Riviera Magazine To Live And Dine Chef Challenge At SOCO 2013


August 18, 2013 by danisdecadentdeals

Riviera Magazine to live and dine chef challenge

Dani & Hubby

This past week an awesome event happened in Costa Mesa at SOCO and it was called, “To Live & Dine Chef’s Challenge.” The event was on Wednesday, August 14th from 6:00pm-8:00pm and cost $20 and was put together by Riviera Magazine.  Upon being invited to this event I was unsure of what to expect, but I was blown away by the awesome set up and all of the fabulous vendors that attended!  🙂 SOCO is located at 3303 Hyland Avenue in the city of Costa Mesa. For more information about the awesome SOCO center and OC Mix Mart, go to my post here: South Coast Collection 

This premiere tasting event had some of the most awesome dishes to sample from over 20 Orange County Chefs and there was a competition among the chefs in which the attendees were able to judge by dropping gold coins in the chefs’ baskets.  The winner of the event ended up being new Chef at Chapter One, Jason Montelibano, also known as “Chef Chicken Wang.”

Restaurant participants from this year’s event included: Arc, Brasserie Pascal, Chapter One: the modern local, Charlie Palmer, Cinepolis, Sandy’s Beach Grill, Las Brisas, Mare Culinary Lounge, Mastro’s Ocean Club, Mesa, POSH, Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion Cuisine, Silver Trumpet, Shuck Oyster Bar, Taco Maria, The Cheese Shop, The Iron Press, Theorem, The Ranch Restaurant & Saloon, Shuck Oyster Bar, Wild Goose Tavern, and Wildfish Seafood Grille.

A portion of the proceeds went to a charity called CASA – which stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates of Orange County is a non-profit organization.  More information can be found here: CASA Check out my picture overview below all about this fabulous event. Hope to see you there next year. 🙂 

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54 thoughts on “Riviera Magazine To Live And Dine Chef Challenge At SOCO 2013

  1. John Hurd says:

    I guess you really had a great time witnessing the event. From the pictures you’ve collected it was certain that it was really “fabulous”. Again, very nice and yet mouth watering article.

  2. This sounds amazing. It’s incredible that you don’t weigh 250 pounds… I know I would if I were invited to an event like this!!

  3. Loretta says:

    We LOVE SoCo! They have such fun events! Our friend Anais Tangie insures that!

  4. Yvonne Brown says:

    Cool! I’ve never heard of a “Crush Hour” before!

    Yvonne Brown

  5. Rob says:

    I really want to get out there soon… I was talking to my wife about going to LA eventually.

  6. Jim Striegel says:

    Looks like you had a great time with great food! Very nice pics too!

  7. Lisa Hodges says:

    I sure do miss the fun events in the OC area. Great pictures and article about your wonderful experience.

  8. Sure wish we had events like this. It seems you sure do have some amazing culinary experiences and great pics too!

  9. I need to get down to your area again sometime. Looks like you guys have a lot going on down there!

  10. Jeff Brand says:

    Looks like an amazing time with good food and friends. Nice pictures too.

  11. Dana Maciag says:

    I would have loved to sample all the yummy food!

  12. That is amazing!.. Boy oh boy if I could travel and experience different kinds of food!

  13. Irene S. says:

    You got that right – awesome it is!

  14. I just love attending those tasting events! It is so great to try a little sample from each restaurant, and then you can go to the ones you love for a full meal!

  15. Vene' says:

    I love events like these!!! There’s something about free samples that does the soul good

  16. Nice pictures from the event! Almost as good as mine! 😉 What was your favorite dish from the event? Mine was from The Ranch and Taco Maria

  17. Allen Hall says:

    looked like a success

  18. You two guys, always know how to spend your days in fun together.
    Great blog, dear!

  19. Dov Shapira says:

    Oyster bar and wild fish on the grill is what I like.

  20. Robin F. says:

    Everything looks so good!!!! Thanks for sharing

  21. Tyler Kull says:

    Wow! Moving up in the world I see

  22. Kevin Hardin says:

    Looks like a great event and a great charity

  23. That’s some yummy looking food! I’m sure y’all had a blast

  24. virtualgurus says:

    That’s some seriously fancy and yummy looking food! I love getting sneak peeks into places from your blog so we can kind of get a feel for what places are like, it makes me want to try the places now, and I might not ever have wanted to try before reading your blog! THANKS!

  25. That looks like a great event. I love the Costa Mesa area.

  26. Dionne says:

    How fun! Not only were you able to sample tasty entree’s from amazing chef’s, but they donated part of the proceeds to charity. I love that 🙂

  27. […] To read about other events I have written about and attended at OC Mix at SOCO, check these out: PATCHWORK EDIBLE & RIVIERA MAGAZINE TO LIVE AND DINE CHEF CHALLENGE […]


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