Events Announced for 2nd annual Laguna Beach A La Carte – A Food and Wine Experience March 8-11

Prepare to experience world-class cuisine, fabulous prix-fixe menus, perfect food & wine pairings, noted chef demonstrations, daily culinary events and special offers by local restaurateurs when the Laguna Beach Visitors & Conference Bureau presents the 2nd  annual Laguna Beach a la Carte – A Food & Wine Experience, March 8-11, 2012.

“Laguna Beach has been recognized as a culinary destination for many years,” said Karyn Philippsen, event Committee Chairman for the Laguna Beach Visitors & Conference Bureau. “Now we can showcase this with a four-day celebration, by bringing people together to enjoy inventive cuisine paired with superb wine offerings.” 

Schedule of Major Daily Events:

 Thursday, March 8, 2012

 Opening Night: Winemaker & Chef’s Table Dinners

To kick off the celebration, restaurateurs will be holding Winemaker & Chef’s Table Dinners. Participating restaurants include 230 Forest Avenue, The Beach House, Claes Ovation, The Cliff Restaurant, The Deck, Eva’s Caribbean Kitchen, French 75, House of Big Fish & Ice Cold Beer, K’ya Bistro Bar, Las Brisas, Nirvana Grille, Rock’N Fish, Royal Hawaiian, Sapphire Restaurant & Pantry, Splashes Restaurant, Starfish, Sundried Tomato, Tabu Grill, Three Seventy Common Kitchen + Drink, Tommy Bahama and Watermarc.

Friday, March 9, 2012

A Taste of K’ya Bistro at The Rooftop Lounge & Hotel La Casa Del Camino

Come experience award-winning chef Craig Connole’s Mediterranean-inspired cuisine at the historic Hotel La Casa del Camino. Chef Connole will create stations to showcase his top 10 tastes from K’ya Bistro Bar in three of the boutique hotel’s unique settings. Savor gourmet bites and ocean views at The Rooftop Lounge, enjoy the romantic Spanish courtyard of the Wine Bar, or live music and libations in the Lobby Lounge. Event times: 5:00-10:00 p.m. $30 per person for signature tastes; no host bar. Call 949.497.2446 to reserve.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Laguna Beach Uncorked! An International Wine & Food Fest*

Enjoy tastings from 22 Laguna Beach restaurants and 30 wineries from around the world. Event takes place on the Festival of Arts grounds from 1:00-4:00 p.m. A portion of the ticket sales benefits CHOC Children’s Hospital.

Participating Laguna Beach restaurants include: 230 Forest Avenue, Broadway by Amar Santana, Claes Ovation, The Deck, Dizz’s As Is, Eva’s Caribbean Kitchen, French 75, House of Big Fish & Ice Cold Beer, Katsuya, K’ya Bistro Bar, Laguna Culinary Arts, Las Brisas, The Mosaic at Montage Laguna Beach, Nirvana Grille, Royal Hawaiian, Sapphire Restaurant & Pantry, Splashes, Starfish, Sundried Tomato, Tabu Grill, Tommy Bahama, Watermarc and more.

General admission: $75 if purchased by 2/15/12; $95 after 2/15/12; VIP: $125 (limited to 150 tickets); includes a 10am wine seminar with Peter Neptune, Master Sommelier, presented by Rohl, and an early 12noon entrance to Laguna Beach Uncorked! Visit to purchase tickets. For event information, call 949.497.9229.

*All event attendees must be at least 21 years of age. ID will be checked at the door.

Sunset & Savor at Surf & Sand Resort’s Pool Deck

Enjoy live music, a selection of savory bites prepared by Executive Chef Jeff Armstrong and specialty cocktails and sweet treats prepared by Mixologist/Pastry Chef Ryan Velilla. Also, sample select beer and Chateau Ste. Michelle wines. The event is $75 per person and runs from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Limited availability (100 guests maximum). Must RSVP to 949.376.2761 or

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Snack, Sip, and Surf at The Deck at Pacific Edge Hotel 

Join in for an afternoon of food, fun and friendly competition. Enjoy a cocktail competition with some of Orange County’s hottest mixologists. Nosh on beach fare with a neighborhood chef challenge and passed appetizers from The Deck. All of this while feasting your eyes on their friendly pro-am surfing competition. Proceeds go to Mauli Ola, benefitting children with Cystic Fibrosis. $45 per person. Event time: 2:00-5:00 p.m. Space is limited. Call 949.281.5704 to reserve your spot today.

Garden to Table: A Culinary Experience at Studio at Montage

Start the evening with a champagne reception, complete with the chef’s signature garden-inspired hors d’oeuvres. Next, you will enjoy a four-course tasting menu complete with wine pairings from a local California winery. Don’t miss this intimate oceanfront dining experience with Studio’s Executive Chef Craig Strong. Takes place 6:00-9:00 p.m.; $175 per person. Call 949.715.4100 for tickets.

Gospel & Champagne Brunch at Tivoli Too!

Featuring Yve Evans & Co., brunch begins at 11am and is $40pp (includes gospel show). Champagne tastings by Domaine Ste. Michelle. To purchase tickets, visit

Chef Demonstration and Cooking Class at Nirvana Grille

This three-hour session will focus on local and seasonal produce from 11:00 a.m.-2:00p.m. $75 per person; 30 person class limit. Call 949.497.0027 for reservations.

For details on Laguna Beach a la Carte events, restaurant offers and hotel packages, visit

In its second year, Laguna Beach a la Carte has significantly expanded its offerings and several new sponsors have stepped up in support of this year’s culinary happening.

“Events such as Laguna Beach a la Carte would not be possible without the partnership of companies like HÔM Sotheby’s International Realty, Verterra, Union Bank, Waste Management, Fiji Water and Rohl,” said Judith Bijlani, President & CEO of the Laguna Beach Visitors & Conference Bureau.

Media sponsors include Laguna Beach Independent, Laguna Beach Magazine, Laguna Beach Coastline Pilot and Dining Out. The Festival of Arts, the host site, brings the opportunity to welcome more than a thousand new guests to the signature event, Laguna Beach Uncorked!

Visit for more info on foodie events and news in Laguna Beach, and read our blog for frequent updates on what’s happening at Laguna Beach Restaurants.

Thanks for reading–we’ll see you next time!

Christopher Trela & Stasha Surdyke


About lagunabeachfoodies

Local food & wine writers Christopher Trela & Stasha Surdyke offer a foodie's guide to the creative culinary world of Laguna Beach! Long known as a vibrant arts community, Laguna Beach is gaining a well-deserved reputation as an exciting, cutting-edge dining destination. Dozens of unique restaurants add vibrant culinary color to the Laguna landscape, making the town a picture-perfect place to enjoy decadent gastronomic delights. This blog provides food lovers with news and information about the many restaurants, and the variety of cuisine, located in Laguna Beach.
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