Orange Coast September 2013 | Calling All Foodies Patchwork Edible

An event that only the culinary destination of Orange County could host was featured In Orange Coast’s Dining Guide September 2013. The team who has brought to life the subculture of crafting through the successful Patchwork Festival is hosting their first ever Patchwork Edible Edition at SOCO this fall October 5th and 6th.

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OC Register August 21, “SoCo: Orange County’s new culinary hub”

The OC Register article “SoCo: Orange County’s new culinary hub” describes the SOCO Collection and the OC Mix as the new culinary hub of Orange County. SOCO Restaurants mentioned include Arc, Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop, Christopher Garren’s, Waiiha Sushi, Surfas Culinary District and Cafe, and the Iron Press. The article also features quotes from owner Bryon Ward and Scott Burnham hinting to the inspiration for both the OC Mix and the SOCO Collection. Nancy Luna’s article features Portola Coffee Lab, Shuck Oyster Bar, The Cheese Shop, N’Ice Cream, We Olive & Wine Bar, and Taco Maria located inside The OC Mix.

Virgen: Dynamic duo gives back

Originally published on the Daily Pilot –August 16, 2013

Misty May-Treanor stands with her hands on her hips in a bikini with also her game-face on in a poster ad created to help the Newport Harbor High girls’ volleyball program.

In the background, April Ross stands in the same pose, also wearing a bikini. They are on what appears to be a catwalk covered in sand. The image also has a gold medal and a silver medal from the 2012 Olympics.

The poster was made for the upcoming, “Style In Sports,” a fundraiser fashion show for the Newport Harbor High girls’ volleyball program.

May-Treanor, a three-time Olympic gold medalist in beach volleyball, and Ross, a silver medalist, are among Newport Harbor alumni giving back and volunteering as part of the event that takes place Sept. 22 at the OC Mart Mix in Costa Mesa.

It should be a fun event.

Evelyn Yardley, the community chair for the fundraiser, is excited the program’s most popular players are returning to be in the fashion show.

They held the fashion show last year, but it didn’t fit into the duo’s schedule, Yardley said.

Last year around 100 people showed up to the event. This year 400 are expected to attend, Yardley said.

Tickets are $100 per person and can be purchased through the Newport Harbor High team’s website at

“This is another way for the program to raise funds, other than our ad program,” Yardley said. “And, it’s something fun for the girls to participate in. Our senior and junior players will be a part of it.”

Yardley is glad to help. Her daughter, Kierstyn, will be a junior on the team. Kierstyn is the daughter of Bill Yardley, a former Newport Harbor star who went on to be an All-American at USC and a U.S. national team member in volleyball. His uncle is the famous George Yardley, the Basketball Hall of Famer who played at Newport Harbor.

Yardley said Kirby Burnham, Cinnamon Sary and Mackenzi Campbell are among the alumni returning to be a part of the fashion show and wear items presented by Surfside among other designers.

Burnham and Sary play sand volleyball at USC, and Campbell plays indoor at UC Irvine. Burnham won the American Volleyball Coaches Assn. national title this past year.

The event will also have a red-carpet entry and a local dealership will have convertible Bentleys for May-Treanor and Ross to enter in style.

Newport Beach Mayor Keith Curry is also expected to attend to deliver a proclamation for the beach volleyball stars, who were both coached by Dan Glenn, who remains as coach of the team.

Glenn has been proud of both, watching them grow and become outstanding volleyball players on the beach. May-Treanor’s legendary career came to an end after the Olympics.

Ross’ career continues. In fact, she’s expected to team up with May-Treanor’s former teammate Kerri Walsh Jennings with the intention of qualifying for the 2016 Olympics.

Pretty incredible to have them both coming back to give back to the program at their alma mater.

Both players remain role models at Newport Harbor. May-Treanor graduated from there in 1995 and led the Sailors to two CIF State championships in her time, and then went on to win a national title at Long Beach State.

Ross won a CIF state championship at Newport Harbor in 1998 and then went on to star at USC, leading the Trojans to back-to-back national titles in 2002 and 2003.

“Playing at Newport taught me how to work hard,” Ross told me back then. “I learned that you can’t breeze through games, you always have to work hard, that’s what Dan Glenn hammered to me. I definitely still have that with me today.”

