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The Vineyard Restaurant Newsletter

August 2009

What’s New at the Vineyard

by Chris Mariscotti


Join us on Thursday, August 20th, as we host the owners and winemakers of Idle Hour Winery of Oakhurst, Anna Marie dos Remedios and Deb Payne. I promise you will be delighted with these outstanding wines. Anna Marie is a passionate winemaker who makes highly individual and exciting wines. She is one of the few winemakers who uses only naturally occurring yeasts to make her wines, and the results are outstanding. We will be starting with a viognier from John Simpson’s vineyard and then taste wines made from tempranillo, petite sirah, and her favorite cabernet franc varieties. We will pair each wine with a course we hope highlights and compliments the flavors of each of these unique wines.

Tickets are $50 each, and that includes the food, wines, taxes and gratuity. The dinner will start at 6:30 on Thursday the 20th. Make your reservations soon, as seating is limited.


In August? Well, it is a good time to plan your Christmas party here. Call Michele at (559) 674-0923 to discuss your party. We can do a lot of different things, from very elaborate to simple and economical.


Chef Hector Medina will give a cooking class on August 12th sponsored by Madera Adult School, this one featuring tomatoes. This class is filled, but do keep an eye on the Madera Adult School catalog for the next one.


September is California wine month.


To server Brandon Linder who just graduated from CSUF. Brandon has worked here since 2003. Also, congratulations to Josh Ochoa, who graduated from MUHS. He has worked here since 2006. And to our pastry chef Samantha Weis, who recently got married. Bartender Joel Platt will celebrate his 10th anniversary of working here this Sunday.

Looking at how long Brandon and Joel have worked here got me thinking, so I did some checking and found these interesting statistics. The average tenure for servers here is 7 years, and for the cooks it is over 8 years. I hope that means that everyone is happy and that translates in that quality food and outstanding service. I also hope it means that we remember you and give you a continuity of service, food and atmosphere.


Summer time is produce time. We get tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, squash and fruit from our friends Marci, Jennifer, Ray and Bill Valorosi. Here is Hector on his buying trip. Their vegetable stand is located behind their house at12285 Road 25 ½ about 1 mile from the restaurant.

Hector and Marci


2009 Fig Fest is this weekend August 8th . From 9 to noon on the lawn on the west side of the CSUF Satellite Student Union. $12 a ticket to taste figs from local restaurants, get fig recipes, buy fig trees, hear music and have fun. The Fig Fest is sponsored by Slow Food Madera, the Ag One Foundation, and The Bulldog Pantry. It is one of the biggest Slow Food Events in the nation. You can find out more

As always we thank you for your business

Chris Mariscotti


The Vineyard Restaurant is located on the northwest corner of Highway 99 and Highway 145 on the south end of Madera. Our address is 605 South I St. Madera, CA 93637 - Tel: 559-674-0923 (google earth: Lat: 36°57'14.57"N & Lon: 120° 3'28.48"W).

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