Old Towne Orange Plaza Review | Issue 119 | Jan-Feb 2024

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From the Publisher As we embark on another year, I am reminded that at the heart of it, the Old Towne Orange Plaza Review is about the people of our unique community. That includes the subjects featured within these pages, the advertisers that have made this publication possible since 2001, and you the reader. It is people who create a unified community. That includes volunteers enriching the lives of many with their generous good works. In our “Know the Neighbors” column starting on page 13, meet three of Orange’s citizens dedicated to giving back. Read how Berkenda Cantlo, Aaron Jacoby and Paula Soest work behind the scenes to make Orange a better place. This publication would not be possible without the support of our advertisers, all of whom offer valuable services. Looking to improve your health in the New Year with fun, invigorating exercise? Check out Naranjita Flamenco Dance Studio (p. 6). Or if your preference is armchair sports, enjoy all your NFL Games at Zito’s Pizza (p. 7). Many of us want to improve our diets in 2024. That’s easy to do with healthy offerings from Fish House Market & Grill (p. 7) and Rutabegorz (front cover). When high-quality convenience is important, visit your neighborhood grocery and sandwich shop, Palm Market & Deli (p. 11). At Ojai Burger (front cover), get quick, easy ordering, including late night service. Lastly, I would like to thank you for your dedicated readership. It is for readers that we have published the Plaza Review all these years. Because of your encouraging words, compliments and suggestions, we have been able to continue to create a community publication about the people for the people. I wish you another wonderful year in our beautiful City of Orange. Happy New Year!

What’s Happening . . . JANUARY 2024 Thu / Jan 11 / 4 - 5 pm Orange Chamber of Commerce Zinc Market & Café Celebrate this fabulous new addition to Old Towne with a grand opening and ribbon cutting reception. 195 South Glassell / 949-504-9958 Sat / Jan 13 / 6 pm Orange Chamber of Commerce Miss Orange Scholarship Pageant Support these worthy young ladies, enjoy the pageant & see who will be crowned Miss City of Orange 2024. $25 general admission, $15 for students. Chapman University Memorial Hall MissCityOfOrange.com / 714-538-3581 Thu / Jan 18 / 6 pm City of Orange Community Input Meeting A New Park is coming to West Orange. Learn more about the project, meet the designers & contribute ideas for the design. El Camino Real Park, Bldg A 400 North Main St / 714-744-7274 CityOfOrange.org

Thu / Jan 18 / 6:30 - 8 pm Woman’s Club of Orange “Jane Austen through the Eyes of Dr. Lynda Hall” Learn about the life & writings of Jane Austen. $5 at the door. 121 South Center St www.WomansClubOfOrange.org Sat / Jan 20 / 9 - 10:30 am Orange Home Grown Natural Dyes Workshop Join professor & author Doug Kent as he hosts a workshop on natural dyes. $10 material fee. 356 N Lemon St / OrangeHomeGrown.org Through Jan 20 / M-F Orange Art Association Annual Member Art Show View the finest selections of art, created by members of the Orange Art Association. Tustin Senior Center 200 South C St Through Jan 31 City of Orange Holiday Tree Pick-up Place your tree on the curb on your regular trash collection day for free pick-up. For more information, please visit: https://bit.ly/3QFlSA3

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Fresh Experiences With 2024 upon us, Orange welcomes new businesses for a new beginning. In this issue, we spotlight recently opened establishments Bronde Salon, Groovy Ghost Vintage and Lucky Deluxe Fabrics, all gearing up to bring their fresh experiences to Old Towne this year.

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This July marked the opening of Bronde Salon, a new Old Towne-based space that fulfills the long-held aspirations of owner and stylist Stephanie Mendoza. Mendoza was introduced to the location by her friend Amber Ferguson, who now works with her at Bronde. For years, Mendoza always dreamed of opening her own business, yet the timing never seemed right. When she was first ready to branch out on her own, the pandemic further delayed her plans. “Now more than ever, I truly believe in the fact that timing is everything,” she says. “I felt like I was meant to be the owner, and I know why the other places and times didn’t work out for me.” When Mendoza discovered that the previous business at her salon’s location, The Plaza Salon, was owned by someone who shared her last name, she took it as another sign that she was destined for this new chapter. “I was born and raised in Santa Ana, and I always wanted to stay working in Orange County, but I never dreamed I would work in the Plaza,” she says. “Old Towne is magical. Everyone has been very welcoming and I feel so lucky.” At Bronde, clients can get a variety of haircuts and treatments from coloring to extensions to styling. Including Mendoza, there are a total of five stylists at the salon. Her first business goal was to have all six stations booked,


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Bronde Salon Stylist Amber Ferguson (left), Owner Stephanie Mendoza (center) and Stylist Jessie Duyette assist clients in their newly opened space in Old Towne. Mendoza was a stylist for 15 years before the timing felt right for her to create her own salon. “Sometimes I have to stop myself and just think, I feel so lucky. It still feels like a dream.”

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and less than six months later, she has achieved that. “I’m proud that all my stations are booked, and now I’m looking to expand,” says Mendoza. “Next year, I’m going to work on building the upstairs section of the salon and adding two additional stations.” In addition to her business achievements, Mendoza has updated the interior to transform the space and infuse a warm, welcoming ambiance. “The atmosphere of Bronde is very cozy and homey,” says Mendoza. “It feels like a little family in here. Our bond is amazing. A lot of our clients tell us it’s so bright and calm when they walk in.” It also feels like a family for the staff. Ferguson, the stylist who originally introduced Mendoza to the new salon space, cherishes the close-knit environment. “Whether it’s a bomb blowout, a relaxing shampoo, or making TikToks, we love to have fun and we love what we do, and it shows,” she says. “I also love the intimate setting inside the salon. I actually look forward to going to work every day.” Mendoza manages the salon’s social media channels herself, which she finds challenging but fulfilling—especially when new clients discover Bronde through platforms like Instagram. “This has been my dream, and I can’t believe it has finally happened for me,” she says.

