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During the autumn and holiday seasons, The Resort at Pelican Hill highlights an abundance of fresh flavors and time-honored traditions. From Thanksgiving dining and Hanukkah feasts, to Christmas events and New Year’s festivities, guests gather with their loved ones to celebrate at Pelican Hill during this special time of year.
In November and December, our annual Pelican Hill Culinary Academy invites guests to explore the flavors of the season with fresh, local ingredients from the Irvine Ranch®. Our chefs du cuisine lead hands-on courses paired with wines. Classes take place Friday evenings in a luxurious Villa kitchen and feature a distinct menu theme, such as The Art of Making Fresh Pasta, Chef’s Secrets for Thanksgiving and Holiday Entertaining Small Plates.
At our signature restaurant, Andrea Ristorante, our Michelin-starred Chef Luigi Fineo presents the White Truffle Menu with an exquisite delicacy from Alba, Italy in a la carte dishes. In celebration of Southern California’s harvest season, Chef Derek Brooks presents an Olive Oil Savor Tasting Menu at the Pelican Grill. The Coliseum Pool & Grill, led by Chef Marc Osier, features new Sweet & Savory Pumpkin Specials, such as creamy pumpkin bisque and pumpkin ravioli with sage brown butter sauce.