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Taste for Charity event aims to surpass last year’s $80,000 win for local non-profits

On Wednesday, April 24th, the 24th annual “A Taste for Charity” is hosting a...

Janice Freeman always rose above it all

When you own a marketing agency for 25 years, you figure you’re going to have...

Laguna Beach Garden Club Gate & Garden Tour 2019

On Friday, May 3, 2019, the Garden Club will host its annual Laguna Beach Gate...

Rumari’s Amoré Lasts Through February With Special Menu

Heading into my dining review last week, I circled the block a couple times...

Laguna Beach’s best chocolate store – Chocolate Soldier

At Laguna Beach’s Chocolate Soldier, gorgeous glass cases are filled to the brim with handmade chocolates, nut clusters, and truffles, and this time of year, everything’s coming up hearts.

Laguna Chefs Share the Love on Valentine’s Day

Yesterday, I was talking to one of our Laguna chefs about Valentine’s Day....

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Rumari’s Amoré Lasts Through February With Special Menu

Rumari’s Amoré Lasts Through February With Special Menu

Heading into my dining review last week, I circled the block a couple times before I realized there was a spot right there in front of the restaurant. I whipped into the space, put the car in park and gathered my camera, notebook, purse and key to make my exit. At the...

Laguna Chefs Share the Love on Valentine’s Day

Laguna Chefs Share the Love on Valentine’s Day

Yesterday, I was talking to one of our Laguna chefs about Valentine’s Day. Oddly, reservations for Valentine’s Day tend to occur well in advance, while Mother’s Day reservations tend to happen at the last minute. Imagine that. If you’re one of the few who’s still...

Popular Chef Maro Molteni Will Operate Royal Hawaiian

Popular Chef Maro Molteni Will Operate Royal Hawaiian

Chef Mariano (“Maro”) Molteni still remembers the November day when Mo Honarkar suggested that Maro take over the Royal Hawaiian space as the new restaurant owner/operator. “All the hair stood up on my head,” he says with his wide grin. “The Royal Hawaiian … now,...

South of Nick’s Margarita Making a Run for Champ Title

South of Nick’s Margarita Making a Run for Champ Title

Last night, I stopped in at South of Nick's with my good friend, Ali North. It was early - 5:00ish - and we had an unexpected number of seats available to us. (If you're a fan of South of Nick's, you know that an empty seat is a rarity.) While I'm an ardent Paloma fan...

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Janice Freeman always rose above it all

Janice Freeman always rose above it all

When you own a marketing agency for 25 years, you figure you’re going to have to deal with some bad PR from time to time. Fortunately, my clients have been so stellar that we’ve rarely seen something fall apart that we’ve had to jump on … until Sunday morning, just...

Laguna Beach Garden Club Gate & Garden Tour 2019

Laguna Beach Garden Club Gate & Garden Tour 2019

On Friday, May 3, 2019, the Garden Club will host its annual Laguna Beach Gate & Garden Tour, a major fundraiser for educational school gardens, local scholarships and community projects. This year’s docent-led walking tour from 9;00 am – 2:00 pm will visit...

Casting Call for Pageant of the Masters 2019 Show

Casting Call for Pageant of the Masters 2019 Show

Can you stand still for 90 seconds? The Pageant of the Masters is looking for volunteer cast members fr next summer's show, The Time Machine. Individuals of all sizes and ages are needed to be cast members in the world's most famous presentation of tableaux vivants....

Tibetan Monks Returning to Laguna for New Mandala Creation

Tibetan Monks Returning to Laguna for New Mandala Creation

The Sawdust Art Festival will be the new host for the Drepung Gomang Monks Sacred Tibetan Arts Tour, Jan. 28 - Feb. 5. This is a big switch-up from the Tibetan Monks' usual temporary residence at the Neighborhood Congregational Church. I began covering the Tibetan...

Starfish Annual Toy Drive on Dec. 10th

Starfish Annual Toy Drive on Dec. 10th

Get into the holiday spirit at Starfish by participating in The Starfish Annual Toy Drive. This year the toys will be donated to the victims of the California Wildfires. Starfish is offering a great discount to customers that bring in an unwrapped toy on Monday, Dec...

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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