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Laguna Beach is Southern California's premier seaside destination, midway between Los Angeles and San Diego. A year-round retreat for art lovers, nature enthusiasts and beach goers, Laguna Beach features seven miles of soft sand and surf.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Laguna Beach a la Carte – A Food & Wine Experience, March 7-10, 2013

The Laguna Beach Visitors & Conference Bureau will embark on the 3rd annual Laguna Beach a la Carte – A Food & Wine Experience, March 7-10, 2013. Guests will experience world-class cuisine, prix-fixe menus, food & wine pairings, daily events and special offers by local restaurateurs…taking place at various restaurants over four special days.

As part of Laguna Beach a la Carte, the Laguna Beach Visitors Bureau will host a signature event, Laguna Beach Uncorked! – An International Wine & Food Fest, on Saturday, March 9, 2013, on the Festival of Arts grounds from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Guests will enjoy tastings from 20 Laguna Beach restaurants and 30 wineries from around the world. A portion of the ticket sales benefits CHOC Children’s Hospital. General admission and VIP tickets for this event can be purchased at

“It’s exciting to showcase our culinary offerings with a four-day celebration, by bringing people together to enjoy inventive cuisine paired with superb wine offerings," said Karyn Philippsen, event Committee Co-Chair.

In its third year, Laguna Beach a la Carte has expanded its offerings and new partners have stepped up in support of this year’s culinary happening. “Events such as Laguna Beach a la Carte would not be possible without the partnership of companies like Fiat, Waste Management, American Express, Smart Water and Rohl,” said Judith Bijlani, President & CEO of the Laguna Beach Visitors & Conference Bureau. Media sponsors include Laguna Beach Magazine, Laguna Beach Independent, Coastline Pilot, Dining Out, KOST 103.5 and KX 93.5.

A Sampling of the Daily Events:
Visit to view all of the events happening over the four days.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Winemaker Dinner at Las Brisas
6:30 p.m.
Price: $75 (an additional 20% service charge and 8% sales tax will be added)
Call (949) 497-5434 for reservations.
Featuring wines from Ste. Michelle Wine Estates.

Wine Dinner at TheLoft at Montage
Reception at 6:00 p.m.; Dinner at 7 p.m.
Price: $125 per person (plus 22% service charge and tax, or $165.00 inclusive)
Reservations are required; call (949) 715-6420 (indicate “Laguna Beach a la Carte Winemaker Dinner”)
Guests will enjoy a 3 course prix fixe dinner and wine pairings. This will be a dining experience for 30 guests.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Etude Wine Dinner at Hotel Laguna
Reception at 6:30 p.m.; Dinner at 7 p.m.
Price: $125 per person (plus tax and gratuity)
Call (949) 494-1151 for reservations.
Five-course matched dinner featuring the fine wines of Etude with Certified Sommelier Margaux Pierog.

A Celebration of Burgundy at Laguna Culinary Arts
Price: 6:30 p.m.
$85 per person, plus tax & tip
Reservations required; call (949) 494-0745

Sunset & Savor: Beer vs. Wine at Surf & Sand Resort’s Pool Deck
5:30-8:30 p.m.
Price: $65
Call (949) 376-2761 to make a reservation or email
Mix and mingle poolside at five stations with specially paired wines and beers from our partners.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Laguna BeachUncorked! An International Wine & Food Fest*
Enjoy tastings from 20 Laguna Beach restaurants and 30 wineries from around the world.
The event takes place on the Festival of Arts grounds from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. A VIP ticket includes a 9:30 a.m. wine seminar with Michael A. Jordan, Master Sommelier, and an early 11:30 a.m. entrance to the Laguna Beach Uncorked tastings. General admission ticketholders will gain entry from 12:30-3:30 p.m. A portion of the proceeds benefits CHOC Children's Hospital. Ticket Information: General Admission: $90; VIP Admission (limited to 250 tickets): $145 through March 8). 

Visit to purchase tickets. For event information, call (949) 497-9229/(800) 877-1115.
*All event attendees must be at least 21 years of age. ID will be checked at the door.

