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September 2010

What’s New at the Vineyard



on September 16, 2010, Slow Food Madera is once again holding one of its most successful and fun events, The This dinner will feature organic heirloom tomatoes from premier grower John Texiera. We will whip up a 4-course meal using tomatoes in every dish. Before the dinner, there will be a tomato tasting so you can savor several of these unusual tomatoes. Tickets are available from, or by calling them at 800-838-3006 and asking for Tomatoes' Night Out.

Tomato tasting
from 5 to 6:30 on the outside grass; no host bar

Here is the menu for the evening:

Tomato Bruschetta
2008 J Wulf Cellars Viognier

Angel Hair Pasta sauced with raw chopped tomatoes, basil and olive oil
2007 Idle Hour Tempranillo

Roasted Pork Loin with Black Cherry Tomato sauce, served with a roasted stuffed tomato
2007 Cru Pinot Noi

Tomato Ice Cream
2008 Green Eyes Moscato


The 2010 Fig Fest was a huge success, with over 1,500 people attending this event at CSUF. The Fig Feast that night was held here at the Vineyard. The Fig Feast is a fig-based dinner sponsored by the California Fig Advisory Board. The first one was held at the Vineyard in 1999, and we are much honored to have had it here again. Following is the menu from that night.

Chilled Caribbean Chicken
with Fresh Figs and Cabbage Slaw
Mission Fig Jerk Sauce
Cru Albarino

Green Salad with Pomegranate Vinaigrette and Fig Goat Cheese Toast, pomegranate seeds
Cru Albarino

Mixed grill ; Lamb rib chops, Fig and Pine nut pesto
Skewer of duck and Roasted Figs
Polenta with minced figs and parmesan
Fresh Willey Farms Vegetables
Fasi Syrah

Tiger Fig Clafoutis with a dollop of fresh cream
Green Eyes Muscato


As you see by reading the above menus, we can create some very special meals. We like to think that every meal here is special, though. Look at our regular menu online @ If you want to look at our daily specials as well as special offers, there is a free app available for your smart phone. Go to for the free download.


You can also read our specials and items of interest on our Facebook page at (what else?) The Vineyard Restaurant.


One of Joel's great martinis will be the featured cocktail in their next issue. Look for a picture of his Pomegranate Martini.


NOW is the time to book your holiday parties. Call Michele at 674 0923 to make arrangements.


Along with our good friend Kaci Loquaci, owner of, we have developed a gluten-free version of our regular menu. Did you know that most blue cheeses and soy products often contain some gluten? Neither did I. We went through our menu item by item and put together a menu without any gluten ingredients. G-Free Foodie is an online source for gluten free foods, recipes and information.Vineyard Restaurant Gift Card


Sorry for the lag between newsletters, I have enjoyed the summer. As always, all of us here, at The Vineyard Restaurant, are very grateful for your business and friendship.

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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