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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Belgian bakery to open first OC location in October




Belgian bakery and café Le Pain Quotidien, known for its simple, elegant boulangerie fare including organic breads and beverages opens its first location in Orange County this October in Fashion Island’s Pacific Court. With a communal table, a trademark piece for the brand, the 169-seat restaurant boasts an expansive 400-square-footpatio with stunning ocean views unique to its Newport Beach location.

Le Pain Quotidien -- pronounced luh paN koh-ti-dyaN, meaning “the daily bread” -- was founded in Brussels in 1990 by Chef Alain Coumont, whose concept of simplicity and timelessness now has an international presence with more than 150 locations worldwide. In light of its extraordinary expansion, the company makes a continuous effort to stay true to its roots and values of conviviality, authenticity, quality, and simplicity. On a local level, each eatery sources organic ingredients and implements sustainable practices.

The Fashion Island location will be only the second worldwide to feature a unique on-site bakery that will offer baking classes to the public.. The bakery, which is in full view of diners, will serve as an educational hub highlighting Le Pain Quotidien’s organic bread, which is still kneaded and shaped by hand then baked in a hearth under the watchful eye of artisan bakers. Wheat, rye, spelt, five-grain walnut, baguettes, French rolls, brioche, croissants, muffins and other pastries, will all be baked fresh daily. Friday sees the addition of freshly baked challah.

“We are looking forward to introducing Le Pain Quotidien to Orange County, and we are excited to offer on-site baking classes to the community,” said Jay Wainwright, President of Le Pain Quotidien US. “We think that this Fashion Island location will be a welcome addition to the region’s rich dining landscape.”

Le Pain Quotidien’s menu accommodates vegetarian and vegan lifestyles, and will offer breakfast, lunch and dinner for in-restaurant dining or take-out service. A wide selection of soups, salads, tartines (open-faced sandwiches, a house specialty) all incorporate signature breads. The tartine is one of Le Pain Quotidien’s most popular offerings with more than a dozen varieties, including Paris Ham and Aged Gruyère with cornichons and mustard trio; Organic Black Bean Hummus with avocado and spicy tahini; Smoked Atlantic Salmon with avocado and chopped dill; and Chicken Curry Salad with a side of harissa-cranberry chutney.

Le Pain Quotidien will also present seasonal offerings on a menu that changes approximately five times a year. The artisan bakers will also create new bread and pastries to retail only in the Fashion Island locale. Fall specials will include a Broccoli, Ham and Swiss Frittata; Vegan Cherry Scone; Gazpacho; Roasted Turkey, Brie and Honey Mustard Tartine; Endive, Fourme d'Ambert and Pear Salad; French Lentil, Chickpea and Avocado Salad; Mixed Grape and Walnut Tart; and Sparkling Hibiscus Tea.

Opening hours for this fall will be 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. For more information, including menus, catering information and baking classes, visit www.lepainquotidien.us.

ABOUT LE PAIN QUOTIDIEN
Le Pain Quotidien serves simple, elegant boulangerie fare, made with organic ingredients whenever possible. The concept remains essentially unchanged since founder Alain Coumont opened the first Le Pain Quotidien in Brussels in 1990. With its communal tables, artisanal dishes and tranquil environment, Le Pain Quotidien transports its customers to the Belgian countryside and a simpler way of life. Le Pain Quotidien is committed to responsible business practices that are good for the community and the environment.

The bakery-café offers an exclusive line of specialty retail products, including single estate Peruvian coffee beans, Belgian chocolates, jams and fruit preserves, artisanal olive oil from Tunisia, Italian honey, sea salt and black pepper, and balsamic vinegar.

In addition to its signature communal dining table, Le Pain Quotidien features high ceilings, rustic brick walls, expansive windows and classical music for a warm atmosphere, ideal for relaxation and conversation. Wood-crafted tables, chairs, counters and displays give the café a timeless feel. Le Pain Quotidien uses reclaimed wood and recycled Gypsum in its construction with energy-efficient lamps, and environmentally friendly cleaning supplies and packaging.

Located at Fashion Island, Orange County’s premier coastal shopping and dining experience, Le Pain Quotidien is situated among many specialty boutiques and world-class department stores. Visited by more than 13 million people annually, Fashion Island offers a sophisticated yet relaxed atmosphere that is distinctively Southern California.

For more information, including menus, catering information and baking classes, visit http://www.lepainquotidien.us/ (www.facebook.com/lepainquotidien.usa or www.twitter.com/lepainquotidien).


