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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Tour d’Italia at Prego Ristorante!



Prego Ristorante
celebrates its Italian heritage with a five-course menu paired with exclusively premium Italian wines that are modern in style but deeply rooted in tradition by Masi Vineyards. On Friday, March 4 at 7 p.m., Chef Ugo Allesina presents a menu created to complement fives wines, each with unique personality and style, having earned Masi recognition for having “revolutionized the art of wine-making in the Veneto.” The dinner, priced at $54.95 per guest (excluding tax & gratuity), will be held at Prego in Irvine (18420 Von Karman Avenue). For more information or reservations, call 949.553.1333.

Masi Vineyards Wine Dinner
Friday, March 4, 2011 | 7 p.m.

Antipastini Assortiti
Masi Modello Delle Venezie

Timballo di Melanzane
Fresh eggplant lightly breaded and filled with mozzarella then baked in a wood-fired oven in a roasted bell pepper puree
Masi Masianco Pinot Grigio/Verduzzo

Crespelle alla Genovese
Delicate crepes filled with porchini mushrooms and Fontina cheese topped with a creamy pesto béchamel sauce
Masi Ripasso Rosso del Veronese

Capesante allo Zafferano
Pan-seared Jumbo scallops in a delicate saffron lobster sauce
served with spinach and Potatoes
Masi Brolo di Campofiorin

Torta di formaggio al Caffe
Cheese cake with espresso coffee served in a Kahlua cream Englaise
Masi Dessert Wine


For more information or reservations, call 949.553.1333 or visit www.pregoristoranti.com

Island Hotel Presents Friday Night Supper Club With Jimmy Hopper



NEW FRIDAY DINNER AND “UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL” JIMMY HOPPER SHOW AT ISLAND HOTEL STARTS FEBRUARY 25

Signature Saturday Night Hopper Performances Continue

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (February 23, 2011) – Starting on Friday, February 25, and continuing every Friday night, the high-energy, multi-talented Jimmy Hopper and his bandmates will perform their “Up Close and Personal” unplugged set at Island Hotel Newport Beach, while guests savor a Three-Course Dinner prepared by Island Hotel’s Executive Chef Bill Bracken.

What: Island Hotel’s Palm Terrace Lounge turns into an intimate supper club every Friday night beginning Feb. 25. Dinner seating starts at 6:30 p.m. and the “Up Close and Personal” live performance by Jimmy Hopper and his band starts at 8 p.m. sharp.

Executive Chef Bill Bracken presents his own entertainment – a delectable Three-Course Dinner that starts off with a Tower of Seafood and a glass of champagne. Then there’s a choice of Roasted Prime Rib with Herbed Potatoes, Broccolini and Au Jus; Pan-Seared Red Fish with Organic Vegetables in Lobster Meuniere Butter or Roasted Breast of Chicken with Barley Risotto in Madeira Sauce. “To End It All”: enjoy a selection of Pastry Chef Michael Owens’ most popular Small Bite Desserts.

Performance and Dinner are $65 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity. For reservations, please call 949-760-4920.

When: Starting Friday, Feb. 25, and continuing every Friday night.
Seating starts at 6:30 p.m. and live performance begins at 8 p.m.

Also, every Saturday night, Jimmy Hopper and his band perform their eclectic repertoire from 8:45 p.m. to closing.

Where: Palm Terrace Lounge at Island Hotel Newport Beach

690 Newport Center Drive

Newport Beach, CA 92660

949-760-4920

www.theislandhotel.com

Friday, February 18, 2011

ORANGE COUNTY RESTAURANT WEEK KICK-OFF EVENT HOSTED BY THE DISTRICT AT TUSTIN LEGACY




To kick off the 2011 Orange County Restaurant Week
, on Saturday, February 26th from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., The District at Tustin Legacy (2437 Park Avenue, Tustin, CA 92782) will host a launch party. This event will take place throughout The District Promenade (between AMC Tustin 14 and Borders Books & Music), with live music on two stages, appetizer sampling from The District restaurants and complimentary cocktails (guests must be 21 to partake in the cocktail sampling). Participating restaurants at The District will offer OC Restaurant Week menus one day early for launch party attendees to enjoy.

There is no cost to attend this event, but guests must RSVP in advance at http://orangecountyrestaurantweek.com/Launch_RSVP.html.


