Chef/Restaurateur Mark McDonald

    Chef/Restaurateur Mark McDonald
Chef Mark McDonald

Mark McDonald is an internationally recognized chef, restaurant owner, and restaurant consultant.
Chef Mark’s passion for introducing unique foods and wines to customers is built on collaborating with winemakers, sommeliers, and culinary professionals from around the world. Chef Mark is frequently asked to judge or participate in international culinary competitions, and has been an invited presenter at gastronomy events and festivals in Europe, the Middle East, and the United States. Additionally, Mark developed and continues to lead the annual Splendors of South Italy tour, a culinary-driven trip through Calabria and Sicily that treats travelers to hands-on cooking lessons from master chefs, winery and agriturismo visits, and multi-course meals of regional cuisine.
In 2007 Chef Mark opened the award-winning restaurant, Old Vine Cafe, in Costa Mesa, CA. His menu offerings reflect a commitment to regionalism and the use of local seasonal ingredients, a hallmark of Chef Mark’s culinary training in southern Italy. Chef Mark studied at Laguna Culinary Arts before moving to Calabria, Italy to study under Master Chef John Nocita at the Italian Culinary Institute. Chef Mark also supports his local community, teaching cooking classes to both young “aspiring chefs” at local elementary schools, and adult students pursing professional culinary education.

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Old Vine Cafe Braised Rabbit Mole

Since opening 10 years ago, Old Vine Café remains a favorite contemporary dining destination in Orange County. Guests of the European-inspired, wine-driven concept will find a seasonally driven menu in an elegantly casual atmosphere. Pair a mimosa, prepared with freshly-squeezed OJ, with one of Old Vine Cafe's stellar breakfast/brunch items which include a Goat Omelet (Slow Roasted Pulled Goat Shoulder, Pepper Jack Cheese & Green Onions) and Caramel Apple French Toast (Caramel Apple French Toast Freshly Baked & garnished with a Caramel and Chocolate Swirl).  

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Old Vine is taking full advantage of their new bar! Guests will enjoy half off bar bites, $9 cocktails, $3 off wines by the glass, and $5 draft Hefeweizen from 3pm-6pm Tuesday-Friday and Sundays. The Aviation cocktail is a fan favorite, made with New Amsterdam Gin, Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur, Tempest Fugit Creme de Violette, and fresh lemon. Pair your beverage with one of Chef Mark McDonald’s new Bar Bites (available until 11 pm).Old Vine Late Night Happy Hour