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Orange County Welcomes the Inaugural Golden Foodie Awards September 30


A Season of Local Foodie Events Lead Up to the Glamorous Culinary Awards Show

Orange County is pleased to present the 2012 Golden Foodie Awards. The inaugural red carpet culinary awards show will celebrate the best in local food, restaurants andchefs. The Golden Foodie Awards season will launch in June with a calendar of special foodie events at restaurants and venues throughout the county leading up to the main Awards night gala on Sunday, September 30, 2012 at The Fairmont Newport Beach.

“Food unites us all,” comments Pamela Waitt, Creator of the Golden Foodie Awards and President of the OC Restaurant Association. “So we wanted to honor that unity with a season long grand celebration of everything culinary.”

Honoring food, passion and glamour, the Golden Foodie Awards will recognize culinary excellence in 30 categories. 6 Best Restaurant categories will include Best Mexican, Italian, Seafood, Sushi, Indian, and Vegetarian. 4 Cuisine categories span Best French, Asian, Mediterranean, Calfornian, and American. 8 Best specialty menu item awards will be honored in the categories of Best Steak, Burger, Pizza, Taco, Dessert, Wine List and Beer Menu. 11 additional special award categories will honor, Excellence in Service, Best Chef, Pastry Chef, Food Truck, Happy Hour, Mixologist, Cocktail, Food Writer or Blog, Restaurant Design, Restaurant Branding, and student competition category the Next Best Chef Presented by The Art Institute of California – Orange County.

Award category nominees are selected by public votes. Foodie fans can vote for their favorite chef, restaurant and dish online at beginning July 1 through September 1. Foodies can alsovote via smartphone by downloading the free Golden Foodie Awards app courtesy of Iconosys from the website.

During the nominee-voting season, “The Golden Dine Out” will take place August 5 through 31. Orange County restaurants in each Award category will be participating in the month long dining event, creating specialty “Golden Dine Out” menus at affordable prices to encourage the public to enjoy a meal out and vote for their favorite restaurant in the Golden Foodie Awards. The list of restaurants participating in The Golden Dine Out will be available at

3 final nominees in the various Golden Foodie Awards categories will be announced weekly online at during the Golden Dine Out month. The Golden Foodie Awards Guild will select the final winners of the categories Excellence in Service, Best Chef, and Pastry Chef. The public will select the winners in all other Awards categories.  The Guild is comprised of respected star restaurant and industry professionals.

Advance tickets to the Golden Foodie Awards event on September 30 are $150 and will go on sale July 1. August 1 ticket priceswill increase to $250. At the event red carpet arrival leads guests to interactive culinary stations presenting an overwhelming array of the best in food and cocktails covering the savory, sour, salty, sips, sweets and sexy sensory. Then guests will be seated for more specialty desserts and libations while enjoying the Awards ceremony intermixed with live music and entertainment throughout the evening.

Stay connected with the Golden Foodie Awards through the exciting season of food, community, and culture to stay up to date on the participating restaurants, nominees, announcements and fabulous culinary events.

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