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Feed Your Inner Foodie

First Annual
Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival

Three of our favorite things are Newport Beach, wine, and food. When we decided to sponsor the first annual Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival we were thrilled to take the challenge and dive into our community. Once we saw the line up of talent we were sold in our partnership.


The festival will feature live cooking demos with celebrity and local chefs, elite sommelier panels, master mixology courses, wine tastings with over 40 premier wineries, cuisine from some of OC’s finest culinary masters, spirits and beer tastings, and live music from international jazz artists.

With summer dwindling and school schedules set, The Smith Group invites you to join us next weekend at the festival. Our home base will be a cozy booth with wine to pour and room to mingle. As the season of fall approaches our intention is to strengthen community and engage in conversation that matters.

With an abundant assortment of chefs, sommeliers, mixologists, musicians, and culinary treasures—the foodie in you is certain to find nirvana. The inception of this festival solidifies Newport Beach as a luxury home to the world of food, wine, and restaurants. Becoming an epicenter of creative and delicious proportions.

The festival falls on the last weekend of summer, September 19-21, 2014. The main hub of events will huddle around the artistic grounds of the Newport Beach Civic Center. The VIP Launch Party will be hosted by Master Chef Rick Bayless at RED O Restaurant on Friday evening from 6:30 PM to 11:00 PM. Café Jardin will illuminate Sherman Library & Gardens in Corona del Mar and host the grand finale party on Sunday from 6 PM to 9 PM.



Bravo to the creative team of women who spearheaded this event, Stefanie Salem, Kelly Jawor, Katy Higgins, and Lindsey Henn. Also note that proceeds will be donated to Project Hope Alliance and Hoag Hospital Foundation. Thank you ladies for the reminder that what we give to our community matters.

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Market Matters

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Cristi Ulrich is a partner at The Smith Group. She’s our Huntington Beach specialist with an emphasis in Huntington Harbour. With over twenty-one years of real estate experience and a unique zest for life—you will find her personality contagious. She believes that even if you’re having a bad moment, like moving down in life because you cannot financially afford where you are living, why would you not focus on making your next move fabulous.

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Community Matters & So Do Summer Picnics

A modern and fast paced digital world has shifted the rules and parameters of your sense of community.

You can travel the globe with your fingertips. FaceTime allows you to join your best friend who is hiking the Kalalau Trail on Kauai. Google Earth gives you eyes from the front porch of your future home in Orange County, California. And with the swipe of your fingers you can spin around and see what your neighborhood and community might look like.

There is a shadow side to your technological wealth and the web of never ending distraction. It’s never been more important to reserve a portion of your precious time with real-live-non-digital-people. Within your family, home, and community. Interactions that demand eye contact, face-to-face, your touch, and the gift of your presence.

Seth Godin, American author, entrepreneur, marketer, and public speaker, shares a great tip on how to build community. It starts with a question:

“What can I contribute today? This might be the very best way to become part of a community. Relentless generosity brings us closer together.”

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Gratitude Matters

In a shifting real estate market unexpected roads often appear.

On such a night I finish a late showing and text my wife, “Be home shortly.” Hopefully my hungry toddler and patient wife have saved some dinner. One of the privileges of my work is a temporary stewardship to manage, watch over, and articulate the value of the homes I list. Each home has a unique story and personality. With current owners only steps away from future ones. At The Smith Group it is our desire and objective to tell the story of your home in excellent style.

I move from room to room, shut windows, lock doors, and turn off stray lamps. I reach under one lamp shade several times before I bend over and discover the power button is on the cord. I smile and remember I did the very same thing right before my appointment arrived.

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