Show 248, November 18, 2017: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris

View from the Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resport and SpaNow a tempting preview of this Saturday’s truly International show. It’s not, with profuse apologies, for dieters. If we’re successful we will always leave you incredibly hungry and thirsty. In our case, upon careful reflection, that’s probably a pretty good thing…

Hola…We’re live from the Puerto Vallarta Marriott Resort and Spa on a white sandy beach in sunny Puerto Vallarta. We’re the guests of the Puerto Vallarta Marriott Resort and Visit Puerto Vallarta to celebrate the 23rd Annual Festival Gourmet International. A renovation has just been completed remodeling the front entrance, check-in area and adding the already popular Ceviche & Tequila Bar with a full ocean view. Our guest is Elsa Perez, the Director of Sales and Marketing for the Puerto Vallarta Marriott Resort & Spa.

Tourism is ingrained in Puerto Vallarta’s rich history, local culture, economy and development since the late 18th century. The people of Vallarta have been working in the hospitality industry for over 150 years. The City has entire generations who have depended on the travel industry. Our guest is Javier Aranda Pedrero, The General Director of the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board.

2017 marks twenty-three years of the Festival Gourmet International in Puerto Vallarta. In 1995 Chefs Thierry Blouet and Heinz Reize (later joined by Chef Roland Menetrey) originated the idea of ​​promoting and elevating the culinary level of this region to competitive international standards, interacting with new methods and the creativity of highly qualified Chefs from around the globe. The goal of this 10-day, great party was to strengthen the gastronomy of Puerto Vallarta as an exemplary showcase and to promote the destination through the excellence of the good table. Chef Thierry Blouet of Puerto Vallarta’s acclaimed Café des Artistes joins us.

Chef Nacho Cadena is the proprietor of Puerto Vallarta’s celebrated La Leche restaurant and also a goodwill ambassador for Puerto Vallarta. “We like to reinterpret the culinary tradition irreverently, making the most of local products to reinvent the menu every day, making La Leche a fun, delicious and extraordinary space to live together.” Chef Nacho Cadena joins us.

One of the best ways for a first-time visitor to truly understand and appreciate the cuisine of a city is to explore the area on a local food tour. The premier operator in Puerto Vallarta is Vallarta Food Tours. “Vallarta Food Tour’s mission is to help visitors and residents alike enjoy the best that Vallarta has to offer by highlighting off-the-beaten path, “non-touristy” food and drinks along with a local insight of its treasures. Our love of Puerto Vallarta and Mexican culture inspired us to create the city’s finest culinary tour. We sampled the perfect mole, sipped on succulent tuba water and tasted fresh coconut from arguably the best coconut vendor in the country.” Vallarta Food Tours’ Co-Founder Lindsay Prime is our accomplished tour guide.

All of this and heaping helpings of extra deliciousness on this week’s show! Gracias.

Play

Show 248, November 18, 2017: Elsa Perez, Director of Sales & Marketing, Puerto Vallarta Marriott Resort Marriott

Elsa PerezWe’re live from the Puerto Vallarta Marriott Resort and Spa located on a wide sandy beach in sunny Puerto Vallarta. We’re the guests of the Puerto Vallarta Marriott Resort and Visit Puerto Vallarta to celebrate the 23rd Annual Festival Gourmet International.

A renovation has just been completed here tastefully remodeling the front entrance, check-in area and adding the already popular Ceviche & Tequila Bar with a full ocean view. Blue agave plants (the source of genuine Tequila) festively adorn the outside entrance walk. This is a beautiful, family-friendly resort with every amenity you can imagine.

“Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa welcomes guests with an impeccable location and relaxed luxury, delivering the perfect setting for everything from romantic getaways to family vacations. We’re ranked as one of the top 10 Pacific Riviera hotels by Condé Nast Traveler, with gorgeously appointed accommodations and a range of thoughtful amenities designed to make your stay special. Relax in your spacious room, with its private balcony and marble bathroom, or dine at one of our excellent restaurants. Pamper yourself with a visit to our tranquil hotel spa; we also offer an indoor and outdoor pool and the popular Kids Club.”

