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Dining Guide for Families in Orange County

An Inside Look into the upcoming OC Restaurant Week

We attended as a guest of the venue

Chef Anthony Gruel Owner of Slapfish at OC Restaurant Week Preview

Chef Anthony Gruel Owner of Slapfish at OC Restaurant Week Preview

Orange County Foodies, mark your calendars for March 1 – 7 and start making your reservations! The Orange County Restaurant Association is celebrating its seventh year of OC Restaurant Week. Over 100 participating restaurants are creating prix-fixe menus for this annual event at $10, $15 and $20 for lunch and $20, $30, $40 and $50 for dinner, depending on the restaurant. What a perfect opportunity to dine at your favorite place or try out that restaurant that’s been on your list while taking advantage of great prices.

Last week we got a glimpse of just a few of this year’s participants at an event hosted at The Sub-Zero Wolf showroom in Costa Mesa.

Fig & Olive in Newport Beach’s Fashion Island showcased a sampling of several dishes including:

Fig Gorgonzola Tartlet ~ Fig & Olive

Fig Gorgonzola Tartlet ~ Fig & Olive

Octopus A La Gallega ~ Fig & Olive

Octopus A La Gallega ~ Fig & Olive

Zucchini ~ Fig & Olive

Zucchini ~ Fig & Olive

Amarena Cherry With Mascarpone On Pistachio Shortbread and Micro-Basil ~ Fig & Olive

Amarena Cherry With Mascarpone On Pistachio Shortbread and Micro-Basil ~ Fig & Olive

Maro Wood Grill in Laguan Beach offered four of their delicious empanadas including beef and spicy chicken with chimichurri and mushroom and spinach with house-made garlic aioli.

Empanadas with Chimichurri ~ Maro Wood Gril

Empanadas with Chimichurri ~ Maro Wood Grill

Blue C Sushi in Newport Beach in Fashion Island prepared their signature Spicy Tuna on Rice Cake and Hamachi Nigiri

Spicy Tuna on Rice Cake and Hamachi Nigiri ~ Blue C Sushi

Hamachi Nigiri and Spicy Tuna on Rice Cake ~ Blue C Sushi

Meanwhile Slapfish brought us on a trip to Maine with their signature Lobster Roll served with drawn butter.

Lobster Roll With Drawn Butter ~ Slapfish

Lobster Roll With Drawn Butter ~ Slapfish

And there were desserts!

Vanilla Cupcake with Tahitian Vanilla Icing ~ Casey’s Cupcakes

Vanilla Cupcake with Tahitian Vanilla Icing ~ Casey’s Cupcakes

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A sampling of Amy Jo’s Award Winning Gourmet Valenza Chocolates With Merryvale Vineyards Cabernet

Valenza Chocolatier founder and owner Amy Jo

Valenza Chocolatier founder and owner Amy Jo

To add to the excitement, several participating restaurants and food and beverage sponsors like Casey’s Cupcakes and Valenza Chocolatier will kick off the event at a special launch party hosted by Waterfront Beach Resort in Huntington Beach February 28th from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The launch party will feature spectacular ocean views and amazing food and beverages. Tickets to the launch party are available here.

So what are you waiting for? Reserve early before they book up. Give yourself a break from the kitchen and take advantage of bargain prices and a great opportunity to eat at some of your favorite restaurants while adding a few new favorites to your list.

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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