Road Tripping Iowa

 Article David Duran  At 199 miles long and 310 miles wide, Iowa is the 26th largest state in the United States, making it an obvious perfect candidate for a statewide road trip,It may not be possible to visit all 947 cities within the state in one go, but visiting the 99 counties, or at least driving through them, is definitely…

A Classical Connection

 Article Brittany Hanson  The Temianka Professorship and String Studies Scholarship program connect Chapman students to the remarkable story of violin virtuoso, conductor and Paganini Quartet founder Henri Temianka.  It is a quiet Friday morning at Chapman University, until you enter the Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music. William Fitzpatrick, the Henri Temianka Professor of Violin, sits in his office rehearsal space as…

Saving People’s Lives

 Article Donna Bunce  It’s a very good thing that Edwards Lifesciences developed the Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) because Sebastion Paul Musco (known as Paul) and his twin brother Anthony Musco are alive today because of it.  

An Incredible Father

 Article Donna Bunce  “I love playing with them, helping them with schoolwork and taking them to Disneyland. Every night we have storytime and the good night kiss. When I go to the dentist or to the doctor, they give me a stuffed animal.”  –Daniele Struppa, speaking about his daughters Arianna and Athena

The Men’s Issue

This issue is packed with good stories and fun offerings for and about men. Father’s Day is June 17th and is the perfect time to highlight a fabulous father. It was easy for me to select Daniele Struppa, president of Chapman University, as a father, first and foremost. He is so proud of his two … Continued

The New Regulations for the ICO Phenomenon

 Article and Photography Ana Launes  An Initial Coin Offering, also commonly referred to as an ICO, is a fundraising mechanism in which new projects sell their underlying crypto tokens in exchange for bitcoin and ether. It’s somewhat like an Initial Public Offering (IPO) in which investors purchase shares of a company.  

June 2018 Around Town

Chapman’s Sixth Annual Alumni Entertainment Industry Mixer Nearly 500 Chapman University alumni flooded the Lionsgate Entertainment Headquarters in Santa Monica for a night of lively conversations, networking, photo booth pictures and school spirit. As the University’s largest and most anticipated networking event of the year, the Annual Alumni Entertainment Industry Mixer illustrates the diverse talent … Continued

OCSA’s “Big Time in the Big Easy” Wows!

Orange County School of the Arts’s New Orleans-themed gala thrilled 600 guests as students from the nationally-renowned school performed a scintillating show. Spirits were high as $1.6 million was netted, thanks in large part by generous donors Julia and Lisa Argyros and Mohamed El-Erian. The performance was dedicated to late supporter Lew Webb. Photography Yunuen … Continued

Culinary Extravaganza Draws Raves

The 12th Annual Table for Ten drew a sold-out crowd of 320 to Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort, where 32 chefs and their restaurants provided gourmet dinners for 10 at beautifully decorated tables. Balboa Bay Resort’s Executive Chef Rachel Haggstrom was honored, and $450,000 in net proceeds was garnered for Vocation Visions and The Teen Project. … Continued

“Dancing for Tomorrow’s Stars” Entertains

The Assistance League of Newport-Mesa’s 10th annual dance competition featuring high-profile community leaders and dance professionals drew kudos all-round from the 250 guests at the City National Grove of Anaheim. Net proceeds of $82,000 were designated for the community philanthropic programs the league supports benefiting underserved children and their families. Photography Ann Chatillon, Sandy Zimmer

Salute to St. Patrick’s Day Benefits Olive Crest

Olive Crest’s St. Paddy’s Day Celebration drew a sold-out crowd of 435 guests to the Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort on St. Patrick’s Day to net $125,000 for its children and families programs. An Irish band and dancers, whiskey tasting, tempting auctions, and a chance to win a Vince Farragamo-autographed football from Super Bowl XIV drew … Continued

The Top Three Crypto World’s Richest

 Article Ana Launes  There has been a huge spike in the value of unregulated cryptocurrencies, which are 'mined' using secret algorithms based on the blockchain technologies. According to Forbes, the average 2017 price change of Bitcoin, Ethereum and XRP, three of the most common cryptocurrencies, is a whopping 14,409 per cent. Cryptocurrencies are characterized by extreme volatility, and so, when…

Gentlemen, Hit the Town!

