June 15: Wahoo’s Taco Transit Tuesday, Liko Lehau Butters, The Manufactory, Irvine & Roberts Vineyards, Garagsite Festival

June 15: Wahoo’s Taco Transit Tuesday, Like Lehau Butters, The Manufactory, Irvine & Roberts Vineyards, Garagsite Festival

Now an appealing preview of this Saturday’s 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 that’s probably a pretty good thing… As always, we greatly appreciate you being a part of our loyal listening audience. Couldn’t do it without you.

Program Note: For today only we usually follow Angels Baseball from 3 to 5:00 p.m. Please don’t miss a flavor-packed morsel at this special time…

Wing Lam of Wahoo’s Fish Taco is at it again with a special promotion…Ride OC Transit and get a free taco (with purchase) on Tuesdays from any Southern California Wahoo’s Fish Taco location. It’s Taco Transit Tuesday. Riding in with all the details is Wing Lam and Jennifer Bergner, OCTA’s (Orange County Transit Authority) Chief Operating Officer.

Liko Lehua Butters, a line of Hawaii-made (with a splash of Aloha,) gourmet butters flavored with tropical Island fruits, was started by two sisters in 1996. The butters are packed in glass jars and prepared in small batches to maintain strict quality control. The product line is all-natural without any preservatives or additives. Liko Lehua Butters is now under the watchful stewardship of the second generation of the founding Family. Principals Matt and Dawn Kaneali’i join us to spread the Aloha.

The Manufactory, in Downtown Los Angeles sat ROW DTLA, is a collaboration between acclaimed chefs Elisabeth Prueitt and Chad Robertson of San Francisco’s iconic Tartine Bakery, and Chris Bianco of Phoenix’s legendary Pizzeria Bianco. The project occupies nearly 40,000 square feet and includes a bakery, a market, Tartine Bianco (an all-day cafe and bar), Alameda Supper Club (a dinner-only restaurant), and a coffee roastery. It launched in February 2019. Providing the verbal grand tour are Camden Hershberger, Chef de Cuisine for Tartine Bianco and Scott Boggs, Vice President of Operations for Tartine.

At Irvine & Roberts Vineyards they grow Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier in the distinctive Rogue Valley AVA. The Rogue Valley is the region where the first Oregon vineyard was planted in the 19th Century. Irvine & Roberts employs site specific, small block plantings that are farmed and fermented individually. This approach underscores their commitment to search wines that best express the unique character of the vineyard. Principals Doug & Dionne Irvine uncork the details for us.

You’ll find out why USA Today named The Garagiste Festival the “#1 Best Wine Festival in America” when you discover over 50 of the best, hard-to-find, high-quality micro-production wineries from all over California at The 6th Annual Garagiste Festival: Urban Exposure held this year for the first time in Glendale, CA. on June 21st & 22nd. Co-Founder Doug Minnick pulls the cork on all the quaffable particulars for us.

Our Co-Host, Chef Andrew Gruel, the Founder of The Slapfish Restaurant Group, joins us from the road where he is in the process of opening new Slapfish restaurants. We’re continuing the popular “Ask the Chef” segments responding to your questions about all things culinary. To our benefit Chef Andrew is a real, working chef.

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

Wing and Levi Lam at the KLAA StudiosWing Lam of Wahoo’s Fish Taco is at it again with a special promotion…Ride OC Transit and get a free taco (with purchase) on Tuesdays from any Southern California Wahoo’s Fish Taco location. It’s Taco Transit Tuesday.

The ongoing program, which began in April, allows transit riders to visit any participating Wahoo’s restaurant in Southern California each Tuesday, and when they show a valid OC Bus, OC Flex or Metrolink pass, they can get a free taco with the purchase of a taco.

Wing Lam, co-founder of Wahoo’s is a supporter of public transit to help sustain the environment.

“We all need to do our part: Use less plastic straws and bags, recycle what we can, and use public transportation when possible,” Lam said when the promotion began.

OCTA operates more than 500 buses in the OC Bus system, helping people get to their destinations across Orange County for $2 per ride or $5 per day.

Riding in on an OC Bus with all the details are Wing Lam and Jennifer Bergner, OCTA’s (Orange County Transit Authority) Chief Operating Officer.