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Another antique store joins the Plaza, this time owned by industry veterans and married couple Gretchen Davey and Steve Molina, who also operate a stand in the Orange Circle Antique Mall. Groovy Ghost Vintage opened in the beginning of December and is home to all types of retro, 1960s and 1970sinspired vintage items. “We have a good footprint right now at the antique mall, but Gretchen felt like this was the right decision, and I’m so glad I listened to her,” says Molina. “This has been hectic but also so fun. We’re blessed to be in a business we genuinely enjoy.” Although the challenge of creating their own store seemed daunting at first, the duo ultimately felt it was the right decision. The turnaround happened quickly, and it took less than two months from first hearing about the opportunity to the space being open to shoppers. “Less than a week after opening, we had so many people from the community come and introduce themselves,” says Davey. “They’re so excited to see another vintage shop. It has been really nice to meet all these new people who now know us through our own store.” In addition to retro and 1960s and 1970s-themed inventory, Groovy Ghost Vintage offers other treasures, including midcentury modern items, tiki themed collectibles and clothing.


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Customers will also find a good selection of records that were inherited after the location’s previous business departed. With this storefront, Davey and Molina have set themselves a goal of upholding Old Towne’s existing antique store reputation. “Antique stores have existed for such a long time here, and that’s what the footprint is in the Plaza,” says Molina. “We want to help keep that reputation of Orange and help these types of stores exist along with the restaurants. We want to keep the spirit of vintage alive here.”

Steve Molina and Gretchen Davey pose inside their vintage store, which opened in early December. In addition to clothing, tiki-themed items and mid-century modern deals, the couple also offers a strong collection of Disney memorabilia, which pays homage to their history as Disney fans and how they first met while both working at Disneyland.

The couple were thoughtful with their business name and created it to embody their vision of revitalizing vintage items. “When I was coming up with a name, I started combining words and felt using ‘groovy’ and ‘ghost’ was perfect for us,” says Davey. “There’s an idea in vintage that we’re giving it new life, so it’s like the ghost of the past.”

While they work on the lofty goal of keeping the antique store spirit alive in Old Towne, they’re also looking forward to the dayto-day experience of working in their passion, with each other. “There’s so much excitement in this job, but what I love most is doing this with my wife,” says Molina. “We’ve always been there for each other and we love what we do.”

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Every fabric has a story, and at Lucky DeLuxe Fabrics, these stories are given a second life. The sewing supply thrift store was launched in March by owners Catherine Esera and Bronwen Burton, who previously worked in theater costuming. The duo were inspired by the TikTok account of Massachusettsbased fabric thrift store Swansons Fabrics, which brought attention to the need to reuse and rehome all types of fabric. “They said there needs to be one of these stores in every county, and that opened something inside of us and gave us permission to start this,” says Esera. “We started by selling fabrics on Facebook Marketplace and then created a website, but our endgame was always to have a store because it’s a tactical sport and people can get a sense of the texture and feeling.” At Lucky DeLuxe, customers can shop for all types of sewing and creative supplies, including yarn, fabric, buttons and even patterns and books. The in-person storefront is now open two years after Burton and Esera originally created their website, and they took their time to find the perfect space. “The location was previously Fabric Land for decades, so this


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Lucky DeLuxe Fabrics Owners Catherine Esera (left) and Bronwen Burton highlight the variety of fabrics and materials available at their shop. The pair’s passion for their items and the thrifting process shines through. “Every donation is a treasure chest. You never know what’s going to be in there,” says Esera.

turned out to be a nice fit,” says Esera. “We’re so proud of it and everyone in Orange has been sweet and welcoming.” For the pair, both sides of the business, from decluttering to providing new resources, are rewarding. “We help people destash and give their materials a new home, and a lot of the time the stash is something that has been burdening

them,” says Burton. “Then there are new sewers who come in and are so excited because they can now actually afford some really fabulous materials.” Burton remembers one client who spotted a material she needed on the website, and it confirmed for her why they do what they do. “We had one customer searching for 20 years for a quilt panel she needed after her grandmother’s

quilt was burned in a fire,” she says. “She was slowly rebuilding the quilt, and she found the center panel fabric on our website. It just makes us cry and appreciate this community.” Burton and Esera have also recently expanded to offer creative classes for the community, including knitting and crocheting lessons like a build-your-own bras and briefs course. “We’d like to do more of that,” says Esera. “We just want to keep the fiber arts alive.”

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Making a Difference As the calendar turns, we begin 2024 by taking a look at a few of Orange’s stellar citizens. The following individuals give their time behind the scenes to make Orange a better place to live, work, worship and go to school. See how each has made a difference in the community.


Berkenda Cantlo became a part of the Orange community when she started working at Temple Beth Sholom in 2016. Situated at the intersection of Santa Ana, Tustin and Orange, the temple was actively involved with the respective Chambers of Commerce. “Orange was the first Chamber of Commerce I ever visited, so I didn’t know what I was getting myself into,” says Cantlo, whose first stop was the Chamber’s Business Networking Group. “I went to my first meeting and met the welcoming committee and everyone on the host team. They immediately encouraged me to get involved, and I gladly accepted,” she recalls. Pretty quickly, Cantlo joined the Chamber host team as a volunteer for the Business Networking Group. Not long after, she joined the Chamber board and has already served two full terms and is currently in her year off but still serving on a few committees. “As an adult, I think sometimes it’s difficult for people to make new friends, especially if you move to a new place,” she says. “Getting involved with the Chamber helped me get connected and learn how to navigate things here.” While on the board’s executive committee and presently, she hosts the popular Eggs & Issues morning speaker series. Wil Dee,


