Food & Lifestyle
The Inland Empire’s Only Comic Book Convention, Comic Con Revolution, Returns
For Year 3 May 18 & 19
Featuring Over 300 Exhibitors & Guests as well as 2 Full Days of Panels
(May 13, 2019) The Inland Empire’s only comic book convention, Comic Con Revolution, is back for year 3 when the show returns to the Ontario Convention Center this weekend. Comic Con Revolution will feature an impressive array of over 200 guests, over 160 exhibitors, 2 full days of programming and the Cosplay Revolution Contest on May 18 & 19.
Attendees will be treated to a wide array of entertainment, including:
- All About The Big Bang Theory – Join contributing writer Adam Faberman, to discuss the almost 300 episodes of the Emmy Award winning CBS hit. The show ends its 12 year run 2 days before this panel.
- A Spotlight on Peter Cullen. The legendary voice actor beyond the Autobot Leader Optimus Prime will detail his 40 plus year career.
- Q&A with Skeletor – Voice actor Allen Oppenheimer will sit down with the audience and answer all questions having to do with the He-Man villain, Skeletor!
- Spotlight on a Disney Legend: Tony Anselmo, the Voice of Donald Duck – For almost 35 years
Tony Anselmo has been the official voice of Donald Duck! Join us for a historical look back alongside an official Disney Legend!
- Creating the Star Wars Universe – Featuring Sam Witwer. Take a peek behind the curtain with the voice of Darth Maul himself, Sam Witwer, A can’t-miss panel with a Q&A to follow!
- Stan Lee Tribute – Hear from some of Comic Con Revolution’s most esteemed guests, Jimmy Palmiotti, Mike Zeck, JJ Kirby, Matt Haley and Ming Chen as they give tribute to the man who influenced and inspired generations of comic book fans and creators, and talk about his lasting legacy.
- Behind the Scenes of Your Favorite Video Games – The voices behind some of your favorite video games are all together on one amazing panel! Join Anjali Bhimani (Overwatch), Carolina Ravassa (Overwatch, Red Dead Redemption 2), Carlos Ferro (Gears of War, Assassins Creed), Steve J Palmer (Red Dead Redemption 1-2) and Paul Eiding (Metal Gear Solid, Fallout) as they discuss behind-the-scenes anecdotes from some of the most popular games on the market. Q&A to follow.
- Swinging Through the Spider-Verse –Fabrice Sapolsky (Spider-Man Noir), Nick Spencer (Amazing Spider-Man) and Todd Nauck (Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man) are together in one room to talk about everyone’s favorite web-slinger! Moderated by Newsarama’s Chris Arrant, Q&A to follow.
- X-Men Retrospective – Join Newsarama’s Chris Arrant as he delves into the X-Men’s history with Art Thibert, X-Men Evolution’s Steven E. Gordon and Uncanny X-Men’s Whilce Portacio. Questions will be asked and answers will be given.
- The Cosplay Revolution Costume Contest hosted by Ming Chen with a $500 cash prize for Best in Show.
- 2 Full Days Of Panels with something for everyone. From video games, to cosplay to self-publishing panels and everything in between. Our programming is designed to accommodate everyone from hard core fans to kids to first time attendees.
- The Joe Kubert Distinguished Storyteller Award Ceremony. The recipient ofa major comic book industry award in honor of iconic comic book artist Joe Kubert and his commitment to teaching the next generation of comic bookcreators will be named on Saturday at 7PM.
“Our goal is to make every year of Comic Con Revolution better than the previous year. With a larger guest list, bigger show floor, stronger programming, easier entry into the convention center and better selection of food choice we have done just that for year 3,” said Atomic Crush Events owner and co-founder Drew Seldin. “Can’t wait to see everyone this weekend.”
For this year’s show, Atomic Crush Events has unveiled a new interpretation ofJetpack Jules, the official mascot for Comic Con Revolution, by Harley Quinn artist Amanda Conner Comic Con Revolution’s 2019 Official Merchandise, including glasses and t-shirts featuring Conner’s art, is available online and at the show for a limited time while supplies last.
