August 18: South City Fried Chicken, Western Foodservice Expo, Steven Raichlen, Golden Road Brewing, Sally Camacho-Mueller, Wine Exchange

Now an enticing preview of this Saturday’s abundant 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…

Newly arrived in DTLA is South City Fried Chicken, where not one, but eight great Southern cities are uniquely represented via the most delicious mother cluckin’ Fried Chicken Sandwiches this side of the Rio Grande! Guests have the opportunity to get lost in their nuanced mouth-watering, finger-lickin’ Fried Chicken Sandwiches prepared with the highest-quality ingredients and packed with the finest flavors the South has to offer. Owner Joshua Kopel and Partner & Executive Chef Sammy Monsour join us to crow about the opening.

Steven Raichlen is synonymous with barbecue. The James Beard Award-winning author of an impressive array of New York Times bestselling cookbooks, a Barbecue Hall of Famer and international PBS star has shaped America’s obsession with live-fire cooking for decades. Following the success of Project Smoke, Raichlen returns to the subject that earned him his reputation as a pioneer of the grill with PROJECT FIRE: Cutting-Edge Techniques and Sizzling Recipes from the Caveman Porterhouse to Salt Slab Brownie S’mores . We’re firing up the grill with Steven Raichlen.

It’s the return of our thirst quenching “Ask the Brewers” segment. Joining us is Golden Road Brewing’s acclaimed Brewmaster, Victor Novak, and Anaheim Head Brewer, Steven Torres. Barrel-aged beer is a popular trend on the craft beer scene. We’ll find out what it’s all about. Also Baja-style lagers are appearing in local craft breweries. Our Brewers will discuss this.

Sally Camacho-Mueller (ex-Jonathan Club and Hotel Bel-Air) is Executive Pastry Chef / Partner of Tesse on the Sunset Strip at La Cienega Blvd. It is modern French cooking using California ingredients under the direction of Executive Chef Raphael Francois. We’ll meet her.

We’re uncorking it again with our distinguished wine expert Kyle Meyer of Santa Ana’s Wine Exchange. Is there a relationship between quality and price when it comes to California’s cult wines? What is the pricing model? Where is the value to be found?

Chef Andrew Gruel, the founder of The Slapfish Restaurant Group, joins us with another installment of “Ask the Chef.” Did you know China is the biggest exporter of seafood to the United States? Most surprising is that a major portion of this seafood is fish harvested from American waters and then processed in China. Tariffs are on the horizon, too…

All of this and heaping helpings of extra deliciousness on this week’s not-to-miss show!

Sammy MonsourNewly arrived in DTLA is South City Fried Chicken, where not one, but eight great Southern cities are uniquely represented via the most delicious mother cluckin’ Fried Chicken Sandwiches this side of the Rio Grande! Guests have the opportunity to get lost in their nuanced mouth-watering, finger-lickin’ Fried Chicken Sandwiches prepared with the highest-quality ingredients and packed with the finest flavors the South has to offer.

“After a year on the road getting in touch with their roots and cultivating the essence of Southern cuisine, South City Fried Chicken Co-Owners Joshua Kopel and Chef Sammy Monsour returned to Los Angeles with the innovation and grit to tackle their second venture together. “South City Fried Chicken is the canvas on which to experience a story that is important to Josh and I,” says Monsour. “Our food honors Southern culture, the people we come from, and connects us with our guests.””

“Setting out with the intent to not only create the most delectable Fried Chicken Sandwiches in the West, but as an homage to the people of the South, Chef Sammy set his standards high from the get-go with an adamant motto: No heat lamps, no freezers, no excuses. Everything on the South City Fried Chicken menu is made-to-order, maintaining farm-to-table concepts by utilizing the same local vendors as fine dining big sister restaurant Preux & Proper. No detail is too small, from the homemade pepper mixes and sauces, to the employment of Jidori chicken, an artisan-take on poultry farming by utilizing hand-pulled methods over machines, and brioche buns from La Brea Bakery.”

Each Fried Chicken Sandwich begins with succulent Jidori chicken in marinade and buttermilk brine, marinating together for a minimum of 24 hours. When it is finally ready to go, the last step is dredging the chicken in the “stay crispy batter” before getting fried to perfection and seasoned according to each sandwiches destination. Described by Chef Sammy as “A love letter to the South written in flavor,” the South City Fried Chicken Sandwich Menu highlights nine crispy on the outside, succulent on the inside offerings, eight of which feature namesake cities that are major players in Southern cuisine.

