Look What’s Cooking at Art Fest


“Real Housewives” cast members Slade Smiley and Gretchen Rossi greeted Chef Lopez after the demonstration last weekend.

Festival visitors become culinary students for one hour as Chef Joffrey Lopez from Williams Sonoma South Coast Plaza presents tips, tricks and tools in-person every Sunday at 1 p.m. on the Festival green.


This past weekend, nearly 200 people enjoyed Lopez’ class and the art show, including cast members of “The Real Housewives of Orange County,” Gretchen Rossi and Slade Smiley, who were spotted in the audience. After the demonstration, they came over to greet Lopez.


The chef shows audiences what to look for in fresh ingredients, techniques for cutting and handling the food, and cool tools to make the job easier. When the demonstration is finished, the audience gets to taste the results!


Earlier, Lopez whipped up strawberry and spinach salad, salsa and guacamole, chicken with chipotle lime rub, and olive-oil infused recipes. On the menu for the remaining Sundays: marinated and grilled squash, marinated and grilled carne asada and tomato salad.


 “There’s just nothing better than watching eyes light up as people learn something new and then get to taste delicious food!” Lopez said.

  “Art of Cooking” will continue throughout August. There is no additional cost beyond Festival admission to enjoy this special event series.



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  1. Dee2

    Nice that Slade is still living the OC life of leisure despite being unemployed, broke, and owing over $160,000 in child support.

  2. Laura

    oh really u’d think Gretchin is tooooo smart for that….he should have it paid off soon…being on the show!!!!!

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