by tony reverditto –
The Golden Foodie Awards (GFA’s) is the ultimate Orange County culinary celebration of the year. It’s an exciting black tie, red carpet experience, with scrumptious pre-ceremony eats from the counties best restaurants, featuring a sumptuous selection of wine and the best signature cocktails you’ll taste.
The spectacular culinary awards show follows the premier tasting reception and will be hosted by Food Network star Simon Mujumdar. Trophies are presented to the most popular, independent restaurants, for best cuisine and libations, nominated from the diverse array of categories, with many of the county’s best chefs being honored, as well as other culinary notables.
The fun-filled adventure continues at the after party with dancing, more cocktails and a casino night to round out an evening that will be long remembered. “Orange County is an incredible culinary community; our vibrant dining scene is ever expanding. Food has this incredible power to connect all of us and the Golden Foodie Awards really celebrates that,” said Pamela Waitt, creator and coproducer of the Golden Foodie Awards. “Today, foodies from around the nation, look to our chefs and bartenders as they re-interpret classic dishes and libations, as well as craft bold new concepts that spice up menus across the country.”
Attendees have the fate of the winners in their hands as they vote democratically for their favorites over a three-week period to determine who will be the top People’s Choice Food Award-winners. Winners of this highest honor in the culinary world will be announced on Sunday, September 25.
Local food enthusiasts are invited to vote for their culinary favorites for The People’s Choice Food Awards from Monday, August 1 through Sunday, August 21, with nominees announced at the end of each voting week. Comprised of 24 categories, the food-loving public is tasked with voting for the region’s “best of the best’ independently owned and chef-driven restaurants.
The top three in each category will be announced and the individual or restaurant with the most votes at the end of each voting week will be the winner and announced at the awards gala.
The Golden Foodie Awards take place at the fabulous Fairmont Newport Beach, which is nestled in the center of coastal Orange County. Because the drinks will be free flowing, organizers highly recommend that you reserve one of the sleek rooms.
Then after the event, you can safely take the elevator upstairs and enjoy the European ambiance, combined with California flair, inside the luxuriously appointed rooms and exquisite suites. If that isn’t enough for you, the hotel also features a relaxing roof-top pool complete with cabanas, a new fitness facility, a therapeutic spa and salon, indoor and outdoor banquet space and delicious cuisine available at two locations on site, the AVO Bar + Restaurant and Citrus Restaurant.
For more information or to make a reservation, call 800.257.7544 or go to: fairmont.com/newportbeach.
Food and drink will be presented by Fairmont Executive Chef Brian grilling on DCS, restaurants such as Newport Beach’s Provenance, Disneyland’s Napa Rose and Carthay Circle, baking by Sadie Rose, fresh fruit by Melissa’s Fresh Produce, restaurants include Newport Beach’s The Ritz Prime Seafood, SeaLegs Wine Bar and SeaSalt Woodfire Grill in Huntington Beach. Other Orange County favorites include: Tempo Urban Kitchen, AnQi Gourmet Bistro Bar and Noodle House, SkyLOFT, Pascal’s “Bites On A Bike,” Prego Ristorante, Slapfish, Sol Cocina, Waterman’s Harbor, Puesto, The Wild Artichoke, Lillie’s Q, D’Vine and Wursthaus gourmet sausages.
Ketel One Vodka and Roca Patrón will be shaking up signature cocktails, along with Southern Wine and Spirits, Cherry Tart, Aloha POS, with Pommery Champagne being poured at the event. Kean Coffee will offer a pour over bar and espresso capsule and there will be a plentiful supply of VOSS artisan water from Norway to hydrate you.
Desserts will be offered by the pastry chefs from the Fairmont Newport Beach and Villa Roma, with toffee by B.Toffee and finally, Sadie Rose Baking Company will literally be the frosting on the cake.
The After Party brings on more libations and ZOV’s Nite Bites by Macallans Public House & Restaurant and you can dance the night away or gamble at gaming tables provided by Awesome Casino Events.
If not for the following sponsors, The Golden Foodie Awards would not be possible: The Fairmont Newport Beach, Fisher & Paykel, Orange Coast Magazine, Los Angeles Times, Melissa’s Produce, US Foods, Sweet Salvage Rentals, Kean Coffee, Code Four and Greer’s O.C.
The 5th Annual Golden Foodie Awards takes place on Sunday, September 25 at the Fairmont Newport Beach, 4500 MacArthur Boulevard in Newport Beach. For tickets, more information, or to cast your vote for the best in the O.C., go to: goldenfoodieawards.com.
HERE IS A LIST OF THE CATEGORIES, WITH DEADLINES FOR CASTING YOUR VOTES:
Please do so online at goldenfoodieawards.com.
(August 1 through August 7)
BEST AMERICAN CUISINE
BEST MEXICAN FOOD
BEST VEGETARIAN FOOD
BARTENDER OF THE YEAR
BEST ITALIAN FOOD
BEST FRENCH CUISINE
BEST INDIAN CUISINE
(August 8 through August 14):
BEST FOOD INFLUENCER
BEST BEER SELECTION
BEST MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE
BEST CALIFORNIAN CUISINE
BEST SERVICE AWARD
(August 15 through August 21):
BEST NEW RESTAURANT
BEST ASIAN CUISINE