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Golden Foodie Awards announce nominees in 30 categories

The top three nominees in 30 culinary categories have been named for the inaugural awards event

by Kara VaporeanPublished: September 06, 2012 03:30 PM

Nominees for the 2012 Golden Foodie Awards have been announced for the September 30 celebration at the Fairmont Newport Beach. The top three nominees from each category were chosen 30 different culinary categories for the best local foodie blogs, top chefs, cocktails, restaurants and many more. The complete list of nominees can be found at the Golden Foodie Awards website.

The red carpet event will honor Orange County’s food scene professionals by kicking off the evening with 15 food stations and live entertainment by local entertainer and musician Nancy Sanchez. The evening’s eats will be provided by a number of O.C.’s top dining establishments, including 118 Degrees, Bluewater Grill, Haven Gastropub, RA Sushi, Ruth’s Chris Steak House and several others.

Attendees will also be able to visit a cocktail bar, presented courtesy of Patron Spirits, which will feature tequila, vodka, rum and a “create your own mojito” bar. A selection of wines will be presented by top wineries La Crema, Freemark Abbey and Kendell Jackson, and Ritual Brewing will provide craft beer favorites.

Once the show begins in the Fairmont Ballroom, comedian host Frances Dilorinzo and celebrity presenters will announce the 30 winners from each category. Winners will receive the coveted solid pewter, 14-carat gold plated Golden Foodie Award statuette. The awards will feature music from local composers along with a video vignette of different restaurants and chefs from the Golden Dine-Out season. Casey’s Cupcakes, Blackmarket Bakery, Randy’s Brownies and Desserts and Shari’s Berries will provide sweets and desserts during the ceremony.

The after-party will take place in Fairmont’s Bamboo Lounge with DJs, dancing, cocktails and a pour-over coffee bar by local favorite Kean Coffee.

Tickets for the red carpet event are limited, and can be purchased at goldenfoodieawards.com.


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