Cozy Up At The Resort At Pelican Hill This Winter With Fireside Chats, Romantic Dining And Olympic Sports Viewing

NEWPORT BEACH, CA – October 10, 2013 – This winter, guests from near and far are invited to experience a variety of new seasonal offerings at The Resort at Pelican Hill®, including Fireside Etiquette Chats, hands-on Culinary Academy classes for Valentine’s Day and featured menus to celebrate the 2014 Winter Olympics. From seasonal epicurean experiences and live entertainment to sports viewing and social etiquette programs, Pelican Hill offers something for everyone this winter at Newport Beach’s only Five-Star resort.

“Growing up in France’s Loire Valley, winter meant cozy days inside preparing big family meals with my mother, and each year, those memories inspire me to create culinary experiences that warm our guests from the inside out,” said Pelican Hill Executive Chef Jean-Pierre Dubray. “Our newest seasonal epicurean experiences will bring friends, family and loved ones together in settings both intimate and casual, and guests will delight in the return of annual dining experiences like the Black Truffle Treasure Menu at Andrea and Dinner of the Senses for Valentine’s Day.”

New this winter, Pelican Hill expands its autumn and spring etiquette classes with an added series of winter programs for children and adults:

Children’s Resort Etiquette Classes
January 11 & 26, February 8, March 9 & 22 
Children are cordially invited to expand their understanding of social, travel and dining etiquette with a fun and educational class. Led by Kathleen Cover, Founder and President of The Etiquette School of Beverly Hills and Newport Beach, certified by the prestigious American School of Protocol, each 2.5-hour course offers a positive, relaxed and approachable setting. Separate age-appropriate sessions on each class date are designed for ages 5-7 or ages 8-12.
$125* per child per class

Fireside Etiquette Chats
Thursdays, January 30, February 27 and March 27 from 5:30 – 7 p.m.
Join us for casual, cozy conversations with Kathleen Cover, Founder and President of The Etiquette School of Beverly Hills and Newport Beach, certified by the prestigious American School of Protocol. Sip Prosecco, coffee or tea, during an interactive group Q&A, with etiquette tips and amusing stories by the grand fireplace in the Resort’s Great Room.

Valentine’s Day epicurean experiences at Pelican Hill include:

February “For the Love of Food” Culinary Academy
Food is one way to the heart, and Pelican Hill invites you to celebrate your appreciation of everything epicurean with your loved ones this winter. In a luxurious Villa kitchen, the Resort’s chefs du cuisine lead hands-on preparation courses with wine pairings every Thursday evening in February.
$175* per person per class, including wine pairings. Limited to 14 guests per class.  Reservations are required and may be arranged by calling 800-820-6800.

  • Thursday, February 6: That’s Amore
    Andrea Ristorante Chef Marco Criscuolo adds a touch of Italian romance to cooking simple, delicious homemade pasta with veal piccata, plus Italian wine pairings and handmade sweets for your special Valentine!
  • Thursday, February 13: Dinner of the Senses
    Pelican Hill Executive Chef Jean-Pierre Dubray demonstrates how to create your own multi-course small plates experience for two to be intimately enjoyed with no utensils.
  • Thursday, February 20: California Tasting Table
    Pelican Grill Chef Derek Brooks shares his secrets to smoking, seasoning and grilling winter meats, to be savored with California wines among friends and family.
  • Thursday, February 27: Family of Foodies
    Coliseum Pool & Grill Chef Micah presents family-friendly recipes for food aficionados of all ages. Learn how to create healthy epicurean cuisine that brings the whole family together in the kitchen and around the table.

