Last month’s SoCal Food & Beverage Pro featured the Coastal Kitchen in Dana Point visited and written by our Editorial Director Bob Barnes. It was so intriguing that our Sr. Editor Mike Fryer had to try it out during his latest visit to SoCal. Here Mike visits with the Owner/Operator and Executive Chef Mike Grant, a seasoned F&B Pro who has developed an excellent restaurant with a great menu. Drop by the next time you are in Dana Point!

Restaurant Editor Ben Brown attended the fourth annual Bite at the Beach Food Festival. Small on the festival scale but huge in character, this event paired restaurants across the LA South Bay with breweries and wineries for an interesting spin on the tasting experience. Find out more about Bite at the Beach in Ben’s Foodie Biz column.

The Newport Wine & Food Classic was recently held under beautiful sunny skies with a crisp breeze off the bay. Food bites were catered by several dozen local restaurants and the beer and wine selection donated by Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits of Southern California and its suppliers making for a great afternoon fundraiser. By the time Sr. Editor Mike Fryer came across this booth he wasn’t seeing as clear and had a hard time knowing just what they were serving???? Or who the family was???