The Blind Rabbit, a speakeasy in Anaheim’s Packing House, was a big winner Sunday at the annual Golden Foodie Awards in Newport Beach, taking home awards for bartender of the year, best cocktails, and best bar program. Blind Rabbit also features prominently in the current issue of Orange Coast, including a photo on the cover as part of the Hidden Orange County package.
Ross Pangilinan, owner of the 2017 Best New Restaurant award, was named 2018 rising star chef of the year. He also just opened a new restaurant, Terrace by Mix Mix, at South Coast Plaza.
At Arc Food & Libations in Costa Mesa, Noah von Blom was named chef of the year.
Olea in Newport Beach, one of the Orange Coast best new restaurants of 2018, was named best new restaurant.
Pastry chef Jamon Harper at Aveo at Monarch Beach Resort was named pastry chef of the year. Harper recently revealed a new dessert menu at Aveo that includes a decadent off-menu sundae that’s a foot tall and features house-made gelato, fresh berries and candied almonds as detailed in the current issue of Orange Coast.
The Best Brunch award went to Taps Fish House & Brewery, run by a family dining dynasty that will be featured in Orange Coast in December.
All nominees and winners will be listed on the Goldie Foodie website.