PdM Celebrates 25th Anniversary with Expansion in Irvine

We love it when we see a good restaurant succeed and grow. So we are happy to see one of Orange County’s long-standing cafes is celebrating its 25th anniversary this summer as it expands with a new location in Irvine. PdM Kitchen, a sister restaurant to the four PdM Cafés along coastal OC, will open in July in Oak Creek shopping center at Alton and Jeffrey.

“I couldn’t be happier to celebrate our 25th anniversary and expand to Irvine,” said McVean. “PdM Kitchen will emphasize fresh food and sustainability prepared in an open kitchen. It’s important that our guests know where their food is coming from, and they know everything is prepared from scratch daily.”

PdM Kitchen will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Breakfast is available until 3 p.m. and will include the restaurant’s signature fresh-baked pastries and muffins along with Pesto & Eggs (two sunny side up eggs, Italian proscuitto, pesto and arugula on a parmesan twist); Eggs Benedict (poached eggs with spinach and choice of smoked salmon or Canadian bacon, served on a potato cake with hollandaise on the side); Fried Egg Sandwich with sunny side up eggs, Niman Ranch bacon or ham, Emmenthal Swiss cheese and grilled tomato on a choice of bread; and a French Omelette with spinach, goat cheese, mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes, avocado and fresh basil, and topped with a seasonal vegetable.

Throughout the day, PdM Kitchen will offer a variety of fresh salads, soup and sandwiches, including Mediterranean Hummus salad (Mary’s chicken with organic mixed greens, feta cheese, tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, bell peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts and Kalamata olives with a Greek herb dressing); Dawn Salad (red and golden beets, farro, butter lettuce, arugula, grapefruit, dried cherries, almonds and goat cheese with a kiwi citrus vinaigrette); Mango Chicken Salad (natural chicken with organic mixed greens, mango, red and green cabbage, carrots, jicama, cucumber, scallions, mint leaves, noodles and tossed in Thai peanut dressing); and Chipotle Caesar Salad (organic romaine lettuce with fresh baked croutons, Roma tomatoes, avocado, topped with grated Reggiano and chipotle Caesar dressing.)

Sandwiches will be served with couscous salad or garden salad and can also be made as wraps. Choices will include a Market Fish Sandwich (freshest fish available daily with California pistachio pesto fennel slaw); Bozeman Bacon Sandwich (natural chicken, yellow and red grilled tomatoes, Niman Ranch bacon, goat cheese and avocado on toasted ciabatta); Tuscan Chicken (natural chicken with organic greens, roasted marinated red peppers, tomato, melted smoked mozzarella and fresh basil pesto on ciabatta); and Grilled Veggie (eggplant, zucchini and two colors of peppers with goat cheese and organic mixed greens), among other selections.

PdM Kitchen will also offer house specialties such as Grilled Fresh Salmon with mango salsa and a ginger cilantro sauce, and Fresh Fish Tacos, grilled and served with pico de gallo and roasted corn. New daily specials will include Pan Seared Halibut on seasonal veggies with a white wine lemon and thyme sauce.

Unlike its sister restaurants, PdM Kitchen will offer wine and craft microbrews such as Stone from San Diego and Hanger 24 in Redlands.

PdM Kitchen will feature a rustic feel with warm woods and rich colors, including walnut flooring and a wood bar with stone accents. The bar will allow seating for a dozen guests to enjoy watching their meal be freshly-prepared. PdM Kitchen will feature a patio for al fresco dining, and catering will be available through the new location.

Restaurateur Scott McVean moved to Newport Beach from Texas when he was 24, and opened the first Pain du Monde (now PdM Café) in a small Balboa Island storefront. Using family recipes, his cinnamon twists, muffins and breads quickly drew a loyal following.

Over the years, McVean added dishes from his original recipes, featuring locally grown, organic ingredients. PdM will use lettuce that is organic and locally grown, ham and bacon are sustainably raised by Niman Ranch, and the global selection of gourmet coffee blends are from an Orange County company using a 50-year-old roasting technique. Delta Café Roasting Company uses 100% shade-grown coffee, which provides a habitat for native and migratory birds and prevents rainforest deforestation. Their beans are also sun-dried, which reduces the ecological footprint.

McVean moved his family to Bozeman, Montana 10 years ago to learn more about ranching and being self-sufficient. He now raises cattle, pigs, goats, and free range chickens that produce organic eggs.

“If I was going to make sustainable food a part of my restaurant, then I was going to know everything about it,” said McVean, who creates his own recipes and regularly cooks for his family of nine.

A dedicated partner in the community, Pain du Monde caters a monthly dinner for Fristers, a non-profit organization that provides support and services to approximately 80 pregnant and teen mothers ages 13-24 and their young children.

PdM Kitchen will be located in Oak Creek Shopping Center at 5781 Alton Parkway, off Jeffrey Road, in Irvine. There are four other PdM Café locations: two in Newport Beach (Bristol off Jamboree and Fashion Island), Corona del Mar on PCH, and in Dana Point adjacent to the Ritz-Carlton.

For more information please visit PdM Cafe.  

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