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$2.99 RubyBurger Day

Posted by on Nov 16, 2016 in Dining News, Events | 0 comments

  Ruby’s Diner welcomes back everyone’s favorite day – Burger Day! On Wednesday, December 7, all Ruby’s Diner locations** will offer the classic RubyBurger with French fries for just $2.99. $1 of each sale will benefit The Ruby Dooby Foundation, kicking off the 35th anniversary celebrations of America’s favorite burger, fries and shakes. Ruby’s Diner celebrates Burger Day twice a year – once in July commemorating the birthday of the Diner’s namesake, Ruby Cavanaugh – then again in December celebrating the company’s anniversary. December 7th Burger Day marks the first of many yearlong events planned in honor of Ruby’s Diner’s 35-year history. “We feel privileged to continue my mother Ruby’s legacy of service and care,” commented Doug Cavanaugh, Founder and CEO of Ruby’s Diner. “The Ruby Dooby Foundation gives us a platform to give back to the community and...

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The Loft Introduces Weekend Brunch Menu

Posted by on Nov 16, 2016 in Breakfast, Dining News, Events | 0 comments

  After much anticipation, The Loft will introduce Weekend Brunch beginning Saturday, November 19th. Having previously only offered Brunch on select holidays, the Laguna Beach waterfront restaurant will now offer an a la carte menu every Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Chef de Cuisine Michael Campbell presents an elevated menu of brunch-time favorites, alongside unique dishes with interesting twists. Among his new Brunch menu items are Apple & Mascarpone Crepes; Chile Verde with Pork Belly and Sausage; Mortadella Eggs Benedict; and Pastrami Hash with Guajillo Chile and Dill-Pickled Green Tomatoes. Dishes can be paired with breakfast cocktails such as a Blood Orange Mimosa or a Signature Montage Bloody Mary. “The Loft’s picturesque setting makes it the perfect weekend getaway for those wanting to enjoy a relaxing brunch, whether they are Orange County locals or guests...

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Zov’s Thanksgiving To-Go Special

Posted by on Nov 7, 2016 in Events, Holidays | 0 comments

  Executive Chef Zov Karamardian is at it again this fall with her annual Thanksgiving Take-Out Dinners. The critically acclaimed chef who recently took top honors as Chef of the Year at the Golden Foodie Awards says she will “remove the hassle from the holiday” by preparing the traditional feasts and all of the trimmings (warming instructions are included). Only a limited number of Zov’s Thanksgiving To-Go meals will be prepared and will be available on a first come-first serve basis. To reserve one of the limited dinner packages, call (714) 838-8855 ext. 21. Zov’s Thanksgiving To-Go serves up to 15 people and is priced at $450. All orders must be secured in advance no later than Wednesday, November 16 and picked up at Zov’s Bistro in Tustin (17440 E 17th St.) on Wednesday, November 23 between 1 p.m....

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Darya 30th Anniversary in Orange County

Posted by on Nov 4, 2016 in Dining News, Events | 0 comments

  Darya, the acclaimed restaurant at South Coast Plaza Village that serves refined Persian cuisine in an elegant setting, is marking its 30th anniversary this month with specials that will delight loyal guests and win over new fans. In an industry where longevity is a hard-earned mark of all-around excellence, Darya (a girl’s name in Farsi that means “sea”) has shined for three decades as a sophisticated yet approachable venue that exemplifies dining as an experience, with family recipes that have created a large and dedicated following. The restaurant, which employs 40, seats 200 guests with an additional 75 capacity for upstairs private dining. On Sunday, Nov. 13, Darya will close the restaurant and host a private party to thank neighbors, loyal clients, local VIPs and vendors for 30 years of support. On Monday, Nov. 14, Darya will roll...

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Anaheim White House ‘Race to the White House’

Posted by on Nov 3, 2016 in Dining News, Events | 0 comments

  While this election cycle could be characterized as acrimonious, Anaheim White House owner Sir Bruno Serato wants to temper the climate and add a bit of levity. He is urging guests to “Race To The White House” for an exciting and suspenseful week leading up to the 2016 presidential election. Beginning on Tuesday, November 1 and available all week, prix fixe Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump menus will be offered that will allow guests to cast their vote early in support of their favorite candidate. The results will be revealed on election night, Tuesday, November 8 at 6 p.m. when the restaurant holds an Election Night Dinner featuring live coverage of the on several large-screen TVs. Guests 21 and older who show proof they voted will receive a complimentary bottle of Champagne (limit one per table). Republican Menu...

