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Chef Showcase: Chefs Sarmiento and Trujillo of CUCINA enoteca

Chef Tony Trujillo of CUCINA enoteca Irvine

Chef de Cuisine Cesar Sarmiento CUCINA enoteca Newport Beach Originally hailing from Bogota, Colombia, Chef Cesar Sarmiento started his illustrious career as a line cook at Gordon Ramsey’s Cielo in Boca Raton, Florida. Falling in love with the “lexicon of the kitchen,” Sarmiento soon enrolled at Le Cordon Bleu Culinary School in Miami. After graduation, he spent several years cooking ... Read More »

Chef Showcase: Bruno Serato of Anaheim White House

Chef Bruno Serato of Anaheim White House

Starting his career with nothing more than a dream, Chef/Owner Bruno Serato built Anaheim White House on a decades-long foundation in the industry. It started with his family’s restaurant in Verona, Italy, and continued to Old World restaurants in California, most notably La Vie en Rose in Brea. Eventually, he decided to strike out on his own, staking his claim ... Read More »

Chef Showcase: Amar Santana of Vaca and Broadway

Chef Amar Santana of Broadway and Vaca

Born in the Dominican Republic, Chef Amar Santana immigrated to the United States at age 13, beginning his culinary career shortly afterwards at age 16. From his earliest days in the kitchen, he was mentored by some of the most renowned chefs in the industry—a foundation that ultimate led to celebrity at his own restaurants, Vaca and Broadway, and on ... Read More »

Glass Bottles, Glass Ceilings

How Women of the Vine breaks barriers in the alcohol beverage industry

Cynthia Lohr

In 2005, New York City-based tech marketing guru Deborah Brenner took a trip to Napa that would change her life—and the role of women in wine—forever. During her tour of the area’s famous wineries, she discovered how male-dominated the wine industry is. She even learned of several cases where a winery made a conscious decision to omit a female winemaker’s ... Read More »

Full Steam Ahead

At Ritter's Steam Kettle Cooking

The word about Ritter’s Steam Kettle Cooking has risen like steam during the past few years. The kettles are cooking, and people are talking. Maybe it’s the authentic Cajun and Creole flavors, the secret spice combinations, and the Southern-caught seafood on the menu that’s been getting people’s attention. Maybe it’s the fact that people can watch as their food is ... Read More »

Food Talk

With Dan Jurafsky, author of "The Language of Food"

In “The Language of Food,” Stanford University linguistics professor and chair Dan Jurafsky journeys into the linguistic history of all things culinary. Jurafsky explores food terminology with easy-to-digest etymologies, entertaining anecdotes, and even snippets of ancient recipes—as well as some not-so-ancient ones, like Emily Dickinson’s recipe for coconut cake. “The Language of Food” asks questions about the similarities between words like macaroon, macaron, and ... Read More »

Their Recipes, Your Kitchen

Food and drink recipes

Signature Sesame Chicken from Octopus serves two Ingredients Chicken and marinade: 8 oz sake ƒ16 oz soy sauce 16 oz white sugar 2 eggs 8 oz sesame seeds 2 tsp black pepper ƒ 2 oz fresh ginger 6 cloves fresh garlic 2 ea chicken leg and thigh, skin removed, and cut into 1-inch pieces Tempura batter: 16 oz tempura powder ... Read More »

Warm Up Your Winter

Five ways to stay cozy in Laguna Beach

Winter in Laguna Beach? We know it’s mild compared to some. But when that chill hits the air, you’ll want to know where to go to get cozy. From crackling fireplaces to guilt-free comfort food, we’ve highlighted five ways to warm up your dining excursions in Laguna Beach this season. Zéytoon Café {412 North Coast Highway; 949.715.9230} There’s nothing like trying a ... Read More »

Your First Mates in Dining

Waterline and A&O Kitchen+Bar at Balboa Bay Resort

 Meet your two new best friends: Waterline Newport Beach and A&O Kitchen+Bar. Why should they be your go-to culinary companions? For one, they cook up delicious food at all hours of the day at prices that beat many comparable experiences in the Newport Beach area. Take the Sunday brunch, for example—bottomless mimosas, a farmers’ market display, pastries, a raw bar, ... Read More »

Chef Roundtable

If you were to make a New Year’s resolution to learn something new in the kitchen in 2016, what would it be?

Executive Chef Austin Harrell of Red O Newport Beach My New Year’s resolution is to focus on taking a healthier approach to my cooking. Being classically trained in French cooking, as well as having grown up in Louisiana and recently learned Mexican cuisine, my cooking and eating habits have not been as healthy as they should be. With a career ... Read More »