Sushi Class at the IAM Culinary Center
Negroni Week Preperations at Ways and Means
Frundraising Partnership with ROC Race

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Andrew Aoun
Rosine's Mediterranean Restaurant (Anaheim, CA)

“With the help of the IAM organization, I was able to receive aid to pay for my examination allowing me to focus less on bearing the financial burden and more so on my studies. The experience in dealing with their organization was pleasant and inspiring; it was thrilling to know that someone was out there assisting hospitality professionals in taking their service and expertise to the next level....”

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Brandon Sosa
Hopscotch Tavern (Fullerton, CA)

“I had studied for several months reading books, taking notes, and making flash cards. After I finished my written portion of the exam I still felt very good, I knew I had passed. Then came the tasting portion. Although I had never done much formal beer tasting, I believed I had the knowledge to pass...”

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Eva Pelczer
Honeycut (Los Angeles, CA)

“The funding from IAM not only provided a vehicle for getting there but also lent my attendance an undercurrent of encouragement and legitimacy that propelled me to get the most out of the experience. It’s an exciting and rewarding thing to have surpassed one’s expectations and goals over the course of an event like this...”

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Gabrielle Dion
Broadway by Amar Santana / The Mixing Glass at The OC Mix (Orange County, CA)

“Portland Cocktail week was one of the most eyeopening, amazing experiences of my career. To have the chance to not only be a witness to the hundreds of likeminded bar industry professionals, but to be an active participant in learning how to better my craft, was an experience I won't soon forget...”

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Gaby Mlynarczyk
ink. Restaurant (West Hollywood, CA)

“Inspire artistic minds gave me the opportunity to broaden my knowledge of the cocktail world, learning first hand from business and creative professionals who have helped to shape the cocktail industry to what it is today. The insights and skills I gained...”

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Luke Lambert
Protagonist, The Local, Virtu (Phoenix, AZ)

“I had a thoroughly enjoyable experience and as those involved reflect on the week and the ways to make the structure even MORE efficient and hospitable, I’m sure that will only continue to be the case. Many thanks to Bobby Navarro and the Board of Inspire Artistic Minds for your time and consideration...”

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Taste, Sight, Sound

Photo: Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival

The First Annual Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival is coming up on September 19-21st! This world-class experience will showcase live cooking demos with celebrity chefs, local restaurants, elite sommelier panels, master mixology courses, wine tastings, and live music from international jazz artists. The festival is set amongst the stunning Newport Beach Civic Center and at various top restaurants around town. Prepare your taste-buds for this three-day extravaganza that will be filled with delectable flavors and tastings from some of the finest culinary masters.

Discounted pre-sale tickets will be available until July 25th. To purchase your ticket and view the full event schedule, visit

Ticket Pricing:
Pre-sale: $160 per day or $300 per weekend
Regular: $195 per day of $350 per weekend

100% of all proceeds will benefit Project Hope Alliance and Hoag Hospital Foundation.

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Photo: Sarkisian & Sarkisian

"At Sarkisian & Sarkisian's core is a long-overdue, California survey of video artist Peter Sarkisian (born 1965, Glendale, CA), who studied at California Institute of the Arts and at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. After a period working in the film industry, Sarkisian began experimenting with video sculpture in the mid 1990s, integrating video, film, and sculpture to challenge viewers' perception of reality and illusion...." Read more

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Photo: Jersey Boys at Segerstrom Center of the Arts

Coming to Sergerstrom Center of the Arts June 24, 2014 to July 13, 2014.

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Photo: Gabrielle Dion, The Mixing Glass

Gabrielle Dion opened a fantastic new barware shop at the OC Mix called The Mixing Glass. Stop in today and pic up an ice mold to create this flavor bursting herb cubes. While you are there, talk to her about your favorite drink. Being on the board of the Orange County Bartender's Cabinet and a bar manager at Broadway... Read more

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Inspire Artistic Minds is a 501 (c) 3 community culture project brought to you by

This charitable organization provides opportunity scholarships and educational experiences to advance the arts in the areas of taste, sight and sound, with a strong focus in the food and beverage industry. IAM encourages the growth of local economy, strengthens small business, and builds up the passionate individuals in varying creative industries.

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Come and support our organization through these fundraising opportunities.

Bringing Culinary Arts to the Community
July Calendar for IAM Culinary Center
IAM Culinary Center - 541 W. Chapman Ave. Orange, CA 92868
10% of retail sales at The Mixing Glass for the day goes to IAM
Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 7pm - 9pm
The Mixing Glass - 3313 Hyland Ave, Suite A-6, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
A portion of the days sales will be benefiting Inspire Artistic Minds
Saturday, August 2, 2014 at 7pm - 10pm
Marcas Contemporary Art - 305 E. 4th St., Suite 103, Santa Ana, CA
A portion of the days proceeds will benefit IAM
Sunday, August 24, 2014 at 3pm - 7pm (2pm start time for VIP ticket purchasers)
611 Anton Blvd., Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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