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Best of Manteca 2011 voting starts Tuesday
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So who is truer to their school - students at East Union, Manteca, or Sierra high schools?

Who serves the best Asian food in Manteca? Is it Ho Sun’s Kitchen, Luu’s Chicken Bowl, or Lee’s Chinese Buffet & Seafood Restaurant?

And what is the best local band - 209 All Stars, Skouts Honor, or Zephyr?
You can help answer those questions and many more by voting in the 2011 Best of Manteca event.

The community’s top three nominees in nearly 90 categories are part of a ballot for this year’s competition. Voting starts Tuesday and runs through April 16. Voting is being done all on-line this year by going to either www.visitmanteca or www.emanteca and clicking on the “Best of Manteca” button.

The awards show, sit down dinner, and celebration will take place on Thursday, May 6, at a rural Manteca Victorian garden setting.

Tickets are $35 each.

Tickets are available at the Manteca Visitors Center, 1422 Grove Avenue, in The Promenade Shops at Orchard Valley Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For information call 823-7229.  

The benefits the winners will receive include marketing through the local media and at the event, a profile in over 25,000 CVB visitors’ guides, a plaque for their business and a window sticker, and a website advertisement on the CVB page for one year.  

The top three nominees in each category are as follows:

Auto / Recreational Vehicle Repair: JC Automotive, Monkey’s Auto & RV Services, Precision Automotive

Bank / Credit Union: Bank of Stockton, Delta Bank, Union Bank

Car Wash: Dribble’s Car Wash, Prime Shine Express, Quicki Kleen Car Wash

Dry Cleaner’s: Garibay’s Cleaner, Mainz Cleaners, Park Avenue Cleaners

Hospital / Clinic: Center for Sight, Doctor’s Hospital Manteca, Kaiser Permanente

Hotel: Best Western Executive Inn & Suites, Hampton Inn & Suites, Holiday Inn Express

Non-profit Business: Anderson’s 209 BMX Race Team, Give Every Child A Chance, Second Harvest Food Bank

Pharmacy: Bob’s Pharmacy, Kaiser Permanente, Target

Retirement Community: Prestige Senior Living at Manteca, The Commons at Union Ranch, Woodbridge by Del Webb

Service Club: Kiwanis Club of Manteca (Noon Club), Manteca Youth Focus, Rotary (Noon Club)

Tow Service: Looney’s 24-Hour Tow, Manteca Tow, Vern’s AAA Towing

Floral Shop: Costco, J&S Flowers, Manteca Floral

Furniture Store: Costco, Manteca Bedquarters, Hafers Home Furnishings

Grocery Store: Grocery Outlet, Safeway, Save Mart

Mattress Store: Hafers Home Furnishings, Manteca Bedquarters, Sleep Train Matress Centers,

Meat Department: Costco, Fagundes Meats & Catering, Raley’s

Place to Buy Athletic Supplies: Bass Pro Shop, Big 5 Sporting Goods, Wal-Mart

Place to Buy a Bike: Anderson Mower & Bike, Target, Wal-Mart Supercenter

Retail Store: New Buds Nursery, Target, Wal-Mart

Bartender: Jason Carter (The Rusty Hook), Lisa Garcia (El Jardin), Shana Winkler (Kelley Brothers)

Boss / Supervisor: Chris Bluett (El Jardin), Gordon Kennedy (GK Music), Joe Kelley (Kelley Brothers)

Caterer: Fagundes Meats & Catering, Kelley Brothers, Lee’s Chinese Buffet & Seafood Restaurant

CHIROPRACTOR: Dave Cox D.C., Michael Erdman D.C.. Russell Rottacker D. C.

DENTIST / ORTHODONTIST: John Trueb D.D.S., Ricardo Cuevas D.D.S., Sean Sangalang D. D.S.

FINANCIAL PLANNER: Jerry Bartley, Norman Knodt, Randy Knodt

INSURANCE AGENT: Cliff Jorgensen, Crystal Downs, Jacob Naven

LOCAL CHEF: Chris Bluett (El Jardin), Isadore Fang (Isadore’s), Mark Abram (Kelley Brothers)

LOAN OFFICER: Annette Roddan, David Ty, Kathy King

LOCAL COLUMNIST: Dennis Wyatt, Glenn Kahl, Jason Campbell

LOCAL SINGER: Brieanne Jansen, Cheyenne Milligan, Jessica Ochoa

MAILMAN / MAILWOMAN: Bob Goldman, Janice Noonan, Katie Mattingly

MASSAGE THERAPIST: Irene Amata, Lila Serros, Marla Nunes

NUMBER CRUNCHERS (ACCOUNTANTS, TAX PREP, CPA): Connie Jones - Newman & Jones, Ilona’s Bookkeeping & Tax Services, Rick Fatzer CPA

OPTOMETRIST: Deborah Steinberg, O.D., Gregory Miller O.D., Michael Lavieri O.D.

PHYSICIAN: Terry Croasdale M.D., Randall Yee M.D., Philip Edington, M.D.

