We dart all over OC this week, starting with a stop inside Tustin’s Union Market. From there, we hit a mall, an Ocean Institute and even a Culinary Lab. Give to a good cause or stand in line for free swag, you’ll find it in this week’s Grub Guide.
Milk Box Grand Opening – Tustin
The second location of the legit milk tea joint will be officially pouring all the good stuff this Saturday at 2 p.m.. Their new spot: Inside Tustin’s Union Market, facing Central Bar. The first 50 people in line will receive an exclusive t-shirt. Follow their Facebook page if you’re curious about the design. 2493 Park Avenue, Suite 42, (714) 712-0143; www.milkboxbar.com.
Haagen Dazs Celebrates Grand Reopening – Mission Viejo
Saturday’s the day to stop by The Shops at Mission Viejo for some free scoopage. The first 500 in line will be rewarded with a scoop of their choosing. One lucky customer will win free ice cream for a year! Operating hours for the event are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Stop by and take a selfie with the HD mascot, Coneman (Yeah, seriously!). 608 The Shops at Mission Viejo, (949) 364-0020; www.haagendazs.us.
Pro Home Pastry 1 Course at Culinary Lab – Tustin
This Sunday begins a series of 10 classes for the beginning pastry chef. Times will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with the final class on March 19. All skill levels are welcome. Learn everything from basic knife skills to cakes and buttercream. For more information call or email firstname.lastname@example.org. 17231 East 17th Street, Unit B, (714) 788-3576; www.culinarylabschool.com.
Ways & Means Shuck-It Oyster Challenge – Huntington Beach
In its second year, this food competition is pretty tough to swallow (unless you’re a fan of oysters). A battle between local lifeguards, HB Police and Fire Department, participants are given 60 seconds to down as many meaty molluscs as possible. For each one consumed, Ways & Means founders Parnell and Jennifer Delcham and Dena Mathe will donate $3 to the charity of the winning team’s choosing. Audience members pay $20 to cheer them on, with $5 going to all participating charities. The oyster challenge goes down at 11 a.m. on Tuesday the 17th. 21022 Pacific Coast Highway, (714) 960-4300; www.wmoysters.com.
Coming Soon: Dana Hills Boys Lacrosse Food & Wine Experience – Dana Point
On January 27, this fundraiser will take place at the Ocean Institute. Local restaurants will be pairing dishes prepared on-site with exquisite wines. Participating chefs include Rainer Schwarz of The Deck and Driftwood Kitchen, Ryan Adams of Three Seventy Common Kitchen + Drink, Justin Monson of 21 Royal and Club 33 and Yvon Goetz of The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar. All proceeds benefit Dana Hills Boys Lacrosse Team. Tickets for this 21 and over evening are being sold for $100 on this website. 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, (949) 496-2274; www.ocean-institute.org.
Coming Soon: Slice Deli and Cakery fundraiser – Fountain Valley
The second annual Cervical Cancer Fundraiser is scheduled for January 28 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Expect fantastic Motown tunes, excellent sweets, a raffle and some fun for a good cause. This event is very close to co-owner Natalie Burke’s heart, as discussed in depth during our On the Line interview last year. For additional details, call Slice directly. 8780 Warner Avenue, Suite 15, (714) 842-1049; www.slicedeliandcakery.com.