Bon Marche!

Gather, all you foodies. This year’s Friends of James Beard Benefit Dinner is hosted by Amelia and Florent Marneau at their French Bistro, Marche Moderne, in South Coast Plaza’s Penhouse. At 6:30 p.m. Sept. 14, 100 lucky guests will experience a decadent five-course tasting menu that includes bone marrow tartine, duck confit, and Skuna Bay salmon, accompanied by an abundant selection of wines. South Coast Plaza is a presenting sponsor of this culinary event, and to keep with the James Beard Foundation’s mission to nurture and honor America’s diverse culinary heritage through education, a small silent auction will take place to raise funds to support a local Marche Moderne scholarship for promising future chefs.

Among the items to be auctioned off are a year of weekly Spontané Lunches for two at Marche Moderne; a gift certificate and annual valet pass from South Coast Plaza; a night’s accommodation and dinner for two at Studio restaurant, featuring the Chef’s tasting menu at the Montage Resort in Laguna Beach; a two-night stay at the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel; and a nine-liter bottle of Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte Brut donated by Nicolas Feuillatte and Southern Wine and Spirits, paired with Baccarat champagne flutes.

The dinner, which includes a reception, dinner with wine, tax and gratuity, is $300, and $275 for James Beard members. For reservations and more information, contact Nadine Hotong at 714-434-7900.

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