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January 23, 2012
The Island Hotel has hired a new executive chef and food & beverage director, according to a news release. David Man, former chef de cuisine and executive sous chef for the Newport Beach hotel, was hired as executive chef. Most recently, he held chef positions at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach and the Diamond Club and Knothole Club at Angel Stadium. Joseph Orichiella, a 20-year hospitality industry veteran, was hired as food and beverage director. Prior to joining the Island Hotel staff, he was assistant general manager of Toll House Hotel in Los Gatos, Calif.
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By Emily Foxhall | January 14, 2014
The general manager of the Balboa Bay Club and Resort has accepted a similar position at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach. Dieter Hissin took over daily operations at the Irvine Co. hotel Jan. 2. The Fashion Island property is being updated throughout. Respect for Hissin within the Newport Beach community and his familiarity with the food and wine industry made him perfect for the role, said Irvine Co. spokeswoman Kimberly Sanders. Hissin, who grew up in Germany, worked in the kitchen of his family's hotel beginning at age 10. He later completed an apprenticeship as a chef at a Michelin-starred hotel and earned a degree in hotel economics before moving to California to work as a restaurant manager for the Ritz-Carlton in 1992, according to a news release.
BUSINESS
By Amanda Pennington | March 30, 2007
The Island Hotel in Newport Beach will close the Pavilion, its fine dining restaurant, to recast it in what executives hope is a more laid-back and inviting light. The hotel's Garden Lounge will also be closed during the renovations. Both areas will be combined after the renovation and renamed the Palm Terrace Restaurant and Lounge. The new restaurant is scheduled to open June 1. "Although it's still a very beautiful and timeless room, it hasn't been touched in, well, probably for 20 years, with the exception of some carpet and tablecloths," The Island Managing Director Raymond Jacobi said.
BUSINESS
By Amanda Pennington | August 1, 2006
After working all over the world and stretching his entrepreneurial legs as a hotel consultant, Raymond Jacobi has come home to Newport Center Drive. Today, the Newport Beach resident will take over as the general manager for The Island Hotel - Newport Beach. "It's about coming home," Jacobi said in a telephone interview. For the past year and a half, Jacobi has been running an independent hotel and restaurant consultant company in Newport Beach and looks forward to a long career with the Irvine Co. hotel.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna, joseph.serna@latimes.com | September 9, 2010
Recently retired Newport Beach police Capt. Jim Kaminsky is facing a $1,000 state fine for allegedly failing to report hundreds of dollars in gifts from friends and services and stays at The Island Hotel near Fashion Island, according to a state agency that oversees public employees. Kaminsky, who celebrated his retirement Thursday at a Newport Beach Marriott hotel, received more than $1,200 in food, lodging and gift certificates from the Island Hotel between 2007 and 2008. As a police captain, Kaminsky is required to report such gifts to the state's Fair Political Practices Commission.
NEWS
By Emily Foxhall | October 15, 2013
Views from the Presidential Suite at the Island Hotel, experienced in the past by a host of famous guests, can soon be had by anyone willing to pay $65. The former suite on the top floor of the Newport Beach hotel has been repurposed as the Island Club as part of an effort to meet the ever-changing needs of customers. No more will it be booked by the likes of President George W. Bush or musician Don Henley, who graced the premises when it was still the Four Seasons Hotel. Hotel staff will open it for use Friday with a broader clientele in mind.
NEWS
By Emily Foxhall | November 21, 2013
Tucked away in the Island Hotel's kitchen, past the room-service carts and the dinner assembly stations, an old Sabot leans against a storage room wall. It awaits repair, not for sailing but for nibbling. Before most guests awake Friday morning, the Newport Beach hotel's pastry team will wheel the boat into the hotel's lobby and begin to cover the dinghy with piece after piece of gingerbread, creating a decoration fit for a holiday celebration in the coastal town. "I wouldn't say nobody will eat it," Andy de la Cruz, the Island Hotel's pastry chef, said last week with a laugh.
FEATURES
By B.W. Cook | December 11, 2009
The chic Island Hotel, Newport Beach, kicked off the Christmas season with its annual Toys for Tots reception in the grand ballroom. Decorated in spectacular winter wonderland fashion with a decidedly whimsical edge by talented Andrew Gromek of Couture Flowers, the reception welcomed hundreds of holiday revelers anxious to drop an unwrapped toy in the Island Hotel collection. The gifts will be distributed by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves to needy children and families.
NEWS
By Adolfo Flores | October 3, 2013
A former parking control officer said he was fired from the Newport Beach Police Department for reporting that senior officers were receiving free suites, spa days and alcohol from a high-end hotel in exchange for favors, according to a federal lawsuit. In his suit, Zachary McEligot alleged that the Island Hotel in Newport Center near Fashion Island would give officers freebies worth thousands of dollars in exchange for easing the license process for massage therapists and turning a blind eye to parking violations.
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ENTERTAINMENT
By B.W. Cook | March 25, 2014
It's off to France for Kaly and Dean Corey , president and artistic director of the Philharmonic Society of Orange County. The erudite Dean Corey has served the society and the community as a beacon of culture since 1993. He retires at the end of the 2014 season and crosses the pond to start Act III of life in Europe. He and his wife will be missed. Last week in Newport Beach, about 150 members of the devoted Cameo Committee of the Philharmonic Society gathered in a posh dining room at the Island Hotel to celebrate Corey's artistic career on the coast.
