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Business Preparedness Academy Grads

New in South Coast Metro 10-12-17


On October 10, 2017, participants completed the Business Preparedness Academy Training Experience. Each attendee received a certificate of participation for completing the training. Thank you to National University for hosting this training experience and Costa Mesa Fire & Rescue for providing training on how to be better prepared for emergencies at work and teaching disaster rescue skills. Special thanks to Brenda Emrick, Costa Mesa Fire Department and her team for this training.

Message from David M. Martinez, Principal of Early College High School:                   
Hello Costa Mesa Community Leaders,
If any of you, or you know a person, in the following fields who could be interested in serving as a mentor for any of our 10 Seniors for their Senior Projects, please email me back at your earliest opportunity so I can make the connection with our students. The fields of interest are the following:
  • Child Psychology
  • Computer Game Design
  • Computer Programming
  • Concept Designing
  • Entertainment Art
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Physical Therapy/Sports Medicine
  • Screenwriting
  • Special Education
As always, thank you for your support.
David M. Martinez, Ed.D.
Early College High School, Principal
AVID District Director
Office: (714) 424-4781
Cell: (714) 293-7633
Message from Melody McClain, VP Human Resources at Stearns Lending: 
Stearns in consolidating some of our corporate functions to our Dallas headquarters and many of us have been offered the opportunity to relocate, however, not everyone is able to do so given other family and life circumstances. We have a wonderful and talented team that have worked for me over the last several years and I am actively assisting them to find their next opportunity. If you are currently seeking to add any team members to your HR, Payroll, Benefits Administration, or Training team, please let me know of your opening and I would be happy to connect with you.
Melody McClain
VP Human Resources
Stearns Lending
Phone: (714) 513-7038

Metro Events

A Bounty of Novel Tastes and Special Dining Experiences Continue as South Coast Plaza Restaurants Celebrate 50th Anniversary in October

From complimentary flourless chocolate espresso cake to three-course prix fixe menus, South Coast Plaza’s fine dining and fast-casual restaurants will continue to offer a delicious assortment of special menu items this month to highlight the 50th anniversary of the world-renowned retail center.
Fifty years ago, on March 15, 1967, the Segerstrom family unveiled what would become an internationally acclaimed shopping destination on former lima bean fields in Costa Mesa.
South Coast Plaza’s 50th anniversary will be celebrated throughout 2017. Diners will find a variety of anniversary offerings throughout the month of October:


Antonello Ristorante: A favorite of South Coast Plaza developer and arts philanthropist Henry Segerstrom for decades, the time-honored Italian restaurant will feature Spaghetti alla Segerstrom — an Italian classic of pasta pomodoro discovered by Henry Segerstrom in a unique restaurant in Rome and faithfully replicated by restaurateur Antonio Cagnolo using the finest ingredients.

The Capital Grille: Receive a complimentary mini dessert duo of flourless chocolate espresso cake and cheesecake for the table with purchase. Patrons must mention “SCP50” when making reservations by phone or OpenTable (enter into comments box). One per table.

Mezzet Mediterranean Cuisine: Partake in a $50 three-course menu that includes choices of appetizer, entrée and a glass of house wine.

Water Grill: Experience Chef Damon Gordon’s side dish of Segerstrom-braised lima beans with kale and bacon to commemorate South Coast Plaza’s 50th anniversary.

Vaca: Enjoy Chef Amar Santana’s $50 three-course prix fixe menu with the first course featuring two tapas, an entrée with a choice of paella shared family style for two, and a third course with one dessert. The anniversary menu is for a minimum of two guests, costs $50 per person and does not include tax or gratuity.



Champagne French Bakery Cafe: Coffee drinks will be stenciled with a fanciful “50” for guests during the month of October.

Godiva Chocolatier: A commemorative South Coast Plaza anniversary sleeve will wrap around an eight-piece assorted chocolate gold gift box.

Starbucks Reserve Coffee: The coffeehouse company has created a “Golden Carousel Blend” propriety coffee in honor of the 50th anniversary. The medium blend is 80 percent Veranda with 20 percent single-origin Ethiopia.  Whole beans may be custom ground.

Lawry’s Carvery: Enjoy a complimentary crème brûlée dessert with a $50 purchase or more. Please mention “SCP50.”

Via de France: Treat yourself to a signature cream puff with a medium coffee for $5 at a $6.75 value. Please mention “SCP50.” 

Wahoo’s Fish Taco: Place an order for the popular Combo Number One (taco or enchilada, rice and beans) for $5 at a $6.45 value. Please mention “SCP50.”

zcafé: The soup of the month for October is the Segerstrom Family Lima Bean Soup made with their heirloom recipe and beans from the Segerstrom Ranch in Costa Mesa. The soup is available all month by the cup, bowl or as a side on sandwich combos or individual pizza combos and as part of a combo (bowl or soup and side Caesar or cafe salad.)



