The Resort at Pelican Hill Presents Spring Epicurean Experiences, Entertainment and Events Along the Coast of Newport Beach

The Resort at Pelican Hill®, Southern California’s Top Resort according to the readers of Condé Nast Traveler, presents seasonal events, entertainment and epicurean experiences along the coast of Newport Beach. For Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and spring sports season, Resort guests and locals alike are invited to savor the flavors of the season.

“All of our Resort chefs bring the best of spring to the table, with local ingredients from the Irvine Ranch® and seasonally inspired special menus,” said Pelican Hill Executive Chef Jean-Pierre Dubray. “This spring, diners will find locally sourced asparagus featured at Andrea and farm-fresh strawberries highlighted at Pelican Grill, as well as spring peas and fava beans in our ranch-to-resort menu at Coliseum Pool & Grill.”

Pelican Hill’s spring events, entertainment and epicurean experiences include:

Traditional Easter Brunch

Sunday, March 31

Amidst Pacific Ocean panoramas, the little ones delight in an Easter egg hunt, Easter Bunny visits, face painting and balloon shaping on the picturesque Rotunda Lawn. In Mar Vista’s grand ballroom from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Executive Chef Jean-Pierre Dubray presents traditional brunch favorites, with California and Tuscan accents.

$110* per adult, $50* per child ages 5-12, and complimentary for children under age 5.

Wednesday Evening Art & Wine Walks

April 3 & 17, May 1, 15 & 29 & June 12 & 26

Take a stroll around Pelican Hill with a glass of Prosecco in hand. Discover the Resort’s collection of plein air paintings, Renaissance tapestries, antiques, Palladian architecture and Italian landscape during this 45-minute guided walking tour. Conclude with optional antipasti and wine in the Great Room. Guided walks depart from Concierge Gallery at 5 p.m.

Children’s Resort Etiquette Classes

Sundays from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on April 21, May 26 & June 30

Children ages 8-12 are cordially invited to expand their understanding of Resort etiquette with an educational day of fun. From the dining table to the Resort pool, participants will learn a charming new set of skills just in time for summer travel season. 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, this delightful one-day course prepares well-mannered young Resort guests in a positive, relaxed and approachable setting.

$249 per child for one full-day class (Minimum of 6 students and maximum of 12 per class.)

Mother’s Day Ballroom Brunch

Sunday, May 12

Celebrate your family’s leading lady with a lovely chef-crafted brunch and spectacular ocean views in Mar Vista’s grand ballroom from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Children are invited to participate in activities and mothers receive a special gift with our compliments!

$96* per adult, $45* per child ages 5-12, and complimentary for children under age 5.

Mother’s Day Ballroom Lunch

Sunday, May 12

In the elegant Pacific Ballroom, Pelican Hill presents a three-course plated Mother’s Day lunch and live performance beginning at 11 a.m. and concluding at 2 p.m. Savor a selection of seasonal dishes, including spring vegetable risotto, sea bass with young carrots or beef medallions with crusted broccoli and peanuts on Swiss chard. The pastry chef will feature a special dessert to complete this prix fixe menu.

$115* per adult, $50* per child ages 5-12, and complimentary for children under age 5.

Memorial Day Barbecue

Sunday, May 26

Celebrate under the California sun with a poolside barbeque buffet from 5 to 9 p.m. at Coliseum Pool & Grill and at the Villa Club Pool (exclusively for Villa guests).

$55* per adult and $25* per child under age 12.

Father’s Day Brunch

Sunday, June 16

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., treat dad to grill favorites and a three-course á la carte brunch menu, created by Chef Derek at Pelican Grill. At Coliseum Pool & Grill, Chef Marc presents an all-day brunch buffet available for $58* per adult and $29* per child under age 12.

The Resort’s signature restaurant, Andrea, features the following seasonal dining experiences:

Easter at Andrea

Sunday, March 31

In addition to award-winning traditional Northern Italian cuisine and fine wines, Chef Luigi presents traditional Easter cuisine with a prix fixe lunch menu from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and á la carte Easter dinner specials beginning at 5 p.m.

