December 8, 1998
Members of the Fashionables--a support group of Chapman University in Orange that raises funds for its proposed All-Faith's Chapel--gathered at the Ritz restaurant in Newport Beach on Saturday for their annual holiday brunch. Honoring 12 years of tradition, guests joined carolers and Santa Claus as they swept down the red carpet under the bistro's trademark canopy.
May 21, 1991 |
Big plans netted a bigger party Sunday at the South Coast Cancer League's "A Taste for Life" benefit at the Robert Mondavi Wine and Food Center in Costa Mesa. More than 670 guests paid $100 each to sample food from 25 local restaurants and choose from 170 domestic and imported wines. Attendance was nearly double last year's bash--this in a season of slim guest lists and paired-down proceeds. How did party planners do it? "I totally panicked," admitted Donna Blue, who chaired the event.
September 14, 1992 |
He slips into a cushy leather booth at his Ritz restaurant in Newport Beach and talks of the late '40s, his days as a chef apprentice at the Waldorf Astoria in New York. But not for long. No sooner has Hans Prager reminisced about the Duke and Duchess of Windsor--"they kept an apartment at the Waldorf Towers and would come to the room service kitchen and pass out cartons of cigarettes to everyone behind the cooking line,"--the Shah of Iran, and Nikita S.
December 8, 1999 |
Reviewers ranked The Ritz in Newport Beach as their "most popular" restaurant in Orange County as well as the one with the best service, according to the 2000 edition of the Zagat Survey, a respected guide that ranks restaurants nationwide. In the survey's three main categories of food, decor and service, The Ritz narrowly edged out the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel in overall score. The Ritz-Carlton earned first-place honors for its decor.
November 23, 1989
Caroline Ahmanson, Harry Bubb and Betty Moss, from left, live it up at the Ritz restaurant in Newport Beach on Sunday after the presentation of Business in the Arts awards to 13 local businesses. Receiving awards were: Five Feet restaurant, Tiffany & Co., Trammel Crow Co./Winthrop Financial Associates, Ford Motor Co., KPMG Peat Marwick Main & Co., First Interstate Bank, Pacific Bell/Pacific Telesis, Security Pacific Corp, and The Times Orange County. Also receiving awards were the Irvine Co., C.