Spring Brings Fresh Seasonal Epicurean Experiences To Pelican Hill Resort, Southern California’s “Tuscan Village By The Sea”

This spring, Southern California’s "Tuscan Village by the Sea" offers fresh culinary creations with a casually chic ambiance and gracious personalized service across three distinct restaurants, several lounges and two Caffes. Whether it’s Traditional Easter Brunch, Mother’s Day Tea, Hot Dancing & Chilled Martinis, luxurious private cabana dining, or a Beer Maker’s Dinner overlooking one of the world’s largest circular pools, seasonally inspired Epicurean Experiences for every occasion and interest abound at Pelican Hill Resort.

"We are pleased to welcome locals and out-of-town guests alike for new seasonal Epicurean Experiences and our Spring Culinary Academy courses on Sundays," says Executive Chef Jean-Pierre Dubray of Pelican Hill Resort. "Using the freshest local ingredients from the Irvine Ranch®, we are preparing special menus for Easter Brunch, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day celebrations here at the Resort."

Featured Spring Epicurean Experiences include:

Chef’s Spring Culinary Academy
Pelican Hill invites food enthusiasts and aspiring cooks to spend a relaxing Sunday exploring the flavors of spring, as one of the Resort’s chefs leads a hands-on course paired with wines. Each class in the series features a distinct menu, as follows:

April 3 – Cooking with the Master: A Four-Course Menu Featuring Locally Grown Irvine Ranch Ingredients, with Executive Chef Jean-Pierre Dubray
April 10 – The Traditional Flavors of Piedmont, with Andrea Chef Luca Cesarini

April 17 – Easter Dining: A Family-Style Lunch, with Executive Chef Jean-Pierre Dubray

May 1 – The Tastes of Spring in Southern California, with Pelican Grill Chef Chang Sivilay

May 15 – A Culinary Journey from Parma to Firenze, with Andrea Chef Luca Cesarini

May 22
– Summer’s Best All-American Grilling, with Pelican Grill Chef Chang Sivilay

June 5 – The Gourmet Crystal Cove Beach Picnic, with Pelican Grill Chef Chang Sivilay

June 12 – La Festa del Papá: A Father’s Day Italian Feast, with Andrea Chef Luca Cesarini

The Culinary Academy takes place Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in a luxurious Villa kitchen. Space is limited and reservations are required by calling 800.820.6800. ($175 per person with wine pairings; pricing excludes tax and gratuity)

Traditional Easter Brunch (Sunday, April 24)
Amidst Pacific Ocean panoramas, the little ones delight in an Easter egg hunt on the picturesque Rotunda Lawn, followed by brunch in Mar Vista’s grand ballroom, where Executive Chef Jean-Pierre Dubray creates traditional brunch favorites, with California and Tuscan accents. Available from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. ($95 per adult, $45 per child under age 12, and complimentary for children under age 5; pricing excludes tax and gratuity)

Mother’s Day Mar Vista Ballroom Brunch (Sunday, May 8)
Celebrate Mom with a lovely chef-crafted brunch and spectacular ocean views in Mar Vista’s grand ballroom from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ($95 per adults, $45 per child under age 12, and complimentary for children under age 5; pricing excludes tax and gratuity)

Father’s Day “Bubbly Barbeque”
(Sunday, June 19)
The whole family is invited to celebrate dad with a poolside afternoon barbeque, featuring grill food favorites paired with your choice of beer or bubbly beverages at Coliseum Pool & Grill. Children may opt for grill fare or the ever-popular "Coliseum Kids" menu with endless pizza, pasta and gelato for just $10. Plus, pop over to nearby Camp Pelican for bubble activities from 1 to 4 p.m. ($60 per adult, $30 per child under age 12, and complimentary for children under age 5; pricing excludes tax and gratuity)

Bubbles & Blooms (April, May & June)
Enjoy sparkling seasonal flower-inspired beverages, created with the flavors of spring and some with edible floral garnishes! Savor the "Bel Colore" with flavors of passion fruit and citrus, or sip the "Baci di Tutti Baci" (the Kiss of all Kisses). Designed by Resort Sommelier Steven Ashworth, this special menu is offered throughout the Resort’s lounges and restaurants during the spring season.

