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March 31st, 2010 - 10:48 am § in Dines, Uncategorized, Wines

Lunch In Temecula Wine Country – Falkner’s Pinnacle

Image of Falkner Winery via Snooth “It’s all a matter of giving the customer what they’re looking for.” I spent some time with Ray Falkner recently at The Pinnacle Restaurant at Falkner Winery. Ray’s pride in what they offer at the Pinnacle is obvious. He calls their cu[...]

March 26th, 2010 - 3:23 pm § in Dines

A Walk On The Wild Side – Cooking With The M Group

Two or three of the dishes would have been more than enough, but the food kept coming and it was all sublime. Marty calls it "a meal and a show." [...]

March 18th, 2010 - 6:17 am § in Dines, Wines

Hands For Haiti Launches in Temecula

I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Leah DiBernardo for a few years now. Not only are her skills in the kitchen unparalleled, she’s one of the most passionate and insightful people I have ever met. This Saturday night, she is part of the team that will debut Hands For Haiti at South Coast W[...]

March 10th, 2010 - 4:29 pm § in Uncategorized

The Days of Wine & Mushrooms

Recently I met Chef Frank Miller over an extended lunch. Frank mentioned to me that with the recent rains, this would be an ideal time to go hunting for Chanterelle mushrooms.He asked me if I’d like to head up to the Santa Ynez Valley with him and two weeks later we hit the road. Our [...][...]

March 7th, 2010 - 8:34 am § in Dines

Delytefully Slow Yet Quick-Witted

written by Laura Plant This describes my first impressions of Leah Di Bernardo and her many passions and influences in the Temecula Valley. Leah is one of the creators of Slow Food Temecula Valley, founder of  Delyte’s, a boutique organic catering company featuring locally grown and raised foods.[...]

February 23rd, 2010 - 4:42 pm § in Dines

Passion Personified – Ponte’s Executive Chef Frank Miller

"Our lives revolved around food, around the kitchen." His Sicilian grandmother grew everything she cooked with and her love of cooking and food left a profound impact on Frank. His uncles each had a dish they would would make. One uncle said that Braciole was proof that Italians invented dental flo[...]