Renowned as a leading international shopping destination, South Coast Plaza is home to more than 250 prominent boutiques, critically-acclaimed restaurants and the adjacent celebrated Segerstrom Center for the Arts. It is the West Coast’s premier shopping experience, with its proximity to beaches and John Wayne Airport, customized concierge services, and unparalleled collection of diverse retailers — from Gucci, Hermès, Cartier and Harry Winston to Roger Vivier, Dolce&Gabbana, The Webster, Dior, Dior Homme and more. Now celebrating its 50th year, South Coast Plaza is located in Orange County, California, in the city of Costa Mesa. Information: or 800.782.8888.

Contact: Debra Gunn Downing



Hilton Orange County / Costa Mesa

2017 Fall/Winter Group Promotion

10-25 peak rooms – choose 2
26-50 peak rooms – choose 3
51-100 peak rooms – choose 4
100+ peak rooms – choose 5
• 1/40 complimentary room night policy
• 1/10 complimentary parlor suite upgrade
• Complimentary meeting space (room to space ratio applies)
• 1/10 complimentary self-parking pass
• 1/20 complimentary valet parking pass
• One (1) complimentary VIP welcome amenity per 25 room nights contracted
• Complimentary basic guest room WiFi
• Complimentary wireless meeting room Internet (number of logins equal to number of rooms on peak)
• Complimentary one-hour reception for the number of guests equal to the number of guestrooms on peak night of the scheduled event
• A signing bonus of 1,000 Hilton Honors points for every 10 room nights booked up
Call the sales office at 714-513-3430, visit the website, or email for more details or to book your next event now!

Let’s Play! Community Musicians Say “Yes!” to Invitation by

Pacific Symphony to Rehearse and Perform Chamber Music with Orchestra Musicians on Samueli Theater’s Concert Stage

Pacific Symphony’s perennially popular program, “OC Can You Play With Us?,” has been inviting amateur musicians from across Orange County to perform onstage with orchestra members for almost seven years now. What began as a one-time endeavor in 2011 to expose the community’s musicians to professional music education and performance has continued to grow and morph with each passing year. In 2014, the Symphony expanded the program to include a chamber music edition that would allow for a more intimate learning and playing experience. Just as popular as the original program, which engaged avocational musicians in a side-by-side performance with the full orchestra, the chamber edition provides the unique opportunity of playing a variety of selected repertoire in one of five chamber ensembles led by Symphony conductors and musicians.

“This program highlights the various sections of the orchestra in chamber ensembles, where the philosophy is ‘the more the merrier!’ ” says Kelli Frager, the Symphony’s community arts engagement manager. “This allows us to connect with avocational musicians who enjoy getting together in a non-competitive environment to embrace the fun of making music with others who do the same. We make a place for everyone, and they get the chance to play under the guidance of a Symphony musician or conductor, as well as continue the network of community musicians in Orange County and beyond.”

The culminating event for “OC Can You Play With Us?,” which is similar to an open rehearsal, takes place on Nov. 6, at 6:30 p.m., in the Samueli Theater (located at the rear of the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall). Friends and interested observers are invited to attend the workshop-style final event for free (general admission), but tickets are required and can be reserved through the Symphony’s box office at (714) 755-5799, online at or at the door. Find music tips and interact with the musicians on the “OC Can You Play With Us?” Facebook page at:


Media contact:
Communications Dept.; 714-708-1543

The Red Barn: A Fire-and-Ash Wine Dinner to be held at Centennial Farm on Nov. 4

COSTA MESA, Calif. (Sept. 25, 2017) –Centennial Farm at OC Fair & Event Center is pleased to announce The Red Barn’s Fire-and-Ash Wine Dinner on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017.

The exclusive event will feature live-fire exhibition-style appetizers, sparkling wines provided by Orange County Wine Society (OCWS) and tours of the farm and garden starting at 6:30 p.m. The Millennium Barn doors open at 7:30 p.m.for a multi-course family-style wine dinner curated by OC Fair Culinary Supervisor Pam Wnuck. Executive Chef Jesse Lopez, of Spectra Food Services, and Chef Annie Morgan, of KOCI Radio’s Pots and Pans with Jack and Annie, will present a menu showcasing California’s bountiful produce and artisan meats cooked exclusively on an open fire in ash.

Wines from California producers Angeline Vineyards, Martin Ray Vineyards & Winery and Courtney Benham Wines have been curated by Irv Wnuck, COO of Seize the Vine.

French-American artist Guy Buffet, whose restaurant-themed art has been featured in Food Arts and Wine & Travel magazines, will be the evening’s honored guest.

Speakers include Dan Kohler, food scientist on Hallmark Channel’s “Home & Family”; Melissa Cortina, butcher and owner of Bavette Meat & Provisions; and Thom Curry, owner of Temecula Olive Oil Company. Several local farmers and artisans will also be featured, including Melissa’s Produce, OC Baking Company, M.O.F. Chef Stéphane Tréand of The Pastry School, and Orange County School of the Arts’ Culinary Arts & Hospitality Students.

Reservations for this unique dining experience are $125 per person (available on Ticketmaster), which includes dinner, wines, gratuity, tax and parking. Guests 21 and older are welcome. Support of The Red Barn dinner provides year-round educational opportunities through Centennial Farm, Heroes Hall and Imaginology, and helps fund our community give-back programs.


