tastes and travel events

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...

Try A NEW Restaurant and OC Restaurant Week Has The Perfect Recipe!

From now through this Saturday, March 11th, 2017 do step out and enjoy some of over 100 different restaurants who have created lunch and dinner prix fixe menus.

From north county down to San Juan Capistrano, Orange County's favorite restaurants are dishing up delicious food at fantastic prices until March 11th. So get out there and enjoy this delicious fun! The prix fixe menus are priced at $10, $15 and $20 per person for lunch, and $20, $30, $40 and $50...

NEWPORT BEACH RESTAURANT WEEK IS ALMOST HERE!!!

Actually it will be two weeks long. Kicking off Monday, January 16 and continuing through Sunday, January 29, this program offers 14 days of exciting culinary offerings. From fast-casual hotspots, to elevated, upscale fine dining experiences. All participating restaurants will offer special, two-or three-course, prix fixe menus priced between $10 and $25 for lunch and $20 to $50 for dinner.

The web site is great and allows the reader to sort by cuisine, price point,...

ChefSchool… Where “Hand’s On” Makes All The Difference

Working with kids, teens and adults, Heidi Ristau and her team at ChefSchool offer an array of classes that offer important techniques, cooking skills and making the experience of cooking fun too. And what better way to do this than through a hand’s on experience? In a comfortable setting, students learn knife skill, how to make fruit galettes, rolling beet ricotta gnocchi, cooking chicken, holiday cookies and so many other things.

Heidi is caring, organized and makes all of her courses...

Gobble Up This Year’s Delicious Dining Options in Newport Beach

As the calendar tick-tocks down to Thursday, November 24th Thanksgiving planning is in full-swing. Here we have gathered some interesting and flexible options to help friends and families who may want to step away from the oven and let someone else do the cooking. We have uncovered some excellent value menus, brunches, sit down dinners, harbor dinner cruises and even some gourmet “to go” options. Hosts can go from zero to hero with one simple phone call. We do suggest making...