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Laguna Beach Taste of the Nation

May 22, 2016

Montage Laguna Beach

30801 South Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, California

Thank you to everyone who joined us at Laguna Beach's Taste of the Nation on May 17, 2015!

Join us again on May 22, 2016
More information to come!


Set on the oceanfront bluff at Studio, with sweeping panoramas of the Pacific Ocean and striking Craftsman-style architecture, Montage Laguna Beach is the ideal choice for a an afternoon of delicious food, wine, and specialty cocktails.


Craig StrongStudio at Montage, Laguna Beach-CA
Lee Smith,  Montage, Laguna Beach-CA


 Shirley Chung, Twenty Eight Restaurant and Lounge, Irvine, CA
David Coleman, Chianina Steakhouse, Long Beach, CA
Greg Daniels, Haven Gastropub, Old Towne Orange, CA
Ben Ford, Fords Filling Station, Los Angeles, CA
Michael Hung, Faith & Flower, Los Angeles, CA
 Ari Taymor, Alma, Los Angeles, CA
Marcel Vigneron, Beefsteak, Los Angeles, CA

All VIP guests will receive a delicious culinary delight provided by True Seasons Organic Kitchen 

Hosted by Mark Dacascos, Chairman of Iron Chef America

Proceeds locally benefit the Community Action Partnership of Orange County and Second Harvest Orange County Food Bank. Both organizations are fighting to end childhood hunger in Orange County.

Host Chefs



Craig Strong

Executive Chef, Studio at Montage Laguna Beach


Lee Smith

Pastry Chef, Montage Laguna Beach





2015 Guest Chefs


 Shirley Chung

Executive Chef, Twenty Eight Restaurant & Lounge, Irvine, CA


David Coleman

Executive Chef, Michael's Restaurant Group, Long Beach, CA


Greg Daniels

Executive Chef, Haven's Gastropub, Old Towne Orange, CA


 Ben Ford

Executive Chef, Ford's Filling Station, Los Angeles, CA


 Michael Hung

Executive Chef, Faith & Flower, Los Angeles, CA


 Ari Taymor

Executive Chef, Alma, Los Angeles, CA


 Marcel Vigneron

Executive Chef, Beefsteak, Los Angeles, CA












Acqua Panna

S.Pellegrino Sparkling Natural Mineral Water

Kessler-Haak Vineyard & Wines

Tito's Handmade Vodka



Beneficiaries 2015

  • Community Action Partnership of Orange County: CAPOC changes peoples lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities and makes America a better place to live.The agency cares about the entire community, and is dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other.
  • Second Harvest Orange County Food Bank: Founded by the Council of Orange, Society of St. Vincent de Paul, the Food Bank began providing food for the hungry in October 1983 in Orange, under the leadership of Dan Harney. In 2007, the Food Bank moved to a new facility in Irvine on the old El Toro Marine Base, more than doubling its capacity to meet the needs of Orange County's hungry during the most difficult economic times since the Great Depression. In 2012, the Food Bank became an independent 501c3 corporation. Since its founding, the Food Bank has provided more than 272 million pounds of donated and surplus food to local charities.


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