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My Friday Finds is a roundup of fun food festivities. The inaugural Los Angeles Times The Taste Costa Mesa takes place at the Met later this month.

The Taste Costa Mesa

The Taste Costa Mesa

Join the Los Angeles Times at The MET in Costa Mesa for 3 days of amazing food, wine, spirits and chef experiences, plus unique culinary pop-ups and collaborations. The event is held in L.A. at the Paramount Picture Studios, is now making its Orange County debut. Dozens of local restaurants will showcase Southern California’s region’s rich and diverse culinary scene by serving you their best food items. Sip, savor, and celebrate is the theme and I am excited to attend in a couple of weeks. Tickets are available through Eventbrite here. Note that this event is for those 21 and over only.

The Taste Costa Mesa -Schedule of Events:

Friday, Oct. 19, 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Classic flavors and cultural mash-ups will be the highlights of the opening event as chef Linda Johnsen (Filomena’s Italian Kitchen) shares her Italian roots through a demo of one of her signature dishes, while Santa Ana-raised chef Hop Phan (Dos Chinos) reveals the artistry behind his collaborative Vietnamese-Mexican cooking.

Restaurants featured include Bluegold, Tabu Shabu, Toast Kitchen, Chronic Tacos, Coni’Seafood, Fill, Gunwhale Ales, LSXO, MFK by Aysee, Portola Coffee Roasters, Puesto, Silver Trumpet Restaurant and Bar, Tabu Shabu, Toast Kitchen & Bakery and Tokyo Table.

Saturday, Oct. 20, 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Chef Carlos Salgado of Taco María will showcase his seasonal, Mexican-influenced cooking on Saturday evening. Wing Lam of Wahoo’s Fish Tacos and Kelly Lam from The Whole Purpose will treat the crowd to a joint demo, while Geeta Bansal (Clay Oven) will provide a glimpse into how traditional and modern techniques make the most flavorful Indian dishes.

Restaurants featured this evening include ADYA, Bosscat Kitchen & Libations, Cucina Enoteca, Georgia’s Restaurant, Habana, L.A. Brisket, Outpost Kitchen, Panxa Cocina, Roe Seafood, Supatras Thai, Ten Asian Bistro, The Cut and Water Grill.

Sunday, Oct. 21, 1:00pm to 4:00pm

The Taste festivities continue on Sunday afternoon with cooking demonstrations to be announced, signature dishes from the participating chefs and purveyors, and tasting-sized pours of wine, beer and cocktails.Local eateries include Blackmarket Bakery, Chunk-N-Chip, Clay Oven, Descanso Restaurant, Electric City Butcher, Haven Gastropub and more. Talk about a great way to end a weekend!

The Taste Costa Mesa



I love sharing the news about the March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction taking place on November 7th in Chino Hills, California. Top local chefs will join forces to benefit the health of all moms and babies at the Vellano Country Club.

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The much-anticipated philanthropic dining event will raise critical funds to benefit March of Dimes’ mission to lead the fight for the health of all moms and babies. The evening begins extraordinary tasting of Inland Empire’s most desirable cuisine, prepared and served by culinary masters from top local establishments, followed by a seated dessert program and live auction, offering an opportunity to bid on insider packages and unique experiences.

Sir Chef Bruno Serato, one of the regions most renowned chefs and humanitarians, is the owner and chef of Anaheim White House and Caterina’s Club and the Lead Chef for the event. Serato is well-known for his delicious creations, but it is his work with children that has earned him an international reputation. He was recognized as a CNN Hero in 2011 for his philanthropic and humanitarian works in the community.

Since 2005 Serato has been providing warm nutritious meals to underprivileged youth through his nonprofit organization, Caternia’s Club, named after his mother, Caterina. Serato hopes to inspire others to do the same project in their communities and across the globe.

What began as one meal to a child has now grown into over 2.6 million meals served, 174 families moved out of homelessness into safe-affordable housing, 132 at-risk teens trained in career readiness skills and over $40,000 in scholarships awarded. The inaugural March of Dimes Inland Empire Signature Chefs Auction presented by KPC Healthcare, Inc

Ticket information for this event and those in other communities can be found here.

The Gourmandise School

The Gourmandise School offers hands-on cooking classes in Los Angeles. The school’s objective is to educate people on how to create amazing meals and treats out of locally sourced and sustainable ingredients while having fun. The school teaches classic cooking and baking techniques and use locally sourced ingredients.  Besides cooking and baking classes, the school offers a professional series and fascinating food workshops for beginners to professionals. I hope to check out one of their classes sometime soon.

That’s it for this Friday Fun Foodie Finds. Have a wonderful weekend!



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