Harvest Restaurant and Bakery debuted late last month, bringing natural, nutritious foods to the Market Place center on Campus Drive in Irvine. The restaurant, owned by a Denver-based company, is open daily from 7 a.m. for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Its extensive menu delivers many vegetarian dishes, as well as meats and fresh seafood. Some of the standouts: vegetable lasagne, 90% lean beef burgers, the Harvest burger (oats, soy, vegetables and herbs), turkey crunch cashew sandwich, homemade Swiss granola (available with fresh fruits and yogurt), and wok-fried fresh vegetables, to which you may add beef, chicken, seafood, shrimp, tofu or tempeh. The bakery prepares seven-grain bread, cookies, muffins and desserts. Prices for breakfast average $5. Lunch is $4.95 to $7.95, and dinner $4.95 to $9.95 (there is also a children's menu). The ambience is casual, modern and airy, with a view of the UCI campus. Information: (714) 725-9184.
The City comes to Orange County on Saturday, when Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Fenniger of L.A.'s City restaurant transport their signature cooking style to the Robert Mondavi Wine & Food Center in Costa Mesa. They'll conduct a demo from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; cost is $45. The center is at 1570 Scenic Ave. Information: (714) 979-4510.