A Night Of Delicious Magic Is In Store For Guests of The 2017 Golden Foodie Awards

The Golden Foodie Awards is thrilled to announce the 2017 nominees and presenters. The winners in 18 categories will be awarded during the 6th annual award show at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa on Sunday, September 24, 2017. The Golden Foodie Awards honors and celebrates chefs, bartenders, food and drink of chef driven and independent restaurants in Orange County, California.

The September 24th red carpet affair will be joined by the who's-who in the culinary world, including the celebrity master of ceremonies, Simon Majumdar from the Food Network.

The Golden Foodie Awards will kick off with tantalizing food and libation stations for guests to enjoy. Ketel One Vodka, Roca Patron Cocktails, Maker’s Mark, Acqua Panna water and wines by Bouchaine. Kean Coffee will have an iced coffee bar. Some of Orange County’s finest restaurants will be serving phenomenal food. Restaurants and food that will be enjoyed include: Angelina’s Pizzeria, Filomena’s, Pascal & Baja Shellfish Farms, Mozambique, Sol Agave, Pizzeria Ortica, Mix Mix Kitchen & Bar, Waterman's, Hook & Spear, Red O, Legado, House of Blues, Skyloft, Urbana, Puesto, Taco Rosa and Melissa's Produce.

During the Awards ceremony, guests will delight in more delicious bites and drinks including Champagne by Nicolas Feuillatte, Acqua Panna Water, Chocolate Saucisson's by Mixed Bakery, Muscato Grapes and Premium Nut's from Melissa's Produce, Breads and assorted Cheese from Sadie Rose, Toffee by B.Toffee, An Assortment of Hand Painted Sugar and Chocolate cookies with “Words of Wisdom” by Ashley Guzman-Rose, and Red Velvet Petit Fours by Julie Thomas from Sweet Surrender.


Guests will end the evening in style with a Garden of Eden Lounge After Party. Guests will enjoy 4 lounges that feature Maker’s Mark, Patron, DCS & Ketel One Vodka, DJ Miss Ninja, Super Sexy PB &J Bar by Sadie Rose Baking Co., Ice Cream Sammiches by Chunk-N-Chip, Decor and Lounges by Sweet Salvage and Green Effect Event Foliage.


Nominees & Presenters of the 2017 Golden Foodies are:

2017 Bartender of the Year Nominees:
Jose Zepeda - Hopscotch
Paul Joseph Piane - Orange Hill Restaurant
Tanner Johnson - Watertable
Presenting the award: Tim Sample and Leanne Chau with Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits


2017 Best Cocktails in Orange County Nominees:
Farmhouse at Roger’s Gardens
Vine Restaurant & Bar
Hopscotch
Presenting the award: Tim Sample and Leanne Chau with Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits


2017 Best Bar Program Nominees:
The Ranch Restaurant
The Blind Rabbit
Vine Restaurant & Bar
Presenting the award: Celebrity Chef Marcel Vigneron and Brett Goering with With Ketel One Vodka


2017 Best Lunch Spot in Orange County:
The Deck
Sgt. Pepperoni’s
Farmhouse at Roger’’s Gardens
Presenting the award: Judy Walker with Golden Rule Charity and Rob Wilson Executive Chef of the Montage


2017 Best Brunch in Orange County:
Bosscat
Old Vine Cafe
Taco Rosa
Presenting the award: Judy Walker with Golden Rule Charity and Rob Wilson Executive Chef of the Montage


2017 Best New Restaurant:
Taco Brat
Mix Mix
Recess Room
Presenting the award: Neil Saavedra with KFI's The Fork Report and Steve Dickler with Chef Toys


2017 Rising Star Chef of the Year:
Chef Joel Harrington - Lido Bottle Works
Chef JT Walker - Pacific Hideaway
Chef Manny Velasco - SOL Agave
Presenting the award: Stacy Zeller and Peter Blake with Melissa's Produce


2017 Favorite Food Influencer in Orange County:
Connie Bang-Co Aboubakare - OC Comestibles
Neil Saavedra - The Fork Report
Sondra Barker - Pretty Fit Foodie
Presenting the award: Kelly Lam with The Whole Purpose and Wing Lam from Wahoos


2017 Best Wine Program
The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar
Napa Rose
The Ranch Restaurant
Presenting the award: Michael Cho and Michael Jordan, Master Sommelier


2017 Best Beer Program
TAPS
Hopscotch
Skyloft
Presenting the award: Chad Ceretto with the Newport Beach Marriott and Chef Andy Arndt of Hook and Spear


2017 Outstanding Community Service
Bruno Serrato - Anaheim White House
Dave Hanna - Hanna's Prime Steak
Pascal Olhats - Pascal's
Presenting the award: Andrew Harris with the SoCal Restaurant Show and Dennis Kuhl Chairman of the Anaheim Angels


2017 Restaurateur of the Year
Alicia Whitney - SeaSalt & SeaLegs, Huntington Beach
Teresa Razo - Villa Roma, Laguna Hills
Blake Mellgren - Craft House, Dana Point
Presenting the award: Food Network Star Aarti Sequeira and Chef Jamie Gwen


2017 Best Dessert Menu in Orange County
Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen
Mixed Bakery
AnQi
Presenting the award: Betsy Thagard and Cathy Thomas


2017 Best Entree in Orange County
Cowboy Ribeye - The Ranch Restaurant
Bosscat Burger - Bosscat Kitchen+Libations
Korean Fried Chicken - Krave Asian Fusion Restaurant
Presenting the award: Ashley Richardson and John Pettus, Aloha / SDCR


2017 Best Service Award
The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar
Selanne Steak Tavern
Villa Roma
Presenting the award: Corinne Baughman and Nick Bergamo with Moss Adams


2017 Pastry Chef of the Year
David Rossi
Elyssa Fournier
Jorge Sotelo
Presenting the award: Pastry Chef’s Ashley Guzman, ARG Bakery and Rachel Klemek, Blackmarket Bakery


2017 Chef of the Year
Chef Rich Mead
Chef Ross Pangilinan
Chef Michael Rossi
Presenting the award: Chef Zov of Zov’s and Chef Andrew Sutton, Napa Rose


Lifetime Achievement Award
Presenting the award: Pamela Waitt, President of the OC Restaurant Association and Stan Frazier

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