For the event, guests are encouraged to enter The District at the Tustin Ranch Road entrance, which is just off Barranca Parkway. For convenience, The District at Tustin Legacy offers valet parking next to Bluewater Grill Seafood Restaurant operated by Ace Parking and presented by The Tustin Auto Center. Valet parking is located near JT Schmid’s in the lifestyle portion of the center and is available for $6, or is complimentary if validated at participating District restaurants.

About The District at Tustin Legacy

The District at Tustin Legacy is a one million square-foot lifestyle and entertainment center featuring top retail, dining and entertainment tenants. It is located at the northwest corner of Jamboree Road and Barranca Parkway in Tustin, Calif. For more information, visit
http://www.thedistricttl.com.

About Orange County Restaurant Week
Orange County Restaurant Week is the region’s fastest growing and most anticipated culinary event. 2011 Orange County Restaurant Week will be held February 27 through March 5 with 100 restaurants participating in the annual culinary event. Dining options range from upscale and fine dining, to casual and family friendly establishments. For a complete list of participants, menus, pricing and reservations, visit http://www.orangecountyrestaurantweek.com/Participating_Restaurant.html.

In addition, debuting in late-2011 will be OC Wine Week & OC Beer Week, a two-week event during which restaurants throughout Orange County will create fantastic meals to enjoy with wine or beer pairings.

Presenting sponsors for the 2011 Orange County Restaurant Week include Orange Coast Magazine, OC Metro, LA Times Community News, M Magazine, SoCal PBS and 92.7 Jill FM. Additional sponsors include Moxxe PR,
OCStandard.com, Cox Wireless, AnaheimOC.org, OpenTable, Segerstrom Center for the Arts and OCfoodies. For general information, or to learn about participation or sponsorship opportunities during Orange County Restaurant Week, please visit http://www.OrangeCountyRestaurantWeek.com. To learn about or join the Orange County Restaurant Association, visit http://www.OCRestaurantAssociation.org.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Hamamori Valentine's Day Special

HAMAMORI
Restaurant and Sushi Bar
South Coast Plaza
3333 Bear Street, level 3
Costa Mesa, CA
714.850.0880


If you're anything like me, you've been wanting to try Hamamori for a while. This sushi bar and Japanese restaurant on the third floor of South Coast Plaza's "Crystal Court" side boast some of the finest Japanese cuisine in Orange County. Hamamori is offering a 3-course price fixed meal for $47 per person. This sounds like the perfect excuse to try them out!

VALENTINE’S MENU

Available Friday, February 11 – Monday, February 14. 2011

First

Wagyu Beef Tartare with Pickled Daikon and Negi, Ponzu Sauce,

Japanese Mustard, and Quail Egg, served with Lotus Root Chips

or

Cured Yellowtail and Watercress Salad with Watercress

Vinaigrette, Daikon, and Cherry Tomatoes

Second

Housemade Ravioli with Lobster and Tokyo Onion Filling,

Black Truffles and Beurre Noisette

or

Filet Mignon with Soy-Sesame Sauce, Asparagus and Cream Croquette

Third

Chocolate and Yuzu Honey Tuiles with Yuzu Meringue,

Yuzu Honey, Black Berries and Calpico Sorbet

or

Strawberry and Shiso Sorbet with Orange Supremes,

Strawberries, and Orange Infused Sake

For Three Courses

47

(courses available a la carte)

Reservations: 714.850.0880


Monday, February 7, 2011

Morton's Valentine's Day Special



Morton’s The Steakhouse restaurants in Orange County (Anaheim and Santa Ana) are offering a special prix fixe “Steak and Seafood for Two” three-course dinner specially priced at $109 per couple, or $54.50 per person. This menu is available throughout the entire Valentine's Day weekend

First Course:
Two: Caesar Salads or Morton's Salads

Second Course:
Two: Single Cut Filets
Two: Broiled Sea Scallops, Colossal Shrimp Alexander, Jumbo Lump Crab Cake
One: Signature Potato to Share
One: Fresh Vegetable to Share

Third Course:

Two: Morton's Legendary Hot Chocolate Cake, Key Lime Pie or Creme Brulee

Additionally, Morton’s is offering The Red Velvet cocktail for Valentine’s Day. The cocktail is made with Prosecco, Chambord, and Lindemans Raspberry Lambic and is priced at $14. This cocktail is available February 11 - February 14 (Valentine's Day weekend).


