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Come Taste SOCO Uncorked With Us

We attended as a guest of SOCO

One of my favorite dining destinations in Orange County of late is SOCO in Costa Mesa. If you haven’t yet visited, it’s a food lover’s paradise filled with restaurants and shops specializing in wines, cheeses, coffee, pastry, baked goods, and more. So when I received an invite to the 1st Annual SOCO Uncorked food and wine tasting, I was all in. I grabbed my sister and partner in culinary crime, Shan, and we were off!

The evening hosted by LCA Wine and SOCO, began with a wonderfully delicious and educational cooking demo at Surfas Culinary District with ARC’s Executive Chef Noah Blöm (“Breaking It Down With Chef Noah Blöm At SOCO Uncorked”). With three of Blöm’s incredible creations sampled, things were off to a great start! And the deliciousness and fun continued as we tasted a few wines and noshed our way through all that SOCO has to offer while listening to live music by Matt Mauser (Tijuana Dogs) with The 12 piece Sinatra tribute band.

Join us on a photo tour!

24 Carrots Catering & Events ~ Chef Ashley Santo Domingo

IMG_3828Champagne braised pork belly with picked baby vegetables and yuzu-chili aioli on rice cracker

Pueblo ~ Chef Michael Campbell

IMG_3859Montadito de Castilla: Smoked short rib, green olive and beet relish

IMG_3848Tomatillo gazpacho

 The Iron Press ~ Owner Leonard Chan

IMG_3869Buffalo fire feta tots

ARC ~ Executive Chef Noah Blöm

IMG_3884Chicken Molé Empanada

IMG_3877Steak Roulade

Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop ~ Executive Chef Jon Rollo

IMG_3889Turkey melt sliders with aged cheddar spinach, caramelized onions, truffle oil and whole grain mustard on a pretzel bun

Surfas Culinary District ~ Chef Stacy Horn, Chef Nina Annuaiporn

IMG_3950Asian-spiced slow-roasted pulled pork with peanut dressing, lemon juice and asian slaw on French baguette

Shuck Oyster Bar ~ Chef Mina

IMG_3944Thai style oyster ceviche with lomi lomi and topped with pineapple infused caviar and Urban Produce micro greens

IMG_3947Chilled cucumber avocado soup with dungeons crab, floated with WE Olive Meyer Lemon Olive Oil and topped with Urban Produce micro greens

Taco María ~ Chef Carlos Salgado

IMG_3967Tostadita de Ceviche: Local yellowtail with Meyer lemon and Serrano

IMG_3972 - Version 3Pork Tenderloin Milanesa with burnt scallion and chile Aleppo 

 The Cheese Shop ~ Owner Dawn Mednick

IMG_3925Bermuda Triangle with blackberry, blueberry, juniper preserve

IMG_3931Manchego with tomato and orange chutney and Macrona almonds

Bistro Papillote ~ Executive Chef Laurent Brazier

IMG_3959Caramelized onion bilini with chives 


The Mixing Glass ~ Owner Gabrielle Dion

IMG_3939Sherry Cobbler: Amontillado sherry, lime juice, mulberries and bitters

Susiecakes ~ Owner Susan Sarich

IMG_3918Mini red velvet cupcakes

ST Patisserie ~ Chef Stephane Treand

IMG_3914Pistachio and blood orange macaroons

IMG_3976Chef Stephane Treand working his sugar magic

Bellies full, souls satisfied, we made our way home.  If you haven’t yet made your way to SOCO… go!

Dana Wilde grew up playing “sous chef” for her father as he churned out one amazing meal after the next for family and friends. She inherited her father’s life long passion for cooking and has spent the past two decades studying, reading, practicing, experimenting, and creating in the kitchen.
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