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Orange County's First Golden Dine Out Kicks Off August 5

Local Restaurants Vie for 2012 Golden Foodie Award Nominations

Orange County, CA, August 05, 2012 --( The Golden Foodie Awards is pleased to announce the inaugural Golden Dine Out. The month long event launches August 5 and invites the foodie community to votefor their favorite food categories weekly online at The Golden Dine Out presents different categories of restaurants and cuisine for each week of voting in August.

The Golden Dine Out gives the public the opportunity to vote for their favorite chef driven and independent restaurants. At the end of each week of voting, the top three nominees in each category will be announced online to Golden Foodie Award members via email and on the Golden Foodie Awards Facebook page. It is free to become a member of the Golden Foodie Awards online at

The winners of each Golden Dine Out category will be announced at the 2012 Golden Foodie Awards red carpet ceremony on September 30 at the Fairmont Hotel in Newport Beach. Winners will receive a custom solid pewter and gold covered Golden Foodie Award designed by Russell Mims of Figurehead Design, LLC. and manufactured by the company that makes the Golden Globe awards. Event attendees will have the opportunity to experience interactive culinary stations featuring an array of food and cocktails by more than 15 restaurants and premium brands to satisfy any discerning palate along with live music and entertainment. During the Awards ceremony, guests will enjoy specialty desserts and wine. Following the awards ceremony will be an after party including a DJ, cocktails, coffee bar and red carpet interview opportunities of nominees and winners. A limited amount of advance tickets are currently available for $150 online at Ticket prices will increase to $250 on August 11.

The complete schedule of Golden Dine Out categories follows.

Week 1: August 5 – 11
Best American Cuisine
Best Beer Menu
Best Cocktail
Best Mexican Food
Best Pizza
Best Vegetarian Cuisine

Week 2: August 12 – 18
Best French Cuisine
Best Indian Cuisine
Best Italian Cuisine
Best Steak
Best Wine List
OC’s Best Mixologist

Week 3: August 19 – 25
Best Asian Cuisine
Best Burger
Best Californian Cuisine
Best Mediterranean Cuisine
Best View
Excellent Service – Restaurants priced at $15+

Week 4: August 26 – 31
Best Happy Hour
Best Seafood
Best Sushi
Best Tacos
Excellent Service – Restaurants priced from $5 - $15
Most Delicious Dessert

Additional Categories
Best Food Truck – July 1 to July 7 (Closed)
Best OC Food Blog – July 8 to July 14 (Closed)
Best Restaurant Branding Award - Voted by industry professionals
Interior Design Award - Voted by industry professionals
Next Golden Chef Award – Voted on June 23 at The Art Institute Culinary Challenge (Closed)
The Golden Chef Award – Voted by Guild
The Golden Pastry Chef Award – Voted by Guild

Golden Foodie Awards would like to thanks its sponsors:
The Art Institute of California, Orange County, Fairmont – Newport Beach, Sub-Zero Wolf, Melissa’s, The District at Tustin Legacy, SDCR and Aloha POS, Kean Coffee, Patron Tequila, Orange Coast Magazine, SoCal PBS, Playlist Radio 92.7FM, OC Metro, Edible Orange County, A Wish and a Whisk, La Crema, Kendall Jackson,Freemark Abbey, OC Foodies, Hawaiian Springs Water, Dry Soda, Cabot Cheese,Dining Out, Kitchen Paddles, 336 Productions, K-Line & Company, Mighty Leaf Tea, Casey’s Cupcakes, Jidori Chicken, Greer’s OC, Iconosys, Santa Monica Seafood, The ACE Agency, Code 4 Media Group.

Golden Foodie Awards would like to thank the Guild:
The Guild is comprised of respected star restaurant and industry professionals including, Elizabeth An, Caroline Bruderer, Melissa Carter, Michael Cho, Fifi Chow, Tricia Cook, Pam Dzierzanowski, Ashley Eckenweiler, Randy Fuhrman, Chef Jamie Gwen, Susan Irby, Wing Lam, Anita Lau, Ed Lee, Rich Manning, Phyllis Ann Marshall, Gina Mims, Bobby Navarro, Pascal Olhats, Polly Peak, Mona Shah-Anderson, Justin Schuvie, Danielle Staffieri, Cassady Taylor, Cathy Thomas, Barbara Venezia, Pam Waitt, and Judy Walker.
Contact Information
OC Restaurant Association
Tricia Cook

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