Orange County Food Events
July 8-September 1
The Capital Grille in Costa Mesa rolls out its annual summer wine special, The Generous Pour. Patrons of the South Coast Plaza venue have the opportunity to sample up to seven acclaimed Napa/Sonoma wines with a dinner purchase, with each wine specifically picked to highlight the connection that exists between the land and the wine. Wineries include Stonestreet, Maggy Hawk, Arrowood and Freemark Abbey. Cost is $28, not including the cost of food. The Capital Grille, South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, CA 92626, 714-432-1140.
Brew Ha Ha Craft Beer Festival will celebrate its 10th anniversary with more than 160 craft beers from 80 breweries, plus food trucks, family-friendly activities and live performances from The Aquabats, Save Ferris and other ska bands. The event will take place at Oak Canyon Park, kicking off at noon for general admission and 11 a.m. for VIP. To enjoy unlimited beer samples, purchase general admission tickets for $45 per person or VIP tickets are $65 per person. A portion of the proceeds will go to Big Brother Big Sister of Orange County and Inland Empire. Non-tasting tickets, which include complimentary soft drinks, are available to all ages for $25. Kids 7 and under get in free with an adult ticket holder. For more details, visit the official website.
Montage Laguna Beach says farewell to summer with a special al fresco lobster boil dinner. Patrons attending the fête can enjoy a traditional lobster-centric, family-style feast, served on long communal tables overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The meal will be paired with selections from Napa winery ZD Wines. Cost is $175. Dinner is slated to start at 5:45 p.m. Visit here for more information.
The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel presents the Pacific Northwest Seafood Celebration, part of its Culinary Cookout Series 2019 on the oceanfront Dana Lawn. From 6 p.m.-9 p.m., guests can enjoy delicacies including a raw bar with crab claws, oysters and shrimp, as well as dishes like hickory elk ribs with blackberry relish; halibut cheek with charred leek, fennel, and wild mushrooms; and seasonal house-made desserts. Cost of the event is $125 per person, inclusive of tax and gratuity. Visit the official website for more information. The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, 1 Ritz-Carlton Dr., Dana Point, CA 92629, 949-240-2000.
Take a trip south of the border for the Valle Food & Wine Festival, hosted by chefs Nancy Silverton and Javier Plascencia in Valle de Guadalupe, Baja California, Mexico. Top chefs from as far as Mexico City and New York City will come together to celebrate the cuisine and wines of Baja California. The event also includes live music and dancing, artisan vendors, mezcal tastings, live painting and a charity spin-the-wheel benefiting Corazón de Vida Foundation. Ticket prices vary. For more information, visit the official website.
The Sixth Annual Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival’s Grand Tasting Event returns to the Newport Beach Civic Center. Guests attending the two-day event will have the opportunity to enjoy bites from several top OC restaurants, indulge in sips from acclaimed wineries, and take in cooking demos from celebrity chefs. Participating restaurants include Bourbon Steak, Leatherby’s Cafe Rouge and Andrea. Two-day tickets are $250, and single-day tickets are $150. Each day is slated to run from 3p.m.-6:30 p.m. For more information, please visit the official website. Dinner nightly.
The Newport Coast property Pelican Hill Resort is hosting a special JUSTIN Isosceles vertical library tasting. Guests will have the opportunity to sample six different expressions of the legendary Central Coast Bordeaux-style wine. The winery’s eponymous founder Justin Baldwin and Master Sommelier Joe Spellman will also be on hand to discuss the different vintages. Attendees will also be granted admission to the Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival’s Grand Tasting Event on that same day. Tickets are $295. Space is limited. The event is slated to run from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. For more information, please visit the official website. Pelican Hill Resort, 22701 S Pelican Hill Rd., Newport Coast, CA 92657, 888-507-6427.
The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel presents Coastal Brews & Bites, part of its Culinary Cookout Series 2019 on the oceanfront Dana Lawn. This round-about tasting event will be held from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. and will feature global-inspired street fare paired with local craft beer. Among the food stations will be a bratwurst and pretzel bar, wild game barbecue, fish and chips, and Latin-inspired tapas. Guests will also enjoy live music and lawn games. Cost of the event is $90 per person, inclusive of tax and gratuity. A cash bar will also be available. Visit the official website for more information. The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, 1 Ritz-Carlton Dr., Dana Point, CA 92629, 949-240-2000.
The worlds of food and wine come together at the California Wine Festival in Huntington Beach. The two-day event includes a Sunset Rare & Reserve Tasting ($110) and the Beachside Wine Festival (starting at $70), featuring hundreds of California wines along with samples of artisanal cheeses, breads, olive oil, chocolates, cakes and more. A multi-day pass is also available. Designated drivers can purchase discounted tickets. 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.
Nobu in Newport Beach hosts Wagyu Whiskey Wednesday in celebration of summer. The sleek waterfront venue serves up an eclectic array of Wagyu-centric dishes designed to pair with a selection of Japanese whiskeys and Japanese whiskey cocktails. Select bites include Wagyu tacos, Wagyu carpaccio with wasabi aïoli, and Wagyu nigiri. A DJ provides tunes to set the mood for the see-and-be-seen crowd. 6 p.m. to close. Nobu, Lido Marina Village, 3450 Via Oporto, Ste. 101, Newport Beach, CA 92663, 949-429-4440.
Monarch Beach Resort’s Mediterranean restaurant AVEO Table + Bar hosts a weekly paella and sangría event. Parties of two or four that arrive at the Dana Point venue will have the chance to sit amid ocean views and indulge in an all-inclusive dinner built around chef Donald Lockhart’s shellfish paella, a dish featuring shrimp, scallops, clams, mussels and chorizo served with Spanish saffron rice. The meal comes with the choice of red or white sangría. Cost is $99 for two people, $198 for four. Visit the restaurant’s website for more information. AVEO Table + Bar, Monarch Beach Resort, 1 Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point, CA 92629, 949-234-3900.
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 www.370common.com. Three Seventy Common Kitchen + Drink, 370 Glenneyre St., Laguna Beach, CA 92651, 949-494-8686.
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