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OC Restaurant Week Celebrates a Decade of Dining Out March 4-10, 2018

Posted by OCfoodies on January 9, 2018 at 3:30pm 0 Comments

Celebrating its 10th Anniversary, OC Restaurant Week allows diners to explore 150 eateries in Orange County, one meal at a time!

Orange County Restaurant Week will celebrate its 10th Anniversary as the region's most celebrated culinary event when it runs from Sunday, March 4th through Saturday, March 10th. This year marks the most expansive OC Restaurant Week, with more than 150 participants offering diners a wide variety of options, from casual and family friendly establishments, to upscale and fine dining, which will once again allow for a “luxe experience” with a select group of menus…


How to Throw the Perfect California inspired Dinner Party

Posted by Sophie Andersen on January 15, 2018 at 12:30am 0 Comments

Who doesn’t dream of a weekend getaway somewhere in California, enjoying a nice bottle of wine while looking at the sunset? Now, not everyone can go to California when they feel like it – but you can bring California to your own backyard! Does a California themed dinner party sound good? Because if it does, then here is how to make it just right:

Choose the right time

This means multiple things: Firstly, the perfect season for this is one where it’s hot enough to enjoy an evening outside, because the perfect setup will most certainly be outdoors. However, if you want to host this type of party in the winter, make sure it’s during the day – perhaps a brunch rather than a dinner –…


Antonello Ristorante Hosts Hess Winemaker Dinner

Posted by Kelli on January 12, 2018 at 10:40am 0 Comments

Antonello Ristorante will host a Winemaker dinner featuring The Hess Collection Winery. The fabulous night includes a five-course meal and wine pairings, as well as an informative guest speaker from the Hess winery to educate guests about the winery and the wines produced. Reservations may be made by calling (714) 751-7153.

Hess Dinner Menu

($77.25 per person, plus tax and gratuity)


Tray Passed Hors D’ouerves

Hess Collection Napa Valley Chardonnay 2015

Burrata e Proscuitto

Proscuitto aged 24 months, served with fresh burrata and drizzled with extra virgin olive oil

Hess Collection Allomi Cabernet Sauvignon…


Lighthouse Bayview Cafe Has An All New Full Bar Menu

Posted by Kelli on January 12, 2018 at 10:32am 0 Comments

Enjoy your favorite spirits on the bay at Lighthouse Bayview Café. With a brand-new full liquor license, Lighthouse has unveiled all new bar menus for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. The Rise & Shine Bar Menu features refreshing cocktails, epic bloody mary’s and during weekend brunch bottomless mimosas, and the lunch/dinner menu ranges from classic cocktails to creative concoctions.

Menu Highlights

Rise & Shine Bar Menu

The Duffy Cruise

Vodka, fresh lemonade, Triple Sec, sugar rim, 9

Lighthouse Sparkler

Vodka, lime juice, clover honey syrup, sparkling wine, 9


Champagne Mimosa…


Puesto At Irvine's Park Place Opens

Posted by Kelli on January 12, 2018 at 9:30am 0 Comments

Puesto Mexican Artisan Kitchen & Bar is now open at Irvine’s Park Place. This is the taco hotspot’s second Orange County location since opening at the Los Olivos Marketplace in December 2016. Puesto is known for its tacos made from handmade, non-GMO, maíz azul stone-ground tortillas, sustainable meats, local produce and scratch salsas. Guests are encouraged to mix and match from an array of tacos, including Filet Mignon (crispy melted cheese, avocado, spicy pistachio serrano salsa), Chicken al Pastor (crispy melted cheese, hibiscus & chipotle tinga, avocado, piña habanero pico), vegetarian options such as Zucchini & Cactus (crispy melted cheese, zucchini, corn, tomato, cactus, avocado, cilantro-tomatillo salsa) and Mushroom (crispy melted cheese, garlic-braised seasonal mushrooms, stone…


2-Year Anniversary at Ways & Means Oyster House

Posted by Kelli on January 12, 2018 at 9:39am 0 Comments

Starting Monday, January 15th through Sunday, January 21st, guests will enjoy every daily specials, all day, every day!

