Greer's OC: Touring chef coming to Costa Mesa

February 08, 2012|By Greer Wylder

Orange County is in for a major foodie treat. Chef Ryan Carson brings his touring restaurant, 'Pri-v¿, to taco asylum for a nightly tasting at 7 p.m. on these select dates: Sunday till Tuesday, Feb. 19 and 20, and Feb. 26 and 27


The globally influenced gourmet taco eatery at The Camp in Costa Mesa is opening its kitchen and doors to Carson, formerly the chef de cuisine at AnQi, for a pop-up stint where diners can enjoy 'Pri-v¿'s 11-course tasting menu for $99 per guest (excludes beverages, tax and gratuity).

'Pri-v¿, his touring pop-up restaurant, has thrilled diners in Los Angeles, and hopes to open a permanent location later this year.


Chef Carson is known for mastering molecular gastronomy, and 'Pri-v¿'s inventive menu will include some complicated scientific food wonders.

Yet he's also bringing guests a taste of "nostalgia and playfulness," such as his interpretation of an Otter Pop, a filet mignon with celeriac creamed spinach, black garlic, bone marrow and truffled 'tater tots'; for dessert, a chocolate banana milkshake, chewy peanut butter ice cream, pretzel crisp and micro celery.

The menu will focus on globally influenced "post-modern American" dishes. For the complete menu visit,

Wine will be available for course pairings, along with taco asylum's choice of craft beers and specialty nonalcoholic beverages, at an additional cost.

Some nights are sold out, but you can be added to the waiting list. Reservations can be made by calling (909) 576-9210 or emailing

For more information, visit

The Camp is at 2937 S. Bristol St., B102.


Beauty services benefit

Get your beauty fix for charity at the Valentine Beauty Pampering Expo to benefit Hopeful Hearts from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday at the Newport Beach Tennis Club. All beauty services will be performed on site, and you can shop for specialty items and apparel with 15% of proceeds going to Hopeful Hearts, a nonprofit building both awareness and support for families affected by congenital heart disease.

Vendors at the expo will include makeup artists, hairstylists, spray-on tan services and more.

If you would like to donate but cannot attend, you can send a donation to Hopeful Hearts Foundation, P.O. Box 8255, Newport Beach, CA. 92658. Newport Beach Tennis Club is at 2601 Eastbluff Drive in Newport Beach. For more information, call (949) 200-3910, or visit


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