Sunday, July 22, 2012

#Bushfire Grill, #Temecula CA

My friends, Charlie Pate and Sunni Almond from Wishes for Children, posted on their personal Facebook pages about a grand opening of a new restaurant in Temecula. (Grand opening was July 11th).  When I looked them up, I was pleased to see a restaurant whose main focus was on sustainable foods.

Bushfire Grill has a simple menu that offers something for everyone! Do you believe it? See for yourself! 

Imagine a place that features hormone-free, free-range beef (Prime Natural Angus) & chicken and mostly organic produce but always local, and their own organic focaccia bread baked daily that is conveniently located next to Trader Joe's! Best of all - at affordable prices! Can you believe that? 

I have been to the place twice and hope to make it a third time within a week's time. Yeah, I'm hooked! The first time I went I ordered the Veggie Delight and the next day (yes, I said the next day!), I ordered the Veggie Bowl. My friend on day 1 ordered their seasonal veggies prepared to her liking. Yes, they do this, too! 

(Ask for the dipping sauce!)

Grilled with a little sea salt only. 

Tossed in-season veggies with Basmati rice. 
I spoke with one of the head chefs, Ryan, on the first day and then I had the privilege of meeting and speaking to one of the owners, Brandon Barwin, on my second visit. The girls, Taylor and Adriana, were hospitable and had friendly, inviting smiles. Everyone was eager to serve. I was given a sample of their focaccia bread with the 'dipping' sauce made from scallions, garlic, vinegar and a couple other things -- let's just say, I ordered it on day 2. 

Ryan was telling me about the hopes of Bushfire expanding into San Diego and Orange counties sometime down the road. I chatted with Brandon about how they plan to showcase their fresh salads. I liked his idea of allowing customers to customize their own by displaying each ingredient in their own bowl. This way Bushfire can feature at all times, in-season produce, and the options will always be fresh. I shared with both of them that their restaurant is needed in our community due to the many people who understand the philosophy of the numerous health benefits of consuming only hormone/antibiotic free meat, or if vegetarian - eating organic produce, and it also touches the community who desires to support the local farmer! I trust that Bushfire Grill can expand into other areas in Southern California. Brandon is the owner of Melt Gelato in Boston. Melt has several locations in the U.S. 

They have awesome fruit infused water to drink free with any order. Be sure to check out the fruit selections at each visit. I enjoyed the orange-cucumber infused water! 

Now Expired: I mentioned Wishes for Children in this post because Bushfire Grill is running a promotion through July 24, 2012: "Celebrate our opening with a FREE entrĂ©e of our free range chicken and french fries, by making a minimum $1 donation to our Wishes for Children foundation." If you don't have the card in hand when donating to Wishes for Children, you may tell them that you heard about it through the Conveying Awareness blog

Location: 40665 Winchester Rd., Temecula, CA 92591. 
Hours: Mon-Thurs 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., Fri/Sat: 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m., and Sun: Noon to 7:00 p.m. 
Phone: (951) 296-0190

In a hurry? You can place your order directly on their Facebook page! 

Lastly, when you visit their website and sign up to become a member of Bushfire Grill, you will receive a coupon for a free pint of gelato (valued at $6.95) with any food purchase (one per family and expires within 10 days of receipt). Here's an example below:

If you know me, I love to plug local businesses that are capturing the essence of wellness. I believe that you'll visit this place and walk away pleasantly surprised about the quality and amount of food you'll get for the price. Be sure to tell them Conveying Awareness sent you!

In case you missed it: 
Bushfire Grill's website:
Bushfire Grill is on Facebook:
Wishes for Children, a non-profit benefiting terminally ill children right in the Temecula Valley, on Facebook:

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