Room & Board Coming to SOCO!

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Little bit of coverage from one of our favorite websites, the OC Register:

Furniture shop Room & Board will relocate its Costa Mesa showroom from South Coast Plaza Village to South Coast Collection this fall.

The 11,800-square-foot showroom is about a third of the size of Room & Board’s current shop. It will be part of the company’s small store concept.

Read the full article right here!

Granola Babies: SOCO Farmer’s Market homemade Baby Food workshop

Join Granola Babies and the SoCo farmers market on August 1st for a 1 hour DIY workshop! Granola Babies will host guest speaker and nutritionist, Janice, owner of Socal nutrition and wellness who will demonstrate and talk about easy baby food- making, shopping local, and more! Attendees will also receive a short tour of the market and be given $10 in farmer’s bucks to spend! Tickets are $15. For signups and more information, visit granolababies.com

A class on Home-made Baby Food, paired with the SoCo Farmers’ Market. This fun class includes:

teaching how to make your baby food at home
recipe ideas
information about the benefits of using organic and pesticide-free produce
a walk through of the farmers market, where you will receive a $10 Farmer’s Bucks to SOCO Farmer’s Market

Congratulations Taco Maria – Brad A. Johnson’s 2014 Restaurant Of The Year

We are thrilled to announce that Taco Maria has won Brad A. Johnson’s 2014 Restaurant Of The Year!

This is an amazing accomplishment as Bad is the only critic in America to win both the James Beard Award (2008) and the Cordon Bleu World Food Media Award (2010) for best restaurant critic, Brad Johnson eats out almost every day on a quest to find the perfect four-star restaurant. Brad joined the Register as restaurant critic in November of 2012, but he has been covering restaurants in OC and LA for more than a decade.

Read the article here.

Photos courtesy of Anne Watson

Greer’s Guide To The Ultimate Thanksgiving – From SOCO And The OC Mix

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Thanksgiving is only a week away…and if you still need ideas on where to get your tabletop decor, hard-to-find spices and ingredients, cooking equipment and more – SOCO is your one-stop holiday entertaining destination.

Visit Greer’s OC for a ‘Daily Dose’ on how SOCO can make your Thanksgiving stress-free so you can focus on what really matters – spending quality time with family and friends!

SOCO Welcomes Pueblo, Modern Spanish Tapas

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Southern California’s destination for inspiration, and a premier culinary, interior design, event, and boutique-shopping haven, SOCO, has today announced that this fall 2014, Pueblo will open their first-ever restaurant location. Featuring an inspired, chef-driven, modern take on classic, Spanish-style tapas, Pueblo will bring a fusion of old and new world flavors to SOCO.

“Pueblo is the perfect addition to our repertoire of award-winning restaurants at SOCO,” said Anais Tangie, Director of Marketing for SOCO and The OC Mix. “Here, we focus on bringing experiences and cuisines to our guests that are hard to find elsewhere, and authentic Spanish options are not commonly found in Orange County. With the opening of Pueblo, SOCO and The OC Mix will continue to bring exciting and unique experiences to our guests.”

CEO and Managing Partner Adam Go, who hails from Hillstone Restaurant Group, and Chef Michael Campbell, former Executive Sous Chef at San Francisco’s highly-acclaimed RN74, will combine novel techniques with deliciously familiar Spanish dishes, served in a warm and contemporary atmosphere. Campbell will take the helm, curating Pueblo’s menu with classic Spanish-style dishes using locally sourced meats and produce. Madrid-based Chef Mario Valles, formerly of 3-Michelin star restaurant Le Cinq, will serve as Menu Consultant.

“We are so thrilled Chef Michael will take the lead at Pueblo,” said Adam Go. “Not only has he worked with Michael Mina at RN74 in San Francisco and Michael Canora at Hearth in New York, but was also based in France and Spain, really spending time to understand the cuisine in its most authentic form. After his most recent role as the Private Events Chef at the Ace Hotel in Portland Oregon, Chef Michael has diverse experience and training to head up the kitchen at Pueblo. And we couldn’t have picked a better location for our first restaurant location – SOCO is a culinary mecca, and we know Spanish cuisine will fit right in in Orange County’s flourishing food scene!”

The menu at Pueblo will feature notable Spanish tastes with dishes such as Atun Crudo (tuna tartare with jicama, sesame and cilantro), Albondigas de Cerdo (lamb meatballs with chickpeas, paprika and mint), and Judias a la Parilla (charred romano beans with shallot and romesco sauce). Heading up the bar program is Peter Neptune-trained Lindsey Go, who will focus on California and Spanish-centric wines, seasonal beverages and small-craft beers, to perfectly complement the cuisine. For its lunch, social hour, and dinner service, Pueblo will have a traditional jamón carving station, with a jamonero sourced directly from Spain.

The restaurant design is a unique component of the culinary experience at Pueblo. The space consists of conscious, sustainable materials to create an inviting and fresh ambiance. Guests will take notice of the appealing textures and attention to detail, while identifying the functionality and sense of purpose of each element. Pueblo will provide a charming and welcoming environment for guests to enjoy with family, friends, and colleagues.

To learn more about Pueblo, please visit www.pueblotapas.com or their Facebook page. You can also read a great article from the OC Register here.

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.

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/center-522056-food-orange.html