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Saturday, April 13, 2013

New Spring Menu at Pinot Provence in Costa Mesa, CA


Pinot Provence opened in 1998 and is located inside the Westin South Coast Plaza Hotel. The outer entrance was a little hard to find. The driveway is located between the hotel and Scott’s Seafood. Look for the Pinot Provence Valet Parking sign. The exterior is reminiscent of a French chateau with its staircase leading you to an oak door entrance. The beautiful outdoor patio has lots of ambient lighting, just the right setting for a spring luncheon.

Newly appointed Executive Chef, Alfonso Ramirez, shared some highlights of the new spring menu. There is a delightful emphasis on the light and subtle side of rustic French cuisine for the new season. Let’s take a look:

Crab and Melon Salad is Cavaillon melon, Dungeness crab, coriander yogurt, and port wine. It was light and colorful. The crab and melon flavors paired well together. The artful use of thinly sliced watermelon as a background made a beautiful presentation. Thumbs up!



Mahalo,

OC Food Diva


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Friday, April 12, 2013

Press Release: City of San Diego Approves First Weekly Food Truck Gatherings in Downtown San Diego



San Diego, CA – April 10th, 2013 – Downtown San Diego is now welcoming gourmet food trucks each week on Wednesdays for lunch and Thursdays for dinner. A rotation of six to seven different food trucks will be serving on Wednesdays from 11am to 2pm on West B St between India St & Columbia St and on Thursdays from 5:30pm to 9pm on J St between 3rd Ave & 4th Ave.  

Both events are approved by the City of San Diego’s Special Events Department and are scheduled to run on a weekly basis through the end of the year. Although there have some complaints from nearby businesses, over 500 residents from the community have showed their support and signed a petition to keep these weekly food truck gatherings going. 

To show your support and keep gourmet trucks in downtown San Diego, you can sign the petition at https://www.change.org/petitions/city-of-san-diego-support-organized-gatherings-of-food-trucks-in-downtown-san-diego.

The events are organized by Curbside Bites, a food truck booking service. Curbside Bites currently manages over 14 other weekly gourmet food truck gatherings in Los Angeles, Orange, and San Diego Counties. The weekly truck schedule for these two events, and all of Curbside Bites’ other food truck gatherings, can be found at http://www.curbsidebites.com/calendar/
   

Contact:
Christian Murcia
P: (714) 718-1330

Thursday, April 11, 2013

PRESS RELEASE: Share Our Strength’s Taste o f the Nation Laguna Beach Hosts Annual Culinary Event on June 2, 2013



THE HOTTEST CHEFS COOK TO FIGHT CHILDHOOD HUNGER IN ORANGE COUNTY AND ACROSS AMERICA
Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation® Laguna Beach Hosts Annual Culinary Event on June 2, 2013

Laguna Beach, CA… Hot chefs, restaurants, and mixologists will gather for Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation®, the city’s premier culinary benefit. Taste of the Nation Laguna Beach will raise critical funds needed to support Share Our Strength’s® efforts to end childhood hunger in Orange County and across the nation.  This year’s event will be held on June 2, 2013 at the beautiful Montage Laguna Beach from 4pm to 7pm, with a VIP reception beginning at 4pm.

More than 8 of Country’s finest chefs will participate in the gastronomic event.  Along with Executive Chef Craig Strong, participating restaurants will include Lee Smith - Montage Laguna Beach, Lizzie Binder - San Francisco, CA, Josiah Citrin-Mélisse - Los Angeles, CA, Chris Crary- Santa Monica, CA, Jenn Louis-Lincoln/Sunshine Tavern- Portland, Nick Roberts & Brooke Williamson - Hudson House/The Tripel, Los Angeles CA, Alan Wong - Alan Wong’s Restaurant - Honolulu, HI. Guests will enjoy the  finest foods paired with wines and cocktails.

In addition to fabulous food and drinks, the event will feature an auction of extraordinary items including, A Wine Preservation unit from Sub-Zero filled with wonderful wines from the Jackson family valued at over $2,500.

