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The Flavors Of Fall Inspire Seasonal Epicurean Experiences At The Resort At Pelican Hill Along The Coast Of Newport Beach

Guests and locals alike delight in seasonal Epicurean Experiences this fall at The Resort at Pelican Hill® in Southern California. In October, the top-rated Resort introduces a new Family Pumpkin Harvest and features a White Truffle Menu at signature restaurant Andrea. November brings the Resort’s second annual Festa dell’Autunno celebration and the return of the Pelican Hill Culinary Academy, led by the Resort’s passionate, discerning chefs.

“My philosophy of food is very simple: you get the best ingredients, you cook them the right way, and you serve them the right way,” said Pelican Hill Executive Chef Jean-Pierre Dubray. “I am so fortunate at Pelican Hill to get local produce from the Irvine Ranch® and this is how we do the specials of the Resort on a weekly basis.”

During seasonal cooking classes held in a gourmet Villa kitchen, Chef Dubray and other accomplished Resort chefs share their tips and techniques with guests from near and far. From the Resort’s Culinary Academy to its four restaurants, seasonally driven menus feature fresh, locally sourced ingredients from the Irvine Ranch, located just eight miles from Pelican Hill.

This fall season, the following Epicurean Experiences will be available at Pelican Hill:

Fall Ranch-to-Table Daily Specials

September through November

Fresh Irvine Ranch ingredients are in season this fall at Pelican Grill and Coliseum Pool & Grill. Each restaurant chef selects the best of Orange County’s locally sourced ingredients for nutritious, natural and seasonal a la carte specials.

Family Pumpkin Harvest

October 27 & 28 from 12 – 4 p.m.

With the guidance of Irvine Ranch® experts, select the perfect pumpkins for decorating and dining. For children ages 4-12, Camp Pelican hosts an afternoon of fun and learning with supervised pumpkin decorating, crafts, lunch and harvest-themed games. Meanwhile, Pelican Hill chefs invite parents and teens (ages 13 and older) to participate in a cooking class featuring seasonal pumpkin dishes and local ingredients from the Irvine Ranch.

$150* per adult/teen and $75* per child ages 4-12. Limited to 14 adults/teens and 14 children per day.  Reservations required.

White Truffle Menu at Andrea

October

Andrea Chef celebrates an exquisite delicacy from Alba, Italy, with a la carte dishes at Andrea. Heralded as “the diamond of the kitchen,” white truffles still maintain haute cuisine status in the culinary world. A la carte servings available at market price, based upon availability.

Olive Oil Savor Tasting Menus

October & November

Pelican Hill’s Resort-grown rustic olive oil will be featuring a la carte selections from Andrea Chef, special dinner creations.  At Pelican Grill and Coliseum Pool & Grill, enjoy a la carte seasonal specials for lunch and dinner by Chef Chang and Chef Marc. Sip finely paired wines and savor the fresh flavors of locally sourced Irvine Ranch® ingredients in celebration of Southern California’s harvest season.

Festa dell’Autunno Weekend

November 2-4

Experience the harvest season like never before during Festa dell’Autunno, a three-day celebration of the harvest season and Pelican Hill’s third annual olive oil pressing. Inspired by The Resort’s 750 mature olive trees, our annual autumn festival brings the traditions of Italy to Southern California’s Tuscan Seaside Village. From live art and entertainment to authentic Italian fare and olive-inspired spa indulgences, Festa dell’Autunno invites Resort guests and local visitors to escape to Pelican Hill for a weekend, or perhaps just a day.  Either way, you just may feel transported to somewhere much further away.

Complete event details, packages, menus and ticket prices available at pelicanhill.com/festa.

Pelican Hill Culinary Academy

Explore the flavors of the season with fresh, local ingredients from the Irvine Ranch, as one of Pelican Hill’s chefs du cuisine leads a hands-on preparation course paired with wines. Classes take place Thursday evenings in a luxurious Villa kitchen and feature a distinct menu theme:

November 1: Italian Traditions

Celebrated foods bursting with quintessential flavors

November 8: French Classics

Customary dishes featuring seasonal ingredients

November 15:  Chef’s Secrets for Thanksgiving

Tips and techniques for preparing festive fare

November 29: Holiday Entertaining Small Plates

Petite portions made for in-home gatherings

December 6: A Christmas Family Feast

Holiday classics to delight all ages and palates

December 13: New Year’s Gourmet Menu

Five simple courses designed to impress

$165* per person per class, including wine pairings. $195* per person for December 13 class, including wine pairings Limited to 14 guests per class.  Reservations are required and may be arranged by calling 800-820-6800.

Continuing throughout 2012, the following events remain ongoing:

Piccolo at the Villas

A small plates epicurean experience, Piccolo is available exclusively to Resort guests. Explore a variety of sharable petite portions, perfect for sampling a taste of the world’s most celebrated culinary traditions. For informal gatherings, a bite between meals, or impromptu celebrations, Piccolo offers a globally inspired menu in the relaxed setting of the exclusive Villa Clubhouse, Terrace and Cabanas.

Game Day Sports Lounges

Whether it’s major league baseball, NFL football or NHL hockey, Newport Coast’s Sports Center brings all the action to you on two nine-foot screens at the Pelican Grill Lounge. Game day menu specials include the Stadium Burger, the Jalapeno All-Beef Hot Dog and the Skuna Bay Salmon BLT Sandwich, plus chilled beers, California wines and specialty cocktails. At Coliseum Pool & Grill, share Parmesan-Garlic Fries, Flash-Fried Calamari or Pepper Jack Quesadillas, as you cheer on your team in the Lounge or from your own private cabana, complete with a flat-screen TV.

Live Music, Small Plates & Chilled Prosecco

Featuring Broadway’s Adam Michaelson

Every Friday and Saturday evening, enjoy performances at 8:30 & 10:30 p.m. in the Great Room.  Mix, Move and Mingle while sipping specialty chilled martinis and small plate menu as our featured live performers play contemporary favorites! Celebrate “La Dolce Vita” with “La Dolce Ora” late night value specials from 8 – 10:30 p.m.

For reservations and more information, please call 800.820.6800 or visit pelicanhill.com.

*Prices exclude tax and gratuity.

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 the 2012 Grand Resort selected by Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report, as Condé Nast Traveler’s #1 U.S. Resort, Top-Rated Golf Resort Worldwide and Top-Rated California Resort Spa (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.