An Entryway to Culinary Delights
By Jill McLean

Here in the O.C., we thrive best on community, beauty and quality. Some projects toward these ends might take awhile, but when they are finished we can be proud of the improvements they garner. One such venture is The Entryway Project, which just wrapped up this past spring. Right at the heart of the intersection of MacArthur Boulevard and Pacific Coast Highway, the project’s focus was to widen the sidewalk, beatify the area with additional landscaping, and overall create an enhanced, pedestrian-friendly location.

The Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce (CDMCC) is of paramount benefit to our local community, bringing to light special and unique accomplishments that benefit all of us. In collaboration with the Business Improvement District, CDMCC was excited to produce the CdM Village Block Festival & Wine Pairing Celebration event, gathering professionals and residents to experience our locale in a new way. A lively evening that involved three delicious restaurants right in the very heart of the Entryway — Rothchild’s, The Bungalow, and Avila’s El Ranchito — it was one of the special support systems we can find in our own back yard.

Between Carnation and Begonia, each restaurant has its own culinary fare, and on the evening of October 5th, each one uniquely paired select wines with scrumptious foods to give attendees a real treat in taste, ambiance and dining experience. If you missed the opportunity to join the celebration, we highly recommend seeking out the culinary delights of them on another occasion.

Rothchild’s is the longest-residing establishment (opened in 1977) that is still under the same family ownership. Their delightfully rich and personal environment offers beautiful meals, ongoing rotation of original artworks by local artists, and will be celebrating their 40th Anniversary in April, 2017. The Bungalow is also going to be celebrating their anniversary of 20 years in business at this locale in October. Wednesday night they were thrilled to be opening up their new front patio for a lovely fair-weather evening of wine and culinary delights. And last but certainly not least, Avila’s El Ranchito is a true gem for us locals that served up tasty tacos, chips and dips, and rounded the evening off with wine and margaritas.

The collaborative heart of this event is confirmation that our community really excels at supporting one another — in business, creativity, city projects and the enjoyment of one another’s company and accomplishments. Be sure to stay tuned for more local events to enjoy each month!