Beer Pairing Dinner Rodney’s Grill at The Fess Parker

RodneysSteakhouseThe culinary team, led by Executive Chef Kirk DeLong from Rodney’s Grill at The Fess Parker – A Doubletree by Hilton Resort, believes nothing tastes quite like an ice-cold hand crafted beer to quench summertime thirst.

With that belief in mind, DeLong is taking beer to a whole new level with the resort’s first ever Beer Pairing Dinner complementing a $79 per person (plus tax and gratuity) delectable four-course tasting menu with hand crafted beers from Orange County’s The Bruery. A special $70 per person price is being offered to The Fess Parker Winery’s Wine Club and The Bruery’s “Hoarders and Reserve Societies” exclusive members.

The tasting dinner will be held on July 26th at 7 p.m.

In attendance at the tasting event will be CEO & Founder Patrick Rue whose six-year-old company, The Bruery, will provide a brief overview to guests about the pairing of signature beers with each course. Chef DeLong will share with diners highlights of American dishes and the use of fresh regional produce and ingredients which complement the beers. The Bruery is a boutique craft brewery specializing in barrel-aged and experimental ales. Founded as a small, friend and family run business in 2008, The Bruery takes its unique moniker from founder Patrick Rue’s family surname.

“The Fess Parker family have a long time tradition in the wine and hospitality business in Santa Barbara County, and are delighted to be working collaboratively with the family-owned business The Bruery. The two have worked collaboratively on the release of “Confession,” a sour- style beer fermented with Riesling grapes that tastes like wine, and is ranked high among beer critics,” according to Director of Sales & Business Development Beth Olson of The Fess Parker – A Doubletree by Hilton Resort.

Advance reservations for the tasting event are required by calling the resort’s concierge at 805-884-8533 or via open table at

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BALEENkitchen Bloody Mary Mother’s Day Brunch

Join us Mother’s Day in BALEENkitchen for our famous bottomless – ‘Make Your Own’ Bloody Mary Bar and unlimited mimosas! The Bloody Mary Bar features 20 different hot sauces from around the world, fancy garnishesBloody_Mary and special spices for just $15! BALEENkitchen will also feature outdoor Marina side dining, our A La Carte Brunch Menu and additional Mother’s Day Specials created by Chef Richard!

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Mother’s Day Buffet at the Portofino Hotel Bayside Ballroom

portofinologoFree flowing sparkling wine mimosas, jumbo shrimp prawns on ice, prime rib & butterball turkey carving station, decadent desserts, ocean views and Mom are all you need this Mother’s Day!

May 11, 2014 from 10am – 4pm

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Mother’s Day at the Crowne Plaza Redondo Beach

Experience great Mother’s Day dining in the fun, casual atmosphere of the signature restaurant, Splash Mediterranean Bistro.

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Find out why there’s More to Sea in Redondo Beach

An attractive young couple walking along a beach. Shot is taken from behindThis terrific video, which can be seen on the Visit Redondo Beach website really captures what Redondo Beach is all about and what visitors can expect when they spend a few days in this city by the beach. The warm glow of sunsets, romantic dining overlooking the ocean, leisure biking on a 27 mile-long scenic strand bounded by the Pacific Ocean, distinctive shopping, water sports and whale watching, are just a few of the nearly endless activities and attractions in Redondo Beach, California.

Let’s Go Fly a Kite at the Redondo Beach Pier Kite Festival

It was the 40th Annual Festival of the Kites and Redondo Beach showed us on it’s done! Look at all of the fantastic kites that were flying at the pier. This was a great day of family fun. Kid, adults and kids that acted like adults….


The festival is one of the longest-running Kite Festivals in Southern California! Sponsored by Sunshine Kite Company and Redondo Pier Association.


Redondo Beach, Not Just a Pretty Place

Redondo Beach has just debuted two snappy new videos that capture the energy, excitement, and fabulous events and recreation in Redondo Beach, California. Have a look at this Lobster Festival video. It’s got verve! The Annual Lobster Festival held each September is a smorgasbord of delectable food, some decadent, and all delicious, from succulent lobster, to grilled sausage and lobster Mac ’n Cheese. Everybody gets into the act, with great stage entertainment, booths selling jewelry, hats, and other must-haves, and dishes heaped with corn, rolls, drawn butter, and lobster. Visitors can buy healthy servings of local restaurants’ signature dishes from the food booths before calling it a day.

Next, and just as much fun, is the video about Redondo Beach that offers every reason to visit and spend two or 10 days. It demonstrates that visitors never run out of fun things to do — water sports, recreation, and great dining and shopping. It’s a place where things are happening. Draft beer is an emerging art in Redondo Beach, and Friday’s Farmers Market features a host of fresh fruits, vegetables and prepared foods distinctive to California. The beach and pier supply a never-ending source of activity – from almost any restaurant, the ocean view is sweeping. The Voyager Nature Cruises offer a look at the stunning marine life all around us, and the 27 mile–long scenic strand along the ocean is perfect for beach cruisers, skating, or walking.

