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2017 Golden Foodie Awards

September 27, 2017 / By / Post a Comment
The 2017 Golden Foodie Awards was a night to remember as it celebrated the outstanding achievement of local culinary talent on Sunday, September 24th at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa. The sold out event played host to Orange County’s culinary elite who sipped on spectacular cocktails and delicious food. The red carpet affair awarded Golden Foodie Statues made out of pewter and plated in 14K Gold to the winners.
The event kicked off on the red carpet. Heads turned as the talented who’s-who joined the affair. The red carpet was full of food celebrities such as Simon Majumdar, known as the Food Network’s ‘toughest critic’ and Master of Ceremonies for the night’s event, Food Network Star Aarti Sequeira, Top Chef All-Star Marcel Vigneron, Master Sommelier Michael Jordan, Wing Lam, co-owner of Wahoo’s, and many more.
Guests indulged in an overwhelming array of food and drinks in the Rose Garden overlooking the golf course. Incredible culinary stations by; Angelina’s Pizzeria, Filomena’s, Pascal & Baja Shellfish Farms, Mozambique, Sol Agave, Pizzeria Ortica, Mix Mix Kitchen & Bar, Waterman’s, Hook & Spear, Red O, Legado Bar + Kitchen, House of Blues, Skyloft, Urbana, Puesto, Taco Rosa and Melissa’s Produce. Libations by Ketel One vodka, Patron, Maker’s Mark, Kean Coffee and wines by Bouchaine.
The doors into the ballroom opened to reveal a fresh new Golden Foodie Awards stage, with a clean sophisticated style. Ballroom tables were beautifully decorated with edible art: Champagne by Nicolas Feuillatte, Moscato Grapes and Mixed Nuts by Melissa’s Produce, Fresh Baked Bread and Cheese by Sadie Rose Baking Co., Hand Painted Sugar and Chocolate cookies with “Words of Wisdom” by Ashley Guzman-Rose, and Classic Red Velvet Cake by Julie Thomas from Sweet Surrender Specialty Desserts & Pastries. Betsy Thagard from B. Toffee had her Handcrafted Toffee’s and Elyssa Fournier from Mixed Bakery served her Chocolate Saucisson, A decadent chocolate dessert. Wine’s were overflowing by Noble Vines, Mt. Veeder and Hundred Acre.
The ballroom bursted with laughter as Simon Majumdar warmed the crowd and guests laughed at the new Golden Foodie Awards Chef videos. Celebrity guests, top chefs and food industry icons presented awards in 18 categories of culinary excellence. All winners took home extravagant prizes including the Golden Foodie Statue and gift bags from Chefs Toys with fun kitchen gadgets.
The extravagant evening ended in style as guests left the ballroom and into the Garden of Eden Lounge After Party. Sultry lounges by Sweet Salvage Rentals, music by DJ Miss Ninja, cocktails by Patron, Maker’s Mark Lounge, an outdoor Secret Garden lounge with Grilled Cocktails by DCS and Ketel One Vodka, Super Sexy PB&J Bar and Ice Cream Sammiches by Chunk N Chip. Guests, celebrities and winners celebrated a beautiful Autumn evening.
“Each year this event gets better and better, we are so honored to celebrate our talented and hard working restaurant community.” says Pamela Waitt, creator and producer of the Golden Foodie Awards and President of the OC Restaurant Association Inc.
Nominees & Winners of the 2017 Golden Foodies are:
2017 Bartender of the Year:
Jose Zepeda – Hopscotch
Paul Joseph Piane – Orange Hill Restaurant
Tanner Johnson – Watertable
Winner: Jose Zepeda – Hopscotch
2017 Best Cocktails in Orange County:
Farmhouse at Roger’s Gardens
Vine Restaurant & Bar
Winner: Farmhouse at Roger’s Gardens
2017 Best Bar Program:
The Ranch Restaurant
The Blind Rabbit
Vine Restaurant & Bar
Winner: The Ranch Restaurant
2017 Best Lunch Spot in Orange County:
The Deck
Sgt. Pepperonis
Farmhouse at Rogers Gardens
Winner: Sgt. Pepperoni’s
2017 Best Brunch in Orange County:
Old Vine Cafe
Taco Rosa
Winner: Old Vine Cafe
2017 Best New Restaurant:
Taco Brat
Mix Mix
Recess Room
Winner: Mix Mix

2017 Rising Star Chef of the Year:
Chef Joel Harrington – Lido Bottle Works
Chef JT Walker – Pacific Hideaway
Chef Manny Velasco – SOL Agave
Winner: Chef Manny Velasco – Sol Agave
2017 Favorite Food Influencer in Orange County:
Connie Bang-Co Aboubakare – OC Comestibles
Neil Saavedra – The Fork Report
Sondra Barker – Pretty Fit Foodie
Winner: Neil Saavedra – The Fork Report

2017 Best Wine Program:
The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar
Napa Rose
The Ranch Restaurant
Winner: The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar

2017 Best Beer Program:
Winner: TAPS Fishhouse and Brewery
2017 Outstanding Community Service:
Bruno Serrato – Anaheim White House
Dave Hanna – Hanna’s Prime Steak
Pascal Olhats – Pascal’s
Winner: Bruno Serrato – Anaheim White House

2017 Restaurateur of the Year
Alicia Whitney – SeaSalt & SeaLegs, Huntington Beach
Teresa Razo – Villa Roma, Laguna Hills
Blake Mellgren – Craft House, Dana Point
Winner: Alicia Whitney – SeaSalt & SeaLegs, Huntington Beach

2017 Best Dessert Menu in Orange County
Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen
Mixed Bakery
Winner: Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen

2017 Best Entree in Orange County
Cowboy Ribeye – The Ranch Restaurant
Bosscat Burger – Bosscat Kitchen+Libations
Korean Fried Chicken – Krave Asian Fusion Restaurant
Winner: Cowboy Ribeye – The Ranch Restaurant
2017 Best Service Award
The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar
Selanne Steak Tavern
Villa Roma
Winner: Selanne Steak Tavern
2017 Pastry Chef of the Year
David Rossi
Elyssa Fournier
Jorge Sotelo
Winner: Elyssa Fournier
2017 Chef of the Year
Chef Rich Mead
Chef Ross Pangilinan
Chef Michael Rossi
Winner: Chef Rich Mead
Lifetime Achievement Awards: Chef Alan Greeley

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