A Night Of Delicious Magic Is In Store For Guests of The 2017
Golden Foodie Awards

ANNOUNCING THE NOMINEES, PRESENTERS AND FOOD AND DRINKS OF THE 6TH ANNUAL GOLDEN FOODIE AWARDS


Orange County, September, 18, 2017 -- The Golden Foodie Awards is thrilled to announce the 2017 nominees and presenters. The winners in 18 categories will be awarded during the 6th annual award show at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa on Sunday, September 24, 2017.  The Golden Foodie Awards honors and celebrates chefs, bartenders, food and drink of chef driven and independent restaurants in Orange County, California.

The September 24th red carpet affair will be joined by the who's-who in the culinary world, including the celebrity master of ceremonies, Simon Majumdar from the Food Network.

The Golden Foodie Awards will kick off with tantalizing food and libation stations for guests to enjoy. Ketel One Vodka, Roca Patron Cocktails, Maker’s Mark, Acqua Panna water and wines by Bouchaine. Kean Coffee will have an iced coffee bar. Some of Orange County’s finest restaurants will be serving phenomenal food. Restaurants and food that will be enjoyed include: Angelina’s Pizzeria, Filomena’s, Pascal & Baja Shellfish Farms, Mozambique, Sol Agave, Pizzeria Ortica, Mix Mix Kitchen & Bar, Waterman's, Hook & Spear, Red O, Legado, House of Blues, Skyloft, Urbana, Puesto, Taco Rosa and Melissa's Produce.

During the Awards ceremony, guests will delight in more delicious bites and drinks including Champagne by Nicolas Feuillatte, Acqua Panna Water, Chocolate Saucisson's by Mixed Bakery, Muscato Grapes and Premium Nut's from Melissa's Produce, Breads and assorted Cheese from Sadie Rose, Toffee by B.Toffee, An Assortment of Hand Painted Sugar and Chocolate cookies with “Words of Wisdom” by Ashley Guzman-Rose, and Red Velvet Petit Fours by Julie Thomas from Sweet Surrender.

Guests will end the evening in style with a Garden of Eden Lounge After Party. Guests will enjoy 4 lounges that feature Maker’s Mark, Patron, DCS & Ketel One Vodka, DJ Miss Ninja, Super Sexy PB &J Bar by Sadie Rose Baking Co., Ice Cream Sammiches by Chunk-N-Chip, Decor and Lounges by Sweet Salvage and Green Effect Event Foliage.

Nominees & Presenters of the 2017 Golden Foodies are:

2017 Bartender of the Year Nominees:
Jose Zepeda - Hopscotch
Paul Joseph Piane - Orange Hill Restaurant
Tanner Johnson - Watertable
Presenting the award: Tim Sample and Leanne Chau with Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits


2017 Best Cocktails in Orange County Nominees:
Farmhouse at Roger’s Gardens
Vine Restaurant & Bar
Hopscotch
Presenting the award: Tim Sample and Leanne Chau with Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits



2017 Best Bar Program Nominees:
The Ranch Restaurant
The Blind Rabbit
Vine Restaurant & Bar
Presenting the award: Celebrity Chef Marcel Vigneron and Brett Goering with With Ketel One Vodka


2017 Best Lunch Spot in Orange County:
The Deck
Sgt. Pepperoni’s
Farmhouse at Roger’’s Gardens
Presenting the award: Judy Walker with Golden Rule Charity and  Rob Wilson Executive Chef of the Montage


2017 Best Brunch in Orange County:
Bosscat
Old Vine Cafe
Taco Rosa
Presenting the award: Judy Walker with Golden Rule Charity and  Rob Wilson Executive Chef of the Montage


2017 Best New Restaurant:
Taco Brat
Mix Mix
Recess Room
Presenting the award: Neil Saavedra with KFI's The Fork Report and Steve Dickler with Chef Toys


2017 Rising Star Chef of the Year:
Chef Joel Harrington - Lido Bottle Works
Chef JT Walker - Pacific Hideaway
Chef Manny Velasco - SOL Agave
Presenting the award: Stacy Zeller and Peter Blake with Melissa's Produce


2017 Favorite Food Influencer in Orange County:  
Connie Bang-Co Aboubakare - OC Comestibles
Neil Saavedra - The Fork Report
Sondra Barker - Pretty Fit Foodie
Presenting the award: Kelly Lam with The Whole Purpose and Wing Lam from Wahoos


2017 Best Wine Program
The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar
Napa Rose
The Ranch Restaurant
Presenting the award: Michael Cho and Michael Jordan, Master Sommelier


2017 Best Beer Program
TAPS
Hopscotch
Skyloft
Presenting the award: Chad Ceretto with the Newport Beach Marriott and Chef Andy Arndt of Hook and Spear


