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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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Pacific Wine & Food Classic returns August 18-19 August 18-19
Food, wine, shore and sunshine converge at the second annual Pacific Wine & Food Classic. Held at Newport Dunes in Newport Beach, the two-day fête allows guests to enjoy seasonal bites from 60 OC chefs, along with California wines and handcrafted cocktails. Early bird tickets ($99 for single day, $139 for VIP; $189 for two-day ticket, $259 for VIP) are available through June 5, 2018. The event is slated for 2 p.m.-5 p.m. each day; VIPs can enter the event at 1 p.m. and access the Grassy VIP Gazebo Courtyard. Net proceeds will be given to Golden Rule, a local charity founded to give back and support those in need in the restaurant industry. For more information, visit the official website. Newport Dunes, 1131 Back Bay Dr., Newport Beach, CA 92660, 949-729-3863.
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.
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 4-7
The Newport Beach Wine & Food festival returns to provide four days of epicurean delights and culinary celebrity spotting. The fête will feature various gastronomic and oenophilic-driven events, from dinners put on by “Top Chef” alumni to a Grand Tasting offering tastes from restaurants and a variety of wines culled from top appellations. For more information, visit the official website


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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