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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.
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.
By Sarah Peters, | October 31, 2011
CORONA DEL MAR — Walking into Savory Spice Shop, you first notice the smell. That is, unless you happen to be co-owner Laura Shute. "I can't smell it anymore," Shute said, laughing while surrounded by floor-to-ceiling displays. The 1,500-square-foot aromatic spice and herb shop in the Corona del Mar Plaza, 928 Avocado Ave., carries more than 400 spices and 140 spice blends. All the spices are ground fresh each week in Denver — home to Savory's corporate headquarters — then shipped to the Corona del Mar franchise.
By Lauren Williams, | August 16, 2011
David Lee Fish, a former Newport Beach reserve police officer and restaurateur, died in Corona earlier this month. He was 63. Fish lived up to his name. He owned the Pacific Coast Diner, a former West Newport eatery, from 1975 to 1985, and was remembered by friends and family as an avid fisherman and master chef who could make any dish. FOR THE RECORD: This corrects where Pacific Coast Diner was. It was in West Newport, not Mariner's Mile as originally reported. Former employee Phyllis Truesdell worked for Fish at the diner for 10 years.
August 4, 2011
Season six "Top Chef" winner Michael Voltaggio was at the Orange County Fair on Thursday, educating the crowd on the art of food presentation. Voltaggio was a fan favorite on the reality show. He competed against his brother and won during the finale with a four-course menu that included dashi-glazed rockfish, fennel-scented squab breast and butternut squash brûlée. He recently started his own restaurant, Ink, on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles. Voltaggio is one of a number of chefs showing off their culinary chops at this year's fair.
By Sarah Peters, | July 18, 2011
COSTA MESA — Although a relatively small city, local restaurateurs have the taste and variety to place the city on the map as a culinary destination, a Costa Mesa Conference and Visitor Bureau spokeswoman said Monday. Hoping to capitalize on travelers' stomachs as a way to their hearts, the first Costa Mesa Restaurant Week is scheduled to run Aug. 19 to 26. The event, sponsored by the Conference and Visitor Bureau, is seen as a way to attract the weekend traveler, said eMedia Manager Kim Glen.
By Britney Barnes, | June 13, 2011
COSTA MESA — As a dramatic soundtrack played, Killybrooke Elementary School students chopped, stirred and cooked healthy gastronomic masterpieces using the secret ingredient — tomatoes — in hopes of beating out the competition. Team Food Revolution made chili and served it in a hollowed red bell pepper with chili-pepper corn muffins. But it was Team Veggie Monsters that took the top honor by only two points with a whole-grain pasta, marinara sauce and bruschetta for Killybrooke's "Iron Chef"-inspired cooking competition Monday in the school's multipurpose room.
By Sarah Peters, | May 6, 2011
NEWPORT BEACH — From her mother's kitchen "classroom," a top culinary school in New York and then hosting a national radio program, local resident and celebrity chef Jamie Gwen owes the journey to her most loyal fan: her mother. "We have been very, very blessed to be best friends from Jamie's early age, on up," Gwen's mother, Lana Sills, said Friday. "We are BFFs. " The duo are also partners in branding "Chef Jamie" as a nationally recognized culinary icon. Gwen hosts a live, weekly Southern California radio show, "Food & Wine with Chef Jamie Gwen;" has co-hosted on "Living Today," a Martha Stewart Living Radio program; and is a four-time cookbook author.
By Sarah Peters, | February 18, 2011
Editor's note: This corrects the relationship between Ryan O'Melveny Wilson and Richard N. Frank. After 26 years behind the stove, award-winning Five Crowns and SideDoor Executive Chef Dennis Brask has handed over his spatula to a new generation. The new executive chef at the neighboring establishments in Corona del Mar is Ryan O'Melveny Wilson, 30, the grandson of Richard N. Frank, who opened Five Crowns in 1965. Brask, 60, retired so he could spend more time with his family.
By Joanna Clay, | December 9, 2010
Local restaurateur Zov Karamardian has released a second cookbook, "Simply Zov. " The owner of Zov's restaurants gives the culinary-challenged 150 recipes that will allow anyone to mimic her award-winning abilities. "'Simply Zov' is ideal for the busy budding chef who has a family, a limited budget and wants to incorporate fresh ingredients like those found at farmers markets into their cooking," Karamardian said in a statement. "I hope to inspire people and introduce them to a world of flavor with recipes that are different, unique and functional.
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