Taste of the Nation at Montage Laguna Beach

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Taste of the Nation is a premier culinary benefit where the nation’s hottest chefs and mixologists donate their time, talent and passion to raise money for Share Our Strength, an organization with a goal to end childhood hunger in America by 2015.

If you want to get involved to support this cause (AND enjoy an over-the-top amazing evening), Montage Laguna Beach is partnering with Share our Strength to host the second annual Taste of the Nation on Sunday, June 3rd, 2012 at their gorgeous waterfront property.

100% of the ticket sales from this event will be donated to locally benefit Share Our Strength as well as three location organizations working to end hunger in Orange County.

Here’s what’s in store for attendees of this delightful charity event:

Seven celebrity chefs are coming together to prepare farm-to-table delicacies and guests will enjoy an afternoon of delectable dishes, wine, signature cocktails, live music and of course, the picturesque ocean views.

Do I have any fellow Top Chef fans out there? My husband and I loooovvvvve that show, so I was beyond excited to see former chef-testants from the show on the list! To us, Chef Michael Voltaggio is a culinary rock star!

Speaking of the culinary talent, Executive Chef Craig Strong of Studio, Montage Laguna Beach’s Signature Restaurant, will be joined by the following celebrity chefs:

Chef William Bradley, Addison at the Grand Del Mar
Chef Floyd Cardoz, North End Grill, New York City
Chef Jen Carroll, Concrete Blonde, Philadelphia
Chef Suzanne Goin, The A.O.C., Lucques, and Tavern, Los Angeles
Chef Lee Smith, Executive Pastry Chef, Montage Laguna Beach
Chef Michael Voltaggio, ink., Los Angeles
Chef Alan Wong, Alan Wong’s Restaurant’s, Honolulu

If you would like to attend, you can choose between two packages:

Celebrity Chef Tasting: 4:00 – 7:00pm
Tickets can be purchased in advance for $150 per person; $175 per person at the door.

or

VIP “Meet the Chefs” Reception: 4:00 – 9:00pm
The Celebrity Chef Tasting will be followed by an after party to mingle with the chefs. Valet parking and post-event gifts are included. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $250 per person; $275 per person at the door.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit www.MontageLagunaBeach.com/TasteoftheNation.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone and I wish you the best, most amazing, Mother’s Day!

xo

Jen

[Disclosure: Montage Resorts is a Tiny Oranges Sponsor.] 

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Make Mom Happy at Montage

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If you want to make mom happy this Mother’s Day, consider one of these special events and promotions going on at Montage Laguna Beach. From lavish brunches to spa bliss, Montage knows exactly how to celebrate moms!

Grand Ballroom Celebration
10:30am – 4pm

Take mom to the best place for Mother’s Day brunch in Orange County with a sumptuous 12-station spread including live music and a keepsake photo. $105/adult; $40/child 4-12 yrs.

The Loft
12 – 3pm

Does mom prefer lunch to brunch? Take the family to The Loft and enjoy a four-course prix-fixe menu (choice of appetizer, entree, cheese and dessert) as well as a glass of sparkling wine upon seating. $85/adult; $30/child 4 – 12 yrs.

Studio
4:00 – 9:00pm

After a delightful family day, get a sitter and take mom out for a date night to celebrate in peace with a five-course Chef’s Tasting Menu at Studio. $125 per person; $200 per person with wine pairings (A la carte menu also available.)

Click here or call 949.715.6420 for reservations.

Looking for the perfect gift for mom? I don’t know a mama who wouldn’t relish some much deserved time to relax at a spa. Add in the beauty and splendor of Spa Montage Laguna Beach and mom might think she has gone to heaven!

A Day of Indulgence

Starting from $215, this OC spa special includes one 60-minute massage or facial, lunch from Mosaic Bar and Grille, a sunset yoga class plus full use of the Spa Montage facilities all day. Click here to learn more. This special is valid Monday – Thursday, so line up childcare, give mom a break and send her to the spa on a weekday and she just might cry some tears of happiness!

Ashley Turner Yoga Workshops: Saturday May 12th & Sunday May 13th

I have written and raved about these workshops on numerous occasions. Enlightening, spiritual and soul-charging. All levels are welcome, and each two hour session is only $65 each, which includes full use of the Spa Facilities for the day. Click here to learn more about the May retreat on Mother’s Day Weekend.

Say “Thank You and I Love You and I Appreciate You” with a Montage Gift Card

Let mom decide for herself if she would like to use it on a getaway, fine dining or spa service with a Montage Gift Card. Two words: Slam dunk.

Call 949.715.6010 to reserve your yoga mat or make a spa appointment.

Have a fabulous weekend everyone!

