Featured Blog Posts – September 2009 Archive (26)

The Coca-Cola Company Announces Worldwide Commitment to Place Energy Information on Front of Product Packaging

The Coca-Cola Company today announced global plans to include energy information (calories, kilocalories, kilojoules) per serving on the front of nearly all product packages in a move to increase consumers’ awareness about the calorie content of its beverages.



Coca-Cola is the first company in the beverage industry to make this kind of international commitment.



The new labels seek to make it even easier for consumers worldwide to make more informed decisions… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on September 30, 2009 at 2:46pm — No Comments

The Cheesecake Factory Culminates the Drive Out Hunger Tour with “You Dine, We’ll Donate” Event TODAY September 30

WHO

Feeding America (www.feedingamerica.org)

The Cheesecake Factory (www.TheCheesecakeFactory.com)



WHAT

In recognition of Hunger Action Month this September, The Cheesecake Factory is visiting 30 cities in 30 days on the “Drive Out Hunger” Tour™ collecting cans of soup in support of Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger-relief charity. The Cheesecake Factory’s ultimate goal is to collect 100,000 cans of soup for donation to Feeding America’s… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on September 30, 2009 at 2:44pm — No Comments

Z’TEJAS LAUNCHES WEEKEND BRUNCH & MAKE-YOUR-OWN BLOODY MARYS

Exec Chef Daniel Stevens Stirs Up Unique & Tasty Fare Ideal For Summer



Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill at South Coast Plaza will be open for weekend brunch effective immediately, announced Travis Miller, general manager of the popular Costa Mesa restaurant. In addition to a full brunch menu, the restaurant will offer a “make-your-own” Bloody Mary bar. Weekend brunch hours are 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.



Executive Chef Daniel Stevens has assembled a… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on September 30, 2009 at 2:36pm — No Comments

Tomorrow is October 1st and to kick it off we are giving you pie...

We want your BEST Halloween recipes to share with all OCfoodies. In turn we will give the best top 6 recipes a free pie from Marie Calendars..Consider it early grown up Trick or Treating. Email your recipes to info@ocfoodies.com. (Recipes can include drinks and/or eats).



Even if you don't win you can still indulge yourself with a Marie Callender’s Pie on SALE for $6.99. For a limited time, September 21 through October 31, you can choose from more than 30… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on September 30, 2009 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Public invited to Daddy Cakes® pancake breakfast benefiting the Orange County Rescue Mission and its Village of Hope

In response to the shortage of key staples needed by the Orange County Rescue Mission for its food boxes, Newport Beach-based Daddy Cakes® is setting an example for other area businesses to follow by hosting a pancake breakfast at 10 a.m. until noon on Saturday, October 24, 2009. The breakfast will be held at the OC Rescue Mission’s Village of Hope (Located at One Hope Drive in Tustin, Calif. 92782) and is open to the public. Guests may either pay $5 per person or donate five cans of… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on September 30, 2009 at 2:30pm — No Comments

No Bull: Matador Cantina is Terrific

No Bull: Matador Cantina is Terrific

By Rich Manning



There is one constant ingredient in all Mexican food: love. Yes, I know that such a line sounds a bit hackneyed and cliched – okay it sounds a lot hackneyed and chiched – but it has always rung true in my experience. I grew up in a largely Hispanic area about fifteen minutes southeast of downtown Los Angeles, amongst the grit of dying steel mills and bustling train stockyards, where a good day partially consisted of… Continue

Added by Will Work for Food on September 23, 2009 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

We Are Family - Kids Eat FREE September 23



Family Day - A Day to Eat Dinner with Your Children™ is a national movement launched by The Naitonal Center on Addiction Substance Abuse (CASA) in 2001 based on their research that has consistently found that the more often kids eat dinner with their families, the less likely they are to smoke, drink, or use drugs.

This super cool event is coordinated by the State of California and the CRA. Below is a list of restaurants where Kids eat FREE… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on September 23, 2009 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Seth Green Named as Official ‘Mouthpiece’ for BUTTERFINGER

On the heels of his two Emmy award nominations, Seth Green will take on one of the sweetest roles of his career yet: BUTTERFINGER Mouthpiece. An acclaimed writer/producer, director and actor, Green lends his clever and comedic personality to Butterfinger this year, collaborating with the iconic candy bar brand on new creative projects this fall.



The announcement of Green as “Butterfinger Mouthpiece” comes on the heels of the brand reintroducing the tagline “Nobody’s Gonna Lay A… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on September 22, 2009 at 9:03pm — No Comments

Del Taco Brings Back the Shredded Beef Burrito and Taco Del Carbon – For Limited Time

It’s back! Shredded Beef is now available at Del Taco in three menu items: the Shredded Beef Combo Burrito, Taco Del Carbon and Shredded Beef Breakfast Burrito. Del Taco’s great tasting shredded beef is made from premium select, slow roasted beef simmered in spices to offer a uniquely delicious taste and is available for a limited time only.



“Our customers love our shredded beef and always ask when we’re bringing it back,” said John Cappasola, vice president of marketing at Del Taco.… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on September 22, 2009 at 9:01pm — No Comments

31st annual Greek Festival on September 25, 26, and 27 at St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church



St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church will hold its 31st annual Greek Festival on September 25, 26, and 27 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday. The festivities will take place at St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church in Irvine at 4949 Alton Parkway, between Culver Dr. and Jeffrey Rd. Hosted by Orange County’s largest Greek Orthodox congregation, the festival offers something for everyone, with a… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on September 18, 2009 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Rumbi Island Grill Restaurant Grand Opening in Mission Viejo

Grand Opening of Rumbi Island Grill restaurant

24000 Alicia Parkway Boulevard, Mission Viejo



The first 100 guests at Rumbi Island Grill’s Grand Opening Monday, September 21 from 11-11:30 a.m. get a free meal card and there is a drawing for a free meal card for a year.



WHEN:

Monday, September 21, 11-11:30 a.m.



WHAT:

Grand Opening with State, City and Chamber dignitaries and ribbon cutting

First 100 guests in line… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on September 18, 2009 at 6:00pm — No Comments

SPECIAL GUEST TOP CHEF’S DAVE MARTIN DEMONSTRATES SIGNATURE DISHES FOR SUNDAY BRUNCH AT ZOV’S





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

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

OC’S TOP CHEFS UNITE TO PROVIDE SCHOLARSHIPS TO FIVE CULINARY ARTS STUDENTS AT ORANGE COAST COLLEGE

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

www.thematador.com



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

GRILLING TIPS FROM EL POLLO LOCO

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

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