Guests currently scheduled to appear include: Karl Altstaetter, Tony Anselmo, Chris Arrant, Matthew Atchley, Greg Baldwin, Michael Bell, Gregg Berger, Anjali Bhimani, Tim Bradstreet, Lloyd Briggery, Even Cagle, Colin Cantwell, Sandy King Carpenter, Ming Chen, Amy Chu, Ryan Cody, Mike Collins, Amanda Conner, Michael Copon, Peter Cullen, Jim Daly, Shannon Eric Denton, Gigi Edgley, Neo Edmund, Paul Eiding, JoeEisma, Adam Faberman, Carlos Ferro, Stephan Franck, Dan Gilvezan, Joel Gomez, Steven Gordon, Matt Haley, Travis Hanson, Chad Hardin, Ray-Anthony Height, Vince Hernandez, Drew Johnson, Herb Jefferson, Jr, Santa Inoue, Neil Kaplan, JJ Kirby, DJ Kirkbride, Mike Kunkel, Phil LaMarr, Mindy Lee, Susan Lee, Livesay, Michael McMillian, Chris Moreno, Mike Morris, Todd Nauck, Rafael Navarro, Russell Nohelty, Dustin Nguyen, William O’Neill, Alan Oppenheimer, Pernile Orum, Patrick Owsley, Steven J. Palmer, Jimmy Palmiotti, Chuck Patton, Carla Perez, Jeff Pina, Alexander Polinsky, While Portacio, Brad Rader, Livio Ramondelli, Gregory Ramos, Norm Rapund, Carolina Ravassa, Jules Rivera, Jake “The Snake” Roberts, Stan Sakai, Fabrice Sapolsky, Patrick Scullin, Armand Serrano, Rikki Simons, Beth Sotelo, Nick Spencer, Art Thibert, Koi Turnbull, Gus Vazquez, Angi Viper, David F. Walker, Dave Wagner, Mike Wellman, Michele Wells, Dan Wickline, Sam Witwer, Saya Yohnka and Mike Zeck.
For more information or to order your tickets to Comic Con Revolution https://www.comicconrevolution.com/ontario/
Tickets purchased at the door will be $5 more per ticket. In addition to the savings, advanced ticket holders will receive a limited edition art print of Jetpack Jules, the CCR mascot, featuring art by Amanda Conner. Advanced ticket purchases come with a home mailing option as well as allowing ticket holder’s access to the show floor up to one hour early.
About Comic Con Revolution
Comic Con Revolution was founded on very simple principles. We are excited to celebrate comics and the creative arts. At the absolute core of what we do are the creators themselves. The people who create the comics, games, toys, film, movies and more that we all love. Without their tireless dedication to creating the fantastic worlds we all get lost in, events like Comic Con Revolution would not be possible. We strive to create the best possible experience for attendees, exhibitors and guests alike. Our team of event industry veterans are dedicated to working hard to create that experience for each of you.
About Atomic Crush Events
Atomic Crush Events is an event consultation, management and production agency that was founded on experience and innovation. Bringing together expertise in event management, marketing, sales and business development to create a unique team that will conceptualize your idea and bring it boldly to life. Our philosophy is simple — create the best experience possible for attendees, exhibitors and guests alike.
More information is available at www.atomiccrushevents.com
By Press Release
South Coast Winery Resort & Spa Newly Appoints Albert Park as Executive Chef
South Coast Winery Resort & Spa has named seasoned culinary professional Albert Park as its new executive chef at this multi-award-winning winery and luxurious wine country resort.
Prior to this appointment, Park served as executive sous chef at The Pacific Club in Newport Beach, Calif., overseeing Talbot Grill. In his new position, Park’s responsibilities include overseeing culinary operations of the resort’s signature all-day The Vineyard Rose Restaurant, where he is supervising the kitchen team as they launch newly created menus featuring innovative California cuisine sourced seasonally, responsibly and locally.
Examples from the chef’s new spring dinner menu feature entrees such as “Birria” Short Rib accompanied by Manchego grits, thumbelina carrots, curtido and queso fresca and a delightful Fisherman’s Stew composed of clams, mussels, fish, crab claws, fennel and tomato-fennel broth.
In addition, Park is in charge of the poolside Vineyard Grill at South Coast’s sister property Carter Estate and Resort. He oversees in-room dining at both winery resorts and onsite menus for meetings, weddings and special occasions.
