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What started as a joke amongst friends has quickly turned into a battle between several high-profile Orange County chefs for a serious cause. New School vs. Old School in a Pizza Throwdown, to raise money to help local families. Members of the public can purchase tickets to vote in the throwdown, or simply eat pizza in the parking lot. Proceeds benefit Bracken’s Kitchen, an Orange County food truck that feeds local families for FREE.
Old-School: Dean Kim, Orange County Baking Company; Chef Sandro Nardone of Angelina’s Pizzeria Napoletana; Chef Bill Bracken of Bracken’s Kitchen; Chef Dee Nguyen of Break of Dawn; Chef Greg Daniels of Haven Gastropub; Lisa Gilmore of Orange Home Grown Farmer’s and Artisan Market
New-School: Chad Urata and Brent Omeste,…Continue
Falasophy has opened its first brick-and-mortar location at 4th Street Market. Falasophy is the first Lebanese restaurant to open in Downtown Santa Ana and will celebrate by offering the first 100 guests at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, Orange Blossom Lemonade and an order of their popular Spicy Falafel Tacos (2)—tacos Gustavo Arellano of OC Weekly called “more authentic than Frida Khalo.”
Owner Rashad Moumneh, a former Taco Bell executive who launched Falasophy in 2014, has expanded his menu at Falasophy 4th Street Market to include more Lebanese street food, like 24-hour marinated steak shawarma, sumac chicken and a cheesy Middle Eastern dessert called knefe.
Falasophy will also expand the popular line of salad and hummus bowls with a variety of protein options. The…Continue
Stax Cookie Bar is now one of the first in Southern California to offer thinly rolled Thai-style ice cream that everyone has been raving about all over social media. Stax has also put its own spin on the Thai treat, creating new signature CreamRitos and Duo Layer Rolls, which are the first rolled ice cream desserts to feature two flavors. Stax new desserts are hand-crafted with a fresh cream mixture poured and spread onto a negative 31- degree stainless steel wheel. As the thin layer of ice cream freezes, it is expertly shaved into rolls with a metal spatula and artistically served with toppings.
The Cream Rolls, available with yogurt or ice cream, are served in traditional Thai style, upright in a cup and topped with fresh fruit, fresh baked cookie pieces or chocolate syrup. Stax has also created…Continue
Huntington Beach’s Zimzala Restaurant & Bar is closing to make room for the new island-inspired eatery Pacific Hideaway. Set to open in April 2017, Pacific Hideaway will be designed as modern American restaurant with Asian roots, celebrating island flavors of Southeast Asia, Latin America, and Japan.
The menu, curated by Executive Chef JT Walker, will feature small, colorful plates—from sushi rice cakes with ahi tuna poke, to fried avocado tacos with tamarind and chiles–and larger plates, such whole Mexican-beer-can chicken, served with salsas, tortillas, and other accoutrements.
Designed as a casual, yet polished and global restaurant, Pacific Hideaway’s signature statement pieces will include roll-up garage doors, a large hand-carved bar depicting ocean waves, an expansive patio…
For the 4th consecutive year, The Deck on Laguna Beach and Driftwood Kitchen, together with The Bungalows at Pacific Edge Hotel, hosted "Sip & Shuck," a fundraiser that raised $20,000 benefit the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Orange County. Guests of the event were able to experience a variety of hand-shucked oysters, champagne, sparkling wines and more from around the world, all while enjoying panoramic ocean views at the oceanfront restaurants.
Driftwood Kitchen and The Deck on Laguna Beach are located in the heart of Laguna Beach, nestled between the Pacific Edge Hotel and the Pacific Ocean, just off Pacific Coast Highway. For more information, please visit http://www.sipnshuck.com.
CASA provides a powerful voice for youth…Continue
The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar will be opening its third Southern California location in San Diego’s Westfield UTC, in La Jolla in Fall 2017. The Winery Restaurant La Jolla will provide the same rich experience as its Orange County locations at The District in Tustin and overlooking the marina in Newport Beach. The Winery will also open a separate 1,000-square-foot wine bar within Westfield UTC, featuring a menu of small bites, grab-and-go foods and wine flights for guests and employees of the center to enjoy.
Over the past decade, Partners JC Clow, William Lewis and Chef Yvon Goetz have created quite a stir by successfully pairing contemporary California regional cuisine, with a hip, vibrant, sophisticated setting, to create a cutting-edge dining experience. They have been…Continue
Soho Taco is a critically acclaimed gourmet taco catering and food truck company which celebrates elevated Mexican cuisine in Orange County, Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California. Their specialty is traditional Mexican tacos – but with a clean decadent edge. All tortillas are freshly made every day and they use only the highest grade meats and ultra-fresh produce topped with house-made sauces made from legendary treasured recipes.
Not only do they have a deluxe food truck that travels through the region, but they also showcase these culinary delights on a modern taco cart independent of any power source, designed to accommodate any event, including family gatherings, weddings, corporate…Continue
Puesto brings a fresh, contemporary yet authentic Mexican cuisine to Irvine’s Los Olivos Marketplace. Inspired by the vibrant art, culture and energy of his native Mexico City, Executive Chef/Partner Luisteen Gonzalez sources local ingredients to create Puesto’s signature tacos made with crispy melted cheese, house-made corn tortillas and from-scratch salsas.
A family-owned concept, Puesto is run by Tacoteurs Eric and Alan Adler alongside their cousin Isidoro Lombrozo. Puesto’s menu encourages guests to mix and match from an offering of specialty tacos such as the Filet Mignon Taco with crispy melted cheese, avocado & spicy pistachio serrano salsa, Chicken Al Pastor Taco with crispy melted cheese, hibiscus & chipotle tinga, avocado & piña habanero pico, vegetarian…
Bluewater Grills in Newport Beach and Tustin are offering four foodie and cocktail happenings during January and February.
France vs. Italy: Battle of the European Fish Stews Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017
Bluewater kicks-off its 2017 Bluewater Second Tuesday Monthly Tasting Series with a Jan. 10 showdown designed to empower seafoodies to decide which centuries-old dish is best: French Bouillabaisse or Italian Cioppino. The $34.95 tasting event features separate bowls of French Bouillabaisse, made with saffron and garlic, and a tomato-based Italian Cioppino, paired with a glass of French Pinot Blanc and an Italian red, respectively. (The three-course meal can be ordered throughout January without the wine pairing for the same price.)
Seatings start at 6:30pm on…
Celebrate the New Year with IHOP’s ‘All You Can Eat Pancakes’ offer, a great value on the fluffy, golden pancakes. After enjoying a full stack of five Buttermilk pancakes – or a short stack of two pancakes with a combo plate of eggs, golden hash browns and choice of sausage, ham or hickory-smoked bacon – guests can request additional short stacks of two Buttermilk pancakes until they’ve fulfilled their craving. ‘All You Can Eat Pancakes’ is available all day, every day for the month of January at participating IHOP restaurants nationwide.
Dine-in only. All You Can Eat offer valid per person, per order. For a limited time. Price and participation varies. For more information visit …Continue