May-Treanor and Ross usually don’t hold back to help out the program. Ross is known for practicing with the team in the past and motivating Newport Harbor players to perform at their best.

Next month they’ll be helping in a different way, modeling in bikinis and other outfits to support the Sailors.


As New Restaurants Gain in Popularity, and More Arrive, the Center Bids a Fond Farewell to its Saturday Food Trucks– and the SOCO Saturday Farmers’ Market is Here to Stay!

COSTA MESA, Calif. (July 31, 2013) – What began as an unassuming home design center in 2009 has now become one of Orange County’s hottest destinations for design, style and – most importantly to food aficionados – cooking and dining. SOCO and The OC Mix, located just off the 405 Freeway in Costa Mesa, California, offer 12 unique eateries to choose from, running the gourmet gamut from the just-opened Greenleaf ChopShop to the foodie favorite ARC to Surfas Culinary District, which not only supplies the best ingredients and tools for professional and home chefs, but also features a popular café. The center also offers the robust SOCO Farmers’ Market every Saturday from 9am to 2pm.

“Our goal has always been to make SOCO and The OC Mix a destination for inspiration, whether you are passionate about design, style, food – or all three,” says Scott Burnham, chairman and CEO of Burnham USA, who operates the center. (A division of Burnham USA, Burnham-Ward Properties, also owns the center).

As SOCO and The OC Mix continue to draw visitors locally, regionally, and even internationally, more restaurants and culinary businesses have been drawn to its unique setting. Most recently, Greenleaf ChopShop – Southern California’s favorite gourmet salad eatery – opened its doors at SOCO in mid-July and is serving their famous custom-made premium salads, wraps. Greenleaf at SOCO offers both indoor and outdoor seating, as well as a wide array of convenient to-go options for the whole family.

Also coming soon to the center is Taco Maria, which is set to open at The OC Mix in August. The location will be the first brick-and-mortar location for the wildly popular OC food and catering truck established by Orange County native, Michelin- starred Chef Carlos Salgado.

While SOCO and The OC Mix are excited to greet these exciting new eateries to the center – including a famed food truck-turned-restaurant – the burgeoning permanent, in-center dining scene has necessitated a move toward supporting the growth of these establishments and a need to bid farewell to the gourmet food trucks that have previously been a part of the SOCO Farmers Market on Saturdays.

“For nearly three years, we have hosted gourmet food trucks at SOCO, and have enjoyed working side by side with them to build our businesses, together,” says Anais Tangie, Marketing Director for SOCO and The OC Mix. “Our center’s growth now mandates a shift to guiding people to discover our permanent, on-property culinary destinations. As we say goodbye to the food trucks, we wish them well and know they will continue to succeed.”

While the robust SOCO Farmers Market, run locally by the non-profit Sprouts of Promise Foundation, will continue its presence at the center every Saturday, this Saturday, August 3, marks the last food truck service at the market. SOCO and The OC Mix are encouraging people to come out and dine at the trucks as a way to enjoy a great meal, say ‘thank you’ to the trucks, and to wish these hard-working business owners well.

“Making SOCO and The OC Mix a world-class culinary destination is our long-term goal as we expand the unique food options,” says Tangie. “In addition, we are coordinating with our center restaurants to provide perks for Farmers Market supporters to truly support our mantra of SHOP. BUY. LOCAL.”

Beginning on Saturday, August 10th, Greenleaf at SOCO will give “Perks for Produce” – meaning, for every $10 of Farmers’ Market produce a shopper purchases, Greenleaf at SOCO will offer a refreshing mimosa or fresh squeezed juice, on the house. The center plans to add other, similar promotions in the coming weeks.

SOCO and The OC Mix dining and culinary options include: ARC, Birdie Bowl and Juicery, The Cheese Shop, Christopher Garrens, Greenleaf Gourmet ChopShop, The Iron Press, Portola, Savory Spice Shop, Seventh Tea, Shuck Oyster Bar, Surfas Culinary District and Café Surfas, Taco Maria (coming soon), Waiiha Sushi, and We Olive Wine Bar. For a full list of SOCO and The OC Mix offerings, and for information and menus, please visit and