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Friday, July 23, 2010


SOL Cocina expands SOL Catering with the addition of new full-service dockside catering

NEWPORT BEACH, JULY 2010 – Since opening last summer, SOL has developed a sophisticated catering program that ranges from corporate dinners and luncheons, to intimate cocktail receptions and large-scale galas – both in-house and off-site. Now, with Executive Chef Deborah Schneider at the helm, SOL is delivering unforgettable experiences to guests docked at their Balboa Marina location with the launch of “Dock n’ Dine,” a full-service dockside dining experience.

“SOL’s location at the Balboa Marina is prime docking for those looking for the perfect ambiance to enjoy a sunny afternoon or a scenic nightscape,” said Rich Howland, Operating Partner of SOL Cocina. “With the many boats visiting our docks throughout the week, it only seemed natural to want to tend to their needs by offering catered dockside service, complete with beer, wine and SOL’s fresh margarita kit, created to tranform a novice bartender into a SOL-worthy mixologist!”

An extension of SOL Catering, “Dock n’ Dine” stays true to the restaurant’s dining room experience, by offering five different tasting menu packages that take an eclectic twist on traditional Baja, ranging from the AZUL, priced at $75 for a group of six, to the TACOS SOL, priced at $150 for a group of up to 10. The latter is the most extravagant, featuring a variety of SOL favorites, including Grilled Carne Asada, Kurobuta Pork Carnitas, Lemon-Garlic Chicken, Grilled Fish Zarandeado and Carne Asada Tacos Vampiros. The menu includes SOL’s signature salsas, guacamole and Borracho black beans with cotixa cheese, served with crispy tostadas and warm corn tortillas. In addition to the set menus, guests may add on a number of a la carte options.

“The Dock n’ Dine menus were developed for those looking for a little excitement with sumptuous fare without any hassle,” added Deborah Schneider, Executive Chef & Partner at SOL Cocina. “I created each of these unique menus, offering a variety of options, to provide more than just a snack or light meal, but an experience that guests will not soon forget.”

SOL Catering offers the guest a variety of options with three lunch menus priced at $15 to $25 per person, and four dinner menus priced from $28 to $58 per person. Those interested in a more relaxed event that allows guests to indulge as they mingle may be interested in tray-passed appetizers, offered for two hours at $20 per person (3 trays) or $30 per person (4 trays), which averages approx. 16 pieces per person. One hour of tray-passed appetizers can be added to any dinner menu for $14 per person.

For the more adventurous, Chef Schneider has created four tasting menus that take an eclectic twist on traditional Baja, ranging from the EL SOL, priced at $28 per person, to the LA ESTRELLA, priced at $85 per person. The latter is the most extravagant, featuring eight tasting courses that include dishes such as a Salmon Ceviche & Beef Apache Duo, Pan-Roasted Duck Breast and Grilled Kobe Steak.

For more information on SOL Catering, Dock n' Dine & full menus, call 949.675.9800.

For the most spirited, SOL is proud to host customized private tequila tastings with more than 60 tequilas to consider. All private events have the option of a private bar with dedicated bartender, and all events allow for custom beverage options that can be as simple or as varied as is required.

In-house capacity for seated private dining is 35 guests, while tray-passed mixers can accommodate up to 50 guests. For more information on SOL Catering, guests should contact SOL at 949-675-9800 or

SOL Cocina is a unique restaurant and bar celebrating traditional Baja cuisine with a fresh, modern interpretation. Designed to echo the expansive sea, sky, and desert of the Baja peninsula, SOL features old world charm juxtaposed with an urban comfort, including an open exhibition kitchen with counter seating for guests who like to see the bustling kitchen that mimics the Baja taco bar. SOL offers a decadent menu of the freshest seasonal ingredients and authentic Mexican flavors, along with a vibrant bar that honors the flavors of the Baja region with artisan tequilas and mezcals.

Located at 251 E. Pacific Coast Highway at the Balboa Marina, SOL is open daily for Lunch (11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.), Dinner (Mon-Wed 4:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.; Thurs-Sun 4:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.), Happy Hour (3 p.m. – 6 p.m. daily; bar open till 2 a.m. daily), Late-Night Dining (11 p.m. – 1 a.m. Thurs-Sat), and Weekend Brunch (10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday & Sunday). Private Room available.

For more information, call 949.675.9800 or visit

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