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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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Cheese Takeovers continue at SideDoor February 20, March 20, April 17
SideDoor's monthly Cheese Takeovers continue the third Wednesday of each month at 4:30 p.m. with artisanal cheeses from boutique creameries in California and beyond. Cheesemonger Tracy Nelsen will be on hand to educate guests. The featured cheeses will also find their way into select SideDoor menu items for that evening only. Upcoming events include February 20th (English Cheeses), March 20th (Hook’s Cheese, Mineral Pt., WI) and April 17th (Pennyroyal Farm, Boonville, CA). A five-piece cheese board costs $28. SideDoor, Five Crowns, 3801 E. Coast Hwy., Corona Del Mar, CA 92625, 949-717-4322.
February 27
Oak Grill, the flagship restaurant at Newport Beach’s Fashion Island Hotel, is hosting a special Louis XIII dinner. The celebrated Cognac anchors a sumptuous five-course meal carefully paired with hand-picked selections from the Napa winery Pahlmeyer. Courses include duck two ways with roasted maitake mushrooms and Meyer lemon gold leaf; black truffle short rib with foie gras and black truffle jus; and chocolate soufflé with bourbon crème anglaise paired with Louis XIII. Individual guests and couples will receive an engraved bottle of Louis XIII at the end of the evening. Cost is $3,500 per person and $3,750 per couple, excluding tax and gratuity. For more information, visit the restaurant’s website. Oak Grill, Fashion Island Hotel, 690 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, CA 92660, 949-760-4920.
March 2
The 6th Annual Napa in Newport event returns to the Monarch Beach Resort. Attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy a night of indulging in numerous acclaimed cult wines and a special multi-course meal prepared by Napa celebrity chef Casey Thompson. Select wineries include Arrow & Branch, Hobel Wines, Joseph Phelps Vineyards, Melka Estates and Vineyard 29. Guests will also have the chance to participate in a live auction. Cost is $800. Proceeds benefit CureDuchenne, a non-profit devoted to finding a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. The event is slated to run from 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Visit the website for more information.
March 3-9
Orange County Restaurant Week returns to highlight the county’s diverse dining scene. Now in its 11th year, the week sees 125 restaurants spread throughout Orange County dishing up special prix-fixe multi-course menus designed to encourage patrons to explore new avenues of local culinary expression. Participating restaurants include Angelina's Pizzeria Napoletana, Bluegold, Farmhouse at Roger’s Gardens, Juliette Kitchen and Bar and Pizzeria Mozza. Prix-fixe lunch menus range from $10-$25, and prix-fixe dinner menus range from $20-$50. For more information, please visit the official website.
May 5
Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry will hold its Orange County fundraiser at Montage Laguna Beach. Enjoy food and drinks from more than 50 chefs and bartenders. The cost is $250 for general admission (3 p.m.-7:30 p.m.) and $275 for VIP admission (2:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.). 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.
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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