December 2016 Around Town 1

Ranch Dinner 
Hits the Mark!

Bravo’s “Top Chef” finalist and Orange County restaurateur Amar Santana helped net more than $12,000 for Festival of Children Foundation in early October. He created a special five-course, farm-to-table dinner for 50 of OC’s business and community leaders at the Segerstrom Family Ranch in Costa Mesa. The foundation, founded by Sandy Segerstrom Daniels, serves to bring together and coordinate the efforts of charities, companies and individuals who actively work to improve the lives of children. The proceeds went directly towards programs that support more than 480 charities nationwide.

The New Kid 
in Town

The highly-anticipated Water Grill seafood restaurant has opened at South Coast Plaza. The King’s Seafood Company is showcasing its top-notch seafood at the largest Water Grill to date (there are 20) at the 500-seat, 18,000 square-foot restaurant and patio. Sam King, CEO of the Costa Mesa-based King’s Seafood Company, credits the company’s long-lasting relationships with fishermen and purveyors with providing the wide variety of fresh seafood. An expansive selection of wines, beers and sake await, along with craft cocktails. And don’t miss the weekend brunch with its yummy Ramos Gin Fizz!

Dance Showcase Announced

The Halo Dance 4 Autism Foundation will be kicking off its Sixth Annual Showcase on Saturday, January 21 at the Corona del mar High School Theater. The 1 p.m. performance will feature high schools, special needs and young performers, while the 5 p.m. performance will showcase professional guests and elite performers. The foundation’s goal is to provide the opportunity for the autism community to come together in the hopes of creating awareness and funding for early-intervention therapies. One hundred percent of the event proceeds are given to families in need of financial assistance to support them overcoming autism and other disabilities. or call 831.345.3311

Holiday Home Tour, Anyone?

The Costa Mesa Home Tour, which takes place on Thursday, December 1, will showcase some of the city’s finest homes decked out in their holiday finest. You can learn design and style tips from top OC designers available in the homes. At South Coast Collection (SOCO), you can shop for gifts, enjoy musical performances and check out designer demonstrations at a reception hosted at the new Room & Board, compliments of Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop. Proceeds benefit the Costa Mesa High School Foundation and Heroes Hall Veteran’s Memorial education programs.

Hope & Help Gala Sells Out

The Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders held its second annual Hope & Help Gala, themed “Extraordinary Talent. Exceptional People,” at The Resort at Pelican Hill, raising $512,000 to benefit Center services. Pacific Symphony President Jon Forsyte was guest of honor for his dedication to bringing music to the autism community. He credited the Thompson Family Foundation for making the specialized concerts possible.  Heaether Anne Rocha lauded the Center for changing her family’s life for the better. Gala co-chairs were Danielle Allison and Anne Warmington.

A Unique Artistic Collaboration

Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD) is hosting its 15th Annual Professional Mentoring Program exhibition at First Thursdays Art Walk in Laguna on Thursday, December 1 from 6–9 p.m. Thirteen students from the college’s BFA in Fine Arts program will exhibit their art in selected Laguna Beach galleries. Representatives from the galleries guide students through the fundamentals of exhibiting their work and educate them about the business side of operating a gallery. Many LCAD Fine Arts alumni, who have participated in the program, have continued their careers with the mentoring galleries as exhibitors, assistants, installers, consultants and managers.