March 19, 2005
B.W. COOK A field trip to the gourmet dining rooms of Las Vegas put 39 members of the Newport Beach Bailliage of Confrerie de la Chaine des Rotisseurs on the road to calorie heaven recently. Among the highlights of the weekend excursion to Las Vegas were special dinners for the traveling gastronomes at the Stirling Club at Turnberry Towers, Picasso at Bellagio and Bouchon at the Venetian. The local chapter of the international dining organization raises scholarship funds for culinary arts students, while learning and experiencing the finest in both historical and contemporary culinary trends.
November 12, 2009
The few times I had been to the Quiet Woman prior to a recent lunch, I thought I was going to be crushed by all the people packed in there. After a night of sushi and sake, my friend and I thought it would be smart to get a nightcap at the Corona del Mar hot spot. We learned that ownership spent about $100,000 on renovations, and it was money well spent. The dining room is lighter and brighter, helped by rich tones on the walls, some etched glass dividing the rows of booths and stained glass replaced with clear panes.
February 15, 2007
The fifth annual Jazz in January celebration benefiting the Ocean Institute in Dana Point unfolded over a two-day celebration that attracted a large contingent of support from Newport-Mesa as well as all of Orange County. The very popular party featured the talents of Rick Braun , renowned trumpeter, and Richard Elliott , a saxophonist who tours with Natalie Cole , the Pointer Sisters and Melissa Manchester . The two concerts raised significant dollars in support of the Ocean Institute and its programs aimed at students in kindergarten through 12th grade.
December 24, 2004
GREER WYLDER Looking for a fresh place to hear "Auld Lang Syne," pop a champagne cork and shout "Happy New Year" at midnight? Restaurants throughout Newport Beach and Costa Mesa have big bashes planned to make the last night of the year memorable. Here are four suggestions: The terminally trendy Sutra Lounge, the new dining and nightclub concept, relies on aphrodisiac-inspired dishes, an exotic atmosphere and one of the few dance floors in town to entice club-hopping revelers.
February 24, 2009
Wondering where to eat dinner during the week of Toshiba? Wonder no more. Restaurant writer, John Reger picks a place for every day of the week during the tournament. Monday, March 2 Cucina Alessa 6700 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach. (949) 645-2148 www.cucinaalessa.com This is by far the best Italian restaurant in the area, the only problem is I and others have been trumpeting chef/owner Alessandro Pirozzi so much that it has become very popular. This day would be perfect since the crowd shouldn’t be that bad. The food is unbelievable and Pirozzi visits your table and will converse with you as long as you let him. Pirozzi has created a menu that shows his dedication to cooking and his fascination with fresh herbs and spices.
October 3, 2002
Kathy Mader Every now and then, there comes a restaurant that makes you wish you were not only a better writer but better educated in the art and science of food so that you could truly do that place justice. Abe (say ah-bay) Restaurant in Newport Beach is just one of those. This lovely Japanese restaurant was recommended to my by a Japanese student of mine, Koji, whose family celebrates every holiday there. That should tell you something. To regain some of my writing skills (I have a sneaking suspicion that giving birth robbed me of more than a few adjectives)
November 5, 2009
Today is the grand opening of the first-ever O.C. Henri Bendel boutique at South Coast Plaza. The Fifth Avenue iconic store is the spot to find the latest in fashion accessories and no-fail gifts. The new boutique will focus exclusively on accessories, jewelry, beauty products, fragrance, an assortment of edibles and Bendel-branded merchandise, with its signature brown-and-white-striped shopping bags since the first New York store opened in 1895. And you’ll want to get there early; the first 250 guests will receive a limited-edition Henri Bendel tote, with a purchase of $125 or more, while supplies last.
May 8, 2009
Orange County super Republican Tom Fuentes invited the political power base to breakfast at the Balboa Bay Club & Resort this week to welcome the grandson of late President Richard M. Nixon. In Newport Beach on business, Christopher Nixon Cox, 30, addressed the breakfast conference expressing his opinions on the state of the nation and the direction of the Obama administration. “Higher taxes hit the poorest people hardest,” said the young attorney who is in private practice in New York City and is also involved in raising equity for major capital investment.
September 10, 2004
Greer Wylder At Bistro Le Crillon, chef and owner Chantal Berton and her husband Diego Ostroski work side by side. They create a bistro that showcases their talents. Berton, from the village of Crillon in France, carefully prepares her favorite Provencal cuisine. Ostroski, from Cuomo, Italy, oversees the award-winning wine list that just received Wine Spectator's Best of Award of Excellence. Berton studied culinary arts at the Ecoles Normales Superieures (ENS)