"You can always spot the first-year people," said Sandy Stave as she surveyed the crowd at South Coast Plaza's Jewel Court on Sunday. "First-year people are real polite and they sit quietly. By the second year, they've got on running shoes and clothes with elastic waistbands and they're on the move ."
Before the night was through, though, 510 local gourmands had cruised the buffet paradise of "Cuisine Fantasy VI," a fund-raiser for the Orange County Philharmonic Society. Hosts are the Irvine Philharmonic and Las Canciones Women's Committees.
This year's benefit raised an estimated $20,000 for the Philharmonic society's music education programs. Featured were such delectables as roast leg of veal, grilled beef tenderloin, linguine with prawns and sushi (not to mention the variety of soups and salads and the wall o' desserts), all donated by local restaurants.
The tables were covered with white cloths topped with snare drums loaded with fruit juices, mineral water, French bread and tangerines--the theme centerpieces were to encourage guests to "drum up support" for the Philharmonic society.