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The 14th annual Taste of Newport, which features about 35...

September 13, 2002

The 14th annual Taste of Newport, which features about 35 local

restaurants, will take place today through Sunday at Fashion Island,

900 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach. Hours for the Newport Harbor

Chamber of Commerce-sponsored event will be 6 to 11 p.m. today with

Big Bad VooDoo Daddy performing at 9 p.m.; 4 to 11 p.m. Saturday with

the Kool and the Gang performing at 9 p.m.; and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday

with Michael McDonald performing at 6 p.m.

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Though the $15 general admission does not include tasting the

food, it does include the entertainment. Children 12 and younger will

be admitted free Saturday and Sunday.

Actual tastes cost between $1 and $5, and proceeds benefit Orange

County charities. There are some package deals available, such as the

$40 Taste passport, which includes all three days of admission and

$15 in Taste Scrip that can be used for food purchases. Information:

(949) 729-4400.

All menus listed are subject to change. The restaurants

participating in the Taste of Newport this year include:

Bayside Restaurant plans to serve warm chocolate souffle cake,

profiteroles with vanilla ice cream, creme brulee.

Bibi Anna's plans to serve barbecue boneless beef ribs with wasabi

mashed potatoes, seafood cerviche in lemon cup, blackened ahi canape

with seaweed salad and wasabi caviar, Chinese chicken salad in wonton

cup.

Blue Water Grill plans to serve bay shrimp cocktail, New England

clam chowder, Manhattan clam chowder, smoked albacore tuna.

Buca di Beppo plans to serve macaroni rosa, garlic bread w/

mozzarella cheese, spicy fennel sausage w/ marinara sauce, frangole

con granita.

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