Much to Celebrate!

It is hard for me to believe that South Coast Plaza is 50 years old. I remember my husband and I moving to Orange County in 1969, and the retail center was newly-opened–literally in the bean fields. There was a Sears and May Co. and a long string of stores between the two anchors. Plus, there were no high-rises in…

Hoag Hospital Foundation’s 
”Christmas Carol Ball” Celebrates 50!

Hoag's "Christmas Carol Ball," started in 1966 as the "Voices of Christmas," was held at Monarch Beach Resort, where 640 black-tie attired guests gathered to celebrate the golden anniversary. A lavish dinner, followed by a 
"Dancing Through the Decades" show by the NRG Band, captured the celebratory moment.

Philanthropy Stars Shine at 31st Annual 
National Philanthropy Day

Hosted by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, National Philanthropy Day Orange County's 31st Annual National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon, held at the City National Grove of Anaheim, drew 800+ guests to honor nine individuals and businesses who represent the best in giving to others. Photography Tony Lattimore, Carla Rhea

Women of Chapman’s 30th Annual 
”Christmas at The Ritz”

Women of Chapman's nutcracker-themed 30th Annual "Christmas at The Ritz" holiday luncheon drew 375 guests to the Island Hotel for a festive celebration, netting more than $308,000 for Chapman University's Dodge College, Musco Center and the Center for Science and Technology. Photography Tony Lattimore, Peggy O'Donnell

Candlelight Concert Delights with 
Celebrated Singer/Songwriter Carole King

Segerstrom Center for the Arts' 43rd Annual Candlelight Concert drew accolades from its 460 guests for the onstage elegant all-white giant paper flower decor, sparkling chandeliers and stunning table design. Together with King's performance and Lugano Diamonds' strand of pearls, it was memorable! Photography Kimberly April, Joesan Diche, Doug Gifford

CASA Holiday Luncheon Sets 
Record-Breaking Net of $344,000!

Friends of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) hosted its annual holiday luncheon at Monarch Beach Resort for a sold crowd of 600, showcasing an engaging Ted Baker London runway fashion show, great auction items and a heartfelt CASA story by volunteer Rhonda Beylik. Photography Xuon Do/Happy Photos

March 2017 Around Town

Segerstrom Center for the Arts has begun construction on its new Julianne and George Argyros Plaza and the Center for Dance and Innovation to be housed in the Judy Morr Theater, thanks to The Next Act campaign. The Argyroses gave a generous $13.5 million towards the project. Look for an array of free events, a café and outdoor seating on…

Culinary Capital Extraordinaire

Food gives booze a run for its money in the fun, fabled city of New Orleans. The trick isn’t in finding good food. It’s in seeking out excellent food in one-of-a-kind restaurants that truly reflect the city. Here are few of the best: Galatoire’s. This gilded spot’s old world glamour is a welcome antidote to the 24/7 party raging outside…

Sweet Secrets from Pastry Chef Elyssa Fournier

I’ll admit, as I took a bite of one of Elyssa’s tootsie rolls, I braced myself for the tough texture and cheap-cocoa-powder taste of your standard tootsie roll candy. But, as I began to chew, the candy began to melt in my mouth. This was velvety caramel fudge, a blissful, luxurious confection. To say her “caramel mou” is far-removed from…

The Lott Trophy: Making an IMPACT

The cast bronze trophy glows under the spotlight, the two grappling football players illuminated. Two men with undeniable talent and a love for the game. But, in taking a closer look, one is clearly set apart from the other. One is fearlessly dominating the other, the full force of his body explosively hitting his opponent. It is none other than…

Thirty Years and Going Strong!

Orange County School of the Arts is a national model Article | Donna Bunce The Background Orange County School of the Arts Founder/Executive Director/President Ralph Opacic grew up in Annandale, Virginia, one of three children of a Marine and a stay-at-home mother. It didn’t take his parents long to realize that their son was musically … Continued

Hooked Up

Chef Andy Ardnt began overseeing the kitchens at Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa two years ago. “Back then we started implementing a few changes, but now we’re concentrating on a fully sustainable menu focusing on seafood,” Ardnt says. This is exciting news for Ardnt and his team. In January 2017, the hotel’s flagship restaurant reopened as Hook and Spear.…

Celebrating 50!

Werner Escher, Executive Director of Domestic and International Markets, passed away in January, 2017. He will long be remembered for his effervescent smile and his nearly 50 years of loyalty and dedication to the Segerstrom family and South Coast Plaza.

For the Love of the Art

The Blue Delilahs band, formed in 2013, is composed of musicians who love music from the 1940s through the 1960s–everything from swing, jazz, blues, and rockabilly. The band had its beginnings in the early 1990s when Orange County residents Melissa Ritter met Amy Dyer in a pop vocal class at Orange Coast College and formed a pop rock band call…

The Magic of Boisset Wines

When Jean-Claude and Claudine Boisset embarked on a career in winemaking in the village of Vougeot in Burgundy in 1961, their first customers were friends of the family, neighbors and childhood friends. Today, the Boisset Collection has grown to be the leading wine producer in Burgundy, with a Franco-American collection of wineries on two continents and a presence in 80…

Clos de l’Obac: The First 25

In 1194, Carthusian monks from Provence brought monastic life and winemaking to present-day Tarragona in northeast Spain. Named for the priors on whose monasteries vines were planted and wine produced, the region, Priorat, became known for a rich, full-bodied red wine from Grenache grapes grown in hard slate and quartz Llicorella soils. When phylloxera decimated the region’s vineyards in 1893,…

A Proper Toast to Patron Saint Patrick

Each year March 17th marks a celebration affectionately known as St. Patrick’s Day! And, just like any other holiday, I like to know just a little bit of history about what we are toasting–and why. There is a long, dreary story to be told all about this special saint. However, let me provide you the shorter version. Patrick had a…