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Chef Dave Martin from season one of Bravo’s “Top Chef” will spend an afternoon with Chef/Restaurateur Zov Karamardian performing a live culinary demo at Zov's Bistro in Tustin at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, October 18, 2009. Open to the public, the demonstration will take place on the sunlit patio where Zov and Chef Martin will host an intimate lunch during which guests will be able to enjoy three-course meal. The demo and lunch is priced at $75 per person. Space is limited and… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on September 15, 2009 at 1:54pm — 1 Comment

Come TASTE and VIEW the Culinary & Design graduates portfolios. FREE

The Art Institute of California — Orange County Presents:

Portfolio Show

Looking for talent?

Come join us for The Art Institute of California — Orange County Summer 2009 Graduate Portfolio Show.

Our graduates will present their culinary concepts and work in design and media. Discover new artistic and culinary talent all in one place.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Family, Friends, & Students (Industry Professionals also… Continue

Added by Melanie Atkins on September 11, 2009 at 11:48am — No Comments

Get Ready for Orange County's Most Anticipated Culinary Event

More Than 120 of OC's Favorite Restaurants Are Ready to Dish up Amazing Food at Fantastic Prices During Orange County Restaurant Week This September 13th - 19th.

From all corners of the county this foodie celebration provides locals the opportunity to indulge in a selection of specially priced prix fixe menus. These menus showcase some of the region's most talented chefs who have personalized each menu to reflect their culinary style. The prix fixe menus are priced… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on September 10, 2009 at 6:34pm — No Comments

The Future is Bright for Shades

The Future is Bright for Shades

By Rich Manning

In many respects, unveiling a new menu can be a restaurant’s most daunting endeavor. After all, there are a host of questions that naturally rise up from such a culinary paradigm shift, and more often than not, they tend to carry negative connotations with them. Will people like the new items? Will people complain that some of the items they enjoyed have been pulled? Will the whisper of second guessing the… Continue

Added by Will Work for Food on September 9, 2009 at 9:00pm — No Comments


Four chefs participate in Inaugural fundraiser for The Winery Culinary Arts Scholarship Fund

Four of Orange County’s most talented and highly decorated chefs come together to create a six-course dinner to help five aspiring chefs earn their Associates Degree in Culinary Arts at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa. The inaugural “Orange County Celebrity Chefs Culinary Arts Scholarship” fundraiser will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 23 at The Winery Restaurant &… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on September 9, 2009 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Chimayo - Back by popular demand.

Chimayo at the Beach, formerly, Savannah at the Beach is celebrating their Grand re-opening, Tuesday September 15th. They will kick off the festivities with their version of Taco Tuesday, complete with a live mariachi band. Chimayo, first established in 1999, known for having the largest beach front patio in all of California has been a local favorite since its opening.

"It changed its concept temporarily to Savannah at the Beach in 2007.… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on September 9, 2009 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Del Taco’s New Caramel Cheesecake Bites...

Recently, Del Taco quietly introduced a new decadent dessert – Caramel Cheesecake Bites, which are delicious bite-size cheesecakes dripping with caramel and fried for a warm, melting sweet indulgence. It didn’t take long for the noise to begin.

These deep-fried bite-sized sweet treats quickly attracted online attention with dozens of Tweets from satisfied customers who shared their positive reactions:

- “Got to get ready for work.... It's hard to try to eat right… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on September 8, 2009 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Cherry on Top now open at Northpark Plaza in Irvine

Cherry on Top, a national self-serve frozen yogurt franchise has opened at Northpark Plaza in Irvine.

Each Cherry on Top store features 12 refreshing flavors of frozen yogurt and other frozen desserts. The frozen yogurt is available in tart and original, and most flavors are non-fat. Popular new flavors include Raspberry Tart, Banana Pudding, Caramel Cream, and Cappuccino, to name a few. There are also 45 toppings to choose from, including variety of chocolate, fresh fruit, cereal,… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on September 4, 2009 at 10:27pm — No Comments

Matador Cantina Executive Chef Dave Dennis

Chef Q and A

Executive Chef Dave Dennis

Matador Cantina

111 N. Harbor Boulevard

Fullerton, CA 92832

Question: Who or what inspired you to become a chef?

Answer: I was in a small café in Paris, eating the simplest, yet most elegant of meals, and half way through my bottle of 1965 Bordeaux, I had an epiphany….food is my life… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on September 4, 2009 at 10:00pm — No Comments


With Labor Day fast approaching, grill enthusiasts are preparing for one of summer’s favorite pastimes-- outdoor grilling. For many, mastering the art of perfectly grilled chicken is a lifelong struggle. For Jon Miller, head of Research & Development for the nation’s flame-grilled chicken leader, the art of grilling is second nature.

Miller plays an active role in making sure the chicken served at El Pollo Loco’s 420 restaurants remains true to the chain’s legacy. That legacy,… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on September 4, 2009 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Haven Gastropub Offers Old Towne a Taste of the Olde World

Haven Gastropub officially opened its doors to the public Friday, September 4, making it the first gastropub in N. Orange County. In the tradition of the gastropubs of London known for great food and drink, Haven will offer an extraordinary cultural dining experience creating what is sure to be a hotspot for foodies and pub-crawlers alike.