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“Berkenda epitomizes an individual in Orange who really cares and gives to the community in everything that she does, with the

foundation, with the chamber, and as the moderator for Eggs & Issues. It’s amazing to see everything she accomplishes and always with a smile on her face,” he says. Currently working remotely as a director for a not-for-profit based out of state, Cantlo enjoys staying in Orange and “working from home” out of Provisions and other downtown establishments. “I really enjoy the Orange community,” she says. “You can stop in places, and people know you and you know them.” A fitness buff and lifestyle coach, Cantlo is a member of four gyms and a few running clubs. After being followed on a run last spring, she felt led to become an advocate for safety devices and wanted to host a safety seminar in the community. Within two weeks, she partnered with the Orange PD and hosted the session at Chapman Crafted. Cantlo also serves on the Community Foundation of Orange board, as Chapter Advisor for the Alpha Phi Sorority at Chapman University, and recently became an Orange Elk. “When I was growing up, my parents volunteered at church,” says Cantlo. “I’m always curious why some people don’t volunteer. Some have a lot of money to give or say they don’t have the time. I have the time, and I hope I always will.” MORE “NEIGHBORS” ON PAGE 14

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Longtime Orange resident Aaron Jacoby is the man behind the camera capturing scenes and memories around town since taking up photography as a hobby when the oldest of his five now grown children was born. When his kids entered high school, Jacoby began helping out. “All five of my kids went to Orange High School and all five were chamber singers for Mr. Short,” says Jacoby of the longtime Director of Choral Activities Michael Short. “I started taking photos at their performances and just sort of became part of the fabric.” Jacoby has since become the official/unofficial public relations machine for the school, taking the groups’ yearbook photos each year, and attending and shooting every sports teams’ home games and the performing arts shows. “I go to almost every event I can at Orange High School,” says Jacoby, who shares that the students sometimes call him “dad.” He shoots their dances, assemblies, football, basketball, wrestling, golf, water polo, volleyball and graduations. “I try to make sure all the kids feel included, no matter what sport or what they do.” Jacoby also runs the social media for many of the groups at Orange


Aaron Jacoby

High, putting his photos under the handle #evvrythingorange, all as a volunteer. “I don’t like to get paid because then it becomes a job,” he says. Jacoby got into photography when his kids were young and he took their photos during school programs. “People started reacting and asking me to take photos of their kids, and it just kind of grew from there,” he says. “I get called quite a bit for photography. If I don’t have a family obligation, I will say yes.” Although Jacoby’s passion lies

The man behind the lens, Aaron Jacoby, enjoys capturing memories around Orange, sharing them at #evvrythingorange.

with Orange High School, he has also photographed and recorded events for the Friendly Center, the Community Foundation of Orange and Orange Unified School District, including Villa Park and El Modena high schools. “I cannot say enough good things about Aaron,” says Short. “The kids love him because he will give them the shirt off his back. He goes over and above to be sure the kids get what they need in life. He is the humblest

person I have ever met.” While still working full-time as an IT Manager for CIK Tech in Orange, Jacoby and his wife, Pricilla, run the Orange High Vocal Music Boosters, as well as help with the 3rd of July celebration and the Christmas Tree Lighting. Jacoby also serves on the board for GoCat to support the building of a performing arts center at Grijalva Park, and does the photography, video and social media for the nonprofit.

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The person behind Orange Home Grown’s popular Farmers Market to Table Dinner prefers being behind the scenes. Paula Soest has led the effort, managing the sellout event since its inception. “The tickets for the annual dinner always sell out fast but last year the event sold out in 24 hours. I’ve never seen anything like it,” Soest says. Soest and her husband, Steve, own Soest Guitar, a guitar repair shop in the barn in the backyard of their home in Old Towne Orange. When Orange Home Grown came about, Soest quickly became involved. “I got connected with Orange Home Grown by accident, really,” says Soest. “I was a regular at the farmers market, and I ran into Orange Home Grown Founder Megan (Penn) and told her if she ever needed help with music entertainment at the market, we could help.” Penn gladly accepted and Soest has been the entertainment booker for the weekly market for the last 12 years. “Then one day Megan came to me and said we’d like you to be on the board of Orange Home Grown,” says Soest. “It ended up being the smartest thing I ever did. This is a wonderful group of hardworking people. When we


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decide to do something, we all do it.” Seven years ago, Soest and Penn were invited to a function in Riverside and that gave them the idea to try a similar dinner in

Orange. The annual event is the big fundraiser for the year, with 250 attendees. “There are so many moving parts at the dinner, just like with the farmers market, and Paula is

like the eyes,” says Penn. “We are so in the minutiae that it’s nice to have someone pulling back who can see the whole event.” Ten chefs use produce from Orange Home Grown farmers market vendors to create the appetizers, a main course and desserts. “They use what’s in season to create the menus,” says Soest. “It’s very important that we be seasonal.” The dinner is family style, with long tables and food coming out on big plates to encourage attendees to meet their neighbors. “We do a special cocktail when you arrive, and we have a big wine wall for people to buy wine before the dinner,” says Soest. “It’s a ‘bring your own wine’ event so people always have their littler coolers with them.” The 2024 dinner will take place outside at Chapman University in August with tickets going on sale in May. “People really enjoy themselves at this dinner having a delicious meal with friends and neighbors while taking in a beautiful evening under the stars,” says Soest.


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Built in 1953, the Mead Family home was physically relocated in 1959 from Westminster to the outskirts of Orange to make way for the 405-Freeway expansion at that time.

