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Rumor Mill is Bunk: Alessa and Salerno’s Ristorante Not Going Anywhere (In Fact, They’re Partying)

Chef Alessandro Pirozzi has been in the spotlight this week, thanks to a rumor...

Wild Taco’s Wild Year Results in Super Chill Opening

Bear Flag's popular taqueria concept, Wild Taco, opened on Thursday, Jan 16th...

Laguna Beach Restaurateurs Chime in on Biggest Challenges

Laguna Beach Restaurateurs Chime in on Biggest Challenges In the last two...

45+ Top Orange County Chefs are Tackling OC Homelessness at OC Chef’s Table Grand Event

The biggest, swankiest chefs' dinner in the LA Basin, OC Chef's Table is back...

Restaurants in Laguna Beach: A Decade in Review, Part 2

On Friday last week, I wrote "Part One" about Restaurants in Laguna Beach and...

2020 Tipping Challenge: A Great Start to a Precarious Year

For the 2020 Tipping Challenge, the key, it seems, is to keep the “2020”number rolling in some way, shape or form.

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Wild Taco’s Wild Year Results in Super Chill Opening

Wild Taco’s Wild Year Results in Super Chill Opening

Bear Flag's popular taqueria concept, Wild Taco, opened on Thursday, Jan 16th in the old Johnny Rocket's space at the corner of Ocean and Coast Highway. Interestingly, the opening was 362 days from the day the City of Laguna Beach granted the company access to begin...

Laguna Beach Restaurateurs Chime in on Biggest Challenges

Laguna Beach Restaurateurs Chime in on Biggest Challenges

Laguna Beach Restaurateurs Chime in on Biggest Challenges In the last two weeks, I've written about restaurant growth, changes and trends over the last decade in Laguna Beach. (If you missed them each Friday in StuNews, you can find them here: Restaurants in Review,...

Restaurants in Laguna Beach: A Decade in Review, Part 2

Restaurants in Laguna Beach: A Decade in Review, Part 2

On Friday last week, I wrote "Part One" about Restaurants in Laguna Beach and how they've changed and fared since 2010. This is "Part Two" on when the accelerated growth … and consequent churn … began. A Couple Updates First, a couple additions, most of which were...

Upcoming Events & News
Pageant of the Masters – Casting Call, Jan 10-12

Pageant of the Masters – Casting Call, Jan 10-12

For more than 50 years, hundreds of volunteers have filled the Pageant of the Masters' stage each year. It doesn't necessarily require acting, dancing or vocal skills. In fact, your greatest talent lies in your ability to stand as still as a stone for 90 seconds. It's...

Last Minute Options for NYE Parties!

Last Minute Options for NYE Parties!

If your world has been anything like my world this last month, you just woke up yesterday and realized that you've got to get a plan in place for tonight. Don't ask me how we ended up on the last day of the year already. Fortunately, there are quite a few party...

Laguna Beach Pride Rockin’ around the Tiki Tree This Friday

Laguna Beach Pride Rockin’ around the Tiki Tree This Friday

The folks at Laguna Beach Pride decided it was time to do a Holiday Party in honor of the LGBTQ community before everyone heads to family Christmas functions. The party takes place in the Tiki Lounge at Royal Hawaiian Fire Grill this Friday, Dec. 20th. RSVPs are...

Montage Offers Something For Everyone on NYE

Montage Offers Something For Everyone on NYE

For years, the Montage Laguna Beach's Lobby has been known to gather up Laguna residents for a chummy sort of NYE celebration. Here's hoping the tradition continues! Here's what the Montage is offering in three locations this holiday. Seatings are still available in...

Laguna Beach Fire Dept: Spark of Love Campaign

Laguna Beach Fire Dept: Spark of Love Campaign

The Laguna Beach Fire Department, in partnership with Southern California Firefighters and ABC7, is again taking part in the annual Spark of Love Toy Drive. The campaign collects new, unwrapped toys and sports equipment for underserved children and teens in Orange,...

Get to Know OC & LA Chefs
Chef Peter Lai – The Blind Rabbit Speakeasy – Anaheim

Chef Peter Lai – The Blind Rabbit Speakeasy – Anaheim

Meet Chef Peter Lai, new Chef of the award-winning Blind Rabbit speakeasy in Anaheim. Chef Peter Lai wasn't even looking for a new job when he was invited to take a look at The Blind Rabbit … and then he couldn't even find the door when he showed up for his...

Chef Linda Johnsen – Filomena’s – Costa Mesa

Chef Linda Johnsen – Filomena’s – Costa Mesa

Meet Chef Linda Johnsen, Owner and Chef of the ever-popular Filomena's in Costa Mesa. Chef Linda purchased the restaurant in 2009 when the real estate market tanked (her primary career at the time), and she's never looked back. Click to learn more about Chef Johnsen...

Chef Rich Mead – Farmhouse – Newport Beach

Chef Rich Mead – Farmhouse – Newport Beach

Meet Chef Rich Mead the unassuming chef of Farmhouse in Newport Beach at Roger's Gardens. Chef Mead has been cooking for GIANT tables of guests for years, so he's looking forward to his return to OC Chef's Table where he simply tends to 10 guests during the...

Chef Jet Tila – Food Network’s Iron Chef

Chef Jet Tila – Food Network’s Iron Chef

Meet the Food Network’s Celebrity Chef Jet Tila, the likable and uber-talented chef on a number of shows, including Iron Chef America.  Chef Jet Tila is returning for his second year to OC Chef’s Table as the spotlight celebrity chef.   Click to learn more about Chef...

Chef Jason Neroni – Rose Cafe – Santa Monica

Chef Jason Neroni – Rose Cafe – Santa Monica

Meet Chef Jason Neroni, the renowned L.A. based chef of Rose Cafe in Santa Monica. Chef Neroni has heard about the OC Chef's Table, and was so affected by the homelessness in his own neighborhood, that he contacted Illumination Foundation, the non-profit entity...

Chef Randy Gruspe – Duke’s – Huntington Beach

Chef Randy Gruspe – Duke’s – Huntington Beach

Meet Chef Randy Gruspe, new Chef of the renowned Duke's in Huntington Beach. Chef Randy Gruspe was born and raised a Hawaiian, which might make him the best possibly suited chef for the popular Duke's chain. Click to learn more about Chef Randy Gruspe and … The events...

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