PigOut 3.0 Coming This Sunday!

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Here, piggy piggy!

You may already be familiar with this annual summer soiree to celebrate the curly-tailed hog. But if you're not, let us educate you.

Created by the non-profit, Inspire Artistic Minds, this porky social brings together many of Orange County's haute chefs to showcase their creativity with our savory beast. Monies raised go towards scholarships for students in the culinary and fine arts. General and VIP admission for the unlimited tastes are still available. This year's festivities now include an extra porktastic element: live butchering!

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Northgate Postpones Hatch Chile Roasts Scheduled For Aug. 16

Dave Lieberman
Delayed chile is still worth the wait.
Northgate Markets have announced that due to heavy rains in Hatch, New Mexico, they will be cancelling the roasts scheduled for the Buena Park, Santa Ana (Harbor Blvd.), and Paramount stores. Those roasts will be postponed to Saturday, September 6.

If the suppliers can harvest today, the roasts scheduled for Sunday will still take place. We suggest you call the stores in question to see if the Sunday roasts are still on. If not, they will be postponed to September 7.

929 S. Euclid St., Anaheim; 714-991-1950 944 E. Slauson Ave., Los Angeles; 323-846-8804. 425 S. Soto St., Los Angeles; 323-262-0595.

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Save the Date: The Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival - September 19-21

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An OC/OG chef: Mr. Alan Greeley

When a culinary event celebrates their inaugural run, we want to run in the opposite direction. There will be kinks to work out and temperamental cooking stations to deal with. You just never know what to expect when you have no history to base it on. But after reading the lineup for The Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival, we may reconsider.

Scheduled for an entire weekend in September, the organizers have mass quantities of live jazz, sommelier panels and demonstrations to go around. Pace yourself accordingly, and it will be a very leisurely day.

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KTown Night Market & OC Block Party at Angel Stadium August 22 & 23

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Right about the time you'll start missing the OC Fair when it ends this weekend comes KTown Night Market & OC Block Party--a Korean-ish gathering of 60 food vendors and trucks that will happen August 22 to 23 at Angel Stadium from 4 p.m. to midnight.

There will be live performances by David Choi, and Jason Yang (official violinist for Madonna). Did you know Madonna had an official violinist? Well she does. And he's Korean.

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[UPDATED] 2014 Hatch Chile Roasts in Southern California Begin August 2--Here are Locations!

Dave Lieberman
"Green or red?" What kind of question is that? GREEN, of course!
It's that time of year again: Hatch chile season is right around the corner. And while expat New Mexicans have always lined up for green chile to assuage their homesickness, the peppers have started to worm their way into the hearts of non-New Mexican Californians. Here is a running list of this year's roasting dates. As always, these dates are subject to change if there's any kind of supply problem or if the season runs short or long in southern New Mexico.

[UPDATED 9:45 p.m., July 30:] Albertsons cancelled their roasts for Saturday, August 2 due to weather and chile quality problems in New Mexico. Northgate's Aug. 2 and 3 roasts are still on.

This list will be updated as we get information from our friends in the grocery industry. Orange County and Long Beach locations are bolded and at the top of each date's list. Northgate González and Albertsons run their own roasts, the roasts hosted at Ralphs are from Frieda's Produce, and everything else on the list is from Melissa's Produce.

In addition, El Rey Farms will have their usual setup at La Puente High School; order yours in advance at elreyfarms.com.

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"Best Taste of Santa Ana" Event This Sunday

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Jason Quinn of The Playground
There's a lot of great food to taste in Santa Ana, but not always all at once, together, at one single event.

Tasting festivals like the one this post is about has been done many times before in Santa Ana, I'm sure--this isn't their first rodeo. But if you're already tired of OC Fair deep fried food, this Sunday, July 20th, the Assistance League of Santa Ana will be hosting a fundraising festival downtown where some of Santa Ana's best restaurants (as well as a few chains) will be offering samples of food.

The event will take place on Ross Street, which will be closed between Santa Ana Boulevard and 3rd Street in Downtown Santa Ana, from 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM.

Tickets are $40 each and can be bought here. Today is the last day for online tickets sale.

Here are the restaurants who will be participating.

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Annual "I Love Poke Festival" To Happen On June 30th

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Photo Courtesy of "I Love Musubi"
Poke from Bear Flag Fish Company
These are the days of poke. There are more and more places that sell the Hawaiian foodstuff of legendary deliciousness--including the Costco in Tustin, and the recently opened Pokinometry in Anaheim--that it proves mainlanders are finally warming up to this often neglected cousin of ceviche and sashimi.

And the annual festival that celebrates poke, which is appropriately called The "I Love Poke" Festival is happening this coming Monday, June 30th, at Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort in Huntington Beach.

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Food Porn From Taste of the Nation Laguna Beach

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Anne Marie Panoringan
Soy garlic braised brisket, served by Brian Huskey of Formosa Cafe. Loved the carrot puree.

When friends invited us to attend Taste of the Nation Los Angeles, we couldn't say no to a collection of great restaurants all in one spot. Then I realized the Orange County event was around the corner, and covering it only made sense. While it was a much more intimate setting, the caliber of expertise was a home run. Chefs traveled from Hawaii, even Florida to prepare something special for this Share our Strength fundraiser that Edwin referenced last week. Here's the visual evidence.

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Little Saigon Night Market Starts This Friday

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Little Saigon Night Market
Perhaps the one complaint most people had about the recent OC Night Market at the OC Fairgrounds was the admission price. The crowds were insane, some of the food was overpriced, but it was the fact you had to pay to get in that got stuck in most folks' craw. On top of that, there was the charge for parking.

Well, here comes The Little Saigon Night Market where the crowds will be equally insane, the parking situation will be free but frustrating, but, hey, there's absolutely no admission fee.

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This Sunday: 7th Annual Share Our Strength Taste of the Nation®

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Courtesy Montage Laguna Beach
Craig Strong to host Share our Strength
The general admission for this weekend's 7th Annual Share Our Strength Taste of the Nation event at Studio at the Montage is $200. If you want to get the VIP admission, where you get to attend a "Meet The Chefs" reception after dinner, it'll be $275.

No, it ain't cheap. But this is a charity event where 100% of each ticket helps support the Share Our Strength charity in eliminating childhood hunger. The Montage's resident chefs Craig Strong and Lee Smith will be there, joined by such celebrity chefs as Ludo Lefebvre and Alan Wong, and also, local chefs Alan Greeley of Golden Truffle and Greg Daniels of Haven Gastropub.

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