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LA Favorite Poke Me Comes to Irvine

Posted by: Amanda Nguyen
Posted on: Friday, Aug 04, 2017

It's no secret that poke bowls have been gaining immense popularity in the past few years. Poke Me which has established its roots in Los Angeles with three locations, is now opening its first location in Orange County right here in Irvine at the Heritage Plaza Shopping Center. Currently in its soft opening stage (so yes, stop in and try the Poke Me goodness), Poke Me Irvine will grand open its doors on Friday August 18th 12pm with a kick off celebration


The first 25 guests will receive swag bags full of goodies -- including Poke Me gift certificates. And One lucky guest will receive a gift bag with FREE POKE FOR A YEAR - yes you read correctly, free poke for a year, so to all the poke lovers out there, you won't want to miss out on this opportunity. 

 

I stopped into Poke Me this week to see what the rage was all about, and it definitely lived up to its Angelenos reputation. So what sets Poke Me apart from other poke spots? There is a wide variety of fish and shellfish such as tuna, octopus, scallop, shrimp and salmon that is specially curated and obtained by their in-house chef to maintain a fresh and high-quality standard for their protein options along with their other ingredients that make up a poke bowl. There are also options to create a vegan bowl! Along with the range of protein available, I was blown away by the diverse selection of housemade sauces, with Truffle Ponzu being one of their fan favorites. While in the queue, you can taste test the fish or shellfish with the different types of sauces to ensure you love it before having it mixed into your bowl. At the very end of the queue, you are greeted by a self-serve toppings/garnish station - yes, self serve! Everything from masago and tamago to jalepenos and green onion, you can load up your bowl with as much as it will hold. 

For my bowl, I started with white rice, selected seaweed salad and spicy crab for my two sides, had a mixture of tuna, albacore, octopus and yellowtail with a sweet and spicy ponzu sauce (of course, I had to get the truffle ponzu on the side), and finished the bowl with crispy onion, green onion, corn and kizami nori (dried seaweed shreds). Hungry yet? Click here to visit Poke Me's website and be sure to click on Menu to see their offerings.   

Poke Me at Heritage Plaza Shopping Center

14370 Culver Drive #C Irvine, CA 92604
Business Hours

Mon-Fri 11-9:30

Sa 11:30 -9:30

Su. 11:30 - 9:00

 

 

HAPPY EATING!

Amanda

All photos taken by Amanda at Feast.Fashion.Faves / Digital Flier for grand opening via Poke Me Instagram 

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AC Hotel Irvine Launches New Event Series at AC Lounge

Posted by: Amanda Nguyen
Posted on: Monday, Jul 24, 2017

AC Hotel Irvine launched a new series of events this past week at their cocktail spot, AC Lounge. Guests can have fun taking part in a trivia night series hosted by Kiss Kiss Bangs Bangs or unwind with live entertainment from musician Troy Ritchie, seen on NBC's The Voice. Aside from the festivities, AC Lounge will offer special pricing on beer, wine and cocktails and Spanish style tapas. Follow their expert mixologist Luis Delpozo @bowtie_lu to get the scoop on his secret off-the-menu items. Check out the scheduling below for the event dates through August, and hope you get to visit the AC Lounge in the newly opened AC Hotel Irvine

Trivia Night Series
Where: AC Lounge at AC Hotel Irvine
When: 7:30pm-9:00pm - Thursday July 27, Thursday August 3
Lounge Specials: $2.00 off beer, food, and wines on tap from 4pm-9pm
Prizes include:
1st: A complimentary stay at the hotel (based on availability)
2nd place: complimentary drink & tapas plate on next visit
3rd place: complimentary tapas plate on next visit


Live Music featuring Troy Ritchie (featured on the show The Voice)
Where: AC Lounge at AC Hotel Irvine
When: Music Starts at 7:30pm-9:30pm - Wednesday July 26
Lounge Specials: $2.00 off beer, food, and wines on tap from 4pm-9:30pm

 

ABOUT AC LOUNGE
A twist on the traditional hotel bar, the AC Lounge serves up beer from local breweries, specialty wines by the bottle and on tap, expertly made craft cocktails and a selection of tapas-style small bites. A nod to the hotel's European heritage, the lounge's signature cocktail, The Swedish Fish, was developed with Orange County's first craft distillery, Blinking Owl, and is a unique infusion of the Scandinavian spirit, Aquavit and garnished with its namesake candy. In the morning, AC Kitchen serves a European-inspired continental breakfast selection of flaky croissants, savory egg tarts and Nespresso coffee. The Berkel slicer, an AC Hotels staple, offers visitors hand-cut meats including artisanal La Quercia Prosciutto for a true taste of Spain. The AC Store, open 24 hours, also offers a selection of beverages including Four Sons Brewery beer, Cutwater spirits, wine by the bottle and soft drinks as well as a variety of premium snacks and sweets.

