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The Vineyard Restaurant Newsletter

December 2015

What's New at the Vineyard

Christmas 2011


One of our Christmas traditions here at the Vineyard has been serving Cioppino in December. We are going to break that tradition this year. At least in the beginning of December. Cioppino is a California Italian fisherman’s stew made with Dungeness crab, shrimp and other fish in a red wine tomato broth. Dungeness crab is the key ingredient in Cioppino.

Warm ocean water has caused an outbreak of a dangerous toxin called Domoic acid in Dungeness crabs along the coast of California, Oregon and Washington. Domoic acid isn’t harmful to the crabs, but is to animals or people who eat them.

The good news is that the Department of Fish and Game who does the testing is reporting that the levels of the toxin have been dropping. Our fish purveyor is hopeful that soon the crabs will be safe to eat and the season will open. When this happens we will serve Cioppino.

Yes, we could use other crab meat or frozen Dungeness from last season, but it would not be the same dish we have been serving for the past 37 Decembers.

On Line Ordering

To make it easier for you to order food to be picked up we have implemented a new online ordering system. Using a company called  NetWaiter we have put on menu online. It will be accessible through our Facebook page and directly from our website. It has an intuitive menu display that makes ordering extremely easy. Order ahead for take out or dining in up to 7 days in advance. We hope you find it easy and useful. We appreciate your feed back if you use it.

2013 Giving Tree

The Giving Tree

The Vineyard is sponsoring the Giving Tree for the 32nd year, once again organized by Malcolm Gatz to benefit Madera Christmas Baskets. All gifts will go the children of the working poor in Madera County. Tags are displayed on the tree, so you can pick whichever one you like, buy the appropriate gift, and return it to the restaurant wrapped and with the original tag securely attached, by Saturday December 19th. Our customers have always been extremely generous for this event; we thank you for your kindness and continued support.

Holiday Schedule

  • Saturday, Dec. 12th we will be closed after 4pm for a private party
  • Christmas Eve-----11:30am to 7pm
  • Christmas Day-----closed
  • Saturday Dec. 26----- open at 11:30 to 10pm
  • New Year’s Eve-----11:30am to 10pm for dinner, remaining open as long as the party continues
  • New Year’s Day------closed
  • Jan. 2----open at 11:30 to 10pmdelicious card

We have a lot of holiday parties throughout December, but we still have a few availabilities, so please call if you are thinking about booking any party over 5 people. We’re also booking up quickly for New Year’s Eve. Call us as soon as possible to make your reservation.

Gift Certificates

A Vineyard Restaurant Gift Certificate is a perfect present at any time of the year. It’s easy to stop by here at the restaurant and pick one up, or call us and charge it over the phone and we will send it to you or the recipient. It can be made in any denomination that you choose.

California Restaurant Month Saturday Supper Club Dinner

Saturday Jan 16, 2016

Celebrate California Restaurant Month by tasting foods of the mosaic of cultures that make up Madera County and California. Our Saturday Supper Club will be a dinner with dishes from Italy, Mexico, and India. Why these three? All cultures play a major role in the makeup of Madera. All have a rich and vibrant cuisine. We like all of them. And we think they can be complimentary flavors and make an exciting dinner. Dinner will be Saturday Jan 16, starting with a special cocktail and appetizers @6:30 Cost is $45 a person. Call or go online for reservations.

Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Thank you for your business!

New Vineyard Restaurant sign

Next time you come by, check out our new sign!


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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