Owner Joshua Kopel and Partner & Executive Chef Sammy Monsour join us to crow about the opening.

Western Foodservice ExpoThe 2018 Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo will be held Sunday, August 19 – Tuesday, August 21, 2018 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The tradeshow and conference will provide 9,000+ industry professionals with access to the hottest menu trends, state of the art design and decor, a renowned education program, special events, and 450+ of the leading vendors and purveyors dedicated to serving the restaurant & foodservice community.

The tradeshow and conference, started in 1936 is managed by Clarion UX and sponsored by the California Restaurant Association.

The 2018 event will be co-located with Coffee Fest and Healthy Food Expo West, and attendees will have access to all three events.

“Our attendees have become accustomed to seeing the most influential names in the restaurant industry on Center Stage and our 2018 event will not disappoint the thousands of restaurant and foodservice professionals attending the upcoming Western Foodservice Expo,” said Tom Loughran, Vice President for the Clarion UX Food & Beverage Portfolio, “We are thrilled to be welcoming a terrific line-up of celebrity chefs who are involved with some of the leading restaurants in the country to Center Stage as well as present the Beacon and Torch Awards, and watch two exciting competitions.”

Representing the Expo is Tom Loughran, Vice President for the Show.

Steven RaichlenSteven Raichlen is synonymous with barbecue. The James Beard Award-winning author of an impressive array of New York Times bestselling cookbooks, a Barbecue Hall of Famer and international PBS star has shaped America’s obsession with live-fire cooking for decades. Following the success of Project Smoke, Raichlen returns to the subject that earned him his reputation as a pioneer of the grill with PROJECT FIRE: Cutting-Edge Techniques and Sizzling Recipes from the Caveman Porterhouse to Salt Slab Brownie S’mores.

After thirty books, seven TV series – including a new one out this May, Project Fire on PBS – two decades of Barbecue University classes, 60 countries and 6 continents traveled, one might wonder what else Raichlen could possibly say about grilling. Turns out, it’s a lot. Never before have American home cooks used a wider range of grilling techniques, nor had access to a more diverse array of flavors and ingredients. Delivering both a complete step-by-step handbook to mastering the latest techniques and equipment alongside a collection of over 100 innovative recipes for grilling every kind of food, Project Fire is the modern grilling treatise. A stunning collection of recipes and techniques, Project Fire provides a wealth of information for how we want to grill today.

Steven Raichlen is the author of the New York Times bestselling Barbecue! Bible® cookbook series, which includes the new Project FireBarbecue Sauces, Rubs, and MarinadesProject SmokeThe Barbecue Bible, and How to Grill. Winner of 5 James Beard awards and 3 IACP awards, his books have been translated into 17 languages. In 2016, he was inducted into the Barbecue Hall of Fame.

We’re firing up the grill with Steven Raichlen.

Victor Novak and Steven TorresIt’s the return of our thirst quenching “Ask the Brewers” segment. Joining us is Golden Road Brewing’s Brewmaster, Victor Novak, and Anaheim Head Brewer, Steven Torres.

Barrel-aged beer is a popular trend on the craft beer scene. We’ll find out what it’s all about from our experts. Also, adaptations of Baja-style lagers are appearing in local craft breweries. Our Brewers will discuss this.

Sally Camacho MuellerSally Camacho-Mueller (ex-Jonathan Club and Hotel Bel-Air) is Executive Pastry Chef / Partner of Tesse on the Sunset Strip at La Cienega Blvd. It is modern French cooking using California ingredients under the direction of Executive Chef Raphael Francois.

“Sally Camacho Mueller graduated with honors from both the Culinary and Baking & Pastry Programs at the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco. She returned to her home in Los Angeles, to work with Donald Wressell at The Four Seasons Beverly Hills and from there went on to work at numerous award-winning resorts and fine dining restaurants including The Wynn Las Vegas, Bradley Ogden at Caesars Palace, the Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort in FL, Wolfgang Puck‘s WP24, the Hotel Bel-Air, and the Jonathan Club. In 2015 she joined as the Culinary Institute of America Greystone in Napa Valley as pastry chef and baker instructor.”

Her work has been featured in numerous publications and in 2011 she was a cheftestant on Bravo‘s Top Chef: Just Desserts where she came away as a finalist and runner-up.