 

Photos provided by Calee Killion

Shooby Dooby Down to Ruby's for Burger Day

Posted by: Sharlene Earnshaw
Posted on: Thursday, Jul 20, 2017

Ruby's Diner has been a fixture in Orange County for 35 years. The very first Ruby's opened on Balboa Pier in 1982 and the chain quickly became a fixture at beaches and shopping centers across Orange County. This 1940's themed diner is wildly popular for its juicy burgers and legendary shakes. In my opinion, Ruby's peanut butter cup shake is the best milkshake on the planet but Ruby's offers a variety of flavors such as carmel banana, mint chocolate, and orange 50/50 which are all winners as well.  

In celebration of Ruby's 35th birthday, Ruby's will be offering a 1/4 lb 35th Anniversary Burger (a smaller version of the 1/2lb classic) along with fries for just $2.99 on Wednesday, July 26th. $1 of each purchase will go to The Ruby Dooby Foundation which is dedicated to the supporting the health and well being of children.  

Have a bigger appetite? Then enter the Ruby's Stack Attack Challenge which will take place on Wednesday, July 26. For $35, challengers have 35 minutes to eat a 3.5lb burger featuring six 8oz. all-beef patties, RubySauce, onion rings, bacon, tater tots, and jalapenos along with a shake and fries. If the challenge is completed, winners will receive a $35 Ruby's gift certficate, a t-shirt, and that ever-important social media recognition. Even if you don't have the appetite to tackle the Stack Attack Challenge, it will surely be entertaining to watch others take it on. For a list of participating locations- including the Irvine Spectrum and South Coast Plaza restaurants- and to register for the challenge, head to Rubys.com.  

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5 Best Irvine Happy Hours

Posted by: Katie Bell
Posted on: Thursday, Jul 20, 2017

You know the feeling—driving home on a Friday evening trying to shake off that mind-numbing 4 o’clock meeting. You’re ready to embrace the weekend, and like most of us, without breaking the bank. To fuel some fun, here are a few of my favorite Irvine go-to’s to kick-start the weekend.


 

1.    Yard House at the Irvine Spectrum

  

This happy hour hits the spot with the best drink specials in the entertainment hub of Irvine. Indulge in $3 beers and half-price apps surrounded by TVs and a fun crowd. Sprawling with twenty-somethings looking for a nice finale of the workweek, you’re bound to make a pal or two.

 

Monday – Friday: 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.

 

Late Night Happy Hour:

Sunday – Wednesday: 10 p.m. – close


Yard House 

 

2.  Eureka!

 

This spot is located right by the UCI campus with an awesome outdoor patio and even more awesome drink specials during their “Hoppy Hour”. Personally, I think this is the most well rounded happy hour. It’s different every day; live music, brunch specials, and what's more, they give you stuff! Every Wednesday, beer enthusiasts can “steal the glass” by ordering the featured beer and later "stealing" the the glass souvenir for the ride home.

 

Daily "Hoppy Hour": 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. & 9 p.m. – 12 a.m.

 

Festivities on top of Hoppy Hour:

Tuesday: Half-Price Wine

Wednesday: Steal the Glass

Thursday: Live Music

Saturday & Sunday: $5 Bloodys and Mimosas

 

Eureka! 

 

3.    Puesto at Los Olivos

 

Puesto not only offers happy hour Monday through Friday, it also hosts #TacoTuesday! Every Tuesday from 3 p.m. to close, tacos are only $2.50 and Modelo cans are $3.50. I suggest sitting at the patio bar, but if you prefer a nice, air-conditioned experience, there's an equally fun bar for you in the main dining room. 

 

Happy Hour: Monday through Friday 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Taco Tuesday: Every Tuesday 3 p.m. – close

 

Puesto 

 

 4.    Red Bar & Lounge

 

You’ll find this hotspot in the lobby of Hotel Irvine. Red Bar & Lounge’s daily happy hour includes cocktails made for the occasion. You can find half-price plates including Ahi Poke, Flatbread, Beef Sliders and more. At $5.50, you can order a specialty cocktail like an Icy Hot or an Apple Cinnamon Sidecar.

