Mark McDonald

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2014

    How to Score Tickets to The Big (Grilled) Cheese Competition Next Week!

    Take a talented group of culinary professionals, throw in a selection of OC Baking Company breads, and you've got the inaugural Big Cheese festival and competition being held at Provisions Market. Although it is sold out, we learned of one avenue hungry followers can go down to acquire a coveted pai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2012

    Mark McDonald of Old Vine Cafe Wowing Them in Turkey!

    Mark McDonald of Old Vine Cafe in Costa Mesa is a man of many talents, but one I never figured in him was taking an interest in Turkish food--not because he turns up his food at ethnic food (he doesn't, as fans of his restaurant can attest to), but because Turkish food is seemingly light years away ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2012

    PigOut 1.0 Coming August 5, to Feature a Bunch of Local Chefs Butchering Pigs

    When 15 accomplished chefs are given carte blanche to serve swine, you know it's time to make a reservation. Chef Amar Santana of Broadway and Bobby Navarro of fully intend to make your visit memorable, all while raising funds for culinary scholarships. The inaugural PigOut 1.0 is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2012

    The Ultimate Foodie Tour: South Italy With Old Vine Cafe's Mark McDonald

    Start saving up those vacation days now. Mark McDonald, chef and co-owner of Costa Mesa's Old Vine Cafe (a SaFII favorite!), doesn't just want to teach his customers about the food of South Italy--he wants them to experience it firsthand. In South Italy. He's teaming up with the Italian Culinar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2011

    Old Vine Cafe Starts Petition Asking Yelp to Hold Members Accountable For Libelous Reviews

    Mark McDonald, moving on up​We've always loved Old Vine Cafe and the McDonald brothers, Mark and Brandon, who run it. We've also loved how the two will engage with any criticism leveled at them over at Yelp. Some might call it being thin-skinned; I say it's instantaneous response to any slights th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2011

    Ten Signs You're an Aging Gamer

    ​Yesterday was my birthday. That means another year in my life has come and gone, and I'm another year closer to the inevitable grave.Although my life has taken many twists and turns within the span of a single year, one thing remains constant--I still play A LOT of video games.Since I'm a few yea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2010

    This Week in Food

    ​ It's been a busy week for Stick a Fork in it, so we'll just drive right in!Dave introduces us to five foods first eaten out of desperation, gives his suggestions on how to circumvent tasty tomato scarcity, describes how one food truck has begun to do deliver and holds a battle of the Lebanese pi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2009

    Top Chef Masters Contestants Announced; O.C. Chefs Shut Out

    Bravo TVThe food blogosphere is on FIRE (pun intended) right now over the announcement of Top Chef Masters, airing on June 10th. Think of it as Top Chef meets Iron Chef America meets WWE Smackdown. If there's such a thing as a foodie-gasm, this is the thing to inspire it. The judges will be celeb ... More >>

  • Features

    September 20, 2007
  • Food

    July 26, 2007

    This Hole-In-The-Wall Life

    A Classy, Twee Time

  • Features

    July 19, 2007

    Soil to Soul

    Orange County’s freshest farmers, farmers markets, food purveyors—and the chefs who love them