Black Counter at Break of Dawn
What it is: Chef‑owner Dee Nguyen serves a mind‑blowing, 11‑person, 16‑plus‑course tasting marathon every other month. Reservations are made by jumping on his Facebook announcement.
Cost: Varies but is always more than fair

Dinner With a Wine Icon
What it is: If you love pinot noir, don’t wait to grab one of only 30 seats for a four‑course dinner Nov. 8 at Colony Wine Merchant in historic downtown Anaheim. Expect to enjoy five gorgeous wines, but even better, the company of pioneer Central Coast winemaker Ken Brown.
Cost: $90. Reserve at

Two legends: Morton’s and Mondavi
What it is: Celebrate 40 years of delicious collaboration Oct. 27 at Morton’s Santa Ana with a luxe repast of six courses and 10 world‑class wines from four generations of Mondavis. Napa geeks, this is for you. Expect library bottles and unreleased special‑project wines.
Cost: $295. Buy tickets at

Lion Heart Pop‑Up Dinner
What it is: Private chef Jason Reynolds and first mate Nina Hanna pamper six guests with eight‑ to 10‑course feasts in their dapper exhibition kitchen in residential Irvine. Plus, it’s BYOB with free corkage!
Cost: Stated price is “pay what you want,” but diners shell out $40 to $200 a head. See menus and more at

Let’s Go on A Lark!
What it is: Lark creates meals curated by chefs such as Kyle Powers at local boutiques and spaces throughout the county. Each meal is served at a communal table and includes several courses and wine pairings. The next event is scheduled for Oct. 5 at Mindy Gayer Design in Costa Mesa.
Cost: $125. Buy tickets at

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