Event - Fleming's Steakhouse Blogger Event

I had the pleasure of attending a blogger event at Fleming's Steakhouse in Newport Beach at Fashion Island this past Saturday to taste their "5 for $6 until 7" menu. My first impression when I walked through the doors was that I was fond of the interior design as it was quite clean and classic. There was a prevalence of dark wood that invoked a steakhouse-y feel without the rough and tough mood of "cows are actually killed here by our butchers." I wish I had snagged a picture of the interior but I was quickly taken to our private room; darn that excellent and courteous service!

The low murmur of conversation slowly began as more and more guests arrived. The wait staff was quite attentive, and we were all introduced to Russ Bendel (Operating Partner), Chris Hutten (Chef Partner), and Xavier Quintanilla (Manager) once everyone had arrived. Quickly, the first cocktail of the afternoon was brought out in addition to all the wines already set on a side table for anytime access. It was the Tropical Martini (pictured topmost), a refreshing cocktail of Malibu Coconut Rum, cranberry juice, pineapple juice, and Meyers Dark Rum. The skewered cherry and orange were a nice touch. The other cocktails were brought out throughout the afternoon were the Pomtini (Belvedere Vodka, POM Wonderful pomegranate juice, and orange juice) and what I believe was the Stoli Bombshell (Stoli blueberry vodka with fresh blueberries?). I didn't hear what the last cocktail was but I managed to finagle myself the last glass by taking pictures of it. I definitely like that last one best as it was light but flavorful.


In terms of food, everything was superb. I'd go into detail about each dish but frankly, there were too many for me to adequately speak about each without writing your eyes off! In order we had the tenderloin carpaccio (oh those capers!), sweet chile calamari (saucy yet crisp, sweet yet spicy; a perfect appetizer), wicked Cajun barbecue shrimp (tender and full of flavor), roasted mushroom ravioli (hearty chunks of mushroom), baked brie in puff pastry (got mine too late so it had cooled but it was fair), and Fleming's prime burger with wonderfully seasoned onion rings. Writing about the burger now is making me hungry as I remember the specially spiced bacon on top of a thick and juicy chunk of beef. It was the best burger that I've had in ages. Check out the pictures below.


As we finished up our good conversations and eating, we were gifted with a box of melt-in-your-mouth truffles topped with caramel. I had a great time meeting some fellow OC bloggers and hope to become more aware of more in the future. I'm still a newbie on the scene (probably the youngest person there!) but I hope to be of use to the food blog readers out there. My thanks to Mike (and Katie) of Eating My Way Through OC for the delightful conversation that Saturday!


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