Celebrate the Holidays at the BaleenKitchen



Thursday, November 28 1:00pm to 10:00pm
Give thanks, and surround yourself with divine food, good friends, and family this Thanksgiving. Chef Richard Crespin has created a traditional Thanksgiving four-course menu for your family to feast on. With choices of Butternut Squash Soup, Oven Roasted Glazed Turkey, mouthwatering Rib Eye and warm Pumpkin Pie.



Wednesday, December 25 1:00pm to 10:00pm
After the presents are opened and all the family is together: Come spend Christmas Day with us at BALEENkitchen. Chef Richard’s amazing four-course Christmas menu will dazzle your loved ones. With choices of fresh Scallops, tender Filet and Butter Glazed Lobster Medallion.


New Year’s Eve

Tuesday, December 31 5:00pm to 10:00pm
As the New Year begins and the old year ends, we’d love to celebrate with your family and friends at the BaleenKitchen. Chef Richard Crespin has prepared a lavish five-course dinner. Featuring Kobe Beef Tartare, fresh caught Halibut and Pan Roasted Kurobuta Pork Chop.

BALEENkitchen– One of the Top 10 Best Restaurants for Waterside Dining in LA – ZAGAT

Wine, Dine and Jazz Sundays at Ventura Harbor

winedaysWith the holidays right around the corner, Ventura Harbor Village and Ventura Harbor in Ventura, California are inviting visitors to get in swing in celebration of the holidays ahead with the debut of its Wine, Dine & Jazz Sundays at three art galleries and ten seaside restaurant venues on November 10, 17, 24 2013 from Noon – 3 p.m.

An ideal Sunday getaway, visitors to this seaside enclave enjoy fall Sundays with live jazz performances, accompanied by wine and dine specials, (at a nominal cost) tastings (at a nominal cost and some by donation) and wine flights (at a nominal cost). To accompany savory appetizers, entrees and dessert from Ventura’s top rated restaurants, wines from California, Greece, France, Italy, and Chile will be featured on restaurant menus.  Performers include the Jon Stanger duo, Toni Jannotta duo and Justin Claveria trio.

Participating restaurants will offer wine flights, tastings, and pairings, and include 805 Bar & Grilled Cheese, Andria’s Seafood Restaurant & Market, Le Petit Café & Bakery, Margarita Villa Mexican Restaurant, Milano’s Italian Restaurant, Spinnaker Steak & Seafood Broiler, Rhumb Line Restaurant, and The Greek at the Harbor, all overlooking the boats on the water.  Three art galleries will also offer wine tastings, including Harborside Village Gallery & Artisan Store, Tina O’Brien Gallery & Studio and Ventura County Potter’s Guild.

As part of the festivities, visitors can wander seaside boutiques and art galleries listen to live jazz, partake in wine tastings, purchase wine, and enjoy a complimentary comedy show at 7 p.m. at Ventura Harbor Comedy Club.

Admission and parking are free for Wine, Dine & Jazz Sundays.   For those wishing to spend the weekend harbor-side, they can opt for “Seas the Day Stay & Play” special guestroom rates offered at the Four Points by Sheraton Ventura Harbor Resort priced from $109* Sunday – Thursday midweek special, and $119* Weekends with (two) night minimum stay required, and $10 parking. The offer is *not valid holiday weekends.

For additional information, call (805) 658-1212, ext. 1290 – CODE “Ventura Harbor Village Fall” (Package Code 4239) to schedule dates.

Celebrate Halloween With Scary Fun and Pumpkin-Doings at Ventura Harbor Village

greatpumpkinThe Great Pumpkin Family Outing

Through October 2013
Visitors can pick a pumpkin from the McGrath pumpkin patches on Olivas Park Drive, just down the road from Ventura Harbor Village that could be the start of a tradition for family fun that takes in classic arcade games, merry-go-round, waffle cone ice cream, seaside treats including pumpkin lattes and hot cider, and Harbor-side eats! Capture and share a pumpkin photo taken in the Harbor Village or Harbor beaches, and post to Facebook/Ventura Harbor –  – to be entered to win a Whale Watching Family 4-pack of tickets with Islands Packers.

HOWL-O-WEEN – Ventura Harbor Village Costume Pet Contestpetcontest

Saturday, October 26, 2013, NOON
Costumed pets gather at pet-friendly Ventura Harbor Village for a fun and fluffy HOWL-O-WEEN Pet Costume Contest. Prizes for Spookiest, Sea-Worthy, Creative/Original, Best in Show, and more! Every pet gets a “treat”, owners can enjoy pet-friendly dining patios, boat rentals, and waterfront hotel stays.


howlingThrill the World Halloween Zombie Dance – Ventura Harbor Village Main Lawn

Saturday, October 26, 2013, 2 pm
Zombies roam Ventura Harbor Village as they prepare to perform the classic Michael Jackson “Thriller” simultaneously around the globe for the world record! Visitors can sign up to participate as a dancer or come to the Harbor and watch zombies by the sea! Proceeds from participants and or dance instruction benefit select charity.