Chef Pascal Olhats has been in Orange County, California, for many years. He has been known for his French cuisine. He had the famed Pascal Epicerie, Brasserie Pascal, as well as Tradition, three restaurants that kept him going for more than 25 years. He had a plan to retire.
However, Chef Olhats is now playing in the kitchen again in San Juan Capistrano at Pascal, a wine bar, bakery, and bistro that provides a little bit of everything. The menu is intense. The mornings start with offerings of fresh baked scones and specialty breads and then the lunch crowd comes in, looking for fresh onion soup, quiche Lorraine, and an array of other lunch items. Then for dinner Tuesday through Saturday, a bistro dinner menu is served – and there is a wine menu available as well that pairs with all of the foods.
What Makes Chef Pascal Different
Chef Pascal Olhats is not into using processed foods and commercial products for the foods that he creates in the kitchen. Instead, he likes to use fresh, local ingredients as well as organic foods – as many as he can get his hands on. He is constantly creating delicious appetizers, entrees, and desserts for locals and tourists alike.
Pascal’s goal is to be able to offer fine dining as a daily occurrence as well as through special occasions. Catering is also available, allowing people to get his creative take on French cuisine for a wedding reception, anniversary, or other special event.
The Golden Foodies
Throughout Orange County, many people base their decisions on what restaurants have the best food based upon the recipients of the Golden Foodies, which are the People’s Choice Food Awards. There are many different categories, including the Best Steak, the Best Burger, and the Best Italian Food. There are two categories that Chef Pascal Olhats has his eye on – Best French Cuisine and Best Seafood.
Voting for The Golden Foodies
The voting takes place through the month of August, with different categories being voted on each week. Winners will then be announced during a formal gala on September 27. Anyone in the foodie world wants to win the Golden Foodies – and Chef Pascal Olhats definitely considers himself a big foodie, though likes to be ahead of himself when it comes to food trends.
The Chef is no stranger to receiving awards, either. In 1991, he was named Chef of the Year by the California Writers Association and Pascal Restaurant was rated by Zagat Guide for 15 years as the #1 restaurant in Orange County.
Reservations can be made by calling Pascal’s directly or online through OpenTable.com. Once you try his foods, you may even want to consider giving him a vote for Best French Cuisine or Best Seafood, during August 8 – 14 when voting takes place.