ROCK’N FISH Laguna Beach debuts rock’n weekend brunch

ROCK’N FISH in Laguna Beach has responded to requests from patrons and neighbors, and is now open for brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. All entrees are priced under $15.

The restaurant, in the former Jolly Roger location, was a brunch staple for years, and many people still hold fond memories of it.

“It was a natural choice to introduce a weekend brunch that will allow our guests to enjoy popular brunch favorites while taking in our beautiful views of the Pacific,” says Jim Donegan, proprietor of ROCK’N FISH.

The brunch menu offers Chef Roberto’s huevos ranchero with a choice of eggs topped with melted pepperjack and sour cream on a crisp flour tortilla with black beans, Spanish rice, guajillo sauce, chiles and onions; a selection of scrambled eggs and omelettes; and house Benedicts, including a crab-cake-and-roasted-tomato version with garlic spinach and Hollandaise sauce.

Other favorites include brioche french toast and lemon ricotta pancakes. rocknfishlb.com

Fifth annual Pacific Coast Wine Festival

The Pacific Coast Wine Festival will celebrate its fifth anniversary on Saturday, March 5, by bringing the best of Napa Valley and beyond to The Island Hotel in Newport Beach for an evening of world-class wines, rare auction items and a gourmet feast. With proceeds benefiting the Pacific Symphony, live and silent auctions will offer some of the world’s most coveted wines, as well as luxury items and lush dining and destination experiences. Jim Houston, advanced sommelier from Charlie Palmer, chose all the wines to taste.

The Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra’s solo cellist, Philip Sheegog, will perform. pacificcoastwinefestival.com

Laguna Beach à la Carte returns March 8-11

The Laguna Beach Visitors and Conference Bureau (LBVCB) will present the second annual Laguna Beach à la Carte – A Food & Wine Experience, March 8-11. Guests will enjoy world-class cuisine, prix-fixe menus, food-and-wine pairings, chef demonstrations, daily events and special offers by local restaurateurs taking place at various eateries over four days.

As part of Laguna Beach à la Carte, LBVCB will host a signature event, Laguna Beach Uncorked! – An International Wine & Food Fest, on Saturday, March 10. In partnership with the Festival of the Arts, the event will be held on the grounds from 1 to 4 p.m. Guests will enjoy tastings from 22 Laguna Beach restaurants and 30 wineries from around the world, live entertainment and cooking demonstrations. A portion of the ticket sales benefits CHOC Children’s. Tickets can be purchased at lagunabeachfoodies.tix.com.

Z’Tejas unveils new weekend brunch and Fun Bar

To help patrons kick off the weekend on the right foot, Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill at South Coast Plaza has reinvented its weekend brunch menu, offering a new array of tasty entrées. In addition to the new selections, guests will have access to Z’Tejas’ very own Weekend Fun Bar, where they can build their own Bloody Marys, Bloody Marias, mimosas and screwdrivers every Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Among the new items created by Executive Chef Daniel Stevens: a shrimp omelet topped with spicy tomato Andouille sauce, scrambled eggs and jalapeño-bacon- stuffed relleno; a chorizo pork scramble skillet; and Barbacoa beef breakfast enchiladas. Prices range from $10 to $15.

Beverages from the Weekend Fun Bar are priced at $4 each and feature premium spirits. ztejas.com

Have a spring fling at Pelican Hill

If you haven’t been to the world-class destination, ranked America’s Top Resort by Condé Nast Traveler readers, you owe it to yourself to go. The prices are comparable to the region’s other resorts while offering added value such as free valet parking. Several great options are available this season:

• Coliseum Beer-Maker’s Dinner (Coliseum Pool & Grill) – Sunday, March 25, with brewmaster Karl Strauss. Chef Marc pairs a custom five-course menu to a full flight of five top-of-the-line handcrafted draft beers. $65 per person; pricing excludes tax and gratuity.

• Primavera in Firenze (Andrea) March – As early spring arrives in Newport Beach, Chef Luca takes you away to Firenze, located in the heart of Tuscany. $95 per person or $145 per person with wine pairing, plus tax and gratuity.

• Wednesday Night Wine Tasting, March 14 – The Pelican Grill features monthly California wine tastings the second Wednesday of the month. For $25* per person, locals will enjoy six great wines and a chef’s selection of light bites.

• Traditional Easter Brunch, April 8 – You and your kids will enjoy an Easter egg hunt, visits by the Easter Bunny, face painting and balloon shaping on Pelican Hill’s picturesque Rotunda Lawn. In Mar Vista’s grand ballroom from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Executive Chef Jean-Pierre Dubray will present traditional brunch favorites with California and Tuscan accents.

$95* per adult, $45* per child ages 5-12, and complimentary for children under age 5.
*Prices exclude tax and gratuity.

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