OC Restaurant Association Hosts Largest Culinary Event in OC

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OCRW 2016 to be Celebrated in 140 Restaurants in 21 Orange County Cities 2016 OC Restaurant Week: March 6-12, 2016

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OC Restaurant Week presented by Jeep Grand Cherokee will celebrate its eighth year as the region's largest culinary event, with the 2016 Orange County Restaurant Week to be held from Sunday, March 6th through Saturday, March 12th. This year, 140 restaurants in 21 Orange County cities will offer a wide variety of options, from casual and family friendly establishments, to upscale and fine dining. New to this year’s event is an $80 “luxe” menu offering with wine or cocktail pairing.

During the weeklong event, the participating restaurants will offer special three-course menus, many with a cocktail or signature item at no additional charge. Each restaurant will have the freedom and flexibility to showcase its best offerings by talented chefs who will, no doubt, personalize each menu to reflect their individual culinary style. Participating restaurants will offer prix-fixe menus within the following price categories: lunch for $10, $15 or $20, and dinner for $20, $30, $40, $50 or $80. Guests will have the opportunity to search the list of 140 participating restaurants by name, location and price point at http://www.OCRestaurantWeek.com.

The 2016 participating restaurants include (full updated list can be found online at http://www.OCRestaurantWeek.com):

25 Degrees - Huntington Beach
320 Main - Seal Beach
370 Common – Laguna Beach
Amorelia Mexican Café – Costa Mesa
Andrei's Restaurant - Irvine
AnQi Bistro- Costa Mesa
Beachcomber Café - Newport Beach
BLK Earth Sea Spirits – Huntington Beach
Bluefin - Newport Beach
Bluewater Grill Restaurant - Newport Beach & Tustin
Bosscat Kitchen & Libations – Newport Beach
Brio Tuscan Grille - Irvine
Bruno’s Italian Kitchen - Brea
C4 Deli: The Cure for the Common - Santa Ana
Canaletto – Newport Beach
Catal - Anaheim
Cedar Creek Inn – Brea & San Juan Capistrano
Cha Cha's Latin Kitchen - Brea
Chapter One: the modern local - San Juan Capistrano
Chela’s Mexican Grill – Laguna Niguel
CUCINA enoteca - Newport Beach & Irvine
Del Frisco's Grille - Irvine
Dory Deli - Newport Beach
D'Vine ~ A Mediterranean Experience - Brea
EATS Kitchen & Bar - Irvine
Eureka - Huntington Beach & Irvine
Farrell's Ice Cream Parlour Restaurant - Brea & Buena Park
Fig & Olive - Newport Beach
Fire and Ice - Anaheim
Five Crowns - Corona Del Mar
Fly N Fish Oyster Bar & Grill - Newport Beach
GG's Bistro - Laguna Beach
Gyu-Kaku – Tustin, Huntington Beach, Brea
Habana – Costa Mesa
Hanare – Costa Mesa
Harborside Restaurant - Newport Beach
Haven Gastropub - Orange
Holstein’s Shakes and Buns – Costa Mesa
Hopscotch Tavern - Fullerton
HornBlower Cruise & Events - Newport Beach
IL DOLCE - Irvine
Il Fornaio – Irvine
Issara Thai Cuisine - Huntington Beach
Kutsi Cocina bar and lounge - Santa Ana
La Vida Cantina - Costa Mesa
Lillie's Q - Brea
LUCCA - Irvine
Lumberyard - Laguna Beach
Luna Rossa - Tustin
Maro Wood Grill - Laguna Beach
Marrakesh – Costa Mesa
Matador Cantina – Fullerton
McCormick & Schmick's – Irvine
Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament – Buena Park
Mick’s Karma Bar – Irvine
Modo Mio Rustic Italian Kitchen – Newport Beach
Mozambique – Laguna Beach
Newport Landing - Newport Beach
Newport Rib Company - Costa Mesa
Nirvana Grille - Laguna Beach
O fine Japanese Cuisine - Irvine
O'Neill's Bar & Grill - Mission Viejo
Orange Hill Restaurant - Orange
Paul Martin’s American Grill – Irvine
Pizzeria Ortica – Costa Mesa
Primecut Café – Tustin
Provenance - Newport Beach
Provisions Market – Orange
Rance's Pizza - Costa Mesa
Red O - Newport Beach
Royal Khyber - Santa Ana
Royal Thai Cuisine - Laguna Beach & Newport Beach
Rusty Pelican - Newport Beach
Ruth’s Chris - Irvine
SeaLegs Wine Bar - Huntington Beach
Seasons 52 - Costa Mesa
Selanne Steak Tavern - Laguna Beach
Silver Trumpet Restaurant and Bar - Costa Mesa
Skyloft - Laguna Beach
Slapfish - Huntington Beach, Newport Beach
Slater’s 50/50 - Huntington Beach and Anaheim
SOCIAL - Costa Mesa
SOL Cocina - Newport Beach
solita - Huntington Beach
Spaghettini - Seal Beach
Splashes - Laguna Beach
Starfish - Laguna Beach
Steakhouse 55 - Anaheim
Stonehill Tavern - Dana Point
Sundried Tomato American Bistro - San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano
Sushi Roku – Newport Beach
SWSH Shabu – Irvine
Tapas Restaurant – Newport Beach
TAPS Fish House & Brewery – Brea & Irvine
Tempo Urban Kitchen – Brea
The Capital Grille – Costa Mesa
The Catch – Anaheim
the crow bar and kitchen – Corona Del Mar
The Dock – Newport Beach
The Hub Kitchen & Taps – Costa Mesa
The Melting Pot – Irvine
The Quiet Woman – Corona Del Mar
THE RANCH Restaurant & Saloon – Anaheim
The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar – Newport Beach & Tustin
Tommy Bahama Bar & Grill – Laguna Beach
Tommy Bahama Island Grille – Newport Beach
Tortilla Republic – Laguna Beach
True Food Kitchen – Newport Beach
true seasons organic kitchen – Anaheim
Twenty Eight – Irvine
Urbana – Anaheim
Villa Roma – Laguna Hills
Vitaly – Costa Mesa
VUE – Dana Point
Ways & Means Oyster House – Huntington Beach
Who Song & Larry’s – Orange
Wildfish Seafood Grille – Newport Beach
Wild Goose - Costa Mesa
Yard House – Brea and Newport Beach
zcafe – Costa Mesa
Zimzala - Huntington Beach