 

Daily: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.

 

Red Bar 

 

 5. Center Hub at Trade Food Hall

 

This spot is brand spanking new. Located near one of Irvine’s larger business parks and John Wayne Airport, this is a great after-work or post-flight destination. Within the Trade Food Hall, you’ll find various gourmet food vendors to settle the belly after you indulge in Center Hub’s happy hour.

 

Monday – Friday: 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

 

Center Hub 

 

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Early Bird Tickets to Pacific Wine + Food Classic this August 19th & 20th

Posted by: Amanda Nguyen
Posted on: Thursday, Jul 13, 2017

The highly anticipated Pacific Wine + Food Classic comes to Orange County at the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort on Saturday August 19th and Sunday August 20th with a spectacular culinary entertainment line up and the best in food, wine and cocktails. 

 

Aside from experiencing the more than 100 food, wine and cocktail stations, the Fisher & Paykel / DCS Cooking Stage hosted by Food Network Star Simon Majumdar will feature live culinary demonstrations of dishes and cocktails inspired by the flavors of summer, as well as cooking tips from an incredible lineup of local celebrity chefs.


 

VIP guests will get to enjoy a refreshing hand crafted Patrón cocktail at Pacific Food & Wine Classic as apart of 27 locations worldwide featured in the Patrón the Summer Cocktail Tour. What else do VIP guests receive?

  • One hour early admission
  • Access to the Grassy VIP lounge overlooking the bay that will serve special bites
  • Patrón infused popsicles and Chunk'n Chip Patrón infused Ice Cream Sammiches
  • VIP tickets are very limited, and you can purchase yours at $200 for single day admission and $350 for two-day admission
General tickets are $150 for single day admission and $250 for two-day admission, for more ticket information, click here!
 

Culinary Entertainment Schedule:
Saturday
· Chef Geeta Bansal, Clay Oven - How to prepare Watermelon Curry
· Tricia Carr, Master Mixologist will show us how to make 2 of her summer cocktail favorites
· Chef Jamie Gwen, Culinary Radio Host - How to make Spanish Summer Gazpacho & Summer Fruit Soup
· Tess Masters "The Blender Girl" - How to make Pineapple Salsa Smoothie
· Chef Kris Morningstor, most recently with Terrine - How to make Truffled Chicken Liver
· Chef Ray Garcia, Esquire's Chef of the Year and Executive Chef of Broken Spanish - How to make Broken Spanish, B.S. Taqueria
· Chef Brian Malarkey, Creator of over a dozen restaurants including Herb & Wood
· Kim Beto, Sommelier (SWS) - Wine pairing
· Eric Entrikin, Master Sommelier (SWS) - Wine pairing and what you should know about Rose Wines
· Ira Norof, Sommelier (CWE) - What you should know about Rose Wines with Eric Entrikin
Sunday
· Chef Katy Smith, Puesto - How to make flor de calabaza soup and the corn stock
· Chef Ivan Calderon, Taco Mesa - How to make his famous Margarita
· Chef Linda Johnsen, Filomena's Italian Kitchen - How to make Salmon cheesecake
· Chef Cathy Pavlos, Provenance - How to make Grilled Peach and Heirloom Tomato Salad
· Chef Arthur Ortiz, Skyloft - How to make Shrimp Shooters
· Chef Pascal Olhats, Pascal Restaurant - How to make Scampi Provencal
· Chef Stan Frazier, Rock Star, Winner of the Chef Race & Owner of Sgt. Pepperoni Pizza - How to make Summer ceviche
· Chef Joe Youkhan - How to make charred eggplant Baba Ganoush
· Chef Brian Huskey, Bravo's Top Chef and Executive Chef/Founder of Tackle Box - How to make Beach Corn
· Kim Beto, Sommelier (SWS) - Wine pairing
· Eric Entrikin, Master Sommelier (SWS) - Wine pairing



ABOUT PACIFIC FOOD & WINE CLASSIC

is an incredible world-class culinary experience. Taste bites from local top chefs, explore over 100 wines and hand crafted premium cocktails. Enjoy celebrity chef demonstrations, master sommelier discussions and summer mixology demos. Taste the flavors of summer as the region's top chefs and mixologists create dishes from their favorite summer memories. The Pacific Wine & Food Classic is a fantastic gourmet experience on the beautiful soft sand in Newport Beach, you'll be surrounded by music and ocean breezes while enjoying the region's top chefs.

