The Fullerton Museum Center has put together a special dining series of four cuisines to accompany its exhibit "Rites of Passage in America: Traditions of the Life Cycle." The series begins Wednesday with Chinese food and continues each Wednesday night through Aug. 3. The dinner series celebrates the traditional "feast" as a rite of passage, whether it is for a birth, harvest, holy day, death or wedding. Other featured cuisines are Indian, Greek and South American.
Dinners, served in the museum, are from 7 to 9 p.m.; the price is $22 for museum members and $24 for the public (includes tax and tip).
The "Rites of Passage" exhibit continues through Aug. 14.
For more information, call (714) 738-5325 or (714) 738-6317. The museum is at 301 N. Pomona Ave. in Fullerton.
The Royal Khyber restaurant in Newport Beach has introduced a menu of dinners priced under $10. The dinners include such entrees as chicken kebabs, swordfish kebabs, vegetarian pasta and \o7 paneer shashlik \f7 (homemade cheese cubes, marinated and cooked in tandoori sauce).
Each entree is accompanied by a soup or salad, tandoori or garlic \o7 naan\f7 , rice pilaf and mango chutney.
The restaurant has also added broiled halibut, salmon and swordfish to its menu, from $12.75.
1000 Bristol St. North. (714) 752-5200.
The Ritz-Carlton hotel has begun offering a Friday night seafood special, accompanied by light jazz and continuing through the end of September.
The special includes fresh shellfish in an appetizer buffet, five seafood entrees and a chocolate dessert buffet. Appetizers may include littleneck clams, greenlip mussels, Pacific sea scallops, seaweed salad, cracked crab, Baja prawns and Boston clam chowder.
Entrees vary weekly, but can include daily catches such as Alaska Copper River salmon, Pacific sea bass and Virginia softshell crab.
The special, served from 6 to 10 p.m., is $32.50 per person, plus tax and tip.
33533 Ritz-Carlton Drive, Dana Point. (714) 240-2000.