The dinner is $80 per person, plus $35 for wine pairing. Call (714) 352-2525 for more information or to make a reservation.

At Pinot Provence, a French-inspired Christmas Eve and Christmas dinner will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. The dinner kicks off with butternut squash soup, arugula salad, celery root risotto or hamachi, followed by the choice of sweet potato ravioli, pork belly or Manila clams. Main dish choices include sauteed diver scallops, crispy duck breast, prime rib or half rotisserie chicken.

The cost is $65 per person for three courses, $78 per person for four courses and $19.95 for children under 12.

Call (714) 444-5900 for reservations.

Antonello Ristorante is hosting its own Christmas Eve dinner, as is AnQi by Crustacean, Scott's Restaurant & Bar Marché Moderne Morton's The Steakhouse Pinot Provence and Royal Khyber Fine Indian Cuisine.


Lagunan writes memoir

I just received a copy of Lagunan author Niki Smart's memoir, "Hell Camp: How to Chew on a Crazy Childhood and Avoid Checking."

I haven't started reading it — more to come on that later — but in case you weren't aware, Smart read an excerpt of it at the most recent L.A. Times Festival of Books and had an author signing at Laguna Beach Books.

Smart, who works with at-risk teens, also teaches yoga and has written several songs. More on her book and life is at


Christmas Eve in Laguna

Sapphire Laguna also is offering a special Christmas Eve dinner. The three-course prefix dinner, prepared specially by Chef Azmin Ghareman, will be from 4: 30 to 9:30 p.m. and will feature menu of "culinary influences from around the world." Cost for the dinner starts at $52.

Reservations and more information is at Reservations

ALISHA GOMEZ is the managing editor of the Coastline Pilot and Huntington Beach Independent. She can be reached or (714) 966-4618.