Home-Baked Inspiration Written by Karen Anderson

The heart of the Mead family home is the kitchen, where Peggy (P.J.) Mead’s delicious home-baked cookies, cakes, breads and pies inspired some of the most venerable dining destinations in Old Towne Orange through the years. Whether P.J.’s Abbey restaurant, Mead’s Green Door Café, P.J.’s Petals and Prints, or P.J. Mead’s Books & Coffee on Cambridge, the Mead family’s culinary legacy in Old Towne began with Peggy’s love of baking goodies daily for her husband, Gary, and their five kids Stacy, Carrie, Jody, Stephanie, and Gary Jr., and as the years went by—

for the entire extended clan of grandkids and great-grandkids. Purchased in 1977, their home is located just one block outside of Orange. Fifteen years ago, Peggy and Gary Sr. remodeled the kitchen, knocking out walls to open up the adjoining living room so that everyone could be together when Peggy was in the kitchen. It made sense, because according to Peggy, not a day went by when she wasn’t baking. “Every single day, I do three things: bake, walk and read,” wrote Peggy in one of three cookbooks she authored, Hand-Me-Downs, a Family History Cookbook, compiled in 2006. “I bake when I am happy, I bake when I am

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feeling creative, I bake when I am restless in spirit, and now that I think about it, it doesn’t matter which mood I’m in—I bake all the time. Generations of new grandbabies will not know me, but they will taste my warm, sweet cinnamon rolls because of my hand-me-down recipes.” Peggy acquired her love of baking from her grandparents, who owed Noyes’ Bakery in San Bernardino, founded almost 100 years ago and still in existence today, albeit under different ownership. Born in Fullerton in 1939, Peggy spent her childhood summers at the bakery, and also learned to cook from her dad. Gary and Peggy met in high

school in 1953 in Alhambra. They got married in 1961 and eventually moved to Orange County in 1968 to start a highly successful packaging company located in the former Anaconda Wire and Copper building in Old Towne. “We sold the packaging company 19 years later,” recalls Gary Sr. “It gave us the chance to expand to other businesses, and that’s when we opened P.J. Mead’s Books & Coffee in Old Towne in 1990. It was the first coffee shop of its kind back then, long before Dietrich’s or Starbucks. It was ahead of its time, and people still ask me about it to this day. We ended up having to close it because there

OUR COUNCIL CARES Have you ever wondered what goes on at Orange City Council meetings? Important decisions to better our city and announcements about our community are made at these meetings. In this new column provided by Mayor Dan Slater, we look at the highlights of recent meetings.

November: 1. Recognized Cathy Selig on her retirement as Executive Director of The Friendly Center, an Orange nonprofit serving the less fortunate, which will celebrate 100 years of service to the community in 2024. 2. Extended the agreement with Orange Home Grown to use Palm Avenue for their weekly Farmer’s Market.

3. Approved an agreement with Cal Trans, whereby they will contribute $130,000 to help with cleanup of Santiago Creek. Cleanups occur the second Saturday morning of each month. 4. Approved 19 new Mills Act contracts to encourage historic preservation, both in Old Towne and in our unique Eichler tracts.

Mayor Dan Slater (center) with (clockwise from top left) Mayor pro tem Arianna Barrios and Councilmembers Jon Dumitru, Kathy Tavoularis, Dennis Bilodeau, Ana Gutierrez and John Gyllenhammer


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The family room is where many of Gary Sr. and Peggy’s artworks are on display. Gary Sr. (right) with his five children (from left) Gary Jr., Stacy, Carrie, Jody and Stephanie.

After an extensive remodel 15 years ago, Peggy’s kitchen opens up into the family and living rooms, providing lots of space for gatherings.

Having fun at Grandma and Grandpa’s house (from left) are daughter Carrie, grandkids Mandie, Mindy, Zelina and Tanner, playing with great-grandkids Darin and Aiden.

was no parking to accommodate all our customers. We then bought the historic Baptist church on the corner of Almond and Orange, and converted it into P.J.’s Abbey in 1995. Every time I went to Peggy with a crazy idea to do something, she’d say, let’s go! We operated the restaurant for 19 years and sold it in 2008.” Throughout the extraordinary run of Gary and Peggy’s many entrepreneurial pursuits (at one time they owned five businesses in town simultaneously), the

family home on Barrett Lane has remained a constant. Originally built in Westminster in 1953, the house had to be physically moved in 1959 to its present location, due to the expansion of the I-405 freeway at the time. The dining room opens up to the garden via French doors. The front room has a view of the mountains. Gary Sr.’s favorite room is the main living area where an enormous skylight is framed by teak paneling. He estimates there are probably 14

total doors in the house. “Peggy and I started buying lots of old doors and windows,” he says. “A lot of the artwork in our house was done by Peggy and me on old wooden doors or pieces of fences.” The three-story house totals 4,800 square feet. Considering approximately 36 extended family members live within driving distance, the home is the central gathering spot for holidays and get-togethers. In 1997, the Meads installed the swimming pool in the backyard, which is enjoyed by

all the Mead generations to this day. “Most of the grandchildren are now off to school,” says Gary Sr. “We have one attending the University of Tennessee, and several graduates from UCSB, Cal State Fullerton and San Marcos. Peggy went back to school at age 40 and achieved her bachelor’s degree and teaching credential.” Never one to retire, Gary Sr., age 84, still owns a management company that oversees all operations at the nonprofit Woman’s CONTINUED ON PAGE 18

5. Adopted meeting conditions and criteria for the newly formed Santiago Creek Commission. If anyone is interested in serving, please go to the city website and apply. 6. Approved two new residential neighborhood permit parking areas: an area in the neighborhood south of Walnut and east of Wayfield Street, and an area of the neighborhood south of West Chapman and west of Main Street.

7. Agreed to update the City’s Strategic Plan. 8. To promote better transparency, adopted a new ordinance requiring private lobbyists (to city council members for projects and causes) to register their activities. December: 1. Approved having our staff construct new restrooms at the El Modena Basin (next to the El Modena Library), saving Orange taxpayers

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approximately $200,000. 2. Authorized allowing Chapman University to create a Sustainability Plan for Orange—at no cost to taxpayers. Cities normally spend up to $500,000 for similar plans. 3. Received a report from City Manager Tom Kisela, reporting that illegal street vendors have almost been completely removed. He also reported that a recent concerted effort to eliminate illegal Short-Term Rentals has also

been tremendously successful, removing 264 of the illegal 285 reported. As of December 14, there were only 21 remaining, and they will also soon be gone. 4. Approved a new residential neighborhood permit parking area on Ryals Lane, east of Rancho Santiago. City Council Meetings 2nd & 4th Tuesday / 6 - 8 pm www.CityOfOrange.org Januar y / Februar y



An enormous skylight illuminates the living room.