SCR Kicks Off Theatre for Young Audiences Season with Ella Enchanted: The Musical

South Coast Repertory opens the 2017-18 Theatre for Young Audiences series with the popular Ella Enchanted: The Musical, Oct. 27-Nov.12. This play, based on the book by Gail Carson Levine, has been adapted for the stage by Karen Zacarías, with music by Deborah Wicks La Puma. Casey Stangl directs the enchanting musical on the Julianne Argyros Stage. Tickets are on sale now:
Levine’s 1997 Newbery Honor book has been a beloved tale for countless young readers, making it the perfect story to bring to life with music for the stage.
As a baby, Ella is given the “gift” of obedience by a misguided fairy godmother and, as a result, cannot disobey any order. Now a teenager, the strong-willed Ella must outwit her evil stepmother, escape hungry ogres and hold on to her best friend, all while getting rid of her troublesome curse and finding her own voice.

Tickets start at $23 for children ages 4-12; $29 for adults. For complete information, visit


Related information for Ella Enchanted: The Musical

Tickets: May be purchased online at, by phone at (714) 708-5555or by visiting the box office at 655 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa. Ticket prices start at $22 for children ages 4-12; $27 for adults. Low-priced preview performances run Oct. 27-Nov.3. Performances run Oct. 27-Nov. 12.


Performance Dates and Times: 


  • Friday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, Oct. 28, at 4:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Oct. 29, at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
  • Friday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m.

Regular Performances

  • Saturday, Nov. 4, at 11 a.m.2 p.m., and 4:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 5, at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
  • Friday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m.2 p.m., and 4:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 12, at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.


  • Saturday, Nov. 11, at 2 p.m., is an American Sign Language-interpreted performance.

Restaurant News

Fall/Holiday Menus Have Arrived!

Executive Chef Hector Zamora has released his latest collection of Dinner entrees and appetizers complete with fresh autumnal flavor profiles and a nod to the upcoming holiday season!



grass-fed australian lamb, green lentil ragout, confit heirloom
tomatoes, pomegranate seeds, red wine reduction


herb-marinated branzino, pea puree, braised
kale, sumac onions, citrus gremolata


roasted squash puree, baby bok choy, fig marmalade, brodetto


boneless short rib, celery root puree, cipollini
onions, charred baby carrots, bordelaise


herbs de provence, roasted brussels
sprouts, marble potatoes, chicken jus


parmesan risotto, grilled artichokes, peas, vanilla bean sauce


mushroom duxel, watercress salad, olive oil, crushed macadamia nuts


ground veal, pork, beef, house-made sauce, shaved parmesan



New Season. Big Flavor. Bigger Event.

Season 52’s fall HARVEST event starts 9/26 and features a special three-course $29 dinner menu, $6 wines by the glass and your chance to win a trip to California Wine Country. Mark your calendars: We promise it’s worth the wait.

Cooking Class | Friday, October 20th at 6:30 pm : Enjoy a wonderful evening at Antonello Ristorante with Antonio Cagnolo and his wife Fiorella as they demonstrate how to make some of Antonello Ristorante’s most popular dishes! Includes a delicious four course meal featuring the evening’s selected menu items. $65 per person, plus tax and gratuity. View menu below.
 Ciro’s Family Dinner | Friday, October 27th at 6:30 pm : Join host Ciro Cirillo for a three course Italian family dinner. Menu includes appetizer, entree and dessert – as well as three wine pairings for only $35.95 plus tax and gratuity. Book your reservation for a casual family-friendly night out at Antonello Ristorante!
Caymus Winemaker Dinner | Tuesday, November 7th at 6:30 pm : Antonello Ristorante welcomes Chuck Wagner, founder and winemaker for Caymus Vineyards, to our next winemaker dinner! Be our guest for a special presentation and delicious five-course dinner paired with Caymus Vineyards wines. $130 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Call to make reservations (714) 751-7153
Cooking Class | Friday, November 17th at 6:30 pm : Join Antonio and Fiorella Cagnolo for our last cooking class of the year! Watch and learn how to make some of Antonello Ristorante’s most delicious plates! Includes a delicious four course meal featuring the evening’s selected menu items. Menu and Pricing TBD.

Gift Card Promotion: Between November 1st and December 31st, receive 10% back on Antonello Specialty Restaurant Group gift card purchases for every $100 spent! For purchases of $500 or more, customers also receive a free bottle of Hello Kitty Sweet Pink wine. For purchases of $1000 or more, customers will receive a numbered, limited edition collectors bottle of Hello Kitty Sparkling Rose! Gift cards are available for purchase at both Antonello Ristorante and Quattro Caffe.

Retail News

South Coast Plaza Anniversary Events

Check out the 2017 edition of the South Coast Metro 360!

The glossy, full-color magazine that covers Orange County’s  cultural, culinary and commercial center. Visit our website at or call Diane Pritchett  for a hard copy of the 2017 issue: 714.435.2109

South Coast Plaza Gift Certificates South Coast Plaza gift certificates make the perfect gift for Father’s day. For more information contact Diane Pritchett: 714.435.2109.