Vaca Friends Of James Beard Benefit Dinner August 10

Celebrated chef Amar Santana and partner Ahmed Labbate will host a Friends of James Beard Benefit® Dinner on Thursday, August 10 at 6 p.m. at Vaca, their highly acclaimed restaurant. As Orange County’s culinary event of the summer and a highlight of the ongoing 50th anniversary of South Coast Plaza, the dinner will raise funds for James Beard Foundation scholarships and other culinary programs.

The festivities will kick off with an al fresco reception featuring the signature Vaca Tonic, passed Spanish hors d'oeuvres and a small silent auction of luxe offerings. Guests will then be seated for an extraordinary seven-course dinner with wine pairings underwritten by Bodegas Torres. The menu includes Vaca charcuterie & cheese board with Parés Baltà, Brut Cava, Penedes, Spain; strawberry & heirloom tomato gazpacho with Rosado, Carinena Blend, De Casta, Miguel Torres, Catalunya, Spain 2014; slow baked cod in paella broth with verdejo, Miguel Torres Verdeo, Rueda, Spain 2014; tapas assortment: lamb albondigas, albacore tataki, canelon de pollo & panza de cerdo with Celeste Crianza, Miguel Torres, Ribera Del Duero, Spain 2013; lobster paella and New York & Prime skirt steak tasting with Salmos, Priorat, Spain 2013; and postres: Mama Santana flan, tocino de cielo & Vermouth flavored tres leches.

Seats are $350 and $300 for members of the James Beard Foundation, all-inclusive.

For reservations to the Friends of James Beard Dinner at Vaca, please register online at For more information, please contact Ghali Benhima at 714.463.6060. A credit card will be requested to secure the reservation.

695 Town Center Dr. Ste. 170, Costa Mesa, Ca 92626

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