Citrus City Grille is one of the WOW Stops on the Old Towne Orange Walking Food Tour, and those of you who have visited will no doubt remember us regaling you with tales of their 4 and 5 course wine flight events.  Well now’s your chance to attend the next one on May 18th at 7:00pm:  A Taste of Italy: Wine, Food and Sound.

Chef Sandro Ontiveros is sure to outdo himself again with heirloom tomato carpaccio, a beautiful arugula salad with prosciutto and roasted tomato,  veal scaloppini piccata– and chocolate almond raspberry cannoli.  I’m smiling just thinking about it.   All this will be accompanied by specially chosen wines for each course.

Italian sisters are we – and we are looking forward to celebrating our heritage with the fine folks at “the Grille” next Wednesday.  Why don’t you join us?  We’ll look for you there!

Read about past Citrus City Grille events: Argentine Tango Review   and Greek Wine Flight Review

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Come May 14th a lot of people in this town will be seeing red.  Red dots, and the more the better, at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity’s Red Dot Auction Fundraiser being held at their location in Old Towne Orange, 131 W. Chapman Avenue from 6:30 – 9:30pm.

Elements of Surprise
Artists from around the world, both emerging and renowned, will contribute artwork created especially for the fundraiser.   They will sign a 10” X 10” canvas on the reverse side, remaining anonymous until the bidders receive their prizes.   This gives the participants the opportunity to own a piece of art that may normally sell for thousands of dollars for far less.  But no one can really lose on this deal– since part of the criteria is asking people to follow their own heart and bid on the art that attracts them most, the piece they get is guaranteed to bring them joy no matter who the artist turns out to be. The red dots allow bidders a $1,000 “Buy It Now” option if the current bid on any piece is below $1,000.  Lots of intrigue, fun and surprises are in store.

Passing on the Vision

Chuck Jones was the creator of such beloved animated figures as Roadrunner, Wile E. Coyote, Marvin Martian, Pepe le Pew—and the “godfather” of Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck–and his work is still admired and loved around the world.  His family established the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity as a way to share Chuck’s vision of how imagination and creativity can improve all aspects of life and community.  The Center showcases Chuck’s animation desk as an inspiration to those who visit.  The Center is open for “Drop In And Draw,” and other educational programs and art exhibitions during the year, and they often partner with organizations in the community.  Tracy Tanner, President of the Center’s Council for Creativity wants to see people use their buried creativity to imaginatively approach problem solving in other areas of their lives through what they learn at the Center.  And Cheryl Posner, Executive Director says, “We want to create an exciting gathering at the Red Dot Auction to spur people’s creativity and develop a community hub here in Orange.  It’s the creative spark that transforms our lives.”

One-of-a-Kind Experiences

If the red dots weren’t fun enough, there will also be a live auction that evening for experiences that just can’t be had anywhere else.  A VIP backstage tour of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will be offered, as well as a custom meal prepared in the winning bidder’s home by the retired Chef of the Villa Nova Restaurant, and an opportunity to pick the next limited edition release from the extensive art archives of Chuck Jones.

All that, and food too.  You’ll want to make time to go.  For more information and to purchase tickets, please go to
The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity is one of the stops and the Old Towne Orange Walking ArtWalk Food Tour.  Book Your  Tour

You may end up “taking an artist’s work home” with you, and who knows? You may end up becoming an artist yourself.

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Hello! Ruby’s Tuesday

by OTOWFT on April 19, 2011

Ruby’s Streamliner Lounge and Diner in Old Towne Orange Opens April 19th

A few months ago, we had the opportunity to meet with Edward Brandt, the general manager of the new Ruby’s Diner to talk a little about the vision for the new restaurant in Old Towne Orange, located in the historic Santa Fe train depot.   Hearing about their plans was exciting, and after attending a preview opening last week we were not disappointed.

The train depot was built in 1938 and after much thoughtful restoration and remodeling, the restaurant gives you the feel of being a traveler in the 30’s.  You can just imagine getting off the train (now the Orange Metrolink station) and experiencing the ambiance of Ruby’s Streamliner Lounge as you stop in for a drink and relax.  There in the lounge and throughout the diner, antique trains run on tracks above, the décor reminds you of days gone by, and the friendly service invites you back again.  The upscale bar features updated menu items such as swordfish tacos and margaritas, but the diner retains the same popular menu items that customers have come to rely on at Ruby’s.