2017 Outstanding Community Service
Bruno Serrato - Anaheim White House
Dave Hanna - Hanna's Prime Steak
Pascal Olhats - Pascal's
Presenting the award: Andrew Harris with the SoCal Restaurant Show and Dennis Kuhl Chairman of the Anaheim Angels


2017 Restaurateur of the Year
Alicia Whitney - SeaSalt & SeaLegs, Huntington Beach
Teresa Razo - Villa Roma, Laguna Hills
Blake Mellgren - Craft House, Dana Point
Presenting the award: Food Network Star Aarti Sequeira and Chef Jamie Gwen


2017 Best Dessert Menu in Orange County
Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen
Mixed Bakery
AnQi
Presenting the award: Betsy Thagard and Cathy Thomas


2017 Best Entree in Orange County
Cowboy Ribeye - The Ranch Restaurant
Bosscat Burger - Bosscat Kitchen+Libations
Korean Fried Chicken - Krave Asian Fusion Restaurant
Presenting the award: Ashley Richardson and John Pettus, Aloha / SDCR


2017 Best Service Award
The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar
Selanne Steak Tavern
Villa Roma
Presenting the award: Corinne Baughman and Nick Bergamo with Moss Adams


2017 Pastry Chef of the Year
David Rossi
Elyssa Fournier
Jorge Sotelo
Presenting the award: Pastry Chef’s Ashley Guzman, ARG Bakery and Rachel Klemek, Blackmarket Bakery


2017 Chef of the Year
Chef Rich Mead
Chef Ross Pangilinan
Chef Michael Rossi
Presenting the award: Chef Zov of Zov’s and Chef Andrew Sutton, Napa Rose


Lifetime Achievement Award
Presenting the award: Pamela Waitt, President of the OC Restaurant Association and Stan Frazier



[Orange County, Calif] - The 2017 Golden Foodie Awards was a night to remember as it celebrated the outstanding achievement of local culinary talent on Sunday, September 24th at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa. The sold out event played host to Orange County’s culinary elite who sipped on spectacular cocktails and delicious food. The red carpet affair awarded Golden Foodie Statues made out of pewter and plated in 14K Gold to the winners.


The event kicked off on the red carpet. Heads turned as the talented who’s-who joined the affair. The red carpet was full of food celebrities such as Simon Majumdar, known as the Food Network’s ‘toughest critic’ and Master of Ceremonies for the night’s event, Food Network Star Aarti Sequeira, Top Chef All-Star Marcel Vigneron, Master Sommelier Michael Jordan, Wing Lam, co-owner of Wahoo’s, and many more.


Guests indulged in an overwhelming array of food and drinks in the Rose Garden overlooking the golf course. Incredible culinary stations by; Angelina’s Pizzeria, Filomena’s, Pascal & Baja Shellfish Farms, Mozambique, Sol Agave, Pizzeria Ortica, Mix Mix Kitchen & Bar, Waterman's, Hook & Spear, Red O, Legado Bar + Kitchen, House of Blues, Skyloft, Urbana, Puesto, Taco Rosa and Melissa's Produce. Libations by Ketel One vodka, Patron, Maker’s Mark, Kean Coffee and wines by Bouchaine.


The doors into the ballroom opened to reveal a fresh new Golden Foodie Awards stage, with a clean sophisticated style. Ballroom tables were beautifully decorated with edible art: Champagne by Nicolas Feuillatte, Moscato Grapes and Mixed Nuts by Melissa’s Produce, Fresh Baked Bread and Cheese by Sadie Rose Baking Co., Hand Painted Sugar and Chocolate cookies with “Words of Wisdom” by Ashley Guzman-Rose, and Classic Red Velvet Cake by Julie Thomas from Sweet Surrender Specialty Desserts & Pastries. Betsy Thagard from B. Toffee had her Handcrafted Toffee’s and Elyssa Fournier from Mixed Bakery served her Chocolate Saucisson, A decadent chocolate dessert. Wine’s were overflowing by Noble Vines, Mt. Veeder and Hundred Acre.


The ballroom bursted with laughter as Simon Majumdar warmed the crowd and guests laughed at the new Golden Foodie Awards Chef videos. Celebrity guests, top chefs and food industry icons presented awards in 18 categories of culinary excellence. All winners took home extravagant prizes including the Golden Foodie Statue and gift bags from Chefs Toys with fun kitchen gadgets.
The extravagant evening ended in style as guests left the ballroom and into the Garden of Eden Lounge After Party. Sultry lounges by Sweet Salvage Rentals, music by DJ Miss Ninja, cocktails by Patron, Maker’s Mark Lounge, an outdoor Secret Garden lounge with Grilled Cocktails by DCS and Ketel One Vodka, Super Sexy PB&J Bar and Ice Cream Sammiches by Chunk N Chip. Guests, celebrities and winners celebrated a beautiful Autumn evening.
“Each year this event gets better and better, we are so honored to celebrate our talented and hard working restaurant community.” says Pamela Waitt, creator and producer of the Golden Foodie Awards and President of the OC Restaurant Association Inc.

