I was recently invited down to the launch party of the new Orange County Restaurant Association. The party took place at the gorgeous, new Orange County Art House in Ladera Ranch. The Orange County Art House is a nearly 9,000 square foot mansion that houses artwork from Southern California artists in every room. The house will be used as a private venue for parties, but will also occasionally be open to the public.
As my wife and I walked through the large front door, we encountered a martini bar that was serving Kai Vodka martinis in plain, kiwi and lychee flavors. Kai vodka is distilled from rice. They were serving the martinis with these huge ice spheres that looked like crystal clear, glass orbs. These amazing ice cubes were made by Glace, a specialty ice company in Canada, that FedExes their ice all over. We tried both a kiwi and a lychee martini. They were both very good and went down very smooth.
Super Rad Ice Spheres
We ventured further into the party and saw stations set up by a bunch of different vendors. Some of the beautiful presentations we saw were...
Baked Goods from Solomon's Bakery
Produce by Melissa's
Chocolates by Downey's
Sole Water debuting their new bottle design
Cheese, Nuts and Fruit by Champignon
Dirty Steak Martinis by Steer Crazy BBQ (These look kinda gross, but they were SO YUM!)
We sampled a few of the delights and they were all very good. We then wandered around the ginormous house to look at all of the artwork.
The party was absolutely amazing. A good time was had by all. I would like to extend a special THANK YOU to Pam Waitt and the Orange County Restaurant Association for hosting such a wonderful event!