"We are thrilled once again to be back at the beautiful Montage and are grateful for their generous support and the support from our amazing celebrity chefs! Because of their generosity, 100% of our ticket sales will go to ensure No Kid Hungry is a reality in Orange County.",” said Teresa Siriani Event Chair, Taste of the Nation Laguna Beach  

Area charities that will benefit from this year’s event include Community Action Partnership of Orange County and Second Harvest Orange County Food Bank. Since 1988, Taste of the Nation has raised more than $82.5 million, including more than $125,000 in Laguna Beach alone.

With more than 16 million children facing hunger in America (that’s almost one in five), and 200,000 in Orange County Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation is more vital than ever. The event raises funds to end childhood hunger in America by connecting children with the nutritious food they need to lead healthy, active lives.   Funds raised through Taste of the Nation events support No Kid Hungry, Share Our Strength’s campaign to end childhood hunger in America.

“An end to childhood hunger in the United States is within reach,” said Bill Shore, Founder and Executive Director of Share Our Strength. “With all the participants in Taste of the Nation Laguna Beach sharing their strength, we are creating more resources to help the children of Orange County and our great nation receive the nutritious food they need to live healthy, active lives.”

Taste of the Nation Laguna Beach is nationally sponsored by American Express, Sysco, Food Network, ONEHOPE Wine, Emmi Roth USA, Cavit Collection Wines, OpenTable and S.Pellegrino Sparkling Natural Mineral Water. Taste of the Nation Laguna Beach is locally sponsored by Lexus. One hundred percent of ticket sales support Share Our Strength’s efforts to end childhood hunger.

Tickets for Taste of the Nation Montage Laguna Beach are $150 for General Admission and $250 for VIP and can be purchased by calling 1-877-26-TASTE or visiting TasteOfTheNation.org.

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About Taste of the Nation
Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation® is the nation’s premier culinary benefit dedicated to making sure no kid grows up hungry. Each spring and summer, the nation's hottest chefs and mixologists donate their time, talent and passion at nearly 40 events across the United States and Canada, with one goal in mind: to raise the critical funds needed to support Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry® campaign to end childhood hunger. Taste of the Nation is nationally sponsored by American Express, Sysco, Food Network and in select markets by ONEHOPE Wine, Emmi Roth USA, Cavit Collection Wines, OpenTable and S.Pellegrino Sparkling Natural Mineral Water. Since 1988, Taste of the Nation has raised more than $82.5 million. To purchase tickets or to get involved, visit TasteOfTheNation.org

About SHARE OUR STRENGTH’S NO KID HUNGRY CAMPAIGN
No child should grow up hungry in America, but one in five children struggles with hunger. Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry® campaign is ending childhood hunger in America by ensuring all children get the healthy food they need, every day. The No Kid Hungry campaign connects kids in need to effective nutrition programs like school breakfast and summer meals and teaches low-income families to cook healthy, affordable meals through its Cooking Matters program.  This work is accomplished through the No Kid Hungry network, made up of private citizens, public officials, nonprofits, business leaders and others providing innovative hunger solutions in their communities. Join us at NoKidHungry.org.

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Contact: Pamela Waitt  pam@ocrestaurantassociation.org 949.230.7951

Saturday, April 6, 2013

PRESS RELEASE: San Onofre State Beach to Host Gourmet Food Trucks Now Through Labor Day


San Clemente, CA – April 5th, 2013 – San Onofre State Beach welcomes gourmet food trucks today to provide breakfast and lunch service now through Labor Day (Monday, September 2nd, 2013). One gourmet food truck will be parked at Surf Beach every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 8am to 2pm through the end of May. Beginning Memorial Day (Monday, May 27th, 2013) one gourmet food truck will be on site daily from 8am to 2pm.


The State of California Department of Parks & Recreation has contracted with Curbside Bites (http://www.curbsidebites.com/) to schedule and manage the daily gathering. Curbside Bites currently manages over 14 other weekly gourmet food truck gatherings in Los Angeles, Orange, and San Diego Counties.

The weekly truck schedule can be found at http://www.curbsidebites.com/calendar/. Local favorites like Calbi Asian Fusion Tacos & Burritos (http://calbitacos.com/) and Food Network’s “The Great Food Truck Race” veteran Crepes Bonaparte (http://crepesbonaparte.com/) are scheduled to make regular stops at the beach.

Location: Basilone Rd & Old Highway 101, San Clemente, CA 92672

Contact:
Christian Murcia
P: (714) 718-1330