“Those planning events here in the Marina Vallarta area will be thrilled with our versatile venues, which include several one-of-a-kind outdoor spaces. And if you venture beyond the hotel, you’ll find everything from shopping and entertainment to golf and golden beaches just moments away. Create lasting memories here with us at Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa.”

Our guest is Elsa Perez, the Director of Sales and Marketing for the Puerto Vallarta Marriott Resort & Spa.

Play

Show 248, November 18, 2017: Javier Aranda Pedrero, Director General, Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board

Javier Aranda PedreroTourism is ingrained in Puerto Vallarta’s rich history, local culture, economy and development since the late 18th century. The people of Vallarta have been working in the hospitality industry for over 150 years. The City has entire generations who have depended on the travel industry.

Puerto Vallarta continues to attract a wide range of travelers with different interests and is renowned to be a safe, relaxed year-round destination where visitors know they will find friendly and attentive service and great value for money.

Today Puerto Vallarta receives well over 4 million annual visitors; many of which are repeat travelers. Last year tourism generated over $860 million US dollars in the local economy. Over 50% of Puerto Vallarta’s workforce is employed in tourism-related industries including accommodations, dining establishments, tour operation, and transportation. Local residents understand the value of tourism and are highly respectful of the opportunity it represents for them and the local community. They know that a safe, happy and satisfied visitor means a return visitor.

Our guest is Javier Aranda Pedrero, The General Director of the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board.

Play

Show 248, November 18, 2017: Chef Thierry Blouet, Café des Artistes, Co-Founder – Festival Gourmet International

“LOVE AND PASSION – THE SALT AND PEPPER TO TASTE GOOD!”

Thierry Blouet2017 marks twenty-three years of the Festival Gourmet International in Puerto Vallarta featuring the talent and creations of over 30 chefs. In 1995 Chefs Thierry Blouet and Heinz Reize (joined later by Chef Roland Menetrey) came up with the idea of ​​promoting and raising up the culinary level of this region to competitive international standards, interacting with new methods and creativity of highly qualified Chefs from around the globe. Over 500,000 gourmet food fans have attended over the years along with close to 600 participating celebrity chefs.

The goal of this 10-day, great party is to strengthen the gastronomy of Puerto Vallarta as an exemplary showcase and to promote the destination through the excellence of the good table.

It’s a full schedule of culinary activities including chef tastings events, culinary safaris, seasonal tastings and themed nights offering distinct dishes from cities from around the world. Distinguished restaurants from Puerto Vallarta’s different zones will be participating.

In addition to all the special events every night of the 9-day Festival is the Gourmet Dine Around.” Nightly each of the 27 participating Puerto Vallarta restaurants and hotels serve a special menu offering creations and delicacies crafted by their respective guest chef.

Chef Thierry joins us.

Play

Show 248, November 18, 2017: Chef Nacho Cadena, La Leche, Puerto Vallarta

Nacho CadenaChef Nacho Cadena is the proprietor of Puerto Vallarta’s celebrated La Leche restaurant and also a goodwill ambassador for Puerto Vallarta.

“We like to reinterpret the culinary tradition irreverently, making the most of local products to reinvent the menu every day, making La Leche a fun, delicious and extraordinary space to live together.”

“Each one of us has a certain essence that makes this kitchen something special and unique. Our bases: surprise, contrast, difference, fun and exquisiteness.”

“With a unique, minimalist and forceful style, the interior design proposes a monochromatic atmosphere where each diner awakens their senses by interacting with stimulating plates in a space conceived as a canvas, which will be intervened by the cuisine of Chef Alfonso Cadena (Chef Nacho’s son) and his dear visitors.”

Chef Nacho Cadena, the patriarch of Le Leche, is our guest.

