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Press Release

Date:          May 5, 2011
Contact:     Katherine Mielke
Phone:       (949) 717-3816



Newport Beach, CA (May 5, 2011) –The Newport Beach Public Library continues its new series of monthly culinary events on Tuesday, May 17 with Chef Zov Karamardian, owner of Zov’s Bistro and Zov’s Café/Bakery and Bar.
Chef Zov, known for her culinary artistry and her signature Mediterranean flair, will be demonstrating several of her popular dishes and sharing her recipes.  Registered guests will also have an opportunity to meet Zov and sample her delicious Mediterranean cuisine and decadent desserts.

For Newport Beach food lovers, What’s Cooking at the Library offers the unique opportunity of an up-close cooking experience with some of Orange County’s most talented culinary masters at a very affordable price.  Many top chefs in the Newport Beach area have participated since the series began in 2010.

What’s Cooking at the Library will begin at 7 p.m. in the Friends Room at the Newport Beach Central Library, 1000 Avocado Avenue, Newport Beach. A fee of $20 per person, per event will be charged to cover the cost of food.  Space is limited and reservations are required.  To register, pick up a What’s Cooking Registration Form at any of the Newport Beach Public Library locations or register online by following the link on the library website at or the City’s Recreation Class sign-up under Library Programs at

For more information, call (949) 717-3800, extension 2 or visit the website at


About Zov
Chef, restaurateur, teacher, and cookbook author Zov Karamardian was born in Israel to Armenian parents, and raised in Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq. Her family immigrated to the United States and settled in San Francisco in the early 1960’s, when she was 16. As the eldest of four children, she was called upon by her mother, who often worked evenings in the family’s grocery store, to prepare dinner for the family. Five years later, Zov decided that cooking would become her life’s work.

With her mother’s guidance, along with recipes from magazines and newspapers, and a collection of her family’s favorite dishes, Zov Karamardian had the foundation for what would eventually become a very rewarding career in the culinary arts. Additional inspiration came from watching JuliaChild as she pioneered the airwaves for many of today’s cooking show celebrities. It was from this culinary legend that Zov learned about classic French cuisine, and also the way to have fun while cooking. Julia Child would become a significant mentor and dear friend throughout Zov’s career.
As a young newlywed, Zov moved with her husband Gary, who today is her businesses partner, to Orange County, California, where she started hosting many dinner parties. The natural next step was a home catering business, which eventually led to the opening of her namesake restaurant, Zov’s Bistro, in Tustin, California. The restaurant has been a family enterprise from the beginning, with her mother Araxi, husband Gary, son Armen, and daughter Taleene instrumental in its success.

A long time contributor to publications such as Bon Appetit, Food and Wine, the Orange County Register, Sunset Magazine, and the Los Angeles Times, Zov Karamardian has finally been able to take her writing and cooking passion to the next level with the publication of two books: “Zov: Recipes and Memories from the Heart” and recently published “ Simply Zov: Rustic Classics with a Mediterranean Twist.

Zov Karamardian has been an active supporter of local and national charitable and educational organizations. Her generosity is widely known and admired in the culinary community, and both Zov herself and Zov’s Bistro have been acknowledged with a variety of industry awards. She has also appeared on many network and cable television programs, including the TV Food Network, Extra, and CNN.







contact the library: (949) 717-3800