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By Jill Cowan | November 24, 2012
File this one under "only in California ... " Newport Beach's Island Hotel staff kicked off seasonal festivities by constructing a full-sized gingerbread lifeguard tower, which took shape in the hotel's lobby this weekend - steps away from a tall evergreen, already done up for the holidays. "Usually it's a cabin in the woods, or snow," said assistant pastry chef Andy de la Cruz, who helped head the project. "So this year, we thought of the lifeguard tower," as a nod to Newport's place as "the center of coastal luxury.
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NEWS
From Times Community News and KTLA-5 reports | February 14, 2012
Presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich promised to drive down the price of gasoline and change the culture in Washington during a Southern California fundraising tour that included stops in Newport Beach, Tustin and Pasadena. He emphasized lower gas prices during his Monday night stop at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach, according to an interview with the Orange County Register. "I think we focus on very big ideas like $2-a-gallon gasoline, 4% unemployment, allowing young people to have personal Social Security savings accounts, and we rebuild our momentum," he told the newspaper.
NEWS
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Candice Baker | December 22, 2011
Seeking to celebrate the season but have no idea where to start? Our annual guide to all things holiday will help guide the way, regardless of where you live, work or play. First up: the food. For those shuddering at the thought of preparing a meal on Sunday, several top restaurants will be open for brunch and dinner, Choose from many options like a four-course champagne brunch from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. or dinner from 4:30 to 10 p.m. at Las Brisas, 361 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach; a three-course meal at the Californian at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, 21500 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, that includes entrée selections like roast turkey or an all-natural filet; and a brunch buffet with special holiday items at the Palm Terrace Restaurant in the Island Hotel, 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach.
NEWS
November 15, 2011
A Beaumont, Calif., resident has been arrested in connection to burglaries near Fashion Island, police said Tuesday. David Scott Raines, 44, was arrested Friday after an employee at the Marriott Hotel & Spa at 900 Newport Center Drive called police to say Raines matched the description of a suspect accused of stealing credit cards from lockers in September at the nearby Island Hotel spa, according to a Newport Beach Police Department news release....
ENTERTAINMENT
By B.W. Cook | July 29, 2011
It is one of the most passionate charity events on the Orange Coast. The Muscular Dystrophy Assn.'s annual Gift of Hope Gala raised more than $430,000 at its 16th annual celebration earlier this summer. Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens was honored as the MDA's Woman of the Year. More than 250 dedicated donors, led by event Chairman Frank DiBella and National Goodwill Ambassador and performer Abbey Umali , converged upon the Island Hotel in Newport Beach to raise funds needed to sponsor MDA programs, most notably its Summer Camp programs.
ENTERTAINMENT
By B.W. Cook | June 24, 2011
One of the most important social events on the Orange Coast to raise funds that directly affect the lives of disadvantaged young people recently drew 300 generous donors to the Island Hotel, Newport Beach. An auxiliary of the Orangewood Children's Foundation, 44 Women for Children is a grassroots confederation of local citizens that raises significant funds every year to for college scholarships for foster youth. The recent luncheon, co-chaired by Andrea Casaw and Jessica Wohl , brought in $100,000 net in support of the cause.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 16, 2011
FRIDAY Simchat Shabbat Service Temple Bat Yahm, 1011 Camelback St., Newport Beach, holds a special Simchat Shabbat, featuring a live performance by the Simcha Band at 6 p.m. in the Sonenshine Sanctuary. Guests are welcome. For more information, call (949) 644-1999 or visit http://www.tby.org. Jimmy Hopper Show Jimmy Hopper and his band perform Fridays at the Palm Terrace Lounge at the Island Hotel, 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach. Seating starts at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Performance and dinner are $65. Hopper and his band will also continue their Saturday performance at the Island Hotel.
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