holiday nibbles and sips

nibbles Lemon Pie from Descanso Restaurant Yields 7 servings Ingredients Lemon Pie: 2-1/2 lbs cream cheese 32 oz heavy cream 14 oz condensed milk 1 gelatin sheet 1 c lemon juice pinch of salt 1/2 Tbsp vanilla extract Cookie Crumble Topping: 1/2 box Maria Cookies (1/2lb) 1/2 lb butter (melted) Toppings: raspberry jam edible flowers fresh berries Method For the ... Read More »

Grateful Table

A community serving those who serve By Andy Hume This past October, Orange County residents came out to support local restaurant workers at the 2019 Grateful Table® event put on by the California Restaurant Association. Sharing one table, 10 chefs and 160 food-loving locals bore witness to the season’s greatest meal at the OC Fair & Event Center and raised ... Read More »

Table For Ten: Good Food for a Good Cause

By Andy Hume Next spring, one of Orange County’s preeminent culinary events, Table for Ten, will bring together some of Southern California’s best chefs to benefit the longtime, life-changing organization, Make-A-Wish of Orange County & the Inland Empire. Mark your calendars for March 8, 2020, when more than 35 top chefs and a number of exclusive wineries and product sponsors ... Read More »

Food with Heart Restaurants Giving Back

By Andy Hume Perhaps it’s the daily connection to individuals and regular interaction with the community that keeps so many hospitality workers involved in philanthropy. Serving people a nourishing meal can point out just how many are lacking them or those who may need nourishment in other aspects of their lives. In Food with Heart, we highlight two local institutions ... Read More »

20 Places We Love for Date Night in the OC and Long Beach

1. Raya Any date involving a menu from famed Chef Richard Sandoval is sure to shine. Combine that with a dining room complete with floor-to-ceiling windows that grace diners with exquisite seaside views, possible whale sightings, and a lovely spectacle of the nearby Catalina Island, and romance is basically guaranteed. Sandoval’s menu at Raya is in line with the kind ... Read More »

Event Recap: The hottest culinary events we saw this season

By Colin Wrenn 01. LONG BEACH RESTAURANT WEEK AUGUST 3-11 Dine LBC returned for its annual Restaurant Week featuring value-oriented two- and three-course dining menus from dozens of the city’s most exciting eating establishments. Split across 12 neighborhoods, the week-long festivities featured menus from The Kroft, Chianina Steakhouse, Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken, Bite Mi Asian Kitchen, and DOGZ Bar ... Read More »

Hidden Gems in the OC and Long Beach

By Alexis Methven Orange County and Long Beach are about more than beaches, surf, and sunshine (though we do cherish such a lucky quality of life, of course). Just as much, our slice of paradise along the West Coast is about incredible eats that you can’t find anywhere else in the country. And in-between our Michelin-starred sanctuaries sit options that ... Read More »

The Holiday Table

Long Beach and Orange County restaurants that gather the community for the holidays and beyond By Morgan Carter Living in Orange County, we have much to be thankful for. The serene ocean and the never-ending sunshine always seem to top the list, but we must also give thanks for our flourishing restaurant scene. Though we often point to the ingredients ... Read More »

Event Recap

OC’s culinary events kept it hot this season By Morgan Carter 01. OC Chef’s Table March 3 Forty-two top chefs and 400 attendees gathered at Disneyland® Resort and took a seat to tackle homelessness during the Illumination Foundation’s OC Chef’s Table. The magic was definitely alive and well as the gala raised more than a million dollars geared toward breaking ... Read More »

New to Orange County and Long Beach

SOCIAL HUNTINGTON BEACH {21214 Beach Boulevard, Huntington} SOCIAL Restaurant Group’s latest new-American dining concept, SOCIAL Huntington Beach, offers chef and ingredient-focused dinner, brunch, late-night bites, and creative cocktails. Huntington Beach native and corporate executive chef of SOCIAL Restaurant Group, Jeffrey Boullt, brings crowd favorites from SOCIAL Costa Mesa to the Huntington Beach community while presenting a distinctive flare, drawing influence ... Read More »