Orange County

Weekend roundup

October 15-18


Cocktail-Making Classes

Oct. 16. Shake up your Friday night with in-person, socially distant cocktail-making classes in Seal Beach, hosted by Garrison Brothers Distillery and Prep Kitchen Essentials. Watch Garrison Brothers bourbon evangelist and O.C. local Ryan Autry (pictured) teach the techniques behind some of his favorite whiskey cocktails. Expect samples of the cocktails as well as passed snacks made using Garrison Brothers Bourbon. Classes are limited to 12 people per class. 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $80. 12207 Seal Beach Blvd., Seal Beach, 562.430.1217. Tickets

The Barclay Jazz Lunch

Oct. 17. Spend your Saturday afternoon at Bayside indulging in delicious New American fare while listening to a live jazz performance. In partnership with Irvine Barclay Theatre, Bayside is hosting dynamic trumpeter, composer and producer Rick Braun as the featured jazz artist. Fun fact: Braun has amassed more than 20 #1 smooth jazz hits! Reservations required and are all-inclusive of lunch, tax, tip, and music. Doors open at 11 a.m., and music begins at noon. $90 prime patio seating, $135 premier seating. 900 Bayside Drive, Newport Beach, 949.854.4646.

Rodeo 39 Grand Opening

Oct. 17-18. New food hall, say what?! Rodeo 39 Public Market is Orange County’s newest culinary and community experience opening this weekend—and it’s not your typical food hall. The site features expansive hangar doors that open up for an inside/outside setting; original artwork and murals from five different SoCal artists; and several first-to-market retail and restaurant concepts. Keeping social-distancing protocols in mind, grand opening festivities include live DJs and custom T-shirt and monogrammed bandanna giveaways to the first 100 people on both days. Noon-8 p.m. 12885 Beach Blvd., Stanton.

Food + Drink

Notorious Pink Rosé Brunch at Glasspar

Oct. 18. Rosé the day away with a special brunch hosted by Notorious Pink Rosé at Glasspar in Dana Point! Enjoy signature brunch items—such as the Glasspar Benedict and smoked salmon avocado toast—and bottles of Notorious Pink Rosé offered from the bar cart throughout service. Guests can also expect a few fun-filled surprises. Glasspar is adhering to all social distancing guidelines and will have outdoor patio and limited indoor seating available. Reservations highly recommended. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 24961 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.240.6243.

Fall Menu at Scarlet Kitchen & Lounge

Now Available. New season, new menu at Scarlet Kitchen & Lounge! Executive chef Paige Riordan has debuted a fall menu that pays homage to her East Coast roots. Expect to see a lot of Maine lobster on the menu, which is now at the peak of its season. Save room for something sweet with seasonal renditions of her signature butter bundt cake with spiced apples and warm caramel and autumn cheesecake topped with lemon curd, strawberries and figs. Th-Sa 4-10 p.m.; Su, Tu-W 4-9 p.m. 30865 Gateway Place, Rancho Mission Viejo, 949.503.3086.

Oktoberfest at SideDoor

Now Available. Come hungry to indulge in German-inspired bites and craft brews at SideDoor in Corona del Mar—available through October 31. The Oktoberfest menu features specials courtesy of executive chef Alejandra Padilla and are available for dine-in or takeout. Menu items include beer-braised pork shank (pictured); sausage and sauerkraut; and pretzel with Welsh rarebit cheese sauce. Tu-Su 4:30-9:30 p.m. 3801 E. Coast Hwy., Corona del Mar, 949.717.4322.

Seasonal Mocktails at Khan Saab

Now Available. Traditional cocktails take a non-alcoholic, fall-inspired turn this season at Downtown Fullerton’s newest Desi eatery. Khan Saab—known for its elevated, 100% halal take on Indian, Pakistani and Afghani cuisines—introduces The W.A.P, The American Pie (pictured), The Old Fashioned and The Bloody Khan. Pair these autumnal beverages with any of Khan Saab’s critically-acclaimed fare for a festive lunch or dinner, offered daily. Su-Th 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., 5-10:30 p.m.; F-Sa 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., 5-11 p.m. 229 E. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, 714.853.1081.

Arts + Culture

Aki Kumar Trio

Oct. 15. Change up your music playlist with Musco Center for the Arts’ livestream performance of the Aki Kumar Trio, who will perform live from home with a unique blend of Bollywood-pop and blues. Before the concert, watch Sony Music recording artist Aki Kumar of the trio give a real-time conversation with the audience. 7 p.m. Free; ticket reservation required.

Alexandra Grant: Telepathy Is One Step Further Than Empathy

Opens Oct. 15. Miss the art scene? Orange County Museum of Art welcomes fine-art fans to its temporary venue, OCMAExpand-Santa Ana, to view the newest exhibition by Los Angeles-based visual artist Alexandra Grant. As the title suggests, Grant’s exhibition explores her ideas about mutual generosity and exchange. Th 11 a.m.-8 p.m., F-Su 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Free admission and parking. South Coast Plaza Village, 1661 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana, 714.780.2186. 

Ghostly Gourds

Oct. 15. Transform an heirloom Jarrahdale pumpkin into a living botanical creation for autumn at Sherman Library & Gardens. Assemble your own macabre decoration using a combination of unique Tillandsias, lichen and Spanish moss. Class size is limited to ensure social distancing guidelines. Masks required. 9-11 a.m. $65 members, $75 non-members. 2647 E. Coast Hwy., Corona del Mar, 949.673.2261.

Photo credits: Ryan Autry courtesy Di Moda Public Relations. Rodeo 39 Public Market courtesy FWD PR. Notorious Pink Rosé and Scarlet Kitchen & Lounge by Outshine PR. Five Crowns by John Dole. “I was born to love (1)” artwork courtesy Alexandra Grant and Ochi Gallery, Los Angeles. All other images are courtesy of the venues.

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