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May 1 - 14, 2010



Make marvelous memories for mom

by Lynda Exley

One day a year is not enough to show the mothers and grandmothers in our lives how much we love and appreciate them – but it’s a great start. Here are some special dining experiences, events and activities to make this Mother’s Day one for the memory books.

Meals with mom

Celebrating all that moms do, the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort in historic downtown Chandler offers the 2010 Mother’s Day Champagne Jazz Brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sun., May 9. As live jazz music wafts through the air, moms and their families can feast on culinary delights. Breakfast items include berry-stuffed cinnamon French toast, waffles with ice cream and toppings, four cheese blintzes with crème anglaise and berry sauce, and omelets with applewood-smoked bacon or sausage. Cold fare features are: fruit; spring mix salad with berries, pistachios and feta cheese; Italian pasta salad; iced, peel-and-eat shrimp; Norwegian smoked salmon and more. Savory offerings include roasted chicken, salmon, roasted pork loin and Gouda mashed potatoes with steamed vegetables. The carving station has prime rib with Merlot au jus and horseradish sauce. Sweet Endings include homemade cakes, cookies, tarts, pastries and a gourmet coffee station. The Kids Corner offers chicken strips, macaroni and cheese, shoestring French fries and corn on the cob.

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Chandler celebrates trains

A free event from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat., May 8 at the Arizona Railway Museum in Southern Chandler celebrates National Train Day.

Museum visitors can tour railcars currently under restoration that are not normally open to the public, see the inside of a working caboose and go into the cab of a Baldwin diesel locomotive. Volunteers will be on hand to explain the type of work required to restore and refurbish the cars.

The Arizona Railway Museum is a nonprofit, all-volunteer, educational and historical organization dedicated to the acquisition, restoration, preservation and display of equipment, artifacts and mementos related to the past and present railways of Arizona and the Southwest.

National Train Day celebrates the 141st anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad at Promontory Summit, UT. Train-related events will be hosted throughout the country in honor of the day.

Normal operating hours for the Arizona Railway Museum are noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through May 30. The museum is closed during the summer, but reopens in early September. Donations are always welcome. The museum is located at 330 E. Ryan Rd., in Southern Chandler’s Tumbleweed Park. For more information, visit

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JAZZ IT UP: Enjoy a champagne brunch with jazz music on the side in the tranquil Fountain Courtyard at the Crown Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort on Mother’s Day.

Indulge in country club dining at Bernard’s

by Joan Westlake

The drive to Bernard’s sets the tone for a quality, yet surprisingly affordable dining experience. Situated on a putting green overlooking the ninth green, the restaurant offers spectacular views of the lush golf course with its waterfalls, brilliant flowers and verdant landscape. A towering winged sculpture over a rushing fountain greets visitors. Stroll down the walkway covered by a massive wooded archway to the restaurant’s entrance. The dining room is surrounded on two sides by a spacious patio. Although the golf course has been open since the 1980s and Bernard’s for about

10 years – it was called Brian’s Fine Dining before that – General Manager Tim Geesey says many people don’t realize membership is not required to dine there. They assume it is private because it exudes golf course casual with a country club’s service and atmosphere.

“We still are a hidden treasure,” he says. “Many people find out about us when they attend one of the weddings for which we are famous. We host 60 to 70 beautiful ceremonies each year.”

He gives credit to restaurant manager Carlo Ventura for the well-trained wait staff and inviting club ambience.

“I hear from our visitors and regulars that he is the ultimate maitre d’,” says Geesey. “He seems to know everyone by name. From Italy, he speaks many languages.”

Very fresh and high quality ingredients are apparent throughout the compact menu featuring salads and sandwiches at lunch with steaks, lamb, seafood and Italian fare at dinner. They purchase locally when possible and fly in ingredients such as the tuna from Hawaii.

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HISTORIC TRAIN: Built for the U.S. War Department, this locomotive was delivered in March 1943. It has been cosmetically and functionally restored and is maintained in operating condition.

Geesey says they change the menu seasonally and offer new items plus daily specials to vary the selections for frequent diners. A creative addition at lunch is the Big Eye Tuna Salad ($13), which is sesame-crusted Ahi tuna served rare over Asian field greens with fried soba noodles, micro beets, tomatoes, cucumbers and pickled ginger tossed in a wasabi and cilantro vinaigrette.

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