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The Vineyard Restaurant Newsletter

September 2007

What’s New at the Vineyard

by Chris Mariscotti


30th Anniversary

December 13th will be the 30th Anniversary of The Vineyard.  We are pleased to have had your patronage and support for these past 30 years. We intend to see the restaurant thrive for another 30 years.

Originally the restaurant was open 24 hours a day. We evolved to being open 16 hours a day and served breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week. Eventually we added the bar and stopped serving breakfast. Over the past 30 years we have served close to 2.3 million meals!

Special Vintage

On August 16th, famous grape grower John Simpson and I picked the Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah grape vines that surround the restaurant parking lot. John cultivated the grapes this year. The resulting 900 lb harvest was taken to the Mariposa Wine Company where winemaker Michael Levin crushed and fermented the grapes. Michael is very excited about the intense fruit of the wine and is making a nouveau style wine to highlight the bright fresh fruit flavors. In true Beaujolais Nouveau style the wine will be ready to drink mid-November.

John Simpson
John Simpson

30th Anniversary Dinner

We will start the celebration of our 30th Anniversary with an  Italian Holiday dinner on Wednesday November 28, 2007. The Madera Chamber of Commerce will host the dinner that will benefit the Madera Christmas Baskets Program. The menu will be an Italian Holiday Feast and include our new vintage wine, (see above).

Reservations are available only from the Madera Chamber of Commerce 559-673-3563. Tickets cost $45 and a small gift for a child under 12.

Alice Waters

Tom & Aice
Tom Willey and Alice Waters

Visited The Vineyard in August.  If you are not familiar with the name, she is the owner of the famous Chez Panisse restaurant in Berkeley. Chez Panisse is regularly in the lists of the top ten restaurants in the United States and in the world. Ms Waters was in Madera for a meeting of Slow Food leaders of California that was held here in conjunction with The Fig Fest.  She and the other leaders of Slow Food USA had dinner and lunch at The Vineyard. She said everything was “superb”.  Most of the Slow Food discussion focused on the up coming Slow Food Nation event to be held next May in San Francisco. You can find out more here.

Tomatoes Night Out

Another Slow Food event coming up is Slow Food Madera’s very popular Tomatoes Night Out. The tasting of 100 varieties of tomatoes and the tomato themed dinner will be held on September 29th at the Lone Willow Ranch on the San Joaquin River. More information and tickets can be found at

More Grapes

Wendy Alexander took this picture of the grapes that hang outside the dinning room.

Vineyard Restaurant Grapes


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).

As always we appreciate your business.

Chris Mariscotti

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