Orange County Weekend Events Roundup

Find the best Orange County things to do this weekend.

Indie Chefs Week
Oct. 16-18. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience a meal prepared by some of Orange County’s top chefs during this three-day event. Twenty-five talented chefs (Carlos Salgado, Eric Samaniego, Jason Quinn, just to name a few) will prepare a variety of signature specialties at Taco Maria at The OC Mix. On Oct. 16-17, more than a dozen chefs will come together to create a 12-course menu along with beverages and guests are welcome to mingle with the chefs. On the 18th, all 25 chefs will collaborate on a 20-course tasting menu.  $175-$300. 3313 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa,


Savor-DTSASavor Santa Ana
Oct. 16. Sample a rainbow of downtown Santa Ana restaurants all in one glorious epicurean evening. For just $10, pick up a booklet of 12 tasting tickets and route map and exchange your tickets for food tastings at local eateries, art and other goodies. Explore the DTSA Farmer’s Market as well which will be in progress at the same time. 5:30-9 p.m. E. 4th Street and N. Spurgeon., Santa Ana,


Pinot-Provence-247Pinot Provence Wine Dinner
Oct. 16. Indulge in a five-course dinner paired with seven wines from the four vineyards of the Wagner Family of Wine—Caymus, Belle Glos, Mer Soleil and Emmolo. Among highlights, the 40th anniversary vintage of Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon accompanies chef Alfonso Ramirez’s squab en croute with porcini purée, kabocha squash, tarragon salsa verde and bird sauce. A special guest sommelier will share the stories behind the wines. $150 per person. 6:30 p.m. Westin South Coast Plaza, 686 Anton Blvd., Costa Mesa, 714.444.5900.


LC-stylistEdit. Organize. Style. Wear. With Leslie Christen
Oct. 16. Attend a personal styling class taught by Orange County’s most sought-after personal stylist, Leslie Christen. Christen will share her styling secrets on editing and organizing your wardrobe, defining your style and tips on what to wear for your body type. Enjoy wine and light bites as you learn to individualize your style, understand different materials, mix and match pieces into outfits for all occasions and how to design your most ideal closet space. Receive a gift bag filled with goodies from Bardot and more. 6-8 p.m. $125. Bardot, 2043 Westcliff Drive,


Debbie-DebSuper Freestyle Explosion at Honda Center
Oct. 18. Travel back to the 80s with your favorite dance bands including Stevie B, Lisa Lisa, The Original Cover Girls, Expose, Debbie Deb and more. 7:30 p.m. $35-$85. Honda Center, 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.704.2500.



RootensRooten’s Luggage Packing Seminar
Oct. 18. Learn how to pack one carry-on bag for a ten-day trip from packing expert Annslie Bigbee and never pay for checked baggage again. Enjoy refreshments, prizes and more while seeing the latest trends in luggage and innovative travel products. Space is limited; reservations recommended. 10 a.m.-12 p.m.  17775 Main St., Irvine, 949.250.0774.


RBJK-Murder-DinnerMurder Mystery Dinner at Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen
Oct. 22. Partake in an interactive murder mystery show as you try to solve the crime. Dress in your best 20s and 30s attire (think gangster, flapper, etc.) and compete to win best male or female costume. Dinner menu includes a four-course meal with Creole onion soup; French Quarter salad; choice of entrée, and New Orleans bread pudding plus hors d’oeuvres and a champagne reception. 6 p.m. $89. 1590 S. Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, 714.776.5200.


michael-minaSustainable Seafood Dinner at Stonehill Tavern
Oct. 16. Dine at Stonehill Tavern as Michael Mina and Executive Chef Raj Dixit create a special menu incorporating sustainable seafood and organic wine pairings. The chefs will discuss the importance of sourcing seafood sustainably as they present dishes including a sunset shellfish station on the restaurant’s ocean-view terrace and local rockfish cioppino utilizing the whole fish. Enter the raffle drawing for a chance to win prizes such as a chef’s tasting menu dinner, Sunday champagne brunch, an overnight stay at the resort and more. Proceeds benefit The Ocean Institute. 6:30 p.m. $165. One Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point, 949.234.3318.


SOCORipple Kids in Action at SOCO and The OC Mix
Oct. 19. Join Ripple Kids for a fun-filled family and community event with live music, delicious food, great shopping and more. Ripple Kids is an Orange County-based nonprofit seeking to inspire and empower kids to take action in their communities. 12-3 p.m. Free. SOCO and The OC Mix, 3303 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa,


Eddie_0452TOCA Training Center Grand Opening
Oct. 18. Meet soccer stars Eddie Lewis, Cladio Reyna and Omar Gonzalez who will be on hand to celebrate this first-ever facility for soccer players of all levels. With five interactive soccer studios featuring a customizable ball delivery system, you can control the speed, locations and intervals for a unique training experience. The first 100 people to RSVP will receive an Eddie Lewis autographed ball and be entered to win a four-pack of private training ($280 value). 3-5 p.m. RSVP to  or by emailing 2777 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.361.8990.