Friday, August 12, 2011

OC BBQ Bonanza coming 8/18/2011-8/21/2011

WHAT
It’s a Texas-sized Barbeque feast, as America’s best BBQ chefs gather together to grill juicy pork ribs, and other mouth-watering dishes. Visitors will enjoy endless summer sides to go with their ribs, and non-stop live country-western entertainment.

Also, a wonderful children’s area for your children to enjoy!



The VIP RIB VILLAGE experience includes all the ribs, sides, drinks and deserts you can eat, as well as exclusive, priority seating to dine and enjoy the live entertainment.
Buy tickets here: http://www.ocbbqbonanza.com/


WHEN
August 18 – 21, 2011
Thursday, August 18th — 5 PM - 10 PM
Friday, August 19th — 11 AM - 11 PM
Saturday, August 20th — 11 AM - 11 PM
Sunday, August 21st — 11 AM - 9 PM


CONFIRMED ACTS FOR THURSDAY AUGUST 18TH:
GRAND JUNCTION


CONFIRMED ACTS FOR FRIDAY AUGUST 19TH:
TEXAS HOUSE PARTY
BENNIE & THE SWAMP GATORS
A.J. GIBBS
The Mydeco Dance King


CONFIRMED ACTS FOR SATURDAY AUGUST 20TH:
MIGUEL GARCIA & THE VAQUETONESMIGHTY CASH CATSBILL MAGGEE
BLUES BANDBONNE MUSIQUE ZYDECOA.J. GIBBS The Mydeco Dance King
CONFIRMED ACTS FOR SUNDAY, AUGUST 21ST :
GRAND JUNCTION UPSTREAMLAZY BRAD LEWISA.J. GIBBS The Mydeco Dance King


Click here for more details on all acts. Links: http://www.ocbbqbonanza.com/music-events.php


BBQ YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS!


Aussom Aussies with over 200 awards for Best BBQ in the USA and Canada.
Porky- N-Beans winning numerous rib cook off titles such as the prestigious Golden Rib Award and the Best Ribs in America.


Howling Coyotes Southwest BBQ specializing in St. Louis style pork spare ribs has won many national and international cook-offs for Best Ribs, Best Sauce and Best Pulled Pork.
Cowboy’s Barbeque & Rib Company with over 150 regional, national, and international titles brings true Texas Barbecue.


Johnson’s Bar-B-Que featuring Colonel Dan himself bringing his top secret recipe that has won over 150 awards and has been known to dare brave rib fans to take the heat and experience his infamous “Thermonuclear Sauce.”


KC BBQ Team all the way from Kansas City bringing their acclaimed KC style ribs and special BBQ sauce.


WHERE
Fountain Valley Sports Park
16400 Brookhurst Street
Fountain Valley, CA. 92708
For directions, please click here: http://www.ocbbqbonanza.com/directions.php


TICKETS
1-DAY GENERAL ADMISSION
$5.00 per ticket
INCLUDES FREE Souvenir E-Photo and a $2 Redeemable Rib Coupon against the purchase of a sampler plate from a participating rib vendor.

Children 12 and under are FREE when accompanied by an adult.
All United States active military personnel (includes Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, National Guard and Reservists) receive FREE General Admission* to the Orange County BBQ Bonanza!
*You must present valid military I.D. at the Ticket Box Office to receive Free General Admission. No purchase is necessary to receive Free General Admission. This offer does not include All You Can Eat VIP Rib Village (sold separately).

VIP Rib Village


INDIVIDUAL TICKET
$100.00 per ticket
ONLY 18 years of age and up.
INCLUDES 1-Day General Admission to be used during regular festival hours to enjoy the day, FREE Souvenir E-Photo, VIP desginated seating at a table, service and dining to include ALL YOU CAN EAT Ribs from our National Award Winning Rib Cookers (taste them all), salad, sides, desserts and ALL YOU CAN DRINK (beer, wine, and non-alcohlic beverages).
The purchase of a VIP Rib Village Individual Ticket GUARANTEES you a seat at a table.
OR
VIP Rib Village TABLE TICKET
$900.00 per table (10 seats per table)
ONLY 18 years of age and up.
INCLUDES (10) 1-Day General Admissions to be used during regular festival hours to enjoy the day, FREE Souvenir E-Photos, VIP desginated table, service and dining to include ALL YOU CAN EAT Ribs from our National Award Winning Rib Cookers (taste them all), salad, sides, desserts and ALL YOU CAN DRINK (beer, wine, and non-alcohlic beverages).
VIP RIB VIlLLAGE HOURS
OPEN 5 PM - 9 PM - THURS.-FRI.
OPEN 4 PM - 9 PM - SAT.
OPEN 12 NOON - 5 PM - SUN.
The purchase of a VIP Rib Village Table Ticket GUARANTEES you table.
PLUS FREE Souvenir E-Picture!
Special admission discounts and packages available only online:




For more information: (562) 495-5959

Friday, August 5, 2011

Restaurants Announced For 2011 OC Wine and OC Beer Weeks!

