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Photo Gallery: Newport Beach Restaurant Week kickoff party

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A short rib served over Yukon gold potato in a martini glass was among the items from the Bungalow restaurant available to guests at the Newport Beach Restaurant Week kickoff party Thursday night. Restaurant Week will run Monday through Jan. 27.

 (Don Leach / Staff Photographer)
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Guests stop at a dessert display from Laurent Vrignaud of Moulin during the Newport Beach Restaurant Week kickoff party Thursday night at the Lincoln Experience Center at Fashion Island.

 (Don Leach / Staff Photographer)
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The dessert table by Laurent Vrignaud of Moulin was popular among guests at the the Newport Beach Restaurant Week kickoff party Thursday at the Lincoln Experience Center at Fashion Island.

 (Don Leach / Staff Photographer)
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The Olea restaurant crew, including chef Jared Cook and partners Kyle Simpson and Russ Bendel, from left, chat with guests during the Newport Beach Restaurant Week kickoff party Thursday night at the Lincoln Experience Center at Fashion Island.

 (Don Leach / Staff Photographer)
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Olea restaurant representatives, from left, chef Jared Cook, Russ Bendel, Abraham Arreaga, Kyle Simpson and Keanu Graham gather at the Newport Beach Restaurant Week kickoff party Thursday at the Lincoln Experience Center at Fashion Island.

 (Don Leach / Staff Photographer)
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Bites of seared rare ahi tuna by chef Yvon Goetz of the Winery restaurant were available for tasting during the Newport Beach Restaurant Week kickoff party Thursday.

 (Don Leach / Staff Photographer)
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The Mayor’s Table restaurant at the Lido House hotel offered spicy tuna bites on toasted bread at Thursday’s Newport Beach Restaurant Week kickoff party at the Lincoln Experience Center at Fashion Island.

 (Don Leach / Staff Photographer)
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A swirled lemon tart from Laurent Vrignaud of Moulin was among the offerings at Thursday night’s Newport Beach Restaurant Week kickoff party at the Lincoln Experience Center at Fashion Island.

 (Don Leach / Staff Photographer)
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Olea restaurant served bites of duck liver pate during the Newport Beach Restaurant Week kickoff party Thursday night at the Lincoln Experience Center at Fashion Island.

 (Don Leach / Staff Photographer)
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The Great Maple restaurant offered charred cauliflower hummus by chef Saloman Razo at the Newport Beach Restaurant Week kickoff party Thursday at the Lincoln Experience Center at Fashion Island.

 (Don Leach / Staff Photographer)
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Chef Eunjoo Pluenneke offered small plates of spicy Korean pork tacos from Balboa Lily’s during the Newport Beach Restaurant Week kickoff party Thursday at the Lincoln Experience Center at Fashion Island.

 (Don Leach / Staff Photographer)
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