Kyle Meyer of Wine ExchangeWe’re uncorking it again with our distinguished wine expert, Kyle Meyer of Santa Ana’s Wine Exchange.

Is there a relationship between quality and price when it comes to California’s cult wines? What is the pricing model? Where is the value to be found?

 

Andrew and William GruelChef Andrew Gruel, the founder of The Slapfish Restaurant Group, joins us with another installment of Ask the Chef.”

Did you know China is the biggest exporter of seafood to the United States? Most surprising is that a major portion of this seafood is fish harvested from American waters and then processed in China. Tariffs are on the horizon, too…

Show 285, August 11, 2018: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris

Now a tempting preview of Saturday’s properly decadent 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…

When we last spoke with Owner/Chefs Ori Menashe and Genevieve Gergis they had recently opened Bestia (2012) in DTLA’s emerging Arts District. Flash forward to the recent opening of their Bavel, also in the Arts District. It’s Middle Eastern flavors with influences from Israel, Morocco, Turkey and Egypt. We pull them both from the active Bavel kitchen for a chat.

Eat your heart out Long Beach! DINE LBC – Long Beach Restaurant Week is on through August 12, 2018. Experience cuisine that delights the palate and defines the art of dining in Long Beach. Held annually, Dine LBC features value-oriented two or three course menus from dozens of Long Beach’s best restaurants in twelve unique neighborhoods throughout the city. The Federal Bar on Pine Avenue in Downtown Long Beach is one of the participating restaurants in DINE LBC. We’ll meet new Chef Tia Baker (ex-Sol Cocina) and talk about the elevated fare at The Federal Bar. New Happy Hour menu, too.

Brennan’s in Marina del Rey has been a friendly, locals’ institution in the area since 1972. It is known for their Thursday night Turtle Racing and potent libations. It was never about the food. In recent years it had become pretty divey. The Artisanal Brewers Collective came to the rescue last year and after a lengthy, top-to-bottom restoration reopened Brennan’s in time for St. Patrick’s Day 2018. The food is now something to talk about (including Vegan specialties) as well as the potent libations. Proprietor Tony Yanow (Golden Road Brewing’s Co-Founder) is our guest

Hatch Chiles, grown only in the Hatch Valley and along the Rio Grande river of New Mexico, are considered by chile aficionados to be the best peppers in the world. Hatch is the premium growing area for New Mexico chiles. Hatch, New Mexico is not only the Chile capital of the USA but also of the World. The ultimate chile, these chiles are only available from New Mexico in a short, six-week window every year (between August and September.) Our resident produce authority, Robert Schueller of Melissa’s, joins us with all the spicy details.

Food journalist Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor for Eater LA He typically contributes six pieces a day, five days a week to this very widely read on-line magazine and newsletter. He’s part of a panel, PR Bootcamp for Restaurants : In Memory of Fifi Chao” that will be part of the upcoming Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo on August 19th at the L.A. Convention Center. We’ll chat about the panel and the latest news on the L.A. dining scene with Farley.

Chef Andrew Gruel, the founder of The Slapfish Restaurant Group, joins us with another installment of Ask the Chef.” What’s the secret of drool-worthy Crab Cakes? What’s the tastiest crab to use? How does Maryland’s Old Bay Seasoning impact this ? We’ll find out from Chef Andrew with the promise of no added filler.

All of this and heaping helpings of extra deliciousness on this week’s not-to-miss show!

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Show 285, August 11, 2018: Owner / Chefs Ori Menashe and Genevieve Gergis, Bavel, DTLA’s Arts District

Executive Chef Ori Menashe and Pastry Chef Genevieve Gergis of BestiaWhen we last spoke with Owner/Chefs Ori Menashe and Genevieve Gergis they had recently opened Bestia (2012) in DTLA’s emerging Arts District. Flash forward to the recent opening of their long-in-the-works Bavel (buh-vel), also in the Arts District. It’s Middle Eastern flavors with influences from Israel, Morocco, Turkey and Egypt.

“Bavel, in Downtown Los Angeles’ Arts District, is a Middle Eastern restaurant from Chefs Ori Menashe and Genevieve Gergis. With family roots in Israel, Morocco, Turkey, and Egypt, Ori and Genevieve have always wanted to open a restaurant that showcases the cuisines of their family lineages, bringing together the flavors and dishes they grew up with.”

