Bingo for Charity! 320 Main Fifth Anniversary and Bike MS Fundraiser Monday, Sept. 15

320 Main
Come give us money to fight multiple sclerosis!
What are you doing Monday night?

320 Main in Seal Beach is celebrating its fifth anniversary of being rescued from a dank shot-and-beer hole in the wall, and owners Jason and Rebecca Schiffer are celebrating with $5 appetizers and $5 cocktails.

Matt "Rumdood" Robold and I are riding our bicycles from Irvine to San Diego in October to raise money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and the anniversary party is also a fundraiser. Come and play bingo for $5 and win prizes; all the money raised from bingo will go to the NMSS.

Of course, if you'd like to just give us money, you can do that too--online, even (Here's my page and here's Rumdood's).

All proceeds from the bingo game will go to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Pacific South Coast Chapter.

The party is from 7-11 p.m. on Monday, September 15 at 320 Main St. in Seal Beach.

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Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival Starts Today!

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Pinchy The Lobster

It's here again. The Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival is this weekend. It last three days (September 12, 13, and 14) and will feature music acts, and of course, Maine lobster mals for $20, which will come with coleslaw, potatoes, sweet bread, lemon wedges, and some sort of butter sauce for dipping.

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Another Year, Another Decadence: An Overview

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Poke nachos and a slice of sushi burrito from Samurai Burrito. So decadent!

Another year, another Decadence, and what an event it was: Over 40 Orange County vendors set up their table cloths, heat lamps and tiny plastic plates for approximately 2,000 guests this past weekend at our 11th annual food festival. For all you crazy cats who missed the feasting, the slideshow will be up soon so you can live vicariously (here it is!), and here's a recap to make you hungry for next year.

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"Biggest Mooncake in the U.S." Exhibition and Tasting This Saturday in Irvine

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Flickr User Karen
Like this but bigger.
Monday, September 8th will be this year's date of the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival, a.k.a. the Chinese Moon Festival, a.k.a. when people eat mooncakes.

You might have noticed that all the Chinese bakeries are putting out boxes of those dense hockey pucks of pastry, but one bakery (J.J. Bakery) is reportedly going to make a really, really big moon cake for the 2014 Happy Moon Festival in Irvine. The festivities will be presented by World Journal (formerly known as Chinese Daily News) at Irvine Chinese School at 9 Truman, Irvine, on Saturday, September 6, 2014 between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m.

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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

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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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