Author Archives: Cathy Thomas

Holiday Cookie Contest Names $1000 Winner!

Tweet Lucca and Provenance Restaurants hosted a holiday cookie contest!  $1000 bucks to the winner! Irvine resident Natalie Hartanov won $1000 for her delicious Florentine Triangle Jewels! The contest took place at Provenance in Newport Beach. Chef-Owner Cathy Pavlos was … Continue reading

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Holiday Countdown: Five Easy Ways to Add Glam to Christmas Entertaining

Tweet 1. ICE BUCKET SPLENDOR: Freeze a bottle of vodka in a fancy-schmancy block of ice adorned with rose petals, thin citrus slices or fresh cranberries. Here is the path that Martha Stewart lays out on marthastewart.com. I choose a … Continue reading

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No-Stress Easy Appetizers: Got 5 Minutes?

Tweet Appetizers start a party off right, especially if they are eye-catching as well as scrumptious. Ripe Pear Wedges Wrapped in Prosciutto Yield: about 32 wedges 3 ripe (but not squishy) pears, washed, unpeeled, cored, see cook’s notes Optional: 3 … Continue reading

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Fig & Olive’s Zucchini Carpaccio – who knew raw zukes could be so délicieux!

Tweet Sometimes it’s very simple combinations of ingredients that wow the palate; a bowl of perfectly seasoned olives teamed with sliced salami, or wedges of crisp sweet-tart apple paired with aged white cheddar. Or, in the case of Fig & … Continue reading

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The Best and Easiest Thanksgiving Throwback Recipes – Cranberry Mold and Pumpkin Pie

Tweet A Throwback Thanksgiving menu – that’s the underlying theme of what fills many family’s feast-day tables. The backbone of the meal is made up of core dishes that kindle memories, culinary traditions that are part of what makes each … Continue reading

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Holiday Cookie Search – LUCCA Cafe and Provenance Restaurants Pay $1,000 to Winner!

Tweet ATTENTION BAKERS! LUCCA & Provenance Host $1,000 Holiday Cookie Contest  Chef Cathy Pavlos Conducts County-Wide Search for the Best Holiday Cookie What fun! I want one of YOU to win.  The public is invited to submit their most prized … Continue reading

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Roasted Cauliflower – Stonefire Grill’s Salad Secrets

Tweet What happens when a strict vegetarian takes his place in his family’s popular meat-and-potatoes restaurants? Some luscious plant-based retooling evolves, with cauliflower, kale and wild arugula taking center stage along with the well-established rib, chicken and tri-tip favorites. Justin … Continue reading

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Chef Alan Greeley Wants to Take “The Ride of His Life”

Tweet CHEF-RESTAURATEUR-CATERER ALAN GREELEY IS ONE OF A KIND.   HE is a man who can’t say no to helping others. His goal is to raise funds for the Providence Speech and Hearing Center. Yup, Chef Alan Greeley of The … Continue reading

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Great Eats This Week: Aleppo Peppers, Chicken Oysters and Other Delicacies

Tweet ZOV’S ANAHEIM OPENS FOR LUNCH AND DINNER ZOV Karamardian: Opened her new 130-seat restaurant, Zov’s Anaheim, at the corner of Katella and State College. It’s a beauty! Architect/designer Charles Ramm has created a space that integrates the outdoor and … Continue reading

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Oktoberfest Feast: Austrian-Born Chef Shares Flavor Secrets

Tweet   Far from a beer-hall atmosphere, the chic Bayside Restaurant in Newport Beach probably isn’t what comes to mind when considering Oktoberfest reveling. YET, their menu heralds the seasonal celebration through October 20, offering a number of German-themed specials … Continue reading

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