With a background in the field of interior design, Genevieve played a key role in the design of both Bestia and Bavel.

“Bavel – Stems from the story of Babel, from the original Old Testament. The Hebrew letters ‘b’ – bet, and ‘v’ – vet, both look the same, except that bet has a dot in the center of it. It is theorized that when the Old Testament was translated, it was not transcribed properly and Bavel turned into Babel.”

“The name is pronounced how it was originally written – Bavel (buh-vel). The story of Bavel is from a time when the Middle East was one. The people of Babylon came together to build a tower to heaven but God did not want them to succeed. In turn, he gave the people different languages so they could no longer communicate and work together.”

“When we read this story, we liked the word Bavel, because it was written during a time when everything was one – Bavel is not specific to any one region.”

We pull them both from the bustling Bavel kitchen (incredible bread is baking) for a chat.

 

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Show 285, August 11, 2018: Chef Tia Baker, The Federal Bar, Long Beach

Tia BakerEat your heart out Long Beach! DINE LBC – Long Beach Restaurant Week is on through August 12, 2018. Experience cuisine that delights the palate and defines the art of dining in Long Beach. Held annually, Dine LBC features value-oriented two or three course menus from dozens of Long Beach’s best restaurants in twelve unique neighborhoods throughout the city.

The Federal Bar on Pine Avenue in Downtown Long Beach is one of the participating restaurants in DINE LBC. We’ll meet new Chef Tia Baker (ex-Sol Cocina) and talk about the elevated fare at The Federal Bar. New Happy Hour menu, too.

“Passing through the double doors into the main hall of this 1920’s Beaux-arts style building is just the beginning of the Federal experience. Your gaze will draw up into our three-story restaurant that doubles as an event space that can accommodate up 600 patrons, featuring two full-service bars, hand-painted beamed ceilings, towering columns, high windows that provide grand natural lighting, and an attached outside patio.”

There is a new Happy Hour Menu (every day) in place at The Federal. You can get Bottomless Sangria plus one food item (like Mexican Street Corn Flat Bread) for $20.

The DINE LBC menu for $35 per person is three courses with choices for each course. Selections for the Mains include Pine Street Bouillabaisse, Meatloaf Sundae, Investors Pasta and Chefs Fish of the Day.

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Show 285, August 11, 2018: Tony Yanow, Brennan’s in Marina del Rey, Artisanal Brewers Collective

Tony YanowBrennan’s in Marina del Rey has been a friendly, locals’ institution in the area since 1972. It is particularly known for their Thursday night Turtle Racing and potent libations. It was never about the food. In recent years it had become pretty divey.

The Artisanal Brewers Collective came to the rescue last year and after a lengthy, top-to-bottom restoration reopened Brennan’s in time for St. Patrick’s Day 2018. The food is now something to talk about (including Vegan specialties) as well as the potent libations. Happily the turtle racing is back twice a month on the traditional Thursday evenings.

The Bomb Brunch happens on Weekends with specialties including Almond Ricotta Toast, Breakfast Pizza and Smoked Salmon Benedict. Every Friday afternoon from 4 to 7:00 p.m. is the Free Pizza Party Power Hour. It’s free pizza and live music on the Brennan’s patio.

“Combining the traditions of the past with a few new ideas, Brennan’s strives to be the premier beach city restaurant for entertaining visitors, grabbing a drink with friends for the game or dining with your loved ones. We promote the improvement of our community and the people in it. We pride ourselves on presenting a menu and environment for locals, visitors and everything in between. Best of all, we do it with the perfect pint, one turtle race at a time!”

Proprietor Tony Yanow (ex-Golden Road Brewing) is our guest.

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Show 285, August 11, 2018: Robert Schueller, Mellissa’s “Prince of Produce”, Hatch Chile Season

Robert Schueller of Melissa's World Variety Produce in the AM830 KLAA StudioHatch Chiles, grown only in the Hatch Valley and near the Rio Grande river of New Mexico, are considered by chile aficionados to be the best peppers in the world. Hatch is the premium growing area for New Mexico chiles. Hatch, New Mexico is not only the chile capital of the US but also of the World. Hatch Chiles have been growing in this region for over 135 years, developed by New Mexico State University.

