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September 2014 Archive

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Openings

Cucina Enoteca has rolled out a second Orange County location Cucina Enoteca has rolled out a second Orange County location, in Newport Beach’s famed shopping center Fashion Island. Like the original OC space, the new space features an array of rustic Italian cuisine and an extensive list of wines that may be purchased at retail prices. Cucina Enoteca, Fashion Island, 401 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, CA 92660, 949-706-1416.
 

News Bytes

Roast chicken and frites from the Frites Grill menu at Mimi’s Cafe Frites Grill Menu at Mimi's Cafe
Chef Katie Sutton, the head of the culinary team at Mimi’s Cafe restaurants, spent two months in France perfecting her version of the French frite that’s crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. The results can now be found on the Frites Grill menu, offering steak frites, grilled salmon & frites, grilled chicken & frites, mussels & frites, and roasted chicken & frites. For more information and locations, visit www.mimiscafe.com
 
Andrea at The Resort at Pelican Hill offers a two-course express menu at lunch Two-Course Lunch Express Menu at Andrea
Andrea, the flagship restaurant of The Resort at Pelican Hill, offers a two-course menu espresso (express menu) at lunch served in 45 minutes or less Wednesday through Sunday. Diners select one appetizer, soup or salad to begin, followed by one hand-made pasta dish or lunch entrée. The meal concludes with coffee service. The cost is $45 per person, plus tax and gratuity Andrea, The Resort at Pelican Hill, 22701 Pelican Hill Rd. S., Newport Coast, CA 92657, 949-467-6800.
 
La Brea Bakery Café oatmeal-raisin cookies help raise money for Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Cookies for a Cause
During the month of September, La Brea Bakery Café is donating $1 from the sale of every $4 specially marked two-pack of oatmeal-raisin cookies to Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign to help fight childhood hunger. Each dollar can help connect a child with up to 10 meals. For more information about the No Kid Hungry campaign, visit www.nokidhungry.org. La Brea Bakery Café, Downtown Disney, 1556 S. Disneyland Dr., Anaheim, CA 92802, 714-490-0233.
 
French Pop-Up at Little Sparrow
Little Sparrow is hosting their own pop-up restaurant concept within the confines of its downtown Santa Ana restaurant. The pop-up concept will be based exclusively on French cuisine, as created by the restaurant’s executive chef Eric Samaniego. Select menu items will include skate grenobloise, moules frites, coq au vin and steak au poivre. For more information, visit www.littlesparrowcafe.com. Little Sparrow, 300 N. Main St., Santa Ana, CA 92701, 714-265-7640.
 
Bistango Gardens Menu Debuts
Bistango, the sleek contemporary restaurant situated in the heart of Irvine’s classic business district, has created a special Bistango Gardens menu; a mélange of modern bites, craft beers, and carefully chosen wine selections designed to capture the metropolitan essence of the surrounding area. Guests can lounge in relaxing, earth-toned furniture and indulge in light modern fare such as hummus with kalamata olive, feta cheese and olive oil; Peruvian ceviche served with red onion, cilantro, and lime juice; and lamb sliders with goat cheese, arugula, and brandied balsamic cherries. For more information, please visit www.bistango.com. Bistango, The Atrium Building, 19100 Von Karman Ave., Irvine, CA 92612, 949-752-5222.
 


Chef Shuffle

Roy Hendrickson has left his post as executive chef at Zimzala, the flagship restaurant at the Shorebreak Hotel in Huntington Beach. Hendrickson has migrated south to San Diego, where he oversees the kitchen at Vessel Restaurant, the flagship eatery at the Kona Kai Resort & Marina. The replacement for Hendrickson has not been officially announced. Zimzala, Shorebreak Hotel, 500 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, CA 92648, 714-861-4470.
 

 

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