 

Play

Show 248, November 18, 2017: Lindsay Prime, Founder, Vallarta Food Tours

Lindsay PrimeOne of the best ways for a first-time visitor to understand and appreciate the cuisine of a city is to explore the area on a local food tour. The premier operator in Puerto Vallarta is Vallarta Food Tours.

Vallarta Food Tour’s mission is to help visitors and residents alike enjoy the best that Vallarta has to offer by highlighting off-the-beaten path, “non-touristy” food and drinks along with a local insight of its treasures. Our love of Puerto Vallarta and Mexican culture inspired us to create the city’s finest culinary tour. We sampled the perfect mole, sipped on succulent tuba water and tasted fresh coconut from arguably the best coconut vendor in the country.”

Vallarta Food Tours’ Co-Founder Lindsay Prime is our tour guide.

“My husband (Paul Mayer) and I started the food tour after realizing a need for connecting people to some of the local, off the beaten path eateries in Vallarta. Mexico has some of the best food in the world. Such great history and culture associated with it. Many people come and want to try local food, but are unsure where to start. We are able to showcase in about 3 hours a great feel for Puerto Vallarta through walking the streets, showcasing some interesting tidbits, and eating amazing local food. Our guests leave feeling much more connected to Vallarta, ready to continue exploring on their own. It’s very rewarding for us, as we are not only having fun showing off our town, our delicious food, and creating more fans, we are supporting small local businesses.”

 

Play

November 18: Live from Festival Gourmet International in Puerto Vallarta

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Elsa Perez, Director of Sales & Marketing, Puerto Vallarta Marriott Resort Marriott
Segment Three: Javier Aranda Pedrero, Director General, Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board
Segment Four: Chef Thierry Blouet, Café des Artistes, Co-Founder – Festival Gourmet International
Segment Five: Chef Nacho Cadena, La Leche, Puerto Vallarta
Segment Six: Lindsay Prime, Founder, Vallarta Food Tours

Now a tempting preview of this Saturday’s International show. It’s not, with profuse apologies, for dieters. If we’re successful we will always leave you incredibly hungry and thirsty. In our case, upon careful reflection, that’s probably a pretty good thing…

Festival Gourmet InternationalHola…We’re live from the Puerto Vallarta Marriott Resort and Spa in sunny Puerto Vallarta. We’re the guests of Visit Puerto Vallarta to celebrate the 23rd Annual Festival Gourmet International.

2017 marks twenty-three years of the Festival Gourmet International in Puerto Vallarta. In 1995 Chefs Thierry Blouet and Heinz Reize (later joined by Chef Roland Menetrey) originated the idea of ​​promoting and elevating the culinary level of this region to competitive international standards, interacting with new methods and the creativity of highly qualified Chefs from around the globe. The goal of this 10-day, great party was to strengthen the gastronomy of Puerto Vallarta as an exemplary showcase and to promote the destination through the excellence of the good table. Chef Thierry Blouet of Puerto Vallarta’s acclaimed Café des Artistes joins us.

Tourism is ingrained in Puerto Vallarta’s rich history, local culture, economy and development since the late 18th century. The people of Vallarta have been working in the hospitality industry for over 150 years. The City has entire generations who have depended on the travel industry. Our guest is Javier Aranda Pedrero, The General Director of the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board.

Chef Fred Ruiz is the Director of Operations for Kitchens & Restaurants at the Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa. He joined the resort 12-years ago as Executive Chef. He’s received the prestigious Culinary Excellence Award from Marriott International three times! Las Casitas at The Marriott is part of the nightly Gourmet Dine Around of the Festival Gourmet International with their Pacific Flavor Journey. We’ll meet Chef Ruiz.

Chef Nacho Cadena is the proprietor of Puerto Vallarta’s celebrated La Leche restaurant and also a goodwill ambassador for Puerto Vallarta. “We like to reinterpret the culinary tradition irreverently, making the most of local products to reinvent the menu every day, making La Leche a fun, delicious and extraordinary space to live together.” Chef Nacho Cadena joins us.