Dinner of the Senses
February 14 (Valentine’s Day)
An intimate and sensual dining experience, Pelican Hill’s popular Dinner of the Senses stimulates each of the five senses of sight, touch, taste, scent and sound. Created by Coliseum Pool & Grill’s Chef Micah, the seven-course menu for two features “his and hers” selections. Served in a private poolside cabana, each course is eaten by hand without the use of utensils, tapping into the desire to nourish one another and share cherished moments together. Customized music, flowers and décor are available upon request. Advance reservations strongly recommended.
$170* per person, or $220* per person with wine pairings

Il Menu dell’ Amore
February 14 & 15
Andrea Ristorante presents a special Italian lovers’ menu, offering four courses with “his and hers” choices. Recognized as one of America’s Top 10 Most Romantic Restaurants by GAYOT and Southern California’s Most Romantic Restaurant by Los Angeles Times readers, Andrea offers Valentine’s diners a casually elegant ambiance, heated ocean-view terrace, charming live guitarist and exquisite selection of Italian wines.
$120* per person, or $180* per person with wine pairings

Valentine’s Dining at Pelican Grill
February 14 & 15 
Chef Derek designs a special three-course menu just for two, with selections designed for him and for her. Spend an evening or afternoon on the ocean-view terrace, near the dining room fireplace or adjacent to the open-display kitchen, while tasting the best of quintessential California cuisine and wine.
$110* per person, or $150* per person with wine pairings

Valentine’s Dining at Coliseum Pool & Grill
February 14 & 15 
Chef Micah romances your palate with a three-course dinner menu featuring Mediterranean cuisine. Dine amidst architectural splendor reminiscent of Italy’s iconic Coliseum, yet overlooking endless Pacific Ocean views and one of the world’s largest circular pools.
$100* per person, or $130* per person with wine pairings

For sports enthusiasts, the Resort offers the following game day experiences:

College Bowl Game Day Specials
During college football season, Chef Derek and Chef Micah create game day specials representing each team playing in the national Bowl Championship Series. Enjoy chilled beers, California wines and specialty cocktails, while cheering your team to victory on two nine-foot screens at the Pelican Grill. At Coliseum Pool & Grill cheer on your team in the Lounge or from your own private cabana, complete with a flat-screen TV.

Super Bowl Sunday Team Specials
Sunday, February 2
Chef Derek and Chef Micah present game day specials representing the two NFL teams playing in the Super Bowl in New York City. Newport Coast’s Sports Center brings the national championship to you on two nine-foot screens at the Pelican Grill Lounge. Along with game day menu specials, enjoy chilled beers, California wines and specialty cocktails. At Coliseum Pool & Grill cheer on your team in the Lounge or from your own private cabana, complete with a flat-screen TV.

Winter Olympics Dining Specials
February 7-23
Pelican Grill and Coliseum Pool & Grill bring the winter games from Sochi, Russia to you on nine-foot TV screens. At Coliseum Pool, cheer your team to victory on flat-screen TVs in your own private cabana. Resort chefs create Olympic-inspired specials honoring the day’s televised sports, with dishes representing the cuisine of the countries competing.

Game Day Specials at Newport Coast’s Sports Center
Voted Southern California’s Best Sports Bar & Grill by Los Angeles Times readers, Pelican Grill brings you pro football, basketball and hockey on two nine-foot screens. From January bowl games through March Madness, college match-ups air all winter long in the Pelican Grill Lounge. Enjoy chilled beers, California wines and specialty cocktails, paired with Chef Derek’s game day specials, including the Stadium Burger, house-made lamb sausages and flatbread. At Coliseum Pool & Grill, savor Parmesan-Garlic Fries, Flash-Fried Calamari or Pepper Jack Quesadillas in the Lounge or from your own private cabana, complete with a flat-screen TV.

Team Cookies at Caffè
Chef Jeff and his all-star pastry team create special edition cookie collections to commemorate an especially sporty season. For the Super Bowl, college bowl games, March Madness and pro basketball, pick up a cookie platter for your game day get-together. Custom advance orders available upon request.

