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By: Andrew Edwards | September 13, 2005
Restaurateurs who have taken part at the Taste of Newport in past years said that what you get depends on when you go. Over three days of eating, the mood at the weekend food festival tends to morph from a party scene into a more family-friendly event. "I've been doing this for 13 years, and it's sort of like you're at a nightclub," said Joe Moreno, owner of Ciao, a Balboa Island restaurant expected to make an appearance at this year's event. Moreno was describing Taste of Newport's atmosphere on Friday and Saturday nights.
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NEWS
November 1, 2011
NapaStyle founder Michael Chiarello will mingle with fans and sign copies of his new cookbook at the South Coast Plaza store from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday. The cookbook, "Michael Chiarello's Bottega: Bold Italian Flavors from the Heart of California's Wine Country," features 100 recipes inspired Chiarello's Southern Italian heritage and more than 120 color photographs. Chiarello is one of 10 contenders on "The Next Iron Chef," which premiered at 9 p.m. Oct. 30 on the Food Network.
ENTERTAINMENT
By B.W. Cook and By B.W. Cook | November 15, 2012
The Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa welcomed an overflow crowd Nov. 9 for the 22nd annual Celebrity Chef Dinner benefiting Share Our Selves. Nearly 300 guests helped raise $187,000 in support of SOS Orange Aid Project, which collects food from restaurants, grocery stores, bakeries and caterers for distribution to low-income Orange County residents. * Barons Rock for Cancer Cure They called it "Rock and Roll for a Cure. " The Orange County Barons Ball, co-chaired by Jeanie Gibson and Karyn Sanderson, unfolded recently at the Santa Ana Country Club, with proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Rhea Mahbubani | May 2, 2014
Jon Favreau was right - it's an exceptionally bad idea to watch "Chef" on an empty stomach. Slow-cooked cured meats, golden-brown grilled cheese sandwiches, sugar-sprinkled beignets and undeniably delicious-looking Cuban sandwiches drew murmurs of appreciation from all who watched his latest project Thursday. But the "Wolf of Wall Street," "Elf" and "Swingers" actor doesn't consider himself a foodie. Although he enjoys eating, he won't necessarily hunt down restaurants in different cities or work his free time to be able to taste different types of preparations.
NEWS
By Sarah Peters | January 12, 2012
NEWPORT BEACH - Chef Pascal Olhats is closing the doors to Tradition by Pascal on Feb. 15 after a nearly 25-year run, but the restaurateur is keeping a close hold on his apron. “It's not easy,” he said of closing the popular, upscale French cuisine establishment on North Bristol Street. “I don't close for failure, I close for a decision I want to make while I'm on top. It's a positive thing for me - I see it as an achievement.” Other restaurants Olhats operates, including Pascal Épicerie and Café Jardin, as well as those for which he consults, including French 75, Brasserie Pascal and Savannah Chop House, will remain open.
NEWS
By Annie Kim | May 2, 2013
The owners of a small but growing catering business packed their truck full of Costco produce and headed toward a commercial kitchen space rental in Laguna Beach. The goal: to prepare 200 dinners. But once they got to the space, Newport Beach residents Shelby Coffman and Christie Frazier found the doors padlocked. The owner, who was in Las Vegas, had forgotten to leave a key. "All we were to them was additional income," Coffman said of that day three years ago. "We told ourselves, 'never again.' There had to be a simpler way to do this.
NEWS
By Brittany Woolsey | September 24, 2012
Kristina Kuzmic believes anyone can cook. The host of "The Ambush Cook" proved her theory when brought her show's theme to Family Weekend at Vanguard University on Saturday. Kuzmic, a 2001 theater alumna, won the "Your OWN Show: Oprah's Search for the Next TV Star" competition in 2010. In her show, she teaches unsuspecting people how to cook. She said these people, from new moms to bachelors, needed to know how to cook. At Saturday's demonstration at the Costa Mesa campus, Kuzmic invited unsuspecting Vanguard freshman Erika Gray, 17, to the stage to learn how to cook a caramelized onion butternut squash tart.
NEWS
By Annie Kim | May 2, 2013
A Laguna Beach chef says animal rights activists posted personal information - including his cell phone number and credit card transactions - online because he served foie gras. Activists hacked into the website of Hudson Valley Foie Gras , from whom Amar Santana of Broadway in Laguna Beach purchased fattened duck liver, and distributed his and more than 1,200 other clients' personal information to animal rights groups, which posted the data online April 24. The list included email addresses, personal cell phone numbers and credit card transactions.
NEWS
By Annie Kim | April 16, 2013
An animal-rights group has sent letters threatening legal action to two Orange County chefs who serve foie gras. The chefs serve fattened duck liver at Arc in Costa Mesa and Broadway by Amar Santana in Laguna Beach, drawing the ire of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). California banned the sale and purchase of fattened duck liver on July 1, but chefs Noah Blom of Arc and Santana found what they believe are legal ways to continue serving the French delicacy to their customers.
LOCAL
By Michael Miller | February 20, 2008
Giada de Laurentiis, the celebrity chef best known as the host of “Everyday Italian” on the Food Network, is scheduled to sign her cookbooks this afternoon at the Crate & Barrel store in South Coast Plaza. Between 1 and 3 p.m., the first 450 customers to purchase a copy of one of de Laurentiis’ three books — “Everyday Italian,” “Everyday Pasta” and “Giada’s Family Dinners” — will receive an autograph. There will also be sample tastings of the chef’s Everyday Italian Gourmet specialty foods line.
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