Sake-TourFall Sake Tour at Kabuki Restaurants
Oct. 16 and 23. Join Master Sake Sommelier Yuji Matsumoto as he showcases his seasonal sake selections. Try the different sakes and learn about sake pairings and tasting tips. Samples of a selection of appetizers, rolls and more will be available to accompany the sake tasting. $20. 7-9 p.m. See website for dates at each location. 31 Fortune Drive, Irvine, 949.453.0724; 975 E. Birch St., Brea, 714.255.0090.


Boathouse-CollectiveEAT | DRINK
Boathouse Collective
Now Open. The former private event space has reopened as a multimedia venue showcasing flavorful foods, creative cocktails, art shows, music performances and special events in westside Costa Mesa. Serving lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch, Executive Chef Mathieu Royer (Pizzeria Ortica, Hinoki and the Bird, Morimoto) has created a family-style menu that is as unpretentious and approachable as the space in which it is served. You’ll find dishes inspired from Royer’s global travels such as chicken katsu with Asian barbeque and hot mustard sauces; Kalbi short rib with chimichurri; fresh market sashimi; roasted vegetable tacos and a fresh garden or grass-fed burger. 1640 Pomona Ave., Costa Mesa, 949.646.3176.


Stax-Cookie-BarStax Cookie Bar
Opens Oct. 18. Cookie and ice cream lovers can indulge in hand-crafted ice cream sandwiches made with cookies baked fresh daily on the premises, along with other premium desserts like affogatos, sundaes, milkshakes, floats and malts made from high quality ingredients. Select your cookies including chocolate chip, oatmeal pecan, sesame green tea, lemon lavender shortbread, maple bacon, root beer float and even gluten-free coconut chocolate chip, then your ice cream (Fosselman’s) to make custom ice cream sandwiches. University Center, 4187 Campus Drive, Irvine, 949.861.2055.


AndreisAndrei’s Conscious Cuisine
The restaurant debuts their new menu full of fall flavors including seasonal specialties such as Steelhead trout and chopped vegetable salad, polenta lasagna, braised antelope shank and the return of their signature carrot cake.  Try new seasonal cocktails as well like the barrel-aged Negroni. 2607 Main St., Irvine, 949.387.8887.


LOperaL’Opera Ristorante
Oct. 17-Nov. 21. Each Friday the restaurant offers a four-course prix fixe menu where you can try Italian and California vintages and vote for your favorites. On Dec. 9, be invited back to learn which wine region is preferred for the final tasting. Dinners include two-ounce pours for $79; three-ounce pours are $89. Finale mixer $20; includes passed hors d’oeuvres. 101 Pine Ave., Long Beach, 562.491.0066.


Classic-Mac-Fork-LElbows Mac n’ Cheese
Oct. 17. Don’t feel guilty indulging in the ultimate comfort food including creative versions of the traditional dish such as Do You Want a Pizza Me, So Shellfish and Cajun Sensation. 10% of receipts will benefit Breast Cancer Angels in honor of National Pasta Day and Breast Cancer Awareness Month. 11405 South St., Cerritos, 562.865.9999; 215 W. Birch St., Brea, 714.784.6613.


Watch Fair at Traditional Jewelers
Oct. 17-18. Shop the jewelry store’s 24th annual watch fair and meet representatives from leading watch manufacturers, see the newest collections and limited editions of timepieces, trade in your existing watch, receive reward points for qualifying purchases and more at this special event. F 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sa until 7 p.m. Fashion Island, 817 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.721.9010.


Refinery-29The Shopping Block at Brea Mall
Oct. 18. Refinery29 and Simon Malls collaborate to bring you a party pairing local indie boutiques alongside national retailers for a shopping extravaganza. Enjoy mini makeovers, beauty tips and more from Refinery29 experts, music from DJ Lola Langusta and create your own personalized tote bag. Hosted by TV personality and blogger Grasie Mercedes. 12-5 p.m. Lower Level Center Court at Brea Mall, 1065 Brea Mall, Brea, 714.990.2733.


Dax-Summer-SaleThe Melts of Summer Sale at Dax Gallery
Oct. 18-19. Shop this sample sale featuring Gypsum, Love-made, Haatichai, Amarilo, Katie Dean Jewelry, Kaohs and Indah Clothing. Enjoy a blogger lounge, photo booth, mimosas and giveaways. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dax Gallery, 2951 Randolph St., Costa Mesa, 714.957.1706.


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