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Anaheim GardenWalk is celebrating its second annual Chef Challenge cook-off on Sunday, October 14 from 3 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.

During the event, sponsored by DiningOut Magazine, top chefs from seven notable Orange County restaurants will prepare their signature dishes to compete for best-in-show honors. The chefs will be assisted by local high school students carefully selected from culinary arts programs throughout Orange County.

FREE Chef Challenge food samples will be available to the first 600 registered attendees on a first come, first served basis while supplies last. Attendees who wish to sample the food are asked to sign up at the registration table near the Concierge Kiosk in front of McCormick & Schmick’s at 2 p.m. to receive their voting cards. After sampling the food, they are then asked to vote to decide the winning dish.

Additional family-friendly activities, which begin at 2 p.m. that day, include live music, face painting, balloon twisting, henna tattoos, a photo booth and the center’s renowned “Art on the Walk” art exhibit. For information on this or future Anaheim GardenWalk events, visit

2 p.m. – Registration for Chef Challenge.
2 p.m. – Art on the Walk and free family activities.
3 p.m. – Chef Challenge begins.
5:15 p.m. – Chef Challenge winner is announced.

Anaheim GardenWalk is 400 West Disney Way in Anaheim.

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MCM Capsule Collection at Pop-In Nordstrom


This month, Pop-In@Nordstrom is offering an exclusive MCM capsule collection including more than 100 unique items celebrating the heritage, history and future of luxury brand MCM. Delving into the MCM archive, Olivia Kim, Nordstrom VP of Creative Projects, reimagines some of the brand’s most coveted and iconic styles including collaborations with Everlast, New Era and Champion. The shop will be available in select Nordstrom stores such as South Coast Plaza and online at through November 11.

Nordstrom is at South Coast Plaza at 3333 Bristol St. in Costa Mesa. 714.549.8300.

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Festival Ballet Theatre celebrating its 30th Anniversary


Festival Ballet Theatre, Orange County’s resident professional ballet company is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a repertory of innovative contemporary works and acclaimed classical ballets. The season starts with Ovation, a conceptual tour de force in three pieces by contemporary choreographers on October 13 and 14, followed by The Nutcracker from December 8 to 24, Sleeping Beauty on March 23 and 24, concluding with Gala of the Stars in August 2019 (venue to be announced).

Ballet fans can enjoy the contemporary work of the October show titled Ovation. Featured works are: Texture of Time, choreographed by Josie Walsh, a thought-provoking ballet exploring the essence of time as it changes and morphs, set to original music by Jealous Angel and using special effects by Academy Award winner Jim Doyle; Oops, choreographed by Viktor Plotnikov, set to Ponichielli’s iconic “Dance of the Hours,” a comical award-winning piece presented on the U.S. tour of Youth America Grand Prix’s (YAGP) 2011 Gala, Stars of Today Meet the Stars of Tomorrow; and the premiere of Plume, a new piece choreographed by Andrea Schermoly, set to music recomposed by Max Richter, uses the story of birds relaying messages to humans regarding the fragile ecosystem of this beautiful world.

Create holiday memories for your family by sharing the magic of the cherished classic, The Nutcracker. Festival Ballet Theatre’s family-friendly, breathtaking production features vibrant scenery and dazzling costumes, which make this age- old tradition sparkle like new. Get swept away by Tchaikovsky’s iconic score as the Sugar Plum Fairy, our heroine Clara, and a cast of hundreds take you on a magical journey to mystical lands. This full-length traditional production is choreographed and directed by Festival Ballet Theatre’s Artistic Director, Salwa Rizkalla, and features world-renowned guest artists, FBT's professional company dancers, and exceptional young talent from across the Southland.

This year they will be offering a very special seasonal treat; The Nutcracker Tea Party. While adults sip a glass of champagne, children will be gathered to listen to the story of The Nutcracker and be visited by some of the characters from the ballet. The elegant sit-down tea will be prepared by Chef Laurent and include delicious finger sandwiches, sweet treats, tea and lemonade. Photo opportunities and a party favor for each guest are included in the Nutcracker Tea Party ticket price.

In March 2019, they’re presenting a full-length production of the beloved classical ballet, The Sleeping Beauty. This heart-warming production of Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece brings to life fabled storybook favorites and is choreographed and staged by Artistic Director Salwa Rizkalla after Marius Petipa.

Tickets at the Irvine Barclay Theatre: Individual tickets for Festival Ballet Theatre’s 2018-19 Season are on sale now at the Irvine Barclay Box Office at 949-854-4646 x. 1 or online at

Full Season Purchase Discount: 10% discount when purchasing the full package of 3 events prior to the first production.


Saturday, October 13 at 7 p.m. Sunday, October 14 at 2 p.m.
Tickets: $39-$45

The Nutcracker
Saturday, December 8, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Sunday, December 9 at 1 p.m.
Friday, December 14 at 7 p.m.
Saturday, December 15, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday, December 16 at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Friday, December 21, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, December 22 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday, December 23, at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Monday, December 24, at 11 a.m.

Tickets: $42-$55 (an additional fee of $25-$30 is added for the Nutcracker Tea Party)

Sleeping Beauty
Saturday, March 23, at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 24, at 2 p.m.
Tickets: $42-$55.

12th Gala of the Stars
August 2019

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‘First We Surf, Then We Eat’ at Laguna Beach Books


Laguna Beach Books welcomes local author Jim Kempton on Sunday, October 14 at 4 to 6 p.m., to talk about his new book, First We Surf, Then We Eat.

Jim Kempton has spent his life traveling and surfing the world, along the way learning to cook the world's best beach-loving dishes. Now he's sharing his vividly colorful, richly flavorful, and vibrantly healthful collection of more than 90 recipes, along with stories of the best waves, markets, restaurants, adventures, and misadventures that he's experienced, from Australia to Hawaii, the Basque Country to Indonesia, California to Mexico. First We Surf, Then We Eat features a foreword by The Surfer's Journal publisher Steve Pezman, a preface by famed surfer/chef Raphael Lunetta, and photography by Bill Schildge, Jeff Divine, Tom Servais, and Art Brewer.

Kempton has been the editor and publisher of Surfer magazine; the director of Quiksilver’s Crossing Project, a boat that searched the world for the best surf breaks; the director of media for Billabong; and the owner of the former Margarita’s Village, an award-winning regional Mexican restaurant in San Clemente. Kempton has traveled to over 30 countries, surfing and collecting recipes. The San Clemente resident is currently president of the California Surf Museum, as well as a surf-industry consultant to the store. 

1200 S Coast Highway in Laguna Beach.

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