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Valentine’s Day Date Ideas Made Easy at Pechanga Resort Casino



 TEMECULA, Calif. – (Jan. 17, 2019) – Searching for something fun and unique to do with that special someone for Valentine’s Day can be difficult. Looking to Pechanga Resort Casino for the perfect solution is easy. The resort offers an array of sure-to-impress activities throughout the month of love, and beyond.

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Did you know Pechanga offers 15 distinct hotel packages offering unbeatable savings? The most popular of these in February are the Bed & Breakfast Package which includes AAA Four Diamond accommodations and breakfast for two brought to your room. You don’t even need to call room service to order; the other is the Spa Couples Package featuring AAA Four Diamond accommodations, a Spa welcome gift, a 50-minute couple’s treatment in a signature suite at Spa Pechanga which includes champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries and spa facility access for two guests, and to top it off, sleep in with a 1 p.m. late check out.  The Breakfast in Bed hotel package starts at $159 in February, and the Spa Couples Package starts at $359. For reservations or more information, visit


Couple’s massages are nice, even when not paired with a hotel stay and Spa Pechanga specializes in therapeutic, health-restoring treatments. The signature couple’s treatment starts at $240. Guests can also indulge with an 80-minute warming stone massage, an 80-minute acorn and walnut treatment utilizing native botanicals, HydraFacial winter refresher or a wintermint pedicure, both 50-minute treatments. Spa Pechanga gift cards also makes a thoughtful present for Valentine’s Day. Gift cards may be used toward massage, facials, body treatments, beauty products, and hair and nail salon services. Spa reservations may be made online or by calling (877) 711-2946.


Laughing out loud together can help bring people closer. Since Valentine’s Day falls on a Thursday, a show at the Pechanga Comedy Club can make a fun outing date-night outing. Comedian headliner Joey Medina and featured comic Cari Tillery take the stage in the 250-seat comedy club for Thursday, Feb. 14’s 7:30 p.m. show. Medina has enjoyed his own SHOWTIME comedy special, touring the world with major comics such as Russell Peters, and performed for thousands of US Armed Forces troops in Bosnia, Kosovo, Kuwait and more. Latin Style Magazine describes his as being one of the few comedians who can bridge urban with mainstream comedy to make his style a hit throughout the country. Pechanga Comedy Club tickets are $18 with a two-drink minimum. Medina and Tillery also perform Friday, Saturday and Sunday on the Comedy Club stage. Guests must be 21 and older. Tickets may be purchased online, via phone at (877) 711-2946 or in person at the Pechanga Box Office.


Pechanga features five distinct shopping outlets to find a great gift for a special someone. The resort-casino is also the only location within Southwest Riverside County to carry high end, designer handbags, sunglasses and fine jewelry. Pechanga gift cards also make a nice gift. Available in any denomination, gift cards can be used toward dining, spa, hotel stays, show tickets, retail purchases, and golf at Pechanga Resort Casino


Make plans to visit any of Pechanga’s 13 restaurants for Valentine’s Day, or celebrate on a different day and avoid the crowds. Six Pechanga restaurants feature Valentine’s Day dining specials so whether the day includes a quick bite or first-class dining, there’s something for every craving and any budget. Dining specials are offered at the following restaurants:

Paisano’s – Prix Fixe dinner for $58 per person (opens at 5 p.m.)

Four-course dinner with choice of filet mignon in a port-wine reduction or housemade parppardelle pasta with shrimp, lobster, scallops finished with wild mushrooms, sundried tomatoes and parmesan cream. The restaurant’s nightly menu will also be served.
Great Oak Steakhouse – Prix Fixe dinner for $72 per person (opens at 5 p.m.)
Three-course dinner with prime filet mignon with Maine lobster tail with champagne butter and parsnip puree entrée. The restaurant’s nightly menu will also be served.
Kelsey’s – Prix Fixe dinner for $45 per person (opens at 11 a.m.)
Three-course dinner with petite filet mignon with mushroom ragu and pan seared scallops entrée. The restaurant’s nightly menu will also be served.