One of the best ways for a first-time visitor to truly understand and appreciate the cuisine of a city is to explore the area on a local food tour. The premier operator in Puerto Vallarta is Vallarta Food Tours. “Vallarta Food Tour’s mission is to help visitors and residents alike enjoy the best that Vallarta has to offer by highlighting off-the-beaten path, “non-touristy” food and drinks along with a local insight of its treasures. Our love of Puerto Vallarta and Mexican culture inspired us to create the city’s finest culinary tour. We sampled the perfect mole, sipped on succulent tuba water and tasted fresh coconut from arguably the best coconut vendor in the country.” Vallarta Food Tours’ Co-Founder Paul Mayer is our accomplished tour guide.

All of this and heaping helpings of extra deliciousness on this week’s show! Gracias.

“LOVE AND PASSION – THE SALT AND PEPPER TO TASTE GOOD!”

Thierry Blouet2017 marks twenty-three years of the Festival Gourmet International in Puerto Vallarta featuring the talent and creations of over 30 chefs. In 1995 Chefs Thierry Blouet and Heinz Reize (joined later by Chef Roland Menetrey) came up with the idea of ​​promoting and raising up the culinary level of this region to competitive international standards, interacting with new methods and creativity of highly qualified Chefs from around the globe. Over 500,000 gourmet food fans have attended over the years along with close to 600 participating celebrity chefs.

The goal of this 10-day, great party is to strengthen the gastronomy of Puerto Vallarta as an exemplary showcase and to promote the destination through the excellence of the good table.

It’s a full schedule of culinary activities including chef tastings events, culinary safaris, seasonal tastings and themed nights offering distinct dishes from cities from around the world. Distinguished restaurants from Puerto Vallarta’s different zones will be participating.

In addition to all the special events every night of the 9-day Festival is the Gourmet Dine Around.” Nightly each of the 27 participating Puerto Vallarta restaurants and hotels serve a special menu offering creations and delicacies crafted by their respective guest chef.

Javier Aranda PedreroTourism is ingrained in Puerto Vallarta’s rich history, local culture, economy and development since the late 18th century. The people of Vallarta have been working in the hospitality industry for over 150 years. The City has entire generations who have depended on the travel industry.

Puerto Vallarta continues to attract a wide range of travelers with different interests and is renowned to be a safe, relaxed year-round destination where visitors know they will find friendly and attentive service and great value for money.

Today Puerto Vallarta receives well over 4 million annual visitors; many of which are repeat travelers. Last year tourism generated over $860 million US dollars in the local economy. Over 50% of Puerto Vallarta’s workforce is employed in tourism-related industries including accommodations, dining establishments, tour operation, and transportation. Local residents understand the value of tourism and are highly respectful of the opportunity it represents for them and the local community. They know that a safe, happy and satisfied visitor means a return visitor.

Our guest is Javier Aranda Pedrero, The General Director of the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board.

Fred RuizChef Fred Ruiz is the Director of Operations for Kitchens & Restaurants at the Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa. He joined the resort 12-years ago as Executive Chef. He’s received the prestigious Culinary Excellence Award from Marriott International three times!

Recently launched is the Ceviche and Tequila Bar offering more than 180 different tequilas, 12 kinds of draft beer, exclusive house-created recipe cocktails and a great variety of ceviches.

Las Casitas at The Marriott with guest chef Aldo Tirado is part of the nightly Gourmet Dine Around of the Festival Gourmet International with Pacific Flavor Journey.

“Las Casitas showcases delectable al fresco dining, poolside and beachside service. Feast on lobster tacos and tropical drinks as you gaze out at Banderas Bay. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.”

We’ll meet Chef Ruiz.

Nacho CadenaChef Nacho Cadena is the proprietor of Puerto Vallarta’s celebrated La Leche restaurant and also a goodwill ambassador for Puerto Vallarta.

“We like to reinterpret the culinary tradition irreverently, making the most of local products to reinvent the menu every day, making La Leche a fun, delicious and extraordinary space to live together.”