Matthew Kaneali'i of Liko Lehua ButtersLiko Lehua Butters, a line of Hawaii-made (with a splash of Aloha,) gourmet butters flavored with tropical Island fruits, was started by two sisters in 1996. The butters are packed in glass jars and prepared in small batches to maintain strict quality control. The product line is all-natural without any preservatives or additives. Liko Lehua Butters is now under the watchful stewardship of the second generation of the founding Family.

Island flavors include, Passion Fruit, Pineapple, Tahitian Lime, Coconut, Guava and Mango.

Great on pancakes and waffles. Spread on your favorite breads and toasts instead of butter or preserves. Add as a flavorful condiment to grilled meats, chicken and fish.

There is also a café, Liko Lehua at Pauahi.

Principals Matt and Dawn Kaneali’i join us to spread the aloha.

Camden Hershberger of Tartine Bianco and the ManufactoryThe Manufactory, in Downtown Los Angeles at ROW DTLA, is a collaboration between acclaimed chefs Elisabeth Prueitt and Chad Robertson of San Francisco’s iconic Tartine Bakery, and Chris Bianco of Phoenix’s legendary Pizzeria Bianco. The project occupies nearly 40,000 square feet and includes a bakery, a market, Tartine Bianco (an all-day cafe and bar), Alameda Supper Club (a dinner-only restaurant), and a coffee roastery. It launched in February 2019.

The three chefs, all James Beard Foundation Award-winners and noted experts in their respective disciplines, are collaborating on all aspects of the project and together creating something truly unique and original.

“Tartine Bianco is predicated on the idea that every ingredient and product has a story, and the chefs endeavor to understand and respect that story. They’ve carefully cultivated relationships with purveyors and farmers like Cairnspring Mills, which sources from local grain farmers, Cream Co. Meats which provides meat grown sustainably and with superior flavor in mind, and Bianco DiNapoli’s California vine ripened and organically grown, canned tomatoes.”

Providing the verbal grand tour are Camden Hershberger, Chef de Cuisine for Tartine Bianco and Scott Boggs, Vice President of Operations for Tartine.

Doug and Dionne Irvine of Irvine and Roberts VineyardsAt Irvine & Roberts Vineyards they grow Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier in the distinctive Rogue Valley AVA. The Rogue Valley is the region where the first Oregon vineyard was planted in the 19th Century.

Irvine & Roberts employs site specific, small block plantings that are farmed and fermented individually. This approach underscores their commitment to search wines that best express the unique character of the vineyard.

Principals Doug & Dionne Irvine uncork the details for us.

“Irvine & Roberts Family Vineyards is an alluring family winery in Ashland, Oregon, where we practice sustainable farming and produce ultra-premium Pinot noir and Chardonnay. Our high altitude vineyard is adorned with distinctive soils, climate, and east facing slopes that produce wines with extraordinary balance, flavor and intensity. We believe great wines come from great soil, so we strive to be conscientious stewards of the land, protecting our vineyard soils through practices that are certified sustainable by LIVE and Salmon Safe. We admit to being obsessive with our grape growing practices to ensure quality in the vineyard, keeping grape yields low and production limited to ensure the optimal health of the vine; allowing us to produce exceptional Pinot Noir and Chardonnay with elegance and balance.”

“In 1997, Doug & Dionne Irvine returned to their roots in Oregon with the desire to raise their daughters in the same place that they had such fond childhood memories. Choosing Ashland, they soon discovered that the 80- acre ranch they would call home turned out to be an incredibly unique vineyard site. The first vines were planted in 2007, and the journey continued from there when Doug’s sister and brother in law, Kelly and Duane Roberts, joined Doug and Dionne and created Irvine and Roberts Vineyards.”

Principals Doug & Dionne Irvine continue the conversation…

Doug MinnickYou’ll find out why USA Today named The Garagiste Festival the “#1 Best Wine Festival in America” when you discover over 50 of the best, hard-to-find, high-quality micro-production wineries from all over California at The 6th Annual Garagiste Festival: Urban Exposure held this year for the first time in Glendale, CA. on June 21st & 22nd.

“The majority of the Garagiste Festival wineries do not have tasting rooms, cannot be found on “wine country” maps, and their wines can be very hard to find on store shelves. We make it easy for you to find a world of new wine discoveries all under one roof.”

“As with all Garagiste events, only the winemakers and/or owners (often the same person) will be pouring the wines. Come meet the artists who are making some of the most exciting and innovative wines in the world. And no snobs allowed!”