PHOTOGRAPHER: Chris Leonard, Glenn Kahl, Hime Romero

REALTOR: Glenda Herrera, Heather Ryan - Reeves, Richard Wamsat

SCHOOL ADMINISTRATOR: Candace Espinola (Stella Brockman). Kathy Crouse  (Calla), Katherine Puck  (Nile Garden)

VOLUNTEER – YOUTH: Eriq Kurys, Manteca Police Explorers, Victoria Watson

VOLUNTEER – ADULT: Ayala Fleming, Judi Hoagland, Shim Lacy Watson

WAITER / WAITRESS: Deborah McClung  (Johnny’s), Lisa Garcia (El Jardin), Shana Winkler (Kelley Brothers)

DANCE STUDIO: Art of Dance, Dance & Cheer Stars, SONdance Christian Dance School

LOCAL YOUTH SPORTS TEAM: ICEE / Anderson’s 209 BMX Race Team, Manteca Jr. Buffalos Football, Manteca Jaguars

PET GROOMERS: Jackie’s Dog Grooming, Petsmart Pet Grooming, T’s Plush Puppies

PRIVATE SCHOOL: Lions N Lambs Preschool, St. Anthony’s Preschool, St. Paul’s United Methodist Preschool

PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOL: East Union High School, Manteca High School, Sierra High School

PUBLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: George Mcparland Elementary School, New Haven Elementary School, Shasta Elementary School

YOUTH ORGANIZATION: Boys & Girls Club of Manteca/Lathrop, Give Every Child A Chance, Manteca Youth Focus

AEROBIC INSTRUCTOR / PERSONAL TRAINER: Jennie Schatmeier (In Shape), Kerri Tapia (24 Hour Fitness), Margy Bullough (In Shape)

BARBER/ HAIRSTYLIST: Amber Marie Younger (Sadie’s Hair Salon), Deann Cadell (Mirror Image Salon), Sheri Parra (The Wright Touch)

BEAUTY SALON: Mirror Image Hair Salon, Sadie’s Styling Salon, The Wright Touch by Sheri

DAY SPA: Elegant Image Skin & Laser Spa, Mimosa Spa & Salon, Sadie’s Styling Salon

HEALTH / FITNESS CENTER: 24 Hour Fitness, Curves, In-Shape Sports Club

MANICURE / PEDICURE: Forever Nails, Jan Kuharski (Elegant Image Skin & Laser Spa), Jay Vu (Sadie’s Salon)

MARTIAL ARTS STUDIO: Manteca Martial Arts. Taberna’s Tae Kwon Do Academy, Yoga Soul & Jiu-Jitsu

AGRIBUSINESS: Ed’s Rockery, George Perry & Sons, New Buds Nursery

CUSTOMER SERVICE: Bean & Leaf Café, El Jardin, Phyllis Abram (Delta Bank)

FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT: AMC Showplace Manteca 16, Bass Pro Shop, Manteca Bowl & Family Fun Center

LOCAL ATTRACTION: Bass Pro Shop, Big League Dreams, Manteca Murals,

LOCAL BANDS: 209 All Stars, Skouts Honor, Zephyr

ICE CREAM / YOGURT SHOP: Baskin Robbin’s, Chilaberries Frozen Yogurt, Yogofina

ITALIAN RESTAURANT:De Vega Brothers, De Vinci’s Delicatessen & Catering, String’s Italian Café

MARGARITA: Chili’s Grill & Bar, El Jardin, Las Casuelas

MARTINI: Kelley Brother’s, Isadore’s, The Rusty Hook

MEXICAN FOOD RESTAURANT: El Jardin, Las Casuelas, Taqueria Yvette

MILKSHAKE: Baskin Robbins, Chubby’s Diner, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers

NACHOS: El Jardin, Kelley Brothers, Las Casuelas

OMELET: Johnny’s Restaurant., Main Street Café, The Waffle Shop

PIZZA: Eddie’s Pizza, Kelley Brothers, Mountain Mike’s

PUB GRUB: Chili’s Grill & Bar, Isadore’s. Kelley Brothers

SANDWICH SHOP: Bean and Leaf Café, Deli House, Village Sandwich Shoppe

SPECIALTY COFFEE SHOP: Bean and Leaf Café, Main Street Café , Starbuck’s

TACO: Las Casuelas, Taqueria La Costa, Taqueria Yvette

TAKE-OUT: Bean and Leaf Café, Kelley Brothers, Lee’s Chinese Buffet & Seafood Restaurant

WAFFLE: IHOP, Johnny’s Restaurant, The Waffle Shop

ELECTRICIAN: Brooks Electric & Construction, Top Choice Electric, Tubbs & Sons Electric

PAINTER: Dan Luna, Luis Zapada, Paul Walkup (Commercial Maintenance Painting)

CONTRACTOR: Manzanita Ventures, Roddan Construction, Steckler Construction

PLUMBING: Discount Plumbing, Knights Plumbing & Drain, MW Plumbing, Inc.

ROOFER: Cool Roofing Systems, Elite Roofing, Manteca Roofing

HANDYMAN: Bruce’s Handyman, Don Little, Manzanita Ventures

LOCAL EVENT: Crossroads Street Faire, Horizon Summer Band and Concert, Sunrise Kiwanis Pumpkin Fair

NEW BUSINESS (LESS THAN 1 YEAR) LARGE (OVER 25 EMPLOYEES): JM Equipment Co., Jo-Ann Fabric & Crafts, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers

NEW BUSINESS (LESS THAN 1 YEAR) SMALL (UNDER 25 EMPLOYEES): GK Music, Manzanita Ventures, Yoga Soul & Jiu Jitsu

PRODUCTS MADE IN MANTECA: Delicato Family Vineyards - Wine, Jesus Mountain Coffee, Kelley Brothers –IPA Beer

AMERICAN FOOD RESTAURANT: Applebee’s, Chubby’s Diner, Kelley Brothers

ASIAN FOOD RESTAURANT: Ho Sun’s Kitchen, Lee’s Chinese Buffet & Seafood Restaurant, Luu’s Chicken Bowl

BAKERY:Costco, Raley’s, Save Mart

BURGER: Athen’s Burgers, In & Out Burger, Kelley Brothers

DESSERT: Baskin Robbins, Chilaberries Frozen Yogurt, Isadore’s

DINING ESTABLISHMENT: Bean & Leaf Café, El Jardin, Kelley Brothers

DRINKING ESTABLISHMENT / BAR: El Jardin, Kelley Brothers, The Rusty Hook