“Each one of us has a certain essence that makes this kitchen something special and unique. Our bases: surprise, contrast, difference, fun and exquisiteness.”

“With a unique, minimalist and forceful style, the interior design proposes a monochromatic atmosphere where each diner awakens their senses by interacting with stimulating plates in a space conceived as a canvas, which will be intervened by the cuisine of Chef Alfonso Cadena (Chef Nacho’s son) and his dear visitors.”

Chef Nacho Cadena joins us.

Vallarta Food ToursOne of the best ways for a first-time visitor to understand and appreciate the cuisine of a city is to explore the area on a local food tour. The premier operator in Puerto Vallarta is Vallarta Food Tours.

Vallarta Food Tour’s mission is to help visitors and residents alike enjoy the best that Vallarta has to offer by highlighting off-the-beaten path, “non-touristy” food and drinks along with a local insight of its treasures. Our love of Puerto Vallarta and Mexican culture inspired us to create the city’s finest culinary tour. We sampled the perfect mole, sipped on succulent tuba water and tasted fresh coconut from arguably the best coconut vendor in the country.”

Vallarta Food Tours’ Co-Founder Paul Mayer is our tour guide.

“My wife (Lindsay Prime) and I started the food tour after realizing a need for connecting people to some of the local, off the beaten path eateries in Vallarta. Mexico has some of the best food in the world. Such great history and culture associated with it. Many people come and want to try local food, but are unsure where to start. We are able to showcase in about 3 hours a great feel for Puerto Vallarta through walking the streets, showcasing some interesting tidbits, and eating amazing local food. Our guests leave feeling much more connected to Vallarta, ready to continue exploring on their own. It’s very rewarding for us, as we are not only having fun showing off our town, our delicious food, and creating more fans, we are supporting small local businesses.”

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Elsa Perez, Director of Sales & Marketing, Puerto Vallarta Marriott Resort Marriott
Segment Three: Javier Aranda Pedrero, Director General, Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board
Segment Four: Chef Thierry Blouet, Café des Artistes, Co-Founder – Festival Gourmet International
Segment Five: Chef Nacho Cadena, La Leche, Puerto Vallarta
Segment Six: Lindsay Prime, Founder, Vallarta Food Tours

Show 247, November 11, 2017: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris

Now a salivating preview of this Saturday’s ample show. It’s not, with profuse apologies, for dieters. If we’re successful we will always leave you incredibly hungry and thirsty. In our case, upon careful reflection, that’s probably a pretty good thing…

Executive Chef Jason Fullilove is back in a real restaurant space, Barbara Jean Los Angeles, with elevated American Soul Food. He’s a bit hidden on the back patio of Melrose Avenue’s Melrose Umbrella Co. It’s dinner nightly and Brunch on Weekends. We’ll catch up with the peripatetic Chef Jason.

Food and travel journalist Robyn Eckhardt brings dishes from Istanbul and eastern Turkey to the home cook in ISTANBUL AND BEYOND: EXPLORING TURKEY’S DIVERSE CUISINES. With over 150 recipes, stories about places, people and ingredients, and lush on-location photography, ISTANBUL AND BEYOND takes readers on an unforgettable culinary journey from Turkey’s cosmopolitan cultural capital to its lesser known eastern regions. Food and travel journalist Robyn Eckhardt, now based in Italy, is our guest.

We’ve actively followed (since 2014,) and reported on, Team USA in their long pursuit of winning a place on the medals stand for the biannual Bocuse d’Or International Culinary Competition. Team USA 2015 headed by Chef Philip Tessier took the Silver Medal (just missing the Gold) and Team USA 2017 headed by Chef Mathew Peters earned the Gold in 2017, an incredible first for Team USA. Team USA 2019 was just selected in a fierce competition on Thursday, Nov. 9th at The Venetian Resort in Las Vegas. We’ll talk to the winning chef, Matthew Kirkley of COI, San Francisco, who will now train with his Commis (Mimi Chen, Line Cook, COI) for the next year, and then helm Team USA 2019 in Lyon. Also in on the conversation is Chef Robert Sulatycky, Head Coach, Team USA 2019.