Co-Founder Doug Minnick pulls the cork on all the quaffable particulars for us.

Andrew and Lauren Gruel at Fort RileyOur Co-Host, Chef Andrew Gruel, the Founder of The Slapfish Restaurant Group, joins us from the road where he is in the process of opening new Slapfish restaurants. We’re continuing the popular “Ask the Chef” segments responding to your questions about all things culinary. To our benefit Chef Andrew is a real, working chef.

Always doing his part to generously serve and give back to the community Chef Andrew was just at Fort Riley, Kansas volunteering for the US Army as part of their Healthy Army Communities. We’ll chat about it.

June 8: Live from Golden Road Pub OC

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Robert Schueller, Melissa’s World Variety Produce’s Prince of Produce – Best in Summer Producet
Segment Three: Food, Libation & Travel Journalist Anne Marie Panoringan
Segment Four: Caroline Styne, Lucques Restaurant Group – Hollywood Bowl Food + Wine 2019
Segment Five: Caroline Styne, Lucques Restaurant Group – Preview of the 10th Annual L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade Benefit on Sept 14th
Segment Six: West Coast Prime Meat’s Meathead, Jay Henderson, with Summer Grilling Tips
Segment Seven: Golden Road Brewing’s Brewmaster Victor Novak and Anaheim Head Brewer Steven Torres with “Ask the Brewers”
Segment Eight: Jonathan Wantz, General Manager, Golden Road Pub OC

Now an enticing preview of this Saturday’s effervescent 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 that’s probably a pretty good thing… As always, we greatly appreciate you being a part of our loyal listening audience. Couldn’t do it without you.

Golden Road Pub OC in AnaheimWe’re live from the Golden Road Pub OC, part of Golden Road Brewing’s Anaheim production brewery located right across E. Orangewood Ave. from Angel Stadium. On Monday & Tuesday nights next week it’s the always anticipated rivalry Freeway Series at Angel Stadium.

Summer is upon us and it’s time to get the 411 on what vegetables work best for the grill as well as noting the pick of the crop for the very best in Summer fruits. The expert with all the answers is Robert Schueller, Melissa’s Word Variety Produce’s Prince of Produce.

One of our favorite OC-based food, libation and travel writers is Anne Marie Panoringan. She was recently aboard Long Beach’s iconic Queen Mary for a visit. Lots of enhancements in progress. She will preview what she is soon reporting in the upcoming Travel issue of OC Weekly. Anne Marie also generously shares some breaking OC restaurant news.

The 2019 Hollywood Bowl Food + Wine season officially launches Opening Night with John Legend on June 15th. Now into the fourth year with award winners chef Suzanne Goin and restaurateur Caroline Styne, Hollywood Bowl Food + Wine promises exceptional dining for visitors to the iconic venue. Caroline Styne pulls the cork for us with all the tantalizing details.

Delightful and delicious, the upcoming 10th Annual L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade brings superstar chefs and mixologists to Los Angeles on Saturday afternoon, September 14th to lend their support to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) and battle against childhood cancer. The celebrity chefs and mixologists participating come from landmark establishments from all across the country. Co-Founder of the L.A. Benefit, Caroline Styne of the Lucques Restaurant Group, joins us with a tempting preview.

With Father’s Day on the horizon Summer grilling is on our mind and representing the West Coast Prime Meats’ Meatheads is Jay Henderson (half of the team.) Jay has been creating in the kitchen since he was nine and looks forward to the Weekends where he cooks with his Family. Jay is sharing his personal Summer grilling tips. Also Jay talks about Cape Grim pure beef from Tasmania in Australia.

Since we’re at Golden Road Pub OC what would be more appropriate for this show than an appearance from our regular “Ask the Brewers” where we answer listeners’ questions. Joining us is Golden Road’s uber-accomplished Brewmaster, Victor Novak and Anaheim Head Brewer Steven Torres.

What’s new on Chef Henry’s varied menu at Golden Road Pub OC? What’s on tap for the Freeway Series at Angel Stadium on Monday & Tuesday nights? The person with all of these answers, and more, is Jonathan Wantz, General Manager of Golden Road Pub OC.

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

Robert Schueller of Melissa's World Variety Produce in the AM830 KLAA StudioSummer is upon us and it’s time to get the 411 on what vegetables work best for the grill as well as the pick of the crop for the very best in Summer fruits.

