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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.


February 22
The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar in Tustin is hosting a winter truffle dinner. Guests will be able to indulge in a seven-course menu carefully curated to highlight the decadence of the highly desirable ingredient. Select courses include black truffle caviar and house-cured sturgeon scrambled eggs with triple cream Brie-chervil brioche grilled cheese; 30-day dry-aged New York Rossini with foie gras and black truffle essence; and dark chocolate-Nutella layered torte with black truffle snow. Cost is $195 per guest, excluding tax and tip. Dinner is slated to start at 6 p.m. Visit the restaurant’s website for more information. The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar, The District at Tustin Legacy, 2647 Park Ave., Tustin, CA 92782, 714-258-7600.
February 25
The Gray Event fundraiser returns to Cafe Jardin at Sherman Library & Gardens in Corona Del Mar. Created by Orange County chef Pascal Olhats, the event is an evening of food, wine and entertainment designed to promote and support the need to prevent the abuse of Asian elephants in Thailand. Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy a cocktail reception, a silent auction, live music and a cooking demonstration, capped off by a four-course dinner. Cost is $250 for the reception and dinner, and $125 for the reception only. All proceeds go to the Save Elephant Foundation. The reception is slated to begin at 4:30 p.m., and dinner is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. Visit the event website for more information. Cafe Jardin, Sherman Gardens, 2647 E. Coast Hwy., Corona del Mar, CA 92625, 949-673-0033.
March 3
The 4th Annual Napa in Newport fundraiser returns to The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel. Guests attending the charitable event will have the opportunity to indulge in a Grand Tasting of 40 different fine and collectible Napa Valley wines, including cult favorites like PlumpJack Estate Winery, Melka Wines and Vérité. This tasting will be followed up by a specially curated wine-pairing dinner created by Napa Rose executive chef Andrew Sutton. Guests will also have the chance to participate in a live auction. Cost is $650, with proceeds going to CureDuchenne, a non-profit devoted to fighting Duchenne muscular dystrophy. The event is slated to run from 4:30 p.m.-10 p.m. Visit the event website for more information. Napa in Newport, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, 1 Ritz-Carlton Dr., Dana Point, CA 92629, 949-240-2000.
March 4-10
Orange County Restaurant Week returns from March 4-10. Now in its 10th year, the weeklong fête features 100 of OC’s finest and most popular restaurants offering multi-course prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus, with prices ranging from $10 to $20 for lunch, and $20 to $50 for dinner. Participating venues include Back Bay Bistro, Five Crowns, Ironwood, Mix Mix Kitchen Bar and Selanne Steak Tavern. For more information, visit the event website.
March 24
Firkfest returns to Farmers Park at Anaheim Packing House. At this annual event, beer aficionados can enjoy limitless pours of specially made casks of craft beers, created by over 30 of Southern California’s most prestigious independent breweries. Participants include Bottle Logic, Noble Ale Works, Pizza Port Brewing Company, Beachwood Brewing and Barley Forge Brewing Company. Guests will also be able to enjoy international bites from local venues, including Adya, Iron Press and Pour Vida Latin Flavor. Cost is $40 for early bird purchases, $55 for regular purchases and $15 for designated drivers. The event is scheduled from noon to 4 p.m. For more information, visit the event website. Anaheim Packing House, 440 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, CA 92805, 714-533-7225.


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.
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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