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1st Annual Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival #NBWFF

Compressed watermelon bites, hibiscus and basil syrup shooter, jalapeño dusted blackberries, micro cilantro

The very First Annual Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival will showcase live cooking demos with celebrity chefs, local restaurants, elite sommelier panels, master mixology courses, wine tastings and live music from international jazz artists. Sure to become a Newport Beach signature end-of-summer soirée, the backdrop for the event is the stunningly contemporary grounds of the Newport Beach Civic Center and various restaurants around town, the much-anticipated festival will guide you through a three-day journey filled with flavors and tastings from some of the finest local and world-renowned culinary masters. Prepare your taste-buds.

Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival

To tempt you with a tiny taste of what you’ll experience at the Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival, here are a few shots from the media preview held earlier this month at the lovely Café Jardin, a hidden gem tucked inside the pastoral grounds of Sherman Library & Gardens in Corona del Mar.

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 Executive Chef Rainer Schwarz, Driftwood Kitchen putting the finishing touches on his Hawaiian long-line cut Hawaiian tuna loin, uni/farro salad and watermelon/avocado-cilantro lime dressing.

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 Feast your eyes on the artistry and delectable tastes from these Orange County chefs:

• Executive Chef Pascal, Café Jardin – A selection of French tartines, rillettes and pâté

• Executive Chef Marc Johnson, Oak Grill & Aqua Lounge – Tandoori spiced ahi tartar, cucumber, curry and papadum crisp

• Executive Chef Imran Ali, Tamarind of London – Tandoori garlic shrimp and organic quinoa salad

• Executive Chef Ashley Santo Domingo, 24 carrots – Compressed watermelon bites with a hibiscus and basil syrup shooter, jalapeño dusted blackberries and micro cilantro

• John Nye (Representing Executive Chef Scott Brandon), Fireside Tavern – Rocky road crunch bar, marshmallow cream, chocolate sauce and smoked almonds (below)

Rocky road crunch bar, marshmallow cream, chocolate sauce and smoked almonds

• Executive Chef Shirley Chung, TWENTY EIGHT – Slow braised oxtail with maltose glaze and 8 treasure rice (below)

Slow braised oxtail with maltose glaze and 8 treasure rice

• Chef John Ledbetter – Sockeye salmon poke, chile de arbol, preserved meyer lemon, cucumber, scallions and bell pepper emulsion

• Executive Chef Jeffrey Lunak, Blue C Sushi – House smoked Japanese Hamachi tacos with guacamole, Anaheim chili sauce and cilantro

• Executive Chef Bruno Massuger, Back Bay Bistro – Lobster crostini, mango, onions and green pepper

• Executive Chef Talia Zimmer, True Food Kitchen – Quinoa burger, tzatziki hummus and avocado feta

• Executive Chef Chris Tzorin, Tortilla Republic Laguna Beach – French pork al pastor, jalapeno potato puree, caramelized pineapple and onions, grilled asparagus, al pastor sauce (below)

French pork al pastor, jalapeno potato puree, caramelized pineapple and onions, grilled asparagus, al pastor sauce

• Sous Chef Meghan Nordtvedt, Wildfish Seafood Grille – Yellow tail hamachi, fresno chili, ponzu and cilantro

• Executive Chef Rainer Schwarz, Driftwood Kitchen – Hawaiian long-line cut Hawaiian tuna loin, uni/farro salad and watermelon/avocado-cilantro lime dressing

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Sommelier Michael Jordan

Special Guest Chefs:

• Food Network’s “Chopped” winner Joe Youkhan and owner of The Tasting Spoon
• “Cutthroat Kitchen” winner Jamie Gwen and host of “Food & Wine with Jamie Gwen” on KFWB
• Executive Chef Joshua Severson, Selanne Steak Tavern
• Executive Chef Marcus Lage, Tommy Bahama Restaurant
• Executive Chef Grant Lawson, The Crow Bar and Kitchen

And, just because it was such a stunner for all the senses that left me {almost} speechless, Executive Chef Ashley Santo Domingo of 24 Carrots:

Executive Chef Ashley Santo Domingo, 24 carrots – Compressed watermelon bites with a hibiscus and basil syrup shooter, jalapeño dusted blackberries and micro cilantro

Compressed watermelon bites, hibiscus and basil syrup shooter, jalapeño dusted blackberries and micro cilantro.

Mark your calendars for September 20-21, 2014, to be among the food and wine lovers from all over Southern California (and beyond!) who will descend upon Newport Beach to experience a world-class epicurean journey through live cooking demos with celebrity and local executive chefs, tastings from over 40 wineries, elite sommelier panels, mixology courses and live jazz.

 

The Festival opens its doors at 11am Saturday and Sunday. The day will begin with a blind tasting and sommelier panel from 11:30am-12:30pm with OC’s leading wine experts, including Master Sommelier Michael Jordan and Joey Kleinhans of the Wine Elite. On Saturday, sommeliers will taste and discuss together with all attendees a flight of 6 important grape varietals grown in California. On Sunday, guests will enjoy a panel discussion featuring 3 pairs of wines, where each New World wine will be compared to an Old World wine with a similar flavor profile.

 

The Grand Tasting Pavilion, where noteworthy OC executive chefs will be serving up gourmet cuisine, is open from 12-3pm, while hand-passed appetizers and desserts will be served throughout the day and enjoyed in our beautiful lounge areas. Premier wines ($100-$200 bottles) will be poured at the grand centerpiece bar of the Grand Tasting Pavilion, while over 25 wineries will line the walls of city hall.

 

Get up close and personal with celebrity and local chefs showcasing LIVE cooking demos on the outdoor and indoor stages. Throughout the day, emcee Peter Dills will introduce culinary masters Richard Blais, Rick Moonen, Jamie Gwen, Joe Youkhan, Sue Zemanick and Craig Strong (just to name a few) as they show guests how to recreate some of their best signature cuisine. Book signings with many of the chefs will be also be available.

 

Guests will round out the day with special mixology courses from master, world-renowned Southern Wine & Spirits mixologists Francesco Lafranconi and Tricia Carr. Day one will feature hand-crafted cocktails from Duke Spirits (new bourbon company brought to life by John Wayne’s grandson Ethan Wayne) and Patron Spirits on Sunday.

 

Purchasing a ticket to the daytime Festival grants you unlimited access to ALL things #food and #wine! This means guests will not drop a dime (upon entering Festival grounds) for epicurean experiences like… wine tasting, food in the Grand Tasting Pavilion, hand-crafted cocktails, live jazz, sommelier panels and mixology courses! Get your tickets now at Newport Beach Wine & Food.

 

 

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2 Responses to “1st Annual Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival #NBWFF”

  1. Lisa @ Whisk & Cleaver
    August 29 at 3:23 pm #

    This looks SO FUN!!! Bummer to miss it – IFBC is that weekend. Thanks for sharing the media shots, looks like some amazing food and wine will be on display.

    • Priscilla
      August 29 at 5:03 pm #

      Hi Lisa – I know! I’ll be at IFBC, too (which I know will be lots of fun as well). Why does everything happen at the same time?

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