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And the Golden Foodie Awards Nominees Are…

The month-long Golden Dine Out has come to a close, more than 100,000 votes were counted, and the 2013 Golden Foodie Awards will be celebrated on Sunday, Sept. 29, during a sold out show at The Fairmont Newport Beach. The spectacular event shines a light and honors the talented culinary pros in Orange County.

Guests in attendance include Heather Dubrow and Vicki Gunvalson from The Real Housewives of Orange County, Wing Lam of Wahoo’s Fish Taco, Tim Ryan COO of the Anaheim Ducks and more. Everyone will be greeted on the red carpet with Patron and Chambord cocktails that lead to the outdoor garden full of 25 delicious food stations and other libations such as La Crema and Jackson Estates wines, and Ritual Brewing will unveil the Golden Foodie Ale created for the event. Enjoy live jazz by Nancy Sanchez, and magic by Kiyan before the show.

During the Awards ceremony in the Fairmont Newport Beach ballroom guests will indulge in a cornucopia of desserts as well as Kean Coffee, Patron XO, Chambord and Prosecco while enjoying the lively host and comedian Frances Dilorinzo.

As soon as the show is over, there will be an after party full of energetic tunes from DJ Cre-8 and extravagant libations including a Patron muddle bar and igloo with Patron-infused ice cream sandwiches.


The Votes are In! The Golden Dine-Out Nominees

The Nominees for the 2013 Golden Foodie Awards are:

Mexican - Where do you get the best Mexican food?

Cha Cha's Latin Kitchen
Matador Cantina
Sol Cocina

Vegetarian - Where do you go to get your favorite vegetarian cuisine?

118 Degrees
True Food Kitchen

Pizza - An all time favorite. What restaurant or chef makes the best pizza?

Il Dolce
Fuoco Pizzeria Napoletana
Pizzeria Ortica

Beer - What restaurant or bar offers the best beer line up?

Provisions Market
Slater's 50/50

American Cuisine - Whether it’s Classic or New American Cuisine, who makes the best?

The Ranch
Savannah Chop House

Cocktail - What eatery, bar or restaurant offers the BEST in libations?

320 Main
Uva Bar

Italian - What restaurant or chef serves the most scrumptious Italian food?

Anaheim White House
Bruno's Trattoria

French - What restaurant/chef makes the most divine French cuisine?

Brasserie Pascal
Marche Moderne
Pinot Provence

Steak - Who makes the best?

Maro Wood Grill
Steakhouse 55
The Ranch

Wine List - What establishment or restaurant offers the most superb vino selection?

Sea Legs
The Ranch
The Winery Restaurant and Wine Bar

Mixologist - Whether you call it; Bartender, Bar Chef, Cocktologist or Mixologist it really does not matter. All we want to know is, who is your favorite?

Dave Castillo
Forrest Taylor
Koire Rogers

Indian Cuisine - Where do you go to get your favorite Indian Cuisine?

Clay Oven
Royal Khyber
Tamarind of London

Burger - Possibly the most iconic dish in America. Who makes your favorite burger?

Mick's Karma Bar
Slater's 50/50

Asian - The best Asian Cuisine in Orange County is ? Tell us your favorite.

Bamboo Bistro

Mediterranean - Tell us who you think makes the most delish Mediterranean food.

Kentro Greek Kitchen

Californian - It’s fresh and colorful! Who makes the best?

Sea Legs
Tabu Grill

Superior Service Award - You know it when you receive it. What eatery consistently offers Superior Service?

Anaheim White House
Villa Roma

Seafood - What restaurant/chef serves the most fantastic seafood?

House of Big Fish and Ice Cold Beer
Wildfish Seafood Grille

Sushi - Who has the best sushi in town? We need to know!

Bluefin Sushi
Riptide Rockin’ Sushi
Sushi Noguchi

Tacos - These tacos are so great, they have serious cravability. Where do you get them?

Mi Casa
Sol Cocina

Most DELICIOUS Dessert - Sweet endings, who has the best?

Maro Wood Grill - Banana Bread Pudding
Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen - Beignets
LUCCA - S’mores in a Jar

Happy Hour - Where is your favorite place to get happy? What eatery offers the best Happy Hour menu?

Mozambique Restaurant
Wildfish Seafood Grille
The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar

Best OC Food Writer - You just can’t get enough of reading this food writer’s articles.

Anita Lau
Cathy Thomas
Minerva Thai

The 2013 Golden Chef Award 

Chef Yvon Goetz - The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar

Chef Alan Greeley – The Golden Truffle

Chef Michael Rossi - The Ranch Restaurant in Anaheim’s


The 2013 Golden Pastry Chef Award

Chef Rachel Marie Klemek of Blackmarket Bakery

Chef David Rossi of The Ranch Restaurant

Chef Amelia Marneau of Marche Moderne


Best New Restaurant Award

Bruno’s Trattoria in Brea

SeaLegs Wine Bar in Huntington Beach

Arc Restaurant in Costa Mesa


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