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May 16, 2003
DINING OUT When Michael Kang launched his unique restaurant on Glenneyre Street Downtown circa 1985 he introduced to Laguna Beach an exciting new concept in dining. The idea of presenting elegant dishes against a rough hewn setting was totally innovative. But with his architectural background and penchant for creative cooking, Five Feet featuring "California Chinese" cuisine, was meticulously conceived. I well recall him explaining, as I watched his construction of the interior in those early days, that the name was inspired by the position of the building five feet above sea level and by his personal and family statures.
LOCAL
By Barbara Diamond | September 18, 2009
Canines, chili and cats captivated the crowd at the 13th annual Laguna Beach Pet Parade and Chili Cook-off Saturday at Tivoli Too. Nine contestants vied for Best Chili Recipe — judged by Gloria Fine , restaurateur Michael Kang , police Sgt. Jason Kravetz, Angie Miller and Donna Macey , subbing for her husband, Fire Chief Michael Macey . Prudential California Realty was the winner. K’ya came in second, followed by the Marine Room Tavern. Michelle Boyd cooked the Mar Bar entry and Aggie Dougherty and Sandy Davenport served it. Other entries included 2008 winner HOM Real Estate Group; Rosanne Kline’s recipe for Surterre Properties Inc.; Tesor Properties; and Team Laguna, led by Dani Purcell , which featured chili from Nick’s on South Coast Highway and won the People’s Choice Award.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | December 26, 2008
The last time we chatted with Michael Kang, none of us had gray hair. We were just planning A La Carte and he had just opened Five Feet. Astonishing to all three of us is the fact that it was 25 years ago! At that long ago moment, he was generously offering us advice and expertise on the difficulties of the restaurant business. Typical of Kang, even then, was his willingness to help other people. As his restaurant became a Laguna institution, so did he, involving himself in any number of charitable causes, particularly those that focused on feeding people.
NEWS
February 3, 2011
The following is from the Jan.25 meeting of the Laguna Beach Unified School District Board of Education. Art teacher and students honored Thurston Middle School art teacher Linda Erickson, who was recently named "Outstanding Middle Level Visual Art Educator for 2010" by the California Art Education Assn., was honored by the school board and Thurston Principal Joanne Culverhouse. Culverhouse thanked Erickson for her contributions to art education, as well as involving students in extracurricular art projects like Color it Orange, Imagination Celebration and the Water District rain barrel contest.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Steve Kawaratani | December 19, 2008
“The weather is like the government, always in the wrong.” — Jerome K. Jerome   Gardeners face myriad challenges as wind, rain and particularly cold have arrived. Good judgment on tree selection and pruning shows up during and after major winter storms. In certain Laguna climes, there is the distinct possibility of frost damage to tender plantings. Cold temperatures may damage or destroy certain plant tissues, by causing the water inside the plant to crystallize and rupture cell walls.
ENTERTAINMENT
By ELLE HARROW | January 27, 2006
THE GOSSIPING GOURMET Ever since Michael Kang opened Five Feet restaurant 20 years ago, people have puzzled over the name. Wisely, Michael has never confirmed or denied anyone's speculations. In fact, his website now features a contest soliciting explanations. Our favorite is this: The restaurant has three owners; one of them has only one leg. Innovative from the start, Michael introduced Asian Fusion to Orange County. The stripped-down, bare- bones architecture of the restaurant was the first of its kind in Laguna.
NEWS
By Steve Kawaratani | September 9, 2010
"Life is one big transition. " —Willie Stargell September's days are becoming noticeably shorter, and the season of tourists (also known as summer) has come and gone again in Laguna. Locals mark the reclaiming of the village by the final performance of the Last Supper, the observance of Labor Day weekend, and the beginning of a new school year. The first tangible result of summer's closing will be the availability of parking throughout town again. Well, maybe not at Thalia, Oak or Brooks if there is a swell afoot.
LOCAL
By Catharine Cooper | November 28, 2008
“Sleigh bells ring; are you listening?” Not if you’re in Laguna Beach. Not this week, at least. With perfect fall weather — warm days and cool nights — we have only to gloat that we are not one of those who have already taken to shovels and heavy jackets. Instead, we wander our beaches in shorts and flops, sipping our Starbucks and maybe flipping a volleyball. At worst case, we may layer on a sweatshirt, but the perfect weather is one more in a long list of reasons to be grateful for our Laguna homes.
NEWS
September 27, 2002
DINING OUT In what must be the event of the year, as far as the Laguna Beach dine-out scene is concerned, two popular restaurateurs have joined forces. Karl Zeigler, who turned a tiny takeout stand in Laguna Village, circa 1978, into the full-scale dining venue it is today, has partnered with Michael Kang of Five Feet fame to bring a broader, more sophisticated scope to the ocean-front venue. On the first of May the name was upgraded from Village Market & Cafe to Laguna Village Bistro.
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By Barbara Diamond | September 18, 2009
Canines, chili and cats captivated the crowd at the 13th annual Laguna Beach Pet Parade and Chili Cook-off Saturday at Tivoli Too. Nine contestants vied for Best Chili Recipe — judged by Gloria Fine , restaurateur Michael Kang , police Sgt. Jason Kravetz, Angie Miller and Donna Macey , subbing for her husband, Fire Chief Michael Macey . Prudential California Realty was the winner. K’ya came in second, followed by the Marine Room Tavern. Michelle Boyd cooked the Mar Bar entry and Aggie Dougherty and Sandy Davenport served it. Other entries included 2008 winner HOM Real Estate Group; Rosanne Kline’s recipe for Surterre Properties Inc.; Tesor Properties; and Team Laguna, led by Dani Purcell , which featured chili from Nick’s on South Coast Highway and won the People’s Choice Award.
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | December 26, 2008
The last time we chatted with Michael Kang, none of us had gray hair. We were just planning A La Carte and he had just opened Five Feet. Astonishing to all three of us is the fact that it was 25 years ago! At that long ago moment, he was generously offering us advice and expertise on the difficulties of the restaurant business. Typical of Kang, even then, was his willingness to help other people. As his restaurant became a Laguna institution, so did he, involving himself in any number of charitable causes, particularly those that focused on feeding people.
NEWS
May 16, 2003
DINING OUT When Michael Kang launched his unique restaurant on Glenneyre Street Downtown circa 1985 he introduced to Laguna Beach an exciting new concept in dining. The idea of presenting elegant dishes against a rough hewn setting was totally innovative. But with his architectural background and penchant for creative cooking, Five Feet featuring "California Chinese" cuisine, was meticulously conceived. I well recall him explaining, as I watched his construction of the interior in those early days, that the name was inspired by the position of the building five feet above sea level and by his personal and family statures.
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