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O.C. Restaurant Association debuts two new events

O.C. Wine Week and O.C. Beer Week replace the usual fall restaurant event.

By Nicole LyonsPublished: September 23, 2011 10:55 AM

The Orange County Restaurant Association is replacing and extending the fall O.C. Restaurant Week with a two-week tasting. O.C. Wine Week runs Sept. 25 through Oct. 1 and Beer Week is Oct. 2-8. Local joints have developed prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus with wine/beer pairing options at Groupon-like prices, ranging from $10-$55, according to the association.

“Our goal is to keep things fresh, fun and delicious, so it seemed natural to shake things up by producing an event that builds on the success of O.C. Restaurant Week with fabulous wine and beer pairings,” said Pamela Waitt, president of the O.C. Restaurant Association.

Over 70 eateries will participate in Wine Week, which includes Bacchus Secret Cellar, Great Maple, RA Sushi and the Wine Lab, among many others. Beer Week includes a list of over 60 restaurants and breweries such as Alcatraz Brewing Company, Brix Brews and Wine Bar, Newport Beach Brewing Co. and the O.C. Brewhouse. You can go to the O.C. Restaurant Association’s website to search by Orange County region, pricing and particpating eateries involved.

The sponsors of the event include Cox Wireless, Dining Out Magazine, Greer’s O.C., LA Times, M Magazine, Moxxe PR, O.C.foodies, O.C.Standard, OpenTable, Orange Coast Magazine, OC Metro and SoCal PBS, among others.

The launch party to kick off the two-week festivities will take place Saturday, Sept. 24 at The District in Tustin, and has already sold out. The proceeds of the event are going towards Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

“The back-to-back weeks of wine and beer fun will offer options for every taste and budget so that those interested may take advantage of amazing deals at the best restaurants in O.C. and maybe even try new restaurants,” Waitt said. “Really, there will be something for everyone!”

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