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Independence Day on the Back Bay

Independence Day

Looking for something to do on Independence Day and over the holiday weekend?  One of Southern California’s most explosive 4th of July celebrations is set to take place in Newport Beach as Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort hosts ‘Independence Day on the Back Bay‘.  Among the festivities included in this 3-day celebration are a chili cook-off, a food eating contest, a live performance by the legendary folk rock group America, and one of Southern California’s most dynamic fireworks displays.

As a convenience for our readers, we’ve provided a schedule of the events that will be taking place over the next few days at the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort.  You can also visit for ticket information.

Thursday, July 4th

All Day Carnival games, crafts, face painting, temporary tattoo tent, balloon sculptor, snow cone vendor, BBQ, access to Moe B’s Watersports (aquatic park featuring enormous floating obstacle course, 15-foot slide and high-dive), Kid’s Corral (bounce house and other attractions for young children).

11:30am – 4:30pm Chili Cook-Off with judging from 1:00pm – 3:30pm; winners will be announced at 4:30pm.

12:00pm – 4:00pm Ruby’s will sponsor the All-American Food Eating Contest where 25 hungry contestants will dig into massive chili cheeseburgers, Texas portioned sides, corn-on-the-cob, watermelon and banana splits and vie for prizes.

1:30pm Kid’s Sundae Eating Contest in 3 age groups (6-9, 10-12, 13-15).

4:00pm – 7:30pm Live music by popular local bands including Black Star and Carlos the Experience.

7:30pm – 9:00pm America performs. With hits like “Horse With No Name,” “Tin Man,” “Ventura Highway” and “Sister Golden Hair Surprise,” the Grammy-winning band helped shape the music of the ‘70s and ‘80s.

9:00pm Fireworks Spectacular

Friday, July 5th

All Day Moe B’s Aquatic Park opens & rentals of all water crafts including paddleboards, kayaks, peddleboats, sailboats, etc. are available. To reserve in advance call 949-999-3180.

6:00pm – 9:00pm   Locale Magazine and OC Fiat are hosting ‘The Locale Red, White and Luau’ party  with Hawiian music, fire dancers, free food, free libation tastings and more at Newport Dunes! Proceeds to benefit the OM Foundation – tickets available here.

Saturday, July 6th

All Day The carnival comes to town complete with Ferris wheel, zip line, hydro climbing wall, giant slide and “larger than life” attractions like the Orbitron and Roco Plane.

12:00pm – 4:30pm Food Truck Wars will see Chomp Chomp Nation, Wahoo’s, Bare Flag, Garlic Mike’s, Barcelona, Lime Truck and others duke it out.  The public will cast their votes for their favorite and a $1,000 prize will be awarded for 1st prize truck.

4:00pm – 9:30pm So Cal’s hottest DJ, Richard Blake, and local bands will take turns heating up the night.  Including DSB “Don’t Stop Believing” tribute to Journey.

For more information and to purchase tickets visit  Happy 4th of July!

Summer Happenings at Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort


Towards the end of 2012, LVM worked closely with Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina to strengthen its Branding and successfully identify the resort’s unique point of differentiation.  Since then, LVM has focused on highlighting and leveraging this unique brand via targeted marketing initiatives.  For example, LVM transformed the resort’s Facebook and Twitter profiles and has been growing its Social Media presence and interactivity by engaging with its fans, followers and customers on a daily basis.

In supporting Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina, we have learned so much about the beautiful property and all of the exciting events and services that they offer our community.  Take a look at some of their summer activities that you can tap into in the coming months…

Movies on the Beach: Every Friday and Saturday through Summer!

Bring your blankets, lawn chairs and jackets to Newport Dunes Saturday, May 25th as their ‘Movies on the Beach’ series kicks off!  All summer long, near the Watersports area, they will be projecting your favorite films on a giant screen! Admission is FREE! Find the full movie schedule here.

Wine Tasting Dinner: Saturday, June 8th

Back Bay Bistro, in partnership with the sommeliers of the Wine Elite, will host another exciting Wine Tasting Dinner on Saturday, June 8th. The third of its series, this educational guided wine and dinner pairing will be directed by Sommelier Joey Kleinhans and Executive Chef Kurt Schaeffer. Tickets are $65 per person and can be purchased by calling (949)729-1144.

RussoRusso and Steele’s Legendary Auction Event: Thursday, June 20th – Saturday, June 22nd

Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort will be home to Russo and Steele’s legendary auction event from June 20-22. For the first time ever in Newport Beach, one of the nation’s most extraordinary collections of top-of-the-line European sports cars, hot rods, American muscle vehicles and custom autos will be on display. For more details on this exhilarating auction event, including information on bidding registration and the consignment process, visit

Clam Bake: Every WEDNESDAY Night!