Article Jessica Roy | Photography Stag Bar + Kitchen, Side Bar, Jessica Roy

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…

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…

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…

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…

Blissfulness Awaits at Rancho La Puerta

 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…

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…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Let’s Travel!

This is always a favorite issue for me because I love to travel. Having just returned from London after attending the Newport Beach UK Honours hosted by the Newport Beach Film Festival and Visit Newport Beach, visiting the city's famous Churchill War Rooms, experiencing "Hamilton" for the first time and enjoying tea at Highclere Castle, where Downton Abbey was filmed (I could go…

Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade Awards 
Dinner & Auction

Three hundred people gathered at the Fashion Island Hotel to celebrate the 109th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade and Ring of Lights winners. The annual event, which raises money for next year's parade, is hosted by The Commodores of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce and its President/CEO Steve Rosansky. 

April 2018 Around Town

Sequel to The Phantom of the Opera   For all you Phantom lovers, if you haven’t seen Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sequel to the all-time favorite musical, plan on visiting Segerstrom Center for the Arts April 24 to May 5 to see Love Never Dies. Ten years after the Phantom’s disappearance from the Paris Opera House, he has a new life in…

Women Helping Women

Each year the Beauty in Grace giving circle pools its membership gifts to make a donation to a women's health program at Saddleback Medical Center. This year's annual luncheon, which drew 60 women, saw $68,000 given to purchase video streaming equipment for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Photography Paul Gero

Stockholm, One of the Great Cities of the World

Stockholm shakes to life in spring. The season, perched between a bitter, if atmospheric, winter and sun-splashed, if brief, summer, is when residents unbundle a bit, waterfront restaurants launch outdoor dining (outfitted with heat lamps and woolen blankets), and a stunning pastel canopy of cherry blossoms unfurl in Kungsträdgården, one of the city’s most popular parks.

My Favorite Places for Tea…

Honestly, my favorite place to enjoy “afternoon tea” is Palm Court at The Langham on Portland Place in London. I also enjoy tea closer to home as well. It is a wonderful way to celebrate birthdays and holidays, sneak in some girlfriend time, or just escape for a few hours for a relaxing respite of sheer refinement. Here are my…

Nonprofit Merger Celebrated

A Casino Night was held to celebrate the merger of Acacia Adult Day Services and its 38 years of extensive social and healthcare day services for aging adults with the local nonprofit Alzheimer's Orange County. Nearly 300 guests attended the casino night at the adult day center. Photography Sarah Chavez

Get Inspired by Iceland

An island in the North Atlantic, Iceland has become incredibly popular in the last decade as curious travelers from across the globe have ventured to the progressive and peaceful nation in search of an abundance of picture-worthy moments as well as a glimpse of a modern society where freedom and equality are the most important qualities. The country continuously ranks…

Surfing in Punta de Mita, Mexcio

I emerged from the ocean, a trail of blood clouded the water and a flap of skin dangled from my finger, resembling day-old sashimi. This certainly wasn’t my first time to surf, but the cause of my injury was definitely a kook move at best. But, let’s come back to that later. Being an avid surfer and enthusiastic traveler, I…

More Than Just a Pretty Smile

In the field of dentistry, a malocclusion occurs when a patient's teeth don't align properly when the jaw is closed. Also referred to as a 'bad bite,’ a patient's symptoms may go unnoticed and cause little to no discomfort. On the other hand, a bad bite can cause significant pain in the form of migraine headaches, sensitive teeth, and jaw and neck…

The Newport Beach UK Honours in London Draws Raves

The luxury five star Rosewood Hotel in London drew a star-studded crowd in mid-February for the fourth annual Newport Beach UK Honours, hosted by Newport Beach Film Festival, Visit Newport Beach and Variety magazine.

