It’s a Wrap for Taste of Huntington Beach―Until Next Year’s

Orange Coast Senior Editor Chris Christensen has a wrap-up of last weekend’s fundraiser for the Huntington Beach Children’s Library…

When asked to be one of six judges at Sunday’s Taste of Huntington Beach, I jumped at the chance to sample the fare of 46 of the city’s restaurants. What a quick and easy way to whittle down your favorites so you know where to go back for more. It was a gorgeous day, and the happy, buzzy crowd and bevy of wine entries (no, I didn’t get to judge those!) made it feel like a cocktail party at high noon.

Kudos to the other judges, who took time out of their busy Sunday to assist: Cathy Thomas and Nancy Luna of The Orange County Register; Rich Manning of Gayot and OCfoodies; Teri Williams of Great Taste Magazine; and Eva Kilgore of The Huntington Beach Wave and the Reg.

Dish of the day? The only one I was certain of in this blind-tasting: Slater’s 50/50 PB&J burger—brioche bun, bacon, peanut butter, and strawberry jam. I’m still fantasizing about it.―Chris Christensen

Food Categories and Winners:

Appetizers, Snacks & Small Bites—2nd Floor

Salads, Sides & Soup—SlapFish (chowder)

Sandwiches/Pizzas—Slater’s 50/50


Chicken—Lazy Dog Café

Beef, Lamb or Pork—Outback Steakhouse

Desserts (cakes, cookies, cupcakes)—Tomgirl Baking Company

Desserts (other)—Simply Layered Cake Design

Best Taste—Tomgirl Baking Company

Winning Wines


1. Wente Riva Ranch Chardonnay 2010

2. The White Knight Viognier 2010

3. Cupcake Vineyards Prosecco 2020


1. Entwine Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

2. Flip Flop Pinot Noir 2010

3. Alamos Malbec 2010

Overall Winner: Entwine Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

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