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Gary Sr. and Peggy’s extended family includes kids, grandkids and great grandkids, totaling 37 family members. Most everyone lives within easy driving distance of the Mead Family home.


Club of Orange on Center Street. His staff produces special events on-site, where Gary himself designed the renovated patio, perfect for elegant weddings. The Woman’s Club has kept him busy since the loss of Peggy in March 2022. Her passing was felt throughout Old Towne Orange, as she was a beloved member of the community since the early days of P.J. Mead’s Books & Coffee.

While all five of the Mead offspring have worked in one way or another in the family businesses, it was Gary Jr. who became the next-generation chef. He was most involved with Peggy at all the restaurants, including as head chef at P.J.’s Abbey. In 2012, he opened Mead’s Green Door Café on Chapman, which lost business during the pandemic and unfortunately closed. Gary spent

several years running the catering operation at Crystal Cathedral. Stacy, who worked with her dad since she was 16 years old, is in the packaging industry, following in the footsteps of Gary Sr. “Our parents instilled a huge work ethic in us and we are all productive, working day to day,” she says. A teacher in the Fountain Valley School District, Jody is an avid reader and walker just like

her mother. “My mom inspired a love of reading and learning, that’s why I’m a teacher,” says Jody. Stephanie remembers all of the remodeling projects her parents did on the house. She and her husband, Charlie, work on their own remodeling projects. “Good food and good conversations made these moments in our home the key ingredients to a wonderful childhood,” she says.

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Gary Sr. takes in the view from the balcony just off the kitchen.

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Creative, happy memories decorate the Mead home, like this montage of a photo of Gary Sr. and Peggy, along with Peggy’s three cookbooks and one of their favorite paintings they did together.

Meanwhile Carrie, who worked at all the restaurants with her mom, recalls horseback riding with Peggy, baking and raising four kids together. “Mom was my best friend, and we hung out all the time,” Carrie says. “She would help out with all the grandchildren.” Like the sweet aroma of Peggy’s freshly baked cookies that wafted daily throughout the




Anuradha Prakash, PhD by Julie Bawden-Davis

As a child growing up in Mumbai, India, Anuradha Prakash spent hours in the kitchen experimenting. “I was fascinated with food and loved cooking and playing with recipes,” says the Professor of Food Science at Chapman University. One summer break during high school, she made and sold par-baked pizza to local theaters at a time when pizza was just becoming popular in India. Though Prakash wanted to be a chef, her parents encouraged her to pursue a science-based career. She was accepted at Ohio State University to study nutrition, but soon discovered the career wasn’t for her. “I was 10,000 miles from home and had made a huge mistake,” recalls Prakash. “In tears, I went to my advisor, who suggested I visit the Food Science and Technology center, a field of study I didn’t even know existed. I was accepted into the program and flourished.” Food Science involves the transformation that occurs when food is converted from raw materials into edible products. The discipline applies to everything done to prepare food for consumption, whereas nutrition is what happens to food once you consume it. “What we do as food scientists affects people’s health and wellbeing, and there is lot of responsibility involved,” says Prakash. “Food Science ensures food is wholesome, delicious, nutritious and safe.” After earning a Master of Science and PhD in Food Science from Ohio State University, Prakash took a post-doctoral opportunity at Natick Labs in Massachusetts where she worked from 1991-1995. Natick produces MREs (Meals Ready-to-Eat) for the U.S. Armed Forces. “At Natick, I worked on improving the flavor and texture of CONTINUED ON PAGE 20

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freeze-dried scrambled eggs using novel processes,” she says. “Natick pioneered many technologies we teach in our classes today, including developing meals eaten by astronauts while in space.” Discovering Teaching and Joining Chapman Prakash originally intended to work in the commercial Food Science industry, but before leaving Natick was invited to teach a Food Engineering course at Framingham State University and discovered she really enjoyed teaching. When a position as Assistant Professor of Food Science at Chapman University opened, she applied and was accepted, joining the faculty in 1995. Prakash has taught Food Processing and Food Product Development during her time at Chapman and was instrumental in developing the Food Science Program, serving as Director from 2001-2022. Her USDA-funded research, which she began in the late 1990s, focuses on using irradiation to enhance the safety and shelf life of fresh and fresh-cut fruits and vegetables and ready-to-eat meals. “There were some major foodborne outbreaks in the late 1990s, including in fresh spinach and ground meat, so there was interest in radiation to make food safe, and more recently, to use it as a non-chemical alternative to control spread of destructive pests like the Mediterranean Fruit Fly,” says Prakash, who also served as Science Advisor to the FDA Pacific Regional Lab-Southwest and Associate Editor for Radiation Physics and Chemistry. In 2018, Prakash’s opportunities for research and teaching applied principles accelerated with the opening of Chapman’s Keck Center for Science and Engineering. “I designed the Food Science Innovation Lab with the intent of obtaining the best equipment possible that we could use for teaching and also allow for working on industry projects,” she says. The result was the state-of-the-art Ranney Food Processing Laboratory where students practice unit operations used in food processing and also perform small-scale trials for food companies. “Working in the lab on real-world projects is a great experience for the students,” says Prakash, who notes they’ve done an eclectic mix of projects, including pasteurization of beverages such as kombucha and plant-based milk alternatives and creating freeze-dried, cold-brewed coffee. Growing Pains Building Chapman’s Food Science Program hasn’t been easy. “We have struggled with small staff and budget cuts,” says Prakash of the program that today has six full-time faculty and includes a Master of Science in Food Science and combined Master of Science in Food Science/Master of Business Administration. Chapman University President Daniele Struppa became acquainted with Prakash when he was Provost. “When Anu and I met, I told her I wanted to close her program,” says Struppa. “It says a lot about her emotional intelligence that she convinced me not to, and that we ended up becoming good friends. She could have responded in a despondent and vitriolic way, but instead she said she understood my reasons and asked for the opportunity to discuss how she could keep the program open. She had some very intelligent ideas and was willing to cooperate with me to help achieve my goals for the institution. “I’m very proud of what she has done with the Food Science program,” continues Struppa. “She has an infectious energy and rare entrepreneurial mindset and is a model for younger students on how to be effective members of the university. She also served with great distinction on the Faculty Senate, and played a central role in advising me on many issues as we moved the university into a more science-oriented direction.” Colleague Lilian Were Senger, PhD, Professor, Program Director for the Faculty of Food Science adds, “Dr. Prakash has been invaluable in making the Food Science program distinguished globally. It is through her efforts that we now have an MBA/Food Science degree, which is a tremendous benefit to the