Join Back Bay Bistro every Wednesday night from 5-7pm and enjoy a fun family dining experience with a variety of Clams, Mussels, Shrimp and more! Back Bay Bistro’s very own, Chef Kurt Schaeffer was kind enough to create a video, showing us how to make our own clam bake right from home!

Shrimp Night: Every THURSDAY Night!

Going on now and continuing every Thursday night, Back Bay Bistro hosts Shrimp Night! For only $19, guests can enjoy their choice of tempura, coconut, scampi or crab stuffed shrimp and 2 sides. Seats fill up fast, so reservations are recommended and can be made by calling (949) 729-1144.

Back Bay Bistro Hosts Luncheon to Honor ‘Longest Married Couple’ Finalists

In keeping with the Valentine’s Day theme of LOVE, Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort’s Back Bay Bistro recently held a search for the local area’s Longest Married Couple. To honor the finalists, certificates for the Bistro were provided, along with plaques and the opportunity to give marriage advice to reception attendees.

Photo By: Scott Smeltzer, Daily Pilot

Photo By: Scott Smeltzer, Daily Pilot

With over 25 submissions, the six chosen finalists were: Robert and Rosalie Lynch (married 72 years), George and Elaine Brown (married 70 years), Tom and Jean Naughton (68 years), John and Elaine Nelson (married 63 years), Bobby and Kathy Brennan (married 61 years) and Ed and Mary Kathryn Romeo (married 61 years). Like celebrities at a press conference, the couples sat side by side at a long banquet table and joked and teased as they explained how they found their life partners decades ago.

When asked what the secret is to a successful marriage is, a few responses included: respect, a good sense of humor and give and take. The fact that these couples have been together longer than most people have been alive, let alone committed to someone else, is truly remarkable!

OC Weekly Reveals Personal Side of Newport Dunes’ Back Bay Bistro Chef Kurt Schaeffer

Newport Dunes‘ waterfront restaurant,  Back Bay Bistro, and its talented chef Kurt Schaeffer were recently featured in OC Weekly as part of their On The Line segment.  OC Weekly interviewed Chef Kurt to offer a more personal view of the establishment and expose the inspired force behind the Back Bay Bistro’s delicious cuisine.

Photo by: Laila Derakhshanian

Here are a few fun facts about Chef Kurt Schaeffer that we extracted from the interview:

Your earliest food memory:
When I was six years old I made my parents chocolate dipped strawberries for their anniversary.

Your best recent food find:
There is a dim-sum place at the Spectrum that has a unique tempura japanese eggplant stuffed with shrimp that is so unique and tastes amazing.

What fast food do you admit to eating?
I have eaten exactly five times at fast food restaurants my entire life. I have been to McDonald’s twice, Burger King, Carl’s Jr and Panda Express.

One food you can’t live without:
Carbs! Particularly rice. I eat it at least four times a week.

Favorite chef:
Hubert Keller. He personifies what I think is a great chef– he is calm, knowledgeable, looks at his staff as a team, never raises his voice and is extremely creative with what most people perceive as ordinary food. What he can do with a hamburger is genius.

Weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten:

Curry cheesecake and tofu chili.

Favorite places to eat (besides your own):

There’s a pizza place in New York called Patsy’s and Yamashiro’s in Los Angeles.

Weirdest customer request (and did you do it?):

When I worked at Salt Creek Grille, a customer would call 30 minutes before arriving and ask for his steak to be cooked for 35-45 minutes. It killed me to “ruin” such a great piece of meat, but yes, I did it.

To read the entire interview, visit

LVM’s Newest Client – Newport Dunes

With the New Year comes new opportunities! We are thrilled to be supporting Newport Dunes, A Waterfront Resort & Marina located in Newport Beach, California.  This 110-acre resort, at the entrance of the Back Bay nature preserve, is the best kept secret around – offering everything from unique resort accommodations and a pristine marina with boat rentals to premier waterfront dining and fabulous special event facilities and catering.

Newport DunesGuests of  the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina can choose to stay in one of the cozy cottages on property; luxury camping and RV sites are also available.  Those lucky enough to discover this gem can enjoy a mile of private beach situated on a waveless lagoon that can be explored by renting a sailboat, a stand-up paddleboard or an electric Duffy.  In addition to rentals and water activities, Newport Dunes has its own waterfront restaurant called Back Bay Bistro – a comfortable yet elegant atmosphere that serves delicious American cuisine to guests overlooking the bay.  Located at the intersection of Jamboree and PCH, Newport Dunes is perfectly positioned so that you can experience the best of Newport Beach.  This secret waterfront resort is the perfect environment for business gatherings, weddings, family reunions, and more.  We will be unveiling the hidden secrets of Newport Dunes in the months to come, so stay tuned!

For more information on the Resort and its unique offerings and promotions, be sure to connect with Newport Dunes on Facebook ( and Twitter (@NewportDunes).