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January 2009 Archive

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Openings

Prime Cut Café has opened in Orange's Stadium Promenade entertainment center. The 233-seat restaurant boasts a casual environment, value pricing, American comfort fare and an extensive wine list. Consulting chef Kelly Mullarney and executive chef Ronnie Arnold (formerly of hush and Motif) spent over a year developing the lunch and dinner menus, and much of the food is made from scratch such as house-smoked salmon, house-brined pork and Angus beef burger meat ground daily on site. Appetizers are meant to be shared and are designed to pair with wine. Choices include mini Gruyere and prosciutto sandwiches and five farm-style cheeses accompanied by honeycomb, candied nuts and artisan breads. The centerpiece of the dinner menu is the slow-roasted Prime rib, which comes in three cuts and with sides of Yorkshire pudding and creamed spinach. Prime Cut Café also features four signature steaks. More than 72 international wine labels are offered by the taste, flight, glass or bottle. Lunch & Dinner daily. Prime Cut CafĂ©, Stadium Promenade, 1547 W. Katella Ave., Orange, CA 92867, 714-532-4300.
 
Chef David Myers of Sona and Comme Ca has opened his first restaurant in Orange County: Pizzeria Ortica. Myers has partnered with chef Stephan Samson, who worked previously for Piero Selvaggio at Santa Monica's Valentino and Valentino Vegas, on this casual Italian pizzeria restaurant with wood-burning ovens and outdoor seating. Samson's roots are in Italy's Emilia-Romagna region and many of the recipes come from his mama's kitchen. Besides Napoli-style pizzas, the menu features Northern Italian pastas, lots of antipasti and piadine sandwiches at lunch. In Spring 2009, Myers will open Ortica, a sister restaurant to Pizzeria Ortica in Los Angeles that will offer an intimate 40-seat space to sample Italian cheeses, cured meats and wine. Read about Sophie Gayot's visit to Pizzeria Ortica on Gayot's blog. Pizzeria Ortica, 650 Anton Blvd., Ste. J, Costa Mesa, CA 92626, 714-445-4900.
 

News Bytes

Free Samples of New Breakfast Options at Panera Bread
On January 28, from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., Panera Bread will be giving free cups of its new Light and Dark Roast coffees and samples of its new breakfast options, which include three grilled Ciabatta breakfast sandwiches and the Strawberry Granola Parfait (made with Stonyfield Farm organic vanilla yogurt, maple butter pecan granola with whole grain oats and strawberries). Panera Bread is inviting each customer who tries a free cup of coffee to donate one dollar to the Operation Dough-Nation Community Breadbox, which will benefit a local charity of choice. For locations, please visit www.panerabread.com.
 
Sapphire Adds $10 Spice Plates Menu
Chef and proprietor Azmin Ghahreman of Sapphire Laguna has added 12 small "spice" plates to his early evening global tastes menu. Each plate costs no more than $10 and pairs well with Sapphire's signature cocktail or extensive wine-by-the-glass selections. Some of the new dishes include duck mole quesadilla, African red mango curried swordfish, Creole-spiced seared ahi, Tunisian Merguez kebab or a steamed cheeseburger with spicy mayonnaise. The new "spice plates" items are available daily from 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Sapphire Laguna, Old Pottery Place, 1200 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, CA 92651, 949-715-9888.
 
White House Celebrates Centennial All Year Long
Set in a charming 1909 home, the Anaheim White House this year celebrates the mansion's 100th anniversary. To celebrate, charming proprietor Bruno Serato is offering several promotions all year long. Each Friday evening in 2009, the White House prepares a four-course, prix-fixe dinner for $100 per couple ($50 per person). And every 100 days (July 19, October 27), the restaurant is giving away a $100 gift certificate to reservation-making guests only. Plus, anyone celebrating a centennial birthday in 2009 receives a free lunch (proof of birth required). Anaheim White House, 887 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, CA 92805, 714-772-1381.
 
Chef Navidi's Cookie Collaboration
Chef Adam Navidi of The Californian, which is a fine dining restaurant located inside The Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa, has teamed up with gift guru and style expert Diana Martin to provide homemade cookies and other treats for Martin's discerning gift clients. Martin's exclusive line of Chef Navidi's organic cookies inspired by his childhood features flavors like fresh ginger snaps, Meyer lemon madeleines and fig, blood orange and pistachio biscotti. The cookies arrive in custom, reusable paisley boxes and start at $20. To purchase these custom cookies and other gift items, visit www.dianamartingifts.com. The Californian, Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa, 21500 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, CA 92648, 714-845-4776.
 
Prestigious Hotelier Named GM at The Island Hotel
Longtime hotelier Richard Evanich has been named general manager of The Island Hotel Newport Beach. Formerly, Evanich has served as general manager for The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park, The Ritz-Carlton Battery Park and The Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common. In addition, he was the director of food and beverage for the New York Marriott Marquis Hotel and The Fairmont San Francisco. Evanich is also an accomplished chef who has studied culinary arts in Italy, France and Scottsdale, Ariz., and has worked as an executive chef at such resorts as Marriott Desert Springs Resort in Palm Desert, Maui Marriott Resort and Scottsdale's Camelback Inn. The Island Hotel Newport Beach, 690 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, CA 92660, 949-759-0808.
 


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