The third annual Surf City Surf Dog competition weekend will kick off at 6 p.m. Friday with a Doggie Couture Fashion Show at the pet-friendly Shorebreak Hotel, 500 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach.

From noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, stop by the Hot Diggity Dog Expo and check out the PAWabunga Canine Costume and Owner Look-a-Like contests at the Strand.

And, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, the Surf City Surf Dog contest will take place at the Huntington Dog Beach. The entry fee for the surf competition is $45 ($10 will go to the charity picked by the contestant from among these nonprofits: Southern California Bulldog Rescue, Surf Dog Ricochet, the Orange County Humane Society, Westie Rescue of Orange County & Beyond, and Huntington Dog Beach).

Attendees can also bring a donation of canned or bagged dog food and/or old used blankets or towels for rescue pets.

The activities are taking place at Huntington Dog Beach and downtown Huntington Beach, at Pacific Coast Highway and Goldenwest Street. For more information, call (760) 420-2021 or visit


Wine and beer for weeks

Foodies and wine and beer enthusiasts, get ready for two weeks of back-to-back events featuring premium beer and wine pairings available for all budgets and tastes at some of Orange County's top restaurants.

We're thrilled about the debut of OC Wine Week — starting Sunday and going through Oct. 1), and OC Beer Week, running from Oct. 2 through Oct. 8. Think of it as OC Restaurant Week: prix-fixe menus that you savor, but coupled with fantastic wine and beer pairings

that can't be beat. The culinary celebration will be replacing fall's OC Restaurant Week.

Some outstanding choices to get excited about, include the Silver Trumpet Restaurant and Bar's Wine Week lunch menu for just $20. Start with white gazpacho with bitter chocolate, pimenton, grilled spot prawns, paired with Zaca Mesa, Z cuvee, Red Blend. The entrée is a poached salmon with citrus, crispy skin, caramelized grapefruit, white bean, and sage, paired with Penfolds, Bin 311, Chardonnay, 2010.

And for dessert, a pear tart with Frangipane and vanilla bean ice cream paired with Noval Port. Silver Trumpet is at 3350 Avenue of the Arts in Costa Mesa. For more information, call (714)751-5100.

One of our favorite upscale Vietnamese restaurants, Phans55 in Irvine, is offering a $40-Wine Week dinner starting with a roll sampler plate with a small glass of Pinot Grigio, Barone Fini, Italy; and then a bowl of PHO with top round or chicken with a small glass of Rose, Simi Winery, Sonoma.

The entrée choices include prawn garlic noodle with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc, Nobile Icon, Marlborough, N.Z.; a shaken beef filet with a glass of Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Ore., '06; or braised short rib with a glass of Cabernet, Dollarhide Ranch St Supery, Napa, '02. Finish with a macaroon and small glass of Hogue, Late Harvest Riesling, Washington.

Phans55 Irvine is at 6000 Scholarship Drive. For more information, call (949) 724-1236.

In Laguna Beach, Splashes at the Surf & Sand Resort is serving a $50-Beer Week dinner from Oct. 2 through Oct. 8. Choose from one starter, an heirloom tomato and Gorgonzola with Mama's Little Yella Pils, Oskar Blues Brewery; or a BBQ octopus with white beans, plums paired with Levitation Ale, Stone Brewery; or a Cajun shrimp with sweet corn paired with Hefe-Weizen, Paulaner Munchen.

The entrée choices include Parmesan chicken with pole beans paired with Red Seal Ale, North Coast Brewing Co.; or seared ahi tuna with shiitake mushrooms paired with Ellies Brown Ale, Avery Brewing Co.; or grilled hanger steak with crispy onions, paired with IPA, Stone Brewing Co.

Finish with dessert with raspberries and cream paired with St. Louis Framboise, Castle Brewery; or a beer float; or chocolate cappuccino with Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout, North Coast Brewery. Splashes is at 1555 S. Coast Hwy. For more information, call (949) 376-2779.

For an entire list of menus and participating restaurants go to