We Present The 2017 Golden Foodie Awards Winners!

“Tear it up. Don’t be weak. Give them hell.” That’s how Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Alan Greeley wrapped up last night’s Golden Foodie Awards ceremony. We laughed (a lot), we nearly cried, and our red wine was poured by Master Sommelier Michael Jordan. We couldn’t ask for more as a plus one, unless you count the bag of chicharrones from Mix Mix that we stashed in our purse to noisily enjoy with our wine. For those who weren’t able to attend, we’ve assembled a list of last night’s winners, along with a few corresponding links for your reading enjoyment.

Bartender of the Year
Jose Zepeda – Hopscotch

Best Cocktails in Orange County
Farmhouse at Roger’s Gardens

Best Bar Program
The Ranch Restaurant

Best Lunch Spot in Orange County
The Original Sgt. Pepperoni’s Pizza Store

Best Brunch in Orange County
Old Vine Cafe

Best New Restaurant
Mix Mix Kitchen Bar (Woo Hoo!!)

Rising Star Chef of the Year

Chef Manny Velasco – SOL Agave

Favorite Food Influencer in Orange County
Neil Saavedra – The Fork Report

Best Wine Program
The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar

Best Beer Program
TAPS Fish House & Brewery

Outstanding Community Service
Bruno Serato – Anaheim White House

Restaurateur of the Year
Alicia Whitney – Seasalt and Sealegs Huntington Beach

Best Dessert Menu
Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen.

Best Entree in Orange County
Cowboy Ribeye – The Ranch Restaurant

Best Service Award
Selanne Steak Tavern

Pastry Chef of the Year
Elyssa Fournier

Chef of the Year
Chef Rich Mead

Lifetime Achievement
Alan Greeley

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