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Jackie's South Bay Weekend Guide for March 20, 2014

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Happy first day of Spring! Thinking of Spring, my thoughts turn to food…..all those wonderful greens, asparagus, snap peas, strawberries, rhubarb, new potatoes and of course, the first and most tender lamb of the year. To celebrate the season, we’re featuring food and wine events taking place over the next few days with prices to fit every budget.

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Join the experts at Total Wine & More for a special tasting of the exquisite wines of Washington and Oregon featuring unique finds from the Willamette Valley, Walla Walla and Red Mountain tonight, Thursday, March 20. Guests will be taken on an excursion through the Pacific Northwest from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. while exploring elegant whites and reds from across the region. Featuring sophisticated Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir from the famed Willamette Valley in Oregon and top-notch Merlot, Riesling and Cabernet Sauvignon from the appellations of Washington, this is a class wine lovers don’t want to miss. This delicious, informative, fun wine class is only $20 per person. Seating is limited and reservations are highly recommended. The event will be held at the Total Wine & More superstore located at 1505 Hawthorne Boulevard in South Bay Marketplace in Redondo Beach. For more information and to make reservations, call 310-542-1460310-542-1460 or visit the website at http://www.totalwine.com.

Terranea Resort presents a Spring’s Bounty Dinner, the next event in the Chef’s Cooking Series tonight, Thursday, March 20. The Chef’s Cooking Series at Terranea resumes this month led by Executive Chef Bernard Ibarra with a portion of the event proceeds benefitting the American Red Cross. Guests will experience the seasonally themed menu featuring wine pairings from the celebrated Grgich Hills Estate. The farm-to-table dinner series, complete with views of the sun setting over the Pacific Ocean, features an interactive evening with Terranea’s chefs. Each evening in the bi-monthly series begins with a cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception followed by an interactive chef cooking demonstration and a three-course dinner with wine pairings. Guests will receive recipe cards and special gift items to recreate the experience at home. For each dinner event, Terranea will partner with a different non-profit organization. The Chef’s Cooking Series dinner seating is limited. Tickets are $250 per person or $699 for a 3-ticket package that can be used together at one dinner or over multiple dinners. For additional information and ticket purchase, call 310-265-2836310-265-2836 or visit the website at http://www.terranea.com/cooking-classes-california.

Join the South Bay Business Women Association and South Bay Women’s Conference for a Let’s Connect Mixer on Tuesday, March 25. After two highly successful mixers, the next networking event will be held at Buffalo Fire Department from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The evening includes hors d’oeuvres, no-host bar and an opportunity to learn more about the upcoming South Bay Women’s Conference, Live! Laugh! Learn! Guests will receive updates on the conference and formally announce the keynote speaker, Marianne Williamson. Meet like-minded women and men whose mission is to give back to their community while making lasting connections. Proceeds from this event go directly to the scholarship fund. Ticket prices are$5 for members and $15 for non-members. For additional information and to register online, visit the website at http://www.southbaywomensconference.com/. The Buffalo Fire Department is located at 1261 Cabrillo Avenue in Torrance.

Dominique’s Kitchen has scheduled a special Coq Au Vin Dinner for Tuesday, March 25. Once again, Dominique and his team will offer South Bay diners an expertly prepared, authentic, French meal between 7:30 and 9 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7:30 but guests are encouraged to arrive early (say, 7:00ish) and enjoy a complimentary glass of Prosecco. The three course prix fixe meal is $39.99 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity.

Now, this is the last week to enter the raffle for a $50 Gift Certificate to Dominique’s Kitchen! A little over a year ago, Dominique’s Kitchen opened their doors and quickly became a favorite of discerning South Bay diners. In addition to the regular menu, nightly specials and ‘Best of” happy hour (Monday only!), Dominique and his team offer the occasional prix fixe supper. The aforementioned Coq Au Vin Dinner is scheduled for March 25, which may be sold out, but you can still make reservations for the Winemaker Dinner featuring Summerland Winery on April 22. In appreciation of their loyal clientele, Dominique and Nora Liza Theval are giving away a $50 gift certificate. The certificate is redeemable at any time including special events. The raffle drawing is scheduled for Monday, March 24. To learn more about Dominique’s Kitchen and to make reservations, visit the website at http://dominiqueskitchen.com/ or call 424-247-9054424-247-9054. To enter the drawing, visit the Things to Do page on my website at http://southbaybyjackie.com/dominiques-kitchen-gift-cert-raffle-drawing-.... Dominique’s Kitchen is located at 522 South Pacific Coast Highway in Redondo Beach.

As always, check the calendar links and ‘Things to Do’ page on my website http://www.southbaybyjackie.com for details on these and other events throughout the South Bay.

On The South Bay Show - South Bay Spotlight this morning, our guests were Shaunna McKelvey, General Manager of Shade Hotel and Marcelo Freitas, Guest Relations Manager at Quintessa Wine. We dished about the monthly Wine Academy which happens at Shade Hotel the third Thursday of every month and is taking place tonight! Don’t worry, if you missed the show, you can listen to it here: http://southbaybyjackie.com/march-20-2014-shaunna-mckelvey-shade-wine-ac.... Tune in for all the yummy wine goodness!

Tomorrow morning on The South Bay Show – Manhattan Beach Chamber Chat, we have a full house with the entire Manhattan Beach City Council! Wow! Listen live at 7 a.m. and call in with questions or comments at (714) 242-5288(714) 242-5288. You can listen to tomorrow’s show here: http://southbaybyjackie.com/march-21-2014-manhattan-beach-city-council/. Be sure to tune in each Friday for all the latest Chamber news and events!

Say hello to Spring and have a fabulous South Bay weekend!

Jackie
http://www.southbaybyjackie.com

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