The Disneyland Hotel will host an evening with winemaker Rodney D. Strong of the Rodney Strong Winery at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 25. Strong will present an informal seminar and tasting of his 1985 Pinot Noir, 1987 Cabernet Sauvignon, 1987 Zinfandel, 1988 Chardonnay and 1989 Sauvignon Blanc. Complimentary fruit and crackers will be served, and validated parking is included. The location: North Ballroom of the hotel's entertainment and convention center. Admission: $10. Reservations: (714) 956-6406. The Disneyland Hotel is adjacent to Disneyland at 1150 W. Cerritos Ave. in Anaheim.
Vintages from three different wineries will be poured at the Wine World Estates winemaker's dinner on Friday, June 28, in Hasting's Grill in the Anaheim Hilton and Towers. At this, the first in a series of dinners pairing California wines with chef Fred Mensiga's cuisine, Maison Deutz champagne, two Meridien Chardonnays and three Beringer selections will be served with the six-course meal. The "reception" menu reads like a meal in itself, with 10 selections, including Belgian endive with smoked salmon mousse, gravlaks station with condiments and veal brochette with plum and prune. The entree will be pan-roasted loin of Colorado lamb with Bulgar pilaf and spring vegetables. The cost is $60 per person, tax and tip included, and parking will be validated. The event begins at 6 p.m. Reservations: (714) 740-4422.
For those nights when you'd like to cocoon or those days you're too busy to go out for lunch, the Daily Grill in Newport's Fashion Island will now deliver to you. You may order anything on the menu, and it will arrive via uniformed driver for a delivery charge of $2.50. The delivery area includes these ZIP codes: 92625, 92626 (east of Newport, South Coast Plaza area south of Sunflower), 92627 (east of Newport), 92660, 92661, 92662, 92663 and parts of 92714 and 92715. For further information, call: (714) 644-2223.
Watch the sun go down while you dip into a $25 four-course prix fixe dinner at Rex, Fashion Island. The Rex serves "Summer Sunset Dinners" from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Sunday through Friday evenings. The restaurant also presents summer wine adventure tastings each Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at $3 per glass, with complimentary hors d'oeuvres. And on Thursdays, the Rex pours champagne for $1 per glass, with Bobby Craig and his band playing dance music starting at 6:30 p.m. Information: (714) 644-4400.
Sarah Parrish, who owns Abbondanza, the popular Italian restaurant in Mission Viejo, will open a second Abbondanza in Newport Beach at the former location of Le Midi in early July. She's currently giving the restaurant a major face lift. With white cloths, this will be a more elegant restaurant than in South County but will offer similar reasonable prices and abundant servings. Two examples: scampi diavola, with homemade fettuccine, antipasto salad and bread, $16.95; lobster and salmon with brandy sauce, $20.95. They'll continue to make their own pastas and breads, including a pizza bread, swirled and stuffed with cheese and pepperoni. The new Abbondanza is at 3421 Via Lido.
Zeppa in Fashion Island is closed for "remodeling, reorganizing, a change of concept," according to a spokesperson. A change in partners leaves Mark Zigner and Mark Whitney at the helm.
Gustaf Anders restaurant and the Santa Ana Council of Arts and Culture will present an afternoon of jazz and blues sounds, a benefit for the Orange County Black Actors Theater, on Sunday, June 30. There's no admission, cover or minimum, but donations will be accepted. And Anders' extensive hot and cold buffet will be available all day for $20. Music from the Broadway hits of the '30s, '40s and '50s will be performed from noon to 4 p.m. Call (714) 668-1737 for reservations. Gustaf Anders is located in South Coast Plaza Village, Santa Ana.