Executive Chef Todd Sicolo supervises all of the varied dining options at the new InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown Hotel at Wilshire Grand Center with 889 rooms. This is all located on the top floors of the tallest building West of Chicago. Dining options range from Spire 73, a rooftop lounge with breathtaking views, to La Boucherie on 71, an elegant steakhouse with a French accent. Chef Todd is our guest.

Stressed about preparing the Thanksgiving feast for your extended family? Pause…Take a breath…Chef Andrew Gruel to the rescue. Chef Andrew offers his practical chef’s tips for a stress-free, Thanksgiving celebration.

It’s typically a conundrum in selecting the wines for the Thanksgiving feast that really pair well with all the diverse trimmings. You can’t always please all palates but you give it a go. Our resident wine expert, Kyle Meyer of Wine Exchange, joins us with his informed perspective. Cheers!

All of this and heaping helpings of extra deliciousness on this week’s show!

Play

Show 247, November 11, 2017: Executive Chef Jason Fullilove, Barbara Jean, Los Angeles

Jason FulliloveExecutive Chef Jason Fullilove is back in a real restaurant space, Barbara Jean Los Angeles with elevated American Soul Food. He’s a bit hidden on the back patio of Melrose Avenue’s Melrose Umbrella Co. It’s dinner nightly and Brunch on Weekends.

He also oversees the Bar Bites menu at the adjacent Melrose Umbrella Co.

“Barbara Jean Restaurant is a celebration of American Soul Food. A cuisine that is imbued with the many cultures that make up this vast and diverse country. With a focus on the roots of African American cooking, it’s nutritional foundation and original applications: meats | offal | ancient grains | vegetables | fermentation | with a modern flair a presentation.”

Chef Jason has been a regular fan favorite on the Los Angeles dining scene. He also helmed a dinner series called RED at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) that garnered national attention. At RED he created tasting menus and course meals directly inspired by current art exhibits, live readings and the films of Stanley Kubrick and Danny Boyle.

We’ll catch up with the peripatetic Chef Jason.

Play

Show 247, November 11, 2017: Travel Journalist Robyn Eckhardt, Istanbul and Beyond: Exploring Turkey’s Diverse Cuisines Part One

Robyn EckhardtFood and travel journalist Robyn Eckhardt brings dishes from Istanbul and eastern Turkey to the home cook in ISTANBUL AND BEYOND: EXPLORING TURKEY’S DIVERSE CUISINES. With over 125 recipes, stories about places, people and ingredients, and lush on-location photography, ISTANBUL AND BEYOND takes readers on an unforgettable culinary journey from Turkey’s cosmopolitan cultural capital to its lesser known eastern regions.

The culmination of Eckhardt and photographer David Hagerman‘s (Robyn’s husband) two-decade-long passion for Turkey, its people and its food, and the result of over sixteen months of research in Istanbul and eastern Turkey, ISTANBUL AND BEYOND takes readers beyond kebab, doner, and baklava to introduce the dishes of Turkey’s distinct regional cuisines. From the Mediterranean province of Hatay to the Black Sea, and from north-central Anatolia to provinces bordering Georgia, Armenia, Iran and Iraq, Eckhardt has assembled a broad collection of dishes – many of which will be new even to those familiar with Turkish food – that are sure to entice readers into the kitchen.

Robyn Eckhardt is an American food and travel journalist specializing in Asia, Turkey and Europe. Her words and recipes have appeared in the New York Times, Saveur, Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Food & Wine, Travel+Leisure and other publications. She is co-publisher, with photographer David Hagerman, of the award-winning food blog EatingAsia. After 20 years in Asia she recently moved to Piemonte, Italy, where she lives with her husband, photographer David Hagerman, and a small menagerie of cats and dogs.

Food and travel journalist Robyn Eckhardt is our guest.

Play