This Week’s O.C. Food News (Nov. 30 to Dec. 6)

Dwanta Claus holiday pack from Salt and Straw; Photograph by Valls

From Salt and Straw’s holiday collaboration with Dwayne Johnson to Matter of Craft’s Beers for Cheer fundraiser, here is our weekly guide to the latest in O.C.’s dining scene.

Salt and Straw
The scoop shop known for innovative ice cream teamed up with actor Dwayne Johnson to create three holiday-inspired flavors for the season. There’s Dwanta’s Teremana Spiked Eggnog (featuring Teremana Reposado tequila), I Saw Mommy Kissing Dwanta Claus (whiskey ice cream with peanut butter chocolate chip cookie dough and a milk chocolate fudge swirl), and The Rock’n Around the Christmas Tree (Pacific Northwest spruce ice cream with raspberry jam, glacé cherries, and brownies). You can pick up select flavors at the Downtown Disney location or order online for shipping. For every pint sold of the spiked eggnog flavor, Salt & Straw and Teremana will donate $1 to World Central Kitchen, which partners with local restaurants to provide high-quality meals for those in need. 

Billy’s at the Beach
Newport Beach
After a months-long hiatus, the Hawaiian-inspired restaurant recently reopened, offering guests waterfront outdoor dining. Expect updated decor, a renovated patio, and extended outdoor seating. Consider The Mai Tai Survival Pack, a takeout special that comes with six Mai Tais, two cheeseburgers, and French fries.

Jay’s Catering
Garden Grove
Choose from an extensive menu of conveniently boxed meals and snacks, from charcuterie ($18) to salads ($13.75 to $14.50) and entrees such as chicken marsala ($18.50) and slow-cooked pot roast ($20.50).

Cha Cha’s Latin Kitchen
Drop off unwrapped toys or cash donations of $10 for a $10 gift card. The restaurant’s annual toy drive benefits local families in need.

Matter of Craft
Huntington Beach
This month, pick up a Beers for Cheer six-pack which comes with expertly curated craft brews as well as a brewers’ tasting guide. A quarter of proceeds goes to BraveOnes’ Meaningful Meals programs which benefits CHOC families and employees, Waymakers youth shelter, and senior care centers across Huntington Beach.

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