The Resort’s signature restaurant, Andrea, features the following seasonal dining experiences:

Black Truffle Treasure Menu
Tuscan cuisine, considered the heart of the culinary Renaissance, is the specialty of Andrea Ristorante. With a special á la carte menu, Andrea  presents the cuisine of Northern Italy featuring imported tartufo nero (black truffles) and California’s finest locally grown ingredients from the Irvine Ranch®.  Enjoy original antipasti, rustic pastas, hearty meat entrées and fresh seafood, highlighting traditions from every corner of Tuscany. Inspired by the variety and creativity of this special seasonal menu, we invite you to return time and time again to Newport Coast for a taste of Tuscany!

Primavera in Firenze
As early spring arrives in Newport, Andrea takes you away to Firenze in the heart of Tuscany. On this culinary journey through Firenze and the surrounding hill towns of Tuscany, savor regional á la carte dishes featuring seasonal ingredients, such as spring peas, radishes, artichokes, asparagus and morel mushrooms.

Andrea Menu Espresso
Wednesday – Sunday
Andrea, locally and nationally celebrated as one of the finest Italian restaurants, invites you to stop by Wednesdays through Sundays for a quick lunch. For just $35* per person, enjoy our two-course menu espresso (express menu) served in 45 minutes or less.

At Pelican Hill Golf Club, Pelican Grill offers the following winter epicurean experiences:

Pelican Grill Tasting Table
The Pelican Grill’s new Tasting Table invites epicureans to be seated right next to the restaurant’s open-concept kitchen in the main dining room. This interactive, chef-led dining experience presents guests with exclusive daily dishes featuring the freshest seasonal ingredients and creative presentations. Pelican Grill chefs prepare the day’s selection of prix fixe specialties before guest’s eyes, then pass each course over the kitchen counter to the adjacent rustic, wooden table set for up to 10 guests. As they converse with the chef across the pass counter, diners savor Napa-inspired cuisine paired with fine California wines.

Sunday Night Classic Gourmand Menu
Every Sunday, Pelican Grill’s Chef Derek presents classic á la carte dinner selections designed for gourmands. Epicurean delights, such as lobster thermidor, chateaubriand, duck à l’orange, crab louie, crêpe suzette and baked Alaska, are paired with a classic cocktail to begin and fine wine to follow.

Coliseum Pool & Grill presents the following epicurean experiences this winter:

Coliseum Kids, Team Moms & Coach Dads
With endless pizza, pasta and gelato for just $10* per child, Coliseum Pool & Grill invites families to stop in for lunch or dinner any day of the week. On busy school nights and during sports season, we give team moms and coach dads a chance to enjoy some quality time with the kids in a spectacular ocean-view setting. Chef Micah offers a variety of wholesome, tasty choices that keep the entire family happy and healthy.

Coliseum’s Sunday Family Feast
Gather your brood at the Coliseum Pool & Grill for comfort food favorites, such as pot roast, lasagna, paella, chicken pot pie and meat loaf. Served family-style, your sharable Sunday evening meal includes your choice of a salad, one entrée and a dessert.

Ranch-to-Resort Winter Specials
Freshly picked from the Irvine Ranch just eight miles away, an abundant variety of farm-fresh winter products inspire Chef Micah’s á la carte ranch-to-resort daily specials at Coliseum Pool & Grill. Featuring Irvine Ranch beets in January, strawberries in February and avocados in March, seasonal dishes bring the best of the Orange County’s nutritious local ingredients to your table.

Caffè at Pelican Hill offers the following seasonal pastries and desserts:

King Cakes at Caffè
January 5 – February 9
Celebrate the Carnival season, beginning with the festival of Epiphany, by indulging in a taste of traditional King Cake. This delicate almond cream-filled pastry includes a trinket, which is traditionally hidden inside the confection. Visit the Caffè for a chance to find the pelican trinket in our King Cake, or order your own custom creation for your home or office.

