On the evening of April 7 the Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce hosted the Avocado Wine & a Bite Art Walk in downtown Fallbrook. Eight businesses along Main Avenue were host to artists, wineries and restaurants.
Guests were given artistic glasses inscribed with “Find Fallbrook,” and they strolled along Main sampling wine from local wineries.
Visitors also enjoyed “bites” of fresh prepared food from local restaurants.
Fallbrook Chamber Of Commerce
Guests picked up their tickets at Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce where they were treated to a glass of wine from Casa Tiene Vista Vineyard, Fallbrook.
The bite was provided by Chef Houston Marlowe of Old 395 Sports & Spirits in Fallbrook. Flour tortilla chips and guacamole were enjoyed. The guacamole was an unusual consistency – incredibly light. What gave it the light consistency is feta cheese.
Fallbrook Art Center
Michael Calvanese, proprietor or of Café Des Artistes, was present to serve bites to the guests. The Mushroom Profiteroles were delicate and flavorful with puff pastry and savory mushroom filling, which is complicated to prepare, but the result was marvelous. Also served was creamy guacamole which was layered on crostini.
Lost Angels Wines served the wine.
The walls of the Fallbrook Art Center were covered with art relating to sports – painted surfboards, wooden paddles, paintings of sailboats and more. “Beneath the Barrel,” an oil painting on a surfboard, by Taylor Gallegos of Fallbrook, was a fascinating piece. Other stunning works were a collection of paddles for standup surfboards. They were fashioned of re-purposed wood by Jon Palmer of Fallbrook.
Mimi’s Boutique/The Spoiled Avocado
Tea Lane presented Avocado Egg Salad wrapped in a tortilla with red lettuce, which added color and a fluffy consistency. Also from Tea Lane were brownies with a hint of orange. The soft brownies were flavored with Blood Orange Infused Oil from Casa Tiene Vista Vineyard.
The artist was Daniel Martinez, who was painting on site. He explained that it takes him two of the Wine & A Bite events to complete one painting.
“The brushstrokes are like words and there are layers and layers,” he noted. “Painting is my own language.”
He has been painting all of his life and worked in the fashion industry. The piece he was working on reflected that influence.
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Sushi was the bite of the day, provided by Aquaterra at Pala Mesa Resort. The delicious assortment included Spicy Tuna, Tuna, Salmon with Cream Cheese, Shrimp, and Crab. Nori seaweed and rice enveloped each roll. The sushi rolls were fresh and uniquely flavorful.
The wine was offered by Fallbrook Winery.
The artists featured were Danielle Nelisse, an abstract painter; Gabriele Bitter, painter and Susan Hirsch, fused glass sculptor.
Right Stop Restoration in Murrieta offered gourmet popcorn. Major Market of Fallbrook had hot fried chicken legs available. The chicken legs were extremely large, and quite tender with just the right amount of spices.
Wine was poured by Toasted Oak Vineyards & Winery from Fallbrook.
The featured artist was Janine Jacques who fashioned stunning jewelry from copper and mixed metals.
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This outdoor venue featured Aisha Lund, painter, who was working on a piece that required precise brushstrokes. I was amazed that she could concentrate enough to be that precise with so many people milling about.
Also at this venue was talented Flamenco guitarist Charles Curinga.
The wine was offered by Roadrunner Ridge Winery in Fallbrook.
The “bite” was much more than a bite, and was provided by El Meson Mexican Restaurant in Fallbrook. They offered generous and delicious bites of crisp Rolled Tacos with a choice of beef, chicken or potato. Guacamole – with a kick – and green salsa were provided as well. This family-owned restaurant was well-represented by the smiling faces of Ellie the owner, his wife Estella, and daughter, Norma.
Adore & Co. Esthetic Studio – Shoppe
The featured artist at this location was Maggie Stewart, a painter.
The wine was provided by Beach House Winery in Fallbrook.
The “bite” was courtesy of Helene Beck of La Vigne Organics in Fallbrook. She made moist and delicious cookies from her Kumquat Conserve. Jars of the conserve were on hand, as were copies of Helene’s cookbook, “Jewels from my Grove – Persimmons, Kumquats & Blood Oranges: Reflections and Recipes.” The cookies offered were made from the “Chop Chop” recipe found in the cookbook.
The last business was Happy Jug Liquor, which was a fun coffee and pastry stop at the end of the walk. Guests sipped coffee and nibbled on their pastries while happily laughing and visiting with friends.