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At the beginning of this year, Pelican Grill debuted its new Tasting Table experience, which invites epicureans to be seated right next to the restaurant’s open-concept kitchen in the main dining room. It’s an interactive, chef-led dining experience featuring exclusive daily dishes that highlight the freshest seasonal ingredients and creative presentations. Pelican Grill Chef Derek Brooks prepares the day’s selection of prix fixe specialties and presents them at the tableside of the adjacent rustic, wooden table set for up to 10 guests. As they converse with the chef, diners savor Napa-inspired cuisine paired with fine California wines.
In April, Pelican Grill brings back The Masters Menu. As guests watch the pros compete from Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia, they can enjoy Chef Derek’s selection of Southern dishes available exclusively during The Masters. The golf-inspired menu includes specials, such as Fairway Fried Chicken Birdie, Shrimp ‘n’ Bunker Grits and Pimento Grilled Cheese Sandwich, a Masters tradition. Featured beverage selections include Sweet Tea, Mint Julep, Arnold Palmer and Pickled Okra Bloody Mary.
On Easter Sunday, we invite guests to Traditional Easter Brunch. Amidst Pacific Ocean panoramas, the little ones delight in an Easter egg hunt, Easter Bunny visits, face painting and balloon shaping on our picturesque Rotunda Lawn. In Mar Vista’s grand ballroom, we will present traditional brunch favorites, with California and Tuscan accents. We also have Mother’s Day Ballroom Brunch coming up in May.
During the month of May, Andrea Ristorante presents the Spring Asparagus Seasonal Menu, featuring produce harvested from our local Irvine Ranch®. The á la carte tasting menu of Northern Italian dishes includes hand-made tagliolini with bay scallops, green asparagus and black summer truffle, and green asparagus soup with soft-poached quail egg, parmesan cheese crisp, taggiasca olive dust and peperoncino oil.
Looking ahead to late spring and early summer, Pelican Grill and Coliseum Pool & Grill bring all the action of the World Cup Brazil games to our guests on nine-foot TV screens. At Coliseum Pool, guests can also cheer their team to victory on flat-screen TVs in a private cabana. In each restaurant, we’re creating World Cup Dining Specials, honoring the cuisine of the countries competing.