The Resort at Pelican Hill Debuts Great Room Social Hour And Executive Chef’s Dinner Show Kitchen This Winter

Seasonal Epicurean Experiences and Resort Activities Include Boutique Art Shows, Valentine’s Dining, Sports Viewing Specials and Etiquette Programs

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., October 15, 2014 – As a new year begins, The Resort at Pelican Hill® presents new additions to its winter series of activities, entertainment and dining. Newport Beach’s only Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Resort welcomes locals and Resort guests alike to enjoy live music, seasonally inspired cuisine and engaging experiences for all ages.

“We invite Resort guests and locals to join us this winter for Pelican Hill’s new Great Room Social Hour, offering live music and special entertainment every Thursday and Friday evening,” said Pelican Hill Managing Director Giuseppe Lama. “On select dates, we will feature boutique art shows, fireside etiquette chats, special food samplings and wine tastings during Social Hour.”

Pelican Hill’s featured winter epicurean events and entertainment include:

Boutique Art Exhibits
Thursdays, January 15, February 19 & March 19 from 4 – 7 p.m.
During Great Room Social Hour, Dawson Cole Fine Art presents boutique art exhibits featuring sculptures, paintings and sketches, as well as art discussions, live music and complimentary menu tastings from Pelican Hill chefs. Themed monthly exhibits include Modern Art & Italy on January 15, Impressionism on February 19 and From Old Masters to Modern Masters on March 19.

Great Room Social Hour
Thursdays & Fridays from 5-6 p.m.
As the sun sets over Newport Coast, join us for weekly live entertainment, table games, wine and cheese pairings, small bites and desserts.

Executive Chef’s Dinner Show Kitchen
Friday, March 6 at 6 p.m.
Join Executive Chef Jean-Pierre Dubray for an engaging evening of cooking demonstrations, a multi-course dinner and lively music. Mingle with epicurean enthusiasts at long, communal tables, while Chef Dubray and his ensemble of skilled cooks take the stage to narrate a masterful preparation of interesting, inspired cuisine right before your eyes. Take home a complimentary culinary gift bag, including a collection of the evening’s recipes.
$200* per person

Afternoon Tea & Children’s Story Time
January 17, February 21 & March 21
Families are invited to attend Afternoon Tea in the Great Room from 2 – 3:30 p.m., with special performances of classic children’s story books.

Children’s Resort Etiquette Classes
Sundays, January 11, February 8 and March 8 from 2:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Children ages 7-12 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 three-hour course offers a positive, relaxed and approachable setting.
$125 per child per class; limited to 12 children per class; reservations required.

Couples’ Etiquette Soirées
Sundays, January 25, February 22 and March 22 from 3 – 5 p.m.
Polish your dining and social etiquette during this two-hour soirée 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. Enjoy Prosecco and hors d’oeuvres, followed by dinner and dessert, while learning about favorable first impressions, party planning, gracious hosting, making conversation, written correspondence, domestic and continental fine dining, and so much more.
$150 per person per class; individuals welcome to attend; reservations required.

Fireside Etiquette Chats
Fridays, January 2, February 6 & March 6 from 5 – 6:30 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. Prosecco, coffee or tea is available for purchase during this interactive group Q&A, with etiquette tips and amusing stories by the grand fireplace in the Resort’s Great Room.

Pelican Hill presents the following romantic epicurean experiences for Valentine’s Day:

Dinner of the Senses
February 14
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.
$180* per person, or $230* per person with wine pairings

Il Menu dell’ Amore
February 13-15
Andrea 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.
$130* per person, or $190* per person with wine pairings

Valentine’s Dining at Pelican Grill
February 13-15
Chef Luke 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.
$120* per person, or $160* per person with wine pairings

Valentine’s Dining at Coliseum Pool & Grill
February 13-15
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.
$105* per person, or $130* per person with wine pairings

Piccolo Valentine’s Menu
February 13-15
Exclusively available to Bungalow and Villa guests, Chef Jack’s globally inspired small plates experience features special Valentine’s dishes with lobster, caviar and lamb. Plus, delight in a romantic dessert special made with rose petals. Sample a variety of Asian and Italian selections, presented in sharable petite portions and paired with wines, beer or specialty cocktails.

Valentine’s Sweets
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.

Additional winter dining and entertainment includes:

Black Truffle Treasure Menu
January – March
Tuscan cuisine, considered the heart of the culinary Renaissance, is the specialty of Andrea Ristorante. With a special á la carte menu, Chef Marco 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!

Sunday Football Fun in the Sun Cabanas
Make the most of Newport’s beautiful year-round weather with al fresco football viewing in a private luxury cabana overlooking Coliseum Pool for 4-10 guests. While cheering your favorite NFL playoff teams to victory, enjoy a bucket of domestic beers, guacamole and tortilla chips, prime beef sliders, chicken wings, parmesan garlic fries and pizza.
$59* per person

College Football Bowl Game Specials
During playoff season for the College Football Championship Game, Chef Luke and Chef Micah create game day specials representing each team playing. 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.

King Cakes at Caffè
January 4 – February 1
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.

Super Bowl Sunday Team Specials
Sunday, February 1
Chef Luke and Chef Micah present game day specials representing the two NFL teams playing in the Super Bowl. 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.

St. Patrick’s Day Irish Bites & Flights
March 17
Sample a selection of Irish beer in featured tasting flights, plus a special Lounge menu featuring the cuisine of Ireland.

St. Patrick’s Day Specials
March 17
Celebrate the luck of the Irish with special dishes, such as corned beef hash for breakfast, Potato & Leek Soup for lunch, Guinness Pie for dinner and desserts featuring the flavors of Bailey’s Irish Cream coffee.

March Madness Team Specials
Starting March 17
Pelican Grill and Coliseum Pool & Grill bring the all the action of the NCAA Basketball championship tournament 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 daily specials inspired by the college teams competing.

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.

Ongoing dining and entertainment offerings this winter include:

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 $45* per person, enjoy our two-course menu espresso (express menu) served in 45 minutes or less.

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.

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.

Coliseum Kids, Team Moms & Coach Dads
With endless pizza, pasta and gelato for just $14* 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.

*Prices exclude tax and service charge.

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 (2013 & 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; Hotel Irvine Jamboree Center, 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.