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Celebrity chef Jamie Gwen and friends are bringing a premiere food, wine & spirits weekend to Newport Beach

A premiere culinary event called RELISH, a Food, Wine & Spirits Experience, under the organizational skills of celebrity chef Jamie Gwen and celebrity event planner Nicole Hirsty (founder of Cobalt Events), is coming to the VEA Newport Beach Hotel the weekend of Friday, Aug. 23 through Sunday, Aug. 25.

Coming together for the event to join Gwen will be other celebrity chefs, including Tyler Florence and Scott Conant, Master Sommeliers and Spirits Authorities for an “elevated and curated weekend experience unlike any other.”

The weekend will include top-tier cuisine and a series of unparalleled lifestyle experiences. These include “intimate cooking demos, winemaker seminars, spirit tastings, a Master Class in Cheese, Pastry Enlightenment and more, all woven throughout the weekend.”

RELISH will also partner with the James Beard Foundation, the first time any event in the history of Orange County has done so.

This inaugural event is the brainchild of Gwen, who may be best known for her television work and her syndicated radio show. She is an Orange County resident, a certified Sommelier, public speaker and a seven-time cookbook author.

Her culinary talents have led to appearances on Food Network’s Beat Bobby Flay and Cutthroat Kitchen as well as Bravo, HGTV, The Talk, Master Chef, Million Dollar Listing, among others.

“Bringing a first-of-its-kind food experience to Orange County marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter for the culinary scene here,” said Chef Gwen. “We envision RELISH becoming an annual tradition that not only showcases the immense talent of chefs and sommeliers but also creates an unparalleled gathering for foodies and culinary enthusiasts. This event will set a new standard and my hope is that RELISH becomes the most anticipated culinary celebration for years to come.”

Tickets can be purchased for individual events or as part of a VIP package. The weekend will kick off with an opening night cocktail reception on Friday, Aug. 23, followed by a private dinner with Celebrity Chef Conant.

Additional events taking place on Saturday include an evening with Chef Tyler Florence, a Chocolate 101 Master Class with Chef Gale Gand, a Vodka + Caviar Master Class with Mixologist Tony Abou-Ganim, a Master Class with Winemaker Bob Cabral and more.

A complete lineup of the weekend’s events, as well as ticket information, can be found here.

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Hoag Hospital has been nominated for a nationwide Most Beautiful Hospital award being organized by the top national healthcare staffing firm Soliant.

The 20 Most Beautiful Hospitals contest “recognizes hospitals for their commitment to developing and improving their campuses, facilities and staff, thereby creating holistic and healing environments. Soliant will donate $5,000 to the winning hospital’s foundation.”

Hospital beauty is more than just its physical design and appearance – it is the healthcare staff who create the heart and soul of the hospital through genuine connections with patients,” said Soliant CEO David Alexander. “This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase hospitals for their nurturing staff, comforting aesthetics and innovative designs which contribute to the overall well-being of patients.”

Voters may cast multiple votes until the polls close on July 25 and follow the voting process, which includes a real-time leaderboard at Top Most Beautiful Hospital Contest in the U.S of 2024 – Soliant Health.

The winner of this year’s contest, along with the top 20 hospitals, will be announced on July 31.

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As the election season comes into focus for November, the Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce is attempting to bring some of the candidates into the forefront for their members. In fact, at their next Good Morning Corona del Mar meeting they’ll feature Republican candidate Scott Baugh, who’s running for the U.S. Congressional 47th District.

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Scott Baugh

Baugh will convey his viewpoints, agendas and how he differs from Democrat candidate and State Senator Dave Min.

The morning meeting will be held Thursday, July 11 from 8-9:30 a.m. at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club. The event is open to the community at large and there’s no RVSP required, and it is free. Complimentary coffee and pastries will be available.

As usual at Good Morning Corona del Meetings, also featured will be legislative updates from the offices of local representatives.

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Assemblymember Diane Dixon (R-Newport Beach) is obviously not happy with the State Budget process in Sacramento and provided the following statement yesterday:

“The last two weeks, the Legislature voted on more than 20 budget bills in an attempt to balance our state finances. While there were a handful of supportable ‘trailer’ bills that were added after the June 15 budget deadline, the overall budget calls for spending a whopping $298 billion taxpayer dollars. The governor and legislative leadership used gimmicks, delays and tricks to address their $46.8 billion deficit.

“Unfortunately, this is not the last year the Democrat supermajority will face a spending and deficit crisis. The reality is: Californians and business owners are leaving the state to less regulated, more tax-friendly states around the country. These departed tax dollars will only increase the gap in our general fund. To truly address our fiscal strains, we need structural change to solve the affordability crisis and reduce regulations for small businesses to encourage Californians to stay. Otherwise, I anticipate next year to be deja vu all over again with just as painful of a budget process.”

Woe is life in Sacramento…and perhaps for many residents in California.

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Don’t forget, tonight (Friday, June 28) is the grand opening of the Newport Beach Historical Society’s new museum located in the Balboa Fun Zone. It begins at 5 p.m., with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 6 p.m. featuring Mayor Will O’Neill, and Steve Rosansky, CEO of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce.

The community is invited to join in.


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