Located in the heart of Old Towne Orange, Haven brings a distinct blend of old world style and warmth to an area known for its… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on September 4, 2009 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Twelve of OC’s top Chefs demonstrate items featured during Orange County’s largest culinary event!

As part of the OC Restaurant Association’s second Orange County Restaurant Week to be held September 13-19, 2009, twelve dynamic Chefs will have the opportunity to be a part of Cooking with the Experts as Orange County Restaurant Week Comes to Bloomingdale's Home Store at South Coast Plaza. Each Chef will perform a live, in-store demo in the Home Store kitchen, which is equipped with a sound-system and three flat-screen televisions for public… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on September 2, 2009 at 1:58pm — 1 Comment

Take a Culinary Journey to the Place Fondue Started - New Menu at The Melting Pot Coming!

The Melting Pot fondue restaurants are getting ready to unveil a new menu featuring Alpine-themed dishes for a limited-time, starting September 19, 2009. Luck us Orange County has 3 locations!

“This Big Night Out Alpine-themed menu takes The Melting Pot guests back to where fondue originated, the Alps. The menu includes basic ingredients of fondue from the birthplace of where it all started and highlights delicious recipes from oldeworld Switzerland, Germany and France,” according to… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on September 1, 2009 at 11:52am — No Comments

Cold Stone Offers Free Ice Cream to Help Make Wishes Come True

Cold Stone Creamery is dishing up free ice cream in exchange for a donation to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, an organization that grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. This September all Cold Stone Creamery locations nationwide will host a month-long fundraising celebration, cumulating with the eighth annual “World’s Largest Ice Cream Social” on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2009 from 5-8 p.m.

Cold Stone Creamery has supported the Make-A-Wish Foundation since… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on September 1, 2009 at 11:45am — No Comments

ATTN: Buffalo Wing Lovers Wingstop has Added Boneless Wings to the Menu

Wingstop, the chicken wing chain that redefined wings as a center-of-the-plate item, has introduced Boneless Wings in restaurants nationwide.

The boneless wings are 100 percent all-white meat, battered and breaded in Wingstop’s proprietary recipe, and like Wingstop’s bone-in wings and boneless strips, can be sauced and tossed in all nine wing flavors.

Wingstop first introduced boneless strips in 2006, which increased the chain’s appeal with women and children and… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on September 1, 2009 at 11:30am — No Comments

DQ Introduces Oreo Cookie Jar as September’s Blizzard of the Month

Today, Dairy Queen kicks off fall with the introduction of the enticing new Oreo® Cookie Jar Blizzard® Flavor Treat and a special offer to customers who join the Blizzard Fan Club ( Anyone joining the Blizzard Fan Club during September not only receives the club welcome “buy-one-get-one-free” offer, but also receives a $1 off coupon for the Oreo Cookie Jar Blizzard*. Current fan club members also will receive the $1 off coupon in their September Blizzard Fan Club… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on September 1, 2009 at 11:30am — No Comments

$10 Menu at Cedar Creek Laguna Niguel

Cedar Creek, best known for its cedar planked salmon, grilled ahi burger, specialty salads and succulent steaks, is attracting much attention and new clientele with the introduction of a special menu of $10 Meal Deals, available anytime during normal business hours for the months of August and September at its Laguna Niguel location.

Guests can select from the following options through September 30, 2009:

* Filet Mignon – 6-ounce bacon-wrapped filet mignon with whipped potatoes… Continue

Added by Gina Mims on August 20, 2009 at 4:21pm — No Comments

State Goverment Officials to serve Pancake Breakfast to OC Homeless


9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

The Lighthouse in Costa Mesa

Assemblyman Van Tran & Costa Mesa City Council Member Katrina Foley join Daddy Cakes for pancake breakfast at Costa Mesa shelter


Dan Byers, founder of Newport Beach-based Daddy Cakes®, will be joined by California State Assemblyman Van Tran and Costa Mesa City Council Member Katrina Foley, as he hosts a traditional pancake breakfast for 250 homeless and others in need at The… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on August 19, 2009 at 1:03pm — No Comments

Mimis Cafe Announces Winning Recipe for 2009 Mimi’s Meaningful Muffin Search

Mimis Cafe® Announces Winning Recipe for 2009 Mimi’s Meaningful Muffin Search

After months of reviewing nearly 1,600 online entries, Mimis Cafe, the all day fresh cafe, and celebrity chef, Gale Gand, have selected the 2009 Mimi’s Meaningful Muffin in honor of Mimis Cafe’s 30th birthday. “Pineapple Coconut Crumb,” submitted by Murrieta, Calif. resident Linda Amendt, took the grand prize and will be featured in Mimi’s more than 144 locations nationwide, August 22 to September 30, 2009.… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on August 19, 2009 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Food, glorious food.

OCfoodies friend Cathy Thomas, Food Columnist at The Orange County Register, not only loves to cook, but loves to write about food. In fact, she was honored to win a first place award as the Best Food Columnist in the nation from the Association of Food Journalists (in the large newspaper division – meaning she beat out the big wigs)!

She says, "There is always something new to learn and my job as Food Columnist at The Orange County… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on August 13, 2009 at 5:30pm — No Comments

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