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By B.W. COOK | September 10, 2008
Local glitterati converged upon the fashionable Harry Winston Salon at South Coast Plaza on Monday evening for a little cocktail conversation mixed with a preview or two of a fabulous piece of diamond jewelry. Harry Winston is a presenting sponsor of the Elizabeth and Henry Segerstrom Select Series, which debuts Oct. 1 in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. Lang Lang , the world renowned sensation on piano is set to star opening night.
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August 18, 2000
Less than 50 openings remain for the second annual Tee Off for Technology Golf Classic, scheduled Oct. 16 at Santa Ana Country Club. The event, which raised $50,000 for Newport Harbor High to purchase computers last year, aims to raise $75,000 for the school this time around. An entry fee of $375 includes 18 holes, cart, a putting contest, a clinic, player gifts, a foursome photo, awards and a post-round cocktail party, which will feature a live auction.
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December 17, 2002
Hard to believe today, but once upon a time, Newport was pretty small potatoes. Sure we had the Rendezvous and the Pavilion, which drew crowds of dancers, and the Drugless Drugstore and other establishments that drew the drinkers. But for the most part, Newport was a summer destination for people who lived inland. Once September came, the place closed up shop. The year-round population was pretty small, and this was true of all the other towns along the coast.
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May 23, 2002
When Cowboy Seafood in Corona del Mar opened in January 1999, it was an instant success. Despite a confusing name, a pricey menu and pricier drinks, the restaurant, and especially the cocktail lounge, quickly became the place to be for the fickle Thursday night party crowd. Well-dressed patrons flocked to the large outdoor patio and its oversized Adirondack chairs. Soon lines were forming outside and hostesses were quoting an hour or more wait for a table.
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November 2, 2000
My friend Karen has suggested that I occasionally misuse an adjective or two in my writing, so in preparation for this article I looked up the word "venerable." Here's what the World Dictionary had to say: "worthy of respect as a result of great age, wisdom, remarkable achievements or similar qualities." Just the word I was looking for to describe 21 Oceanfront, the tony, beachfront eatery located next to the Newport Pier on Balboa Peninsula. The stately building first housed Alley West, then the Ritz and finally the Rex Ristorante, before owners Jeannie and Rick Lawrence settled in, serving a pricey, continental menu featuring fresh seafood and classic prime meats.
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By B.W. Cook | October 27, 2010
The very fashionable and artistic Decorative Arts Society last week launched the 16th annual program series in Newport Beach, fronted by the chic Mary McDonald , the Los Angeles-based interior designer and author. McDonald was in town for a pre-lecture cocktail and dinner reception hosted by Newport Beach-based designer Brenda Eastman and her husband Dirk . Brenda Eastman, known as the owner of Les Interieurs, welcomed the crowd of Decorative Arts devotees to her bayfront residence at Peninsula Point.
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By Rhea Mahbubani and This post has been corrected, as noted below. | February 27, 2014
It was not "Mad Men" protagonist Don Draper's name or profession that viewers learned first. It was his drink of choice: "Do this again - old-fashioned, please. " Whether meeting clients or dining with his wife, Megan, that's what the advertising executive was seen reaching for. Guests with a similar preference can visit Mesa, which counts the Mesa Old Fashioned among its bestsellers, between March 2 and 8. The Costa Mesa bar is one of 45 participating in the first-ever OC Cocktail Week, organized by the OC Restaurant Assn.
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By Sarah Peters | May 5, 2012
One retail center, two business partners and three restaurants opening - all within about four months. It would sound like a crazy plan to most, but for restaurateurs Noah Blom and Leonard Chan, it was opportunity calling. The three restaurants - a waffle sandwich and brew house, oyster bar, and a cocktail and classic American dishes eatery - are moving into the SouthCoast Collection shopping center on Hyland Avenue in Costa Mesa. "This is more about the center, and more about a collective effort of trying to create a culinary center in Orange County," Blom said.
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By Candice Baker | November 12, 2011
Ready, set, shop! Local volunteers and philanthropists are hoping for a dazzling turnout at this year's Christmas Co. extravaganza, themed "A Home-Cooked Holiday. " It's the Newport Beach-based Junior League of Orange County, California Inc.'s largest annual fundraiser, Event Publicity Chairwoman Daphne Hart said. More than 100 local and national exhibitors will be on hand, offering everything from handmade jewelry to cutting-edge knives to pet couture. There's much more to the event than just shopping, although there will be shopping aplenty; a tea room will be set up for refined refreshments, and a series of special events will boast swoon-worthy appearances and goodie bags.
