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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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October 19-21
The Taste Costa Mesa, an Orange County offshoot of the popular Los Angeles culinary event The Taste, is coming to The MET complex. Presented by the Los Angeles Times, the fête consists of a trio of tasting events emphasizing the diversity of the Orange County dining scene. Each one lets guests enjoy unlimited tastings from a host of OC restaurants, sips of seasonal cocktails and live cooking demonstrations. Participating restaurants include Taco Maria, LSXO, Cucina Enoteca, ADYA, Clay Oven, Irenia and Leatherby’s Cafe Rouge. Tickets are $100, with a $10 discount offered to L.A. Times subscribers. The 10/19 and 10/20 events are scheduled to run from 6 p.m.-9 p.m.; the 10/21 event is slated to run from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Visit the website for more information. The Taste Costa Mesa, The MET, 535 Anton Blvd., Costa Mesa, CA 92626, no phone.
October 24
Journeyman's Food + Drink in Fullerton is hosting a “Conventionally Unconventional” wine dinner featuring the wines of Michael David Winery. Executive chef Zach Geerson is creating six courses of contemporary cuisine designed to push the boundaries of culinary perception. Each dish will be paired with a carefully curated selection from the Lodi winery. Select courses include smoked grilled clam with garlic, lavender, fennel and preserved lemon; five variations of duck with cassis and tobacco; and stew of venison with “flavors of what it might eat.” Cost is $130 per person. Tax and service charge included. Visit here to purchase tickets. Journeyman's Food + Drink, The Hotel Fullerton, 1500 S. Raymond Ave., Fullerton, CA 92831, 714-635-9025.
November 4
Adjoining restaurants Driftwood Kitchen and The Deck on Laguna Beach join forces to host the 6th Annual Champagne & Oyster Sip & Shuck fundraising event. Guests attending the fundraiser will have the opportunity to explore an eclectic array of hand-shucked oysters as they enjoy Champagne, sparkling wines and spirits. Executive chef Rainer Schwarz will also be on hand to prepare sumptuous bites from both venues as well as nibbles from his sister restaurant, Hendrix. Cost is $125, and $150 for VIP early entry. Proceeds benefit CASA of Orange County, a non-profit child welfare system advocacy group. The event is slated to run from 2 p.m.-6 p.m.; VIPs can enter the event at 1 p.m. Visit the event website for more information. 6th Annual Champagne & Oyster Sip & Shuck, Pacific Edge Hotel, 619 Sleepy Hollow Lane, Laguna Beach, CA 92651, 949-715-7700.
November 15
WATERTABLE, the flagship restaurant at Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa, is hosting a special wine pairing dinner celebrating the 50th anniversary of ZD Wines. Executive chef Manfred Lassahn will be presenting a four-course dinner carefully designed to pair with selections from the Napa winery, and winery president Brett deLeuze will be on hand to discuss the wines served. Select courses include grilled tiger prawns with gooseberry sauce, pear, chicories and red pepper tuile; roasted pork tenderloin with cherry demi sauce and morel mushrooms; and pan-seared duck breast with fig port wine reduction, celery root purée and chorizo. Cost is $125 per guest, plus tax and gratuity. For more information, visit the restaurant website. WATERTABLE, Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa, 21500 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, CA 92648, 714-698-1234.
December 8
The Brew Ho Ho Holiday Ale Festival returns to The Phoenix Club in Anaheim. Attendees at the 7th annual fundraising event will have the opportunity to partake in unlimited samples of more than 100 local and regional beers, including several seasonal creations. Guests can also enjoy live music, dancing, games, and a cigar bar, and they’ll be able to purchase food from a variety of food trucks. Tickets cost $55, with proceeds benefiting the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County and Inland Empire. The event is slated to run from 12 p.m.-4 p.m. Visit the website for more information. 7th Annual Brew Ho Ho Holiday Ale Festival, The Phoenix Club, 1340 S. Sanderson Ave., Anaheim, CA 92806, 714-563-4166.


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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