Festival of Arts: Art of Cooking Begins July 7 with Executive Chef and Owner Lindsay Smith-Rosales of Nirvana Grille


Chef_Lindsay_Smith-Rosales-Nirvana-GrilleNirvana Grille’s “Clean” California Cuisine steps up to the plate at the Festival of Arts on Sunday, July 7 from 1-2pm when Executive Chef and Owner Lindsay Smith-Rosales shares and demonstrates delicious recipes at the Festival’s first Art of Cooking event of 2013. 

Born and raised in Laguna Beach, Chef Lindsay has become renowned for her dedication to healthy organic ingredients that delight and engage the senses and continues to frequently receive accolades in the press for her dedication and uncompromised efforts to her food, restaurants and outreach to the community.

Founded in 2006 in Mission Viejo, Nirvana Grille is a quaint California Community Kitchen offering fresh, local fare sourced from area growers and purveyors to ensure the highest measure of quality. Named Nirvana to invoke a feeling of harmony in mind, body and spirit, Nirvana Grille focuses on clean, locally sourced food in a setting of casual, relaxed elegance. In 2008, the addition of the busy downtown Laguna Beach restaurant with a full bar, was added to the Nirvana Grille portfolio. 

“Chef Lindsay has received many awards for her use of fresh and sustainable ingredients,” said Susan Davis, director of special events for the Festival of Arts. “We’re very excited to start the 2013 Art of Cooking series with such a talented chef from Laguna Beach!”

Foodies rejoice every Sunday from 1-2pm at the Festival of Arts’ Art of Cooking series. Every Sunday between July 7 and August 25, this special event series takes place in the Festival Art Center and is free with Festival admission. 


  • July 7: Lindsay Smith-Rosales Executive Chef/Owner of Nirvana Grill Laguna Beach & Mission Viejo
  • July 14: Lewis Butler Executive Chef of Center Club, Costa Mesa, CA
  • July 21: Joffrey Lopez Williams-Sonoma, South Coast Plaza
  • July 28: Amar Santana Chef/Partner of Broadway by Amar Santana
  • August 4: Sara Forte Cookbook author, blogger of Sprouted Kitchen
  • August 11: Jason Quinn Chef/Owner of The Playground, Santa Ana
  • August 18: Cathy Thomas Food Columnist, Author, On- Air Host of CathyThomasCooks.com
  • August 25: Azmin Ghahreman Chef/Owner of Sapphire Laguna, Laguna Beach


The Festival of Arts is open daily from June 30 – August 31, 2013, from 10am to 11:30pm (Early closing at 6pm June 30 – July 4 and 3:30pm on August 24). General Admission: Weekdays $7, Weekends $10; Students & Seniors: Weekdays $4, Weekends $6; Free Admission for Children 12 and under, Military, and Laguna Beach Residents.


The Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters are sponsored in part by Acura, Fidelity Investments, KOST Radio 103.5, the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel, and The Orange County RegisterThe Festival of Arts is a non-profit organization that produces The Festival of Arts – California’s Premier Fine Art Show and the Pageant of the Masters. For general information, call (949) 494-1145 or visit the website at www.LagunaFestivalofArts.org. The event is located at 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, California. Proceeds support the arts and art education in and about Laguna Beach.