“Chef Albert brings a wealth of culinary expertise, impressive managerial and organizational skills, valuable mentoring and leadership acumen to our Temecula winery resorts,” said Jeff Carter, president of Carter Hospitality, owner and operator of South Coast Winery Resort & Spa and Carter Estate Winery and Resort. “With South Coast being a top 20-year-old winery in beautiful Temecula, we are certain his contributions will lead to further success and acclaim for our culinary program.”
Park’s past kitchen experience includes his position at Newport Beach’s prestigious The Pacific Club for the last six years. Previous to that, he was chef de cuisine at Bosscat Kitchen and Libations also in Newport Beach and held the same position at now-closed Six Park Grill at the former Hyatt Regency Irvine.
Park graduated magna cum laude from the International Culinary School at the Art Institutes of California-Orange County with a Bachelor of Science degree in culinary management. Leisure time includes traveling with his wife and their three children and assisting his sons’ baseball teams.
Tickets on sale now for Southern California’s #1 Rated Oktoberfest
Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest Welcomes the Return of a Band from Germany
Tickets to the 52nd Annual Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest are now on sale. Organizers of Southern California’s #1 Oktoberfest are ready to deliver another authentic Bavarian-style celebration for nine consecutive weekends from September 10 to November 5. Ticket options range from general admission, preferred seating options, Sunday Family-Fun Packages, and Über Bürgermeister Party Packs. Other big news for Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest is Frankenrebellen Express, a band direct from Bavaria, will perform two weekends in October.
“This marks the first time since 2019 that we were actually able to get a band direct from Germany to travel to the United States,” said Monica Marini, director of Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest. “The Frankenrebellen Express will definitely bring the spirit of Munich’s Oktoberfest right here in Big Bear Lake.”
Frankenrebellen Express derives from the Franconia region of Bavaria. They’re slated to perform in Big Bear October 1-2 and the following weekend, October 7-9. They sing with thick German accents and deliver exuberant party music that’s driven by a hearty, rhythmic oompah-pah sound. The other seven weekends are booked with Southern California’s top German-style bands, which includes Die Sauerkrauts, Hazelnuss Das Music, Da Stuben Buden, and Ladyhosen featuring international yodeling sensation Kathrin Jakob. These bands perform on the main stage inside the Big Bear Lake Convention Center. Each band is renowned to stir up good times with a mix of popular cover songs such as “Sweet Caroline,” and “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” original tunes, and of course traditional Bavarian sing-alongs like “Ein-Prosit,” “Hands to Heaven,” and “Das Esellied” that are certain to bring plenty of smiles and cheers. A second stage located outside, in the High-Altitude Beer Garden, features a variety of regional bands that perform rock ‘n’ roll and country music. For the full entertainment lineup visit BigBearEvents.com.
“We have two stages of continuous live entertainment, which provides a lively atmosphere throughout the day,” added Marini. “We give our guests plenty of activities to partake in too, from ‘Ein Prosit’ toasts, kids’ games, a mechanical bull, log-sawing contests and various interactive group dances that everyone seems to enjoy such as the ‘Fliegerlied’ and ‘Chicken Dance.’”
Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest represents Southern California’s most authentic Oktoberfest, which is well-known as the closest thing to the original celebration in Munich, Germany. Just like the original, Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest starts its celebration in September and goes into October (due to popular demand, it now stretches into November). What really makes this Oktoberfest more special than others is Big Bear Lake is situated in an Alpine environment with evergreens trees, mountain vistas, and a town-square village. This environment naturally reflects the scenery and heritage of the Bavarian Alps of Germany. At 6,750’ altitude, it marks the highest altitude Oktoberfest in California, and second highest in the U.S. The food served at Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest respects German traditions to the tee, including grilled bratwursts and knockwurst sausages, fresh-made colossal pretzels, home-style sauerkraut, German potato salad served warm, Bavarian-style potato dumplings, and apple strudel served with a warm vanilla sauce.
Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest even serves the very same beer poured at Munich’s Oktoberfest! There are two full-service bars located inside the Convention Center and three different beer gardens outside, including the Tiki Bar, which provides a variety of micro brews and craft beer, ideal for beer connoisseurs.
