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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 »

Chef Masters

The “culinary for a good cause” event of the year welcomes you back By Sarah Carpenter | Photography by Bob Hodson Californians and beyond have the opportunity to uplift the reach of the Alzheimer’s Family Center (AFC), while filling their plates with dishes crafted by the hands and hearts of more than 30 of Southern California’s top chefs. Spanning four ... Read More »

Food with Heart

Giving back with Toast Kitchen + Bakery By Morgan Carter Toast Kitchen + Bakery is Costa Mesa’s answer to a diner experience. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, appetites any time of the day can be quelled with freshly baked pastries, fried chicken and waffles, pot pies, and more. But take a harder look, and you’ll see Toast Kitchen + ... Read More »

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 »

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 »

European Health Secrets

Boulder author Layne Lieberman dishes on Swiss, French, and Italian diet tips

Beyond the Mediterranean

Paleo. Gluten-free. Raw foods. Which of these dietary trends have you or someone you know tested in the recent past? Award-winning culinary nutritionist and Boulder-based author Layne Lieberman, RD, believes the key to a healthy lifestyle is simpler than these passing fads. While living in Switzerland, she discovered the eating habits that allow the Swiss to enjoy the second longest ... Read More »