Pechanga Café – Prix Fixe meal for $35 (open 24 hours)
Three-course dinner with prawns stuffed with blue crab served over angel hair pasta in scampi butter as the entrée.
The restaurant’s daily menu will also be served.
Journey’s End – Individually priced entrée and dessert special (opens at 7 a.m. Dining specials served starting at 11 a.m.)

Entrée: Filet mignon with red wine demi glace, grand marnier seared jumbo shrimp served with candied carrots, asparagus and panko-crusted polenta – $27
Dessert: Strawberry Shortcake in Chocolate Cup $6
The restaurant’s daily menu will also be served.

Lobby Bar & Grill – Individually priced appetizer, entrée and dessert specials (Dining specials served starting at 4 p.m.)
Appetizer: Lobster Ravioli with Smoked Parsnip Puree, Apple, Celery, Browned Butter Sage Vinaigrette – $15

Entrees: center cut New York sirloin bordelaise with roasted garlic mashed potato, poached king crab with béarnaise sauce, and asparagus – $45; pan seared barramundi with saffron clams, crispy sun chokes, peas, and rainbow carrots – $30

Dessert: vanilla prickly pear panacotta trifle – $8
The restaurant’s daily menu will also be served.

The Pechanga Buffet also features a Valentine’s Day special menu from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Prices for $45.99 for adults and $22.99 for children. Stations at the buffet include fresh seafood and sushi, Americana with grilled chicken, strawberry-glazed salmon, beef and shrimp kabobs, from the wood grill with fire-grilled steak, grilled pork chops, more than four selections of fresh pasta, Far East dishes, herb-crusted prime rib, smoked BBQ brisket and more from the carving station and an extensive selection of freshly made desserts.

Reservations are strongly recommended for the Great Oak Steakhouse and for Paisano’s. Plan ahead by calling (877) 711-2946 or reserve online at


About Pechanga Resort Casino

Pechanga Resort & Casino offers one of the largest and most expansive resort/casino experiences anywhere in the United States. Voted the number one casino in the country by USA Today and rated a Four Diamond property by AAA since 2002, Pechanga Resort & Casino provides an unparalleled getaway, whether for the day or for an extended luxury stay. Offering more than 4,600 of the hottest slots, table games, world-class entertainment, 1,090 hotel rooms, dining, spa and golf at Journey at Pechanga, Pechanga Resort Casino features a destination that meets and exceeds the needs of its guests and the community. Pechanga Resort Casino is owned and operated by the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians. For more information, call toll free (877) 711-2946 or Follow Pechanga Resort & Casino on Facebook and on Twitter @PechangaCasino.


The Inland Empire Business Journal (IEBJ) is the official business news publication of Southern California’s Inland Empire region - covering San Bernardino & Riverside Counties.

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Sunset Soirée 2023: A Night of Collaboration and Celebration in the Inland Empire



Inland Empire Regional Chamber of Commerce, in Partnership with Riverside Convention Center and NFL Alumni Association, Hosts a Memorable Evening of Networking, Music, and Community Engagement.

On September 7th, the Inland Empire Regional Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with the Riverside Convention Center and the NFL Alumni Association of Southern California, successfully hosted their much-anticipated annual event, the “Sunset Soirée.” The event was proudly presented by isolved, a leading company dedicated to transforming the future of work through a unique blend of software and services tailored for payroll, benefits, and HR professionals.

Over 200 esteemed guests graced the occasion, immersing themselves in an evening filled with business networking, summer festivities, and the promise of forging meaningful connections. The Sunset Soirée has always been a beacon for professionals to exchange visionary ideas, collaborate, and expand their networks.

The evening began with a warm welcome, as each guest was greeted with a complimentary drink, setting a tone of camaraderie and relaxed interaction. An array of delectable complimentary hors d’oeuvres was served, each expertly crafted to tantalize the taste buds and fuel engaging conversations.

