Featured Blog Posts – June 2009 Archive (17)

We LOVE Jack!

Nine-Year-Old “Chef” Jack Witherspoon Teams with Beckstrand Cancer Foundation in Support of Pediatric Cancer Patients

In the United States, 33 children are diagnosed with cancer each day, a statistic that hits home for nine-year-old Jack Witherspoon. As a two-time pediatric cancer survivor and aspiring chef, Jack has raised more than $75,000 to date for leukemia research and is now partnering with Beckstrand Cancer Foundation to help… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on June 29, 2009 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Begins Switch to Cage-Free Eggs

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc., a casual dining restaurant chain focused on serving an innovative selection of high-quality gourmet burgers in a family-friendly atmosphere, today announced it has begun phasing-in purchasing preferences toward ensuring that all of the eggs served in Red Robin's company-owned restaurants come from suppliers that do not use battery cages.

As part of Red Robin's corporate responsibility initiatives, which include the Company's policy to support the… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on June 27, 2009 at 1:48am — No Comments

Americans Rally Around Share Our Strength's Great American Bake Sale to End Childhood Hunger

As summer kicks into high gear and people across the country plan Independence Day celebrations, Share Our Strength(R), the leading national organization working to end childhood hunger in the United States, reports that thousands of Americans are giving back to their communities by participating in Share Our Strength's Great American Bake Sale(R), presented by Domino(R) Sugar and C&H(R) Sugar. Share Our Strength's Great American Bake Sale is a national effort that encourages individuals to… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on June 27, 2009 at 1:30am — No Comments

Tips on Wine Service by Expert Fires Up the Popular Culture

Food & Beverage II, Entertaining

On a warm weather day, at the historic 1880s Firelands Winery, http://www.firelandswinery.com, in Sandusky, Claudio Salvador, partner and winemaker, entertains guests and visitors with the latest tips on wine service.

“My grandparents owned 70 acres of vineyards in a small country town in the Veneto, where we gathered every harvest,” says the engaging Salvador, who grew up in a closely knit Italian family steeped in… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on June 23, 2009 at 10:30am — No Comments

Henry Weinhard’s Introduces Facebook Recipe Contest for Summer Ale Seasonal

Henry Weinhard’s Brewing Co., the pioneering producer of small-batch handcrafted beer in the Pacific Northwest, is highlighting the launch of its new seasonal, Henry Weinhard’s Summer Ale, with a summer BBQ recipe contest hosted on Henry Weinhard’s Facebook Fan Page, running now until July 11.

Henry Weinhard’s fans and BBQ aficionados of legal drinking age are… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on June 16, 2009 at 1:43pm — No Comments

Mimis Cafe Beverage Menu Gets Refreshed

Mimis Cafe, the all day fresh cafe, announced today its new Beginnings and Endings™ beverage menu. Just in time for summer, the new line-up includes a wide, refreshing selection of Mixed Drinks, Marys and Margaritas, Wine, Beer and other beverages to fit guests' many tastes.

“We understand the importance beverages play with a meal and that many guests like to meet at Mimis for drinks before a meal,” said Mimi Somerman, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Mimis Cafe. “We worked closely… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on June 16, 2009 at 1:34pm — No Comments

BJ's Restaurants Celebrates Father’s Day Weekend With Free Commemorative Pint Glass and Premier Golf Getaway Sweepstakes for Dads

BJ's Restaurants, Inc. is making this Father’s Day weekend even more special for dads. On June 20th and 21st, BJ’s will give each father a commemorative pint glass with the purchase of any beverage and a chance to win a premier golf getaway vacation. Each restaurant will also be featuring a special Father’s Day drink menu with some of dad’s favorite mixed drinks and BJ’s award-winning handcrafted beers.