Reservations are a must for Valentine’s Day. Restaurant details:

* Morton’s The Steakhouse Anaheim (1895 South Harbor Blvd.; 714-621-0101)

* Morton’s The Steakhouse Santa Ana (South Coast Plaza, 1641 W. Sunflower Ave.; 714-444-4834) .
www.mortons.com

More Valentine's Day Specials at Fleming's, Rustica, Agora and Britta's Caf

February 11 – 14 - Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar – Valentine’s Weekend Promotions

From February 11 - 14, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar at Fashion Island will offer a special Tickled Pink cocktail as well as a decadent Valentine's Sharing Menu for Two with choices including filet mignon and crab-stuffed shrimp. In addition, each party that dines at Fleming’s Valentine’s weekend will receive a gift card worth $25. Both the Sharing Menu and regular a la carte menu will be offered all weekend. For reservations or more information, please call (949) 720-9633.


February 11 – 14 - Rustica – Valentine’s Day Weekend Dining Specials

Rustica at Fashion Island is also offering a special five-course menu over Valentine’s Day weekend, Friday through Monday, February 11 – 14. The five-course menu offers two selections for each course, including entrees of a Petite Filet with Foie Gras Mashed Potato in a Cabernet Wine Reduction or Beer Braised Kobe Short Ribs with Brown Sugar Yams and Natural Jus for $55 per person. Wine pairings will be offered with each course for an additional $40 per guest. For reservations or more information, please call (949) 706-8282. Rustica is located in Nordstrom Court at Fashion Island.


February 11 – 14 – Brazilian Style Valentine’s Day at Agora

Treat your loved one to a unique Valentine’s Day experience at Agora Churrascaria, Irvine’s premier Brazilian steakhouse. Agora offers guests the restaurant’s sumptuous hot and cold premium salad bar and 16 of the restaurant’s

finest skewer-roasted meats, served tableside by Gauchos for $41 per person, as well as a “Special Valentine’s Package para dois”, a special menu with a Valentine’s dessert and two glasses of champagne for $51 per person. Agora Churrascaria is located at 1830 Main Street, at MacArthur Blvd., in Irvine. For reservations or more information, please call (949) 222-9910.

February 17 - A Celebration of Sparkling Wine - Wine Dinner at Britta's Cafe

On Thursday, February 17, join Britta’s Cafe for a special Celebration of Sparkling Wine at 6 p.m. The special wine dinner is $59 per person and will include an around the world bubbly tour, featuring Vilarnau Brut Nature 2006, from Cava, Spain; Graham Beck Brut Rosé, from South Africa; Jean Laurent Blanc de Noirs Champagne, from France; La Spinetta Moscato d’Asti 2010, from Italy; and Four Courses, and Four Wines. Reservations are required. For more information, please call (949) 509-1211.

El Torito Grill Valentine's Day Special

The Grill's Cupid Special! Pre-Fixe Menu for Two $45 February 11-14th

Try a Delicate Kiss Martini or a glass of Columbia Crest wine for $6

Starters - each chooses one:
-Fire-Roasted Tomato Soup
- Chicken Tortilla Soup
- The Grill's Garden Salad

Entrees
- each chooses one:
- Chicken Milanesa--Chile-rubbed chicken breast in a tarragon-cotija panko crust with vegetables and organic arugula
- Carne Asada--Mesquite-grilled skirt steak with a cheese enchilada and peruvian beans
- Fajitas Supremas--Citrus-chipotle natural chicken breast, grilled skirt steak and wild-caught mexican shrimp
- Fire-Grilled Salmon--fresh organic salmon served with grilled vegetables and fennel potatoes

Decadent Finale
- choose one to share:
- Housemade Churros (Allow 15 minutes for preparation)--Delicious churros with fresh berries and dipping sauces
- Berry Tostada--a sweet almond shell filled with fresh berries and mango ice cream

For more info, go to: http://www.etgrill.com

SOL Cocina's Valentine's Day Specials



SOL Cocina
251 E. Pacific Coast Highway
Newport Beach, CA
949-675-9800

SOL Cocina is inviting guests to bare their SOLs this Valentine’s weekend. In addition to Executive Chef Deborah Schneider’s award-winning regular menu, guests may enjoy Valentine’s dinner specials Friday, February 11 through Monday, February 14 and Weekend Brunch specials Saturday, February 12 and Sunday, February 13. Chef Deb’s special twists on traditional Baja cuisine, include the following:

