Fifi Chao

Executive Dining Reporter

Fifi Chao is a chef, lecturer, author, educator, radio personality and publisher of Chao's Dinesty, a private subscription restaurant, wine and travel newsletter. She has been reviewing local restaurants for the Business Journal since 1990.

Recent Stories

Small Plates Dominate at Laguna’s Sapphire, Sorrento

Restaurants Opening in Newport, Huntington Beach; Cha Cha’s Reinvents Latin Food in Brea

The latest on OC’s dining scene, in the Executive Dining column

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Local Chef Shuffle Leads to New Concepts, Restaurants

Marché Moderne Celebrates 3rd Birthday with Spanish Event; Preview of Newport’s Festival

The latest on OC’s dining scene, in the Executive Dining column by Fifi Chao

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Chef of the Year

K’Ya’s Chef Connole Churns Out Cheap Plates, with Global Flavors

Fifi Chao’s pick for Chef of the Year

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Loving the Lounge

Local Restaurants Offer Deals, Stylish Digs for Diners in the Bar, Lounge

Vignettes on upscale lounges, bars and happy hours with inexpensive menus.

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FIFI's BEST

Fifi Chao summarizes her annual feature, with Chef of the Year and other interesting round-ups of dining possibilities.

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Orange County’s Seen Restaurants Close, Few Open

Charlie Palmer Drops into South Coast Location; Antonello Manager Thoret Named Partner

The latest on OC’s dining scene, in the Executive Dining column by Fifi Chao

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Five Crowns Adapts Banquet Room into English Pub

Hilton Waterfront’s Shades Adds Weekend Prix-Fixe; Trip to Long Beach’s Michaels on Naples

The latest on OC’s dining scene, in the Executive Dining column by Fifi Chao

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End of Year Reflections on Favorite Restaurants, Decor

Gift Giving Ideas for the True Foodies; Tiger Woods Delights with Guest Chef, Sheryl Crow

The latest on OC’s dining scene, in the Executive Dining column by Fifi Chao

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Holiday Time Brings Special Events, Meals to Eateries

French Restaurants Having Fun with Their Menus; Anaheim Hilton Delights with Decor, Menu

The latest in OC’s dining scene, in the Executive Dining column

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Restaurants See More Closures, Management Swaps

Balboa Bay Club Makes Oktoberfest a Cultural Joy; Hilton, Hush Show Off Renovations

The latest on OC’s dining scene, in the Executive Dining column by Fifi Chao

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Mesa Offers Unique Tapas Fare, Wine in Lounge Setting

Island Hotel Host Pool Party, Barbecue Through September; Antonello Featuring Wine Mixer

The latest on OC’s dining scene, in the Executive Dining column

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Mesa Offers Unique Tapas Fare, Wine in Lounge Setting

The latest on OC's dining scene, in the Executive Dining column

Rash of Closures, Changes Give Way for Reinvention

The latest on OC's dining scene, in the Executive Dining column

Family-Owned Break of Dawn Creates Friends Out of Regulars

ifi's choice for the restaurant of the year - Break of Dawn

Roy's Loses Chef; Ritz Partner Opts Out, Jacobi Steps In

The latest in OC's dining scene, in the Executive Dining column

Palazzo Winemaker Showcases Red Wines at Tasting

The latest on OC's dining scene, in the Executive Dining column

Cucina Alessa Brings Tastes of Napoli to Newport Beach

The latest in OC's dining scene, in the Executive Dining column

Chef of the Year

Chef at Mr. Stox restaurant in Anaheim.