"As we enter into our eighth year for Orange County’s largest culinary celebration, OC Restaurant Week, we are thrilled to be able to join nearly two-thirds of the cities in the county for this event,” explained Pamela Waitt, president of the OC Restaurant Association. “This year, we go one step further in connecting OC diners to restaurants on our rich culinary landscape by introducing an exciting new element to the pricing structure with an $80 prix-fixe pairing ‘Luxe’ dinner menu offering!”

GIRL SCOUT COOKIE DESSERTS
During OC Restaurant Week, select restaurants will offer delicious desserts inspired by and featuring Girl Scout Cookies! Some of the OC Restaurant Week participating restaurants will host local Girl Scouts for a Preview Tasting, where girls will get the chance to taste the sweet treats and meet with the restaurant’s chef – all important as many of them strive to earn culinary and business badges.

OC RESTAURANT WEEK LAUNCH PARTY
This year’s festivities will kick off with an official “FIRST BITES” Launch Party on Saturday, March 5th at Irvine Marriott. Guests attending the launch party will have the unique opportunity to experience over 40 food and drink stations prepared by a variety of OC Restaurant Week participating restaurants. For FIRST BITES information visit http://www.ocrestaurantweek.com/launch-party.html. Guests must be 21 years or older to attend.

“Partnering with the OC Restaurant Association for OC Restaurant Week is a great opportunity for Destination Irvine to garner exposure for Irvine's global cuisine on a broader scale," said Wendy Haase, Director of Tourism Marketing for Destination Irvine. "The partnership also allows us to support Orange County's culinary scene, which is a big part of why people visit the destination."

Media interested in covering the event may contact Moxxe PR via mona(at)moxxepr(dot)com.

ABOUT OC RESTAURANT WEEK
The 2016 Orange County Restaurant Week Presented by Jeep Grand Cherokee will be held Sunday, March 6th through Saturday, March 12th with more than 100 restaurants participating in the weeklong event. Restaurants will offer prix-fixe menus within the following price categories: lunch for $10, $15 or $20, and dinner for $20, $30, $40 or $50, with a limited number of $80 “Luxe” menus. Participants involved are listed online at http://www.orangecountyrestaurantweek.com.

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