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Heeding the Harvest, Chefs Vary What’s on the Table

The recent news that Sorrento Grille’s executive chef Ryan Adams is taking over the restaurant, to be reopened as The Common Table: Kitchen+Drink come September, is as much about a shift in local food philosophy as a shift in ownership. Adams’ reinvented eatery, which he has...

Local Foodie Heads Slow Food Barbeque

  Local foodie Roger McErlane is chairman of Slow Food Orange County’s third annual fundraising barbeque, to be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. this Sunday, July 10, in Bommer Canyon in Irvine. When McErlane first joined up with the local Slow Food chapter at its inception about 10...

Chefs Feel the Economy’s Pinch

Changes are afoot at Five Feet, French 75 and Sorrento Grille, three long-established Laguna Beach dining spots, due to two key ingredients: recession-trimmed tabs and local restaurant trends that defy the rest of Orange County. French 75, under new ownership since 2009, recently...