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This New Food Festival Is an Ode to the Chicken Strip

Chicken tender fanatics often live out their passion in silence. The dish can draw some serious side-eyes if ordered for dinner during a night out. Once the age has passed where “being picky” is a legitimate excuse for not wanting to try new menu items, the childhood favorite is usually reserved for the occasional bar order or desperate fast food buy. But, those crunchy breaded chicken strips are loved by most for a reason — they’re easily made and moldable to just about any profile. 

Later this month in Los Angeles, tenders will be getting the recognition they deserve, when Off the Menu and John Terzian of the H.Wood Group will be teaming up to throw the city’s first TenderFest at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on November 15. The festival aims to show off the tender’s full potential by bringing together some of the area’s top chicken vendors, including Delilah, Fuku, Raising Cane’s, Hot Mutha Clucker, CAULIPOWER, and Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken.

Additionally, famed chefs Nancy Silverton, Wolfgang Puck, Chris Oh, and Timothy Hollingsworth will each be crafting their interpretation of a tender to serve in front of a panel of judges. The winner of this showdown will be gifted a cash prize to give to a charity of their choice. 

Tickets for TenderFest are available now for $65, which pays for unlimited tenders and beer. The VIP tickets, which run for $175, also include the food and booze, as well as event merchandise, a VIP lounge, access to VIP-only vendor Dave’s Hot Chicken, a gift bag, and a 6 month membership to Off the Menu.

Off the Menu has been throwing dope food-focused events for a while now, and is a consistent source for innovative and creative flavors, which stands out in a Southern California culinary universe that can tend to stagnate on flavor-of-the-month trends. 

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This Petite Pro Eater Crushed 642 Shrimp In A Single Sitting

There was a summer where I ate about 30 pieces of shrimp over the course of a barbecue. While 12-year-old Pete was pretty proud of this accomplishment, 30 shrimp become dwarfed when compared to a legendary professional eater such as Molly Schuyler.

In a recent live stream event held at the San Pedro Fish Market Grille in Rolling Hills, CA, Schuyler managed to devour more than 600 shrimp in a single sitting.

The feat was broadcast live on Twitch in honor of National Shrimp Day last week. Schuyler was given an hour to see exactly how many shrimp she could handle from the viral seafood restaurant chain.

With about a minute to spare, she was able to knock out exactly 642 pieces of shrimp as she cleared two platters filled to the brim. We won’t know for sure how many more she would have bested in that final minute had there been more shrimp on the table, but her entry in the shrimp-eating book of records is a legendary one.

Schuyler, a seasoned professional, is no stranger to vast quantities of food. In another recent live stream, she crushed 360 chicken nuggets from Burger King in a single session — the equivalent of 11.5 pounds, dipping sauce not included.

Anyone looking to challenge Molly or compete in future Foodbeast Challenger League events, be sure to hit us up!

Those who missed the stream can watch it in its entirety here.

Food Trucks Sweets

Take Dessert Seriously With This Funnel Cake Sesame Ice Cream Cone Topped With Kit Kats

If you’re one to plan your Saturday around devouring tons of savory items at a food festival, you’ll want to know where you can find some sweet offerings to refresh your palette every so often. Don’t worry we got you.

Created by Drizzle, an Orange County-based dessert truck, this massive Sweet Sesame Cone can only be found in one place, on one day, for foodies looking to chase rare and exclusive desserts.

The Drizzle truck will debut the item at FOODBEAST’s AYCE Asian food Festival NOODS NOODS NOODS presented by Original Cup Noodles. Mark your calendars because the food festival will take place Saturday, Jan. 27 in Santa Ana, CA.

Guests of the event will get to indulge in a funnel cake cone that’s filled with sesame ice cream and stacked with coconut jelly and whipped cream. If that wasn’t enough to pique your interest, the dessert is finished with Matcha-flavored Kit Kats, sprinkles, matcha powder, and condensed milk.

If you’re interested in sinking your teeth into this sweet sesame ice cream cone, or trying tons of other Asian-inspired dishes, you can purchase tickets to NOODS NOODS NOODS here. Ticket options include Marketplace (buy as you go) or VIP (all you can consume for three hours).

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Foodbeast Is Donating Proceeds From ‘Family Dinner’ To Less Fortunate

Foodbeast’s mission is obvious—we strive to offer value to our audience via the food-centric entertainment and information we provide via our food news stories, recipe videos, miscellaneous eating adventures, and of course, #foodporn. Some people are familiar with us from a mixture of all of these, while some know us best for one single channel. Above everything, you should know our hearts and souls lie with foodit’s what wakes us up in the morning, and it’s what sweetly tucks us into our beds every night.

We aren’t very into the idea of taking the food on our plates for granted, because at the end of the day, we know that there are individuals in this world who can hardly even pay for their groceries. These same individuals do not have the means to keep their children in school regularly. These same individuals cannot even afford a home. And even more, these individuals are living right in our own backyard.

Being based in Santa Ana, we are incredibly aware of how many are affected by homelessness in our beloved Orange County. It hurts to see your own community, your own family, in such a painful situation. Hence, this is the premise for our Foodbeast Family Dinner series—we wanted to somehow bring together our community, our family, to show support for those who are struggling each and everyday just to make ends meet. And it just so happens that food is the perfect way to bring people together.

We knew that we wanted to specifically benefit the Project Hope Alliance for our first philanthropic dinner, as the Costa Mesa-based non for profit organization has worked tirelessly to end the cycle of homelessness for children and their families in Orange County for over 25 years. We also knew that Chef Linh Nguyen would be able to create the perfect menu for the evening, one built around a comfortable, family-style palette, yet was very much “Foodbeast-worthy.”

