t was a Friends of James Beard Benefit Dinner co-chaired by Elizabeth An, Cheryl Holden, Soogie Kang and Britt Meyer like no other when 170 foodies and friends gathered at AnQi by Crustacean at South Coast Plaza. Guests experienced an extraordinary six course menu by acclaimed Guest Chef Daniel Rose, owner of Spring restaurant in Paris, created with Master Chef Helene An and Chef de Cuisine Ron Lee.
The sold-out event resulted in a donation-- doubled by Elizabeth An--to support the James Beard Foundation's educational outreach, along with funding a local AnQi scholarship at the Art Institute of California Orange County-Culinary School.
Generous sponsors such as Meyer Natural Foods, Santa Monica Seafood and Melissa’s World Variety Produce provided donations-in-kind for the dinner. The
six course menu was paired with exceptional wines selected by House of An’s team of five sommeliers.
Contributing sponsors also recognized were: Bello Family Wines, Ruinart Champagne and LVMH.
Pictured above Chef Helene An, Chef Daniel Rose, Chef Ron Lee.
We’re giving away two tickets to the live-action graphic novel “The Intergalactic Nemesis Book One: Target Earth” at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa. The tickets are good for the performance Friday, May 31 at 7:30 p.m. Expect a one-of-a-kind whirlwind show with radio drama and more than 1,000 hand-drawn vivid comic book images displayed on a giant screen as three actors play all the parts and one Foley artist and one keyboardist perform all sound effects and music.
To enter, simply subscribe to Greer's OC and enter code "Segerstrom."
The performance was featured on NPR’s All Things Considered and CONAN. Now, in its second touring season, the production arrives at 40 venues around the U.S., U.K. and Canada. Segerstrom Center for the Arts at Samueli Theater May 31 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 2 at noon and 4 p.m. Tickets cost $20. 615 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa.
Pack a picnic and enjoy Shakespeare in a free outdoor theatre performance of “As You Like” at Concordia University Irvine at 4:30 p.m. on May 25-27 and June 1-2.
Concordia’s professional theatre company, Looseleaf Theatre Co. will perform the classic Shakespeare play staged in the late 1960s with Mad Men suits and hippies, singing and a professional wrestling match.
Performances at 4:30 p.m. May 25, 26, 27 and June 1, 2.
Concordia University Irvine's Nelson Amphitheatre is at 1530 Concordia West in Irvine.
Get ready for a whole new shopping experience, like nothing you've ever seen before! The new OC Goodwill Boutique will open on Friday, May 17, at 9 a.m. in Tustin. Overflowing with re-purposed, style-rich clothes, house wares and furniture, shoppers should not be surprised to see brands like Gucci, Coach, Bebe, Christian Dior and dozens of others at the Boutique, dubbed "fashionably good." Why "fashionably good?" Because $0.91 of every dollar spent here funds Goodwill's mission of training and employing people with barriers. So you can have fun shopping brand names at incredible prices, while helping your community at the same time.
Speaking of our community, the "OC" in "OC Goodwill Boutique" stands for Orange County, but it also stands for "our community" – the store will do so much more than just draw the County's fashionistas looking for an amazing deal. The store will also serve the community by offering a place to experience "shopping karma" -- the phenomenon in which donating clothes outside the store transforms into a treasure-filled shopping experience inside the store itself....try it and see!
The grand opening ribbon cutting is at 8:45 a.m. on Friday, May 17. The store is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. that day. Make sure to be there for the iPad giveaway at 9 p.m. on both May 17, and again on May 18. $10 gift cards will be presented to the first 50 shoppers at the door on May 17 and May 18. The 25% off blue tag items runs opening weekend (Friday to Sunday).
Check out the OC Goodwill Boutique story in the Orange County Register, front page of the business section.
The Boutique is located at 502 E. First St. in Tustin.
Happy shopping, everyone!