The Golden Foodie Awards just took place for the fourth year in a row at the gorgeous Fairmont Hotel in Newport Beach on Septmeber 27, 2015. Some of the best restaurants in Orange County had a chance to win the Golden Foodie Award in a variety of different categories! While there were three restaurants nominated in each of the 24 categories, there was only one winner for each group. 🙂
The night started out with a bang with an arrival on the red carpet for all guests in attendance, as well as the presenters, nominees and celebrity host, Simon Majumdar , a well recognized personality of the Food Network! Simon appeared in several shows including Iron Chef America, the Next Iron Chef, The Best Thing I ever Ate, Cutthroat Kitchen, Extreme Chef and Beat Bobby Flay. He is also the author of three books!
As we arrived at the Golden Foodie Awards, there was a variety of delectable bites from participating restaurants which included Andrei’s Consicous Cuisine and Cocktails, Brio Tuscan Grille, Chapter One, Cucina Enoteca, Del Frisco’s Grille, Sol Cocina, Solita, Slapfish, Lillie’s Q, Lucca, Provenance, Provisions, Riptide Rockin’ Sushi, Saide Rose Bread and Cheese Bar, Sea Legs Wine bar, SeaSalt WoodFire Grill, Social Costa Mesa, True Food Kitchen, Wild Goose Tavern, Sub-Zero & Wolf Barbeque Station, and Melissa’s Produce.
There were also a variety beverages provided by Kean coffee bar, Voss Artesian Water from Norway, Ketel One Vodka, Patron Citronage Mango, Coppola Wines, Sofia de Blancs Sparkling Wine, Celebrity Cruises Wine Bar, and Roca Patron!
This certainly was an exclusive event with some of the most fabulous people in the restaurant industry from throughout the Orange County Area. I was honored to attend the bash!
Winners for the Golden Foodie Awards included:
Best Indian Cuisine – Adya, Anaheim
Best Mexican Cuisine – Taco Maria, Costa Mesa
Best Italian Cuisine – Brunos Italian Kitchen, Brea
Best French Cuisine – Pascal’s, San Juan Capistrano
Best Asian Cuisine – Anqi, Costa Mesa
Best Mediterranean Cuisine – Lucca café, Irvine
Best Vegetarian Cuisine – Provenance, Newport Beach
Bartender of the Year – Alex Filkins, Wild Goose Tavern, Costa Mesa
Best Cocktails – The Blind Rabbit, Anaheim
Best Dessert – Maro Wood Grill, Laguna Beach
Best Sushi – Hamamori, Costa Mesa
Best Food Writer – Cathy Thomas
Best Food Radio – The Fork Report with Neil Saavedra
Best Service Award – Anaheim White House, Anaheim
Best New Restaurant – SOCIAL, Costa Mesa
Chef of the Year – Chef Andrew Sutton
Pastry Chef of the Year – Ashley Guzman, The North Left in Santa Ana
Best Beer – Haven Gastropub, Orange
Best Wine – Selanne Steak Tavern, Laguna Beach
Best Pizza – Brick Pizzeria, San Clemente
Best Steak – The Ranch Restaurant, Anaheim
Best Burger – Mick’s Karma Bar, Irvine
Best Californian Cuisine – Social Costa Mesa
Best Seafood – Scott’s Restaurant and Bar, Costa Mesa
This truly was a fabulous event! Congratulations to all of the 2015 winners of the Golden Foodie Awards!! I hope to attend again next year. There are so many fabulous people in the industry! Thank you for the time and effort each of you put in to designing perfect masterpieces at your restaurants!
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