• Culinary Feast on Catalina Island

     
    POSTED November 4, 2016
     

Outstanding in the Field, the roving restaurant without walls that has been hosting open-air events at farms, ranches, beaches, olive tree groves and orchards since 1999, brought its long winding table to Catalina Island on Nov. 1. In a secluded sea cove that’s the site of a beloved summer camp, Nyesha Arrington, a former Top Chef contender who owns Leona Restaurant in Venice beach, prepared a four-course lunch in her jerrybuilt surfside kitchen. On the menu: crispy quinoa with sun chokes and arugula, snapper cooked with the local herb chadon beni, Catalina Island spiny lobster, baby lamb chops with mustard frills and, for dessert, a pumpkin-ginger crème pie with candied ginger and pomegranate seeds. “I grew up in Los Angeles and this is the first time I’ve been to Catalina,” says Arrington, boasting that she had climbed up a tree that morning to pick pink peppercorns. (Try saying that three times fast!) The conviviality of the day continued on the hour-long ferry ride back to the mainland aboard the Catalina Express. As always, there were lots of people celebrating since the fleet offers free rides to travelers on their birthdays (register in advance on the website). Adding to the high spirits: The Commodore Lounge serves an excellent Bloody Mary.

With a beachside locale and a laidback, surf-town vibe, Ventura County Coast is awash with inspiration for your next meeting and event. The region is home to four communities— Camarillo, Oxnard, Ventura, and Port Hueneme—and is ideal for groups from 10 to 1,000.  

 

With a beachside locale and a laidback, surf-town vibe, Ventura County Coast is awash with inspiration for your next meeting and event. The region is home to four communities— Camarillo, Oxnard, Ventura, and Port Hueneme—and is ideal for groups from 10 to 1,000.  

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Sunday recommended that all gatherings of more than 50 people be cancelled or postponed for the next eight weeks, in order to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. The recommendation covers events like parades, concerts, festivals, conferences, sporting events, weddings and more.