I N S I D E A R T by Mary Platt

Newly Expanded Hilbert Museum

with a Colorful Mosaic

Residents and visitors from afar have grown to know and love the Hilbert Museum of California Art, located in Old Towne Orange and owned by Chapman University. The free art destination has become a popular tourist attraction, with top ratings on Yelp and Google. Art appreciators have waited patiently for the museum to complete the year-long construction on its expansion project, which triples the size of the venue at its permanent location across the street from the Orange train station. The museum, founded and funded through the ongoing generosity of art collectors and philanthropists Mark and Janet Hilbert of Newport Coast, has announced its 2024 opening, capping the ambitious project to expand from 7,500 to 22,000 square feet. Visitors in the New Year will find a striking new two-building ensemble offering 26 galleries for rotating displays of the more than 5,000 oils, watercolors, illustrations, drawings, pieces of movie production art and more in the growing Hilbert Collection. The expansion includes a café, community room for classes and events, research library and outdoor courtyard and native gardens that create a new front door to the museum. “It’s extremely gratifying to be announcing opening dates and exhibitions after years of careful planning for this spectacular next chapter in Orange County’s museum renaissance,” says Founder Mark Hilbert, who with his wife gifted the couple’s extensive art collection to Chapman to make it available for public view. “We’re thrilled to be so close to welcoming visitors to the expanded Hilbert Museum,” says the museum’s Director, Mary Platt. “This stunning new expansion is a

dream come true. The building itself is an eye-catching piece of art that provides a visual welcome.” Platt is planning a dynamic opening slate of nine exhibitions showcasing the museum’s focus on California Scene paintings (narrative scenes of California life in watercolor or oils, from the 1930s to the present), plus its rich holdings in animation and movie art, Native American art and American illustration and design. Throughout the year, a special rotating exhibition will showcase various artists’ interpretations of Orange County .

Exhibitions Opening on February 23: • California Art from The Hilbert Permanent Collection (curated by Gordon McClelland)

• “Millard Sheets” (Curated by Jean Stern)

• “A Matter of Style: Modernism in California Art” (Curated by Gordon McClelland)

• “Same Place, Another Time: Views of Orange County” (Curated by Gordon McClelland)

• “Mary Blair’s Wonderland: Imagining Disney’s ‘Alice’” (Curated by Mary Platt)

• “Norman Rockwell: Capturing the American Spirit” (Curated by Mary Platt)

• “Eye Dazzlers: Marvels of Navajo Weaving from the Hilbert Collection” (Curated by Mary Platt)

• “Emigdio Vasquez: Works from the Fred Ortiz Collection” (Curated by Fred Ortiz)

• “Art of the Airwaves: Radios from The Hilbert Collection” (Curated by Clark Silva)



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Welcoming All on Feb. 23 For the expansion, Chapman University selected architects Johnston Marklee of Los Angeles, who conceived a floating, open-air structure that unites the two gallery buildings and serves as a frontispiece for the 40’ x 16’ “Pleasures Along the Beach.” This signature 1969 glass-tile mosaic (detail on inside front cover) by acclaimed artist Millard Sheets was rescued and moved from a former Home Savings & Loan building in Santa Monica in 2019, and currently is being painstakingly restored on the museum’s westfacing façade. According to Sharon Johnston, Founding Partner of Johnston Marklee, the museum stands in an industrial corridor within the Cypress Street Barrio historic district and the design pays tribute

to local Orange industrial and mercantile architecture. Designed to sculpt light and shadow with simple stacked forms and integrated garden patios suitable to the temperate climate, the museum exterior recalls images from the Hilbert Collection of Southern California as it was developing early in the 20th century. “We have created an open-air courtyard with native gardens as the new entry,” says Johnston. “The visitor experience begins outside with the Millard Sheets mosaic, framing a civic space that links the Chapman University campus to the city of Orange. Together with the four urban markers and the courtyard, the low-lying industrial vernacular of the existing buildings is adapted into a new, expanded museum experience.”

