Laguna Beach Mag January/February 2016 : Page 22

COMMUNITY SIP & SHUCK 1 Guests took in views of the sun setting over the Pacific. 2 Annie Mancuso 3 Local musician Nick-I (left) crooned throughout the evening. 4 Guests savored three varieties of oysters at the event. 5 Adam Lunzer, Diana Franklin, Stephanie Preovolos 6 Yesenia and Edward Ingram, Rosier Abcede 7 Elisa Hirsch, Celeste DiRocco, Melinda Ullring, Melissa Brooks 1 2 SANDIE WARD PHOTOGRAPHY 3 4 5 6 7 Champagne and oysters were on display at the third annual Sip & Shuck hosted by Driftwood Kitchen and The Deck on Nov. 22, 2015. As the sun set over the Pacific, nearly 400 guests slurped the seafood delicacy and filled their glasses with bubbly from around the globe—Bianchi Winery California Champagne, Martini & Rossi prosecco and OneHope California Brut sparkling wine were among the offerings, in addition to various mixed drinks. While the star of the show was the sweet and mild Minter Sweet oysters from Minterbrook Oyster Co. in Washington state, the culinary expertise of Executive Chef Rainer Schwarz was also on display, with numerous tables featuring delectable bites of Kobe beef sliders, Baja shrimp cocktails and branzino with sauce gribiche. Local musician Nick-I crooned softly throughout the evening while guests mingled in and out of The Bungalows at Pacific Edge Hotel to play games like miniature golf. To cap off the night, a silent and live auction featuring items like Red Bull KTM rider Ryan Dungey’s helmet and signed jersey, a John Wayne Foundation gift basket with a bottle of Duke bourbon and a waterfront room at the Pacific Edge Hotel raised $7,000 for Laguna Playhouse, which celebrated its 95th anniversary in 2015. —Kristin Lee Jensen 22 LAGUNABEACHMAGAZINE.COM

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SIP & SHUCK

Champagne and oysters were on display at the third annual Sip & Shuck hosted by Driftwood Kitchen and The Deck on Nov. 22, 2015. As the sun set over the Pacific, nearly 400 guests slurped the seafood delicacy and filled their glasses with bubbly from around the globe—Bianchi Winery California Champagne, Martini & Rossi prosecco and One Hope California Brut sparkling wine were among the offerings, in addition to various mixed drinks. While the star of the show was the sweet and mild Minter Sweet oysters from Minter brook Oyster Co. In Washington state, the culinary expertise of Executive Chef Rainer Schwarz was also on display, with numerous tables featuring delectable bites of Kobe beef sliders, Baja shrimp cocktails and branzino with sauce gribiche. Local musician Nick-I crooned softly throughout the evening while guests mingled in and out of The Bungalows at Pacific Edge Hotel to play games like miniature golf. To cap off the night, a silent and live auction featuring items like Red Bull KTM rider Ryan Dungey’s helmet and signed jersey, a John Wayne Foundation gift basket with a bottle of Duke bourbon and a waterfront room at the Pacific Edge Hotel raised $7,000 for Laguna Playhouse, which celebrated its 95th anniversary in 2015. —Kristin Lee Jensen

WINTER CONCERT CLASSIC

Seasonal festivities were in full swing at the Winter Concert Classic on Dec. 13, 2015. Attendees enjoyed live music from pop harmonizing male group The Shadow boxers, local favorite David Allen Baker and headliner Kenny Loggins at the Irvine Bowl. A “winter wonderland” was set up just outside the amphitheater on the Festival of Arts grounds; children participated in holiday activities, encountered falling snow and had a chance to visit with Santa Claus. Hot chocolate and holiday treats were served, while seasonal bites and festive libations—created by Montage Laguna Beach chefs—were available for purchase. Presented by Montage Laguna Beach and radio station KX 93.5, proceeds from the event benefited local nonprofits KX 93.5, Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach and School Power.

—Katherine Duncan

ANTE UP FOR AUTISM

On Nov. 7, 2015, Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) hosted its ninth annual Ante Up For Autism gala at The St. Regis Monarch Beach. Celebrities, philanthropists, acclaimed writers and professional poker players attended the casino-themed event, which included live and silent auctions and a poker tournament. Several top poker pros, including Kenna James, were seated at the final poker table, but the first-place prize went to amateur player and Orange County local Kate Jahangiri. The biggest fundraiser of the year for TACA, the event exceeded goals, raising more than $500,000 to support the nonprofit’s efforts.

TACA is a national organization dedicated to educating, empowering and supporting families affected by autism. It aims to shorten the cycle from the initial suspicion of autism, to diagnosis and effective treatments. TACA currently serves nearly 400,000 individuals living with the condition, with an average of 600 new families seeking support and best practices in autism connecting with the nonprofit each month. (anteupforautism.org) —K.D

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