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August 26, 2011
Donald Sodaro , one of Newport Beach's leading community philanthropists, revealed a most unique and creative side of his multi-faceted personality at the re-opening of The Hotel Hanford, Costa Mesa. Sodaro and his wife DeeDee , of Lido Isle, have held a visible community profile for their involvement with Chapman University and organizations such as the Orange County Business Committee for the Arts. Along with partner William Caine , Sodaro created The Hotel Hanford, a high concept property that opened Wednesday evening, proving to be a theatrical triumph with a most unique marketing outreach.
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By B.W. Cook | November 26, 2010
As the holiday season gets underway this weekend, here are a few insider tips on food, fashion and fabulous gifts. Over the past week, the Orange County the social crowd has turned out en masse for a dash of good cheer to get in the spirit. First stop, Tiffany & Co., where store director Michael Botsko introduced local VIPs to exclusive Tiffany leather goods designers Richard Lambertson and John Truex. The distinguished and talented pair flew in from New York to do lunch at Marché Moderne with some of O.C.'s most fashionable women (and a few men, too)
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By B.W. Cook | October 27, 2010
The very fashionable and artistic Decorative Arts Society last week launched the 16th annual program series in Newport Beach, fronted by the chic Mary McDonald , the Los Angeles-based interior designer and author. McDonald was in town for a pre-lecture cocktail and dinner reception hosted by Newport Beach-based designer Brenda Eastman and her husband Dirk . Brenda Eastman, known as the owner of Les Interieurs, welcomed the crowd of Decorative Arts devotees to her bayfront residence at Peninsula Point.
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By B.W. Cook | September 17, 2010
The 2010-11 social season on the Orange Coast was inaugurated with great style Sept. 11 at the South Coast Repertory Gala Ball. Chaired by Sophie Cripe , resplendent in a golden satin strapless ball gown, the evening was billed as "The Plays The Thing. " By the end of the evening at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa, more than $530,000 net was raised for the Costa Mesa-based theatrical company. The 32nd annual gala ball, responsible for a major contribution each and every year to the repertory's annual fund, attracted an upbeat contingent of Newport-Mesa guests who have supported the theater since its beginning 46 seasons ago. Founding artistic directors David Emmes and Martin Benson graciously thanked the audience for its support, letting attendees know that they are significantly more than donors; they are in fact members of a very close-knit Orange County extended family.
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By Joanna Clay, joanna.clay@latimes.com | September 8, 2010
COSTA MESA — Z'Tejas Southwestern Grill might be better known for serving up Tex-Mex meals, but on Wednesday the South Coast Plaza restaurant kicked up its spice to a different level with "Chile Fest, the Ultimate Mixer. " Inspired by New Mexico's appreciation of the chili pepper, every year Z'Tejas combines its special Chile Fest menu with a benefit for local charities, donating a portion of the proceeds to the organizations. This year, four were chosen: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Alzheimer's Assn.
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July 22, 2010
NEWPORT BEACH — Mayor Keith Curry stepped away from City Hall this week to have a beer and answer whatever questions pub-goers could toss at him as the first guest speaker of soon-to-be monthly "pub hall" meetings. Muldoon's Irish Pub hosted Beer, Shots and Politics, an event that aimed to use the relaxed setting of a pub to draw in crowds that otherwise wouldn't participate in a standard political forum, said Muldoon's special events director, Richard Kaplan. "I think that we've really broken ground here with a new format," Kaplan said of the Wednesday night meeting.
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By B.W. Cook | February 17, 2010
Jewelry and cocktails are a dangerous elixir indeed. The crowd descended on the David Yurman Boutique in South Coast Plaza to enjoy both on behalf of the Camino Health Center. The San Juan Capistrano center is a community health clinic serving the uninsured citizens of South Orange County by providing them with affordable primary medical and dental care. The evening showcased the full line of Yurman creations from his signature jewelry to eyewear, watches and perfume. A portion of the party proceeds were donated to the Camino Health Center.
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