Nominees & Winners of the 2017 Golden Foodies are:
2017 Bartender of the Year:
Jose Zepeda - Hopscotch
Paul Joseph Piane - Orange Hill Restaurant
Tanner Johnson - Watertable
Winner: Jose Zepeda - Hopscotch

2017 Best Cocktails in Orange County:
Farmhouse at Roger’s Gardens
Vine Restaurant & Bar
Hopscotch
Winner: Farmhouse at Roger’s Gardens

2017 Best Bar Program:
The Ranch Restaurant
The Blind Rabbit
Vine Restaurant & Bar
Winner: The Ranch Restaurant

2017 Best Lunch Spot in Orange County:
The Deck
Sgt. Pepperonis
Farmhouse at Rogers Gardens
Winner: Sgt. Pepperoni’s

2017 Best Brunch in Orange County:
Bosscat
Old Vine Cafe
Taco Rosa
Winner: Old Vine Cafe

2017 Best New Restaurant:
Taco Brat
Mix Mix
Recess Room
Winner: Mix Mix

2017 Rising Star Chef of the Year:
Chef Joel Harrington - Lido Bottle Works
Chef JT Walker - Pacific Hideaway
Chef Manny Velasco - SOL Agave
Winner: Chef Manny Velasco - Sol Agave

2017 Favorite Food Influencer in Orange County:  
Connie Bang-Co Aboubakare - OC Comestibles
Neil Saavedra - The Fork Report
Sondra Barker - Pretty Fit Foodie
Winner: Neil Saavedra - The Fork Report

2017 Best Wine Program:
The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar
Napa Rose
The Ranch Restaurant
Winner: The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar

2017 Best Beer Program:
TAPS
Hopscotch
Skyloft
Winner: TAPS Fishhouse and Brewery

2017 Outstanding Community Service:
Bruno Serrato - Anaheim White House
Dave Hanna - Hanna's Prime Steak
Pascal Olhats - Pascal's
Winner: Bruno Serrato - Anaheim White House

2017 Restaurateur of the Year
Alicia Whitney - SeaSalt & SeaLegs, Huntington Beach
Teresa Razo - Villa Roma, Laguna Hills
Blake Mellgren - Craft House, Dana Point
Winner: Alicia Whitney - SeaSalt & SeaLegs, Huntington Beach

2017 Best Dessert Menu in Orange County
Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen
Mixed Bakery
Anqi
Winner: Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen

2017 Best Entree in Orange County
Cowboy Ribeye - The Ranch Restaurant
Bosscat Burger - Bosscat Kitchen+Libations
Korean Fried Chicken - Krave Asian Fusion Restaurant
Winner: Cowboy Ribeye - The Ranch Restaurant

2017 Best Service Award
The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar
Selanne Steak Tavern
Villa Roma
Winner: Selanne Steak Tavern

2017 Pastry Chef of the Year
David Rossi
Elyssa Fournier
Jorge Sotelo
Winner: Elyssa Fournier

2017 Chef of the Year
Chef Rich Mead
Chef Ross Pangilinan
Chef Michael Rossi
Winner: Chef Rich Mead
Lifetime Achievement Awards: Chef Alan Greeley


Link to more photos, please credit Luis Esparza: 
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B66DTotUXIkbei0teXFZTkxvYms?usp=sharing


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Golden Foodie Awards would like to thank its sponsors:
Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa, Fisher & Paykel, DCS, Orange Coast Magazine, Maker’s Mark, Melissa’s Produce, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, Patrón, Sadie Rose Baking Company, Chef’s Toys, Aloha POS, The District at Tustin Legacy, Chunk-n-Chip, Sweet Salvage Rentals, Green Effect Event Foliage and Greer’s OC.
The Golden Foodie Awards
The Golden Foodie Awards is a red carpet culinary awards show celebrating the best in local food, restaurants and chefs. http://www.goldenfoodieawards.com


About the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa
Experience the authentic SoCal lifestyle at Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa. The Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa provides easy access to California's most pristine beaches, upscale communities and popular attractions including Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve, Balboa Island and premier shopping and dining at Fashion Island. Slumber in style in the hotel's spacious guest rooms and suites featuring sweeping Pacific Ocean views, chic decor, plush furnishings and expansive marble bathrooms. For the ultimate in pampering, Pure Blu, our full-service spa, offers private cabanas, a saltwater lap pool and a state-of-the-art fitness center. Hook & Spear offers ocean-to-table casual dining, while guests can also indulge in a specialty beverage and fresh pastry from our Starbucks. The property is owned by Bethesda, Maryland-based Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc. (NYSE:HST). For additional information, call 949-640-4000 or visit www.NewportBeachMarriott.com.


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