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OC Honors it’s Culinary Scene with the Golden Foodie Awards

On Sunday night Orange County’s finest restaurants, chefs and food lovers gathered together for the first annual

Golden Foodie Awards.

This red carpet event, held at the Fairmont Newport Beach Hotel was full of glitz, glamour and gorgeous gourmets.

Finally a “peoples choice” award ceremony to honor the incredible food scene that Orange County has to offer!

August began a four week “Golden Dine Out” giving locals a chance to scope out the nominees and place their votes.

The evening kicked off with unique cocktails provided by Patron, wines by Kendall Jackson and La Crema and beer by Ritual Brewery.

Along with cocktails came my favorite type of eating… tapas.  I love when the only decision I have to make is whether or not to go back for seconds after I’ve tasted everything once.

Small plates were gorgeously displayed everywhere you turned and the food was incredible.

Well, of course the food was incredible, I mean, it’s the foodie awards. If you serve bad food here you may as well hang your head in shame and close your doors.

Hosted by comedian Frances Dilorinzo, who kept things moving and encouraged and made fun of all the right people at all the right times, the show was entertaining and inspiring.

The Winery Restaurant and Wine Bar stands out as the big winner of the night.  Chef Yvon Goetz was voted the highest honor of Golden Chef and the restaurant also won for Best Wine List.

French 75 won for Best Mixology and Best French.

Best Happy Hour is found at Brasserie Pascal

However, you’ll find the Best Cocktails at 320 Main and the Best Beer at TAPS Brewery

The Ranch Restaurant and Saloon were voted as Best Steak

Best Burger (in the age of burger joints) goes to Crow Burger

Best Pizza goes to Il Dolce Pizzeria and Best Italian is Antonello Ristorante

Best Tacos won by SOL Cocina and Best Mexican is Javier’s

Best Mediterranean went to Lucca Cafe, who was also up for Best Italian

Best Sushi can be found at Riptide, Best Asian at AnQi by Crustacean

The Playground was voted Best American, Best Californian was won by newcomers Sealegs Wine Bar

Herbivores and carnivores alike are running to 118 Degrees for the Best Vegetarian Restaurant.

Best Indian winner is Tamarind of London, whose original London location were just awarded another Michelin star

Excellent service for Fine Dining goes to Anaheim White House and for Casual Dining goes to Bruxie.

The Best Seafood in OC can be found at Bluewater Grill.

The Double Chocolate Bread Pudding at Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen is OC’s most delicious dessert.

The Best Food Truck went to the flabbergasted Lime Truck.

Best OC Food Blog goes to the lovely Nancy Luna for Fast Food Maven.

Best Interior Design for the gorgeous Cucina Enoteca and of course the Best Branding to Wahoo’s Fish Taco

The Next Golden Chef, Francis Laureano made me laugh and nearly cry as he joked about the urge to update his facebook status and then gave a heartfelt thank you to his mom.

The Golden Pastry Chef Award went to Chef Rachel Klemek of Blackmarket Bakery who won me over with the mentioning of both butter and sugar (our two mutual loves) in her acceptance speech.

 All in all it was a fantastic and impressive award show and I look forward to attending next year’s Golden Foodie Awards.

In the meantime, I’ll be slowly working my way through the list of winners and nominees until I can be sure I haven’t missed a single one.

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