Party goers can treat themselves to the following specials:

- $9.99 Whole Maine Lobster (limited quantity)

- $2 Fish & Shrimp Tacos

- $10 Bottomless Blonde Beer

- $10 Margarita Pitchers

- 50% Off Wines By The Bottle

- $6 Specialty Vodka & Gin martinia

- $10 Glasses of premium champagne

- $6 Sparkling Cocktails

- $25 Classic Seafood Broil with all of the trimmings

And don't miss out on the Third Annual Shuck-It Competition January 20th:

On Saturday, Jan. 20th at 10 a.m., Orange County's first responders will go head-to-head in an oyster-eating contest for charity at Ways & Means…


Alejandra Padilla as Executive Chef of Five Crowns and SideDoor

Posted by Kelli on January 12, 2018 at 9:36am 0 Comments

Lawry’s Restaurants Inc. is pleased to announce that Alejandra Padilla is the new Executive Chef of Five Crowns and SideDoor in Corona del Mar. Chef Padilla comes to Five Crowns and SideDoor from Hillstone Restaurant Group, where she served as the Culinary Manager. Before that, Padilla moved up the ranks at the Patina Restaurant Group where she started as a Sous Chef at La Fonda Del Sol in New York before moving to LA to be a Sous Chef at Nick & Stef’s Steakhouse. She quickly moved up the the ladder to Executive Chef, a position she served at two different Market Café locations in LA. Chef Alejandra appeared on Cooking Channel’s Unique Eats in 2010 and was also the winner of the Season 6 premier episode of Food Network’s, Chopped in 2011.

“We are delighted to welcome Chef…


BRIO Italian Grille Winter Risotto Specials

Posted by Kelli on January 5, 2018 at 10:28am 0 Comments

Celebrate risotto at BRIO Tuscan Grille! From January 9 through March 25, guests can savor this creamy, seasonal favorite. Selections include:

Sea Scallop Risotto

pan seared sea scallops, ratatouille vegetables, basil, and red peppers

Salmon Risotto

grilled salmon, mushrooms, red peppers, asparagus, and basil

Sweet Potato & Chicken Risotto

oven roasted chicken, pancetta, asparagus, and toasted pine nuts

Shrimp Risotto & Broiled Lobster Tail

mushrooms, red peppers, asparagus, and basil…


Mixology Date Night, Valentines Dinner & More At Hotel Irvine

Posted by Kelli on January 5, 2018 at 10:19am 0 Comments

Hotel Irvine is the place to be this winter to take off the outside chill and chill inside instead. Locals and hotel guests will stay cozy and comfy as they enjoy all the featured seasonal drinking and eating events taking place at Red Bar and Lounge and EATS Kitchen & Bar – offering contemporary twists on comfort food with a patio and cozy fire for lounging on crisp SoCal winter nights. Fun and delicious ongoing activities happen every day and night, and the ever-popular hotel Marketplace for its easy and affordable “grab-and-go” food is a big draw.

Seasonal Events Happening At Hotel Irvine

Top of the Barrel

January through March

Three innovative and warming brown spirit…


SideDoor’s Monthly Cheese Takeover Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Posted by Kelli on January 5, 2018 at 10:07am 0 Comments

SideDoor is known for its award-winning cheese and charcuterie offerings, and in 2017 started hosting a series dedicating one evening a month to boutique creameries and specialty cheeses. A different creamery is featured at each event, and twice a year the series culminates in the ultimate celebration of fromage with the Cheese & Charcuterie Backyard Party. The evening will showcase the previous four creameries of the series including Jasper Hill (September 2017), Rogue (October 2017), French Theme (November 2017), and Andante (December 2017), and offer cheese, charcuterie, passed appetizers and beverage pairings. SideDoor’s own certified expert and cheese monger, Tracy Nelsen, will be on hand to educate guests on the various cheeses presented and to recommend the perfect…


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