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Napa In Newport

Saturday, Mar 4

Southern California’s premier annual wine event, Napa in Newport will be celebrated on Saturday, March 4 at the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel. Napa in Newport Wine Auction brings together 30 renowned vintners and wine enthusiasts to help find a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a fatal genetic disease that robs children and young adults of their muscle strength and claims their lives by their mid-20s. All proceeds from the evening will benefit CureDuchenne, the national organization committed to finding a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Honorary co-chairs of Napa in Newport is the deLeuze family, proprietors of ZD Wines.

Napa in Newport attendees will enjoy a selection of fine, rare and reserve wines from more than 30 select Napa Valley wineries, curated by Master Sommelier, Michael Jordan, MS, CWE, including ZD Wines, Anomaly Vineyards, Arkenstone, Arrow&Branch, Blackbird Vineyards, BOND Estates, Bure Family Wines, Continuum Estate, Crocker & Starr, Darioush, David Arthur Vineyards, Davis Estates, Fairchild Napa Valley, Fait-Main Wines, Freemark Abbey Winery, Gandona Estate, Gemstone Vineyard, Handwritten Wines, Hill Family Estate, Hundred Acre, JCB by Jean-Charles Boisset, Joseph Phelps Vineyards, Melka Wines, Memento Mori Winery , Morlet Family Vineyards, Nellcôte, PATEL Napa Valley, Quintessa, Realm Cellars, Relic Wine Cellars, Reynolds Family Winery, Sodhani Vineyards, Sojourn Cellars, St. Supéry Estate Vineyards & Winery, Truchard Vineyards, Trujillo Wines, Vineyard 29 and Zakin Wines.

The evening will include a three-course dinner created by renowned Chef Amar Santana of the award-winning Broadway by Amar Santana and Vaca restaurants.

Napa in Newport kicks off with a wine tasting reception and silent auction at 4:30 p.m., with dinner, wine pairings and live auction festivities beginning at 7 p.m.

Tables and sponsorships are available now. For more information and to purchase tickets visit

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OC Chef’s Table to End Homelessness

Sunday, Mar 12

OC Chef’s Table, to benefit the Illumination Foundation will be celebrated on Sunday, March 12 at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, to raise funds for the construction of a second emergency home for homeless families with children.

OC Chef’s Table is one of the county’s most exclusive charitable culinary events where OC’s top chefs come together to create a delectable five-course meal prepared tableside at tables decorated to reflect the personality and brand of each participating restaurant. Every restaurant and chef participating has been personally chosen to host a table at the gala due to their earned accolades for their impressive culinary skills or innovations.

At its second edition, OC Chef’s Table brings together over 30 of the best chefs in Orange County who agreed to create delicious and spectacular dishes to raise money and awareness on a very sensitive issue—homelessness.

“Nearly 1 in 6 children face homelessness in OC. There are too many families with children that struggle to secure a roof over their heads every night.  It shouldn’t be like this. Children should have the right to a happy and stable childhood. We can’t thank these extraordinary chefs enough for accepting to donate their time, talent and culinary knowledge to help us build a second emergency house in Orange County,” said Paul Leon, Illumination Foundation CEO and President.

This year’s participating chefs include Michael Pham of Anchor Hitch Seafood & Raw Bar, Gino Buonanoce of Antonello, Salvatore Ferrara of Antonello, Josh LaQuet of Brio Tuscan Grill, Alejandro Guzman of Central Coast Peruvian, Zacahry Geerson of Citizen Kitchen, Justin Monson of Club 33, Jeff Moore of EATS Kitchen & Bar, Linda Johnson of Filmoneno’s Italian Kitchen, Mark Hagopit of House of Blues, Eduardo Albarra and Stephen LaFountain of Mastro’s, Niki Star of Mesa, Collin Thornton of AVEO Table + bar, Monarch Beach Resort, Andrew Sutton of Napa Rose, Unmerto Rubelli of Naples Ristorante, Omar Gonzalez of Nicks Restaurant, Rosendo Gonzalez of Nick’s Restaurant, Mark McDonald of Old Vine Café, Pascal Olhats of Pascal, Anthony Endy of Paul Martin’s, Colleen Flynn of Pizzeria Ortica, John Vega of Roy’s, Beau Macmillan of Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa, Andrew Gruel of Slapfish, Brian Grezer of Social, Ron Fougeray of Splashes at Surf and Sand Resort, Josh Lacuesta of Twenty Eight Restaurant & Bar, Ernie Alvarado of Urbana, Leo Razo of Villa Roma, Damon Gordon of Water Grill, Michael Doctulero of Waterman’s Harbor, Manfred Lassahn of Watertable.

During the event, guests will enjoy a cocktail party complete with appetizers and pictures with special guests, Mickey and Minnie, followed by a special performance by IF’s Children’s Resource Center choir and former Broadway performer, Michelle London. Matt Rogers, American Idol finalist and TV personality, will perform and host the live and silent auctions, featuring exotic trips. All proceeds will fund the construction of a new emergency home for families with children facing trauma or mental health problems.

For additional information regarding OC Chef’s Table, please contact Sinae Bang at or 949.273.0555x204.

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JDRF Dream Gala Make Type 1 Disappear

Saturday, Mar 18

You can help make Type 1 Diabetes Disappear at the JDRF Dream Gala, to be held Saturday, March 18 at the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel. The black tie event will bring together some of Orange County's philanthropic leaders and feature premiere auctions, spectacular wines, and  entertainment by Justin Willman.

The 2017 Dream Gala, under the leadership of co-chairs Dick Allen, Christina Jenkins and Maria Schechter, will honor Ellen Darling and Tracey McCarter for their generous contributions to the type 1 diabetes community.

JDRF is experiencing revolutionary breakthroughs in terms of research to advance treatment, prevention and an eventual cure for Type 1 Diabetes (T1D). 

Proceeds from the JDRF Dream Gala will go directly towards funding the most sophisticated diabetes research programs in the world today. There’s hope for the future for my son and the millions of people affected by type 1 diabetes.

Please go online or call the JDRF office at 949.553.0363 to purchase your tickets. 

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel is at1 Ritz Carlton Drive in Dana Point.

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