PARTNERS

Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits, Fisher & Paykel, DCS, Melissa's Produce, Sunset Magazine, IHeartRadio, The Fork Report with Neil Saavedra, LA Times, 95.5 KLOS, The Tasting Panel, Orange Coast Magazine, The Clever Root, GoVino, The Ace Agency, OCfoodies, LA Specialty, Celebrity Cruises, Patron, Maker's Mark, Absolut Elyx, Bacardi, Fashion Island, Marriott Newport Beach, Greers OC, LA Travel Magazine, Viele & Sons, Gelson's, Kind Bar, Baja Shellfish Farms

CHARITY

The success of this great event depends on our wonder culinary community. Net proceeds will be given to Golden Rule charity as the beneficiary of the Pacific Wine and Food Classic in order to give back to the restaurant industry that works so hard. Golden Rule is a local charity founded in order to give back and support those in need IN the restaurant industry. Golden Rule Charity administers grants and acts as a liaison between the community and those faced with an unanticipated crisis. Big or small.

Location Address: 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach, CA, 92660

Web: pacificwineandfood.com

Public Contact: 949-230-0739, info@PacificWineandFood.com

Facebook: https://facebook.com/pacificwineandfood

Instagram: @PacificWineandFoodClassic  



Photos via OC Restaurant Association + Pacific Food and Wine Classic Website 
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Find Your Favorite Drink at Irvine's Very Own Speakeasy

Posted by: Katie Bell
Posted on: Tuesday, Jun 20, 2017

It’s Friday night and I make my way to the bar. The bartender looks more like a chemist as he swirls and stirs, carefully pouring and mixing to create perfection. He is surrounded by jars of colorful garnishes and house-made syrups. Behind him, vanilla-infused orange slices, are dehydrating in a small oven, soon to be part of the house sangria.  The bartender doesn’t stay in his lab for long – soon he’s out among his guests, sharing the story of each creation and suggesting the perfect cocktail to match the individual drinker.

 

 

 

I haven’t wandered into some swanky, West Hollywood bar. I’m at YNK, Irvine’s very own speakeasy, tucked away inside the Irvine Marriott hotel.

 

 

YNK, an acronym for You Never Know, was created in 2016 by Chris Adams of the Ellis Adams Group. YNK's mixologist, Ravin Buzzell, had been with the Ellis Adams Group for 17 years when he was asked to spearhead the project. YNK was not intended to be a secret spot, but after a marketing plan that focused on word of mouth promotion, they embraced their role as Irvine’s very own speakeasy.  The result was a hit and, what started as a well-kept secret, now sees a packed room any given day of the week.

 

 

YNK switches up its menu every three to four months with globally inspired cocktails. Currently, Buzzell is pouring an Italian-infused menu, which includes both twists on classics and experimental sips concocted by the mixologists themselves.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

    



The Drinks
 

 

Lavender Bellini: A twist on the classic, Ravin topped the rosé and lavender peach puree with Himalayan sea salt encrusted limes and a lavender sprig.


The Scroppino: Mixed to perfection with lemon sorbet and a healthy pour of prosecco. It’s the perfect summer refreshment.

 

Espresso Martini: coffee lovers rejoice with the creamy combination of Vanilla bean flavors and espresso.

 

Aperol Spritz: At least five different people had this in hand when I arrived. Ravin decks out the drink with freshly shaved cucumber and describes it accurately as “a watermelon Jolly Rancher”.

 

Ravin’s Applewood Smoked Bacon Old Fashioned: This one surprised me. I’m not one for the sting of an old fashioned, but Ravin’s process of infusing applewood smoke into the drink curbed the bourbon’s bite.

 

 

 

These are just a selection of specialties from the diverse handwritten menu that are available until August.

 

Explore the whole menu here. 

 

YNK is open Tuesday-Saturday from 5:30 p.m. to “you never know”. The bar attracts a crowd of all ages and backgrounds with one common desire – to enjoy craft cocktails with good company.

 

Drinks range from $11-$14, with no reservations needed. If you want to bring in a pack of pals, Ravin suggests that you give him a call in advance. 

 

 

AC Hotel Irvine Grand Debuts as First of Its Kind in Southern California

Posted by: Amanda Nguyen
Posted on: Friday, May 26, 2017

Orange County's newest European-inspired hotel, AC Hotel Irvine grand debuted last week with a chic soiree of live music, tapas, signature cocktails and wine, spirits from Blinking Owl, craft berrs, Puesto tacos and sweet treats. Guests had the opportunity to enjoy the hotel's communal spaces as well as receive a tour of the rooms. 

