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Orange County Culinary Events

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Hungry? Need to fill your culinary calendar? Here is where you will find all the restaurant and culinary happenings in Orange County. GAYOT features a calendar of special dinners, tasting menus, prix-fixe meals, food festivals and other culinary events, including regularly occurring food events as well as special one-time-only events featuring top chefs. Keep checking back so you can know all that's going on in the world of restaurant and food events in Orange County. We've also got the latest Orange County Restaurant News and Wine Events.


September 29
The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar in Newport Beach is hosting a special French Connection dinner in conjunction with the Newport Beach Wine & Food festival. At this event, celebrity chef Hubert Keller joins forces with The Winery’s executive chef/partner Yvon Goetz, Driftwood Kitchen executive chef Rainer Schwarz, and Pelican Hill executive chef Jean-Pierre Dubray to create a four-course wine pairing menu. Guests will have the chance to meet the chefs during a one-hour cocktail reception and engage in a Q&A session during the dessert course. Cost is $295. The event is slated to run from 6 p.m.-10 p.m. For more information, visit the festival’s official website. The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar, 3131 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, CA 92663, 949-999-6622.
September 29-October 1
The Newport Beach Wine & Food festival returns to provide three days of epicurean delights and culinary celebrity spotting. The fête will feature various gastronomic and oenophilic-driven events, from demos put on by “Top Chef” alumni to special collaborative dinners highlighting some of Newport Beach’s finest talent. The festival is built around a Grand Tasting, a two-day celebration offering tastes from 40 different restaurants and 250 varieties of wines culled from top appellations. For more information, including schedules and ticket information, visit the official website.
September 30-October 1
The 4th Annual Newport Beach Wine & Food festival returns to the Newport Beach Civic Center for two days of epicurean delights. Guests at the fête will have the chance to indulge in bites from 40 Orange County restaurants and tastings of 250 varieties of wine, spirits and beers. Several celebrity chef cooking demos, master sommelier tasting panels and live music will also be occurring throughout the event. Participating chefs include those from The Ranch Restaurant & Saloon, Broadway by Amar Santana, Selanne Steak Tavern and Andrea. Tickets range from $150 to $250. For more information, visit the official website. Newport Beach Wine & Food, Newport Beach Civic Center, 100 Civic Center Dr., Newport Beach, CA 92660, no phone.


Silver Trumpet Restaurant and Bar in Costa Mesa has started up a happy hour patio program. Dubbed the "high five happy hour," the program invites guests to sit in the venue's lakeside dining area and select from a large number of $5 food and beverage items. Featured bites include a Vietnamese beef bahn mi sandwich served with tangy Asian slaw, classic wings tossed in a sweet and spicy honey glaze, and a daily rotating selection of sushi. The program's list of libations includes a wide arrangement of seasonal fruit cocktails, house wines and craft beers. The happy hour is offered from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. daily. Silver Trumpet Restaurant & Bar, Wyndham Orange County, 3350 Avenue of the Arts, Costa Mesa, CA 92626, 714-442-8593.
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar in Newport Beach has renewed their "5 for 6 'til 7" happy hour program with a trio of additional menu items. The latest $6 selections include the roasted mushroom ravioli appetizer stuffed with Portobello and shiitake mushrooms in a porcini butter sauce, and the sparkling "tickled pink" cocktail, a 99-calorie beverage that features a blend of Belevdere Vodka, orange juice, raspberries and a splash of Italian Mionetto Prosecco. The new choices are featured alongside a host of $6 wines and $6 appetizers, including seared ahi tuna and a prime burger. Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Fashion Island, 455 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, CA 92660, 949-720-9633.
SideDoor, the gastropub attached the legendary Five Crowns restaurant, features Sunday Sessions, their lively, eclectic take on the traditional Sunday brunch. From 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m., the Corona Del Mar venue features innovative contemporary items like a "green eggs and ham" version of eggs Benedict, DJ's spinning music, art being created in real time, and limited-release craft beers. For more information, please visit SideDoor, Five Crowns, 3801 E. Coast Hwy., Corona Del Mar, CA 92625, 949-717-4322.
Three-Seventy Common Kitchen + Drink hosts a special Sunday Social dinner specifically designed to be reminiscent of a classic Sunday family supper. From 4 p.m.-9 p.m., restaurant owner and executive chef Ryan Adams jettisons the restaurant's normal menu and prepares one rotating, multi-course dinner based on seasonality, fresh ingredients and the concept of comfort food. Prices vary. For a look at the weekly changing menu, please visit Three Seventy Common Kitchen + Drink, 370 Glenneyre St., Laguna Beach, CA 92651, 949-494-8686.

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