SoCal $avings

Harborside Restaurant & Grand Ballroom in Newport Beach, Orange County, CA
Harborside Restaurant & Grand Ballroom in Newport Beach, Orange County, CA

by Jeff Hoyt

 

Don’t we all have restaurants we’d like to try, but are a little out of our price range? In Southern California, now’s the time to go out to eat. This is Orange County Restaurant Week, which features more than 100 participating restaurants. Eateries will offer special three-course menus. Depending on where you dine, lunch will cost just $10, $15 or $20 while dinners are $20, $30 or $40. Some of this year’s participants include Andrei’s Conscious Cuisine & Cocktails, Bluewater Grill, Geisha House, Harborside Restaurant & Grand Ballroom, Kimera Restaurant & Lounge, Mozambique Steakhouse, Palm Terrace, Sage, Stonehill Tavern and Tradition by Pascal. For a full restaurant list, menus, locations and reservation information, visit www.OrangeCountyRestaurantWeek.com.

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Decades of Helping Others

by Sophie Gayot       
 

As we say: “Ladies, first!” Sorry, Master Puck, but in the video above, Barbara Lazaroff is the first to present the 28th Annual American Wine & Food Festival that the two of you created 28 years ago in a parking lot below the original Spago on Sunset Boulevard. Some chefs, like Piero Selvaggio of Valentino, have attended all of these great charitable events since. Continue reading “Decades of Helping Others” »

Introduction to Food Halls, Pt. 2: Eataly

Eataly Food Hall in the Flatiron District of NYC
Eataly Food Hall in the Flatiron District of NYC
by Meryl Pearlstein
 
Yesterday we profiled The Plaza Food Hall in NYC. Another food hall, Eataly (get it?), opened last month in the Flatiron District, offering culinary classes and fine foods and drinks from throughout Italy all under one enormous roof. Owned by Mario Batali, Joe and Lidia Bastianich and Eataly founder Oscar Farinetti, Eataly adheres to a philosophy of creating a bona fide Italian experience for each guest, whether they consume the food presented by the resident chefs or buy the ingredients to create a feast themselves.

Introducing Food Halls

The expansive bakery at the Plaza Food Hall
The expansive bakery at the Plaza Food Hall

by Meryl Pearlstein


While food trucks continue to proliferate across the country, New Yorkers are already enjoying the latest culinary trend: food halls. At these new culinary destinations, foodies can eat, buy ingredients, and learn how to prepare and cook them all in one place.


Conceived by Todd English, The Plaza Food Hall features a European-style market inside The Plaza Hotel offering an extensive array of dishes. The 5,400 square-foot, 80-seat space offers dine-in and take-away options from more than eight culinary stations, as well as fresh flowers, a range of international specialty foods, cookware and home goods like coffee, tea, jams, spices and sauces. The open kitchens throughout the space allow for interactive events including cooking demonstrations with the star of PBS’s Food Trip with Todd English and other visiting chefs as well as wine tastings.

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A Concluding Test

by Sophie Gayot

 
A week after my first visit to Test Kitchen, I returned there to try dinner. Chef Brian Redzikowski of BondSt at the Thompson hotel in Beverly Hills was cooking, and the place was absolutely packed. I had an 8:15 reservation, but arrived late, and had to wait for my table for quite a while. My repeated requests to start my dinner at the bar were rejected. I kept being told, “No, Chef does not want anybody to be served at the bar. He wants everybody to be seated at a table.” Continue reading “A Concluding Test” »