Andrea Ristorante, ranked among the "Top 50 U.S. Restaurants for Best Italian Cuisine," and "Top 50 Most Romantic Restaurants in the U.S." in OpenTable 2010 Diners’ Choice Awards, presents the following spring menus featuring rustic Northern Italian cuisine:

Spring Pinot Passion (March)
Early spring brings the perfect season for Resort Sommelier Steven Ashworth to showcase incredible Pinot Noirs from four corners of the globe: France (Burgundy), California, Argentina and New Zealand. A four-course dinner is paired with accompanying wines from across the world. Spring Pinot Passion invites you to delight in the flutter of early spring with ocean-views and unparalleled ambiance. ($90 per person, or $135 per person with wine pairings; pricing excludes tax and gratuity)

Easter at Andrea (Sunday, April 24)
In addition to traditional Northern Italian cuisine and fine wines, Chef Luca Cesarini presents a special selection of Easter dishes with a Tuscan flair from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Mother’s Day at Andrea Ristorante (Sunday, May 8)
From 4 to 10 p.m., savor the true flavors of Italy with a four-course rustic Tuscan menu that includes your choice of appetizers, entrees and desserts. Sip wines paired by our Resort sommelier with each delectable course, created by Chef Luca. ($95 per person, or $150 per person with wine pairing; pricing excludes tax and gratuity)

Italia in Bocca
(April, May & June)
This spring, embark upon a culinary journey of Italy at one of the Top 50 Italian restaurants in the U.S. In April, we begin in Northern Italy to taste the flavors of Lombardia and Piemonte. In May, we’ll take your palate to Venezia on the eastern Adriatic coast. During the month of June, your taste buds will travel to Bologna (known as the belly button of Italy), Parma and Firenze. All regional dishes along the way are paired with sommelier-selected wines. ($95 per person, or $145 per person with wine pairings; pricing excludes tax and gratuity)

The Great Room is the Resort’s sophisticated yet unpretentious "living room," where the cultivated grace and beauty of 16th-century Europe is energized by the illuminating sunlight of California streaming in through a cupola. The Great Room offers a champagne cart, original Italian cocktails and organic coffees, teas and infusions. This spring, the Great Room features:

Hot Dancing & Chilled Martinis
(Fridays & Saturdays in March)
Every Friday and Saturday evening from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., join us as our in-house entertainer plays hot dance music and American favorites. Mix, move and mingle, while sipping a dazzling selection from our special martini menu.

Mother’s Day Tea (Sunday, May 8)
Relish in the elegance of traditional afternoon tea time in the Great Room, featuring a classical harpist and scenic ocean views. Teas, coffees, sweets, sandwiches and wines by the glass are available as a prix fixe menu on Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m. ($45 per adult and $25 per child under age 12; pricing excludes tax and gratuity)

Coliseum Pool & Grill overlooks the strikingly iconic Coliseum Pool, one of the largest circular pools in the world, featuring a radiant light blue hue created by 1.1 million hand-cut, hand-laid glass mosaic tiles. With its heated terrace, Coliseum Pool & Grill offers delightful al fresco spring dining with a breathtaking ocean backdrop:

Spring Cabana Dining
(March 1 through May 14)
Wile away the day pampered by pool butlers in your own ultra-luxurious private cabana, overlooking endless coastal backdrops and the Coliseum Pool. Equipped with every amenity, each cabana features a 26-inch flat-screen TV, Bose Wave music system, mini refrigerator stocked with complimentary soda and water, two chaise lounge chairs, ceiling fan and recessed lighting, and a circular dining table with two chairs.

Enjoy special perks when you book a full-day (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) cabana rental during the spring season: complimentary seasonal fruit presentation, valet parking and wireless Internet, 10% off all food and beverage and services at The Spa on the same day. (Full-day cabana rentals for Monday through Thursday start from $50 per day for Resort guests and $75 per day for locals.) Add a specialty cabana dining package:

California Dreaming: For four guests, a bottle of California sauvignon blanc, pita chips and hummus. ($50)
Girls Just Want to Have Fun: For four ladies, Tuscan bruschetta and cosmopolitans, while scoping the poolside social scene! ($50)
Mexican Madness: For four guests, six coronas with lime or a pitcher of margaritas on the rocks with chips and salsa. ($50)

Family Fun: For a family of four (or add-on more!), our "Coliseum Kids" menu for two kids, featuring endless pizza, pasta and gelato, plus wine and appetizers for parents! ($75)

Kids’ Retreat: While parents enjoy a relaxing day in a private cabana, children can escape to Camp Pelican – located adjacent to Coliseum Pool. Includes complimentary full-day visits for two children ages 4-12 during regular camp hours. ($100)

After-Hours Private Cabana Dining (March 1 through May 14)
Reserve a private cabana for a special Chef’s selection three-course prix fixe dinner menu for up to four guests. This option is available only after 6 p.m. daily and reservations are required 24 hours in advance. ($100 for cabana rental, plus cost of the meal)

Add a specialty package to your evening cabana dining with the Evening Romance option, including sparkling Prosecco and gold-dabbled chocolate-dipped strawberries made by our pastry chef ($75). The Sports Viewing cabana option accommodates up to six sports fans, with a 26" flat-screen TV and a pitcher of fresh draft brew as the sun goes down over the Pacific, setting the after-hours scene at the Coliseum Pool ($25).