And the Winners Are…

The January weather at the annual Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, is famously chilly. But for Chapman University alumni, this year’s festival scene was sizzling hot.

Food Issue is Here!

This issue is always a favorite of mine. Good food and libations rule the day! I rise every day and think about what wonderful foods I will be experiencing that day. It doesn't have to be gourmet–it could be a Hostess cupcake!–but looking forward to something that I really like makes my day!

The Spanish Northeast: From Rioja to Empordà.

If you are planning on travel to Europe, here is an interesting proposal. A couple of months ago we visited two of the most beautiful and unlikely hotels and wineries in Spain. Somehow, Spain seems to fly under the radar compared to its next-door neighbor, France. However, Spain is the third largest wine producer in the world and the largest…

March 2018 Around Town

 Kudos to Our Local Library!  The Newport Beach Public Library was recently named a Star Library in a national ranking complied by Library Journal in its 10th edition of the Library Journal of Public Library Service.  Of the 259 named Star Libraries in the country, 13 are in California, with just four in Southern California. NBPL is the highest scoring…

‘Let’s Celebrate!’

Providence Speech and Hearing Center's (PSHC) 52nd Annual Gala drew 315 guests to the City National Grove of Anaheim for an evening of fine food, incredible entertainment (thanks to JT & Friends) and raising money to enrich the lives of those with speech and hearing problems through its amazing programs.

Newport Beach Restaurant Week Kick-Off

The 12th Annual Newport Beach Restaurant Week (actually two weeks this year), themed "Beyond the Menu: A Culinary Journey," launched at a dine-around experience at Fashion Island's Lincoln Experience Center with 100 guests. The event is presented by Dine Newport Beach and the Newport Beach Restaurant Association. Photography Robert Rooks

Joining the Next Cooking Craze

Other than a bread maker machine, I think I pretty much own every kitchen gadget and cooking tool imaginable. Slow cooker. Check. Food processor, immersion blender, pasta machine, drying racks for the pasta, yes! It’s all here, and my kitchen is busting at the seams. My husband had to build a wall of cabinets out in the garage to store…

‘Christmas Carol Ball’ Celebrates 51 Years!

The Hoag Hospital Foundation's "Christmas Carol Ball" observed 51 years for the popular holiday gala, held at the Monarch Beach Resort. The 600 festively-attired guests enjoyed a gourmet repast, tempting auction items, a lively Rat Pack show and dancing to the NRG band, while raising impressive funds to support Hoag.

Dining Differently in Wailea, Hawaii

Wailea, or the Beverly Hills of Maui, as it is affectionately called, is no stranger to amazing food and drinks, as it is home to the top luxury resorts on the island. Never a step behind, the resorts are constantly creating innovative ways for their guests to dine. From rotating weekly programs to exclusive private dinners to a full renovation…

An Alternative Choice: Chef Chris Polley

It’s no secret there’s been a notable evolution in consumer demand for healthier purchases and experiences. In particular, organic and gluten-free choices are increasing in visibility. Not wanting to miss out, more restaurants are specializing in the farm-to-table movement and other healthier menu options.

MAKING WAVES: Hilbert Museum Pays Tribute to Surf-Art Legends John Severson and Rick Griffin

Almost as soon as the ancient Polynesian sport of surfing invaded California’s shores in the 20th century, an entire socioeconomic subculture began to spring up around it. The beaches of Southern California became the center of a “surf culture” that hit its high point from the late 1950s through the ‘60s and is still active today. From developing its own…

Table for Ten, a Popular Culinary Extravaganza for Food and Wine lovers, Raises Money for Local Charities

Kristin Martin is proud that she is able to help nonprofits through Table for Ten, an event she founded 11 years ago.