjoyed myself immensely. The 21-and-older event showcases restaurants located both at Victoria Gardens and in the surrounding area.

Past events have also offered sneak peeks at soon-to-open eateries, with Slater’s 50/50, [N7] Creamery and No Clue Craft Brewery all having previewed at the event.

New this year is Blaze Pizza, which happens to be opening at Victoria Gardens the same day.

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Chocolate Decadence, wine festival coming to Pechanga this weekend

WineFestChocDecTemecula’s Pechanga Resort and Casino has a pair of delectable events this weekend that are sure to delight any food lover.

The resort’s annual Chocolate Decadence is set for 7 to 10 p.m. Friday (February 27).

The event features both sweet and savory chocolate treats, along with more than 30 wineries featuring over 100 champagnes, sparkling and dessert wines specially selected for pairing.

Attendees will also be able to sample desserts and other confections created by Pechanga’s pastry chefs.

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Fundraiser for SBPD Officer Gabe Garcia at Mexico Cafe today

Gabe Garcia Mexico Cafe FundraiserWhat’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.

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