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NEWS
By Emily Foxhall | January 30, 2014
Just as understanding art falls to a matter of perspective, so too does deciding how to fund it. Two Newport Beach council members disagree about whether to spend a possible $150,000 annual allocation on the arts - as the giver intended - or on reducing the cost of hotel stays for some visitors. Visit Newport Beach, a group that works to draw large bookings to the city's hotels, originally offered up the sum as a donation intended to promote arts and culture in the city. The money would come from assessments charged to patrons at member hotels in the Newport Beach Tourism Business Improvement District, or TBID, whose budget Visit Newport Beach oversees.
NEWS
From staff reports | January 24, 2014
The Resort at Pelican Hill and the Spa at Pelican Hill recently received five stars in the annual Forbes Travel Guide . This is the 55th year for the ratings and the fifth consecutive year Pelican has earned the distinction. The Forbes Guide was previously known as the Mobil Travel Guide . Pelican, according to a news release, is the only hotel in Newport Beach to receive a five-star rating. The nearby Island Hotel at Fashion Island received four stars and also announced that it had become part of Preferred Hotel Group , a points system for luxury travelers.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 17, 2014
Winners from the 2013 Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade and Ring of Lights will see their efforts recognized at a gala Jan. 24. The event, which features dinner and an auction and is hosted by the Commodores Club of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce, will be at 6 p.m. at the Island Hotel. Tickets are $125. Sponsorships for a table of 10 cost $1,500. Winners for awards such as best lights, best music and best sailboat will receive two complimentary tickets and an invitation to a private champagne reception beforehand.
NEWS
By Emily Foxhall | January 14, 2014
The general manager of the Balboa Bay Club and Resort has accepted a similar position at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach. Dieter Hissin took over daily operations at the Irvine Co. hotel Jan. 2. The Fashion Island property is being updated throughout. Respect for Hissin within the Newport Beach community and his familiarity with the food and wine industry made him perfect for the role, said Irvine Co. spokeswoman Kimberly Sanders. Hissin, who grew up in Germany, worked in the kitchen of his family's hotel beginning at age 10. He later completed an apprenticeship as a chef at a Michelin-starred hotel and earned a degree in hotel economics before moving to California to work as a restaurant manager for the Ritz-Carlton in 1992, according to a news release.
NEWS
By Emily Foxhall | January 4, 2014
Newport Beach, accustomed to entertaining visitors, lavished luxury on a special clientele this week: Bowl Championship Series football players and their fans. The coastal city geared up to serve as the home base for the teams participating in Monday's BCS game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. The Florida State and Auburn teams, coaches, alumni associations and bands are spread across Newport-Mesa at the Island Hotel, Balboa Bay Resort, Hyatt Regency, Radisson Hotel and Westin South Coast Plaza.
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | December 19, 2013
When a guest demanded a room at Newport Beach's Island Hotel during the afternoon of Oct. 20, employee Andrew Shoashekan thought she was acting odd. On Thursday, almost exactly two months later, Newport Beach police honored Shoashekan for what he did in the next few minutes that day. Shoashekan showed the guest, a woman about 65 or 70 years old, to a room on the eighth floor. The guest immediately went to the balcony and said she wanted something higher. "She was heavily intoxicated," said Shoashekan, a Costa Mesa resident who attended Corona del Mar High School.
NEWS
By Emily Foxhall | December 14, 2013
The Hyatt Regency Irvine now goes by a different name: Hotel Irvine. With the new label comes new management. Hotel Irvine marks the third hotel controlled by the Irvine Co. "We are the owner, the brand, the face," said Ralph Grippo, president of the Irvine Co.'s resort properties. The Irvine Co. owned the 536-room hotel in Jamboree Center even when the Hyatt operated it. But the company saw in it an opportunity to better meet the needs of customers, Grippo said. Irvine Co. management believed they could provide a more individualized service.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Rhea Mahbubani | November 25, 2013
It wasn't too long ago that Julia Schaeffer consumed only 300 calories a day. She also refused to spend time with anyone, gave up on sleep and skipped classes to make time for exercise. Dance to gym to rehearsals to work and back to the gym - that was a typical day in her life. Social gatherings were another no-no because they included food and allowed people to notice and comment on her abnormal choices. "I couldn't concentrate in school, and I could barely hold a coherent conversation with my friends," Schaeffer, 22, recounted.
NEWS
By Emily Foxhall | November 21, 2013
Tucked away in the Island Hotel's kitchen, past the room-service carts and the dinner assembly stations, an old Sabot leans against a storage room wall. It awaits repair, not for sailing but for nibbling. Before most guests awake Friday morning, the Newport Beach hotel's pastry team will wheel the boat into the hotel's lobby and begin to cover the dinghy with piece after piece of gingerbread, creating a decoration fit for a holiday celebration in the coastal town. "I wouldn't say nobody will eat it," Andy de la Cruz, the Island Hotel's pastry chef, said last week with a laugh.
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