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Flavors Celebrating the Destination

July 6, 2017

Exploring local cuisines can tell the story of a destination, and is often one of the quickest ways to become immersed in its culture. Restaurants in Newport Beach, CA certainaly appear to understand the art of culinary stroytelling. In capturing the eclectic and acclaimed flavors of the surroundings, local Newport Beach restaurants tastefully present flavors celebrating the destination.

Newport Beach chefs recognize today’s most sought after dining trends by offering a wide array of delicacies promising to please the most discriminating palates. It seems that each year, consumers are getting more and more picky about what’s on (or not on) their food labels. ‘Clean’ foods with added health benefits are a top priority, forcing several restaurants to answer the call for farm fresh, simple and organic ingredients.

Natural, organic flavors key to destination experience

According to nutritionist Kathleen M. Zelman, “The movement toward simple, easy-to-understand, healthy ingredients is now in the mainstream.”  Many restaurants and their bars are answering the call for farm fresh, simple and organic ingredients free of preservatives, additives, artificial colors, or flavors.  Newport Beach restaurants are emboding this mainstream movement in every aspect.  With several restuarants and bars emerging as health conscious and organic, this coastal destiantion is quickly positioning itself  in modern food scene.

Just as in food, beverages are pulling from the destination as well, adding ingredients and flavors associated with the area to both cocktails and mocktails. Bartenders are jumping on the Kombucha wagon and mixing the fermented beverage into cocktails for a unique creation.  In addition to the recent Kombucha trend, Newport Beach area mixologists are including organic and farm fresh herbs, fruits and vegetables in their libations.

Local restaurants celebrating the flavors of the destination

We’ve listed several local and group friendly restaurants sure to give you a true taste of the destination:

Oak Grill
Priding itself on a “contemporary cuisine”, this southern California dining experience features one of the area’s most popular lists of local craft beer and wine. It’s farm-to-table approach guarantees that groups are receiving locally sourced, farm fresh plates from classically trained culinary chefs.

Farmhouse
Nestled in the lush scenery of Newport Beach’s Roger Gardens, Farmhouse embodies a truly sustainable method of  “field-to-fork dining ” by offering dishes that include seasonal, locally grown ingredients.

Sustainably sourced, farm fresh and region specific cuisine allows visiting groups to enjoy a richer destination experience, reduces a company’s environmental footprint and supports local economies.

Great Maple
Newport Beach’s “modern American eatery”  plays on the laid-back ambiance of this beach community and offers an organic dining experience for groups.

By partnering with local farms and businesses, local Newport Beach restaurants such as Great Maple, can provide groups with the freshest possible product, ensuring both health conscious and environmentally friendly food options.

Fig and Olive
Building a renowned dining experience, Fig and Olive offers a traditional Mediterranean cuisine that highlights the contemporary atmosphere of the Newport Beach food scene. For a refreshing, cool treat try their organic cucumber cosmo! 

Provenance
Claiming it’s territory as the “wine country farmhouse” of Newport Beach, this elegant and innovative restaurant combines California’s wine country with its coastal cuisine. Provenance is one of the unique restaurants that grows its own fresh herbs, vegetables and edible flowers, making signature dishes specific to the destination.

Embracing the modern culinary movement and discovering the flavors that make Newport Beach, CA original, is sure to be an exciting group dining experience. Venture out of the norm and give your palate a taste of this distinguished coastal oasis.

When you’re ready to begin planning your next group meeting, contact the staff at Visit Newport Beach, the destination marketing organization for Newport Beach, CA. Visit Newport Beach opens the doors to this culinary paradise with destination expertise, customized site visits, strong partnerships and resources that ease the planning process.

Written by Visit Newport Beach Meetings

As a not-for-profit Destination Marketing Organization (DMO), Visit Newport Beach provides destination expertise, customized site visits, strong partnerships and resources tailored specifically to the needs of meeting planners and their clients.

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