OC Kids Restaurant Week - Helping Kids Discover Their Palate

Attention of all of you kids out there who love to eat, which is pretty much all of you. You finally have your own week, as the Orange County Restaurant Association is introducing the OC Kids Restaurant Week, which will run from June 27th through July 3rd.

118 Degrees owner and Chef Jenny Ross

The Orange County Restaurant Association will produce Kids Restaurant Week as an annual event, along with its biannual Orange County Restaurant Week and the annual Happy Hour Week. The kids week is a great chance to try some new and tasty food from some restaurants that they might not have been exposed to previously, such as 118 Degrees in Costa Mesa.

“We really want the food to be fun for the kids and we try to find things that are a common flavor and then use a healthy alternative to give them a great tasting menu item but that is also healthy for them,” said Chef and 118 Degrees owner Jenny Ross. “We try to make our food as accessible as possible and an event like this really gives people and inexpensive way to give this way of eating a try”

118 Degrees, just celebrated its third anniversary and Jenny has put her stamp on the community when it comes to an organic dining lifestyle. In addition to her restaurant, she had partnered with Whole Foods to carry her Jenny Ross Living Foods, she offers a delivery service, and she offers classes and also has a book out. This is not only a great way to introduce kids to a healthier way of eating, but the adults out there can also learn a thing or two from Jenny.

“My goal has always been to empower the community by offering a fun and healthy alternative: fresh, organic living cuisine, in a comfortable atmosphere that is inviting and educational. The food should be beautiful and the experience, one to share with family and friends,” said Chef Jenny.

To kick the week off you can attend the Kids Restaurant Week launch party, which is set for Saturday, June 26th from noon to 4 p.m. at The District at Tustin Legacy. This FREE event is designed for the entire family and will take place throughout The District Promenade where families can enjoy mini bounce houses, live music by The Rockaholix & Johnny Come Lately, face painting, balloon art, cupcake decorating, food tastings, interactive booths, and much more.  Families will also be able to experience various activities and special offers throughout The District’s many stores and restaurants, with mascots on hand to lead the way.

Growing at organic fruit at 118 Degrees


Another great event will be the “Family Sunday Funday” that will be held on Sunday, June 27th at Don The Beachcomber in Huntington Beach from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. This FREE event will be held in the restaurant’s Hidden Village. This beautiful tropical setting will feature Tapua Hula classes, shaved ice stations, sugar dumplin’ making, indoor surf lessons and Tiki mask painting. Adults can get in on the fun as Don’s famous Mai Tai will be on special for on $4 and draft beer will be only $2.
If you are interested in attending this event, please RSVP by emailing Mona Shah at [email protected]

For more information on the event, visit: www.kidsrestaurantweek.org

OC Kids Restaurant Week

For more information on 118 Degrees, visit: www.118degrees.com

Following is a list of restaurants confirmed to date (subject to change):

118 Degrees - Costa Mesa

Anaheim White House - Anaheim

Beachcomber Café - Crystal Cove

Ayumi Sushi and Grill - Huntington Beach

Beach Pit BBQ - Costa Mesa, Tustin & Orange

Bluewater Grill - Newport & Tustin

Brasserie Pascal - Newport Beach

Cedar Creek - Brea, Laguna Niguel & San Juan

Chaparosa Grill  - Laguna Niguel & Tustin

Crystal Jade - Irvine

Don the Beachcomber - Huntington Beach

John's Incredible Pizza  - Buena Park

JT Schmid's Restaurant and Brewery - Anaheim & Tustin

K'ya - Anaheim

Lulu's Creperie Café - Laguna Niguel

Marios by the Sea - Dana Point

Marmalade Café - Tustin

Marrakesh - Newport Beach

Medieval Times - Buena Park

Newport Rib Company - Costa Mesa & Ladera

Nirvana Grille - Laguna Beach & Mission Viejo

Pat & Oscars - Multiple locations

Pirates Dinner Adventure - Buena Park


Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen - Anaheim


Redbrick Pizza - Multiple Locations


Riptide Sushi - Mission Viejo

Prego Ristorante - Irvine

Ruby's Diner - Multiple locations

The Derby - Mission Viejo

The Melting Pot  - Irvine, San Clemente & Brea

Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen - Downtown Disney

Redbrick Pizza - Foothill Ranch, Irvine & Tustin

Riptide Sushi - Mission Viejo

Salt Creek Grille - Monarch Beach

Savannah Chop House - Laguna Niguel

Steer Crazy BBQ - Capistano Beach

Tradition by Pascal - Newport Beach

Which Wich - Santa Ana

Wingnuts - Costa Mesa & Aliso Viejo

Zimzala - Huntington Beach

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