The ultimate chile, these chiles are only available from New Mexico in a short, six- week window every year (between August and September.) Unusually Hatch Chiles are available in mild, medium, hot and extra hot varieties.

Aficionados generally buy the chiles in bulk by the case (typical case is 25 lbs.) and store the chiles in their freezers, assuring use of these chiles year-round. The chiles can be frozen, roasted up to 2 years. Freeze with or without roasted skin and seeds. The chiles tend to get warmer in heat when you freeze with veins and seeds before storage.

Hatch Chiles have a meaty flesh and mild-medium heat making them ideal for use in Chile Con Queso, Chile Rellenos, and Chile Verde. But it doesn’t just stop there. You can also try roasting and using them in salads, soups, stews, dips, and sandwiches. For even more great ideas on how to use this incredible chile, purchase a copy of the genuinely useful Melissa’s Hatch Chile Cookbook.

Our resident produce authority, Robert Schueller of Melissa’s, joins us with all the spicy details.

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Show 285, August 11, 2018: Farley Elliott, Senior Editor, Eater LA Part One

Farley ElliottFood journalist Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor for Eater LA He contributes six pieces a day, five days a week to this very widely read on-line magazine and newsletter. He also graciously responds to readers’ feedback.

Farley is part of an upcoming panel, PR Bootcamp for Restaurants : In Memory of Fifi Chao” that will a program at the upcoming Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo on August 19th at the L.A. Convention Center. We’ll chat about the panel and the latest news of the L.A. dining scene with Farley.

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Show 285, August 11, 2018: Farley Elliott, Senior Editor, Eater LA Part Two

Farley ElliottFood journalist Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor for Eater LA He contributes six pieces a day, five days a week to this very widely read on-line magazine and newsletter. He also graciously responds to readers’ feedback.

Farley talks about some major restaurant openings on the horizon. In the Arts District of Downtown he has his eye on Simone from Chef Jessica Largey (ex-Manresa) and Chicago’s Stephanie Izard who is bringing her acclaimed Girl and the Goat to L.A. next year.

Eater LA publishes a helpful daily newsletter that’s free for the asking. Sign up on their Website.

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Show 285, August 11, 2018: Chef Andrew Gruel, Founder, Slapfish Restaurant Group

Andy Harris and Andrew Gruel at Cabana 14 at the Cove at Pechanga Resort and CasinoChef Andrew Gruel, the founder of The Slapfish Restaurant Group, joins us with another installment of Ask the Chef.”

What’s the secret of drool-worthy Crab Cakes? What’s the tastiest crab to use? How does Maryland’s Old Bay Seasoning impact this? We’ll find out from Chef Andrew with the promise of no added filler.

Chef Andrew suggests a little crab goes a long way. Don’t break up all the lumps in the crab meat. That adds texture. Also a light touch on the breading. Chef Andrew prefers using panko.

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August 11: Bavel, The Federal Bar, Brennan’s Pub, Melissa’s Hatch Chiles, Farley Elliott of Eater LA

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Owner / Chefs Ori Menashe and Genevieve Gergis, Bavel, DTLA’s Arts District
Segment Three: Chef Tia Baker, The Federal Bar, Long Beach
Segment Four: Tony Yanow, Brennan’s in Marina del Rey, Artisanal Brewers Collective
Segment Five: Robert Schueller, Mellissa’s “Prince of Produce”, Hatch Chile Season
Segment Six: Farley Elliott, Senior Editor, Eater LA Part One
Segment Seven: Farley Elliott, Senior Editor, Eater LA Part Two
Segment Eight: Chef Andrew Gruel, Founder, Slapfish Restaurant Group

Now a tempting preview of this Saturday’s properly decadent 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…

When we last spoke with Owner/Chefs Ori Menashe and Genevieve Gergis they had recently opened Bestia (2012) in DTLA’s emerging Arts District. Flash forward to the recent opening of their Bavel, also in the Arts District. It’s Middle Eastern flavors with influences from Israel, Morocco, Turkey and Egypt. We pull then both from the active Bavel kitchen for a chat.

Eat your heart out Long Beach ! DINE LBC – Long Beach Restaurant Week is on through August 12, 2018. Experience cuisine that delights the palate and defines the art of dining in Long Beach. Held annually, Dine LBC features value-oriented two or three course menus from dozens of Long Beach’s best restaurants in twelve unique neighborhoods throughout the city. The Federal Bar on Pine Avenue in Downtown Long Beach is one of the participating restaurants in DINE LBC. We’ll meet new Chef Tia Baker (ex-Sol Cocina) and talk about the elevated fare at The Federal Bar. New Happy Hour menu, too.