FIFI's BEST

Hometown Favorites, Chef's Signature Restaurants Bumping Up Offerings for Diners

Restaurants Carve Out Niches to Open in Tough Times

The latest in OC's dining scene, in the Executive Dining column

Foodie Alert: Newport Beach Readies Restaurant Week

What to look forward to during Newport Beach Restaurant Week, in the Executive Dining column

Memory-Making Meals from 2008's Top Restaurants

Fifi runs through some of her favorite dining experiences in '08, in the Executive Dining column

Antonello's Owner Talks About Coping With Economy

The owner of Antonello's talks about how he's coping with the economy, in the Executive Dining column

Culinary Adventures Bankruptcy Continues to Resonate

Recent media reports have analyzed health insurers' need to approve hospital medical scans, in the Healthcare column

Charlie Palmer Debuts with Value, Service

Fifi commends Charlie Palmer for bringing his restaurant to OC, in the Executive Dining column

Fleming's Dinner Specials: $99 for Two, Newport Deal

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse is bringing back a favorite dining experience, in the Executive Dining column

Latest From Fifi: Urban Thai, Cafe Maiz, Tango Sale

Latest from Fifi: Urban Thai, Cafe Maiz, Tango Sale, in the Executive Dining column

Something Special

Fifi's Best: Focusing on Restaurants That Provide an Extra Value to Diners

Restaurant of the Year

Fifi's Best,includes Fifi's restaurant of the year - Marche Moderne

Charlie Palmer Opens at South Coast Bloomingdale's

The latest on OC's dining scene, in the Executive Dining column

Fifi Does Restaurant Scene: Roy's, Blue Coral, Others

Fifi Does Restaurant Scene: Roy's, Blue Coral, Others

Lawry's Guest Menu Delights Diners at The Cannery

The Cannery's guest chef program was a hit when Lawry's took part, in the Executive Dining column

Ista Readying to Start Trial of Nasal Allergy Treatment

Ista Pharmaceuticals is looking to use an eye drug for sinus allergies, in the Healthcare column

Turner New Zealand Near OCPAC Shutters Its Doors

Turner New Zealand Near OCPAC Shutters Its Doors, in the Dining Column

Several Local Wine Dinners You Won't Want to Miss

Several Local Wine Dinners You Won't Want to Miss. In the Dining Column

Roy's Turns 20: Restaurant Tour, Special Local Menus

Roy's Turns 20: Restaurant Tour, Special Local Menus

Five Feet Hosts Food and Wine's Winemaker of the Year

Don't miss the Robert Foley Vineyards Dinner with winemaker Robert Foley at Five Feet in Laguna Beach, in the Executive Dining column

CHEF OF THE YEAR

Bayside Chef Paul Gstrein's Huge Influence on County's Fine Dining Scene

County Boasts Lunching Scene; Owners', Chefs' Favorite Dishes

County Boasts Lunching Scene; Owners', Chefs' Favorite Dishes. A look at some of Executive Dining columnist Fifi Chao's favorite lunch spots

The Cannery Hosting Third Annual Guest Chef Nights

The Cannery in Newport Beach is launching its third year of Meet the Chef Dinners, in the Executive Dining column

Antonello, Zov's, White House Hosting Wine Dinners

A few wine dinners to choose from this week, in the Executive Dining column

L.V. Tao Brings Peace, Pleasure

A couple of dining treasures in Las Vegas, in the Executive Dining column

More Intimate Arches Replaces Aubergine, Adds BBQ

The county is buzzing about The Arches Grill & BBQ, in the Executive Dining column

Changes, Food at Laguna Cliffs' Vue Close to Nirvana

Changes and the food at Laguna Cliffs' Vue bring diners close to Nirvana, in the Executive Dining column

Sage Hosting Wine Tasting; Urban Thai a Ladera Find

There's something even more interesting on the horizon at Sage on the Coast, in the Executive Dining column

La Vie en Rose Hosting the Godfather of Wine Events

There's a wine dinner happening this week that readers should find interesting, in the Executive Dining column

Buon Giorno Brings Italian Coffee, Snacks to Costa Mesa

What better way to start out the year than with a good cup of coffee?, in the Executive Dining column

Looking Back at Great Meals; Restaurants Lost, Gained

A look at OC dining during the past year, in the Executive Dining column

Crow Bar and Kitchen Expands the Gastropub Title

Orange County is getting into the gastropub game with Crow Bar and Kitchen, in the Executive Dining column

Napa Rose GM Passes Tough Grand Sommelier Exam

The general manager and sommelier of OC's Napa Rose has just garnered one of the most prestigious titles in the wine world, in the Executive Dining column