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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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March 8-14
Orange County Restaurant Week takes place from March 8-14, 2020. This event offers diners the opportunity to indulge in specially priced menus from a variety of area restaurants. Meals are available in various price categories: $10-$25 for lunch and $25-$50 for dinner. For more information, visit the official website
Masters of Taste will return on April 5, 2020 (Photo courtesy of Masters of Taste) April 5
Masters of Taste outdoor food and beverage festival will return to the Rose Bowl Stadium at 4 p.m. (3 p.m. start for VIP ticketholders). Enjoy fare from chefs and restaurants, including host chef Vanda Asapahu (Ayara Thai Cuisine), along with cocktails and tastings from bars, wineries and local craft breweries. Early bird pricing is $89 for general admission and $149 for VIP admission. Proceeds will benefit Union Station Homeless Services. For more information, visit the official website
August 28-29
The California Wine Festival returns to Dana Point with two distinct events. Guests attending the Sunset Rare & Reserve Tasting at Laguna Cliffs Marriott on August 28 will get the opportunity to enjoy hard-to-secure sips from several of California’s top wineries. Attendees at the Beachside Wine Festival on August 29 will have the chance to taste a wide range of wines and regional craft beers against the palm tree-dotted ocean backdrop of Lantern Bay Park. Local restaurants will serve bites to pair with the wines; participants include Trevor’s At The Tracks, K’ya Bistro, Gemmell’s and Mozambique. Visit here for more information, including ticket prices. Laguna Cliffs Marriott, 25135 Park Lantern, Dana Point, 949-661-5000; Lantern Bay Park, 25111 Park Lantern, Dana Point.


Farmhouse at Roger’s Gardens hosts a Meet the Makers dinner series, a monthly gathering that aims to celebrate local food and drink purveyors. Guests will have the chance to meet a rotating list of winemakers, farmers, distillers, fishermen and other innovators connected with the industry. Executive chef Rich Mead will also prepare a special beverage-pairing small plates menu that will highlight the purveyors’ handiwork. For more information, visit the restaurant’s website. Farmhouse at Roger's Gardens, Roger's Gardens, 2301 San Joaquin Hills Rd., Corona Del Mar, CA 92625, 949-640-1415.
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar in Newport Beach offers a dining option dubbed the Chef’s Tasting Experience. Chef-partner Kevin Monahan, who honed his skills under José Andrés at The Bazaar by José Andrés in Los Angeles, creates a monthly-changing menu featuring dishes and preparations that are unique from the regular menu, yet comfortably reside within the venue’s steakhouse milieu. The menu consists of soup or salad, two entrées and a side. Cost is $75 per guest, excluding tax and gratuity. Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Fashion Island, 455 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, CA 92660, 949-720-9633.
EATS Kitchen & Bar offers an All You Can Eat mussels special on Wednesdays. Guests that show up at the Hotel Irvine’s flagship restaurant can indulge in as many locally sourced mussels as they’d like to enjoy for $12. The offer may not be combined with any other offer or promotion. Visit here for more details. Eats Kitchen & Bar, Hotel Irvine, 17900 Jamboree Rd., Irvine, CA 92614, 949-230-4452.