The true spirit of Bavaria comes to life in Big Bear Lake for nine consecutive weekends, which starts September 10 and ends November 5, 2022. The weekend festivities take place at Big Bear Lake Convention Center, located at 42900 Big Bear Blvd. Event times are Saturdays 1 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Sundays 12 noon to 6 p.m. and Fridays (October only) 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. This year’s event has limited capacity, and some dates are anticipated to sell out. Saturdays in October have set arrival entry time blocks to ensure everyone with a pre-purchased tickets get a speedy entrance into the event. Tickets are on a first come, first served basis, and guests are strongly encouraged to pre-purchase tickets online. Ticket options range from general admission, preferred seating options, Sunday Family-Fun Packages, and Über Bürgermeister Party Packs. Ticket prices for Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest vary per ticket type and per date. For complete details regarding tickets, pricing, and general information, log on to BigBearEvents.com, or call 909-585-3000.
Food & Lifestyle
Eureka! Opens in Ontario
Offering Guests a Local Blend of America’s Best Burgers and Spirits in an Exciting and Social Atmosphere, the all-American Restaurant is the Perfect Dining Destination in the Inland Empire
Making its delicious debut today, Eureka! opens in Ontario, across the street from the Toyota Arena. With a commitment to being a scratch kitchen and providing exceptional hospitality, Eureka! creates a one-of-a-kind dining experience like no other restaurant: great food accompanied by a creative craft beverage program. Eureka! features an elevated collection of the best local craft beers, small-batch whiskeys, and classic yet modern cocktails at an approachable price point that is perfect for the local community to dine, drink, and socialize.
Whether guests are looking to enjoy a delicious gourmet burger, grab a craft beer during “hoppy” hour, or listen to live music, Eureka! is the ideal restaurant for any occasion. Adding a contemporary charm to Ontario, Eureka! boasts its expansive restaurant seating 179 guests with a Californian modern design atmosphere nearing a 4,700+ square feet in total. The restaurant features a spacious interior with a mural tributing the California Jam festival by artist Nichole Blackburn, a modern lounge area, and a weatherized patio for guests that like to dine al fresco. The center-focus of the dining room is the indoor/outdoor bar top which carries the lively atmosphere throughout the entire restaurant.
Eureka! specializes in American classics with a modern twist with its diverse selection of appetizers, all natural, carrot-fed Angus burgers from Santa Carota, signature plates, innovative salads, and delectable desserts. Menu highlights include the Mac N’ Cheese Balls with a scratch made beer cheese sauce and Fresno chiles; Double Smash Burger featuring parmesan-crusted brioche, two patties, American cheese, housemade pickles, onion, and secret sauce; Bison Burger topped with spicy charred Fresno chile, bacon-infused jalapeno jam, smoked mozzarella, and whiskey caramelized onions; and Damn Good Chocolate Cake finished bourbon whipped cream, Buffalo Trace chocolate sauce and lava salt.
The beverage program at Eureka! revolves around the restaurant’s commitment to serving premium products that are highly sought after. Eureka! offers 17 craft beers on tap including the best local breweries: Kinds Brewing Co., Hamilton Family Brewery, Claremont Craft Ales, Ritual Brewing Co., and Ironbark Ciderworks, and many more. The signature cocktail program includes guests’ favorites: Wild Child with vodka, watermelon, mint, lemon, aloe, rosé and habanero salt, the Tipsy Pig Old Fashioned with bacon-infused Whiskey Pig 10 Yr. Rye, bitters, and barrel aged maple syrup, and the perfectly designed for the summer, The Headhunter King, a tiki cocktail featuring Jamaican rum, macadamia nut, lime, pineapple, orgeat, and falernum (limit 2 cocktails per guest). Additionally, there are 40+ small batch whiskeys and a special off-menu selection featuring various hard-to-get and strictly allocated whiskeys like Pappy Van Winkle and offerings from the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection available to the most discerning whiskey drinkers.
Eureka! Ontario is located at 900 Via Piemonte, St 101, Ontario, CA 91764 underneath the Element Hotel. The restaurant’s hours are: Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 12:30am with Monday – Friday “hoppy” hours from 3p.m. to 6p.m. Weekly events include half-off wine on Tuesdays, Steal the Glass on Wednesdays, live music on Thursdays, and $6 Bloody Marys and Mimosas on the weekends.
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