Stars on Ice at the Honda Center, Mother’s Day brunches and new menu items… Here are the top Orange County weekend events for May 9-12.
Edited by Whitney Lauren Han.
The Queen Mary Waterfront Cook-Off
May 11. An afternoon of family-friendly finger-lickin’ fun features tastings, lawn games, eating contests and more. Watch and sample as SoCal’s top pitmasters and chili experts compete for trophies, $10,000 in cash prizes and the highly-coveted People’s Choice Award. In addition to the barbecue and chili tastings, guests can enjoy corn, funnel cakes and other treats; hang out in the game zone to play giant Connect Four, beer pong, horseshoe toss, ladder ball, corn hole and ride on a mechanical bull. Noon-5 p.m. $35 GA, $75 VIP. 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, 800.437.2934. queenmary.com
Stars on Ice
May 11. Come watch the 2018 Winter Olympics bronze medal-winning U.S. Figure Skating team in action at the Honda Center. Skaters include world champion Nathan Chen and medalists Maia and Alex Shibutani, Ashley Wagner, Mirai Nagasu, Jeremy Abbott and Bradie Tennell. The Emmy Award-winning production also features U.S. Olympic royalty: Ice Dance gold medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White. 7:30 p.m. $25+. 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.778.2583. starsonice.com
Back Bay Bistro
May 12. Back Bay Bistro welcomes guests to celebrate moms at a brunch buffet offering bottomless mimosas and a waterfront view. Signature breakfast dishes are available, as well as seafood specialities including chilled King crab legs and oysters on the half shell. Go back for seconds from food stations featuring cooked-to-order omelettes, breakfast potatoes, bacon and a dessert display with a chocolate fountain. Seatings: 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. $80 adults (includes bottomless champagne and mimosas), $35 children 10 and under. 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach, 949.729.1144. newportdunes.com
Fashion Island Hotel
May 12. Elevate Mother’s Day with a garden party brunch and family fun in the hotel’s ballroom. Enjoy live music, bouquet-making, and kids’ activities, plus a flower wall with a photographer standing by. Starters include artisan cheeses and charcuterie, ahi niçoise, Chinese dumplings and vegetable chow mein. Entree options include ribeye, herb-roasted chicken and cedar-planked salmon. Satisfy your sweet tooth with desserts such as crème brûlée s’mores. Seatings: 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. $90 adults; $20 children ages 5-12; free for children 4 and under. 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.760.4913. fashionislandhotel.com
May 12. Treat your mother to a brunch or dinner fit for a queen. Both menus highlight starters such as mushroom soup with Devonshire cream and scallions, and the little gem Caesar. Main entrées include crab Benedict with housemade béarnaise sauce and truffle potatoes at brunch and Colorado lamb chops with Stilton mashed potatoes and sautéed spinach at dinner. Desserts: lemon poppy seed beignets or strawberry shortcake with Bavarian cream and Harry’s Berries strawberries. Brunch 11 a.m.-3 p.m., dinner 4-8 p.m. Brunch: $28-$102, dinner: $38-$102. 3801 E. Coast Hwy., Corona del Mar, 949.760.0331. lawrysonline.com
FOOD + DRINK
Black Tap Craft Burgers & Shakes
Now Open. The acclaimed New York burger joint has arrived at Downtown Disney. In addition to burgers, the menu presents shake flavors including Cotton Candy, Sweet n’ Salty and Brooklyn Blackout and the new Strawberry Shortcake. Su-Th 11 a.m.-midnight, F-Sa 11 a.m.-1 a.m. 1540 S. Disneyland Drive, Suite 101, Anaheim, 657.276.2498. blacktapnyc.com
New Menu Items at Andrei’s
Now Available. Andrei’s Conscious Cuisine & Cocktails welcomed spring with menu items that reflect that colors and flavors of the season. Among those added by executive chef Porfirio Gomez are herb onion fritters, Skuna Bay salmon salad, Idaho rainbow trout and vegetable caponata. M-Sa 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. 2607 Main St., Irvine, 949.387.8887. andreisrestaurant.com
New Spring Menu Items at Central Laguna Beach
Now Available. Executive chef Michael Campbell incorporates the season’s most vibrant flavors to Central’s menu of steak, seafood and elevated comfort food. New options include skirt steak empanadas, crispy shrimp with serrano aioli, Panko-crusted cod, caramelized bread pudding bites. Signature spring cocktails include Where There’s Smoke, Lost in Laguna, Perfect Saint Prosecco, Pure Gold and Pick Your Poison. Th-Sa 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Su 11 a.m.-9 p.m., M-W 4-9 p.m. 361 Forest Ave., Suite 103, Laguna Beach, 949.715.0801. centrallagunabeach.com
ARTS + CULTURE
Fiddler on the Roof
Through May 19. The Tony Award-nominated Broadway revival of the beloved musical introduces a new generation to the uplifting celebration that raises its cup to joy. The production features movement and dance by Israeli choreographer Hofesh Shechter based on the original staging by Jerome Robbins, and a live orchestra. See website for show times. $29+. Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787. scfta.org
Hershey Felder: A Paris Love Story
Through May 19. Piano virtuoso Hershey Felder takes the audience on his personal journey as he explores the life and music of Impressionist composer Claude Debussy, a soaring tribute encompassing the sweeping La mer, the evocative L’après-midi d’un faune and the mystical Clair de lune. See website for show times and ticket prices. Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.497.2787. lagunaplayhouse.com
Photos; The Queen Mary’s Waterfront Cook-Off courtesy The ACE Agency. Stars on Ice courtesy Honda Center. Back Bay Bistro Mother’s Day courtesy The ACE Agency. Mother’s Day at Fashion Island Hotel courtesy Marguarite Clark PR. Five Crowns Mother’s Day by Anne Watson. New Menu items at Andrei’s courtesy Moxxe PR. New Spring Menu Items at Central Laguna Beach courtesy The ACE Agency. “Fiddler on the Roof” by Joan Marcus. Hershey Felder: A Paris Love Story courtesy Laguna Playhouse.