tastes and travel events

Enjoy Thanksgiving at the Charming 21 Oceanfront Restaurant

A Georgous Spot for Stellar Classic Cuisine We dine here often and have enjoyed wine dinners and Christmas Eve as well. This year, guests can enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner right here from 1:00-8:00pm and below I have the entire menu for your review. (I will update with the Christmas Eve menu when that gets closer on the calendar.)

When we climb the short flight of stairs, we see an elegant dining room before us. It is elevated ever-so-slightly...

It’s TONIGHT…. Join The 1 Year Celebration at YNK @ Irvine Marriott

It’s a party!!! They are going to take guests on a “celebratory journey” at YNK, which stands for, You Never Know. And you really don’t. It is ever changing. Every three months they feature a different iconic city or region from around the globe with videos on the walls, and specialty hand-crafted cocktails specific to that spot! You will actually think you are there! Are you ready? Next they will feature Amsterdam!

The event is open to the...

Pacific Wine and Food Classic Event- 2017

Mark Your Calendars---August 19-20, 2017th for the first of many summer “Pacific Wine and Food Classic” events. It will be a food and wine extravaganza at Newport Dunes in Newport Beach, CA. Calling all “food & wine aficionados” who will experience a world-class culinary event! This event is the perfect Southern California weekend, on the sand in the Back Bay of Newport Beach. Cool ocean breezes, jazzy tunes and premium food & drink.

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9th Annual Lobsterfest at Newport Dunes Aug.6th

Mark your calendars! Sunday, August 6, 2017, from 3-8pm will be the 9th Annual Lobsterfest at Newport Dunes.
Fresh Lobster and many other delicious items are on the menu---plus music, dancing and best of all this benefits two
fantastic charities: Make-A-Wish® Foundation and Leadership Tomorrow.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.LobsterfestAtNewportBeach.com .

The Event Happenings- Live Whole Maine Lobster flown in fresh on the morning of...

North Italia Restaurant Launches Special Community Wine Dinners

North Italia hit the scene with a big splash here in Irvine. An instantly popular spot, we quickly forgot that California Pizza Kitchen existed in this spot previously. The dining room is ginormous with lots of seating options---from intimate two-tops, to huge round tables, and long tables for bigger groups.. The large glass wall allows guests to peek in where all the action is happening in the kitchen. There is a wrap-around patio, and the bar features large windows that fold skyward---...

A Great Pairing! Rombauer Wine Dinner at 21 Oceanfront

It is always great when two wonderful things are paired together, and this is the case here with this announcement. On Tuesday, June 20th at 6:30pm my favorite vineyard, Rombauer in Napa Valley, and 21 Oceanfront will be presenting an exceptional Wine Dinner at their restaurant. The guest speaker escorting us through this dinner will be Dan Redman. He is the Pacific Southwest Regional Manager for Rombauer Vineyards. The cost for the four-course dinner with wine pairings is $99 per...

Celebrating “All Our Senses” at The Irvine Marriott

I recently attended a fantastic event at the Irvine Marriott to unveil their new renovation and you will want to make it a point to stop in ASAP! They were showing off a recent mega-renovation with an incredibly hip new look.  The event focused on “all of our senses”. Chefs escorted us thru---the sense of smell, sound, feel, and so forth with small bites and sips along the way. An A cappella group serenaded us as well. It was such fun and this unique event idea allowed us to visit...

Bistango Welcomes Artists & Guests For “Meet & Greet” on Saturday 4/8

The public is invited to meet the exhibiting painters and other artists at this special showing. This is a quarterly event and this spring one will be held at Bistango Restaurant in Irvine this Saturday, April 8th, 2017 from 3:00 – 5:00pm. (RSVP’s are highly recommended.)

Some of the region’s top artists including photographer Tom Lamb, sculptors Jayne Reich and Steven Lustig, and mixed media artist Mia Tavonatti will be on hand to meet with...

Special Event at Roger’s Garden- Thursday, March 23rd

Celebrate The Unveiling of Spring at Roger’s Gardens & Farmhouse Restaurant! Just walking the pathways at Roger’s Gardens is so inspiring to anyone who loves flowers, the bounty of floral displays, gardening and just cherishes the joys of spring.

Special Event: Join the experts at Roger’s Gardens on Thursday, March 23 from 5:00 to 8:00pm. The event fee is $25 per person, and tickets can be purchased here. A portion of proceeds will be donated to The...

Table For Ten- Chef’s Create Elegant Dinner for Charity

Sunday was the “11th Annual Table For Ten” event held at the Laguna Cliffs Marriott. A total of 340 guests raised over $300,000 for two worthy causes. The event benefits these two groups throughout the year--- The Teen Project & the Vocational Visions organizations.

“Table for 10” is an extraordinary culinary adventure, which showcased 35 of Southern California’s top chefs. The black tie evening begins with a festive cocktail reception and top-drawer live...