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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

The Hollywood Bowl Food + Wine to Debut June 18

The Hollywood Bowl, a beloved landmark in Los Angeles, announces the dynamic new offerings from Hollywood Bowl Food + Wine opening to the public on June 18 in time for the 2016 summer season. The concept for Hollywood Bowl Food + Wine was developed with the LA Phil, local restaurateurs, Chef Suzanne Goin and business partner Caroline Styne. Over sixteen venues offer full service, takeaway foods and imaginative wine lists personally designed and crafted by Goin and Styne, among the most celebrated restaurateurs in the USA. It’s an exciting year for Suzanne Goin who just received the 2016 Outstanding Chef of the Year by the James Beard Foundation. For more information, visit www.hollywoodbowl.com/foodandwine.

Media Contact:
Jannis Swerman
Jannis Swerman & Company
www.jannisswerman.com
jannis.swerman@gmail.com
818-789-7747


Public Contact:
Jannis Swerman
Jannis Swerman & Company
www.jannisswerman.com
jannis.swerman@gmail.com
818-789-7747
 

6/20/2016

Mammoth Lakes Offers Beer Lovers New Options

Beer fans in Mammoth Lakes now have two more options to satisfy their cravings. With more than eight years of home brewing experience, Mammoth Lakes residents Drew and Kerissa Wallace recently opened Black Doubt Brewing Co., a nanobrewery with less than 1,200 square feet of tasting and brewing space. The tasting room serves up Belgian style ales, sour beers and as many barrel-aged creations as they can fit. Also new this year, Eastern Sierra Brewery Tours offers beer tasting tours via a luxury, 12-passenger van to three local beer destinations in Mammoth Lakes and June Lake. The four-hour tour starts at 11:30 a.m. and the $114 tickets include beer tasting flights and lunch, prepared with beer from a gourmet food truck. For more information, visit www.monocounty.org.

Media Contact:
Jenny Kendrick
East River PR
www.eastriverpr.com
Jenny@easteriverpr.com
530-214-8790


Public Contact:
Alicia Vennos
Mono County Tourism
www.monocounty.org
avennos@mono.ca.gov
760-709-1149
 

6/20/2016

Lone Madrone Winery Offers New Tour

Lone Madrone Winery, where Neil Collins has crafted wines sourced from dry-farmed vineyards since the 1990s, now offers Private Tastings, where guests sit down with a wine educator in the cozy barrel room to taste through and explore the nuances of limited-production wines. This intimate tasting experience, available by appointment only, provides the guest with an in-depth background of each wine and explores the unique character that the specific vineyard adds to the wines. for more information, visit www.lonemadrone.com.

Media Contact:
Jennifer Bravo
Solterra Strategies
www.solterrastrategies.com
jennifer@solterrastrategies.com
805-591-4884


Public Contact:
Jackie Meisinger
Lone Madrone
www.lonemadrone.com
jackie@lonemadrone.com
805-238-0845
 

6/20/2016

Firestone Walker Introduces Union Tour

Firestone Walker Brewing Company just introduced its newest experience, the Union Tour, which offers guests a unique glimpse behind-the-scenes of the Firestone Walker brewhouse, as well as a rare look into the highly regarded barrel aging room. An experienced Firestone Walker Beer Educator leads guests through this interactive experience, guiding them through areas of the brewery that are usually off-limits to the public. The hour-long tour also includes the facility’s history, the brew deck, the cellar, the Firestone Union system, and both the Canning and Kegging Hall. Throughout the tour, guests who are over 21 will have the opportunity to taste four of Firestone Walker’s finest ales while being shown the process in which they are made. Guests must be ages 12 or older to go on tours. Flat, closed toe shoes are required. Tours are offered Saturday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., and on Sundays at 11 a.m. Tours cost $15 per person and include four different beer samples and a Firestone Walker snifter glass to take home. For more information, visit www.firestonebeer.com.

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


Public Contact:
Matt Brynildson
Firestone-Walker Brewery
www.firestonebeer.com
marketing@firestonebeer.com
805-225-5911 ext. 2
 

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