For the most romantic cabana dining experience, “That’s Amore” Cabana Experience features a special prix fixe dinner for two with endless Prosecco, chocolate-covered strawberries and roses (or another flower of choice) adorning your cabana ($350). Pelican Hill’s ultimate luxury cabana dining offering, the Sip & Sea Cabana Experience, features a bottle of Dom Perignon and a fresh seafood platter for two ($750).

Karl Strauss Beer-Maker’s Dinner
(Sunday, April 17)
The Coliseum Pool & Grill, at Pelican Hill Resort®, partners with Southern California brew master, Karl Strauss. Chef Mark Kalenderian pairs a custom five-course menu to our full flight of five hand-crafted draft beers. Karl Strauss brew masters, alongside Chef Mark, will narrate the entire dining experience, masterfully pairing the flavors of brew and food. ($60 per person; pricing excludes tax and gratuity)

Easter at Coliseum Pool & Grill (Sunday, April 24)
Chef Mark Kalenderian creates an extraordinary breakfast buffet, available from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., and a special lunch and dinner prix fixe menu featuring Easter dishes, available from noon to 10 p.m. ($34 per adult and $17 per child under age 12 for buffet breakfast; $75 per adult and $37.50 per child under age 12 for prix fixe lunch or dinner; and complimentary for children under age 5; excludes tax and gratuity)

Mother’s Day Coliseum Pool & Grill (Sunday, May 8)
Enjoy casual poolside dining overlooking Newport Coast panoramas. Created by Chef Mark Kalenderian, a breakfast buffet of fresh California favorites is available from 7 a.m. to noon, and a special three-course prix fixe lunch and dinner menu is available from noon to 10 p.m. ($34 per adult and $17 per child under age 12 for buffet breakfast; $75 per adult and $37.50 per child under age 12 for prix fixe lunch or dinner; complimentary for children under age 5; pricing excludes tax and gratuity)

Spring Ranch-to-Table Menu (April, May & June)
Fresh strawberries, ripe avocado and juicy tomatoes from the Irvine Ranch are all in season this spring at the Coliseum Pool & Grill. Chef Mark and Chef Amy select the best of the Orange County’s own salad bowl for nutritious, natural and seasonal offerings.

Pelican Grill, Newport Coast’s "Sports Center" located at Pelican Hill Golf Club, celebrates the best of the California lifestyle with spectacular ocean and golf course views, stylish yet comfortable décor, dynamic Italian-inspired architecture, casually chic lounge with two huge 9-foot by 6-foot HD TVs, and heated terrace for year-round al fresco dining. Special spring Epicurean Experiences include:

Easter at Pelican Grill (Sunday, April 24)

In addition to its regular menu featuring innovative seafood and steak dishes, Chef Chang Sivilay presents a prix fixe three-course menu for lunch and dinner with California favorites, available from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. ($85 per adult, $40 per child under age 12, and complimentary for children under age 5; pricing excludes tax and gratuity)

Mother’s Day at Pelican Grill (Sunday, May 8)
Dine in casual elegance on the ocean-view terrace or select a dining room table with a spectacular view of Pelican Grill’s open-display kitchen. Chef Chang’s presents a prix fixe lunch and dinner menu featuring California cuisine, available from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. ($85 per adult, $40 per child under age 12, and complimentary for children under age 5; pricing excludes tax and gratuity)

Big Leagues, Big Screens, Burgers & Brews (April, May & June)
Cheer on your favorite major league baseball teams and catch every exciting home run on two giant 9-foot HDTV screens at Pelican Grill. Customize your big burger with Kobe-style beef from Oregon’s Snake River, or pasture-grazed turkey. Top it off with artisan cheeses and your other favorites, plus garlic parmesan frits and big brews!

For dining, accommodations, spa or golf reservations, please call 800.820.6800.

About Pelican Hill Resort®
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 suites with ocean-view terraces; a rejuvenating 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," the largest circular pool anywhere with tiered decks and luxurious cabanas; and Pelican Hill Golf Club with 36 dramatic holes by Tom Fazio, nearly all with ocean panoramas.

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.