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6/21/2016

Westlake Brewing Company Debuts

The family friendly Westlake Brewing Company (WBC) just opened in Southern California’s Westlake Village, adding more buzz to Conejo Valley’s growing brewery scene. The 5,000-square-foot taproom features a 40-foot-long tasting counter, from which guests can view the brewery’s three-and-a-half-barrel system. The team pours a variety of unique, full-flavored handcrafted brews out of the edgy, industrial-style taproom. Guests can stop for a drink, play a game of pinball or shuffle board, and listen to live music from Southern California’s top talent. For more information, visit www.westlakebrewingcompany.com.

Media Contact:
Victoria Benz
Augustine
www.augustineagency.com
vbenz@augustineagency.com
916-960-2919


Public Contact:
Westlake Brewing
Westlake Brewing Co.
westlakebrewingcompany.com
info@westlakebrewingcompany.com
818-851-9052
 

6/21/2016

Balboa Park Extends Summer Hours and Offerings

This summer Balboa Park museums come alive after 5 p.m. Adding to the evening bustle of organ pavilion concerts, dance and theater performances, and restaurant activity, numerous institutions in the park will offer extended hours on select evenings from May 27 through Sept. 2, 2016. The following museums will stay open until 8 p.m. on Fridays: Japanese Friendship Garden, Mingei International Museum, San Diego Art Institute, San Diego Automotive Museum, San Diego History Center, San Diego Museum of Man, San Diego Natural History Museum, and The San Diego Museum of Art. The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center may begin extended hours July 1. The Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) will continue to offer extended evening hours on Thursdays. On Fridays from May 6 through Sept. 2, 2016, four or more food trucks will park in Balboa Park’s centrally located Plaza de Panama from 5 to 9 p.m. The park will offer additional entertainment, photo booths, games and other activities, some on a discounted 201614basis. The Old Globe Theater in Balboa Park and San Diego Public Library will host a series of public events related to “First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare,” a national traveling exhibition to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. The tour offers a rare glimpse of Shakespeare’s First Folio, the first collection of the Bard’s works, printed in the 1600s. The treasured volume will be displayed free-of-charge to the public at the San Diego Central Library June 4 through July 7, 2016. Over 50 free events around the county will supplement this exciting exhibition. For more information, visit www.balboapark.org.

Media Contact:
Sarah Weinberg-Scalo
San Diego Tourism Authority
www.sandiego.org
sweinberg@sandiego.org
619-557-2838


Public Contact:
Sarah Weinberg-Scalo
San Diego Tourism Authority
www.sandiego.org
sweinberg@sandiego.org
619-557-2838
 

6/20/2016

Halter Ranch Debuts New Tasting Room

Halter Ranch opened the doors of its tasting room in February 2016, featuring floor to ceiling windows with sweeping views of the estate vineyards. The main tasting room has a large, open floor plan with multiple tasting bars while the two smaller tasting rooms can accommodate private events and group tastings. The indoor patio welcomes guests with a large fireplace and a variety of seating options while the outdoor patio features teak tables and chairs, a large fireplace, a pizza oven and an oak pit Santa Maria-style barbecue. The inspiration for the design of the tasting room came from the local rustic cabins and barns with various uses of wood, cedar siding and rusty metal roofing. Owner Hansjörg Wyss carefully hand-selected all the artwork for the tasting room. For more information, visit www.halterranch.com.

Media Contact:
Victoria Benz
Augustine
www.augustineagency.com
vbenz@augustineagency.com
916-960-2191


Public Contact:
Skylar Stuck
Halter Ranch Vineyard
www.halterranch.com
Info@halterranch.com
888-367-9977
 

6/20/2016

Castoro Cellars Goes 100 Percent Green

Castoro Cellars recently completed installation of a massive new solar project that will allow the winery to run 100 percent on solar power. As an early adopter of solar energy, Castoro Cellars’ first solar project was in 2006 at its tasting room on Highway 46 West. Castoro Cellars is also the largest grower of organic grapes in Paso Robles with over 400 acres certified by California Certified Organic Farmers. Additionally, the winery is a certified organic facility and all other vineyards the own and source from— more than 1,000 acres—are SIP certified by the Central Coast Vineyard Team. For more information, visit www.castorocellars.com.

Media Contact:
Victoria Benz
Augustine
www.augustineagency.com
vbenz@augustineagency.com
916-960-2191


Public Contact:
Niels and Bimmer Udsen
Castoro Cellars
www.castorocellars.com
tastingroom@castorocellars.com
888-DAM-FINE
 

6/20/2016

Oceanside Welcomes New Eateries

Oceanside’s Coast Highway corridor has rapidly become the “it” destination in north county for dining and craft beer, with new restaurants that range from the Asian-inspired Whet Noodle to gastropubs like Local Tap House, Bagby Beer Company, O’side Urge: Gastropub, and Whiskey Bank. Foodies will also will want to set their sights on Cyclops Farms, an organic farm that will host a rotating schedule of chef pop ups later this year using farm ingredients. Visitors can navigate the dining scene via Carla and Linda’s Walking Food Tours, three-hour culinary journeys offered Fridays through Sundays at 1:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.visitoceanside.org.

