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Newport Beach Food and Wine Festival 2015 – Get $25 Off of Each Ticket with My Code Below

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September 13, 2015 by danisdecadentdeals

Newport Food and Wine Festival, Media Preview, Newport Beach

Newport Beach Food and Wine Festival Media Preview

The Second Annual Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival will be for the weekend of October 2-4! The Festival will bring together 30 of Orange County’s finest restaurants in two Grand Tasting Pavilions, with different restaurants on each day.  When you purchase your ticket below, make sure you use the code, DANISDEALS to get $25 off of each ticket!

The Festival will begin on Friday, October 2 at 6:30 p.m. with the official launch party & charity event at Oak Grill & Aqua Lounge! On Saturday, October 3, and Sunday, October 4 from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., the festival at the Newport Beach Civic Center will feature celebrity chef cooking demos, book signings, restaurant and wine tastings, sommelier panels, mixology courses, handcrafted cocktails, live jazz and more. Net proceeds benefit charity partner Project Hope Alliance.

Newport Food and Wine Festival, Media Preview, Newport Beach

Newport Beach Harbor 2 – Newport Beach Food and Wine Festival

Bravo’s “Top Chef Masters” Season 1 Finalists Rick Bayless, Hubert Keller and Rick Moonen will headline the event with live cooking demonstrations, while “Top Chef” Season 11 Finalists Shirley Chung and Louis Maldonado lead the first Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival Top Chef Home Cook Challenge.

Newport Food and Wine Festival, Media Preview, Newport Beach

Newport Beach Food and Wine Festival 2015

During Sunday’s Daytime Festival event, Golden Truffle Executive Chef Alan Greeley takes the stage with Chef Moonen. The Festival will also be introducing the ultimate hands-on cooking competition, where guests will channel their inner chef skills on stage while being coached by “Top Chef” Alumni. Season 11 Finalist and TWENTY EIGHT Executive Chef Shirley Chung will be leading this Top Chef Home Cook Challenge. Four people will be chosen from the audience to compete on stage with celebrity coaches like Bravo’s “Last Chance Kitchen” Winner and “Top Chef” Finalist Louis Maldonado. One winner will be honored as the very first Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival Top Chef Champion. 

Newport Food and Wine Festival, Media Preview, Newport Beach

With my love at Newport Beach Food and Wine Festival Media Preview 1

Many of the Festival’s chefs have appeared on shows like Bravo’s “Top Chef,” Food Network’s “Food Truck Face Off” and “Today Show” while also receiving some of the food and wine industry’s highest accolades like AAA Five-Diamond, national food publication awards and more. 

Newport Food and Wine Festival, Media Preview, Newport Beach

Chefs and Organizers gather and speak – Newport Beach Food and Wine Festival Preview

Newport Food and Wine Festival, Media Preview, Newport Beach

Sunset over Newport Harbor – Newport Beach Food and Wine Festival

To see all chefs participating in the festivities, check out the link here –> Newport Beach Food and Wine Festival Chef Lineup

I unfortunately was unable to attend last year to being out of town, and unfortunately I will also be covering an event in another state that weekend that was planned months ago, but I did attend the media preview for this awesome festival and would love to share about it with you! Many of my friends and colleagues have shared with me that this food and wine event is the main event not to miss here in Southern California!  I had a fabulous time at the media preview and met some fabulous talent and sampled a variety of fabulous dishes!

Newport Food and Wine Festival, Media Preview, Newport Beach

With a bunch of my colleagues and friends at Newport Beach Food and Wine Festival Media Preview

The media preview event I attended was held on the grand terrace of a private Corona Del May home, courtesy of Nicole Donavon of SPG Surterre Properties. We had a gorgeous view of the Newport Beach Harbor while we had the opportunity to mingle with chefs that will be in attendance at the festival, sample exquisite cuisine, and sip on fine wines.

Newport Food and Wine Festival, Media Preview, Newport Beach

Champagne anyone – Newport Beach Food and Wine Festival

For this preview evening, we had tastings from festival restaurants; cuisine prepped live, celebrity chefs, wine tastings with Master Sommelier Fred Dame, and handcrafted cocktails! Please see details below about a variety of delicacies from 13 different restaurants I got to sample, as well as chefs I enjoyed socializing with.

Newport Food and Wine Festival, Media Preview, Newport Beach

Fun with friends at the Newport Beach Food and Wine Festival Media Preview

The Winery, Executive Chef Yvon Goetz
Newport Food and Wine Festival, Media Preview, Newport Beach

The Winery – Seared Rare Yellow tuna with a mango and cucumber salad – Newport Beach Food and Wine Festival

Newport Food and Wine Festival, Media Preview, Newport Beach

The Winery – Chef Yvon Goetz – Newport Beach Food and Wine Festival

Oak Grill & Aqua Lounge, Executive Chef Marc Johnson
Newport Food and Wine Festival, Media Preview, Newport Beach

Oak Grill and Lounge – Executive Chef Mark Johnson – Foie Gras Terrine – Newport Beach Food and Wine Festival

Foie Gras Terrine with Pickled Kumquats, Strawberries, Toasted Brioche & Bourbon Maple Syrup

Mastro’s Ocean Club, Executive Chef Josef Morphs/ Mastro’s Steakhouse, Executive Chef Nick Foegal
Newport Food and Wine Festival, Media Preview, Newport Beach

Mastro’s Signature butter cake with strawberries and raspberry sauce – Newport Beach Food and Wine Festival

