An enticing highlight of the summer season is the series of
musical evenings at [seven-degrees] recently prefaced with a
delightful dining experience, a complimentary wine-tasting and
cocktails. The eventful happening at this highly sophisticated Laguna
Beach art treasure provided an opening night glimpse of what is in
store at the July and August events to come.
An attractive assemblage of cocktail-clad guests gathered on the
spacious alfresco terrace nestled below the canyon’s verdant
hillside. To start, a sampling of award-winning wines courtesy of
genial Kyle Twitchell from Stimson Lane Vineyards set a welcoming
pace for the festive evening. Two outstanding vintages enjoyed were
Eroica, a refreshingly fruity Reisling, and Columbia Crest, a mellow
chardonnay from Grand Estates, both listed among the prestigious Wine
Spectator’s top 100 picks.
Tastes of the Orient were deftly dished up to order and, befitting
the [seven-degrees] concept, every plate designed by P and A
Catering, was a beautiful work of art. Exotic delicacies included the
Hong Kong dim sum salad of seared potstickers on a bed of chopped
Asian greens in sesame dressing; deliciously al dente hot wok shrimp
stir-fried with crisp peppers, green onions and toasted coconut in
classic Thai peanut sauce; and a killer Kung Pao arrangement of
toasted red chilis, peanuts and crisp lotus chips tossed with a
choice of chicken, shrimp or beef.
A walk down or brief elevator ride to the main event revealed
beautifully set tables flanked by a cocktail bar, lavish dessert and
coffee displays, all facing the central stage. Sweet finales
consisted of a half dozen luscious confections almost too beautiful
to devour -- small cups of raspberry and chocolate mousse; little
tarts filled with tangy apple; crunchy macadamia nuts;or rich
chocolate ganache, a gold star-studded chocolate candy wrap of
raspberry creme and chocolate cake.
The highlight of the evening came with [seven-degrees] of Sound
emanating from a central stage. Here personable vocalist Karen
Gallinger performed her very own magic, giving forth with the
eclectic mix of jazz, blues and contemporary songs which typify the
trio of musical evenings to come at this unique art venue.
That Gallinger fans are many was obvious from the applause and
howls which permeated the arena. Not to mention the adorable
wannabe-Karen tyke doing her own little act in front of the stage.
Forthcoming events will be on July 25 when Mark’s restaurant
caters dinner. Common Sense will be the featured entertainment at
this benefit to honor famed Eric Henderson, the celebrated Laguna
Beach virtuoso who has had to endure a number of major surgeries and
skin grafts following the flesh-eating bacteria he contracted some
time ago. All proceeds from the $35 fee will be sent directly to
Henderson and his family.
The Aug. 8 concert will showcase Sylvia St. James in a benefit for
TLC, the Laguna Beach club for children. Aug. 22 promises a Grand
A $15 tariff gains entry to each of these events. Dinner and
desserts are optional and there will be two-drink minimum for these