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Portillo’s has announced two new additions to its Shop & Ship offerings: nationwide delivery of its famous Chocolate Cake, and a new subscription service, Portillo’s 365. One of the brand’s most iconic menu items, Portillo’s World Famous Chocolate Cake was previously only available in restaurants. The new Shop & Ship offering features two pre-baked chocolate cake layers, and a do-it-yourself icing kit, complete with frosting and a spatula.
The perfect holiday gift, Portillo’s 365 offers a rotating selection of Portillo’s favorite dishes delivered every other month, anywhere in the country. Customers can purchase a subscription for $365 – or just a $1 a day - saving over $40 versus buying each package individually. Subscribers receive the following items:
Oh what fun it is to eat, drink and be merry at BRIO Tuscan Grille this holiday season! BRIO locations across the nation will revel in the holiday spirit, welcoming guests to gather and indulge in special seasonal fare. In addition, BRIO is happy to “give the gift of BRIO” to its guests, with bonus gifts for guests who buy $100 in holiday gift cards.
Seasonal Entrées & Desserts
Starting Saturday, Nov. 26, BRIO will offer the following entrées and dessert:
· Broiled Maine Lobster Tail & Creole Shrimp Pasta with angel hair, spicy cream sauce, capers, red peppers, green onions and basil ($25.95)
· Surf & Turf — Grilled-to-order beef medallions, jumbo black pepper shrimp over Romano crusted eggplant and white cheddar polenta ($28.95)
· Chocolate Layer…
This holiday season, A Restaurant will be opening their doors on select days in December for the annual 12 Days of Christmas Lunch. Beginning Thursday, December 1 and continuing on select weekdays through Friday, December 16, A Restaurant will offer a seasonal holiday lunch menu, brought to you by Executive Chef Jonathan Blackford.
A Restaurant’s 12 Days of Christmas Lunch menu offers a variety of classic starters including a Pozole Verde, Braised Niman Meatballs and A’s signature Spicy Yellowfin Tuna. A diverse list of entrees features the Fusilli Pasta, Blackened Shrimp Salad and the A Burger. A Restaurant’s classic steak cuts are also available for lunch. Favorite side dishes are offered including Blue Lake Green Beans, Mac N Cheese and House Bistro Fries. For those looking to celebrate…
Portola Coffee Roasters has opened its 6th Orange County location inside Union Market Mission Viejo, a food hall located inside the Kaleidoscope Center. Portola Coffee Roasters prides itself on having access to some of the highest quality coffee beans in the world. Owner/Roaster Jeff Duggan has achieved an astonishingly robust direct trade coffee program in record time. While it usually takes a coffee company several years to establish direct trade relationships to start sourcing coffee at origin, Portola was able to do it within two years.
To focus on sustainable outreach, Portola Coffee Roasters has special interest projects at the farm level in several countries – with a goal to expand this effort to every country with which it has farmer relationships.
What began as the selfish…Continue
Beer aficionados and admirers alike will gather to sample over 100 of the best craft brews at the 2016 Brew Ho Ho!. Enjoy a live performance by popular tribute band Dead Man’s Party, shop the Brewery Merchandise Expo, enjoy a fine cigar to go with the great beer, and indulge in delectable food from top local restaurants and food trucks. A portion of the proceeds from this year’s Brew Ho Ho! will benefit the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County and Inland Empire who improve the lives of over 2,700 local children each year.
The fifth limited release OC Brew Ho Ho! Holiday Ale collaboration beer titled “Yippee Ki Yay” will come courtesy of Artifex Brewing in San Clemente, CA and Chapman Crafted in Orange, CA. The ale is expected to be 8% ABV and brewed with Red X, Rye and…Continue
Whole Foods Market has partnered with Mendocino Farms to open a location inside its Tustin store at The District. Mendocino Farms is located in a new 140-seat dining area shared with the recently opened Hangar Bar. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., the location will offer its full menu of gourmet sandwiches and salads for lunch and dinner. Menu highlights include the Pork Belly Banh Mi, the Avocado & Quinoa Superfood Ensalada and the Not So Fried Chicken, a lighter version of a cold fried chicken sandwich with shaved free range chicken breast. All menu items are made on site and meet Whole Foods Markets strict quality standards. From November 17 through December 4, sales from its limited edition short rib sandwich created with local chef Yvon Goetz will benefit the Tustin Public Schools Foundation.…Continue
To kick of the 35th anniversary of the Ruby Dooby Foundation, Ruby’s Diner welcomes back everyone’s favorite day – Burger Day! On Wednesday, December 7, all Ruby’s Diner locations** will offer the classic RubyBurger with French fries for just $2.99, $1 of each sale will benefit The Ruby Dooby Foundation.
Ruby’s Diner celebrates Burger Day twice a year – once in July commemorating the birthday of the Diner’s namesake, Ruby Cavanaugh – then again in December celebrating the company’s anniversary. December 7th Burger Day marks the first of many yearlong events planned in honor of Ruby’s Diner’s 35-year history.
Founded in December 2015, The Ruby Dooby Foundation carries on the legacy of giving and compassion embodied by Ruby Cavanaugh. The proceeds from Burger Day will directly benefit…Continue
Salt & Straw, the family-run ice cream shop, has announced plans to open a new scoop location in West Hollywood next year. As an introduction to the community, Salt & Straw will be hosting a fundraiser for The Trevor Project on Friday, November 18 from 7 pm – 10 pm outside the store-front, offering $1 scoops of their inspired flavors like Sea Salt with Caramel Ribbons, Chocolate Gooey Brownie, Honey Lavender and more. Proceeds from the fundraiser will go toward crisis intervention and suicide prevention services for LGBTQ young people ages 13-24.
The West Hollywood scoop shop will feature all the staple flavors that have made Salt & Straw so beloved by Angelenos since its arrival in the city’s Larchmont Village area in 2014. Favorites such as Almond Brittle with…
Celebrate Christmas on the sand at The Beachcomber at Crystal Cove this holiday season.
Saturday, December 3 The Beachcomber at Crystal Cove host the 20th Annual Crystal Cove Tree Lighting. Guests are invited to indulge in complimentary hot cider and freshly baked cookies on the date.
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner year round, The Beachcomber offers the ideal winter retreat for the perfect meal on the sand. During the month of December, cozy up with the new California Christmas Cocoa, perfect for young ones and the young at heart. The rich creamy cocoa can be served simply hot or chilled over ice. Add a shot of espresso for those needing a pick-me-up or spike it with Bourbon for something extra special.
Crystal Cove Alliance’s 20th Annual Tree Lighting on December 3…Continue
By Tony Reverditto
Les Amis d’Escoffier Society of Southern California is one of the many chapters which is a secret society of sorts. They are a community that strives to preserve the roots of classic French cuisine. They are a global society that honors the sacredness of Georges Auguste Escoffier. He was garnered “The Chef of Kings and The King of Chefs.” and was born in 1846 and lived until 1935. His dedication as a French Chef, restaurateur and culinary writer has created a legacy and made him an international treasure. Escoffier popularized and refined traditional French cooking methods, much based on that of Marie-Antoine Carême, one of the codifiers of French haute cuisine. In particular, he distinguished recipes for the five mother sauces: Béchamel, Velouté, Espagnole, Sauce Tomat and Hollandaise. In 1936, at the Jantzen Suite at the Hotel Waldorf-Astoria, an organization was spawned, which would become the high authority and final arbiter in all matters…Continue