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December 30, 2003
Alicia Robinson For those who want to usher in 2004 with gastronomic fanfare, many area restaurants are offering New Year's Eve champagne toasts with hors d'oeuvres, dinners and, in some cases, music and dancing. Several restaurant employees said they're planning for huge crowds on the last night of the year, which can be one of the busiest nights because seemingly everyone goes out. Roy's in Newport Beach expects to serve more than 500 dinners, mostly to people who come in before heading to a club or hotel for dancing, Roy's General Manager Barry Pierce said.
April 21, 2003
Fashion Island's "Music on the Island" series returns from noon to 4 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday. Shoppers can enjoy music in "the Commons" in Bloomingdale's Courtyard. Musicians scheduled to entertain include Emilio Castillo, Dirk K, Ron Benise, Lao Tizer and L.A. Incas. HAVE A BRUNCH The popular Sunday brunch offered at Accents Restaurant in the Sutton Place Hotel has an international seafood station, roasts carved to order, salads, a variety of hot entrees, breakfast favorites, including eggs Benedict, waffles, omelets, imported and domestic cheeses, and an incredible dessert display.
December 25, 2010
TILL JAN. 2 'Peter Pan' J.M. Barrie's classic tale "Peter Pan" flies into the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa, offering viewers a unique 360-degree experience. Tickets start at $40. For showtimes and more information, visit TUESDAY Indie Tuesdays The Danvilles, featuring Mike Hindert of The Bravery, The Gromble and Adam Bones perform at La Cave, 1695 Irvine Ave., Costa Mesa. The free show is 21 and older only. For more information, call (949)
April 12, 2002
Deepa Bharath Not many would imagine the words "Botox" and "bash" would go together. After all, Botox is the brand name of botulinum toxin, a substance that is injected into facial muscles as an age-defying treatment. It is the most popular method performed to remove wrinkles -- be it laugh lines, frown folds on the forehead or those unsightly bags under the eyes. But Botox parties are gaining popularity among bustling socialites in affluent communities.
August 29, 2004
FLO MARTIN Steve Bolton's Aug. 15 cartoon of an elderly woman sipping her morning coffee while scanning the headlines inspired a loud guffaw in our household. My first thought was: "Lady, wake up and smell your coffee! Maybe in your day, accepted behavior for 19-year old boys included staying away from alcohol, drugs and teen girls. Nowadays, only in your dreams." As a parent of teenage kids 20 years ago, I had the same delusions. Not my kids, no way. They don't do drugs.
By Paul Anderson | March 19, 2009
A roasted turkey deli sandwich for under four bucks? As Homer Simpson might say, “Mmm, turkey.” Back in 1989 Champagnes Deli & Grill in Newport Beach sold ‘em for that much and to celebrate the restaurant’s 20th anniversary you can order it for that price again. This week we check in with Champagnes’ owner Rand McDevitt and his business partner Tina Voso (who’s also the general manager).   So how did you get into the restaurant business?
By Emily Foxhall | November 23, 2013
Forget Black Friday, it's "Fabulous Friday" to South Coast Plaza. The high-end shopping center plans extra concierges armed with complimentary bottled water and added valets to ease crowded parking lots. Preferred customers and media can sip cappuccinos and champagne as part of an invite-only "Holiday Suite" in the "penthouse," a luxury area that includes storefronts for the likes of Christian Louboutin and Oscar de la Renta. But Black Friday implies deals, not luxury, and while major savings may be found at departments stores, such as Sears and Macy's, which will open at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving, many of the center's famed designer retailers have no plans to welcome visitors before official mall hours start at 8 a.m. Friday.
By B.W. Cook | September 12, 2012
The year was 1975. Mary Tyler Moore was starring in one of America's most watched situation comedies. After a year of knocking on doors in Hollywood and trying to land any kind of job, I was hired at CBS-Television City and sent into a windowless basement office. It had concrete walls and metal shelves overflowing with letters from fans requesting tickets to be in the studio audience to attend a filming of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show. " It was my first job in television, and it paid the princely after-tax sum of $80 per week.
By Dave Brooks | May 11, 2006
Once reserved for special occasions and New Year's Eve celebrations, champagne is now making a comeback as a popular pairing at fine dining institutions. Tonight and Friday, a South Coast Plaza restaurant is hosting a special champagne tasting event with the bubbly beverage and lessons about its rich history. "I first got the idea after doing an event at Saks Fifth Avenue," Quattro Cafe owner Dennis Silva said. "People didn't know what they were drinking. They thought they were drinking white zinfandel."
By B.W. Cook | April 11, 2014
The 2014 Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund (JDRF) Dream Gala was billed as "Let's Misbehave," and they certainly did. More than 500 Orange County citizens dressed to impress in Roaring Twenties period costume and danced a wild Charleston to help raise crucial funds for diabetes research, in particular a cure for Type I diabetes. Organizers created a speakeasy theme, complete with antique claw-footed bathtubs filled with gin on ice. Disneyland's popular announcer, Bill Rogers , emceed the evening, which was dedicated to O.C. citizens Janet and Carl Nolet, Jr. and Lara and Tom Giddings . Co-chaired by Julie Hellmers , Eric Seedman and John Stoner , with assistance from honorary chair John Giovannone , the March 29 party at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort was made possible by serious donors, including Newport's Mary and Dick Allen , Toni and Steve Berlinger , Ellen Darling and Alex Conti , Jackie and Norm Kallan , and Nancy and Larry Silverberg , to name only a few. Important corporate sponsors included ABP Capital, Black, Starr & Frost, Golden State Foods, Stoner Fox Law and Greenberg Traurig, again to name only a few. The fundraising effort included tremendous underwriting support combined with auction proceeds sold by auctioneer Jeff Stokes (including a Harry Winston ladies' watch valued at $40,000)
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