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Orange County Food 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.

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September 7
The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel is hosting Pacific Northwest Seafood Celebration. From 6 p.m.-9 p.m., guests can enjoy delicacies including a raw bar with oysters on the half shell, followed by cedar plank salmon, clams and mussels, and lamb chorizo. Accompaniments will include figs, a foraged mushrooms medley, smoked charcoal potatoes, and cream braised fennel. Cost of the event is $150 per person, inclusive of tax and gratuity. Visit the official website for more information. The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, 1 Ritz-Carlton Dr., Dana Point, CA 92629, 949-240-2000.
Chef Daniel Boulud created THE UMAMI FRENCHIE for UMAMI BURGER Through September 14
French chef Daniel Boulud (of Daniel in New York City, one of GAYOT's Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S.) pioneered the "Gourmet Burger Revolution." So, it’s only natural that on Bastille Day, July 14, 2018, he launched "THE UMAMI FRENCHIE" with the famous UMAMI BURGER chain. (The timing was lucky as France won the 2018 FIFA World Cup the next day!) Discover the tasty burger, presented by Boulud himself, in this video. Then, go try it for yourself at UMAMI BURGER in Costa Mesa, Anaheim and Irvine. Part of UMAMI BURGER's Artist Series, "THE UMAMI FRENCHIE" ($18) will be available until September 14th. One dollar from each burger sold will benefit charitable organization Citymeals, which provides a lifeline of nourishing meals and vital companionship to New York City’s homebound elderly. Umami Burger, The Camp, 2981 Bristol St., Ste. B2, Costa Mesa, CA 92626, 714-957-8626.
September 15
The Ecology Center in San Juan Capistrano is hosting its 10th annual Green Feast, a special outdoor dining event celebrating the connection between chefs and purveyors. Several of Orange County’s top chefs will come together to prepare a special multi-course meal emphasizing the use of local, fresh and sustainable ingredients, which will be served to guests outdoors in the shadow of the center’s active farmlands. Participating chefs include Rich Mead from Farmhouse at Roger’s Gardens, Ryan Adams from Three Seventy Common Kitchen + Drink, David Pratt from Brick, and Amy Lebrun from Lido Bottle Works. Cost is $350, and $325 for Ecology Center members. Dinner is slated to commence at 5 p.m. Visit the website for more information.
September 30
Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa hosts the Annual Golden Foodie Awards. Nicknamed the “People’s Choice Food Awards,” the event will honor some of Orange County’s most esteemed restaurants and culinary talent in an elegant awards ceremony. For more information visit the official website. Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa, 900 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, CA 92660, 949-640-4000.
October 6-7
The 5th Annual Newport Beach Wine & Food festival returns to the Newport Beach Civic Center to host its Grand Tasting event. Guests attending the two-day fête will have the chance to indulge in bites from several of Newport Beach and Orange County’s restaurants, catch celebrity chef demos, and sample endless pours of California wines. Select restaurants include Marché Moderne, Nobu Newport Beach, Andrea, Bourbon Steak and Mix Mix Kitchen Bar. The event is slated to run from 3 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. each day; VIPs are able to enter the event at 2:30 p.m. Tickets range from $200 - $295 on Saturday, and $150 - $200 on Sunday. Visit the website for more information. Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival Grand Tasting, Newport Beach Civic Center, 100 Civic Center Dr., Newport Beach, CA 92660, no phone.


320 Main in Seal Beach offers happy hour Tuesday through Saturday 3 p.m.-6 p.m., as well as all day on Sundays. (There's also late-night specials from 9 p.m. to closing Tuesday through Thursday.) Partake in $5 cocktails, beers and select wines and $6-$8 appetizers (shishito peppers, buffalo chicken cheeseburger sliders). 320 Main, 320 Main St., Seal Beach, CA 90740, 562-799-6246.
Marché Moderne offers a special Spontanée Menu on Mondays Mondays
Marché Moderne, the French restaurant from owner/chefs Florent and Amelia Marneauin, offers a special Spontanée Menu on Mondays. The three-course prix-fixe menu ($38 for food only) changes weekly. Add a carafe of wine for $18. Marché Moderne, Crystal Cove Shopping Center, 7862 E. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, CA 92657, 714-434-7900.
EATS Kitchen + Bar, the flagship eatery in the Hotel Irvine, features happy hour daily from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Enjoy bites starting at $3 (fries, wings, garlic tots, etc.), along with $4 draft beers, $5 cocktails (blackberry mule, prickly pear margarita, etc.) and $6 glasses of wine. EATS Kitchen + Bar, Hotel Irvine, 17900 Jamboree Rd., Irvine, CA 92614, 949-230-4452.
On Sundays, Fullerton locals can receive 20% off their check at the romantic restaurant The Cellar. (The discount does not apply to the prix-fixe menu.) The Cellar, Villa del Sol Shopping Center, 305 N. Harbor Blvd., Fullerton, CA 92832, 714-525-5682.
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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