$110* per adult and $50* per child for lunch

Mother’s Day at Andrea

Sunday, May 12

In celebration of mammas near and far, Chef Luigi presents a three-course prix fixe authentic Italian menu, inspired by his own Mamma Carolina. Just as Mamma did at home in Puglia, Chef Luigi selects the freshest, most flavorful local ingredients of the season for a special lunch or memorable dinner.

$98* per person

Spring Asparagus Seasonal Menu

May 6-26 

As spring asparagus is harvested at the Irvine Ranch, Chef Luigi offers an á la carte tasting menu featuring the seasonal green vegetable. Savor locally sourced ingredients in Northern Italian dishes, such as hand-made tagliolini with bay scallops, green asparagus and black summer truffle, or green asparagus soup with soft-poached quail egg, parmesan cheese crisp, taggiasca olive dust and peperoncino oil.

Andrea Pranzo Veloce

Wednesday – Sunday

Andrea, locally and nationally celebrated as one of the finest Italian restaurants, invites you to stop by Wednesdays through Sundays for Il Pranzo Veloce, the quick lunch. For just $35 per person, enjoy our two-course menu espresso (express menu) served in 45 minutes or less.

At Pelican Hill Golf Club, Pelican Grill offers the following spring epicurean experiences:

Easter at Pelican Grill 

Sunday, March 31

Chef Derek creates a special selection of Easter á la carte dishes, available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., as well as Easter dinner specials and a featured lounge menu available from 3 to 10 p.m. 

$95* per adult and $45* per child

March Madness Tournament

March & April

Beginning with the “Sweet 16” match-ups and continuing through the championship game, Pelican Grill brings basketball fans and bracket champs a series of March Madness food and beverage specials inspired by the regional cuisine of the top teams. Follow all the tournament action on two nine-foot TV screens in the lounge.

The Masters Menu

April 11-14

As you watch the pros compete from Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia, enjoy Chef Derek’s selection of Southern dishes available exclusively during The Masters. Pelican Grill’s golf-inspired Masters Menu includes specials such as Fairway Fried Chicken Birdie, Shrimp ‘n’ Bunker Grits and Pimento Grilled Cheese Sandwich, a Masters tradition. Featured beverage selections include Sweet Tea, Mint Julep, Arnold Palmer and Pickled Okra Bloody Mary.

Fresh from Strawberry Field Specials


Southern California’s spring growing season features fresh, juicy, locally sourced strawberries from Orange County’s Irvine Ranch, located just eight miles from Pelican Grill. In celebration of National Strawberry Month, Chef Derek and Pastry Chef Jeff feature the country’s best strawberries in daily á la carte appetizer, entrée and dessert specials.

Mother’s Day at Pelican Grill

Sunday, May 12

Savor quintessential California cuisine made in Chef Derek’s open-concept display kitchen. Treat your family’s top chef to an entertaining dining experience, as you watch Pelican Grill’s culinarians prepare a three-course prix fixe brunch, lunch or dinner from your table in the main dining room from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. For endless ocean views and al fresco dining, request a terrace table.

$95* per adult, $42* per child ages 5-12

Molecular Mixology Cocktail of the Week

Pelican Grill presents its featured molecular cocktail of the week, as our talented bartenders transform into “molecular scientists” to take beverages beyond the traditional shake, stir and pour. Experience elevated flavors, interesting compositions and creative textures, such as layered, spherified and aired, all created with the latest molecular mixology techniques.

Chef’s Table Menu

Pelican Grill presents a monthly Chef’s Table Menu, a selection of featured seasonal dishes and paired wines. Five courses highlight eco-friendly seafood, grass-fed natural meats and the freshest local produce from the Irvine Ranch, just eight miles from the Grill. Served at a private chef’s table, each course and wine pairing is introduced personally by Chef Derek.

Starting from $160* per person, or $220* with wine pairings

Tuesday Night Classic Gourmand Menu

Every Tuesday, Pelican Grill’s Chef Derek presents classic á la carte dinner selections designed for gourmands. Epicurean delights, such as lobster thermidor, chateaubriand, duck à l’orange, crab louie, crêpe suzette and baked Alaska, are paired with a classic cocktail to begin and fine wine to follow.

Coliseum Pool & Grill presents the following epicurean experiences this spring:

St. Patrick’s Day Dinner

March 17

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with an elaborate Irish feast. For lunch or dinner, choose from classic á la carte dishes, such as corned beef and cabbage, paired with your favorite Irish beverages.