Valentine’s Dinner Specials

Served 4:30 – 11 p.m. | Fri, Feb 11 – Sat, Feb 12
Served 4:30 – 10 p.m. | Sun, Feb 13 – Mon, Feb 14


Angus Filet and Grilled Shrimp on Corn & Rajas Torta, with roasted chile cream


Mexican Baquetta Sea Bass roasted with Agave Honey and Ancho Chile, on calabasa, apple and leek sauteed with light butter sauce

Perfect for a little romance is a special on J Vineyards & Winery’s J Cuvée 20 Brut ($10 glass/$45 bottle), in addition to SOL Signature Cocktails and margaritas such as SOL’s classic House Margarita or the more exotic Raspberry-Serrano and Cucumber-Jalapeno margaritas.

Valentine’s Weekend Brunch Special
Served 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. | Sat, Feb 12 & Sun, Feb 13


Huevos Enamorados (EGGS IN LOVE
) - Eggs Cooked in Black Oaxacan Mole with Queso Fresco & Crisp Tortilla Strips

In addition, Executive Chef Deborah Schneider has recently added six exciting new dishes to SOL’s already celebrated brunch menu of Coastal Mexican cuisine. Guests may enjoy a Bottomless Mimosa, an endless glass of fresh orange juice and sparkling wine, for $10 with any food purchase, and the SOL Premium Margarita Bar, where guests can create custom margaritas from fresh & premium ingredients for only $9.

Reservations are recommended by calling 949.675.9800. More information, hours, directions and full menus can be found online at http://www.solcocina.com/.

Valentine's Day Special at Lucca Cafe


Lucca Cafe
6507 Quail Hill Parkway
Irvine, CA
www.luccacafe.com


At LUCCA there’s only one way to the heart – through the stomach. Husband-and-wife team Elliott and Cathy Pavlos have built LUCCA with lots of heart, which means great attention to its seasonal menu, reminiscent of a Euro bistro, complete with an exquisite wine bar. This year, they showcase their offerings through a truly heartwarming Valentine’s Weekend Dinner Tasting Menu of four plates paired with five wines, as well as a special Valentine’s Day three-course prix-fixe Weekend Brunch.

The special Valentine’s Dinner Menu will be offered on Friday, February 11 through Sunday, February 13 alongside LUCCA’s regular dinner menu (each course may be ordered à la carte), and on Valentine’s Day, Monday, February 14, this is the only menu for the evening. The expandable menu is $65 per guest for an American 4-course or $71.50 for a European 5-course or $78 for a European 6-course.

Those who would like wine paired with their meal may add five wines, chosen especially for this menu, for $20 per guest or Elliott’s reserve pairings of five finer wines for $35 per guest. All prices exclude tax, gratuity and additional beverages. Vegetarian options are available, as are cheeseboard addition and wine flight upgrades for every course. Reservations are highly recommended and gift certificates will not be accepted for this holiday tasting menu.

Valentine’s Four/Six Plates-Five Wines Dinner Tasting Menu
“ATTRACTIVE OPPOSITES AND OTHER NICETIES”

Friday, February 11 - Monday, February 14

(menu items available à la carte and alongside regular menu Feb 11-13)

And we begin!
crostini, gougeres and olive crisps...oh my!

Amuse(d)
Wild mushroom crème brulee with a splash of truffle oil and caramelized onion jam paired
with a shot of velvet chicken consommé
with
Canella Prosecco di Conegliano

Sweet and Spicy
Radicchio, baby spinach, bacon and pancetta confit, roasted market beets,
torched blood oranges, honey and cayenne pecans and
vanilla bean-black cherry vinaigrette
with
Tiefenbrunner Pinot Grigio 2009

Brazen Beef and Kinda Wild Seafood
Lucca’s individual petite Black Canyon beef Wellingtons, port wine reduction,
olive oil poached Alaskan halibut, butter poached diver scallop and jumbo shrimp,
Meyer lemon confit, fennel pollen, Yukon gold-parsnip-Parmesan mash, local asparagus
with
Willakenzie Estates Pinot Noir 2009
and
Consilience Santa Barbara Syrah 2006

The Finale
Handmade dark chocolate sorbet with a selection of Lucca’s favorite mini Euro pastries and chocolate strawberries
with
Nivole Moscato d’Asti


85. per person; 65. per person without wines; vegetarian options available
Wine Flight upgrades available 15.
Artisan Charcuterie and Antipasto Plates available for the table 13.
Cheeseboard with Artisan and Imported Cheeses, Chutneys, Sweet Bread and
Seasonal Fruit available for the Table 13.