Participating Laguna Beach restaurants include: 230 Forest Avenue, The Beach House, Broadway by Amar Santana, The Deck at Pacific Edge Hotel, Dizz’s As Is, House of Big Fish & Ice Cold Beer, K’ya Bistro Bar, Las Brisas, Mosaic Bar & Grille at Montage Laguna Beach, Mozambique Steakhouse, Nirvana Grille, OceanView Bar & Grill, ReMark’s, Sapphire Restaurant & Pantry, Splashes Restaurant, Starfish Laguna, Sundried Tomato, Tabu Grill, Three Seventy Common Kitchen + Drink, Tommy Bahama and Watermarc Restaurant

Participating Wineries include: Archery Summit, Oregon - Willamette Valley; Bichi Borghesi, Italy - Tuscany; Camparo, Italy - Piedmont; Canoe Ridge, Washington - Columbia Valley; Clos Pegas, California - Napa Valley; Cono Sur, Chile - Casablanca Valley; Domaine Carneros, California - Carneros; Domaine des Baumard, France - Loire Valley; Domaine Prieur-Brunet, France - Burgundy; Domaine Rene Mure, France - Alsace; Domaine Santa Duc, France - Rhone Valley; Ernesto Catena, Argentina - Mendoza; Etude, California - Carneros; Foley, California - Central Coast; Giol, Italy - Veneto; Mahua, New Zealand - Marlborough; Mas d'en Compte, Spain - Priorat; Nickle & Nickle, California - Napa Valley; Nisia, Spain - Rueda; O. Fournier, Spain - Ribera del Duero; Peregrine, New Zealand - Central Otago; Ponzi, Oregon - Willamette Valley; Purple Hands, Oregon - Willamette Valley; Ridge, California - Santa Cruz; Tablas Creek Vineyards, California - Paso Robles; TintaNegra, Argentina - Mendoza; Townley, California - various; and Warres - Duoro Valley, Portugal.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Gospel & Champagne Brunch at Tivoli Too!
Brunch: 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.; Gospel Show begins at 11:30 a.m.
Price: $45 per person
For more information, call (949) 715-9713. Guests can purchase tickets at
Headlining the event is the versatile Yve Evans who brings her very talented quartet and three amazing singers. A two-time winner of the Monterey Jazz Festival's Musicians of the Year Award, Yve is equally at home performing Gospel, having started performing at age three in church in front of 1,500 people. Tivoli Too! is dishing up a delicious brunch of hot and cold dishes, a carving station, fruits, and pastries and free flowing champagne, plus a fun champagne tasting to start off the morning.

Snack, Sip, and Surf at Pacific Edge Hotel
2:00-5:00 p.m.
Price: $45
Please call (949) 281-5711 for more information.
Enjoy a cocktail competition with some of our favorite local bartenders. Snack on beach fare with a neighborhood chef challenge and appetizers from The Deck. All this while feasting your eyes on a friendly paddle competition. Proceeds will benefit charity.

Sustain Local Art & Cuisine by Sawdust Art Festival
3:00-7:00 p.m.
Price: $195 per person (space is limited to 50 seats)
Call (949) 494-3030 or visit to reserve your spot today.
Don't miss out on this very unique artful dining experience on the magical Sawdust Art Festival grounds. Executive Chef and owner of Three Seventy Common, Ryan Adams, will create and cater a three-course sustainable meal, which will be served on handcrafted dining sets individually made by a team of talented Sawdust artists. These local Laguna Beach artists will attend this whimsical dining occasion to "meet and greet" and share their creative processes during this exciting event. Twenty Sawdust artists will create the stemware, dinnerware, serving-ware and centerpieces especially for this one-time event. Three one-of-a-kind art pieces will be yours to take home! Additional art pieces will be available for sale prior to and during the March 10 event. A portion of the proceeds from this event will directly benefit the Sawdust's art educational video project. The Sawdust Art Festival is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public and promoting art created in Laguna Beach.

Tablas Creek Vineyard Wine Dinner at Studio at Montage
Reception: 6:00 p.m.; Dinner: 7:00 p.m.
Price: $175.00 per person (plus 22% service charge and tax, or $230.00 inclusive)
Reservations Required. Call (949) 715-6420 (indicate “Laguna Beach a la Carte Winemaker Dinner”)
At Studio, guests will start the evening with a champagne reception and Chef Strong's signature hors d'oeuvres prior to enjoying a four course menu complete with wine pairings from Tablas Creek. This will be a dining experience for up to 50 guests.

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