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By B.W. Cook | July 11, 2012
The changing of the guard at The Balboa Bay Club and Resort officially took place last week. The new owners of the legendary coastal hotel and club introduced themselves to the community, welcoming some 700 guests to a cocktail reception in the Grand Ballroom. Producers of the event set up a raised stage and seated the executive team, led by the controlling interest of Richard H. Pickup joined by son Todd Pickup , son-in-law Kevin Martin , business partner Tim Busch and hotel executive Steve Arnold . Following a brief introduction by John Wortmann , chairman of the club's board of governors, the gentlemen fielded questions taken from the audience in advance concerning the future of the institution that will celebrate its 65th anniversary in 2013 as Newport Beach's "Host of the Coast.
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NEWS
By Heather Youmans | July 14, 2012
Some people historically come to the Orange County Fair in Costa Mesa to taste the newest deep-fried cuisine. This year was no exception as thousands crowded the fairgrounds on Saturday, searching for the latest culinary offerings. New to the fair is the "Bacon A-Fair" stand, which stands on the site of the former the Deep Fried Butter Stand. The re imagined stand now attracts foodies and fair goers alike who come for their favorite bacon-inspired dishes. In addition to crowd favorites like chocolate covered bacon, owners Mike and Brittney Peterson have added more unique items to their menu.
ENTERTAINMENT
By B.W. Cook | March 30, 2012
They called it the "Time of Your Life. " The UCI Mind Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders took the crowd back to the psychedelic 1960s to raise funds forAlzheimer'sresearch at the institute. And raise funds they did. Some 500 guests replicating the Twiggy mini skirt for the ladies and the Nehru jacket for the men converged upon Costa Mesa's Center Club for a fabulous party that was non-stop energy. Organizers decorated the Center Club in sectors that included a Motown Room, a British Invasion corner, a Beach Boys surf's up lounge, a TV Land living room suitable for the Cleaver family of "Leave it to Beaver" fame, a Sinatra swinging Supper Club and finally a "futurama" view of the "new age" fit for the Jetsons.
NEWS
March 1, 2001
The Clubhouse at South Coast Plaza will present Monte Carlo Night on Saturday to raise money for the Junior League of Orange County. Tickets for the "cocktail attire" event, which will take place from 7:30 p.m. to midnight, cost $70. Participants who bring a children's book to donate to Laura's House, a Junior League home for abused women and their children in San Clemente, will receive $50 in gambling script....
NEWS
November 3, 2000
1. Hide behind a mask. The 10th annual Toast of the Coast -- Diamond Masquerade Ball will be held from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday at the Hyatt Newporter, 1107 Jamboree Road, Newport Beach. The evening will include dancing, a silent auction and casino tables. All proceeds will benefit the Orange County Federation for Oncology Children and Families. $55-$70. (800) 405-2766, Ext. 83. 2. Have a cocktail. The Southern California Social Guide will present its Orange County Cocktail Party from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday at the Newport Beach Radisson Hotel, 4545 MacArthur Blvd.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 29, 2007
The Orange County Performing Artscenter has announced that Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons will headline its 2007 Candlelight Concert Dec. 7 in Segerstrom Hall. The evening will begin with a pre-concert cocktail reception featuring Ketel One?s signature ice bar in the Plaza Level Lobby. A four-course dinner will follow on the 8,500-square-foot stage in Segerstrom Hall, which will be transformed into a New York terrace for the event. Hosted by the board of directors, the Candlelight Concert and Candlelight Encore on Dec. 8 are the center?
NEWS
May 26, 2005
JOSEPH N. BELL One of the more significant contributions of my generation to the Midwestern culture, in which I was raised, was the domestic cocktail hour. It took root in Indiana and Illinois, where I lived after World War II, then was exported wherever we moved, causing some resistance in other American cultures less advanced -- like that of my wife, who was raised in Southern California and had no grasp of the blessings of the cocktail hour in the early years of our marriage.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | February 6, 2013
A new restaurant in Costa Mesa with decor that's a modernized take on 1920s New York is having its grand opening Friday evening. The folks behind Arc Restaurant at the South Coast Collection, 3321 Hyland Ave., are calling their nearly 1,800-square-foot restaurant a new American roast house and classic cocktail bar. "We're looking more into doing right what we were doing in the '20s, kind of a happy period when we weren't overthinking things...
ENTERTAINMENT
By B.W. Cook | July 20, 2011
If you seek verification that Orange County has grown up, the evidence lies simply in the coming of a new generation of community leaders. In some ways it is hard to comprehend that time has passed, not by years, but by decades. The great men and women of the mid-20th century push on out of the bean fields and into the new technology, passing the proverbial torch to a generation coming of age in their 30s and early 40s. One such family of demonstrable influence recently held a sunset cocktail reception in Newport Beach to promote the philanthropic mission of their daughter and her associates.
NEWS
By B.W. Cook | August 29, 2013
The stunning blond chef Jamie Gwen stepped up to the microphone to address the several hundred guests who had gathered at the Fairmont Newport Beach for the 10th anniversary of the American Liver Foundation's Flavors of Orange County culinary gala. Gwen, attired in a chic summer white fit and flair cocktail dress accented with dramatically pointed-toe shimmering gold pumps, wowed the crowd with her exquisite gold jewelry creations from the Paloma Picasso collection at Tiffany & Co. The elegant emcee of the evening cut away from the seriousness of the cause with her opening remarks.
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