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On the Table:

Come Hungry to Sample Town’s Culinary Prowess

Laguna Beach Visitors & Conference Bureau plans an inaugural “foodie” event, Laguna Beach a la Carte – A Food and Wine Experience, slated for March 10-13, which will highlight the myriad culinary options available around town.

In addition to cooking demonstrations by local chefs, wine and cheese tastings and special deals and prix fixe menus offered by a several local eateries, there will be five ticketed events over the long weekend, beginning with wine tastings and food samplings at Laguna Culinary Arts on Thursday, March 10. La Casa del Camino, Tivoli Too!, Montage Laguna Beach and Splashes at Surf & Sand Resort will all host special experiences Friday, March 11, through Sunday, March 13.

For details and info on purchasing tickets, visit http://www.lagunabeachfoodies.com.

Alliance Française Opens Tasting to Public

The Orange County chapter of the Alliance Française will sponsor a wine and cheese tasting event, to be hosted by the expert cheese mongers and oenophiles at Laguna Culinary Arts, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 3, and the public is welcome to attend, no French required.

Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Please RSVP to [email protected] or by calling 949-251-1610.  Laguna Culinary Arts is located at 845 Laguna Canyon Road, in the shopping center next to the Sawdust Art Festival.

Gallery Pours a China Sampler

Sampling tea with an expert at Mandarin Gallery.

Tea expert Linda Louie will host a Chinese tea ceremony at Mandarin Fine Art Gallery Sunday, Feb. 27, from 2-4 p.m.

She will provide insight into various teas, offer samples and share her knowledge and experiences in pursuit of some of the world’s finest teas.

Seating is limited. RSVP to Mandarin Fine Art Gallery, 1294 So. Coast Highway, Suite C, or 949-376-9608.

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Linda Louie, owner of Bana Tea Company.

Laguna Coffee Brews Up Barista Specials

Beginning this month, the Laguna Coffee Company, the only spot in town where they roast their own coffee and voted best coffee shop in Laguna Beach by Indy readers in a recent survey, is offering weekly barista specials to entice customers to take a chance on new flavors and combinations.

“Customers experiment with milk type and flavors and find their favorite drink,” said manager René Miller, who has 15 years of experience in the business. “A good barista experiments as well and will come up with combinations that aren’t the most obvious, but are really tasty.”

February began with Miller’s pick of “Cinnamon and Honey Americano.” Last week, Gabriela highlighted her “2 Espresso Shot, Peppermint, Hemp Milk Latte,” and this week co-owner/barista Cathy Ackley’s Valentine favorite is “Raspberry Mocha.” Peggy’s “Vanilla Foam Cappuchino” will round out the month, and March opens with Krystal’s “Dirty Mate Soy Latte.”

The Laguna Coffee Company, 1050 S. Coast Highway, offers tea drinks as well as fresh-roasted coffee by the pound, smoothies, pastries and made-to-order paninis, along with free Wifi. visit http://www.LagunaCoffeeCo.com  or call 949-494-6901.

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