Weekend Guide: BBQ, Beer and a Chef Throwdown

Orange County BBQ Bonanza
Babyyyyy, baby back ribs [barbecue sauce] at the Orange County BBQ Bonanza.
You're busy people. Let us plan your weekend for you. Happy eating! 


What: BBQ ribs, pulled pork, tri-tip, sausages. And maybe some Handi Wipes. The four-day BBQ extravaganza pits national master grillers against each other--and you get to be the lucky judges. 
When: Thurs., 5 p.m.-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun. 11-9 p.m.
Where: Fountain Valley Sports Park, Fountain Valley. See map
Cost: $5 for general admission (includes a $2 coupon good toward a sampler plate) or $100 for an all-you-can-eat-and-drink feast and priority seating. Any business card will get free admission today and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday. 

What: Food trucks (The Burnt Truck, Dogzilla Hot Dogs, Fishlips Sushi and Long Boards) + a screening of The Social Network. Summer, please don't leave us. 
When: Thurs., 6 p.m. Movie starts at sundown. 
Where: Central Park West Amphitheater, 20 Gramercy, Irvine. 
Cost: Free admission. Bring cash for food trucks. 


What: Lots of food trucks, including Bakery Truck, Barcelona On The Go, Chomp Chomp Nation and The Lime Truck, with all trucks donating to Make-A-Wish OCIE.  
When: Fri., 5-9 p.m.
Where: Best Buy Fullerton, 120 E Imperial Highway, Fullerton. 
Cost: Free admission. Bring cash for food trucks. 


What: Beer fans, go at it! A ticket gets you unlimited tastes of more than 100 beers from 50 local and international breweries, from San Pedro Brewing Co. to Sam Adams, along with free food samples. Clear your afternoon--and your evening for recovery. 
When: Sat. Box office opens at 11 a.m. VIP tasting sampling, noon- 4 p.m.; general sampling, 1-4 p.m. 
Where: Lighthouse Park, Long Beach. 
Cost: Online through Friday: $40 for general ($45 at the door); $50 for VIP ($55 at the door); $15 for designated driver. Get $5 off general admission with the online code: OCWEEKLY. 
What: A sweetsapalooza featuring local bakeries and dessert shops, including Batch From Scratch, Delicious Gourmet Cupcakes, Dough-a-Deer, Doll Face Desserts and Lil Cupcakery. Event features live painting artists and cool beats by The Love Connection. 
When: Sat., 7:30-11:30 p.m. 
Where: SOCO, Costa Mesa. 
Cost:  $10 donation for three dessert tastings. Proceeds benefit The Peace Project's Operation Rise Initiative, an endeavor to distribute crutches and other prosthetic devices to amputees in Sierra Leone.


What: Chef James Harris of The Royal Hawaiian in Laguna Beach will take on defending champion Chef Nicola Bellazzi of Enne Cucina Italiana in San Clemente in a dramatic Iron Chef-style kitchen battle. This week's base ingredients are shrimp, mushrooms and brown bread. The mystery ingredient will be revealed at the showdown. 
When: Sun., 6 p.m. 
Where: The Standard of Excellence Showroom, Huntington Beach. 
Cost: $50 for general seating, $80 for VIP front row seating. Includes food and wine.  

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Everyone should be advise on the $2 coupon at the BBQ Bonanza.  The BBQ teams are only taking 1 coupon per order.  My wife and I were in line together at the Cowboy's BBQ stand.  We each ordered a platter; we each had a coupon.  We were told we could only use 1 coupon because we were together.  We said we'd pay separately.  They said because they knew we were together, they couldn't allow us to do that.  After a brief argument, the fat boss (smoking a cigar back where the food was being served) gave me a snide remark about arguing over $2.00, but told the girl to go ahead and take the coupon.

That fat bossman should take his entire crew back to Texas.  He's arguing over $2.00 when I'm ready to hand him $24.00.  

If you're going to the BBQ Bonanza, don't go to Cowboys.  They don't appreciate your business.

Hugo Wang
Hugo Wang

dude i thought it said beef throwdown.. Had mad chub right now

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