Chef Jessica Roy

 Article and Photography Ana Launes  Originally from Huntington Beach, young Chef Jessica Roy’s passion for food started while cooking up a storm in the kitchen with her mother preparing lavish dinners for family and friends. Driven by a desire for learning, high quality and performance, Chef Roy started her career with Fairmont Hotels and Resorts. Later, she transitioned into a one-of-a-kind restaurant–Alinea Kitchen Table in Chicago. Alinea Kitchen is directed by restaurateur Grant Achatz, often identified as one of the leaders in molecular gastronomy or progressive cuisine. With Alinea, Chef Roy had the unique opportunity to travel to Spain to be part of the filming of Season 2 of the Netflix Series, “Chef’s Table.”  The Alinea opportunity would not have been possible without Chef Roy’s participation in the TNT cooking competition, “On the Menu,” where she won $25,000 for the creation of a signature pizza named “California Seoul.” That pizza went on the nationwide menu of California Pizza Kitchen. It was this new cash injection that helped our young chef move to Chicago to pursue her dream.

The Feminine Side in Home Interiors

 Article Carol Lee | Photography None  Ladies often are the arbiters of home interiors, and I wanted to show how that translates in today’s homes.  Kitchen

Celebrate Mother’s Day at Home

 Article and Photography Josef Lageder  Strawberry Basil Crostini (Serves 4)  Consider celebrating Mother’s Day at home this year. Your mother would be so happy to know that you took the time to create a special Mother’s Day brunch in her honor. The recipes are simple and present well at the table. So, take a look at the ingredients, plan a trip to the grocery store and invite your Mother to a brunch she will remember forever.

Charming Gardens Inspire Me in Spring!

 Article Deirdre Michalski | Photography None  With spring upon us, I gladly welcome crisp green foliage, colorful blooms and pristine gardens. During late April and May, here are a few of my favorite gardening tours.  South Coast Plaza’s Spring Garden Show – This will be the 29th Annual Southern California Spring Garden Show: At Home in the Garden, from April 26-29. The show features 50 vendors and 60 seminars. On the first floor, 10 garden vignettes are created by professional design firms. They showcase the latest in lighting, home decor and fashion-forward patio designs. Then, on the second floor, various vendors line the walkways. There are hard-to-find plants, succulents, garden art, flowers and all kinds of gardening items and informative seminars. The best part–no admission fee and free parking!

Blissfulness Awaits at Rancho La Puerta

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 Article and Photography David Duran  Intro  Originating in 1940 by Edmond and Deborah Szekely as a fitness resort and spa, Rancho La Puerta has always been at its same location, and has always been family owned. In fact, Deborah, now in her nineties, still comes to the ranch each week to meet with guests and recall stories of the ranch throughout the decades of its existence. Her love for her husband, affectionately know as “the professor,” is evident each time she mentions him in her tales. Together, they started what was once considered to be a cult, but what now is today, one of the leading health and wellness resorts in the world.

Motherhood Comes First for this Busy Lady

 Article Donna Bunce | Photography None  Born in Seoul, Korea to a designer mother and real estate entrepreneur father, Suzan and her just-born sister Patricia moved to the U.S. when she was two years old. Sister Linda quickly followed. Settling in Arcadia, Suzan grew up there, studied psychology at UC Irvine and married Richard Paek in 1990.  Richard and Suzan began their family in 1992 with the birth of their daughter Jessica, and Grant, Robert and Nathan quickly followed.

Sponsors and Donors Hit Home Run at “Let’s Be Frank About Cancer” Gala

 Article Randy Harding | Photography Laurie Bailey, Tony Lattimore  Ken Ketner, a founding committee member, and many others expressed their appreciation for the generous efforts of those in attendance at the City of Hope’s fourth annual “Let’s Be Frank About Cancer” Gala held in March.  “With the support of many Newport Beach residents and guests that were in attendance, this event hit a philanthropic home run in its effort to support Frank and the City of Hope’s fight against cancer,” Ketner stated.

Let’s Celebrate Women!

It’s the Ladies Issue, and we have featured some amazing women, as well as offering tempting ways to celebrate Mother’s Day and to travel with your girlfriends to a world-renowned health and wellness retreat. Suzan Paek is the ultimate mother. She adores her four children, always making time for them in her busy schedule, and … Continued

CASA Ball’s Net Proceeds Record Breaking

Court Appointed Special Advocates of Orange County hosted its Celebration of Children: Black & White Ball at the Pasea Hotel & Spa in Huntington Beach and for the fourth year in a row broke its net proceeds record with $1,165.800. With a “Back in Time” theme, guests dressed in roaring 1920s attire as longtime supporters … Continued

St. Michael’s Abbey Breaks Ground

Nearly 200 benefactors joined the Norbertine community of St. Michel’s Abbey at the site of their new home for a groundbreaking and to celebrate the amazing achievement of raising $120 million in the campaign for the new abbey. The new abbey will feature the abbey church, monastery and cloister, convent, administration building, guest facilities and … Continued

May 2018 Around Town

Framed Photo of James and Mary Roosevelt Unveiled Mary Roosevelt lost her beloved husband of 25 years, James Roosevelt, the eldest son of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, in 1991. In 1992, Jim Doti, president of Chapman College (later University), and the Chapman board renamed Founder’s Hall the James and Mary Roosevelt Hall. Mary, still grieving, … Continued

Adoption Guild’s 57th Patroness Spring Luncheon

With a “Celebrating Family” theme, the Adoption Guild of Southern Orange County hosted its Patroness Spring Luncheon for 250 women at Balboa Bay Resort. Highlighted by a lively runway fashion show of spring fashions from Grayse in Fashion Island, monies raised supported Holy Family Services Adoption and Foster Care Agency founded by Dolores Hope in … Continued

Pacific Symphony Gala Celebrates its Carnegie Hall Debut

In celebration of Pacific Symphony’s Carnegie Hall debut, a 1940s New York theme drew 400 guests to the Hotel Irvine for its “On the Town” gala. Vignettes of iconic New York scenes and cuisine greeted guests, and a sumptuous ballroom dazzled. Singing sensation Katherine McPhee entertained, and $1.55 million was raised for symphony music and … Continued

Childhelp’s 32nd “For the Love of a Child” Fashion Show & Luncheon

Four hundred attendees attended Childhelp’s annual fundraiser at the Fashion Island Hotel, where Tilly Levine received the Children’s Friend Award and Beverly Cohen the Inspirational Award. South Coast Plaza’s runway fashion show drew praise, with a $2,500 shopping spree at the venerable retail paradise a hot ticket item. More than $375,000 in net proceeds were … Continued