Greer's OC: Help others get strong

May 16, 2012|By Greer Wylder

One of our favorite events of the year, Share Our Strength's "Taste of the Nation: Laguna Beach" returns June 3 at the Montage Laguna Beach.

Attend this incredible gourmet food and wine event featuring eight celebrity chefs, and you will be directly helping to feed hungry children in Orange County. All proceeds from the "Taste of Nation" will benefit the Second Harvest Orange County Food Bank and Father Serra's Food Pantry at Mission Basilica San Juan Capistrano.

The line-up of renowned chefs who will be donating their time and talents to the important cause include Craig Strong at Studio at Montage Laguna Beach, Lee Smith at Montage Laguna Beach, Suzanne Goin at Lucques in Los Angeles, Alan Wong of Alan Wong's Restaurant in Honolulu, Floyd Cardoz at North End Grill in New York, William Bradley at Addison at the Grand Del Mar, Michael Voltaggio at ink. in Los Angeles, and Jennifer Carroll at Concrete Blonde opening in Los Angeles.


Guests can enjoy tastings, fine wines, and premium spirits, as well as live entertainment and a silent auction.

Taste of Nation offers a chef tasting, from 4 to 7 p.m., for $150, a VIP "Meet the Chefs," from 4 to 9 p.m., for $250.

You can purchase tickets online at

Montage Laguna Beach is at 30801 S. Coast Hwy.


Changes at NB bistro

Ten Asian Bistro in Newport Beach looks better than ever.

The recently transformed hip bistro just added a new culinary powerhouse, Executive Chef Wendie Hoffman, who updated the menu to include hot new items like tasty filet wontons, kung pao calamari, el nino roll, honey cashew shrimp, salmon carpaccio, and even chocolate sushi.

Ten Asian Bistro now offers weekly specials including Tuesday's till Ten at Ten, an extended happy hour, from 5 to 10 p.m., and Locals Night on Wednesdays where locals can take advantage of50% off all food..

Tuesdays's till Ten at Ten is a sweet deal considering the restaurant is offering incredible drink specials as well as $5-Yaki Gyoza, pan-seared Chinese style chicken potstickers, $5-hot samurai roll with tempura style spicy tuna and crab sushi poppers stuffed with avocado and cucumber, $5-Bodhi spring rolls, $5-salt and pepper calamari, and $5- kerbau tenders, crispy chicken served with spicy Asian inspired buffalo sauce.

Ten Asian Bistro is at 4647 MacArthur Blvd. For more information, call (949) 660-1010, or visit


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