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Secret Garden

Secret Garden

Nestled among a grocery store, a bank and a few understated eateries is a recently opened wine country-esque farmhouse restaurant in Newport's Eastbluff Village Center. Behind the rustic wooden doors at Provenance, the space opens up to seating ...

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Holiday dessert recipe: Pumpkin cake

Holiday dessert recipe: Pumpkin cake

We asked chef Cathy Pavlos of Provenance restaurant in Newport Beach for a holiday showstopper to be served family-style to a crowd. She delivered with this pumpkin cake dessert. Make all the components ahead of time. The cake itself can be made up ...

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2014's Best New Restaurants In OC

2014's Best New Restaurants In OC

It's not easy for a restaurant to come up with a really different concept,but Cathy Garland Pavlos (owner and chef of LUCCA Cafe) has come up with a great one that fits right into the trend toward fresh, organic ingredients. Boasting a ...

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Golden Foodie Awards

Golden Foodie Awards

Best Mediterranean Cuisine (Lucca) 2012, 2013, 2015 & Best Vegetarian Cuisine (Provenance) 2015 For the 4th year, the Golden Foodie Awards has recognized some of Orange County’s best restaurants, chefs, bartenders . The golden foodie ...

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Lucca chef expanding to Newport Beach

Lucca chef expanding to Newport Beach

Cathy Pavlos, chef-owner of Lucca in Irvine, announced plans to take over one of the most talked about empty restaurant spaces in Newport Beach. In late December, Rich Mead closed Sage to the dismay of locals who loved his farm-to-table cooking. But ...

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2014 stuffed with restaurant plans

2014 stuffed with restaurant plans

When it comes to eating out, happy days are almost here again. Survivors of the Great Recession in the restaurant industry saw modest revenue growth in 2013, even though overall restaurant foot traffic was down, according to industry forecasts. ...

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Midlife crisis? Not for these entrepreneurs starting again

Midlife crisis? Not for these entrepreneurs starting again

Craig Nickoloff and Bill Hustedt, former partners of the Claim Jumper chain, are terrible at leisure.  One year after selling the homegrown restaurant franchise, the baby boomers already were contemplating a business comeback.  “I ...

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Business Section, Nancy Luna: When the Drought Came to Dinner

Business Section, Nancy Luna: When the Drought Came to Dinner

Like kids in a candy shop, chefs Andrew Bent and Peter Hoff gleefully swipe and bite fruits and vegetables while touring Alegr & iacute;a Fresh on a recent Wednesday morning. A scarlet red- and yellow-hued heirloom tomato plucked from the Irvine ...

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Edwin's Top Five Restaurants of 2014

Edwin's Top Five Restaurants of 2014

The focal point of Provenance, Cathy Pavlos' second restaurant, is its garden, with raised planters and a wall of potted herbs. If it functions like the lobster tanks in a seafood joint, convincing customers that what they're about to eat ...

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Restaurateur of the Year, Designer 	of Food Memories.

Restaurateur of the Year, Designer of Food Memories.

talian Food at Home, Trips To Italy Inspired Eateries Cathy Pavlos, co-owner and chef of Lucca in Irvine and Provenance in Newport Beach, has earned her place as one of Orange County's most admired chefs. She is our 2016 Restaurateur of the Year.

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July 2015 Restaurant Issue: Best Food in OC

July 2015 Restaurant Issue: Best Food in OC

Every season brings something new to Provenance. That's the genius behind this "little farm kitchen that could" near Back Bay. By design, this yearling will never stop growing. Chef-owner Cathy Pavlos relives her childhood in an ...

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Great Taste Magazine May/June 2015 Trends: Platters o'Plenty

Great Taste Magazine May/June 2015 Trends: Platters o'Plenty

Teri Williams has her finger on the pulse of the local hospitality industry like no one else. Fifteen years as editor and publisher of Orange County's only hospitality trade magazine combined with her consultancy for the non-profit sector and her...

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