Consider Ruby Gold Potatoes on the grill. Melissa’s baby Ruby Gold® Potatoes are small round potatoes with red skins and yellow flesh. These baby potatoes can be cooked in almost any way imaginable. They have a light, subtle flavor and a creamy texture. To preserve the nutrients in these wonderfully healthy treats, leave the skins on and simply scrub gently in water before using.

The expert with all the farm fresh answers is Robert Schueller, Melissa’s World Variety Produce’s Prince of Produce.

Anne Marie PanoringanOne of our favorite OC-based food, libation and travel writers is Anne Marie Panoringan. She was recently aboard Long Beach’s iconic Queen Mary for a visit. Lots of enhancements in progress there. She will preview what she is soon reporting in the upcoming Travel issue of OC Weekly.

Anne Marie also generously shares some breaking OC restaurant news

A contributing writer for OC Weekly, Anne Marie freelances for multiple online and print publications, and guest judges for culinary competitions. A Bay Area transplant, she graduated with a degree in Hospitality Management from Cal Poly Pomona. Find her on Instagram as brekkiefan.

Caroline StyneThe 2019 Hollywood Bowl Food + Wine season officially launches Opening Night with John Legend on June 15th. Now into the fourth year with award winners chef Suzanne Goin and restaurateur Caroline Styne, Hollywood Bowl Food + Wine promises exceptional dining for visitors to the iconic venue.

Goin and Styne’s culinary history has defined Los Angeles tastes since 1998 when they opened Lucques, their flagship restaurant. At the Hollywood Bowl, their California-inspired offerings, which include three restaurants and three marketplaces in addition to menus for the Terrace and Garden Boxes, are created by four-time James Beard Foundation award winner Suzanne Goin in tandem with the exceptional wine and beer programs curated by Caroline Styne, the recipient of the James Beard Foundation’s 2018 Outstanding Restaurateur of the Year award.

Overseeing the broad range of dining options serving Hollywood Bowl Food + Wine’s thousands of nightly guests is Executive Chef Jeff Rogers.

Caroline Styne pulls the cork for us with all the details.

Delightful and delicious, the upcoming 10th Annual L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade brings superstar chefs and mixologists to Los Angeles on Saturday afternoon, September 14th to lend their support to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) and battle against childhood cancer. The celebrity chefs and mixologists participating come from landmark establishments from all across the country.

Hosted by Chef Suzanne Goin and business partner Caroline Styne along with Chef David Lentz (The Hungry Cat), this fun-loving and family friendly afternoon at UCLA features one-of-a-kind food and libation samplings. Guests will get to meet the celebrity chefs behind the dishes and taste award-winning, fine-dining cuisine from across the country. With a record-breaking total of close to $1.5 million raised in 2018, this benefit’s impact only continues to grow for all kids with cancer. It’s become the premier food & wine benefit in the greater Los Angeles area.

Co-Founder of the L.A. Benefit, Caroline Styne of the Lucques Restaurant Group, joins us with a tempting preview.

Jay HendersonWith Father’s Day on the horizon Summer grilling is on our mind and representing the West Coast Prime MeatsMeatheads is Jay Henderson (half of the team.) Jay has been creating in the kitchen since he was nine and looks forward to the Weekends where he cooks with his Family.

Jay is sharing his best Summer grilling tips. Also Jay talks about Cape Grim pure beef from Tasmania in Australia.

Steven Torres and Victor Novak at the KLAA StudiosSince we’re at Golden Road Pub OC what would be more appropriate for this show than an appearance from our regular Ask the Brewers” where we answer listeners’ questions. Joining us is Golden Road’s uber-accomplished Brewmaster, Victor Novak and Anaheim Head Brewer Steven Torres.

How does carbonation get into beer? Are there different levels of carbonation for varying styles of beer? What’s a cask conditioned ale and explain the Beer Engine serving mechanism?

Jon Wantz of Golden Road BrewingWhat’s new on Chef Henry’s varied menu at Golden Road Pub OC? What’s on tap for the Freeway Series at Angel Stadium on Monday & Tuesday nights?

We’ll verify the rumor about the launch of a Weekend Brunch.

