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Volume 5, Issue 95  |  November 27, 2020


Farm to Table: Our local food sceneFork

By LANA JOHNSON

Celebrate Thanksgiving safely together

It is the time of year to give thanks and embrace the joys of the holiday season with friends and family. For most of us, Thanksgiving is a favorite, because we get to eat so many wonderful foods that just somehow taste better all on the same plate. This year has made us rethink social gatherings. Many Newport Beach restaurants will prepare a memorable meal, adhering to safety precautions and/or with advance orders and take-home dinners available.

Here are offerings from some of our local restaurateurs.

Farm to Table Bayside turkey and sides

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Enjoy a dine-out or take-home dinner at Bayside Restaurant

Bayside Restaurant – Enjoy a special three-course prix fixe meal, featuring a choice of seasonal starters and a turkey dinner, complete with brioche vegetable herb stuffing, Yukon gold mashed potatoes and your choice of dessert. Seating starts at 12 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 26. A children’s menu and limited a la carte menu are available. Legendary OC pianist Ron Kobayashi will hit the keys beginning at 4:30 p.m.

If you are planning to spend Thanksgiving at home, a special Thanksgiving dinner with advanced orders must be reserved by Monday, Nov. 23. Costs: Three-course prix fixe meal for adults, $65/person; Three-course prix fixe meal for youngsters, $30/person. Menus: www.baysiderestaurant.com/menu. Reservation or take-home orders, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 949.721.1222. 900 Bayside Drive, Newport Beach.

Farm to Table Balboa Bay tablescape

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Balboa Bay Resort’s festive tablescape with Newport Harbor as the backdrop

Balboa Bay Resort – Offering an alfresco Thanksgiving dinner on the resort’s newly expanded Bayfront Lawn with seatings at 1 and 4 p.m. With ample space for social distancing and capacity for up to 60 guests, enjoy a multi-course family style feast with starters such as roasted pumpkin and honeynut squash bisque or fennel and apple salad, main courses including free range turkey with cranberry compote, giblet gravy and English pea, Chilean seabass or a 35-day dry-aged ribeye steak and sides such as mashed potatoes with giblet gravy, corn bread and brioche stuffing, sweet potato puree and Brussels sprouts. For dessert, indulge in a mini pecan tart with bourbon and caramel or classic pumpkin pie with candied pumpkin, brown butter, mascarpone and Valrhona chocolate. Full menu available on request. Costs: $98/per adult ($120 for ribeye steak selection).

Farm to Table Balboa Bay A+O

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Pouring your favorite libation from the roaming whiskey cart

To jumpstart the flavors of fall (and lasting well into 2021) is A&O Kitchen+Bar’s new Smoked Cocktail Concierge – a roaming whiskey cart available on Thursdays through Sundays from 5:30-9 p.m. All of the smoked cocktails are hand-crafted and made with mesquite, applewood, cherrywood and hickory BBQ wood chips. 1221 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach.

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Maple bourbon brined turkey is one of the entrée choices for your take-home meal from Bosscat Kitchen & Libations

Bosscat Kitchen & Libations – Choose between a juicy maple bourbon brined turkey or a brown sugar baked ham. Sides include caramelized garlic mashed potatoes, spicy mac and cheese, pecan crusted sweet potato, cornbread stuffing and green vegetables. For dessert, there’s apple cobbler or pumpkin pie for an additional $20. Order online a week ahead for pick-up on Wednesday, Nov. 25 and Thursday, Nov. 26. Visit www.bosscatkitchen-newport.com/thanksgiving2020. 4647 MacArthur Blvd., Newport Beach.

Farm to Table Cafe Gratitude pies

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Pre-order your holiday pies from Café Gratitude

Café Gratitude Newport – Specials include cranberry roasted butternut squash and garnet yams, cauliflower mashed potatoes with garlic confit, truffled porcini gravy, maple miso Brussels sprouts, pear and pomegranate chutney, French lentil and butternut squash loaf, and persimmon and pomegranate salad. Try the raw and gluten-free pumpkin pie, chocolate coconut cream pie or baked apple pie to end your meal. Pre-order at www.cafegratitude.com/products.

Farm to Table Cafe Gratitude Cookbook

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Café Gratitude’s Executive Chef Seizan Dreux Ellis’s “Love is Served” cookbook is filled with plant-based recipes from Southern California

For those having plant-based relatives over for Thanksgiving, order Executive Chef Seizan Dreux Ellis’s Love is Served cookbook – perfect for healthy home cooking or a gift for loved ones. Visit www.cafegratitude.com/products/love-is-served. AA, 1617 Westcliff Drive, #112, Newport Beach.

Fable & Spirit – Allow Fable & Spirit to select the wines and cocktails to accompany your menu. Share your Thanksgiving menu and Sommelier Ali Coyle will recommend the perfect pairings. If you’re looking for a cocktail to begin or end your meal, Director of Spirits Drew Coyle is creating a special “fabled spirit” to celebrate Thanksgiving 2020. Orders can be placed by Tuesday, Nov. 24 for pick-up between 4 and 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 25. Fable & Spirit will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. Contactless curbside pick-up. Order by phone or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. www.fableandspirit.com. 3441 Via Lido, Ste. A, Newport Beach.

