Cork Fire Kitchen turns excess holiday ingredients into free appetizers, helps area’s less fortunate

Cork Fire Kitchen at Temecula Creek Inn will collect canned food donations in exchange for free appetizer vouchers from Nov. 29 through Jan. 2. Courtesy photo

TEMECULA – How many cans of cranberry sauce will be sitting around unopened in people’s homes after Thanksgiving? Boxes of stuffing? Cans of pumpkin filling? It’s inevitable that families end up with a few unused and unopened food items that they never get around to preparing for the holidays.

Instead of letting them sit in the cupboard until next year rolls around, the chefs at the Cork Fire Kitchen inside Temecula Creek Inn have another idea. They’re calling it “Leftover Love,” and they’re determined to help the region’s less fortunate.

Anyone who brings at least two non-perishable food items to Cork Fire Kitchen between Friday, Nov. 29, and Tuesday, Jan. 2, will receive a voucher to receive two-for-one appetizers during brunch or dinner service. The food items will be collected and donated to the Community Mission of Hope in Temecula. For more information or reservations to Cork Fire Kitchen, visit or call (888) 976-3404.

Guests donating food items will receive a voucher good for two appetizers for the price of one during brunch or dinner service. The value of the lesser priced appetizer will apply. Guests may choose to use the voucher that day or bring it back and use it through Jan. 2. Blackout dates donation vouchers may not be used include Dec. 24, 25 and 31, and Jan. 1. Guests will be limited to one voucher redemption per visit and per party. Appetizers on the Cork Fire brunch menu include several of the brunch selections, as well as green chick pea hummus; sunchoke and apple; cheese board; carnitas nachos; poutine with fried cheese curds and fries and free-range wings. Dinner appetizers include fried avocado with white soy aioli; chicory and burrata salad; salmon belly dynamite; little neck clams and more.

Community Mission of Hope Housing Resource and Food Distribution Center serves more than 400 families per month each month within the Temecula, Murrieta, Anza and Aguanga areas, and also provides housing resources in southwest Riverside County.

Temecula Creek Inn and Cork Fire Kitchen offer free, on-site parking. For more information on Temecula Creek Inn’s culinary offerings, visit

Submitted by Cork Fire Kitchen.