Flavors of SOCO at SOCO Uncorked
We visited as a guest of the venue
The SOCO Collection and The OC Mix has become one of the most innovative dining destinations in Orange County. Local chefs are pushing culinary boundaries by creating food that can’t be found anywhere else in Orange County. One of my favorite culinary events of the year, SOCO Uncorked, happened last week and was one of the best events yet.
I had just come back from spending a couple of days with my children in Mexico, and couldn’t wait to attend the event with my husband for a much overdue date night.
From the moment that we stepped in the courtyard music was floating in the air while guests were sipping on wine and eating scrumptious bites. Unlike most food festivals, they keep the guest list limited at this event so that everyone can have an intimate experience without feeling the hustle and bustle of large crowds.
We bumped into some other foodie friends upon arriving and spent the evening sampling cuisine from the local chefs at SOCO at The OC Mix while taking a little break in-between to do some dancing to the music from the live band.
One of the highlights of the event were the oysters being freshly shucked from Shuck Oyster Bar. I have had a love for oysters my entire life until developing a recent allergy to the seafood, but that didn’t stop me from enjoying watching my husband devour every delicious bite of his fat boy oyster that featured cucumber noodles, pipette of yuzu mignonette, and garnished with an edible flower from Urban Produce.
The second best dish at the event was the sushi prepared by Temakira. There was a long line of guests eager to try one of their salmon poke, tofu and avocado salad, and salmon skin over cucumbers. Temakira is a great spot to grab a quick bite while in the area, and their sushi is always made fresh and tastes delicious.
When it came to the wine, it was too hard to find a particular favorite. Three of the wines that stood out on the night of the event was from Tolosa Winery, Chateau la Grolet from The Organic Cellar, and the Rioja Wines from Mediterraneo Taste.
The evening ended with savory bites of the desserts prepared by St. Patisserie and Susie Cakes, and OC Baking Company sent guests away with loaves of their freshly baked bread.
Proceeds from the event went to supporting the work done in our community by Project Hope Alliance. Mark your calendars now to plan on getting tickets for the 2017 SOCO Uncorked wine and food event, it’s an event that you’ll not want to miss.
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