One of America's most celebrated restaurateurs and chefs, Charlie Palmer, this week fronted a gathering of culinary critics in a private dining room of his Costa Mesa establishment at South Coast Plaza.
Palmer, joining his local master of the kitchen, Chef Seakyeong Kim, welcomed to the table some 20 local celebs, including Newport's own Jamie Gwen and longtime O.C. dining authority Fifi Chao, of the Orange County Business Journal. The Wednesday afternoon confab marked the publication of South Coast Plaza's spring issue of Taste magazine, featuring the "au courant" voice on local dining.
South Coast Plaza execs David Grant and Debra Gunn Downing pressed the flesh of patrons enjoying a four-course presentation. It began with an asparagus salad followed by sweet pea risotto and pan-seared East Coast monkfish. Each course was paired with selections of West Coast White Rhone varieties offered to guests in a blind tasting. The wine was served in Baccarat's latest collection of stemware called "Château Baccarat."