The person with all of these answers, and more, is Jonathan Wantz, General Manager of Golden Road Pub OC.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Robert Schueller, Melissa’s World Variety Produce’s Prince of Produce – Best in Summer Producet
Segment Three: Food, Libation & Travel Journalist Anne Marie Panoringan
Segment Four: Caroline Styne, Lucques Restaurant Group – Hollywood Bowl Food + Wine 2019
Segment Five: Caroline Styne, Lucques Restaurant Group – Preview of the 10th Annual L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade Benefit on Sept 14th
Segment Six: West Coast Prime Meat’s Meathead, Jay Henderson, with Summer Grilling Tips
Segment Seven: Golden Road Brewing’s Brewmaster Victor Novak and Anaheim Head Brewer Steven Torres with “Ask the Brewers”
Segment Eight: Jonathan Wantz, General Manager, Golden Road Pub OC

June 1: Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week, SpinLabel, Jet and Ali Tila, Matthew Biancaniello, The Mob Museum

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week Preview with Eight4Nine Restaurant
Segment Three: Spin Label Technologies – a Discovery from Natural Products Expo West
Segment Four: Chef Jet & Ali Tila with 101 Epic Dishes Part One
Segment Five: Chef Jet & Ali Tila with 101 Epic Dishes Part Two
Segment Six: Bar Chef / Master Mixologist Matthew Biancaniello
Segment Seven: Cole Miller, Head Distiller, The Underground at The Mob Museum, Las Vegas
Segment Eight: Chef Andrew Gruel, Co-Host and Founder of Slapfish Restaurant Group – “Ask the Chef”

Now a tempting preview of this Saturday’s tantalizing 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 that’s probably a pretty good thing… As always, we greatly appreciate you being a part of our loyal listening audience. Couldn’t do it without you.

The 13th Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week (GPSRW) is a 10-day dining event beginning Friday, May 31st and continuing through Sunday, June 9th. GPSRW is a special opportunity to treat the guest to a new restaurant, a new menu or an old favorite at a special value. Joining us with all the salivating details is Chef Albert Gonzalez of Eight4Nine Restaurant & Lounge (a participating restaurant) and Joyce Kiehl the Director of Communications for Greater Palm Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau.

We were intrigued with the nifty Spin Label technology on a 12 oz. plastic water bottle we saw at their booth at the recent Natural Products Expo West at the Anaheim Convention Center. SpinLabel™ Technologies, Inc. is a Florida based company dedicated to building and licensing its unique labeling technology that grows brand value by engaging current and prospective customers in the shopping corridor and at home. Principal Mike Neubauer is our guest providing all the details.

Chef Jet Tila and his accomplished pastry chef wife, Ali, are back with us to chat about their exciting, practical 2nd cookbook, 101 Epic Dishes : Recipes That Teach You How to Make the Classics Even More Delicious. 101 Epic Dishes teaches you the most important cooking skills you need to kick your kitchen game up a few notches – all the while whipping up some delicious dishes.

Acclaimed mixologist Matthew Biancaniello creates adventurous cocktail experiences. He formulates cocktails based on farm-fresh and unique, organic ingredients. Never working off a set cocktail menu, Biancaniello visits at least five different local farmers markets a week to source his ingredients, which inspire his imaginative cocktails. This is the Art of Omakase, honoring how the customer and bartender create a special experience together. We’re artfully shaking the cocktail shaker with bar chef Matthew.

The Underground at Downtown Las Vegas’ The Mob Museum, is an extensive, interactive Prohibition history exhibition featuring a working distillery, brewery and speakeasy. Entirely re-envisioning the typical museum exhibition experience, The Underground takes visitors on an uncommonly vivid journey back in time. Situated discreetly in the basement of the Museum, The Underground encompasses 2,814 square feet appointed with luxurious, Art Deco design motifs. Our spirited guide is The Underground’s Head Distiller, Cole Miller.

Our Co-Host, Chef Andrew Gruel, the Founder of The Slapfish Restaurant Group, joins us from the road where he is in the process of opening multiple new Slapfish restaurants. We’re continuing the popular “Ask the Chef” segments responding to your questions about all things culinary. To our benefit Chef Andrew is a real, working chef.

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

Joyce Kiehl of the Greater Palm Springs Convention & Visitors BureauThe 13th Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week (GPSRW) is a 10-day dining event beginning Friday, May 31st and continuing through Sunday, June 9th. GPSRW is a special opportunity to treat the guest to a new restaurant, a new menu or an old favorite at a special value.

Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week is a fantastic way to immerse yourself in all the unique local cuisine that this foodie oasis has to offer. Unlike many food and wine festivals, no passes or tickets are required to dine out during Restaurant Week, making it accessible to everyone wanting to attend.

The set-up goes like this: there will be over 100 restaurants from all over the oasis (ranging from Palm Springs to Indio) that will be providing special fixed prices for lunch and dinner. There is no set venue, as diners simply select their favorite participating restaurant and dine out for a day (or more).

Reservations can be made online on the Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week website. For every online reservation made, a donation will be made to FIND Food Bank in Indio. The special prices that participating restaurants are offering for Restaurant Week diners are two-plus lunch items for fixed prices of $15, $20, and $25 and gourmet dining options of three-plus items for $29, $39, and $49.

Joining us with all the salivating details is Chef Albert Gonzalez of Eight4Nine Restaurant & Lounge (a participating restaurant) and Joyce Kiehl the Director of Communications for Greater Palm Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Mike Neubauer of SpinLabel TechnologiesWe were intrigued with the nifty Spin Label technology on a 12 oz. plastic water bottle we saw at their booth at the recent Natural Products Expo West at the Anaheim Convention Center.

SpinLabel™ Technologies, Inc. is a Florida based company dedicated to building and licensing its unique labeling technology that grows brand value by engaging current and prospective customers in the shopping corridor and at home.

“SpinLabel’s proprietary, patented label technology enables a spinning label (an outer label over an inner label) to almost double the valuable messaging space on a container.  SpinLabel is aligned with top label manufacturers globally to facilitate easy integration into most types of existing consumer food product packaging.”

Principal Mike Neubauer is our guest providing all the “graphic” details.

Jet Tila and a heritage pig at Cochon 555 in 2013Chef Jet Tila and his accomplished pastry chef wife & culinary educator, Ali, are back with us to chat about their exciting, practical 2nd cookbook, 101 Epic Dishes: Recipes That Teach You How to Make the Classics Even More Delicious. The Foreword is by Celebrity Chef & Food Network star Bobby Flay.

“Here’s the truth: making food worth savoring and showing off isn’t as difficult as you like to think it is. All it really takes is a solid foundation of cooking techniques, and lucky for you, celebrity chef and self-proclaimed Mr. Miyagi, Jet Tila (collaborating with Ali Tila) is ready to pass all his know-how on to you.”

The cooking Tilas have carefully selected the most essential recipes that pull double duty by tasting delicious and teaching you foundational cooking skills that will easily transfer to other cooking endeavors. Mastering perfect pan-roasted rib-eye steak means both that your dinner is going to be delicious and that you are ready to season and sear other cuts of meat like a pro. Southwestern BBQ and ranch chicken salad helps you build must-have knife skills, and crumbly apple pie will arm you with the ability to make the perfect flaky pie dough that can be used in countless other desserts.

101 Epic Dishes teaches you the most important cooking skills you need to kick your kitchen game up a few notches – all the while whipping up some delicious dishes.

“Every recipe and skill you need to be a great cook.”

Cookbook Author Ali TilaSome featured recipes in 101 EPIC DISHES include:

-BEEF: Perfect Pan-Roasted Rib-Eye Steak; Shortcut Korean BBQ Short Ribs Worth Showing Off; Thick and Creamy Irish Beer Beef Stew

-CHICKEN & POULTRY: Old-School Shake and Fry Buttermilk Fried Chicken; Tender and Crispy Duck Confit; Better-Than-Takeout Orange Chicken

-SEAFOOD: Fried Fish Tacos with Chipotle Crema; Garlicky Lemony Shrimp Scampi; Crispy-Skin Salmon with Lemon-Caper Yogurt Sauce

-RICE, PASTA & PIZZA: Not-as-Hard-as-You-Think Risotto; Perfect-Every-Time Pizza Dough and Pepperoni Pizza; Classic Spaghetti Carbonara

-EGGS & BREAKFAST COOKERY: The Ultimate Bacon and Egg Breakfast Sandwich; Jet’s Famous Fried Chicken and Waffles; Ali’s Coconut Chia Pudding with Almonds and Fresh Berries

-DESSERTS: Grasshopper Brownie Bars; Da Bomb Budino (Italian Salted Caramel Pudding); Burnt Milk Ice Cream

-AND MUCH MORE including Vegetables; Salad and Soup; Sandwiches, Dips and Spreads and Pork!