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Montage Laguna Beach New Year’s Eve Gala

Posted by on Nov 1, 2016 in Dining News, Events | 0 comments

  Montage Laguna Beach invites guests to ring in the New Year with a special gala celebration to welcome 2017. Starting with an exclusive cocktail reception followed by an intimate three-course meal and live entertainment by The Shadowboxers and special guest, Kenny Loggins, Montage Laguna Beach’s New Year’s Eve gala will be the perfect way to celebrate with family and friends. Begin the evening in the resort’s courtyard with a cocktail reception offering passed hors d’oeuvres, a caviar station and an artisan cheese and charcuterie gallery while DJ #Whosethatgirl kicks off the entertainment for the night. Following the cocktail reception, a plated three-course meal curated by Executive Chef, Rob Wilson will be served with highlights including handpicked wine pairings, Foie Gras Au Torchon on a buttered brioche and a Snake River Farms Kobe striploin. The evening concludeswith a decadent...

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The New House of Blues Opening in Anaheim

Posted by on Oct 31, 2016 in Dining News, Events | 0 comments

  The new House of Blues Anaheim – the first new House of Blues to be built in the U.S. in a decade – is set to open March 2017 – and will kick off a yearlong 25th anniversary of legendary music halls and restaurants. The first House of Blues opened in Harvard Square in Cambridge, MA, in November 1992. Opening 25 years later the new House of Blues Anaheim will represent the ultimate House of Blues experience, combining the best of the past with the most advanced technologies of the future. House of Blues Anaheim combines 44,000 square feet of space, more than twice the size of the former location, with live music in four unique entertainment spaces all under one roof. The main concert hall will welcome up to 2,200 concert goers yet still maintain the intimate...

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The Brew Ho Ho Holiday Ale Festival is Back

Posted by on Oct 24, 2016 in Dining News, Events | 0 comments

  The producers of the acclaimed Brew Ha Ha Craft Beer Festival proudly present the 5th Annual Brew Ho Ho Holiday Ale Festival at the Anaheim Phoenix Club on Saturday, December 10 from 12-4 p.m. Tickets for Brew Ho Ho annually sell out and are currently available A portion of the proceeds for this year’s Brew Ho Ho will benefit the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Orange County and Inland Empire. The Brew Ho Ho Holiday Ale Festival is one of the largest Holiday Craft Beer Festivals in Southern California and has been deemed the unofficial OC Brewers’ Holiday Party. This year’s event will feature a line-up of over 90 craft beers from the finest breweries in Southern California and beyond. Back by popular demand, the anticipated annual Brewery Merchandise Expo returns offering guests a one-stop shopping...

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Bluewater Grills Boston-inspired Holiday Event

Posted by on Oct 18, 2016 in Dining News, Events | 0 comments

  Back by popular demand, Bluewater Grills in Orange County are reprising their famous New England-inspired holiday offering and advice to seafood lovers in California and Arizona looking for something unique this time of year: Stuff the Lobster Instead of the Bird! Getting an early start on the season, Bluewater Grills in Newport Beach and Tustin, Calif., will serve a signature, sustainably harvested version of Holiday Baked Stuffed Maine Lobster in November and December. To encourage Bluewater Grill customers to vote on Nov. 8, the Second Tuesday Tasting celebration for November is being moved back to Nov. 15 for this month only. Stuffed Maine Lobster is a classic family feast that originated in Boston-area seafood restaurants and has since become a cherished New England holiday tradition. The festivities kick-off with a Nov. 8 tasting event at both restaurants featuring...

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Veteran’s Day Free Appetizer at OC Luna Grill Locations

Posted by on Oct 17, 2016 in Dining News, Events | 0 comments

  As part of the company’s ongoing “We Salute Your Service” campaign, Luna Grill is offering a free appetizer on Friday, November 11 to any active duty, retired or reserve member of the armed forces at all locations. Service members simply show a valid military ID and receive a free appetizer on November 11 as a thank you from the team at Luna Grill. The one-day giveaway is part of Luna Grill’s ongoing campaign to support our military with a 10% discount all year long to anyone with a military ID. On Veteran’s Day, service members can choose from a number of traditional Mediterranean appetizer items ($4.50 max value), including: Hummus (traditional or spicy) Falafel Feta Chips Stuffed Grape Leaves Seasoned or Sweet Potato Fries “We are so proud of our military community and are always looking for ways...

