October 9, 1999
-- Alex Coolman Whit Kenerson has seen too many food festivals go bland by offering muddled, generic dining experiences to the people who come to eat. When he planned the 'Great Chefs of Orange County' event to be held Oct. 17 at the Sutton Hotel, he was determined not to make the same mistake. Kenerson put together a roster of more than 20 of Orange County's distinguished chefs and encouraged them to prepare the dishes they are best known for. The result, so Kenerson hopes, is that that the event will treat festival-goers to some flavors to remember.
October 12, 1999
An article appearing in Saturday's Daily Pilot should have noted that Carole Biloki and other members of the benefit committee participated in compiling the roster of chefs for the "Great Chefs of Orange County" event planned for Oct. 17 at the Sutton Hotel. The event will benefit the National Kidney Foundation. Also, a concert featuring Bill Medley of the Righteous Brothers on Dec. 8 is being organized by and will benefit the Ensign Fund of the Newport Harbor Educational Foundation.
October 13, 2004
Marisa O'Neil Forget cutting carbs and counting calories this weekend. Two gastronomical events in Newport-Mesa will try the hardiest of constitutions with food cooked up by local and celebrity chefs. Both events will benefit charity foundations. Saturday, the Celebrity Chef Tour will bring a four-course dinner to the Center Club in Costa Mesa, benefiting the James Beard Foundation for culinary arts. Bruno Maussuger from the ClubCorp chain of restaurants and Tim Love from the Lonesome Dove in Fort Worth, Texas, will prepare an upscale, Western-style dinner.
July 10, 2006
Usually you can count on these chefs to pay close attention to their food, especially at a fundraiser to benefit the National Kidney Foundation, but you'll have to excuse them if they were a bit distracted Sunday. After all, Italy and France tussled in an exciting shootout to see who would win the World Cup. As the chefs eyed each other's dishes they circled around two TVs at the club. An Austrian with Northern Italian roots, Josef Lageder cheered for Italy. Balboa Bay Club's executive chef and host for the event also managed to find time to peek around the corner to watch as his team beat France.
August 29, 2007
Thomas Ryan has assembled the menu for seven luxury hotel openings, served wealthy diners in Europe, and cooked at the home of one of America’s most renowned chefs. But when the Irvine Co. recruited him to oversee the kitchen at its planned Resort at Pelican Hill, he still felt awed by the opportunity. Ryan, a veteran of the restaurant and hotel industries who trained in both New York and Munich, was announced Tuesday as the executive chef of the resort in Newport Coast.
May 1, 2008
“It is rare to produce a dinner of this quality today because the world does not have the chefs,” offered hotelier Henry Schielein , standing before a grand banquet table surrounded by men in tuxedos in the Grill Room of his domain, the Balboa Bay Club & Resort. Schielein and the resort hosted the spring 2008 formal dinner of the Escoffier Society of Southern California. Ironically, his guests were many of the great chefs of the region, including Frederick Castan , Bruno Massuger and Fred Mensinga . These gentlemen and many of the others in attendance devote their daily lives to culinary excellence.
July 26, 2003
Tom Forquer Is Martha Stewart just not cutting it anymore? Invest your stock in a new culinary mentor. On Thursday afternoon at the Orange County Fair, chef Jan Mongell taught her audience how to make a simple meal of albondigas soup and gazpacho salad, giving them the additional treat of helpful tips on cooking preparation and presentation. In her 15 years as resident chef at the fair, Mongell has developed a reputation for teaching accessible and practical recipes.
October 10, 2002
Submit AFTER HOURS items to the Daily Pilot, 330 W. Bay St., Costa Mesa, CA 92627; by fax to (949) 646-4170; or by calling (949) 574-4268. A complete list is available at www.dailypilot.com. SPECIAL FOOD FEST The 18th annual Food, Wine and Micro-brew Fest will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Macy's Home Store/Crate & Barrel wing of South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa. The festival, which benefits Second Harvest Food Bank, will feature samples from local restaurants, regional vineyards and micro-breweries.
May 7, 2004
Greer Wylder "New generation sushi," a phrase coined by executive chef James Hamamori at WaSa Sushi expands basic sushi and Japanese cuisine to a higher level. While staying committed to traditional Japanese dishes, it introduces different sauces, garnishes and preparations. It's enticing to all sushi-loving types. A few of its trademarks include custom, homemade sauces for fish, spindly shredded beets for garnishes and combinations of wasabi and smelt egg for tobiko caviar.