Orange County Restaurant Week launching with food event

Orange County is not all about housewives, Disneyland and lifted trucks; they have restaurants too. Orange County Restaurant Week goes from February 26 through March 3. To celebrate the kick-off, OC Restaurant Association is hosting a launch party on Saturday, February 25 from 4 PM to 7 PM at Newport Beach Lexus. Sample size dishes will be cooked up by 17 local restaurants, plus wines from 15 wineries and beers from SoCal Brewery and Stella. Tickets are $35 (all-inclusive) and include complimentary valet parking. Ticket sales will benefit Share Our Strength. 3901 MacArthur Boulevard, Newport Beach, CA 92660.

Participating O.C. restaurants:

Avanti Café
Canyon Restaurant
Cucina Enoteca
House of Big Fish
House of Blues – Anaheim
K’ya Bistro
Pizzelle’s Bistro
Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen
RA Sushi Bar Restaurant
Royal Hawaiian
Scott’s Restaurant
Slaters 50/50
Sundried Tomato
The Hot Lunch Lady
The Melting Pot

Photo: Zinfandel Braised Angus Beef Shortrib from The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar’s OCRW menu
Photography provided by The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar