Celebrity Chef Susan Feniger Unveils Inspiring Documentary “FORKED” at NB Film Fest

October 02, 2023

Susan Feniger, a beloved and trailblazing celebrity chef based in Los Angeles, known for her iconic restaurants Border Grill and Socalo, continues to shatter ceilings and pave the way for women across all industries. In a groundbreaking new documentary titled "FORKED," written, directed, and produced entirely by a talented all-female team, Feniger's remarkable story is brought to life.

Scheduled for its West Coast Premiere at the Newport Beach Film Fest on October 17, this star-studded event at the Resort at Pelican Hill will be preceded by a lively open-to-the-public celebration at 5:30 p.m. Attendees will have the opportunity to celebrate with Feniger, director Liz Lachman, the cast, and friends, all while savoring Feniger’s distinctive culinary creations and engaging in a brief moderated Q&A session.

For an all-inclusive reception experience priced at $150, guests gain access to both the film and the celebratory gathering, whereas film-only passes are available at $20. Interested individuals can secure their tickets and obtain more information at Following the West Coast Premiere, the film will tour various cities across the U.S., including Los Angeles (LA Femme Film Festival, Oct 19-22), San Diego, and Ojai, offering screenings and celebratory dining events.

Directed by Liz Lachman, a renowned filmmaker and Emmy Award winner, "FORKED" delves into Susan Feniger's life, chronicling her groundbreaking journey in the culinary world as she embarks on opening her first solo restaurant. The film sheds light on her transformative influence in the gastronomic landscape, her forward-thinking approach, and the challenges and triumphs encountered in launching Street in Los Angeles. Feniger and Lachman describe it as "a story of reinvention, not just the possibility of failure, but how to rise beyond it."

The documentary intriguingly aligns with the pop-culture phenomenon "The Bear," providing an entertaining and authentic perspective on the restaurant industry, complete with cameos by notable figures such as Wolfgang Puck and Bobby Flay.

A significant aspect of the film showcases Feniger's four-decade-long commitment to paving the way for women and LGBTQ+ chefs, addressing the historical underrepresentation in the culinary world. Starting from her days in Chicago, where she was one of the few women chefs in the city's culinary scene, to her enduring partnership with Mary Sue Milliken, a fellow iconic restaurateur, Feniger's impact on the industry is profound. Together, they crafted a restaurant empire primarily in the LA area, gaining acclaim through shows like "Too Hot Tamales" on Food Network and appearances on renowned programs like The Today Show, Iron Chef, and Top Chef Masters.

Their outstanding contributions were acknowledged when they became the first women to receive the Julia Child Award from The Julia Child Foundation. Feniger's accolades also include a James Beard Award and the privilege of cooking for distinguished figures such as Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Oprah, and Lady Gaga. Through "FORKED," the film captures not just a culinary journey, but a legacy of empowerment and transformation that has left an indelible mark on the culinary world.


Ohana Mai Tai Fundraiser All October

October 01, 2023

A coalition of nearly 20 generous Orange County restaurants have banded together for a delectable cause—the Ohana Mai Tai fundraiser. This initiative aims to extend support to their colleagues in Lahaina who endured the devastating wildfires in August. Throughout the month of October, these establishments will generously contribute 100% of the proceeds from Mai Tai sales to the Legacy of Aloha Foundation.

The kind-hearted participating restaurants in Huntington Beach encompass:

  • Brant Kitchen & Bar, located at 21058 Pacific Coast Highway
  • Dos Amigos Cantina, situated at 21022 Brookhurst Street
  • Duke’s, situated at 317 Pacific Coast Highway
  • Johnny’s Saloon, found at 17428 Beach Boulevard
  • Longboard Restaurant & Pub, situated at 217 Main Street
  • Mama’s Comfort Food + Craft Cocktails, located at 21022 Beach Boulevard
  • Matter of Craft,  at 21022 Beach Boulevard
  • Offshore 9 Rooftop Lounge at the Waterfront Beach Resort, a Hilton Hotel, located at 21100 Pacific Coast Highway
  • Ola Mexican Kitchen, situated at 21040 Pacific Coast Highway
  • Pacific Hideaway at the Kimpton Shorebreak Resort, situated at 500 Pacific Coast Highway
  • Sandy’s Beach Shack, situated at 315 Pacific Coast Highway
  • Surf City Ale House Kitchen + Bar, found at 301 Main Street
  • Triple Crown Tavern, located at 714 East Adams

Participating restaurants in Newport Beach include:

  • The Cannery, situated at 3010 Lafayette Avenue
  • Louie’s by the Bay, located at 2801 West Coast Highway

Additionally, participating restaurants in Seal Beach and Costa Mesa are as follows:

  • Mahé, located at 1400 Pacific Coast Highway (Seal Beach)
  • Three-13 Bar, located at 820 West 19th Street (Costa Mesa)

Jan’s Health Bar’s Partners with HOAG Breast Cancer Institute

October 01, 2023

During the observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October, Jan’s Health Bar is stepping up to support and collaborate with a local institute.

Introducing Jan’s Health Bar’s latest creation, the 'Pure Dragon' pink smoothie! Beyond its delightful taste, this smoothie embodies a meaningful gesture of backing breast cancer research in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. For every 'Pure Dragon' smoothie savored, Jan’s Health Bar is committed to contributing $1 towards breast cancer research, in association with HOAG’s Breast Cancer Institute, throughout the entire month of October. The HOAG Breast Cancer Institute stands at the forefront of pioneering treatment methods, and experts in early detection, making them the ideal collaborator during this month of raising awareness.

The Pure Dragon is a blend of immune-boosting pitaya, juicy pineapple, ripe bananas, and 100% fresh apple juice. It not only boasts a vibrant pink hue but is also gluten-free and vegan. The smoothie will be available for patrons to enjoy and support this cause at all five of Jan’s Health Bar locations, as well as at their upcoming sixth location, throughout the month of October.

Throughout its history, Jan’s Health Bar has been dedicated to providing nutritious and wholesome food to the local community and visitors alike. The Pure Dragon Smoothie encapsulates its core values while also incorporating a philanthropic aspect. Patrons can now contribute positively and support vital research in the quest for a cure.

Jan’s Health Bar remains resolute in making a difference, one delicious sip at a time.

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