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Since Brenda and I, “The Tandem Tasters,” will be judges at “A Taste of Fallbrook,” we were delighted to discover how active and intriquing the area is. This “Wine & Bite” event looks great for those in the area. Be sure to mark you calendars for July 31 for the “Taste.”


Fallbrook Area Visitors Bureau Announces….
Wine & “A Bite” Art Walk
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Fallbrook, CA – July 18, 2009

Order tickets online or call (877) 451-3282.

The 2nd Annual Wine & “A Bite” Art Walk through Historic Downtown Fallbrook returns on July 18, 2009, from 5-7 p.m. Guests will taste, stroll & nibble their way through this popular summer event. A taste of regional wines from Keyways Winery, Orziba Winery, PRP Wines, Thornton Winery & PRP Wines are included in the price at each stop. Wines will be matched to the food served.
Event Activities
Six interesting stops will allow for a wide range of exciting art experiences at the Village Square, the Gem & Mineral Society, A Few of Our Favorite Things,

Fallbrook Art Center, Jacques Company, the Blue Heron, & Caravan Exotic Clothing.

Participants will be entertained and inspired by the art-food-wine experience:


Venue 1: Fallbrook Gem & Mineral Society
Artist/Feature – Gamini Ratnavira
Local artist, Gamini Ratnavira, will be sharing his mineral paintings. Better known for his wildlife art, his love of minerals started at an early age. Gamini, who has lived in Fallbrook for over 20 years, is a world-renowned wildlife artist. He has enjoyed painting his native country’s flora and fauna again and has two books being released in Sri Lanka next year.


Restaurant – La Caseta
Myan Tacos – Archiote rubbed pork wrapped in banana leaves and slowly roasted until very tender. Served in ‘street vendor’ style tacos.
Orange Caramel Flan – For a sweet finish, our traditional style flan with a hint of orange & spice.

Venue 2: A Few of Our Favorite Things

Artist/Feature – Jim Bates
Jim creates images that depict emotional moments. His watercolors are derived through layers of glazing to arrive at the rich & boldly colored images.

Restaurant – Le Bistro
Bread pudding with walnuts & raisins, served with whisky cream sauce.

Venue 3: Fallbrook Art Center
Artist/Feature – Gayle Bamber
Enjoy a unique demonstration with artist, Gayle Bamber, creating her fused dichroic glass jewelry. Gayle will be at her kiln melting and stringing her ‘one of a kind’ pieces. As you stroll through the gallery, you will be ‘dazzled’ by the Galaxy of Glass show. Works from 26 artists run the gamut from whimsical glass root beer floats t
o fantasy underwater scene paperweights.

Restaurant – Rio Rico
Sauteed shrimp in a coconut cream & cilantro sauce. Spring vegetable rolls.

Venue 4: Jacques Company & Gallery
Artist/Feature – Barnes, a well known interior designer will demonstrate how to combine both large and small paintings into a presentation that is exciting and colorful–designed to add charm to any room. The Gallery’s large oil and acrylic paintings for which Fredonia French Jacques is known will of course be on display to complement the evening’s entertainment.

Restaurant – Aqua Terra at Pala Mesa Resort
Sample assorted California Rolls and spicy Tuna Rolls as featured for ‘Sushi Happy Hour’ at Pala Mesa’s Aqua Terra Restaurant.

Venue 5: Blue Heron & Caravan
Artist/Feature: Caravan, a woman’s unique clothing store filled with fun and exotic apparel, will feature belly dancing. Visit the Blue Heron Gallery exhibiting fine art and antiques carefully selected from around the world.

Restaurant – Pala Casino Spa & Resort

Bite size pieces of Roasted Pepper Corn beef and Large Gulf Shrimp served with Myer Lemon & cocktail sauce” as prepared in Pala Casino’s new “Choices Buffet” restaurant.

Venue 6: Village Square
Artist/Feature – Linda Thorne (728-7526) will demonstrate landscape painting in oil or acrylic in the Village Square. She is a member of Brandon Gallery, Fallbrook and studies with local artists Michael Surgulz and Mary Tomaskevitch.

Debbie Forbes (723-2599) will be painting a scene from the Glider Port at Torrey Pines, as observed on a recent gorgeous Saturday afternoon. She will be using water-mixable oils on gessoed board, instead of canvas.


Dessert – The Sweet Sicilian Bakery
Sample a variety of “Breads n’ Spreads”


Coffee by Caffe Primo

Cost is $20 per person in advance, $25 on June 18th. Designated Drivers are $15.00 in advance, $20.00 on June 18th – with a limit of one per group. Order tickets online or call (877) 451-3282.

*Painting by Linda Thorne

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