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Anaheim White House Wine & Paint Event

Posted by on Oct 14, 2016 in Dining News, Events | 0 comments

  The Anaheim White House will become a mecca for budding artists when the restaurant hosts Canvas and Wine on Tuesday November, 1 2016 from 6 – 8:30 p.m. Guests will be invited to express their creativity on their own canvases (paint brush and paints also will be furnished) and enjoy four wine tastings and heavy hors d’ouevres. The $55 per person event will benefit Caterina’s Club, a nonprofit that helps “motel kids” and their families who are forced to live in cramped, crime-ridden motels. The event is being presented by Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits of So Cal. Pinots Palette is donating the canvases, paints and services of the instructor. The Anaheim White House is situated in a historic national landmark mansion dating to 1909. The Italian Steak House offers a varied menu, extensive wine list, unparalleled service...

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You’re Invited to Bistango’s New Art Exhibit

Posted by on Oct 10, 2016 in Dining News, Events | 0 comments

  Bistango, the critically acclaimed Irvine restaurant that doubles as an art gallery, will debut its Fall Art Exhibit on Saturday, October 15 from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. The public is invited to the free reception where they will have an opportunity to meet with some of the artists whose work will be represented. Pizza and wine will be served. Space is limited and reservations are encouraged by calling (949) 752-5222. Among the featured artists are Hugo Rivera, Vladimir Cora, Marcel Schreur, Becca Fox, Jony C. Cresci, Manuel Nunez, Nancy Villere, Melineh Martin, Deborah Garner and Holly Buffum. Rated one of Southern California’s best “power lunch” destinations by the Orange County Register, the venerable Bistango has been critically acclaimed for 3 decades. Overseeing the bustling kitchen is former Wolfgang Puck protégé Executive chef Tim Doolittle whose imprint can...

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Cha Cha’s Latin Kitchen Fundraising Night

Posted by on Oct 6, 2016 in Dining News, Events | 0 comments

  Cha Cha’s Latin Kitchen in Brea Downtown is dedicating its seven-year anniversary to long-time employee, Jaime Palomar, who was recently diagnosed with Renal Cell Carcinoma, a type of Kidney cancer. On Thursday, October 20th, proceeds from the anniversary event will go towards Jaime’s surgery. Jaime has been an integral part of the Cha Cha’s family for the past four years as Head Butcher. Nightly he cuts, mixes and cooks the dishes that guests enjoy. From creating the homemade chorizo, preparing wood-oven carnitas, marinating the carne asada and braising the short ribs among many other things. Cha Cha’s Latin Kitchen is committed to supporting Jaime through this difficult time to help get him back to good health. The anniversary event will feature a live Latin band, food and drink specials with a percentage of sales benefiting Jaime, and a...

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Orange Hill Restaurant Debuts Newly Remodeled O BAR

Posted by on Sep 27, 2016 in Dining News, Events | 0 comments

  Recently voted Most Romantic Restaurant and Best Brunch by the OC Register, Orange Hill’s sophisticated O BAR, helmed by cocktail mastermind Allan Camarena, has a fresh new look and a new menu to match! Reopening on Wednesday, October 5th, O BAR will offer imbibers its signature breathtaking hilltop views in a completely redesigned and modernized space. Behind the bar, newly installed top of the line equipment like the three state-of-the-art mixology stations, draft system complete with nitro tap, and 4 large flat screen TVs will make their debut. The expansive bar program will feature a vast selection of single malts, Japanese, and Taiwanese whiskies, craft cocktails incorporating fresh, local, and organic ingredients, a beer list featuring local stars like Barley Forge (Costa Mesa) and Bottle Logic (Anaheim), and a thoughtfully composed wine list curated by Master Sommelier Michael...

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Paul’s Pizza & Grill Coming to Rancho Santa Margarita

Posted by on Sep 21, 2016 in Dining News | 0 comments

  Paul’s Pizza & Grill, a new pizzeria and Mediterranean grill, will celebrate its grand opening this Friday, Sept. 23 at Plaza Antonio in Rancho Santa Margarita. The day will include food sampling of some of the restaurant’s popular dishes including pizza, falafel and baklava. In addition, Paul’s Pizza & Grill will donate 10 percent of all sales to the children’s charity, Newborns in Need. The 3,800 sq. ft. casual family restaurant is open for lunch and dinner daily, and offers an array of pizza, salads and sandwiches. Diners can begin their meal with appetizers such as hummus, chicken wings, falafel balls with tahini sauce, spanakopita and other Mediterranean specialties. The menu also features more than a dozen sandwiches, with cold sandwiches served on a roll or in a wrap, and ranging from roast beef and tuna, to Capicola,...