Brennan’s in Marina del Rey has been a friendly, locals’ institution in the area since 1972. It is known for their Thursday night Turtle Racing and potent libations. It was never about the food. In recent years it had become pretty divey. The Artisanal Brewers Collective came to the rescue last year and after a lengthy, top-to-bottom restoration reopened Brennan’s in time for St. Patrick’s Day 2018. The food is now something to talk about (including Vegan specialties) as well as the potent libations. Proprietor Tony Yanow (ex-Golden Road Brewing) is our guest.

Hatch Chiles, grown only in the Hatch Valley and along the Rio Grande river of New Mexico, are considered by chile aficionados to be the best peppers in the world. Hatch is the premium growing area for New Mexico chiles. Hatch, New Mexico is not only the Chile capital of the US but also of the World The ultimate chile, these chiles are only available from New Mexico in a short, six-week window every year (between August and September.) Our resident produce authority, Robert Schueller of Melissa’s, joins us with all the spicy details.

Food journalist Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor for Eater L.A. He contributes six pieces a day, five days a week to this very widely read on-line magazine and newsletter. He’s part of a panel, “PR Bootcamp for Restaurants: In Memory of Fifi Chao” that will be part of the upcoming Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo on August 19th at the L.A. Convention Center. We’ll chat about the panel and the latest news on the L.A. dining scene with Farley.

Chef Andrew Gruel, the founder of The Slapfish Restaurant Group, joins us with another installment of “Ask the Chef.” What’s the secret of drool-worthy Crab Cakes? What’s the tastiest crab to use? How does Maryland’s Old Bay Seasoning impact this ? We’ll find out from Chef Andrew with the promise of no added filler.

Executive Chef Ori Menashe and Pastry Chef Genevieve Gergis of BestiaWhen we last spoke with Owner/Chefs Ori Menashe and Genevieve Gergis they had recently opened Bestia (2012) in DTLA’s emerging Arts District. Flash forward to the recent opening of their long-in-the-works Bavel (buh-vel), also in the Arts District. It’s Middle Eastern flavors with influences from Israel, Morocco, Turkey and Egypt.

“Bavel, in Downtown Los Angeles’ Arts District, is a Middle Eastern restaurant from Chefs Ori Menashe and Genevieve Gergis. With family roots in Israel, Morocco, Turkey, and Egypt, Ori and Genevieve have always wanted to open a restaurant that showcases the cuisines of their family lineages, bringing together the flavors and dishes they grew up with.”

With a background in the field of interior design, Genevieve played a key role in the design of both Bestia and Bavel.

“Bavel – Stems from the story of Babel, from the original Old Testament. The Hebrew letters ‘b’ – bet, and ‘v’ – vet, both look the same, except that bet has a dot in the center of it. It is theorized that when the Old Testament was translated, it was not transcribed properly and Bavel turned into Babel.”

“The name is pronounced how it was originally written – Bavel (buh-vel). The story of Bavel is from a time when the Middle East was one. The people of Babylon came together to build a tower to heaven but God did not want them to succeed. In turn, he gave the people different languages so they could no longer communicate and work together.”

“When we read this story, we liked the word Bavel, because it was written during a time when everything was one – Bavel is not specific to any one region.”

We pull then both from the bustling Bavel kitchen for a chat.

Tia BakerEat your heart out Long Beach! DINE LBC – Long Beach Restaurant Week is on through August 12, 2018. Experience cuisine that delights the palate and defines the art of dining in Long Beach. Held annually, Dine LBC features value-oriented two or three course menus from dozens of Long Beach’s best restaurants in twelve unique neighborhoods throughout the city.

The Federal Bar on Pine Avenue in Downtown Long Beach is one of the participating restaurants in DINE LBC. We’ll meet new Chef Tia Baker (ex-Sol Cocina) and talk about the elevated fare at The Federal Bar. New Happy Hour menu, too.

“Passing through the double doors into the main hall of this 1920’s Beaux-arts style building is just the beginning of the Federal experience. Your gaze will draw up into our three-story restaurant that doubles as an event space that can accommodate up 600 patrons, featuring two full-service bars, hand-painted beamed ceilings, towering columns, high windows that provide grand natural lighting, and an attached outside patio.”

