Winter Brings Fresh Culinary Events For Sports Fans, Romantics And Epicurean Enthusiasts To The Resort At Pelican Hill

This winter, The Resort at Pelican Hill® introduces Epicurean Experiences for Super Bowl, Valentine’s Day, Easter and other seasonal events. Guests and locals alike are invited to enjoy a variety of new dining and entertainment options at Southern California’s Top Resort, as rated by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler in the 2012 Readers’ Choice Awards.

“This winter, we are pleased to introduce our newest culinary offerings, including the Black Truffle Menu at Andrea, a Classic Gourmand Menu at Pelican Grill and Evening Art and Wine Walks around the Resort,” said Pelican Hill Executive Chef Jean-Pierre Dubray. “With Michelin-starred Chef Luigi Fineo at Andrea Ristorante, Chef Derek Brooks at Pelican Grill and Chef Marc Osier at Coliseum Pool & Grill, Pelican Hill’s talented culinary team has masterfully crafted menus and specialty experiences for every occasion and celebration.”

Available in January, February and March 2013, featured winter Epicurean Experiences include:

Wednesday Evening Art & Wine Walks

January, February and March 

On select Wednesday evenings, 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.

Super Bowl Sunday Team Specials

Sunday, February 3

Chef Derek and Chef Marc 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.

College Bowl Game Day Specials 

Presented by Newport Coast’s Sports Center


Catch all of the action of the winter college football season at Pelican Hill, as Chef Derek and 

Chef Marc create game day specials representing each team playing in the national Bowl 

Championship Series. Enjoy chilled beers, California wines and specialty cocktails, while cheering your team to victory on two nine-foot screens at Newport Coast’s Sports Center. At Coliseum Pool & Grill cheer on your team in the Lounge or from your own private cabana, complete with a flat-screen TV.

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.

The Resort’s signature restaurant, Andrea, will offer the following winter Epicurean Experiences designed by Chef Luigi Fineo:

Black Truffle Treasure Menu


Tuscan cuisine, considered the heart of the culinary Renaissance, is the specialty of Andrea Ristorante. With a special a la carte menu, Chef Luigi Fineo 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!

Il Menu dell’ Amore


Andrea and Valentino, a romantic union formed in Venezia, inspire our Italian lovers’ menu, designed by Michelin-starred Chef Luigi Fineo. 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.

$110* per person, or $170* per person with wine pairings

Primavera in Firenze


As early spring arrives in Newport, Chef Luigi Fineo takes you away to Firenze in the heart of Tuscany. On this culinary journey through Firenze and the surrounding hill towns of Tuscany, savor regional a la carte dishes featuring seasonal ingredients, such as spring peas, radishes, artichokes, asparagus and morel mushrooms.

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 a la carte Easter dinner specials beginning at 5 p.m.

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

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 $30 per person, enjoy our two-course menu espresso (express menu) served in 45 minutes or less.

Pelican Grill, located at Pelican Hill Golf Club, presents the following winter Epicurean Experiences created by Chef Derek Brooks:

Valentine’s Dining at Pelican Grill

February 14, 15 & 16

Chef Derek designs a special three-course menu just for two. 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.

$95* per person, or $140* per person with wine pairings

Avocado Aficionado Specials

February & March

Celebrate National Avocado Month in February! Chef Derek creates daily specials with fresh, local avocados from Orange County’s Irvine Ranch, located just eight miles from Pelican Grill. Known to some as the “alligator pear” or “butter fruit,” this quintessential California ingredient goes far beyond guacamole. Since the avocado’s first cultivation more than a century ago in Southern California, chefs have incorporated it into burgers, sandwiches, salads and even ahi tuna tartar, a specialty of Pelican Grill.

Scotch Macallan Dinner

Thursday, March 14

Pelican Grill introduces a special Epicurean Experience created by Chef Derek. Taste five vintage Scotch selections, paired with a five-course dinner menu. The evening concludes with dessert and spirits overlooking the Pacific coastline.

$160* per person

Basketball Season Sports Lounge

Voted Southern California’s Best Sports Bar & Grill by Los Angeles Times readers, Pelican Grill brings basketball fans all the March Madness and NBA action on two nine-foot screens. Newport Coast’s Sports Center features game day menu specials, such as the Kobe Burger, Jalapeno All-Beef Hot Dog and the Wild King Salmon BLT Sandwich, plus chilled beers, California wines and specialty cocktails.

Tuesday Night Classic Gourmand Menu

Every Tuesday, Pelican Grill’s Chef Derek presents classic a 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.

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.

Easter at Pelican Grill 

Sunday, March 31

Chef Derek creates a special selection of Easter a 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

At Coliseum Pool & Grill, Chef Marc Osier’s winter Epicurean Experiences include:

Dinner of the Senses

February 14 (Valentine’s Day)

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 Marc, the five-course menu for two is 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.

$160* per person, or $210* per person with wine pairings

Valentine’s Dining at Coliseum Pool & Grill

February 14, 15 & 16

Chef Marc 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.

$90* per person, or $130* per person with wine pairings

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 a 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.

Ranch-to-Resort Winter Specials

Freshly picked from the Irvine Ranch® just eight miles away, an abundant variety of farm-fresh winter products inspire Chef Marc’s a la carte ranch-to-resort daily specials at Coliseum Pool & Grill. Featuring Irvine Ranch beets in January, strawberries in February and avocados in March, 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.

Pelican Hill’s lounges and cafes will feature the following winter specials:

Live Music, Wine Flights & Small Bites

Featuring Broadway’s Adam Michaelson

Every Friday and Saturday evening, mix and mingle with live performances at 8:30 & 10:30 p.m. in the Great Room. 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.

King Cakes at Caffé

January 6 – February 12

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 Caffé for a chance to find the pelican trinket in our King Cake, or order your own custom creation for your home or office.

Team Cookies at Caffé

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.

Valentine’s Sweets & Easter Treats

At the Caffé, 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.

For reservations and more information, please call 800.820.6800 or visit

*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 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