Easter at Coliseum Pool & Grill 

Sunday, March 31

Chef Marc creates an extraordinary breakfast buffet, available from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., and special á la carte Easter dinner specials.

$50* per adult and $25* per child ages 5-12 for breakfast/brunch buffet, and complimentary for children under age 5.

Mother’s Day at Coliseum Pool & Grill

Sunday, May 12

Enjoy scenic poolside dining with ocean panoramas during an all-day breakfast buffet created by Chef Marc. Á la carte lunch and dinner specials will be available from noon to 10 p.m. Coliseum Pool & Grill will also feature a special beverage menu designed with mothers in mind!

$55* per adult and $25* per child ages 5-12 for breakfast buffet, and complimentary for children under age 5.

Ranch-to-Resort Spring Specials

Freshly picked from the Irvine Ranch just eight miles away, an abundant variety of farm-fresh spring products inspire Chef Marc’s á la carte ranch-to-resort daily specials at Coliseum Pool & Grill. Featuring Irvine Ranch asparagus in April, peas in May and fava beans in June, seasonal dishes bring the best of the Orange County’s nutritious local ingredients to your table.

Coliseum Kids, Team Moms & Coach Dads

With endless pizza, pasta and gelato for just $10* 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 Marc offers a variety of wholesome, tasty choices that keep the entire family happy and healthy.

Spring Sports Cabana Viewing Parties

From hockey playoffs and March Madness to pro basketball and major league baseball, watch the play-by-play from the comfort of your own private cabana overlooking the Coliseum Pool, Pacific Ocean and golf course. For groups of 10 or less fans, cheer on your favorite teams with special food and beverage packages, including:

  • Home Run: Mini corndog dippers with three sauces, roasted peanuts, and a bucket of two chilled brews ($25* per person)
  • Slam Dunk: Kobe-style beef sliders, tall-n-skinny fries, and a pair of pale ales served in tall pilsner glasses ($35* per person)
  • Breakfast of Champions: Bloody Mary cocktails and classic breakfast burritos ($25* per person)
  • Team Party: Fresh-baked pizza of your choice and a bottle of Palladio Chianti ($65* for up to four people)
  • Sweet Victory: Giant chocolate chip cookies, assorted gelato and a bottle of Italian Prosecco ($75* for up to four people)
  • Does not include daily cabana rental fee starting from $150* per cabana; rates vary by cabana size and location.

In Pelican Hill’s lounges and cafes, guests will find the following spring specials:

Mother’s Day Tea

Sunday, May 12

Delight 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 from 1 to 5 p.m.

$48* per adult and $25* per child under age 12.

Live Music, Wine Flights & Small Bites

Featuring Broadway’s Adam Michaelson

Mix and mingle with live performances in the Great Room every Thursday from 6:30 – 10:30 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays from 8:30 p.m. – midnight. Enjoy wine tasting flights, cheese boards, charcuterie and light desserts, including savory and sweet crêpes created before your eyes by our pastry chef.

Afternoon Tea in the Great Room

Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 2:30 to 5 p.m.

Capture the essence of a traditional tea with light selections both savory and sweet. Gather by our grand fireplace or in an ocean-view alcove, as our classical harpist entertains in the casually elegant living room of the Resort.

Spring Sports Center Specials

Presented by Newport Coast’s Sports Center

March through June

Catch all of the spring sports action at Pelican Hill, as Chef Derek and Chef Marc create game day specials for March Madness, NBA playoffs, MLB season, the NHL Stanley Cup Final and the U.S. Open golf tournament. Enjoy chilled beers, California wines and specialty cocktails, while cheering your sports heroes to victory on Pelican Grill’s two nine-foot screens. At Coliseum Pool & Grill, view your favorite sports events in the lounge or from your own private cabana, complete with a flat-screen TV.

Spring Sweets

At the Caffè, Pastry Chef Jeff presents traditional and modern seasonal treats. Surprise your friends and family with artistic chocolates, colorful macaroons, fruity tarts, classic cookies, delectable confections, exquisite European pastries, mouthwatering sorbets and seasonal gelatos. Confectionary gift baskets, custom cakes and desserts may be ordered in advance upon request.

*Prices exclude tax and gratuity.

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-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 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.