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July 13, 2000
Richard J. Surdez has been named vice president, sales and marketing for Irvine-based MAI Systems Corp.'s Process Manufacturing division in Tarrytown, N.Y. He joined the company from Canon USA, where he was most recently business development manager with the Visual Communications Systems division. * Barry Pierce has been appointed general manager of Roy's of Newport Beach.
January 18, 1994
"Puttin' on the Ritz," a fund-raising event sponsored by Goodwill Industries of Orange County, will be held at the Ritz Restaurant on Thursday. Hosted by the Goodwill Helmsmen, the organization's volunteer support group, the $45 event includes a selection of wines, hors d'oeuvres and desserts. The event runs from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Guests are also encouraged to bring bags of clothing donations to qualify for a chance to win a dinner for two at the Yankee Tavern Restaurant in Newport Beach.
April 20, 1989
The Newport Harbor benefit cruise aboard the Pacific Hornblower on April 7 netted about $10,000 for the National Kidney Foundation of Southern California, Orange County Region. Kevin Deighan was chairman. The "Antique Lecture and Luncheon" on March 30 at the Westin South Coast Plaza hotel in Costa Mesa netted about $15,000 for the Virginia Castle Auxiliary of the Assistance League of Newport Beach. Lynn Cornell was chairwoman. The "Save the Gym" dinner-auction on April 8 at the Boys and Girls Club of the Harbor Area netted about $12,000.
August 4, 1989 | Beverly Bush Smith
The escrow for the sale of the Hemingways in Corona del Mar, reported in this space in June, has fallen through. So owners Randy and Allison Johnson are regrouping in preparation to open again. "I'm a survivor," Randy Johnson says. "The situations before are past, and we have a great name and reputation, a facility intact, young and upcoming talent.' That talent includes new maitre d' and manager Sean Hunter and new chef John Iverson. Iverson, 29, is a graduate of Newport Harbor High.
March 12, 1995
* William Hegarty has been appointed chief operating officer of Elexsys International Inc. in Irvine, a manufacturer of circuit boards and back panels formerly known as Diceon Electronics Inc. Hegarty was previously vice president of sales and marketing at Sanmina Corp. Before that, he was with Kollmorgen Corp. for eight years. * Frederic Castan has joined the Westin South Coast Plaza hotel in Costa Mesa as executive chef.
October 20, 1994 | KATHRYN BOLD
More than 1,000 party-goers got a jump on their holiday shopping Tuesday when the Junior League of Orange County kicked off its 19th annual boutique, the Christmas Company. Guests armed with champagne flutes and shopping bags wandered among 45 exhibitors' stalls filled with holiday decorations and gifts at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa. The gala was held to honor patrons of the Christmas Company, the league's largest fund-raiser, which is expected to net more than $200,000.
Former Taco Bell Chairman John Martin and Orange County restaurateur David Wilhelm said Wednesday they are teaming up to open up to 10 restaurants in Southern California during the next two years. Pacific Restaurant Adventures, a new company formed by the duo, acquired the Chimayo Grill in Newport Beach last month from Taco Bell Corp. for an undisclosed amount.
September 12, 1991
Here's the lineup for the Taste of Newport: BALBOA DESSERT COMPANY Killer chocolate fudge cake Carrot cake New York cheesecake Raspberry cheesecake Cookies 'n' cream cheesecake Chocolate sable mousse BARBACOA Coconut shrimp with tangerine mustard sauce Mesquite smoked ribs with Jamaican barbecue sauce Grilled chicken skewers with spicy peanut sauce BISTRO 201 Hot chocolate souffles Grilled lamb chops with leek and mint marmalade Grilled shrimp on polenta with roasted peppers BOB BURNS Caesar
September 12, 1991 | MAX JACOBSON, Max Jacobson is a free-lance writer who reviews restaurants weekly for The Times Orange County Edition.
The food at next weekend's 1991 Taste of Newport promises to justify the $6 admission price, judging by the lineup of restaurants participating. Forty well-known Newport area restaurants will be strutting their stuff at the Fashion Island event this year, along with 17 well-known wineries.
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