The event was graced by notable speakers, including Edward Ornelas, Jr., President & CEO of the Inland Empire Regional Chamber of Commerce; James Washington, President of the NFL Alumni Association of Southern California and 2x Superbowl Champion with the Dallas Cowboys; and Barbra Rogers, Director of Operations at Riverside Convention Center.

Mr. Edward Ornelas, Jr. remarked, “The Sunset Soirée is more than just an event; it’s a testament to the spirit of collaboration and community in the Inland Empire. We’re honored to bring together such a diverse and dynamic group of professionals, and I’m personally thrilled to see the connections and partnerships that will undoubtedly emerge from tonight.”

The atmosphere was further elevated by the presence of a talented musician who serenaded the attendees with live music, adding a harmonious touch to the evening. The highlight of the night was a special performance by the acclaimed Country Music Artist, Presley Tennant. Known for her powerful vocals and unique blend of California-Country music, Tennant has shared the stage with music legends like Tim McGraw, Kelly Clarkson, Carly Pearce, and Blake Shelton. Her commitment to animal welfare through her Riffs & Rescues virtual charity tour showcases not just her immense talent but also her golden heart.

The Inland Empire Regional Chamber of Commerce extends its heartfelt gratitude to all attendees, partners, and sponsors for making the Sunset Soirée a resounding success. The chamber remains committed to fostering business growth, collaboration, and community engagement in the Inland Empire region.

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Inland Empire Collaborative Launches with Grand Celebration



Powering the Future of Sports & Entertainment through Collaboration

The Inland Empire Regional Chamber of Commerce (IERCC) is pleased to announce the successful launch of the Inland Empire Sports & Entertainment Collaborative (IESEC). The vibrant launch party took place yesterday at the popular Topgolf in Ontario, attracting an enthusiastic crowd of approximately 200 attendees.

The event was graced by a lineup of notable speakers, including Dave Allen, West Region President for NASCAR, James Washington, President of the NFL Alumni Southern California Chapter, Michael K. Krouse, President & CEO of the Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau, Nikki Gatch, CEO of the Southern California PGA, Mike Burrows, CEO of the San Bernardino International Airport, and Edward Ornelas, Jr., President of the Inland Empire Regional Chamber of Commerce.

These distinguished figures shared their insights on the potential of the IESEC to stimulate growth, foster community engagement, and enhance the local economy through sports and entertainment.

IESEC is proud to acknowledge its sponsors, Bank of America and the San Bernardino County Economic Development Agency, for their invaluable support. The Collaborative is a testament to the power of synergy, with agencies such as the Southern California PGA, NFL Alumni SoCal, NASCAR, GOCAL, San Bernardino Int’l Airport, Ontario Reign, Empire Strykers, Inland Empire 66ers, Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, Ontario Clippers, and Southern California’s Greater Ontario Sports & Entertainment Authority actively participating.

In true festive spirit, guests were treated to an evening of sumptuous food, refreshing drinks, and engaging golf play. The energy and enthusiasm echoed the IESEC’s vision of fostering a sense of community through sports and entertainment.

IESEC, spearheaded by the IERCC, is committed to promoting, supporting, and facilitating partnerships between local businesses and regional sports teams, and entertainment venues throughout the Inland Empire. The initiative aims to create memorable experiences while generating revenue, stimulating economic growth, and positively impacting the community.

“Our goal with IESEC is to build a stronger, more connected community united in its love of sports and entertainment,” said Edward Ornelas, Jr., President of the IERCC. “By bringing people together to celebrate the best that the Inland Empire offers, we are creating a platform for exciting new opportunities and experiences.”

IESEC, initiated by the Inland Empire Regional Chamber of Commerce, is a consortium of experienced professionals dedicated to supporting sports and entertainment events in the Inland Empire region. Through partnerships with local businesses, community organizations, and government entities, IESEC serves as a central hub for promoting a wide variety of cultural and entertainment experiences. By encouraging community participation and economic growth, IESEC aims to build a stronger, more vibrant Inland Empire.

For more information about the IESEC and its ongoing projects, please visit our website at

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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.

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