Water Grill Opens in Costa Mesa

Water Grill, a fine dining establishment operated by King’s Seafood Company, has been serving for more than 30 years. The Costa Mesa location joins Water Grill’s restaurants in Downtown Los Angeles, Santa Monica and San Diego, and is King’s Seafood’s first in Orange County. Focusing on first-of-season seafood, Water Grill prides itself in offering a broad selection of fin fish, oysters, crustaceans and shellfish to its guests.

The largest Water Grill to date, the nearly 18,000-square-foot restaurant and accompanying patio were designed in partnership with Hatch Design Group. Taking inspiration from a refurbished ship, the restaurant features reclaimed locally-sourced woods and authentic nautical components paired with rustic and iron finishes.

King’s Seafood Distribution, the company’s private seafood distribution operation based in Santa Ana, CA, provides all the seafood for Water Grill’s menu. Streamlining the process from ocean to table, King’s Seafood Company provides seafood to its 20 restaurants. Menus are crafted daily to account for freshly caught fish and seasonal culinary changes for Water Grill guest to enjoy.

Vinoteca Opens in Beverly Hills

The executive and culinary team at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills introduces Vinoteca, a new Italian wine bar and espresso café adjacent to Culina restaurant. Espresso café by day, wine bar by night, Vinoteca looks to be an extension of Los Angeles’ creative pulse.

Vinoteca will also feature a trendy food component to complement its beverage program. Chef Denis Dello Stritto draws inspiration from his upbringing near Naples to curate a menu of hyper-seasonal sharable plates with a focus on traditional Italian “street food.” Vinoteca offers three distinct menus for breakfast, lunch, and “apéritivo.”

SideChef and Chef’d Apps Partner up

SideChef, a virtual culinary assistant app with built-in GPS-like recipe navigation, has partnered with Chef’d, a subscription-free meal-kit marketplace, to offer users an integrated tool that conveniently delivers pre-portioned ingredients to their door.

Home cooks on the app now have access to ingredient delivery of more than 200 recipes from celebrity chefs, such as Dominique Crenn, Fabio Viviani, Adam Richman, Alex Guarnaschelli and Robert Irvine, as well as renowned cooking resources including Good Housekeeping, Women’s Health, and The James Beard Foundation. Meal kits are distributed nationwide in as little as one business day and pricing begins at $6 per serving, with additional packages to serve up to a party of four.

Border Grill’s Street Food Fights

Border Grill launched weekly ‘Street Food Fights’ this summer, pitting countries from across the globe against each other in a fun-loving culinary battle. Once a week, members of the Border Grill staff battled it out in matchups such as Thailand vs. Cuba, Brazil vs. Italy and Mexico vs. Lebanon.

The events generated great festivity outside the Downtown LA location, as well as showcased global fusion into the restaurant’s Latin roots. Each country paired a crafted taco with a set of native items, such as Thai curry or Cuban mariquitas, which came out extremely well.

We will hope to see Street Food Fights return in 2017. Also already missing Border Grill Santa Monica, which closed in October after 26 years of operation.

The Halal Guys Continues Expansion

By the end of 2016, The Halal Guys are slated to open three more locations in Southern California. The first location will be in Cerritos, at 11435 South Street Suite A9-B. Next will be Glendale, at 201 B. Brand Blvd Suite 110. In 2017, a third location will open in Downtown Los Angeles, at 510 W 7th St.

The Halal Guys, which started as a food cart on the streets of New York City, is now known as the largest American halal street food concept in the world. Current Southern California locations include Costa Mesa, Long Beach and Korea Town. The now-global chain is known for spectacular gyro sandwiches, chicken and rice platters, and its famous white sauce.

Yalla Launches
Lunchbox Concept

Yalla Mediterranean, a California fast-casual concept with locations in Culver City, Long Beach and Burbank, has introduced the ‘lunch box,’ a catering alternative that focuses on vibrant fare utilizing local and responsibly raised meats and produce. Catering to people with all types of dietary restrictions [no pun intended], the new Lunch Box encourages guests to customize their own meal with a Mediterranean twist.

Available for a minimum of eight people, Yalla’s Lunch Box along with all packaging comes in fully compostable containers, with easy to pop off lids.