Let’s give thanks.

I always look forward to celebrating Thanksgiving with my family. It was my mother that made Thanksgiving a special day for me growing up. My sister Joanie and I remember with fondness those wonderful smells wafting from the kitchen as she did her magic. We were raised by a Southern mother, so cornbread dressing was a standard for us, as…

Volunteers Assemble Military Care Kits

Wells Fargo volunteers from Orange County gathered at Working Wardrobes in Costa Mesa to take part in a Operation Graditude's care package program. Working Wardrobes supports service men and women through its very successful VetNet program.

November 2015 Around Town

In celebration of the Leatherby Libraries’ 10th Anniversary, Chapman University honored the Leatherby Family who is responsible for the lead gift to build the spectacular $26 million facility. A reception and dedication of the Leatherby Family Wall of Honor was held in the Allred Entrada of the libraries, where formal portraits of the family were unveiled, along with a display…

The Joys of Nevis

We have arrived at the tail end of summer with the hope of seeing endangered Hawksbill, Green and Leatherback turtles that call these waters home. We’ve chosen to spend the weekend at the Four Seasons Nevis, which is the anchor hotel for this tiny island and which also happens to be committed to the protection of the sea turtles, whose…

Affirming Our Thankfulness

We have come a long way since the year 1621, when Pilgrims celebrated their first harvest in the New World. Writings recount a three-day feast and sharing the table with Native Americans who populated the area. They were all bringing their various crops, and the recordings describe tables of wild fowl and venison served with a corn mush and stewed…


A Night of Immersion

At the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills, there is a hidden tasting room called SAAM, which is located inside The Bazaar restaurant. The restaurant is one of the most famous eateries from Chef José Andrés, named as one of Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People" and awarded “Outstanding Chef” by the James Beard Foundation. José Andrés is an internationally-recognized culinary…

Finding 
Gratitude

The first time I experienced Café Gratitude was two years ago when my husband and I dined with an aspiring pastry chef from Chicago named Yvonne. When this spritely brunette moved to California in 2012, she completely embraced the sunny “SoCal lifestyle.”

Feeding the Change: 
Second Harvest Food Bank

Hunger is a feeling we are familiar with. A light grumbling in an empty tummy is a discomfort most of us can alleviate with say, a bag of pretzels from a vending machine or a ripe plum from the market. But, there are some right here in Orange County that don’t have access to a snack, or even dinner.

Easy “Fix-It-and-Forget-It” Thanksgiving Dinner

What’s the easiest way to avoid Thanksgiving cooking headaches? Try putting your slow cooker into fast gear. Today’s slow cookers offer a vast improvement over Grandma’s crock pot which only simmered chili in your childhood. There are now stream-lined, programmable versions in an array of sizes at most major retailers for under $40, offering versatile 13x9-inch stoneware inserts which are…

3rd Annual HOPE Golf Tournament

The event hosted by Laura's House at the Marbella Country Club in San Juan Capistrano raised $70,000+ for domestic violence survivors. South County Auto Group sponsored the tournament. CEO/Executive Director Margaret Bayston honored Fluidmaster at a dinner following. Photography Jerry Kelly/Kelly Photo

Santa Ana Zoo’s 23rd Zoofari Fundraiser

A goat, skunk, owl and armadillo greeted 350 guests to the event revealing the new Ocelot Exhibit; honoring Patti Mickey, Patty McClendon and Steve McGuigan; and netting $100,000 for the zoo. Executive Director Cathi Decker was event chair. Photography Ann Chatillon

Festival of Children Foundation Opening Night Party

More than 450 guests enjoyed the event at the South Coast Plaza's Garden Terrace to kickoff the month-long Festival of Children which showcases 75 children's charities at the plaza. Photography Carla Rhea

Silk Couture Fashions at Cottage Colour

Newly-opened in Corona del Mar, Cottage Colour is an exclusive purveyor of hand-woven, 100 percent silk couture and organic linen and cotton fashions, known for their luxurious comfort and practical elegance.

A Legacy of Giving

Julia Argyros remembers attending the Red Heart Ball, hosted by the Orange County Chapter of the American Heart Association, soon after she and George were married and had moved to Tustin.

Pageant of the Masters Celebrity Benefit

Grammy Award-winning Melissa Manchester's performance at the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts drew praise, as did the "Pursuit of Happiness" theme. Academy Award-winner Mira Sorvino hosted. Raffle winner Bill Tomasic of Chino won a 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata GT.