Celebrity Mixologist Matthew BiancanielloAcclaimed mixologist Matthew Biancaniello creates adventurous cocktail experiences. He formulates cocktails based on farm-fresh and unique, organic ingredients. Never working off a set cocktail menu, Biancaniello visits at least five different local farmers markets a week to source his ingredients, which inspire his imaginative cocktails. This is the Art of Omakase, honoring how the customer and bartender create a special experience together.

Matthew Biancaniello, the former cocktail chef for the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel’s famous Library Bar, is creating cocktails the world has never tasted before. Going beyond the quotidian Whiskey Sour or Tom Collins, Biancaniello is mixing it up with imaginative drinks such as “The Heirloom Tomato Mojito”, a twenty-five-year-aged balsamic vinegar and strawberry libation named “The Last Tango in Modena,” and a fresh arugula-infused “Roquette.”

We’re artfully shaking the cocktail shaker with bar chef Matthew. He’s currently doing a Limited Residency at The Library Bar at The Hollywood Roosevelt on Tuesday & Wednesday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to Midnight through June 26th.

Mixologist Cole MillerThe Underground at Downtown Las Vegas’ The Mob Museum, is an extensive, interactive Prohibition history exhibition featuring a working distillery, brewery and speakeasy. Entirely re-envisioning the typical museum exhibition experience, The Underground takes visitors on an uncommonly vivid journey back in time. Situated discreetly in the basement of the Museum, The Underground encompasses 2,814 square feet appointed with luxurious, Art Deco design motifs.

Guests of The Underground are encouraged to ponder the time when consuming alcohol was not only a criminal act, but also bred secret watering holes–some of which became the most glamorous places to be.

Numerous exhibits and artifacts found in the distillery and speakeasy add depth and context to the experience. Exhibits and artifacts on display bring to life the essence of a time that saw organized crime syndicates grow richer and more powerful than ever before, while giving rise to great cultural and societal change.

A Distillery Tour and Tastings are also available at The Underground. (A ticket is required.) Sampling a variety of distilled spirits is part of the experience. Participants will have the opportunity to explore The Underground, learn about Prohibition and its impact on a variety of liquor. As part of the experience guests w are educated on the historical origins of Prohibition and gain insights into the drinking culture that existed before the 1920s era.

The Tasting Experience includes moonshine, vodka and The Underground’s ginger infusion. The tour encourages visitors to develop an appreciation for the flavor of genuine, corn-mash moonshine.

Andy Harris and Andrew Gruel at Cabana 14 at the Cove at Pechanga Resort and CasinoOur own Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group joins us with another informative “Ask the Chef” segment. With the Summer grilling season on the horizon it’s great to have a real working chef in our corner always providing handy and practical advice!

Increasing in popularity is imitation seafood made from edible plant-based ingredients. Some of these items are truly tasty. Really…Chef Andrew will scope this growing product line out for us. Nothing fishy about it…

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week Preview with Eight4Nine Restaurant
Segment Three: Spin Label Technologies – a Discovery from Natural Products Expo West
Segment Four: Chef Jet & Ali Tila with 101 Epic Dishes Part One
Segment Five: Chef Jet & Ali Tila with 101 Epic Dishes Part Two
Segment Six: Bar Chef / Master Mixologist Matthew Biancaniello
Segment Seven: Cole Miller, Head Distiller, The Underground at The Mob Museum, Las Vegas
Segment Eight: Chef Andrew Gruel, Co-Host and Founder of Slapfish Restaurant Group – “Ask the Chef”

May 25: Culinary Clash, Bill Esparza’s Taqueando, Lara Lyn Carter, WSLA Drink + Eat 2019, Ricardo Zarate

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Alycia Harshfield, The California Restaurant Association Foundation – The Culinary Clash Benefit in Anaheim
Segment Three: James Beard Award – Winning Food Journalist Bill Esparza, Bill Esparza’s Taqueando…
Segment Four: Private Chef & Emmy-Award winner Lara Lyn Carter with Skinny Southern: 90 Reinvented Classics Without The Guilt! Part One
Segment Five: Private Chef & Emmy-Award winner Lara Lyn Carter with Skinny Southern: 90 Reinvented Classics Without The Guilt! Part Two
Segment Six: Joshua Greene, Editor & Publisher, Wine & Sprits Magazine on WSLA Drink + Eat 2019
Segment Seven: Chef Ricardo Zarate of Studio City’s Los Balcones
Segment Eight: Chef Andrew Gruel, Co-Host and Founder of Slapfish Restaurant Group – “Ask the Chef”