The Orange County Restaurant Association has announced the restaurants participating in its two new events set to debut this year: OC Wine Week, September 25th through October 1st, and OC Beer Week, October 2nd through October 8th. These back-to-back weeklong events will offer food, wine and beer aficionados fantastic dining options and unbeatable prices at Orange County’s top restaurants.

Following are confirmed to participate in both events (menus will be posted online at http://www.ocwineandbeerweek.com/, the official site for both events):

§ 6ix Park Grill
§ Alcatraz Brewing Company
§ Anaheim White House
§ Andrei's
§ AnQi
§ Avanti Cafe
§ Bacchus Secret Cellar
§ Bayside
§ Bistango
§ Buffalo Wild Wings
§ Bluewater Grill
§ Brasserie Pascal
§ Brix Brews
§ Capital Grille
§ Catal and Uva Bar
§ Chapter One
§ Charlie Palmer's
§ Clancy's Clubhouse
§ Crow Burger Kitchen
§ Enne Cucina Italiana
§ French 75
§ GG's Bistro
§ Great Maple
§ Harborside Pavillion
§ Haven Gastropub
§ Hotel Laguna
§ Hooter's
§ House of Big Fish and Ice Cold Beer
§ House of Blues
§ JT. Schmid's Restaurant & Brewery
§ Katsuya - coming soon to Laguna Beach
§ Kimera
§ K'ya Bistro
§ K'ya Street Fare
§ Leatherby's
§ LUCCA
§ Luggatti's
§ Lulu's Creperie Cafe
§ Nieuport 17
§ Maggiano's Little Italy
§ Matador Cantina
§ Marrakesh
§ Memphis at the Santora
§ Mozambique
§ Nello Cucina
§ Newport Beach Brewing Co.
§ Newport Landing
§ Nirvana Grille
§ OC Brewhouse
§ O'Neill's Bar & Grill
§ Orea Taverna & Wine Bar
§ Orange Hill Restaurant
§ Pablos Cantina
§ Phans 55
§ Pinot Provence
§ Pizzeria Ortica
§ Primecut Cafe
§ Quattro Cafe
§ RA Sushi
§ Red Table Restaurant
§ Riptide Rockin Sushi
§ Royal Khyber
§ Ruth's Chris Steak House
§ Sage
§ Savannah Chop House
§ silver trumpet restaurant and bar
§ Simply Fondue
§ SOL Cocina
§ South Coast Winery
§ Sundried Tomato
§ taco asylum
§ Tapas Restaurant
§ The Crow Bar and Kitchen
§ The Deck on Laguna
§ The Derby Deli and Dueling Piano Bar
§ The Dock
§ The Loft
§ The Porch
§ The Ritz Restaurant & Garden
§ Tommy Bahama Island Grille
§ Tradition by Pascal
§ True Food Kichen
§ Tusca
§ Wine Lab
§ Zimzala


This unique culinary celebration will replace the fall OC Restaurant Week with prix-fixe menus and wine-pairing options during OC Wine Week, September 25th through October 1st. Immediately following will be OC Beer Week, October 2nd through October 8th with equally interesting beer offerings throughout the county.

“Our goal is to keep things fresh, fun and delicious, so it seemed natural to shake things up by producing OC Restaurant Week just once per year and introduce an event that many other Metro areas throughout the U.S. already know and love,” commented Pamela Waitt, president of the OC Restaurant Association. “The back-to-back weeks of wine and beer fun will offers options for every taste and budget so that those interested may take advantage of amazing deals at the best restaurants in OC and maybe even try new restaurants. Really, there will be something for everyone!”

Presenting sponsors for the 2011 OC Wine Week and OC Beer Week include Orange Coast Magazine, Cox Wireless, OC Metro, LA Times, M Magazine, Socal PBS, Playlist 92.7 FM, Moxxe PR, Greer’s OC, DiningOut Magazine, OCStandard, OpenTable, and OCfoodies. For general information, or to learn about participation or sponsorship opportunities for the Orange County Restaurant Association, please visit http://www.ocrestaurantassociation.org/.