The DINE LBC menu for $35 per person is three courses with choices for each course. Selections for the Mains include Pine Street Bouillabaisse, Meatloaf Sundae, Investors Pasta and Chefs Fish of the Day.

Tony YanowBrennan’s in Marina del Rey has been a friendly, locals’ institution in the area since 1972. It is particularly known for their Thursday night Turtle Racing and potent libations. It was never about the food. In recent years it had become pretty divey.

The Artisanal Brewers Collective came to the rescue last year and after a lengthy, top-to-bottom restoration reopened Brennan’s in time for St. Patrick’s Day 2018. The food is now something to talk about (including Vegan specialties) as well as the potent libations. Happily the turtle racing is back twice a month on the traditional Thursday evenings.

“Combining the traditions of the past with a few new ideas, Brennan’s strives to be the premier beach city restaurant for entertaining visitors, grabbing a drink with friends for the game or dining with your loved ones. We promote the improvement of our community and the people in it. We pride ourselves on presenting a menu and environment for locals, visitors and everything in between. Best of all, we do it with the perfect pint, one turtle race at a time!”

Proprietor Tony Yanow (ex-Golden Road Brewing) is our guest.

Robert Schueller of Melissa's World Variety Produce in the AM830 KLAA StudioHatch Chiles, grown only in the Hatch Valley and near the Rio Grande river of New Mexico, are considered by chile aficionados to be the best peppers in the world. Hatch is the premium growing area for New Mexico chiles. Hatch, New Mexico is not only the chile capital of the US but also of the World. Hatch Chiles have been growing in this region for over 135 years, developed by New Mexico State University.

The ultimate chile, these chiles are only available from New Mexico in a short, six- week window every year (between August and September.) Unusually Hatch Chiles are available in mild, medium, hot and extra hot varieties.

Aficionados generally buy the chiles in bulk by the case (typical case is 25 lbs.) and store the chiles in their freezers, assuring use of these chiles year-round. The chiles can be frozen, roasted up to 2 years. Freeze with or without roasted skin and seeds. The chiles tend to get warmer in heat when you freeze with veins and seeds before storage.

Hatch Chiles have a meaty flesh and mild-medium heat making them ideal for use in Chile Con Queso, Chile Rellenos, and Chile Verde. But it doesn’t just stop there. You can also try roasting and using them in salads, soups, stews, dips, and sandwiches. For even more great ideas on how to use this incredible chile, purchase a copy of the genuinely useful Melissa’s Hatch Chile Cookbook

Our resident produce authority, Robert Schueller of Melissa’s, joins us with all the spicy details.

Farley ElliottFood journalist Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor for Eater LA He contributes six pieces a day, five days a week to this very widely read on-line magazine and newsletter. He also graciously responds to readers’ feedback.

Farley is part of an upcoming panel, PR Bootcamp for Restaurants : In Memory of Fifi Chao” that will a program at the upcoming Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo on August 19th at the L.A. Convention Center. We’ll chat about the panel and the latest news of the L.A. dining scene with Farley.

We’ll be talking about the closing (at year’s end) of Santa Monica’s trend-setting, Italian fine-dining restaurant, Valentino, and some eagerly anticipated restaurant openings on the horizon for the balance of the year.

Andy Harris and Andrew Gruel at Cabana 14 at the Cove at Pechanga Resort and CasinoChef Andrew Gruel, the founder of The Slapfish Restaurant Group, joins us with another installment of Ask the Chef.”

What’s the secret of drool-worthy Crab Cakes? What’s the tastiest crab to use? How does Maryland’s Old Bay Seasoning impact this? We’ll find out from Chef Andrew with the promise of no added filler.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Owner / Chefs Ori Menashe and Genevieve Gergis, Bavel, DTLA’s Arts District
Segment Three: Chef Tia Baker, The Federal Bar, Long Beach
Segment Four: Tony Yanow, Brennan’s in Marina del Rey, Artisanal Brewers Collective
Segment Five: Robert Schueller, Mellissa’s “Prince of Produce”, Hatch Chile Season
Segment Six: Farley Elliott, Senior Editor, Eater LA Part One
Segment Seven: Farley Elliott, Senior Editor, Eater LA Part Two
Segment Eight: Chef Andrew Gruel, Founder, Slapfish Restaurant Group