Every week, Clay Oven Irvine executive chef/owner Geeta Bansal shares an interview that she's done with some of the heavyweights of European cooking. Today, she regales us with a conversation with French superstar Philippe Labbe. Enjoy!
Yaaaay! It's Friday! Let's take a look at this week in food before the weekend begins...
Edwin reviewed Pocket Burger Shack in Sunset Beach, and then he named the Crazy Rock at TruSushi the drink of the week. He also gave us a list of the 10 best pork dishes in Orange County. Get on it!
Gustavo we ... More >>
Every Monday, Clay Oven Irvine executive chef/owner Geeta Bansal
shares an interview that she's done with some of the heavyweights of
European cooking. Today, she regales us with a visit with Jean-Luc Rabane. Enjoy!
Happy Friday ladies and germs, let's take a look at what this week in food brought us...
Edwin went to the new ARC Restaurant in the OC Mix and while he believes they still have kinks to work out, it seems the place is coming along well. He told us that the CEO of Starbucks is now the protagonist i ... More >>
Chef, husband and father. Alfonso doesn't have time for a cold. We manage a few more answers before he disappears back into the kitchen.Read our interview with Alfonso Ramirez of Pinot Provence, Part One.And now, on to Part Two . . . . Hardest lesson you've learned:You'll never really grasp what yo ... More >>
Ch-ch-ch-changes happen all the time in the restaurant industry. Chefs leave, and are replaced by someone with a vision more aligned with that of the establishment. Alfonso Ramirez helms the kitchen within Westin South Coast Plaza's fine-dining establishment, Pinot Provence. Where have you worked in ... More >>
Geeta Bansal doesn't sit still. Her travel plans to visit chefs Europe are around the corner, and they've just finalized plans for another dinner collaboration-- and that's just for October. Most recently, they served wild boar at Taste of Newport. Plans to prep their signature Thanksgiving turkeys ... More >>
"There's always a great love behind a great man.", per Chef Castan. His wife, Maria, is equally talented in the fine arts as a painter. She attends workshops, and has hundreds of works completed. Maria often travels with Frederic, but admittedly prefers the climate close to home. Good thing he didn' ... More >>
For some reason, the rest of Orange County thinks South County is a culinary black hole. As someone who lives south of the Spectrum I take offense to that. First, haters, let's not forget that we have Break of Dawn. But we're also home to the boss burgers at Riders Club in San Clemente, the impre ... More >>
Chef Jason Petrie reflects on his passion for food as the conversation turns to Pinot Provence's upcoming spring menu (including new desserts!). You'll also find out the recipe he's so proud of, which he's sharing with us tomorrow. For more on Jason, part one is just a link away.Hardest lesson yo ... More >>
We first met Jason Petrie at Dux In Tux in November. He had us at truffle (and candied-bacon-and-mushroom risotto -- but not all at once!). Between his Michelin-earning stint at Aureole in Las Vegas and helping Susan Feniger open Street in Los Angeles, it's safe to say Jason is well-seasoned in h ... More >>
We had the opportunity to attend the 12th annual Dux In Tux, a fund-raiser benefiting the Anaheim Ducks Foundation, which funds wellness seminars, hockey tutorials and in-school visits to OC's kiddies and beyond. Chefs are paired with a member of the team to assist in executing a custom menu for ... More >>
Add Costa Mesa to the ever-growing roster of cities that have decided, "Hey, this restaurant week thing is a pretty lucrative way to get customers to spend money they otherwise wouldn't on a typical week!" It joins Irvine, Fullerton and Newport Beach as a city not content to wait until those OC R ... More >>
Javier CabralJose "Chuy" Tovar at The Real De Mexico DistilleryI met Jose "Chuy" Tovar through a Facebook inquiry he put in to me about places to find the best menudo (yes, he saw me on T.V). It turned out he was the chief operating pinche-officer of Real De Mexico Tequila, a two-year-old tequila ... More >>
If we're not inundated with food-truck events, there's always some restaurant week happening somewhere. We're in the midst of Irvine's Restaurant Week. But yesterday, OC Restaurant Week, arguably one of the most successful in our realm, announced its line up for this year, and it's a nice ro ... More >>
Clay Oven's Tandoori TurkeyThis is the post we do every year around this time. This is the part where I say, "Not planning to cook for Turkey Day?! Well, here's a few restaurants who'll do the cooking for you!!", yadda yadda. And this is the part where I add some funny quip about overeati ... More >>
Dave LiebermanWhen Provence was all the rage ten or fifteen years ago, thousands of foreigners (meaning anyone not from the individual villages) flocked there to set up home. They learned to cook Provençal food, they learned to drink Provençal drinks, but they didn't learn to speak Provençal, ... More >>