Fairplex Weekend Recap: Farm Dinner & CicLAvia

We like to share our weekend experiences through the eyes of our guests! ICYMI, here’s what we had the pleasure of participating in:

Hess Collection Farm Dinner
Our sold-out Farm Dinner was a success! Each course was paired with wine from The Hess Collection. It was perfect weather for an al fresco dinner on Friday night:

CicLAvia Heart of the Foothills
We were super excited to learn that we would be a part of the inaugural CicLAvia Heart of the Foothills event this past Sunday! For those who don’t know, CicLAvia is an event that takes places throughout Los Angeles County, and shuts down long stretches of road for cyclists and pedestrians.

The Heart of the Foothills route wound through the cities of Pomona, Claremont, San Dimas and La Verne. Each city had a dedicated hub along the route; we were part of the Pomona Hub.

Our Creative team built a mini LA County Fair, complete with Fair food stands, farm animals, crafts and photo opps our mascot, Thummer the Pig! Our street team was also on hand with fun giveaways, including Fair tickets and exclusive Fair pins.

All in all, it was a great day. We enjoyed spending time getting to know our neighbors more, and to work with the City of Pomona to make our Hub a success.

We had a great time both with our guests at Fairplex and out in the community. Thanks to all who joined us for another weekend of fun!

For more information on upcoming Fairplex happenings visit Fairplex.com.

April Farm Dinner Menu Announced

We take the farm-to-table movement to the next level with our Farm at Fairplex Dinner Series! Guests of this unique dining experience watch our chefs select vegetables, fruits and herbs straight from our crops for a truly authentic farm-to-table dinner.

farm dinner 1024x588 April Farm Dinner Menu Announced Each dinner is paired with wine, spirits or local craft beer. Our next event (Friday, April 7) features selections from Banfi Wines. Take a look at the menu:

Cocktails at 6 p.m.
Dinner at 7 p.m.


Charred cardoon, easter egg radish, shaved fennel, tatsoi, burnt honey and miso vinaigrette
San Angelo Pinot Grigio Toscana 2015

Wood fire roasted white seabass, dried lemongrass butter, arancia cauliflower, micro arugula
La Pettegola Vermentino Toscana 2015

Brioche, leek stuffed jidori chicken, romanesco, crispy spigarello, star anise jus
Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Castello 2011

Coffee crusted smoked beef tenderloin, vanilla bean parsnip puree, braised mustard greens
Belnero Toscana IGT Castello 2013

Dark chocolate pots du creme, lemon balm and loquat chutney, 2017 farm olive oil, maldon sea salt
ASKA Bolgheri Rosso DOC 2013

$95 prepaid
$110 at the door
$150 Chef Table experience, limit of 4 seats
All prices are inclusive of tax and gratuity.

If you wish to join us for our upcoming Farm Dinner, please call McKinley’s Grille at (909) 868-5915 to make your reservation. We’d love to have you!

More information on our Farm Dinners can be found here.

New Farm Beer at McKinley’s Grille

farm to foam 239x300 New Farm Beer at McKinleys GrilleIt’s no secret that our Farm at Fairplex crops are harvested daily for McKinley’s Grille (our hotel restaurant.) But now we’re stepping up our game and extending The Farm’s use beyond farm-to-table… we’re going farm-to-foam.

We’ve collaborated with Claremont Craft Ales to create a Farm-to-Foam series, brews infused with ingredients from our Farm! The first of this series is a blonde ale is created using kumquats and lemongrass from our specialty crops with a 5.3% ABV.

Next time you dine at McKinley’s Grille, try pairing it with our Bucatini Bolognese or Farm Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad for a true farm-to-table dining experience.

We love partnering with local businesses wherever possible, and collaborating with nearby Claremont Craft Ales? A perfect fit.

For more information about Claremont Craft Ales, click here.
To learn more about McKinley’s Grille and our farm-to-table focus, click here.

Happy drinking!

Farm at Fairplex Dinner Series 2016 Opens

We debuted our 2016 Farm at Fairplex Dinner Series last Friday! This al fresco dining experience is one of our favorites…

MarchDinner TableSetting Farm at Fairplex Dinner Series 2016 Opens

Chef Vinny from McKinley’s Grille made a delicious four-course dinner out on The Farm as guests looked on, enjoying cocktails and hors d’oeuvres prior to their meal.

MarchDinner Cocktails Farm at Fairplex Dinner Series 2016 Opens

Each dish was made with ingredients selected straight from The Farm, including fresh vegetables, fruits and herbs. 

FarmDinner CourseShot Farm at Fairplex Dinner Series 2016 Opens

Warm weather, live music and happy guests created the perfect setting for our first Farm at Fairplex dinner of the year. We’re already looking forward to our Earth Day dinner next month!

For more information on our Farm at Fairplex Dinner Series visit mckinleysgrille.com.

Farm at Fairplex Dinner Series Preview: Austerity Wines

The Farm at Fairplex Dinner Series returns for another year of good food, good wine and great company! On March 18th we will be hosting the first dinner event of the year, featuring the delicate tones of Austerity Wines.

farm dinner 1024x588 Farm at Fairplex Dinner Series Preview: Austerity Wines

Each Farm at Fairplex dinner features a menu created with care by our brilliant chefs and cooked right before your eyes using ingredients from our seasonal crops. It’s a true farm-to-table experience. Take a look at the menu for the March dinner and if you like what you see, RSVP now at mckinleysgrille.com!

We look forward to having you join us for another wonderful year of eating, drinking and being merry.

Wine and dine al fresco at Fairplex

Al fresco dining is always a plus in Southern California and we try to host them as much as possible with our Farm at Fairplex Dinner Series.

Next month (March) we are inviting master sommelier Michael Jordan to bring his favorite California wines to The Farm for our second dinner of the year. Enjoy award-winning wines paired with ingredients taken straight from our Farm. View the menu below:

March Farm Dinner Menu Wine and dine al fresco at Fairplex

Our first Farm at Fairplex Dinner Series event is Feb. 21, featuring a scrumptious meal paired with perfectly aged bourbon. To make a reservation for either event, please call (909) 868-5916. There are still a few spots left!

Fairplex Snapshot: Our urban farm

We ran into Chef David Teig on our urban farm this afternoon, gathering fresh ingredients for tonight’s farm-to-table dinner. This evening’s fare includes chicken stuffed with brioche, black garlic and leeks. Looks like it’s going to be a delicious meal! 

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