Mario Lopez to Be at Restaurant Rave Event at Irvine Spectrum

​Did you know A.C. Slater from Saved By the Bell has a cookbook? Yes, Extra host Mario Lopez recently debuted a cooking tome called Extra Lean Family -- and what's more is it's not even his first cookbook.

Lopez will appear at the Irvine Spectrum under the Giant Wheel on Thursday, Oct. 6 from 7 to 9 p.m. to promote his book and show off his dimples and kitchen chops with radio host Jamie Gwen. He will make fish tacos, then do a book signing.

The event will also bring a dancing troupe and cooking demos from three soon-to-open Irvine Spectrum restaurants: Paul Martin's American Grill, Cucina Enoteca and Capital Seafood.

Brian Bennett, a founding partner at Paul Martin's American Grill, will make a butter lettuce and Point Reyes blue-cheese salad with candied walnuts, apples and maple vinaigrette. Executive Chef Joe Magnanelli of Cucina Enoteca will prepare homemade ricotta; and chef Bui of Capital Seafood will demonstrate how to make shrimp har gow dumplings.

The event is free, and other Irvine Spectrum restaurants will give out samples galore.

Here's a breakdown of some of the items from a few of the participating restaurants:

Capital Seafood: Hong Kong-style dim sum, pork and shrimp, fried shrimp with sugar cane, seafood seaweed rolls, juicy pork dumplings, spinach dumplings

Cucina Enoteca: bruschetta

Paul Martin's American Grill: all-natural, braised short ribs with mashed potatoes, horseradish cream and beef au jus

Veggie Grill: Chill Out wings

Chipotle: chips and guacamole

Dave & Buster's: baked mac and cheese

Ruby's Diner:  sliders and fries

Red Robin:  Southwest chicken salad

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