The James Beard Foundation

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2010

    Orange County Chef Semi-Finalist for James Beard Award

    ​20 chefs were nominated in the category of "Best Chef: Pacific" for the 2010 James Beard Foundation Awards; but only one is from Orange County: Craig Strong of Studio at The Montage in Laguna Beach. Chef Strong is no stranger to the distinction, though. He was a semi-finalist last year too.

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2009

    Two Upcoming Food/Wine/Art Events at the Shorebreak/Zimzala, Huntington Beach

    ​First, this Sunday (from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.) is the inaugural 2nd Sunday bash at the hotel, featuring "fine wine, tasty nibbles, live music and stimulating art." Specifically, the booze is from Coppola Diamond Collection, the grub is from the hotel's own Zimzala restaurant, and the paintings are fr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2009

    On the Line: Vincent Muraco of Zimzala

    ​When he enrolled at the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco at the tender age of 17, Vincent Muraco was its youngest student ever. Since then, his culinary career has taken him to the Park Hyatts in that city and in LA, as well as Vix in Miami. Muraco is now Executive Chef at Zimzala, th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2009

    Finally, Studio At Montage Laguna Beach Names New Executive Chef

    Following a lengthy countrywide search, the Montage has announced Craig Strong as Executive Chef of Studio, replacing James Boyce, who left earlier this year.Strong, until yesterday Chef de Cuisine at The Langham, Huntington Hotel & Spa (formerly Ritz-Carlton) in Pasadena, was a semifinalist for ... More >>

  • Food

    March 3, 2005

    The Curtain Strikes Back

    Meson G Shows LA How We Do it in the Culinary OC