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Whisky & Wagyu with Chef Michael Mina

Michael MinaLove beef? Love whisky? Then you’ll love the unusual culinary event that takes place June 30 at St. Regis Monarch Beach.

Award-winning chef Michael Mina is coming to Stonehill Tavern at the St. Regis for a private, multi-course dinner featuring Japanese Wagyu beef (dubbed one of the most tender meats in the world) paired with Japanese whisky from Suntory.

Only 24 guests will be accommodated for this dinner, which begins at 6 pm with a cocktail reception and canapes, followed by dinner. The menu includes  Wagyu Broth and Tokyo Negi, shaved barrel of rib eye, ramen garnish, and quail egg, paired with Yamazaki 12 yr Mizuwari. Guests will also be able to try Hibiki 17 year whisky (not normally available in the US), which was recently awarded a Gold ‘Editor’s Choice’ award from Whisky Magazine, and top prize in its category at the World Whisky Awards 2010.

Price per person is $250, which may seem high but Catherine and I had the pleasure of experiencing an incredible multi-course dinner at St. Regis last year that was more than worth the cost, and thisStonehill Tavern 37_PDR one promises to be equally stunning.

For those who don’t know, Chef Mina is a Michelin-starred chef who was recently inducted into the James Beard Foundation’s Who’s Who of Food & Beverage. He’ll be assisted for this dinner by Stonehill Tavern’s Executive Chef Raj Dixit.

For more information or to reserve a spot, visit or call (949) 234-3318.


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