Valentine’s Sweets & Easter Treats
At the Caffè, Pastry Chef Jeff presents traditional and modern seasonal treats. Surprise your loved one with artistic chocolates, colorful macaroons, fruity tarts, classic cookies, delectable confections, exquisite European pastries, mouthwatering sorbets and seasonal gelatos. Custom cakes and desserts may be ordered in advance upon request.

Continuing throughout 2014, the following entertainment offerings remain ongoing:

Wednesday Evening Art & Architecture Tour
Discover the Resort’s collection of plein air paintings, Renaissance tapestries, antiques, Palladian architecture and Italian landscape during this 45-minute guided walking tour.
Guided walks depart from Concierge Gallery at 4 p.m.

Sunsets, Sips & Sounds
As gleaming hues of red, orange and pink stretch across the Pacific horizon, sip a complimentary glass of Prosecco and hear live music in the Great Room Mondays through Thursdays from 5 – 7 p.m. Mix and mingle with live performances in the Great Room every Thursday from 7 – 11 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays from 8:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. Enjoy wine tasting flights, cheese boards, charcuterie and light desserts in the casually elegant living room of the Resort.

Afternoon Tea in the Great Room
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Capture the essence of a traditional tea with light selections both savory and sweet. Gather by our grand fireplace or in an ocean-view alcove in the casually elegant living room of the Resort.

For reservations and more information, please call 800.820.6800 or visit

*Prices exclude tax and gratuity.

About Pelican Hill®
Set on 504 acres by the Pacific Ocean in Newport Beach, The Resort at Pelican Hill® features: 128 two-, three- and four-bedroom villas with magnificent coastal views and an unparalleled array of appointments, immersing guests in the absolute finest of everything; 204 luxuriously appointed bungalow guest rooms and suites with private terraces; a rejuvenating Five-Star spa with a menu of the world’s most celebrated therapies; world-class restaurants, including Andrea serving authentic Northern Italian cuisine; an iconic “Coliseum Pool,” one of the largest circular pools anywhere with tiered decks and luxurious cabanas; and Pelican Hill Golf Club with 36 dramatic holes by Tom Fazio, nearly all with ocean panoramas. A Five-Star, Five-Diamond destination, Pelican Hill has earned acclaim as the 2012 Grand Resort selected by Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report; as Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards Top Southern California Resort (2012), Top U.S. Resort (2011), Top-Rated Golf Resort Worldwide (2012) and Top-Rated California Resort Spa (2012); in Travel + Leisure’s “Top 100” World’s Best Hotels (2011 Readers’ Poll), and with two courses ranked among Golf Digest’s America’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses (2011).

The Irvine Company Resort Properties owns and manages the finest resort and leisure destinations in Newport Coast and the City of Irvine. In addition to Pelican Hill, the portfolio includes the Island Hotel Newport Beach, the city’s landmark property and only AAA Five Diamond hotel; Hyatt Regency Irvine, the city’s only Four Diamond hotel; Oak Creek Golf Club in Irvine, featuring a challenging, Tom Fazio-designed public golf course; and several of the finest marinas in Newport Harbor and Northern California.

About the Irvine Company
The Irvine Company is an internationally renowned real estate development company known for its award-winning master-planned communities, its vast portfolio of high-quality investment properties and its leadership in conservation and natural resource management.  The growing real estate portfolio encompasses office, apartment, retail and resort holdings located throughout California’s premier markets, including assets in San Diego, Orange and Los Angeles Counties, and holdings in Northern California.  As a steward of some of America’s most beautiful and scientifically important open space and parklands, the company has donated more than half of the historic 93,000-acre Irvine Ranch in Orange County — 50,000 acres — to permanently preserve these lands. The U.S. Department of Interior and the State of California have designated these parklands as “Natural Landmarks,” one of the most prestigious land preservation designations. The privately held, diversified company traces its roots to the 1860s with the formation of The Irvine Ranch® from Mexican and Spanish land grants.