The premier golf getaway vacation… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on June 16, 2009 at 1:00pm — No Comments


Wildfish Seafood Grille has announced the launch of two summer dining specials that provide guests extra dining value now through

Aug. 31, 2009: a new, three-course Prix-Fixe menu for $29.95, and the return of Wildfish’s popular All Night Summer Happy Hour menu Sundays and Mondays featuring half-off select appetizers and $6 mojitos, margaritas, martinis and select wines by the glass in the Wildfish indoor bar and outdoor patio bar. Happy Hour specials are offered Tuesday through… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on June 16, 2009 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Executive Chef Lulu DeRouen

Chef Q and A

Executive Chef Lulu DeRouen

Pinot Provence

686 Anton Blvd., Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Phone: (714) 444-5900

BREAKFAST: Monday - Friday, 6:30am - 10:30am Saturday, 8am - 11am

A LA CARTE BRUNCH: Sunday, 8am - 1:30pm

LUNCH: Monday - Friday, 11:30 am - 2:30 pm Saturday, [closed]

DINNER: Sunday - Wednesday, 5 - 9pm Thursday - Saturday, 5:30 - 10pm

Date: June 12, 2009

Website:… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on June 12, 2009 at 1:11pm — No Comments

Kimera Restaurant to Celebrate it's TWO-YEAR Anniversary with a party featuring Fine Food and Complimentary Hors D'Oeuvres

It is Kimera Restaurant’s second anniversary and the premiere global fusion restaurant is having a party to celebrate with a red carpet event to be held on Thursday, June 11 at 6:00 p.m. The event will feature a full bar, including Kimera’s Saffron Cocktail, which placed number one in the 1stAnnual Riviera Summer Cocktail Tour. The event is open to the public and will feature complimentary hors d’oeuvres alongside its renowned regular-priced menu of… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on June 11, 2009 at 2:47pm — No Comments


Zagat today revealed the results of its latest Fast Food Survey, based on 6,107 respondents who weighed in on 103 chains nationwide. With palates refined by the likes of burgers, fries, shakes, burritos and pizza, the typical surveyor, on average eats at a chain restaurant 11 times per month.

The survey divided fast-food venues into four categories: Large Chains (up to 5,000 U.S. outlets), Mega-Chains (over 5,000), Full-Service Chains (with table service), and Quick-Refreshment… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on June 8, 2009 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant: 75 Years and Still Cooking

It was in 1934 that Walter Knott encouraged his wife Cordelia to expand her little tea room on their farm and add chicken, biscuits, mashed potatoes and rhubarb to her modest menu. It was the Depression, and families across the country were trying to find a way to pay the bills, and the Knott family was no exception.

Little did anyone know that this endeavor to add to the family income would be the catalyst for what is now, some 75 years later, a 185-acre vacation… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on June 6, 2009 at 7:51pm — 1 Comment

Daddies eat free during special Father’s Day brunch fundraiser featuring Daddy Cakes® pancakes at Whole Foods Market in Tustin

Newport Beach-based Daddy Cakes® will treat Daddies to a free pre-Father’s Day pancake brunch on Saturday, June 20 from 10 a.m. to noon at Whole Foods Market at The District at Tustin Legacy. Dan Byers, co-founder and creative chef of Daddy Cakes, will be flipping his now-famous pancakes as he serves Daddies and their families during the event. In addition to Daddy Cakes pancakes, the brunch will include items such as eggs, sausage and bacon, as well as a “pancake topping bar,” and coffee, milk… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on June 6, 2009 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Dinner and Driver....Go ahead and have that wine

Strack Premier Transportation a high end, luxury car service for Orange County has paired with Old Vine Café to offer an elegant and romantic evening for two. The “Dinner & Driver” exclusive offer for $249 includes a town car that will arrive at your doorstep and whisk you away to Old Vine Café for an intimate date and 4-course meal from the seasonal, original, or vegetarian tasting menu:

Seasonal Tasting Menu

First: Panko Crusted Goat Cheese, on a bed of Organic… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on June 6, 2009 at 10:44am — 1 Comment


This Father’s Day, Lucca Café in Irvine will honor Dad with a weekend-long celebration, beginning with a “Dads Only” Cooking Class on Saturday, June 20 and culminating with a Father’s Day Champagne Brunch Buffet on Sunday, June 21.

“DADS ONLY” COOKING CLASS | Saturday, June 20 | 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Lucca Café Owner, Chef Cathy Pavlos, will lead a group of Dads through a course dubbed “Manly Meats on the Grill.” Dads will have… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on June 5, 2009 at 11:00am — No Comments

Zimzala Restaurant in Huntington Beach

Introducing Zimzala Restaurant and the beautiful Shorebreak Hotel now open in Huntington Beach..All I can say is Go, Go, Go..really!

Located across from the beach in Surf City USA, Zimzala is a Huntington Beach restaurant featuring authentic coastal…


Added by OCfoodies on June 4, 2009 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

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