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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.


November 30
Break of Dawn in Laguna Hills is hosting “Fifi’s Best,” a special pop-up dinner honoring the memory of the legendary Orange County food writer and journalist Fifi Chao. At the event, guests will partake in an eight-course collaborative feast prepared by several of Orange County’s most celebrated chefs in tribute to Chao, who recently lost her battle with cancer. Chefs joining Break of Dawn’s executive chef Dee Nguyen include Amar Santana from Vaca and Broadway by Amar Santana; Yvon Goetz from The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar; Rainer Schwarz from Hendrix and Driftwood Kitchen; and Greg Daniels from Haven Gastropub. Cost is $200; proceeds will go toward Fifi’s family. Dinner is slated to begin at 6 p.m. Seats are limited. For more information, please e-mail chef Nguyen directly at Break of Dawn, Laguna Hills Mall, 24291 Avenida De La Carlota, Ste. P4, Laguna Hills, CA 92653, 949-587-9418.
December 1
Santa Ana restaurant Mix Mix Kitchen Bar is hosting a soirée to celebrate its one year anniversary. Guests will be able to enjoy a special five-course dinner prepared by owner-executive chef Ross Pangilinan highlighting various aspects of his New American cuisine. The evening will begin with a welcome cocktail, whole roasted lechon and signature hors d’oeuvres. Cost of the dinner is $85, not including tax and gratuity. The dinner is slated to start at 7 p.m. Seats are limited to 40 guests. Reservations must be made in advance by e-mailing Mix Mix Kitchen Bar, 300 N. Main St., Santa Ana, CA 92701, 714-836-5158.
January 20
The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar in Tustin is hosting the 2nd Annual Taste of Orange Coast fundraiser. At this event, guests will have the opportunity to indulge in exclusive wine tastings from some of Napa’s top wineries, including Cakebread Cellars, St. Supery Vineyards and Martin Ray Winery. Guests will also enjoy savory bites, a whiskey presentation and live music, and will have the opportunity to participate in a silent auction. Cost is $200, with proceeds supporting Orange Coast Medical Center. The event is slated to run from 3 p.m.-6 p.m. The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar, The District at Tustin Legacy, 2647 Park Ave., Tustin, CA 92782, 714-258-7600.


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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