The Cuisine Scene
Anna's Restaurant & Bakery
Oak Glen/Yucaipa, CA
The first ‘Oak Glen After
Dark’ live jazz and dinner event at Anna’s Restaurant & Bakery in
Oak Glen, Saturday evening the 19th, was a smashing success. All 100 tickets sold out.
Held in the banquet facility
of the newly remodeled restaurant, the evening began around 5:30 when
Anna's mother, Delia, greeted the arriving guest, and the wait-staff led them to their candlelit tables. Each
linen-covered round table, decorated with live flowers, seated six.
Next to the entrance, Anna added something special, a table holding
glass jars of assorted hard candies and chocolates, including little
carry-out boxes, for her guests to take home as mementoes of the
Vaughn Fahie and his S4G jazz
ensemble set up in the corner of the main room, and Sera Walde, the
talented young vocalist, had a table with her family next to the band.
A public relations and marketing graduate, Sera loves to perform and
felt honored to sing with Vaughn. Arriving guests were treated to early
entertainment as they rehearsed different arrangements.
It had been quite a while
since I’d heard live jazz, and while listening that evening, I was
grateful I'd been fortunate enough to attend. Vaughn’s music is truly
from his heart, and his soul-inspiring sax was so beautiful that I
found myself wiping tears. Several times his cheering audience rose to
their feet in appreciation.
Vaughn began his musical
career at age 8, and he still plays the sax his father bought him in
high school. Through the years he played the organ for his church, then
marched in the drum line for the Riverside Marching Tigers. After
earning a BA degree in music from Cal Poly Pomona University, he
founded his own musical production company, S4G Productions Unlimited,
and produced his first CD. He also finds time to serve as a youth
pastor of his local church. Now he and his ensemble of four excellent
musicians perform throughout the Inland Empire.
Aaron Harper—keyboard, Gary ‘Big Dog’ Stanionis—drums/percussion, Vaughn, Michael James—bass guitar, Mychal Henry—keyboard.
Not only was the entertainment
far beyond my expectations, but Anna’s dinner was excellent. First, the
attentive wait-staff served a salad of mixed greens followed by chilled
yellow tomato gazpacho with avocado salsa. My entrée was slices of
tender roast beef, mashed red potatoes and a vegetable mixture
including baby carrots, onions and zucchini. Instead of roast beef, the
vegetarians were served a pasta dish with marinara sauce.
For dessert, each quest was
served a platter holding a chocolate espresso mousse, a raspberry lemon
torte, and a dish of Crème Brule.
Later in the evening Vaughn
played a little reggae, referred to as Jamaican music, and several
couples rose to dance. Everyone seemed to have such a good time that I
think the evening could have continued on to the morning, but after
about five hours I needed to head home.
Anna and Aaron Burgess thanked
everyone for an evening that exceeded their dreams, and assured us that
this was just the first of their once-a-month entertainment plans. I
know I’ll be first in line, or pretty darn close, for their next event.
How fortunate we are that they
moved to the old Cider Barrel restaurant location. What a wonderful
thing for our community.
Anna's Restaurant & Bakery
38490 Oak Glen Road
UPDATE: now closed
Open year around