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ADYA’s Opens Second Location in Irvine

Posted by on Sep 21, 2016 in Dining News | 0 comments

  ADYA, an authentic Indian restaurant that is a reflection of modern India and revolves around fresh, sustainable ingredients, will open its second Orange County location at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, September 27th in Irvine’s University Center (4213 Campus Drive). Chef/Owners Shachi Mehra and Sandeep Basrur focus on contemporary interpretations of Indian street foods, tandoori specialties and rich curries. The menu combines modern creative and classic Indian styles of cooking, while balancing the bounty of Southern California with the bold flavors and spices of India. Menu favorites include Samosas, Chicken Tikka and Tandoori Shrimp, and also showcase Chef Shachi’s unique spin on the cuisine with dishes such as Watermelon Chaat with fennel, diced red onion, mint and lime vinaigrette, and a warm Naan, stuffed with goat cheese. At the heart of the menu will be Kebabs from the tandoor,...

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4th Annual Champagne & Oyster Sip & Shuck

Posted by on Sep 19, 2016 in Dining News, Events | 0 comments

  For the 4th consecutive year, The Deck on Laguna Beach and Driftwood Kitchen, together with The Bungalows at Pacific Edge Hotel, will host “Sip & Shuck” on Sunday, November 13 from 2-6 p.m. to benefit the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Orange County. The event will give guests the unique opportunity to experience a variety of hand-shucked oysters, champagne, sparkling wines and more from around the world, all while enjoying panoramic ocean views at the oceanfront restaurants. Executive Chef Rainer Schwarz and his team will also prepare delicious tastes from both The Deck and Driftwood Kitchen. The event will include beverages from Casamigos Tequila, Laguna Beach Beer Company, Nolet’s, Veuve Clicquot, Bianchi Winery, Kendall Jackson, Tito’s Vodka, Reyka Vodka, Shakespeare Vodka, Piper Sonoma, ONEHOPE Winery, Zonin, Cote de Roses, Nicholas Freuillate, Villa Maria, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Ketel...

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Celebrate Oktoberfest at Bayside

Posted by on Sep 12, 2016 in Dining News, Events | 0 comments

  In Bavarian countries, Oktoberfest is known as the Wiesn, a colloquial name for “fairgrounds” and has been an integral part of the culture since 1810. While music and dancing often take center stage, one Newport Beach restaurant will concentrate on bringing traditional foods to life. Austrian-born Paul Gstrein, executive chef of the critically acclaimed Bayside restaurant, will tap into his Bavarian roots to create an Oktoberfest menu available September 17 – October 29. Each dish will be crafted using ingredients commonly found in the European region. The restaurant also will celebrate by offering beers and wines from the region. Among the menu’s highlights:  Herring Tartar ($15) — Fresh marinated herring will be served with traditional sour cream, dill, celery, granny Smith apple and petit greens  Schweinrtücken “Jaeger Art” ($29) – Boneless Pork Chop with forest mushroom...

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Shin Sen Gumi coming to Irvine’s Woodbury Town Center

Posted by on Sep 8, 2016 in Asian, Dining News | 0 comments

  Shin Sen Gumi, the popular Japanese restaurant known for its authentic Hakata-style ramen, is coming to Irvine. Considered one of the most respected Japanese dining chains in Southern California, the Woodbury Town Center location will be its second Orange County location when it opens in late September. Shin Sen Gumi’s first Orange County ramen shop opened in Fountain Valley in 2000 and 16 years later, it continues to draw long lines daily. In addition to its award-winning ramen, the Irvine restaurant will also be the first Shin Sen Gumi location to offer udon, another traditional Japanese noodle soup, as well as a vegan menu that will include cold tofu, curry udon with a broth made using kombu seaweed instead of the traditional bonito fish flakes; Yaki ramen, a stir-fried noodle dish, and cold ramen or udon noodle salads....

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CulinaryLab Cooking School Now Offers Single Classes

Posted by on Sep 8, 2016 in Dining News, Events | 0 comments

  Orange County-based CulinaryLab, a contemporary cooking school that has revolutionized culinary education, has introduced new single-day and short series classes designed for the home cook who is looking to develop high-level skills. The new classes are now available to the public, regardless of skill level, at its new Tustin educational center and kitchen (17231 E. 17th Street Unit B), where CulinaryLab offers its noted Professional Culinary and Professional Pastry Certificate programs for those looking to pursue a career in the culinary field. The Home Cook Programs are unique in that they feature a 12-to-1 student-to-teacher ratio, and students work in pairs instead of large groups. Each class is led by a professional-level culinary instructor and focuses on skill-building techniques that will last a lifetime. Following are the current class offerings for the Home Cook: Cooking with Chocolate –...

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