By Greer Wylder
3:58 PM PST, January 19, 2011
The Wine Knot is a celebration of great wines and good eats happening from 6 to 9 p.m. Jan. 29 at Huntington Harbour Yacht Club in Huntington Beach. Participating wineries and wine boutiques include the Other Guys (Sebastiani Family Wines, Sonoma Valley), Pear Valley (Paso Robles), Palumbo Winery (Temecula), Onehope Wine, Brix, BrewBakers and Purple Feet. The event also includes live music, raffle items and a silent auction. Tickets cost $50 per person. Mention Greer's OC when you call to reserve tickets and get $5 off your ticket. Proceeds benefit the Huntington Beach Sailing Foundation. The Huntington Harbour Yacht Club is at 3821 Warner Ave. in Huntington Beach. For more information, call (562) 592-2186 or visit http://www.hhyc.org.
High-fashion and foods
What's not to love about Anastasia Boutique and Café in Laguna Beach?
It covers the best of both worlds: high-fashion and foods under one roof. For the past 30 years, owner Amir Gharavi has offered an unparalleled mix of designer shoes, bags and accessories from top designer brands and served breakfast (all day) and lunch from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. It's an oasis for fashionistas and those who enjoy relaxing tableside with friends.
Right now, Anastasia is having an in-store end-of-the-year sale — apparel reduced 30% to 50%, and if you sign up online, you'll receive e-mail alerts for Warehouse Wednesday sales. Choose from top brands including Alberta Ferretti, Blumarine, Jean Paul Gaultier, Plein Sud, Wunderkind, Maison Martin Margiela, Comme des Garcons, Junya Watanabe, Peachoo + Krejberg and many more. Just recently, Anastasia added its own men's label, Unholy Matrimony, available now.
The boutique is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., café 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 460-470 Ocean Ave. in Laguna Beach. For more information, call (949) 497-1212 at http://www.anastasiaboutique.com.
A'Maree's the home of haute couture in OC since the '70s, is having its famed winter sale going on through Feb. 5. It's your chance to find coveted, hand-selected designer apparel reduced 40% to 70%.
Looks can be deceiving at the grand A'Maree's location (formerly Cano's restaurant) on West Coast Highway in Newport Beach — it feels much larger than its Westcliff Court store, but actually is a few hundred square feet smaller. In its previous boutique, A'Maree's was bursting at the seams, taking up a mishmash of rooms to accommodate all of its apparel, shoes, jewelry and accessories. But now, shopping is a pleasurable experience.
The new fabulous, airy and light boutique features enormous dressing rooms, an open kitchen, a bar and table to relax at, a waterfront patio and its trademark: a stunning mix of designers hand-picked by the expert A'Maree's team. Choose from Givenchy, Celine, Lanvin, Luisa Cevese Riedizioni, Azzedine Alaia, Marni, Dries Van Noten, Eres, Lucien Pellat-Finet, Golden Goose and many more. Home accessories include Alison Berger Glassworks, blankets and rugs from Turkey and Dosa pillows.
A'Maree's is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday at 2241 West Coast Hwy., Newport Beach. For more information, call (949) 642-4423 or visit http://www.amarees.com.
Dog food good enough for humans
If you're concerned about ingredients in the foods you're feeding four-legged family members, you'll be happy to know the first dog kitchen, True Food For Dogs, just opened in Orange County. It uses only FDA- and USDA-approved ingredients such as meat, fruits, vegetables, whole grains and vitamin supplement blends that are all 100% certified for human consumption.
True Food For Dogs' commercial kitchen and bakery in Newport Beach offers entrees ranging from restaurant-quality beef and russet potatoes to turkey and whole-wheat macaroni; baked offerings include peanut butter and pumpkin treats. These homemade recipes were certified by a nutritionist, tested by labs for nutritional content and approved for taste by dogs and people too.
True Food For Dogs is cooked fresh at the dog kitchen, vacuum-sealed, chilled and immediately frozen for optimal nutrition. True Food for Dogs' products can be shipped frozen to your door everywhere in the U.S., picked up at the retail kitchen or hand-delivered to most coastal Orange County areas. True also offers dog treats and a line of premium supplements.
True Food for Dogs is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at 500 West Coast Hwy. in Newport Beach. For more information, call (949) 722- 3647 or visit http://www.truefoodfordogs.com.
Monique Lhuillier appearance
Celebrity wedding gown designer Monique Lhuillier will be making a personal appearance from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday for a fabulous pre-wedding "Wedding Party" at Bloomingdale's South Coast Plaza.
She'll be showcasing her sophisticated and luxurious china and home accessories, made in partnership with Waterford Wedgwood. At the wedding event, you can sip cocktails, sample savory hors d'oeuvres and indulge your sweet tooth with cake tastings. Product and style experts will give you great tips and resources to help you complete a dream registry and wedding day. Start your registry that evening and enter to win a six-night luxurious stay in Bali, courtesy of the Leading Hotels of the World. RSVP at (714) 824-4601. The registry is at the lower level of Bloomingdale's. For more information, visit www1.bloomingdales.com/store/index.ognc?action=STORE_DETAIL&storeId=110048.
Nonprofit partners with Cadillac
Cure Duchenne, a Newport Beach-based foundation, is currently in the midst of a huge Super Bowl promotion with Cadillac. It's selling incredible packages to the Super Bowl XLV on Feb. 6 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. You'll get premier seats, luxury accommodations, autographed memorabilia and exclusive party passes. The online auction runs now through Jan. 26 at charitybuzz.com/cureduchenne.
Proceeds will benefit leading edge research that will help cure Duchenne, a progressive form of muscular dystrophy that affects boys.
GREER WYLDER writes Greer's OC for the Huntington Beach Independent each Thursday and the Daily Pilot and Coastline Pilot each Friday. She's the founder and president of greersoc.com, a free daily e-mail service that provides the latest in Orange County fashion, dining, music, events and trends. Her blog can be viewed http://www.greersoc.com and she can be contacted at email@example.com.