December 14, 2000
When upscale steakhouses began their comeback several years ago, I wondered if it was just a passing fad, like cigar smoking or Tae-bo. After all, in this health-crazed area, how long could Orange County's finest continue downing artery-clogging steaks before overwhelming guilt sent them running to their therapists? Well, judging by the crowds at Fleming's Steakhouse in Newport Beach, red meat is here to stay. My new theory is that if we're going to splurge every now and then, let's do it right.
April 4, 2002
Fine dining in America has over the years taken on many guises. French restaurants once stood as the pinnacle of haute cuisine, but as American palates grew more sophisticated, various food styles have vied for the trendy diner's palate and wallet. High-end Italian is certainly stylish, California cuisine and its offshoot produce exciting ideas, and exotic Asian and Middle Eastern tastes now compete for a share of the honors. But despite all the trends and fashions, one style of dining has remained a classic American icon -- the steakhouse.
May 12, 2001
Art of Dining is a world class experience in Orange County. The 14th annual gala fund-raiser for the Orange County Museum of Art unfolded Sunday evening in Newport Beach. It was the talk of the town. Event chairs Marsha Anderson and Pam Muzzy produced a party that would have made the late Malcolm Forbes smile. It would have even received the sign of approval from the late Doris Duke, another of the infamous social organizers of the recent past, known for taking a gathering to artistic levels only few can imagine possible.
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.
September 4, 2005
The next time the city gets around to designating a historical site, it should consider the town's oldest saloon -- Stark's. Considering the history and personality of the town, Stark's should have at least equal billing with McFadden's Wharf. Opened in 1902 by Henry Stark on that funny little half-block known as 21st Street, it was a familiar and popular watering hole and site of the town's oldest running poker game until some time in the 1950s. In 1960, Sid Soffer bought the place and renamed it Sid's Blue Beet.
December 2, 2009
Numerous national and international media outlets are reporting that golf superstar Tiger Woods, a part-time Corona del Mar resident, met with a self-alleged longtime mistress at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach for at least one of their 20 trysts. California cocktail waitress Jaimee Grubbs, 24, claims that she has had an affair with Woods, 33, for 31 months, according to comments attributed to her in various news reports. Grubbs said the pair met most recently in October at the Island Hotel, where they watched “Angels and Demons” and then had sex. Grubbs claims Woods has sent her hundreds of racy text and voice messages, and has published some of them in US Weekly, a national magazine.
July 13, 2006
A glamorous summer evening on the California Riviera raised more than $500,000 for the Orange County Museum of Art. The funds raised will benefit the museum's exhibition and public programs. Chaired by Newport's own "Perle Mesta" ? Maralou Harrington ? the party was a nonstop tribute to culture in this community. Organizers, including co-chairs Jennifer Segerstrom and Jennifer Van Bergh, call the once-a-year event "The Art of Dining." Cocktails were served at the Orange County Museum of Art in Newport Center at a private preview for patrons of the exhibition "Catherine Opie: In and Around Home."
January 27, 2004
ROBERT GARDNER The Corona del Mar Centennial Committee interviewed a bunch of us old-timers a few days ago. After I left, I was trying to remember some of the early businesses in Corona del Mar and came up with the two markets -- the All American, now an Albertsons, and Coast Super, where the Health Emporium stands. We always shopped at the All American and continued when it became Albertsons. One day, however, I went into the Health Emporium, thinking to save myself several blocks of walking.
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)
September 26, 2002
If there is such a thing, then this was definitely an "A-List" party on the Orange Coast. The powerful and the prestigious, the beautiful and the financially successful, new money and old, long-time Newport citizens and the new kids on the block with the proper pedigrees were invited to sunset cocktails at the contemporary waterfront residence of Henry and Elizabeth Segerstrom on behalf of South Coast Repertory Theater....