Golden Foodie Awards

| December 15, 2017 | Parties

THE PARTY It started with nibbles in the Rose Garden, reached gilded gourmet glory in the ballroom and ended with an afterparty in the Garden of Eden Lounge. The event? The Golden Foodie Awards at the Newport Beach Marriott. THE GUESTS A-list eaters from the Food Network (such as Simon Majumdar and Aarti Sequeira) and Bravo (Marcel Vigneron) rubbed elbows with local culinary icons Wing Lam and Pascal Olhats. There were tastes (Mix Mix Kitchen Bar’s yellowfin tuna with nitro ponzu) and sips (cocktails by Maker’s Mark), teamed with a toast for the honorees. THE HIGHLIGHTS Farmhouse at Roger’s Gardens was knighted for best cocktails, and its head culinarian (Rich Mead) was named chef of the year. The aforementioned Mix Mix earned best new restaurant; and glam gourmand Alicia Whitney nabbed restaurateur of the year. As for the Lifetime Achievement Award? Alan Greeley—bar none. -Kristen Schott

Photos by Lisa Hu Chen, Criaig Norris and Lisa Renee Photography


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