Entertain With Time-Honored Traditions And Contemporary Touches This Holiday Season At The Resort At Pelican Hill

The Resort at Pelican Hill® invites corporate and social guests from near and far to celebrate the season with three new settings for this year’s holiday entertaining. From seasonal trimmings and treasured culinary traditions to contemporary mixers and outdoor soirées, groups large and small will discover turn-key entertaining ideas, special venues and Five-Star service along the coast of Newport Beach in Southern California.

“When guests want to know what it takes to put together a simple, yet unforgettable holiday celebration, my answer always remains the same: find a team of expert event professionals that will take your creative ideas and bring them to life in a magnificent setting,” said Pelican Hill Director of Meetings & Special Events Amanda Reeve. “At Pelican Hill, we invite you to leave the planning and details to us, whether it’s an extravagant affair, casual social event, exclusive gathering, or off-site catered event at a variety of iconic Southern California locations.”

New this year, Pelican Hill debuts the following epicurean events for holiday celebrations and beyond:

Pelican Grill’s Tasting Table
Take a seat at the communal chef’s table next to the restaurant’s open-concept kitchen, and delight in this interactive chef-led dining experience for up to 10 guests. Epicureans will enjoy exclusive daily dishes featuring the freshest seasonal ingredients, creative presentations and paired wines as they converse with the chef across the pass counter.

El Moro Beach Experience
Crashing waves, dramatic cliff sides and views of Catalina surround you in this natural seashore setting nestled between Laguna Beach and Corona del Mar. As the exclusive Resort caterer for this unique outdoor experience offered at El Moro Beach in Crystal Cove State Park, Pelican Hill’s off-premise catering team can accommodate 200 to 300 guests for this al fresco “toes in the sand” event. Whether you choose a relaxed beach barbeque, a classic clambake or an elegant dinner, your guests will be enchanted by this soirée under the stars.

Pelican Hill Golf Pavilion
With a warm, inviting ambiance and beautiful surrounding grounds at the Pelican Hill Golf Club®, Pelican Hill’s newest venue is a perfect location for a variety of events. From social luncheons to alfresco dinners, The Pavilion at Pelican Hill® is intimate and tucked away, yet can accommodate up to 500 for a reception or 300 seated guests. Situated near the Golf Clubhouse, the Pavilion is naturally suited for tournament barbeques, or can be dressed with a grand canopy for formal affairs.

For the 2013 holiday season and beyond, Pelican Hill recommends its top entertaining ideas for groups large and small.

Celebrations for 20 guests or less:

Small Plates Cooking Class
Discover the world of Spanish tapas, Italian antipasti, Greek mezze and Asian small plates, as our chef guides groups of eight to 15 guests in a hands-on cooking class. In the gourmet kitchen of a luxurious private Villa overlooking the Pacific coastline, learn to prepare a globally inspired menu featuring some of the world’s most celebrated culinary traditions.  Following wine pairing tips from the chef, taste your epicurean creations and toast to your newly acquired culinary skills.

Spa Wellness Retreat
For six to 20 guests, celebrate year-end successes and re-energize for the new year with a custom half-day or full-day wellness retreat at The Spa at Pelican Hill®. Reward deserving employees or gather cherished friends for a Five-Star spa experience, including spa treatments, luxurious amenities and group fitness classes. Participate in a healthy cooking activity or savor a mindful spa lunch featuring locally sourced seasonal ingredients. Conclude with a glass of sparkling Prosecco during a private spa soirée, as our resident artist leads the group in the Spa’s signature “canvas of intentions” painting activity.

Celebrations for 60 guests or less:

Resort Private Dining
For a deliciously intimate catered affair, choose from exquisite private dining at Andrea Ristorante or Pelican Grill, with customized menus as varied as the spaces. Comfortable residential-style dining complements breathtaking backdrops, including spectacular Resort views, Pacific horizon sunsets and dramatic night lights. Your guests will enjoy tableside presentations and interaction with our chefs during this memorable evening.

A Taste of Pelican Hill Dine-Around
Don’t want to settle for a single restaurant setting? Explore a variety of epicurean experiences,

while touring around multiple Resort restaurants this holiday season. For small-to-medium-sized parties, design your own lunch or dinner dine-around with a course at each restaurant. Begin with endless ocean views from the terrace at Coliseum Pool & Grill, where Mediterranean appetizers, soups and salads feature fresh local ingredients. Continue on to Andrea Ristorante to savor authentic Northern Italian selections, such as handmade pasta, a tableside risotto presentation or classic entrées. Whether it’s a Grand Marnier soufflé, seasonal gelato or holiday-inspired desserts, observe chefs masterfully preparing a final course in their open-concept display kitchen at Pelican Grill. Before or after your dine-around, enjoy live entertainment and specialty cocktails throughout the Resort’s restaurants and lounges.

Celebrations for 100 guests or less:

Bring Pelican Hill Home for the Holidays
Give the gift of a Pelican Hill culinary experience in your home or at your office. Delight in turn-key entertaining for parties of any size by bringing the Resort’s chef-crafted cuisine, superb service standards and seasoned catering staff to your indoor or outdoor venue of choice. As you graciously attend to your guests, Pelican Hill’s off-premise event professionals look after every detail, from décor and entertainment to cuisine and service. This year, leave the party planning to Pelican Hill and treat your guests to an unforgettable holiday celebration.

Villa Progressive Dinner Party
Entertain groups of 40 to 100 guests with a progressive dining experience featuring holiday cuisine from around the globe. Guests stroll from one luxury Villa to another, savoring traditional dishes and seasonal beverages from various countries. Each Villa is decked outside and in with customary holiday décor, music and mini flags of the nation. This dine-around concludes with a hot cocoa bar and traditional desserts served in a vibrant outdoor street festival atmosphere, with charming strings of lights overhead and performances by strolling carolers.

Celebrations for more than 100 guests:

Alfresco Winter Picnic
Celebrate the holiday season outdoors! With an average of 340 days of sunshine every year, Pelican Hill offers a mild Mediterranean climate and ideal coastal location for alfresco events year-round. The Resort’s event planning experts organize every detail for gatherings large and small at locations throughout Southern California. Custom menus, décor and entertainment abound, from rustic family-style dining at the historic Irvine Ranch’s Bommer Canyon, to charming gatherings in the garden of Mission San Juan Capistrano.

Festa Italian Street Fair
Along the Resort’s olive tree-lined bungalow lanes, an outdoor Italian Street Festa brings the sights, sounds and tastes of Italy to Southern California’s own “Tuscan Seaside Village.” Reception-style gatherings of 100 guests or more feature olive oil and wine tasting, strolling musicians, stilt-walkers, Venetian-masked entertainers and other traditional festivities to celebrate la dolce vita!

Dinner Show Kitchen
Pelican Hill’s dinner show kitchen concept entertains guests while they dine in a banquet setting. As guests enter to be seated at long communal tables, lights are dark over the stainless steel show kitchen at one end of the elegant ballroom. The spotlight turns to a chef, who welcomes the group and begins narrating as the show kitchen is illuminated to reveal an ensemble of chefs masterfully preparing the first course. Classical music dramatically punctuates the performance, which dazzles as many as 180 guests as each course is served with synchronized service.

For additional information, please contact the Resort’s Catering Department at 855.467.6800 or visit

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 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.