Hours for the expanded Hilbert Museum are 10 am to 5 pm Tuesday-Saturday, starting February 23. Grand Opening Ceremony: 9:30 am in the museum courtyard, Friday, February 23. Admission to the museum is free, but online reservations are recommended: HilbertMuseum.org For updates: HilbertMuseum.org/museum-expansion.

food industry community as we prepare students with both a technical and business background. Her out-of-class activities and food industry projects provide students with opportunities to connect and work within the industry on real-world problems.” Learning from Students For Prakash, interactions with students are especially fulfilling. “Instructors are tasked with equipping students to do their best. Seeing their transformation as they progress in their academic careers and enter the working world is really rewarding. At some point, you come to realize they know more than you, and that brings wonderful opportunities to learn from them.” Chapman alumnus Sabrina Wildermuth met Prakash in 2009 when she was a freshman undergraduate in graphic design and took an introductory Food Science and Nutrition course, becoming fascinated with the field. “Dr. Prakash became a guiding light when I decided to minor in food science as an undergraduate,” says Wildermuth, who earned her undergraduate degree in 2012 and a Master’s in Food Science in 2015 and is now QA Nutrition & Regulatory Senior Manager at Thrive Market. “She came up with the ingenuous idea to combine my food science/nutrition learning with my nutrition marketing internship at Sodexo at the University’s cafeteria where I also cooked and baked in the kitchen for the various stations and meal options. At her suggestion, I learned the nutrition software, ESHA Genesis, and using my graphic design background created an at-a-glance traffic light nutrition labeling system using the nutrition information I’d analyzed for many of the cafeteria’s recipes. The signs were permanently affixed to each station of the cafeteria. Dr. Prakash was proud of what we’d accomplished, so we pursued publishing the cafeteria nutrition labeling system and our research in the Journal of Foodservice Management & Education in 2012.” For Wildermuth, Prakash’s mentorship profoundly affected her career. “Dr. Prakash is creative and ingenious in putting together networking events and training courses that bring together industry and students. I have her to thank for where my educational path led and what my career has become. We have stayed in touch throughout the years, not only as mentor and mentee, but also as friends.” One way Prakash enjoys keeping in touch with current and former students is through the Chapman Coffee Club, which came about in 2021 when Prakash and students began getting together every Friday over coffee roasted and brewed at the lab to learn more about the invigorating beverage. Recently, they sold their coffee to the Chapman community as a fundraiser. “I’m excited about the Coffee Club and greatly enjoy getting together with the students,” says Prakash. “I’ve had a wonderful career.” When asked for the recipe for her success, she shares that it has been a combination of ingredients she has plenty of— “curiosity, hard work, resilience and optimism.”

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T A L K O F T H E T O W N E by Melissa Pinion-Whitt

Musco’s Spring Season Includes:

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From Herb Alpert’s Brazilian jazz to the renowned voice of Lawrence Brownlee, Chapman University’s Musco Center for the Arts winter season will feature a diverse lineup of international and homegrown talent. Sixteen performances encompassing dance, choral, classical, folk music and more will grace the stage through April. “I am excited to welcome back both Herb Alpert and Lani Hall and Kishi Bashi because I know from previous visits how amazing they sound in Musco Center, but I’m equally excited to hear The Wailin’ Jennys,” says Musco Center Director of Programs and Public Engagement Jennifer Marchese-Ernst. The winter season kicks off January 26 with “ink,” featuring Camille A. Brown and her dancers. Brown, a dancer, choreographer, director and dance educator, has choreographed major Broadway shows, including “Choir Boy,” “Once on This Island” and “Jesus Christ Superstar: Live in Concert!”

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• Jan 26: Camille A. Brown & Dancers, “ink” • Jan 28: Herb Alpert & Lani Hall • Feb 3: Small Island Big Song • Feb 4: Jazz at the Lincoln Center: “Sing and Swing” • Feb 23: MOMIX, “Alice” • Mar 2: University Wind Symphony • Mar 3: Chamber Music Society of the Lincoln Center • Mar 8: The Chapman Orchestra • Mar 9: The Wailin’ Jennys • Mar 14: Jazzy STEAM

She also choreographed Alicia Keys’ new Broadway musical “Hell’s Kitchen,” which opens in March. Husband-and-wife team Alpert and Hall will bring their talents to Musco on January 28 (see page 23). And the February 3 performance by Small Island Big Song combines the music of seafaring cultures from the Pacific and Indian Oceans, while conveying an urgent message about the climate crisis. For the third time, Brown University professor, Chapman

Presidential Fellow and saxophonist Stephon Alexander will bring his group of world-class musicians and cutting-edge physicists to Musco for a “Jazzy STEAM” performance. Dr. Lawrence Brown, Chapman University Associate Dean of Undergraduate Pharmacy Programs and Partnerships, created Jazzy STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) with Alexander in fall 2021. The event includes musical performances and a panel discussion on science, revealing how the two

• Mar 17: Spring Choral Celebration • Mar 27: Lawrence Brownlee, Tenor • Mar 29: University Choir & Singers • Apr 6: Song & Culture: An Italian Perspective • Apr 23: Chapman Big Band & Jazz Combo • Apr 27: Kishi Bashi Learn more and purchase tickets at www.MuscoCenter.org



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disciplines connect. “The concept was to bring jazz lovers in for the music and expose them to science, and to bring science lovers in and expose them to the music,” Brown says. Musco’s season includes numerous performances and residencies under the Leap of Art program, where artists teach master classes at Chapman in addition to performing at Musco. Small Island Big Song will lead a student workshop on environmental issues and music students will work with Kishi Bashi, the

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Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and opera singer Brownlee. The Camille A. Brown dancers and Momix will also lead a workshop with the dance department as part of their residency. Judy Crum, a regular patron at Musco, is looking forward to next year’s productions, particularly the annual “Disney Side-By-Side Movie in Concert” that includes a live orchestra playing the movie’s score. “I always enjoy being in such a beautiful concert hall,” she says. Marchese-Ernst says community members who haven’t yet attended a Musco event should consider doing so because the venue is both intimate and grand at the same time. “The hall is so-often praised for its stunning acoustics, and yes, the sound is incredible, but I can never get over how easy it is to enjoy world-class talent right here in our backyard,” she says.

