This Week’s O.C. Food News (Oct. 19 to 25)

Photograph courtesy of Fork and Knife

From Fork & Knife’s grand opening paella fundraiser to wood-fired brunch frittatas, here is our weekly guide to the latest in O.C.’s dining scene.


Fork & Knife
Costa Mesa
The market focused on take-home meals is hosting a paella fundraiser during its grand opening on Oct. 23. Fifty percent of sales from the signature seafood and chorizo paella dish will be donated to the USC Cancer Center in honor of Blackford’s late partner, Doug Garn.


Terra Wood-Fired Kitchen
Yorba Linda
The restaurant specializing in Mediterranean-inspired dishes and wood-fired artisan pizzas is expanding with weekend brunch service. Think wood-fired frittatas, bottomless citrus agave mimosas, wild crab eggs Benedict, pulled pork and sweet potato hash, and brioche custard French toast.

Sol Cocina
Newport Beach
Party Packs ($65) are now available for curbside pick-up and include guacamole, chicken Caesar salad, six street tacos, and bottled margaritas.

Big Parm
The New Jersey-style pizzeria founded by chef Andrew Gruel is offering $1 slices of select pies through October in honor of National Pizza Month. You can also take advantage of a two-for-one special on Halloween.

El Mercado Modern Cuisine
Santa Ana
Stop by to try new cocktails crafted by head barman Cesar Cerrudo. The new drinks feature spirits such as Paranubes Oaxacan rum and mezcal. Come during Taco Thursday or Happy Hour for specials on tacos, margaritas, and entrees.

Multiple O.C. locations
Try the seafood restaurant’s new lobster “wings,” crispy fried lobster and shrimp tossed in buffalo sauce. The item is available through the end of the month.


Oct. 23
Exclusive Tasting Dinner at Knife Pleat
Costa Mesa
Chef Tony Esnault presents a six-course prix fixe menu showcasing the season’s flavors including white truffle from Alba, Italy. Optional wine pairings are available. Reserve a table at the dining room or open-air patio.

Every Tuesday and Wednesday through November
Fable & Spirit

Newport Beach
Dine under the iconic Lido Theater marquee during Fable & Spirit’s weekly outdoor dinners. Executive chef David Shofner designs a new menu every week with optional wine pairings by sommelier Ali Coyle. Order The Pink Flamingo, a popcorn-infused cocktail by Director of Spirits Drew Coyle.

Oct. 24
Wine tasting Alta Baja Market
Santa Ana
Head to 4th Street Market to taste Mexican wine from Vinos Los Angeles and a small cheese plate on Alta Baja Market’s parklet patio.

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