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Thursday, October 19, 2017

World Food Championships starts on November 9, 2017 in Orange Beach, Alabama

Jodi Taffel's Signature Dish for the 2016 Bacon World Championship

World Food Championships is ready to take over The Wharf in Orange Beach, AL in 3 weeks. Home cooks and professional chefs from around the world will meet and compete in the Ultimate Food Fight. You can join in as a spectator and watch me in the World Recipe Championship. You can also be a part of the events taking place during the World Food Championships.

Lisa Keys preparing her Cubano during the 2016 World Sandwich Championship
Fun facts about the 2016 World Food Championships:

  • 419 teams (38% culinary chefs, 22% home cooks, and 38% competition teams)
  • 14 countries and 48 states represented
  • $17,000 raised for charities
  • $350,000 prize purse
  • 22,000 attendees
  • 94 brands involved
  • 8 culinary schools involved
  • 12,000 pounds of food donated


Jodi Taffel's Top 10 Dish for the 2016 Bacon World Championship
Here’s a look at what you can expect to see and do this year from Thursday, November 9 through Sunday, November 12:



Lisa Key's Cubano Turn-In for the 2016 World Sandwich Championship
Competitions in the Kitchen Area and with a prize purse of $300,000:

  • World Barbeque Championship
  • World Open Chili Championship
  • World Burger Championship
  • World Dessert Championship
  • World Sandwich Championship
  • Bacon World Championship
  • World Recipe Championship (Cheer me on!)
  • World Invitational Steak Championship
  • World Seafood Championship
  • World Chef Challenge


Hope to see you there!

For more information:
23101 Canal Rd.
Orange Beach, AL 36561

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Inaugural OC BrewersMash on October 20, 2017 at the Fullerton Arboretum

Courtesy of OC Brewers Guild
The Orange County Brewers Guild is hosting their inaugural OC BrewersMash on Friday, October 20, 2017 from 6pm to 9:30pm at the Fullerton Arboretum. There will be over 35 local breweries serving more than 70 craft beers, food trucks, beer apparel vendors, homebrew demonstrations, live entertainment, and more.

Since the OC Brewers Mash falls towards the end of October, a Halloween theme will be taking over the festival. Costumed brewers will pour special releases crafted especially for the OC BrewersMash.

List of breweries (as of 10/10/2017):

  • All-American Ale Works
  • Anaheim Brewery
  • Artifex Brewing
  • Asylum Brewing
  • Backstreet Brewery
  • Barley Forge
  • Beachwood Brewing
  • Bootlegger’s Brewery
  • Bottle Logic Brewing
  • The Bruery
  • Bruery Terreux
  • Chapman Crafted Beer
  • Cismontane Brewing
  • Docent Brewing
  • Evans Brewing Co.
  • Four Sons Brewing
  • The Good Beer Co.
  • Green Cheek Beer Co.
  • Gunwhale Ales
  • Hoparazzi Brewing
  • Karl Strauss
  • Laguna Beach Beer Co.
  • Left Coast Brewing
  • Legends Brewing Co.
  • Lost Winds Brewing Co.
  • Newport Beach Brewing Co.
  • Network Brewery
  • Noble Ale Works
  • Phantom Ales
  • Pizza Port San Clemente
  • RIIP Beer Co.
  • Stereo Brewing
  • Taps Fish House & Brewery
  • Tustin Brewing Co.
  • Unsung Brewing Co.


Entertainment will include DJ Bill with a haunted playlist of Halloween-inspired mash-ups; a Circus Freak Show featuring a contortionist, a sword swallower, and other bizarre acts; and a costume contest with prizes from member breweries.

If you love local craft beer, OC BrewersMash is the place to try them all in one place!

For more information:
Fullerton Arboretum
61900 Associated Rd.
Fullerton, CA 92831
Date/Hour: October 20, 2017 from 6pm to 9:30pm
Admission: $50 for general admission (unlimited beer samples at the event), $20 for designated driver

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Celebrate Sundays at the House of Blues Anaheim’s Gospel Brunch

Admission to this brunch show was provided by House of Blues but the opinions expressed here are my own.

After attending the World Famous Drag Brunch a few months ago, I knew that the Gospel Brunch would be a great way to spend a Sunday. They use the music venue for a wonderful concert experience.

The brunch buffet is amazing! My favorite is the hand-carve brisket so, this time, I made sure to get a bunch before they ran out. Other brunch favorites include: scrambled eggs, omelets, bacon, sausage, waffles, pastries, and potatoes. But the House of Blues also puts some South in your mouth with southern favorites like jambalaya and smoked chicken.

Different artists perform each Sunday. We were lucky enough to see Divine Connection performing uplifting music from traditional and contemporary gospel music favorites. They really know how to let your soul soar with amazing harmonization.

If you are looking for a great place for Sunday brunch, buy your tickets today for the next House of Blues Gospel Brunch. This is also a great place to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, and even bridal showers.

For more information:
400 W. Disney Way Ste. 337
Anaheim, CA 92805
+1.714.520.2334
Tickets: Next brunch is Sunday, October 22, $45 per person
Hours: Seating starts at 10:30 a.m.

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