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The Vineyard Restaurant Newsletter

October 2011

What’s New at the Vineyard

New Vineyard Restaurant Website


It has been a while since I last wrote and we’ve had a lot going on. The most exciting thing is our new website. Check it our My friends Fredo and Renee Martin of Workingarts Marketing, Inc. did a great job. Lots of information and pictures, and it’s designed to really shine on your smartphone. Look for all the old newsletters there and upcoming events under “News”.


Our Fall menu is here. As always the star of our Fall menu is our Pumpkin Ravioli, but Chef Benjamin has also come up with some other exciting dishes. You can see them all online on our new website under “Menus


We are booking fast for the holiday season. Call Michele, at 559-674-0923, to reserve your space for your Chirstmas or Holiday party.


We are selling the San Joaquin River Parkway book, “Take Me to the River”. Since then, we’ve had several local authors ask that we offer their books for sale, which we are now doing. All of the books are displayed in the lobby. Here’s a list of what we’re selling---

  • Take Me To The River - A compilation of stories of life on the San Joaquin River from the people who lived there.  Edited by Joell Hallowell and Coke Hallowell.
  • Jesse’s Ghost by Frank Bergon.
  • Black Hearts, Golden Wings by Leon Emo.Oktoberfest
  • The New World Order is the Old World Order by George Radanovich.
  • 9 From 99
    Experiences in California’s Central Valley by Steve Newvine.


Saturday October 15th we will have an Oktoberfest dinner here. My friend Marilynn Harrington loves this, and we haven’t done it in a couple of years.  It starts @ 6:30 and cost is $30 a person. The menu includes German salad, sausage and kraut plate, with potatoes of course. And surprise!!!! A German chocolate cake for dessert. Also included are 2 German beers.


Wednesday, November 2 is the date for our Pomegranate Dinner.

The Tourism Alliance Committee of the Madera Chamber of Commerce is hosting the first annual Madera Pomegranate Festival from Oct. 31 to Nov. 5th. Participating Madera businesses will do something with a Pomegranate theme that week; for example, I believe Madera Ford Mercury will be offering deals on red cars.

Pomegranate FestivalThe Vineyard Restaurant & Bar will be offering Martinis made with pomegranate blossom-infused vodka that week, and we will be hosting a pomegranate dinner on Wednesday the 3rd. Most of the beneficial compounds in pomegranates are concentrated in the blossom.  By macerating them in vodka for 3 months, these compounds are released into the vodka and in your martini. Finally, a healthy martini! Besides that, they taste good.  Cost is $45 a person, which includes local wines paired with our dinner.

Menu for Pomegranate Dinner

  • First Course
    Filo cups with whipped Brie, pomegranate molasses, pistachios, and pomegranate arils (seeds).
  • Second Course
    Grilled Portobello mushrooms with pomegranate-mustard vinaigrette and pumpkin seed  with frisee and arugula salad
  • Third Course
    Pomegranate-glazed Mary’s Chicken with beet risotto and watercress
  • Dessert
    Pomegranate gelato with crème fraiche

The Pomegranate Festival will be held on Saturday Nov 5th on the beautiful grounds of Appellation California on Hiway 99 at Ave 7. The family event will feature kids’ games, food, vendors, wine tasting, recipe contests and live music. Visit for more info.


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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