Slapfish, Executive Chef Andrew Gruel
Newport Food and Wine Festival, Media Preview, Newport Beach

Slapfish – Lobster BLTA with a corn sauce – Newport Beach Food and Wine Festival

Newport Food and Wine Festival, Media Preview, Newport Beach

Dani and Chef Andrew Gruel of Slapfish – Newport Beach Food and Wine Festival

FIG & OLIVE, Chef de Cuisine David Gussin (Melrose Location)
Newport Food and Wine Festival, Media Preview, Newport Beach

Fig and Olive – Fig and Goat Tartlet – Newport Beach Food and Wine Festival

Fig and goat tartlet, sunburst tomatoes, fort dolce, fresh figs with walnuts

Newport Food and Wine Festival, Media Preview, Newport Beach

Fig and Olive – Asparagus Crostini – Newport Beach Food and Wine Festival

Asparagus crostini, chive, ricotta on homemade focaccia bread

Newport Food and Wine Festival, Media Preview, Newport Beach

Fig and Olive – Zucchini Carpaccio – Newport Beach Food and Wine Festival

Zucchini carpaccio, lemon picholine dressing, pine nuts and Parmesan cheese

Pelican Grill, Chef Luke Turpin
Newport Food and Wine Festival, Media Preview, Newport Beach

Pelican Hill – Hamachi Crudo – Newport Beach Food and Wine Festival

Cold Smoked Hamachi Crudo with Ginger Chili Coulis, Hazelnuts, Radish, Alegria Farms Heirloom Tomato, Cilantro and Olive Oil

Tommy Bahama Island Grille, Executive Chef Jimmy Chang
Newport Food and Wine Festival, Media Preview, Newport Beach

Tommy Bahama Island Grille – Brown sugar crusted cod – Newport Beach Food and Wine Festival

Chili brown sugar crusted cod with apple risotto and yucca chips

Driftwood Kitchen, Executive Chef Rainer Schwarz
Newport Food and Wine Festival, Media Preview, Newport Beach

Driftwood Kitchen – Hamachi Collar – variety of delicacies from 13 different Restaurants, Chefs

Honey dashi marinated hamachi collar, yellow corn and piquillo pepper blini, Santa Barbara uni

Newport Food and Wine Festival, Media Preview, Newport Beach

Driftwood Kitchen – Strawberry tres leches and Kentucky Sunrise Cocktail – variety of delicacies from 13 different Restaurants, Chefs

Strawberry Tres Leches, strawberry fluid gel, curd and meringue

Kentucky Sunrise cocktail by Dave Anderson

Tamarind of London, Executive Chef Imran Ali
Newport Food and Wine Festival, Media Preview, Newport Beach

Tamarind of London – Tandoori Meatballs – Newport Beach Food and Wine Festival

Tandoori meatballs, kofta, curry with saffron rice

Newport Food and Wine Festival, Media Preview, Newport Beach

Tamarind of London – Casher Paneer Indian Cheese – Newport Beach Food and Wine Festival

Cashew paneer cheese

True Food Kitchen, Executive Chef Talia Zimmer
Newport Food and Wine Festival, Media Preview, Newport Beach

True Food Kitchen – Kale and avocado dip on flaxseed chip – Newport Beach Food and Wine Festival

Kale avocado dip n flax seeds chip

Newport Food and Wine Festival, Media Preview, Newport Beach

True Food Kitchen – Super Berry Tart – Newport Beach Food and Wine Festival

Super berry tart

Del Frisco’s Grille, Executive Chef Sarah Daniels
Newport Food and Wine Festival, Media Preview, Newport Beach

Del Frisco’s Grille – Shaved Steak Sandwich – Newport Beach Food and Wine Festival

Shaved steak sandwich, horseradish, and cream on a French roll.

Five Crowns & Side Door, Executive Chef Steve Kling
Newport Food and Wine Festival, Media Preview, Newport Beach

Five Crowns and Side Door – Salmon crostini – Newport Beach Food and Wine Festival – Image by Pencil Box Studios

Absinthe cured steel head salmon crostini, local goat cheese, heirloom tomatoes

Wine selections I tried were lovely and they were the 2012 Carpe Diem Pinot Noir and the 2010 Barbaresco Pio Cesare.

Newport Food and Wine Festival, Media Preview, Newport Beach

Pio Cesare Vino at Newport Beach Food and Wine Media Preview

Cocktail selections I tried from the Aqua Lounge/Oak Grill were the Absolute Elyx Cocktail with grapefruit juice, fireball whiskey, Agave nectar and Luxardo Cherry.  The other cocktail was called, “Sun of a Peach” and it had absolute Elyx, lemon juice, agave nectar, peach puree, egg whites, Angostura Orange Bitters, cinnamon, tajin and sugar.  These cocktails were prepared by Aqua Lounge mixologists, Michael Kaczorowski and Justin Young.

Newport Food and Wine Festival, Media Preview, Newport Beach

Absolut Elyx Cockatials – Aqua Lounge 1 – Newport Beach Food and Wine Festival

Newport Food and Wine Festival, Media Preview, Newport Beach

Absolut Elyx Cocktails – Aqua Lounge 2 – Newport Beach Food and Wine Festival

To purchase tickets see link here –> TICKETS and use my code: DANISDEALS to get $25 off of each ticket!  My code will be valid through 10/2!!  To get more info about the Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival, please visit their website above or call (888) 511-FEST.

Newport Food and Wine Festival, Media Preview, Newport Beach

With my love at Newport Beach Food and Wine Festival Media Preview 2

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