Olive Harvest Season Celebration Continues At Pelican Hill Following Resort’s Inaugural Festa Dell’Autunno

Pelican Hill® along the coast of Newport Beach celebrated the harvesting and pressing of its signature olive oil for the second consecutive year. On Saturday, October 29, hundreds of guests attended the Resort’s inaugural Festa Dell’Autunno, a one-day “autumn festival” featuring traditional Italian food, art, entertainment and olive oil pressing demonstrations.

“For the first time, our signature olive oil is available for retail in the Resort’s Caffé boutique, just as the holiday gift giving season arrives,” said Giuseppe Lama, Managing Director of Pelican Hill. “The Resort’s first annual Italian street festival and second annual olive harvest mark an exciting time of year, as the late fall season leads into holidays.”

Pelican Hill’s signature olive oil is available to guests and locals for purchase this fall and holiday season. The Resort has partnered with Temecula Olive Oil Company to create 100% California extra virgin olive oil, along with signature olive oil soaps in orange blossom, lavender and lemon verbena varieties.

Along Pelican Hill’s olive tree-lined lanes, Festa Dell’Autunno guests learned about olive harvesting and pressing from Olive Master Thom Curry, owner of Temecula Olive Oil Company. Providing an educational, interactive epicurean experience, guests observed a live olive pressing and tasted oil fresh from the presses.

“From fresh olive oils and fine cheeses to eye-catching automobiles and traditional art, all of our partners from throughout Southern California have collectively made Festa Dell’Autunno an unforgettable experience that we look forward to expanding in the years to come,” said Lama.

Along with olive pressing, guests also enjoyed wine tasting, live opera and accordion music, an espresso lounge, a gelato bar, pizza making, pasta cooking demonstrations and informal cheese presentations by expert Chef Starr Cornwell. A Motori Italiani automobile exhibition featured automobiles from Lamborghini Newport Beach, Maserati/ Ferrari of Newport Beach and Orange Coast Fiat. Southern California street painting artists, including Chris Bennett, Mark Cummings, Lorelle Miller and Melanie Stimmel Van Latum, created traditional chalk paintings highlighting harvest season themes.

Ongoing harvest season offerings for guests and locals at Pelican Hill include seasonal spa and dining specials. Olive Oil Savor Menus at three Resort restaurants run through November 23:

At Andrea Ristorante, Pelican Hill’s rustic olive oil will be featured in a special collaborative six-course menu by Chef Luca Cesarini of Andrea and Chef Suzette Gresham-Tognetti of San Francisco’s Michelin-rated Acquerello restaurant. Featured dishes include Insalata of Shaved Root Vegetables, Tepid "Mosaic" of Monkfish Carpaccio, Green Onion Tagliarini, Lobster Panzerotti, Olive oil Poached Walu, Char Grilled American Kobe Beef Bavette, Crispy Breast of Duck and Torta di Mele with Dry Plumped Fruit and Rosemary Gelato. $95 per person (excluding tax and gratuity)

At Pelican Grill and Coliseum Pool & Grill, a la carte seasonal lunch and dinner items will highlight the fresh flavors of locally sourced Irvine Ranch® ingredients. At Pelican Grill, Chef Chang features olive-inspired dishes, including Organic Baby Beet Salad, Hamachi Crudo, Slow Braised Jidori Chicken, Olive Oil Poached Alaskan King Salmon and Baked Apple Tart with Olive Oil Gelato with Lemon Thyme Crumble. At Coliseum Pool & Grill, Chef Marc presents Olive Roasted Lamb, Olive Oil Polenta and Stewed Irvine Ranch Vegetables.

At The Spa at Pelican Hill, the following olive-inspired treatments continue through November:

Olive Oil Body Polish
Experience renewal as finely ground olive skins complement organic raw sugar for gentle exfoliation, followed by hydrating olive oil shea butter enriched with Vitamin E. Hand-blended body olive oil is yours to take home, following this 50-minute treatment. Monday – Thursday: $95; Friday – Sunday: $160 (excludes applicable taxes and gratuities)

Grape Seed & Olive Oil Scrub
This 50-minute sensory journey begins with a warm scrub featuring ground olive skins, grape seeds and nourishing olive oil. A relaxing massage follows as grape seed and olive oils hydrate the skin. $95 Monday – Thursday, or $160 Friday – Sunday (excludes applicable taxes and gratuities)


Olive Oil & Rosemary Hair Infusion
Relax in gracious and giving hands, as this 50-minute deep-hydrating treatment invigorates the senses, adding moisture to the hair and scalp. $95 Monday – Thursday, or $115 Friday – Sunday (excludes applicable taxes and gratuities)

Dining and Spa reservations may be arranged by calling 800.820.6800. Additional information is available at

About Pelican Hill®
Set on 504 acres by the Pacific Ocean in Newport Beach, 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-Diamond destination, Pelican Hill has earned acclaim as "an exceptional resort of great individuality and distinction" according to Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report, as Condé Nast Traveler’s #1 U.S. Mainland Resort and #1 California Golf Resort (2011 Readers’ Choice Awards), 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.