The special Valentine’s Day three-course prix-fixe Sunday brunch will be offered on Saturday, February 12 and Sunday, February 13 for $16.95 per person (excluding tax, gratuity and additional beverages). Guests may add additional beverages, cheeseboards and charcuterie plates for the table. Reservations are highly recommended and gift certificates will not be accepted for this holiday prix-fixe menu.


Valentine’s Day Three-Course Prix-Fixe Sunday Brunch
Saturday, February 12 and Sunday, February 13


First course:
your choice of:

Lucca salad with organic mesclun lettuces, roasted peppers, grape tomatoes,
Kalamata olives and balsamic vinaigrette


Our own signature Minestrone Soup

Seasonal Fruit Cup


Second Course:
your choice of:

French rolled omelet Provencal with goat cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts,
asparagus, and breakfast potatoes


Pain perdu made with our challah bread, pecans, and orange crème fraiche,
with applewood smoked bacon on the side


Fresh Linguini with tomato ragu, fresh basil, pine nuts and parmesan cheese


Grilled all-natural chicken breast wrap with avocado, market tomatoes,
mixed organic greens and chipotle aioli with house made pickles

The Sweet Endings:


A Selection of Lucca’s Favorite Mini Euro Pastries and Chocolate Strawberries

Includes Lavazza coffee or decaf

Add a glass of Champagne 7.
Add a Mimosa 7.


Guests should make reservations by calling 949.725.1773.

The Winery offers special menu for lovers

The Winery
2647 Park Avenue
Tustin, California 92782
714-258-7600
http://www.TheWineryRestaurant.net
http://www.facebook.com/thewineryrestaurant.

Known for bringing a taste of Wine Country to the HEARTS of Orange County, The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar at The District in Tustin will be offering a special Valentine’s “Oh, Baby!” dinner menu Friday, February 11 through Monday, February 14. The “Oh, Baby!” menu will be offered in addition to The Winery’s regular dinner menu for $89 per guest (excluding tax, gratuity and additional beverages). Reservations can be made by calling 714.258.7600.

Each course of this special menu, named after The Winery’s Executive Chef & Partner Yvon Goetz’s noted catch phrase, “Oh, Baby!” can be paired with the perfect wine or champagne by Sommelier & Managing Partner William Lewis.



OH, BABY! VALENTINE’S MENU

$89 per guest (excludes tax/gratuity/addl beverages~no substitutions or splitting)

Amuse Bouche

Seared Rare Ahi Tuna
Avocado, Mango, Cucumber Tower, Cilantro-Orange Vinaigrette

Beginnings

Kobe Style Beef Carpaccio
Fingerling Potato and French Bean Salad, Parmesan Chip, Black Truffle Vinaigrette

Sautéed Wild White Shrimp
Roasted Red Pepper and Fava Bean Risotto, Pinot Noir Reduction

Maine Scallops, Ahi Tuna and Mango Tartare
Wasabi Caviar Vinaigrette

The Winery House Salad
Organic Baby Greens, Candied Walnuts, Roquefort Cheese,
Grape Tomatoes, Apples, Dijon Vinaigrette

Main Course

Prime Filet of Beef and Roasted Maine Lobster Napoleon
Prosciutto Wrapped Grilled Asparagus, Béarnaise Sauce and Cabernet Reduction

Vintage All Natural Bone-In Filet
Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Grilled Asparagus, Sauce Bordelaise

Grilled Imported Dover Sole
Sundried Tomato Polenta, Basil-Pinenuts Beurre Blanc

New Zealand Ostrich Filet
House Made Grain Mustard Spaetzle, Haricots Verts and Huckleberry Sauce

Dessert

Strawberry and Rhubarb Pie
Crème Fraiche Ice Cream

Warm Mixed Berry and Chambord Crepe
Tahitian Vanilla Bean Ice Cream and Almond Brittle

Warm Valhrona Chocolate Tart
Raspberry Coulis

Classic Tahitian Vanilla Bean Crème Brulee
Chocolate Fleur de Sel Cookie

For reservations or more information, please call 714.258.7600.