 

AC Hotel Irvine, a Marriott property opened by the Pacific Hospitality Group, is the first of its kind in Southern California and located within 1 mile of John Wayne Airport, in the heart of Park Place, a thriving community of popular restaurants, shops, residential housing and corporate businesses. The hotel appealing to next-gen travelers has 176 guest rooms; beautiful open spaces to lounge or mingle in; a heated roof-top pool; complimentary WiFi, a state-of-the-art fitness room and hydration stations on every guest-room floor. For those looking for the perfect place to conduct business, AC Hotel Irvine provides three distinct meeting spaces including two intimate, audiovisual-equipped Media Salons (up to 8 people), and a 500-square-foot Meeting Room (up to 40 people). AC Hotel is a mix of innovative touches, modern design through the furnishings and artwork as well as aligning with the hotel's European heritage through their lifestyle offerings.

 

For seamless service, Kallpods, wireless service buttons, are provided in the public and meeting areas which allow guests to immediately request a staff member's attention. For a specialty cocktail or craft beer and tapas, take a seat at the AC Hotel Lounge bar. For a truly European inspired breakfast, dine at the AC Hotel Kitchen, I was told the croissants are flown in from France! There's also a Berkel slicer to serve up hand cut meats. For the individual needing a quick bite or beverage, the AC Store is open 24 hours and has a variety of drink and snack options. 

 

This new Orange County gem not only offers an elevated guest room experience to be able to wind down and get a good night sleep, but strives to provide an unparalled lifestyle experience for all guests and also catering to those that are on-the-go. 

 

"We've created an atmosphere that allows locals and visitors to comingle, share ideas and socialize in an environment that offers a sense of place," said Paul Maddison, general manager at AC Hotel Irvine.  

Visit the AC Hotel Irvine

Address: 3309 Michelson Dr, Irvine, CA 92612
Phone: (949) 471-8710 
 
 
 
Photos c/o PHG PR TEAM + FEAST.FASHION.FAVES 

Trade Food Hall Opens in Irvine This Saturday May 13, 2017

Posted by: Amanda Nguyen
Posted on: Friday, May 12, 2017

A new food hall is grand opening in Irvine this Saturday May 13th! Trade Food Hall located in Irvine, is offering up a variety of innovative and unique savory to sweet food options in Orange County. Trade is an open-air patio space featuring a vertical garden display and crisp decor; a place for everyone to come together to enjoy good food and good company.

Taste an array of culinary dishes from pork sliders to veggie delights, fusion tacos to fresh seafood, grilled chicken sandwiches to gyros, and ramen and sushi to sweets and cocktails. You really won't know where to start (unless you're set on trying a certain type of food or vendor), but this is the place to step out of your food comfort zone if you're looking to try something new or if you're a seasoned foodie looking for the next mouthwatering instagrammable feast. 

Trade has been soft opened for the past few weeks with limited menus, but many in the community got to experience an exclusive taste on Wednesday May 10th during a preview. Some notable items to try include:

  • Butterleaf: The new vegetarian. Serving up the Signature Butterleaf Burger (sweet potato, kale, melted onions, kimchi sauce)
  • Two Birds: Cluckin’ good chicken. Serving up Bird In The Bush (Salad, salt and vinegar slaw, tomato, pickle, romaine lettuce, pickled onion, and cucumber)
  • Center Hub Bar: Your new favorite bar. Serving up The Stubborn Mule (Hangar One Vodka, Muddled Cucumbers and Mint Leaves, Lime Juice, Blueberry Syrup, Ginger Beer)
  • Dos Chinos: Latin Asian grub. Serving up Chorizo Fried Rice (chorizo, Chinese sausage, chimichurri, pineapple)
  • Megadon: Latin, Asian, and Mexican fare. Created by Hop Pham of Dos Chinos. 
  • Gyro King: Mediterranean fare. Serving up the Gyro (served with gyro meat, lettuce, tomatoes, onions and tzatziki sauce)
  • Pig Pen Delicacy: Pork-haven eatery. Serving up the Candied Bacon Egg & Cheese Sandwich (candied bacon, soft scrambled eggs, cheddar, banana ketchup)
  • Portside Fish Co.: Fresh seafood. Serving up the Fresh Calamari Bowl and Fresh Fish Taco
  • Sweet COMBforts: Home of the Waffle Pop. Serving up Fruity Pebbles n Cereal Belgium Liege waffle

Visit Trade Food Hall:
2222 Michelson Dr.
Irvine, CA 92612

Business Hours:
Monday - Thursday: 8am - 9pm
Friday - Sunday: 8am - 10pm 

 
Pig Pen Delicacy


Dos Chinos 


Center Hub 


Sweet Combforts


Gyro King


Butterleaf


Two Birds


Portside


Megadon

Happy Eating!