Farm to Table Five Crowns turkey

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Five Crowns offers oven roasted free range turkey and all the trimmings for your Thanksgiving feast

Five Crowns – Celebrate like royalty with a seasonal menu, warm hospitality and an unforgettable festive atmosphere. With seatings from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, patrons will be immersed in the holiday spirit from thoughtfully spaced tables in the restaurant’s tented Backyard Patio and Garden.

Executive Chef Alejandra Padilla has created a holiday menu of classic and seasonal dishes including prime ribs of beef served in the traditional manner with au jus, Yorkshire pudding, organic whipped cream horseradish and choice of side. Thanksgiving features free range turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, buttered Blue Lake green beans and house made cranberry compote. 3801 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. For reservations and takeout visit www.thefivecrowns.com.

Farm to Table Gracias Madre

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Flavorful tamales highlight Gracias Madre’s holiday menu

Gracias Madre – Chef Alan invites vegans and non-vegans alike to partake in Gracias Madre’s holiday tamale offerings, which include Jackfruit Birria and Black Mole Mushroom. Pre-order on the restaurant’s website by Sunday, Nov. 22. www.graciasmadre.co/tamales. 1617 Westcliff Drive, Newport Beach.

Marché Moderne – Look no further than Marché Moderne’s luxe Thanksgiving dinner boxes. Nourish four guests with roasted free range Canadian turkey breast and confit leg meat. Indulgent sides include duck confit and mushroom stuffing, Brussels sprouts, Robuchon mashed potatoes, cranberry orange walnut rolls and an autumn salad.

Sweet lovers need to go for the French macaron with a seasonal twist on flavors like pumpkin and spiced vanilla. Marché Moderne will only be serving 100 boxes. Order by Monday, Nov. 23 by calling 714.434.7900 for pick-up on Thursday, Nov. 26 between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. 7862 E. Coast Highway in the Crystal Cove Shopping Center, Newport Coast.

Farm to Table Sushi Roku

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Sushi Roku Family Pack

Sushi Roku – If you’re less traditional when it comes to Thanksgiving, opt for Sushi Roku’s Hot Family Pack or Sushi Family Pack ($109 each). These feature the freshest fish, prepared with the kind of artistry that can only be executed by a seasoned sushi chef.

Available for curbside pick-up for lunch and dinner, each Family Pack feeds up to four guests with a diverse menu that unites traditional Japanese cuisine and vibrant global flavors with a California seasonal bounty. Orders for pick-up  can include purchasing wine and sake by the bottle for 50 percent off regular price, beer and the restaurant’s signature cocktails packaged to go. Call 949.706.3622 or visit www.sushiroku.com. 327 Newport Center Drive (Fashion Island), Newport Beach.

Tavern House kitchen + bar – Make plans for a traditional herb roasted turkey and all of the fixings including mashed potatoes, creamed corn, maple-bacon glazed Brussels sprouts, whipped butternut squash, cornbread-pine nut stuffing, cranberry relish and giblet gravy. Save room for the restaurant’s famous pumpkin pie. In addition to dinner to go, a three-course menu is available for dine-in on Thursday, Nov. 26 from 2-7 p.m. Order ahead by calling 949.673.8464 for pick up on Wednesday, Nov. 25. For menus and reservations, visit www.tavernhousekb.com. 333 Bayside Drive, Newport Beach.

Farm to Table The Winery

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The Winery’s shrimp and scallops dish on the dine-in menu

The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar – Offering a traditional Thanksgiving turkey dinner to go as well as a dine-in option.

To Go Menu: Chef Yvon Goetz’s take-home dinner menu features a roasted free range Diestel turkey, apple-sundried cherry dressing, cranberry-orange relish and Pinot Noir-sage gravy. Begin with a fall organic baby greens salad with dried cranberries, roasted squash, toasted pumpkin seeds, croutons and Dijon vinaigrette. A choice of two sides with options includes mashed potato casserole, butternut squash-potato gratin, roasted Brussels sprouts, bacon and sundried tomato, green beans almondine, maple syrup roasted garnet yams and honey-thyme glazed carrots. Finish with pumpkin cheesecake with caramelized pecan-vanilla bean Chantilly. For six guests, $350. Purchase wines by the bottle or craft cocktails. Call 949.999.6622. Orders must be placed by 3 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 23 for pick-up on Wednesday, Nov. 25 between 1:30 and 8 p.m.

Dine-in Menu: Chef is offering a prix fixe menu of traditional Thanksgiving options, along with Winery favorites. The meal begins with a choice of roasted butternut squash bisque, The Winery house salad, Scottish smoked salmon, pumpkin and ricotta ravioli, or organic heirloom tomatoes and fresh burrata. Entrée choices include traditional maple-glazed free range turkey, king salmon “a la plancha,” Maine scallops and jumbo wild white shrimp, grilled beef flatiron steak, and maple glazed Kurobuta pork chop. End with a choice of streusel pumpkin pie or chocolate cheesecake. Meals are priced at $75++ per guest with a “Little Buddies” kids’ menu being offered for $24.95.

Thanksgiving dinner at The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar on Thursday, Nov. 26 from 12- 8 p.m. and reservations are recommended online at www.thewineryrestaurants.com. Call 949.999.6622. 3131 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach.

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