[Disclosure: Montage Resorts is a Tiny Oranges Sponsor]

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Spa Montage Monthly Yoga Retreats with Ashley Turner

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When I was thinking of what to write in the graphic above (taken from www.AshleyTurner.org), the first sentence that came to mind when describing the Ashley Turner monthly yoga retreats at Spa Montage Laguna Beach was “you just HAVE to experience it for yourself!”

A GEM of a find in OC, Spa Montage started this monthly series in 2010 as part of their Mind-Body-Yoga program and created a one-of-a-kind exclusive yoga retreat that is the best deal EVER.

The yoga workshop, held over the course of one weekend a month, consists of a series of two hour yoga classes of which you can choose to do one or all. At only $65/class, the price also includes complimentary FULL DAY access to the spa facilities at Spa Montage including:

* Roman tubs, Nordic plunge, botanical steam, indoor/outdoor relaxation rooms, silent fireplace lounge, Tuscan sauna and Vischy showers
* Post-class organic green juice blend
* Seasonal fruits and teas
* Oceanfront fitness center
* Access to the beautiful Spa Montage ocean bluffs pool

I wrote a long post about my experience at Ashley’s retreat HERE in case you want to read more about what you can expect to experience.

I love her classes so much I made it a 2012 goal of mine to make it to at least one class every quarter as they truly inspire me and recharge not only my body, but also my mind.

Next class is this weekend. For the schedule of upcoming weekends click HERE then click on Wellness Programs -> Workshops.  Reservations required, and the classes do fill up, so call early to reserve your spot if you know you want to go!

It is an amazing way to spend a day with girlfriends, alone or with your husband or partner. Heck, it doesn’t matter who you go with, you just have to go!

www.AshleyTurner.org * www.SpaMontage.com 
Tweet with @AshleyTurner1 on Twitter * Find Ashley Turner Yoga on Facebook

[Disclosure: Montage Resorts is a Tiny Oranges Sponsor. Visit Spa Montage under the “Spas” Category in our OC Biz Guide! Such an honor to work with this amazing property.]

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The Geffen Playhouse Story Pirates at Montage Laguna Beach

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Ahoy mateys! Do I have a fun family event to share with you! And it is going to be yo ho ho and a bottle of FUN! Sorry, got a little carried away with Googling “pirate sayings” while inspired by this post…

Story Pirates is a national arts and literacy organization that engages students in under-resourced public schools by showing them that their ideas, words and stories are important. Originally founded in New York in 2003, Story Pirates believes that every child has a story to tell.

This Saturday, December 17th, 2011 Montage Laguna Beach is thrilled to offer a special performance of The Geffen Playhouse Story Pirates open to guests of Montage Laguna as well as local OC families. This fun-filled comedy musical showcases creative writing by students from across the country, performed by the best professional comedians and improvisers in the Los Angeles area.

A mix of sketches and songs adapted from stories written by elementary students, Story Pirates will delight and surprise with puppets, costumes and antics, all the while motivating children to be creative.

Story topics run the gamut, from kung fu ninja babies fighting crime, to hot dog superheroes and space bats. The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart calls the show “crazy entertaining.” Click here to watch him talking about Story Pirates with Larry King.

Show is complimentary; parking will be validated and charged a reduced rate of $8/car.

They hope to see ya thar!

Story Pirates Performance
Saturday, December 17th, 2011 * 2:00-3:00pm
Montage Laguna Beach * Grand Ballroom

Space is limited, contact (949) 715-6005 to sign up. You can also visit the Montage Laguna Beach website for more information. For more information about Story Pirates, please visit geffenplayhouse.com/storypirates.

[Disclosure: Montage Resorts is a Tiny Oranges Sponsor.]

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Last week to enter + Montage Summer Sale Boutique

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Simply because my husband and I had the most incredible, memorable stay of our lives at Montage Laguna Beach this past June for his 40th birthday, I felt compelled to post a reminder that this special CareRally.com giveaway to win a night at Montage Laguna Beach ends this Thursday so enter, enter, enter mamas!!!

You will find all the details on how to enter to win HEREGOOD LUCK! And….


I wanted to share the information on the Montage Summer Sale Boutique! Now through September 9th, 2011 at Salon One at Montage Laguna Beach, receive up to 70% off all items including women’s and men’s fashion apparel, handbags, and accessories from designers such as: Bailey 44, Catherine Malandrino, Diane von Furstenburg, Milly, Trina Turk, Ya-Ya and more!

Hours of Operation: Thursday – Sunday each week from 11 a.m.– 7 p.m.

For additional information please call 949-715-6190. Please note all sales are final, no returns or exchanges.

[Disclosure: Montage Resorts is a Tiny Oranges Sponsor.]

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