Our Laguna: The best in food and wine

March 07, 2013|By Barbara Diamond
  • Executive Chef Laurent Brazier, who presented last year's Laguna Culinary Arts Wine Dinner.
Executive Chef Laurent Brazier, who presented last year's… (Courtesy Laguna…)

The Laguna Beach Visitors & Conference Bureau uncorked another tasty treat this week.

For the third year, the bureau is hosting Laguna Beach a la Carte, a festival of food and wine that promotes Laguna's reputation as a foodie destination with world-class cuisine. Local restaurants offered prix-fixe menus, food and wine pairings, and special events that began Thursday and conclude Sunday. All events are listed at

"It's exciting to showcase our culinary offerings with a four-day celebration, by bringing people together to enjoy inventive cuisine paired with superb wine offerings," said bureau President Karyn Philippsen, event committee co-chair, in a news release.

The event includes the popular Laguna Beach Uncorked!, set for Saturday at the Festival of Arts Grounds, 650 Laguna Canyon Road. Guests will be offered tastes of signature dishes prepared by 20 Laguna Beach restaurants and sip wine served by 30 wineries from around the world. Gates open at 12:30 p.m. for general admission. VIP ticket holders will attend a wine seminar with Master Sommelier Michael A. Jordan, at 9:30 a.m. and begin tastings at 11:30 a.m.


"Last year's event really exceeded my expectations," said Sandra Hovanesian, who will be attending this year's seminar. "It was really the best food and wine tasting I have ever been to."

She especially liked the white wines served at the La Playa booth and the shrimp ceviche prepared by Montage Laguna Beach's Mosaic Bar and Grill and the salmon from Sapphire.

Other locals at the afternoon soiree included former Mayor Jane Egly, Jim and Terri Johnson, Angie Miller, Mark and Miriam Singer, Laguna Playhouse Executive Director Karen Wood and Friends of the Library President Martha Lydick.

Today is the last day to purchase seminar tickets for $145, limited to 250, or general admission tickets for $90 from General admission tickets will also be available at the box office for $115. A portion of the ticket sales will benefit Children's Hospital of Orange County.

All attendees must be at least 21 years of age. Identification will be checked at the door.

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