Amanda

*All Images and information provided by 100eats, Trade Food Hall and/or their respective restaurant social media platforms.  

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Unique Dining Experience at Mesa Lounge

Posted by: Amanda Nguyen
Posted on: Thursday, May 04, 2017

Mesa Lounge in Costa Mesa is serving up a unique dining experience for guests. Every Tuesday, the restaurant hosts a Chef's Table dinner inspired by a singer or music group. The menu is specially created and curated by Mesa's chef, Niki Starr; last month, I had the pleasure of getting to attend a Chef's Table dinner highlighting Frank Sinatra. 

As Ol' Blue Eyes' music played throughout the restaurant, my friend and I enjoyed a pre-fixe four course dinner, with a cocktail pairing for each dish. My favorite part about the dinner was getting to taste chef Niki Starr's creations, as each dish has a unique and innovative twist on French culinary classics. I also liked how she kicked up the presentation aspect a bit by serving a couple of the dishes tableside. 

"For the Frank Sinatra dinner, I was inspired by the very first kitchen I worked in: French 75 in Laguna Beach. It seemed like every time I would walk through the dining room with red velvet booths, dim lighting, and an old school fine dining feel, Frank would be playing through the speakers, giving the restaurant even more of a classic and romantic feel.
This is a homage of sorts to my time at French 75 -- classic french dishes, paired with the timeless voice of Frank Sinatra." - Chef Niki Starr (source 100 Eats)


Frank Sinatra Menu

1st Course:
French Onion Soup, Short Rib, Puff Pastry
Cocktail Pairing: DO I WORRY - Bourbon, Lucano, Cio Ciaro, Sarsaparilla, Bitters

 

2nd Course:
Foie Tourchon, Pickled Cherry Compote, Måche, Onion Ring Maldon Salt served with Rustic Loaf
Cocktail Pairing: POOR YOU - Reposado, Aperitif, Heering, Citrus

 

3rd Course:
Coq Au Vin served with Cauliflower Puree (Prepared Tableside)
Cocktail Pairing: SOME OTHER TIME - Gin, Cava, Jasmine, Honey, Lemon

4th Course:
Chocolate Soufflé, Hot Chocolate Ganache, Chantilly Cream (Prepared Tableside)
Cocktail Pairing: GOODBYE LOVER, GOODBYE - Vermouth, Fernet, Irish whisky, Coffee, Egg

 

The month of April came to a close with the Frank Sinatra Dinner, for May, the Tuesday dinners are inspired by Talking Heads and the month of June will highlight Florence and The Machine. For the foodies out there or if you're looking for a unique dining experience, the Chef's Table dinner at Mesa is a must. Check out the Chef's Table dinners and other events here.

MESA LOUNGE

725 Baker St, Costa Mesa CA 92626
Phone: 714-557-6700

Chef's Table Dinner
$60/person +$25 drink pairings
Seatings at 6pm and 8pm

Mesa is located a few minutes from Irvine and is best known for it's nightlife offerings.

Happy Eating!

Amanda 

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Twenty Eight Restaurant Raises the Bar with a Whole New Menu

Posted by: Terry Winkler
Posted on: Monday, Mar 13, 2017

Chef Jay Lacuesta must have been channeling his inner Henry David Thoreau when he created a unique starter plate to share. If you want to "live deep and suck all the marrow out of life" you better get over to Twenty Eight Restaurant in Irvine and order the Uni & Bone Marrow Toast.

 It's a whole new take of surf and turf when you spoon out the marrow and blend it on top of the Santa Barbara Uni and toasted country loaf, garnished with micro greens.

Chef Lacuesta's goal is to make the menu approachable and fun by presenting familiar tasets in unique ways. Chef has a solid win with his new menu.

Lacuesta has debuted other standout dishes, including a 24-ounce Kurobuta pork shoulder and a 40-ounce, dry-aged, bone-in rib-eye. Some of the larger plates are served family-style for sharing, so gather your co-workers, family and friends for a taste experience you'll truly enjoy.

 

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