Now all that’s left is bringing our community—our family—together, at the dinner table. We cordially invite you to be a part of our family too, and show your support and strength for those who need it most. See the details of the dinner below:

Who: Foodbeast x Chef Linh Nguyen x Project Hope Alliance x Melissa’s Produce x Goose Island Beer Co.
What: Foodbeast Family Dinner, Volume One (benefitting Project Hope Alliance)
Where: Foodbeast Studio Kitchen in the 4th Street Market
When: Saturday, July 2, 2016 (two sessions: 5pm and 8pm)

Korean BBQ Style 6 Minute Scotch Egg


KBBQ makes everything better, even the incredible, edible egg. Welcome to Flavor Town, y’all.

Cajun Gumbo Pot Pie


Southern Comfort, comfortably concealed within a humble pot pie. There’s also just a hint of kick to keep things spicy.

Bacon Wrapped Meat Loaf Moco Loco

You’re definitely going to want to hop on this Bacon Wrapped Meat Loaf Moco Loco-motive. Next stop: the gravy train.

Grilled Peach Bread Pudding with Sticky Toffee Caramel & Toasted Meringue

Apologies for not having some visuals here, but we’re pretty sure you can only imagine what this dirty ditty is going to look/taste like—HEAVEN.




Orange County’s ‘PIGOUT 2.0’ to Feature 15 Pork-Centric Dishes Including Blood Sausage Pasta & Pork Pâté


Coming up this Sunday, August 25th – Bobby Navarro of and the non-profit dedicated to chef artistry Inspire Artistic Mindsbrings PIGOUT 2.0  to Southern California. Labeled as a ‘pig centric social,’ 15 chefs from around the region will bring their best pork dishes to the table (hah, literally) including this Pork Blood Pasta with Blood Sausage from Broadway (pictured above and last) and this fragrant-spiced Pork Pâté paired with tart cherries from Haven Collective (below).

Participating kitchens include Broadway by Amar Santana, Juliette’s Kitchen and Bar, A Restaurant, The Attic, Hopscotch Tavern, Pizzeria Mozza, The Cheese Shop, Arc Restaurant, Little Sparrow, The Cannery and Haven Collective. In addition to the food, 10 bartenders from the region will also be preparing craft cocktails to help you push down the six pounds of pork — just in case you had a few iotas of extra space left. But you won’t.

The #FOODBEAST Crew will be there in full force, so come say hello and pickup some stickers.

The deets:


Sunday, August 25th 2013

3-7 PM

All-You-Can-Eat-And Drink Tickets: $75 Presale, $100 at the Door

@ California Scenario (Noguchi Gardens)

611 Anton Blvd., Costa Mesa, CA 92626

pork pate



The World’s Largest Lobster Festival Comes to LA (Sept 16-18)

If you’re on the “see food” diet, you’ll love this event. The 12th Annual Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival will be here in LA this weekend, September 16-18.  It’s famous for holding the Guinness World Record for the Most Seafood Served at any outdoor event. Last year over 32,000 geniune Maine lobsters were flown in and served. There won’t be any lobster impostors allowed at this festival! The emphasis here is the fact that they are only serving up MAINE lobsters, which are considered to be the creme de la creme of the crustacean family.

A $19 meal comes with a “whole steamed, pound and a quarter fresh wild-caught Maine Lobster, cole slaw, potatoes, sweet bread, lemon wedges, and a delicious buttery dippin’ sauce.” That’s a crazy good deal, but that’s not the only awesome thing to feast on at this event.

Great food will also be served from several of SoCal’s best food trucks. Grill em’ All Truck, the winner of the Food Network’s 2010 “Great Food Truck Race” will be there on Friday serving up their heavy metal inspired burgers. Fellow competitors, The Nom Nom Truck and Ragin’Cajun will also be there serving up their specialties. Other vendors include Lobsta Truck, and for those you are not seafood fans, there’s Cheeseball Wagon, Barbie’s Q grillin’ up ribs and roasts, and Coolhaus with award winning ice cream sandwiches.

Hope to see you all there for a weekend of great food, music, and…a PIRATE SHOW!

[Full Disclosure: Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival did purchase a banner advertising campaign on This is NOT a sponsored post]


OC Brewfest Comes To Irvine This Saturday 9/10

With Summer winding down, and the promise of Fall just on the horizon a few things come to mind: Shorter days, falling leaves, and of course, beer. This weekend (9/10) Orange County’s annual Brew Ha Ha is gracing the city of Irvine, CA with its annual beer festival featuring over 50 different participating breweries complete with their own unique craft beers totaling to over 150 different beers.

For each General Admission, guests are given a free commemorative festival glass, ten 4 oz tasting samples as well as free water and soda. VIP Admission ticket holders will be treated to Beer Appreciation Seminars hosted by renowned beer experts as well a one hour early entry to the festival and 4 extra tasting samples. The OC Brew Ha Ha comes complete with a variety of different attractions such as live entertainment and Homebrew exhibitors showcasing concoctions of their own.  The event will be featuring a plethora of different local breweries from the OC as well as breweries from all across the North America. A few of the featured breweries participating in the event include the Old Orange Brewing Company, Alexander Keith’sBlue Moon and Samuel Adams.

While the festival celebrates the beauty of beer, it also encourages responsible drinking and offers $10 Designated Driver Admission for every paid General Admission. General Admission goes for $40 and VIP admission runs for $55. Tickets can be bought here.

Along with celebrating a diversity of different beers, the event will be commemorating the 10th anniversary of 9/11 by donating a portion of their proceeds to the Fallen Firefighters Relief Fund, which benefits the families of firefighters who have perished in the line of duty.