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$800,000 Awarded to Future Leaders of the Restaurant Industry

The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation has awarded $800,000 in scholarships and individual grants to students and educators pursuing post-secondary education and teacher training. This year, one in four NRAEF scholarship recipients are first-generation college students, two...
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Nominations Now Open for Restaurant Change Makers

Nominations Now Open for Restaurant Change Makers in Diversity and Inclusion, Community Engagement and Hospitality The Foundation’s annual awards celebrate top restaurant leaders across the country This week, the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) announces...
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Anniversary Cocktail Menu

Anniversary Cocktail Menu Live Now! Best Cocktails in Town!   Come celebrate El Mercado's 2 year Anniversary with their new edition of cocktails specially crafted by the Head Barman.
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First-ever Pacific Park World Taco-eating Championship

Top Major League Eating athletes will gather in Santa Monica, CA, for a new event on the national eating circuit: The Pacific Park World Taco-Eating Championship. The competition, to take place at 4:00 P.M. on National Taco...
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Chef Challenge at Anaheim GardenWalk

Anaheim GardenWalk, a unique “eatertainment” destination just steps from Southern California’s Disneyland Resort and Anaheim Convention Center, will soon host its second annual Chef Challenge cook-off to be held Sunday, October 14th, from 3 p.m. to 5...

Plastic Straw Bill

California Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday signed a bill to reduce ocean waste and the use of plastic straws in the state. The measure, Assembly Bill 1884, limits restaurants to giving out single-use straws only upon request of customers....
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$25K Fleischman-PacFAB Challenge

Founder of Umami Burger and Chairman of the National Food & Beverage Foundation Issues Challenge to Support the Pacific Food & Beverage Museum   Adam Fleischman, Chairman of NatFAB and Founder of Umami Burger, has issued a...
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Pacific Food & Beverage Museum – San Pedro

The Pacific Food & Beverage Museum, which also houses The Museum of the American Cocktail's Los Angeles Collection, is located in San Pedro, home to the Port of Los Angeles and a district of the city rich...
Texas De Brazil 20th Wine

Throwback Pricing + Celebration Wine

20thAnniversary Throwback Pricing – Monday, October 8 & Tuesday, October 9 Patrons at restaurants nationwide, including the Irvine location, will be able to enjoy original pricing (from 1998) of Texas de Brazil’s full, rodizio-style menu on Monday,...
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A Letter from Proprietor Ryan Dudley

"It's been quite a while since I've sat down and written. I've been incredibly busy lately with The Cellar, my twin 4 year olds, and working on expanding The Cellar family! 20 years ago...
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September Free Sushi

Thursday, September 20th is Free Sushi Day at more than 200 participating P.F. Chang's restaurants across the U.S. This one-day-only event invites dine-in guests to enjoy a free Spicy Tuna Roll or California Roll with no purchase necessary. The...
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5th Annual Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival

Tickets are selling out quickly for The Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival, one of SoCal's most intimate and highly-anticipated food and wine events that returns for its fifth year this fall from Thursday,...
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Annual Halloween Yacht Party

Grab your costume and come aboard this decked out Halloween Dinner Party Cruise aboard the beautiful Royal Princess Yacht in Newport Harbor!  -Unlimited Buffet Dinner -Harbor Cruise on a Decorated Luxury Yacht -$500 CASH PRIZE for Best...
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Sapphire Introduces Industry Night

Sapphire loves their friends in the Industry and now, they are showing them just how much by offering a weekly Industry Night at Sapphire Laguna. Beginning Sept. 11th every Tuesday from 5:30pm to 10:30pm, restaurant and hotel employees...
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Daphne’s Gets New Look, Management, Menu & Retail Line

Daphne’s (formerly known as Daphne’s California Greek) is now Under New Management with New Menu, New Look and Retail Line. Los Angeles-based Elite Restaurant Group has taken over operations of all 23 Daphne’s locations. The group, headed by Michael Nakhleh, has reworked the Mediterranean concept...