Media Contact:
Shae Geary
(W)right On Communications
www.visitoceanside.org
sgeary@wrightoncomm.com
760-815-8617


Public Contact:
Leslee Gaul
Visit Oceanside
www.visitoceanside.org
leslee@visitoceanside.org
760-721-1101
 

6/20/2016

Oxnard's Culinary Scene Dishes Up Big Changes

Two of Oxnard’s most popular restaurants have made big changes, creating quite a buzz on the coastal city’s culinary scene. Mrs. Olson’s Coffee Hut, which has served the community in the same spot for 42 years, recently relocated and expanded into a much bigger Channel Islands Harbor location. Mrs. Olson’s continues to serve the classic breakfast and lunch menu that made them a local tradition. Over in downtown’s Heritage Square, La Dolce Vita recently joined forces with the Kitchen Restaurant, combining the two eateries into one location now known as La Dolce Vita’s Kitchen. Run by local celebrity chefs Michelle Kenney of La Dolce Vita and Cathie Moreno of the Kitchen—who appeared once on the hit TV series “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives”—the restaurant now features combined menu options from calamari and chianti to burgers and brews. For more information, visit www.visitoxnard.com.

Media Contact:
Janis Flippen
Oxnard Convention & Visitors Bureau
www.visitoxnard.com
janis@janisflippenpr.com
805-389-9495


Public Contact:
Alyce Bosacki
Oxnard Convention & Visitors Bureau
www.visitoxnard.com
info@visitoxnard.com
805-385-7545
 

6/20/2016

Chart House San Francisco Opens at the Tip of PIER 39

Chart House San Francisco opened on Feb. 2, 2016 in an iconic location at the end of PIER 39. With panoramic views of San Francisco Bay, the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz, the 12,000-square-foot Chart House San Francisco sits above the famous dock where the renowned sea lions hang out. While known for high-quality fresh fish, seafood, prime rib and steaks, Chart House’s menu changes daily depending on seasonal availability. The San Francisco menu is tailored to complement local cuisine while introducing a taste of the exotic. The Chart House offers four separate private and semi-private event spaces, seating 25 to 300 guests. Chart House is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. For more information, visit www.chart-house.com.

Media Contact:
Caroline Dawson
DPWPR
www.dpwpr.com
caroline@dpwpr.com
713-224-9115


Public Contact:
Hostess Chart House
Chart House
www.chart-house.com
chsf@ldry.com
415-434-2260
 

6/20/2016

San Luis Obispo Welcomes New Brewery, Restaurant and Lofts

SLO Brew Rock will debut this June, already creating a new buzz in the downtown San Luis Obispo dining, entertainment and hotel scene. The multi-million-dollar project will feature an upgraded brewery, restaurant, bar and intimate music venue where visitors can take in the passing scene while they dine creekside or on the patio, or simply enjoy a pint of locally handcrafted brews. SLO Brew Rock’s over 14,500 total square feet of indoor and outdoor floor space will feature a beer garden, an outdoor event space, an additional music venue and a spacious taproom. Located off Broad Street near the airport, SLO Brew Rock will expand SLO Brew’s brewing and bottling capacity, where beer lovers can tour the brewery and distillery, grab a bite at lunch, try a flight at the tasting room, or stay for a concert in the outdoor beer garden in San Luis Obispo. Guests who want to stay overnight will also soon be able to book one of the spacious SLO Brew Lofts, which will feature one-, two- or three-bedroom suites above the SLO Brew restaurant. For more information, visit www.slobrew.com.

Media Contact:
Molly Kern
San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce
www.sanluisobispovacations.com
molly@slochamber.org
805-786-2763


Public Contact:
Dusty Coyler-Worth
San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center
www.sanluisobispovacations.com
visitorcenter@slochamber.org
805-781-2777
 

6/20/2016

Modern Sicilian Eatery Coming to Little Italy

Busalacchi Restaurants recently announced they are closing Little Italy’s Po Pazzo and transforming the space into Barbusa, a modern Sicilian eatery. The 4,200-square-foot space will boast indoor/outdoor dining options and a prominent white Carrara marble bar area. Designed by Eugenio Velazquez, highlights include a hanging charcuterie and house-made pasta visual display, a crudo/carpaccio bar, Andy Warhol-esque pop art featuring prominent Italian figures, and an outdoor space set off by vertical bi-fold windows and a living wall. For more information, visit www.barbusa.com.

Media Contact:
Cindy Nixon
Bay Bird Inc
www.baybirdinc.com
cindy@baybirdinc.com
619-981-0701


Public Contact:
Cindy Nixon
Bay Bird Inc
www.baybirdinc.com
cindy@baybirdinc.com
619-238-1917
 

6/20/2016

Redding Welcomes Unique Dining and Arts Concept

Armando’s Gallery House recently opened in downtown Redding, offering a unique dining and culture concept. The brainchild of artist and entrepreneur Armando Mejorado, the concept combines a multi-cultural restaurant with a gallery and art classes. Mejorado’s paintings—which range from Abstract to Impressionism—and sculptures fill the space, while guest musicians and artists perform, films flicker across the wall, and a week’s worth of menu planning comes alive on Friday and Saturday nights. Dishes range from Japanese, Italian and Thai fare to Moroccan and American cuisine. On Thursdays, guests can sip wine, nibble on appetizers and paint their own art piece they can take home. Weekend movie nights occur twice monthly featuring popular films and Armando’s theme nights—such as Belly Dancing, Burlesque and Mother’s Day Drag Brunch—aim to become a local tradition. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/ArmandosGalleryHouse.

Media Contact:
Susan Hartzler
Mental Marketing
mentalmarketing.com
shartzler@mentalmarketing.com
818-585-8641


Public Contact:
Kallie Markle
Visit Redding
visitredding.com
kallie@visitredding.com
530-225-4103
 

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