Retro Dining and Remembrances
There something for everyone here; the parking is plentiful and afterwards you may want to visit the Veteran’s Memorial Fountain in the adjacent park area. It was the brainchild of John Whiteriver, a long time Orange resident and commander of the local American Legion.  Retro dining and remembrances of those who’ve gone before us—that’s what we’re all about in Old Towne Orange, and that’s what this new location provides for us.

Just a little trivia you many find interesting: there are 1004 window panes on the Ruby’s building, and out of those, 225 had to have decades old tint removed.   Lori Nadeau, owner of A Lady’s Touch Facilities Maintenance provided me with this info as she and I talked at one of the “soft openings” preceding the grand opening.  Her ties to the community in Orange are longstanding and Ruby’s holds a special place in her heart: it was her 105 year old “Mawmaw”’s favorite lunch destination.   For her, getting the maintenance account at Ruby’s was another way to stay connected to those memories.

So, hello Ruby’s – and welcome to Old Towne Orange.  No need to say goodbye, though.  We’ll come and go – and we’ll be coming back again!

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The Juice on Easter Brunch

by OTOWFT on April 1, 2011

Citrus City Grille Amps Up Popular Sunday Brunch for the Holiday

For those of you who are brunch-oholics, you know what the upcoming Easter holiday means:  brunch to the 10th power!  The tradition of going to brunch on Easter after a church service or family gathering, or to simply to celebrate the onset of spring is something many of us look forward to every year.  And brunch aficionados know there’s no better place to experience Easter Brunch than at the Citrus City Grille in Old Towne Orange.

The owners are taking their already popular Sunday brunch and bringing it up a few notches.  Yamm! They’re expanding their carving station to include roast turkey and prime rib, including some beautiful seafood and are adding a cheese and fruit bar.  If you’ve been there before, you’ll still see your favorite standbys: eggs benedict, the omelet station and the assortment of freshly baked breads and desserts that regulars have come to depend on.  And it wouldn’t be complete without the bubbly – which will be provided in abundance.

The atmosphere at the “Grille” is high end but friendly, reflecting the owners Steve Xenos and Steve Tsirtsis’ genial personalities, and the energy in the place makes it a fun outing.  Anytime you’re at the Citrus City Grille in Old Towne Orange you get the extra added charm of being in what has been consistently voted the Best Downtown in Orange County.  Easter Sunday should be a beautiful day there so a stroll afterwards makes this a near perfect spring lift.

For more information or to make reservations, please call 714 639-9600.Citrus City Grille is one of the retuarants and the Old Towne Orange Walking Food Tour.  Book Your  Tour

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April in Paris – In a Cup, That Is

March 29, 2011

Launch Your Creativity Event Set for April 9th Whenever you drop in for tea or a little shopping at the boutique at Paris In A Cup in Old Towne Orange, you’re bound to feel an urge to relate and create.  Relate, because one look at the salon and you’re ready to sit, reminisce and spend […]

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Blogger Kelly Borgen Features the Old Towne Orange Walking Food Tour

December 14, 2010

We were pleased and excited  to have Kelly Borgen of I Heart Old Towne Orange blogging fame on the Old Towne Orange Walking Food Tour recently!  Kelly has been working with us on our cable show, Around Towne, and it was fun to spend an afternoon together with her, her parents and husband walking and eating our […]

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Greece Was the Word: Citrus City Grille Greek Wine Dinner Flight Review

November 21, 2010

Following up on last month’s tango themed dinner where dancers were engaged to demonstrate Argentine routines, owners Steve Xenos and Steve Tsirtisis decided this month to do their own performing, with a little help from their friends.

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Party in a Box by PJ’s!

November 17, 2010

How many times have you wished you could send a special greeting to a loved one in a galaxy far away, but just couldn’t come up with anything but the standard fare? If you’ve got an out-of-state college student, a spouse on a prolonged business trip or even a freind in the military stationed across […]

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Citrus City Grille – Argentine Tango Review

October 22, 2010

Okay, so my husband loves… I mean LOVES the tango.  And it was his birithday. So I couldn’t think of a better place to go to celebrate  than The Citrus City Grille for their Argentine Wine Dinner Flight & Tango Show. We were personally greeted by the owners, who were there for the event, and […]

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Paris in a Cup, Jazz and The Afterlife

October 22, 2010

Get your jazz hands ready, put on your beret and head on over to Paris in a Cup on Saturday, October 30th for one really special event! The popular tea salon will be transforming into a jazz club, French Quarter style, and since it’s the day before our celebrated dress-up day, costumes are encouraged.  I mean, if […]

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