Herb Alpert is a true renaissance man. The Grammy-winning jazz/pop trumpeter and philanthropist—whose music career spans more than 60 years—still records, tours, paints and sculpts on a regular basis. He oversees L.A. jazz club Vibrato with his daughter, too. “I wake up in the morning thinking about music,” says Alpert, 88. “I’m a right brain guy. I can entertain myself and that’s just what I love to do.” Early in 2020, the trumpeter and his vocalist wife Lani Hall (best known for her work with Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66 and singing the Bond theme to “Never Say Never Again”) performed at Musco Center. Alpert also participated in a panel CONTINUED ON PAGE 24

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Orange is well-known for valuing history. This commitment to historical preservation resulted in the addition of a History Center when the Orange Public Library was renovated in 2007. “The Orange community is dedicated to preserving history, which is wonderful,” says Aida Cuevas, Orange Public Library & History Center Archivist/Local History. The Center is regularly visited by people seeking historical photos and data, and she is always on the lookout for new ways to expand the Center’s collections, including through donations. One of the Center’s most often used collections consists of yearbooks. Cuevas has seen firsthand how meaningful finding a yearbook can be. In one instance, she helped a mother locate her son’s football pictures. He had recently passed, and this was her first time seeing the photos, because she hadn’t been able to afford to buy him the yearbook. Another notable instance occurred when Cuevas helped a young man find photos of his recently deceased mother. “He was flipping through the yearbook, and I heard him say, ‘There she is.’ It was a picture of her, young and healthy, and it was very touching to see his reaction.” Currently, the collection extends back to the 1906 Orange Union High yearbook, and the majority of the books are high school. “I’m trying to start a junior high and middle school yearbook collection, along with class pictures from elementary and grammar school,” says Cuevas. “We don’t really have a lot of that.” Another valuable resource the History Center houses is the Florence Flippen Smiley Memorial Archives. Smiley was a pioneer member of Orange and founder of the Orange Community Historical Society. The collection covers 1871 to present, featuring photographs and memorabilia owned by Smiley and items donated to the library or purchased, including artifacts, books, pamphlets and manuscripts. Lisa Baldwin is Program Chairman for the Orange Community Historical Society. She enjoys seeing the Orange History Center grow and feels the preservation of records and documents is valuable to the community. “I’m a history geek,” says Baldwin. “I’ve visited the library for firsthand knowledge since the 1970s. Of course, nowadays some information can be found online, but there is still no substitute for seeing items firsthand.” The History Center also aids locals in discovering the backgrounds of their homes, like Trevor Colón, who restored his 1946 house. With the help of Cuevas, he began documenting the process. “The library has been a great resource for creating a legacy,” Colón says. “Aida showed me a binder a woman put together of her Eichler house and how they restored the home, so I thought, I’ll do a book.” Using History Center’s resources, Colón reached out to the county for more information about his home. He now has a complete record of former occupants and most of their occupations, which will go in his book, along with information on his family and the Eichler home he grew up in. Ultimately, the expansion of any of these collections is dependent on local support and conscientiousness. “If you’re going to discard Orange-related items, please bring them to the History Center for collection consideration,” Cuevas says. “Something meaningless to you can have great impact on someone else.”

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discussion during Chapman’s Leap of Art residency. Students from Chapman and elsewhere attended. “I always enjoy doing that. I try to pass on stuff I’ve learned over 150 years,” Alpert jokes. While talking to music students, he often advises them to “be passionate” about what they’re doing. “If you want to be a musician, you can’t do it for any other reason than it’s something you’re born to do and you’re pursuing your gift.” Enriching such talent has been a primary goal for The Herb Alpert Foundation, which Alpert and Hall started in 1988. It funds arts programs that keep creativity alive, presents monetary prizes to artists of all ages in various disciplines and more. Inspiration for the foundation came from when Alpert was eight years old and attending grammar school in L.A. “I was really fortunate. There was a music appreciation class. I picked up a trumpet and it changed my life,” he recalls. “I felt if I ever had the opportunity, I’d try to help others.” The Alpert Foundation has made multi-million-dollar donations to support L.A. Music Center, music programs/facilities at CalArts, UCLA and L.A. City College, Harlem School of the Arts and more. “We support 97 different organizations,” states Alpert. “I find it gratifying. I wanted to do a ‘tag – you’re it.’ If I can do it, you can do it, too. Come to the party…Arts are the heart and soul of our country.” Alpert began his music career by co-writing and producing for Sam Cooke and Jan & Dean. When a brief attempt as a solo singer didn’t take off, Alpert launched A&M Records in 1962 with Jerry Moss and formed The Tijuana Brass. The instrumental band’s initial top 10 pop hit “The Lonely Bull” was followed by 19 more on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart. The Rock Hall inductee considers their 1965 record Whipped Cream & Other Delights a career high point (deep cut “Ladyfingers” went viral on TikTok last year). At one point, The Tijuana Brass outsold The Beatles with four albums charting simultaneously (Taylor Swift recently tied the record). Alpert’s rare vocal turn on Bacharach/David tune “This Guy’s in Love with You” also topped the pop tally in 1968. A&M became the world’s largest independent record company with an enviable roster. Alpert married Hall in 1973. Six years later, he went to No. 1 again with the multi-format instrumental “Rise.” The song later became a popular sampling choice for rappers. The Alpert and Janet Jackson collaboration “Diamonds” was a major pop/R&B hit in 1987. Alpert continued to put out albums into the Nineties but then focused more on painting and sculpting. He didn’t release anything new in the 2000s but has made up for lost time since 2011 with a prolific streak. On 49th studio album Wish Upon a Star, Alpert tackles with panache tunes popularized by The Beatles, Elvis Presley, The Carpenters, Cat Stevens and Disney’s “Pinocchio.” The trumpeter says he tends to pick songs that haunt him. “I try to make music that makes me feel good and rings honest to me.” Herb Alpert & Lani Hall, 7:30 pm, January 28, Musco Center for the Arts, 714-997-6812, www.MuscoCenter.org.

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Every Sat / 9 am - 1 pm Orange Home Grown, Farmers Market A great way to begin your day, with quality produce & fresh healthy foods. 1st Sat Knife Sharpening 2nd Sat Free Cooking Demo 3rd Sat Kids Club / Seed Lending 303 West Palm / OrangeHomeGrown.org

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