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Good friends, good eating good evening Richard Pena | Sun, Jul 17 2011 12:00 PM

We will be going over to the Chula Vista Golf Course Monday evening July 18 to participate in this year’s Taste of Bonita.

As we reported last week this will be the 19th time that this affair has been staged in the Bonita area.
Taste of Bonita was the brain child of the late Diane Cousino a long time valley resident. She and husband Don had a favorite group, BETH: a local group of horsemen and women who aided the physically disabled by assisting them in riding horses.

Taste was a means of raising funds for this endeavor, as well as other projects in the area. The event went into hiatus for a couple of years and then was taken up by Bonitan Carol Hammond, a few years back, and has been going strong ever since.

Taste of Bonita, held in the spacious ball room at the C.V. golf course is an excellent place to partake of an eclectic array of food. The old saying of soup to nuts is presented to the dining public in a pleasant manner and diners come away satisfied.

Eighteen of the South County’s best will be serving up their culinary specialties amid pleasant surroundings. Among those participating will be Applebee’s from the Plaza Bonita Center to the Bonita Golf Club that is on
the other side of the valley. In between there will be food offerings from Brigantine Seafood, the host locale, the C.V. Golf Course, Costco Wholesale and Cotija Taco Shop.

Also having a table at Taste will be “Los Antojos” Mexican cuisine, Maye’s Dessert and Bistro and Melts Gelato for those with a sweet tooth.

Miguel’s Cocina, Trader Joe’s, Via Lago Trattoria and Villa Capri Italian Restaurant, all from the Eastlake area, will be represented. Starbuck’s Coffee, Subway, Villa Bonita, Romesco’s and Vons, all from the Bonita will round out those offering delicacies.

We have noted before that this affair has proven to be a bit more than a fund raiser in enlisting the aid of the local food emporiums.

It has become, over the years, a social and cultural event that is unequaled in its scope.

Those attending generally meet some folks for the first time, but, more importantly they have the
opportunity to renew old acquaintances, mingle with old friends, and make the event a
pleasant and memorable experience.

This year there is quite a bevy of entertainers on hand to give one cheer as he selects and eats.
The Master of Ceremonies is a long time favorite among South Bay patrons, Bob Bell. He will be
introducing Stage 4 who play classic favorites in a jazz and rhythm and blues style and Aaron Wooton strumming Latin jazz and the classics on his guitar.

The price for this one-of-akind entertainment is $20. Tickets may be obtained at the door of the clubhouse or in advance at the Bonita Museum. For those who might have forgotten the Chula Vista Golf Club is located right across Bonita Road from the Vons/Bank of America shopping mall.

All proceeds from Taste go to the Bonita Museum to assist in the programs and exhibits that they will be offering the public this year. This looks like a gala evening for those attending.

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We reported last week that the Retired Educator’s Golf Association also known as REGA
will be holding their annual bash, a brunch this coming Sunday Morning at the Bonita Golf Club.

In the past few days I have heard from the group’s leader, Don Jackson, who tells me that he has something special lined up for the short program that accompanies the brunch. What that could be is hard to tell. One thing is certain. It can’t be anything regarding the prowess of any of our golfers. It’s hard to
swing a five iron with one hand when one has crutch in the other.

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