Happy Memorial Day Weekend to all and a grateful salute to all Veterans both active and retired. We truly owe you all one…

Now a mouthwatering 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 that’s probably a pretty good thing… As always, we greatly appreciate you being a part of our loyal listening audience on a Holiday Weekend.

The California Restaurant Association Foundation is organizing The Culinary Clash at the STC Anaheim Garden Walk on Sunday afternoon, June 2nd. It’s a fiery competition that pits top multiple-unit restaurant groups head-to-head. The spirited event is free and open to the community. CRA Foundation’s Executive Director Alycia Harshfield has the details for us.

The grand taco fest is back! On June 15th, Bill Esparza’s Taqueando, an all-you-can-eat taco lifestyle event, will celebrate the best traditional and contemporary taqueros at Skylight ROW DTLA from 1pm–5pm (VIP 12pm–5pm). Bill Esparza was the curator of LA Weekly’s hugely popular Tacolandia from 2013-2017. Taqueando will be a gathering of the best taquerias in Los Angeles, Mexico, the state of California, and in the USA for a grand tasting of America’s favorite snack; the taco. Senor Esparza is our well-traveled guide.

Private chef and Emmy-Award winner, Lara Lyn Carter is considered Georgia’s go-to authority on Southern entertaining. Her impressive, debut cookbook is Skinny Southern : 90 Reinvented Classics Without The Guilt! The recipes in this cookbook don’t just “lighten up” Southern food-they offer gluten-free and paleo options as well. It’s the Southern cuisine you know and love, at it’s very finest. Bring on the Shrimp & Grits.

Wine & Spirits Magazine is hosting the WSLA Drink + Eat 2019 event on the afternoon of June 2nd in DTLA at The Unique Space. Some 75 plus wineries from around the world will be pouring that afternoon, with food provided by a collection of Los Angeles’ most noteworthy restaurants (including Hippo, Maude, NoMad, 71 Above, Faith and Flower and more). Wine & Spirits’ Editor/Publisher, Joshua Greene, uncorks all the quaffable event details for us.

As part of the Los Angeles Times Food Bowl embrace Latin cuisine with Latin Roots: Food & Wine With Passion showcasing a four- course meal created by chef Ricardo Zarate (Rosaline) and featuring wine pairings by Bibiana González Rave of Cattleya Winery. (This is the evening of May 26th at Los Balcones in North Hollywood.) The theme of the meal is Latin Roots, and each course will be a blend of Peruvian and Colombian cuisine, with the spirit of Los Balcones Studio City’s “mestizo style” of cooking (a blend of Spanish and other European influences). All four courses will celebrate the flavors of Colombia, Peru, Europe and California. We gently pull Chef Ricardo away from Brunch service to join us.

Our Co-Host, Chef Andrew Gruel, the Founder of The Slapfish Restaurant Group, joins us from the road where he is in the process of opening 3 new Slapfish restaurants. We’re continuing “Ask the Chef”

responding to your questions about all things culinary. To our benefit Chef Andrew is a real, working chef.

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

Alycia HarshfieldThe California Restaurant Association Foundation is organizing The Culinary Clash at the STC Anaheim Garden Walk on Sunday afternoon, June 2nd. It’s a fiery competition that pits top multiple-unit restaurant groups head-to-head. Restaurant execs are paired with high school sous chefs to compete in this battle royale. Culinary teams have just 30 minutes to create an entrée and appetizer using special ingredients.

Some of the competing Restaurant Teams include BJ’s Restaurants, California Fish Grill, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar and Lemonade.

The spirited event from 1 to 5:00 p.m. (cooking from 3 to 5:00 p.m.) is free and open to the community. Starting at 1p.m. there will be live music, bites, and activities for the whole family. Bring out your inner “foodie” at the Culinary Clash!

Funds raised from this event will support culinary arts programs in public high schools throughout the state. Each year, the CRA Foundation empowers 13,500 teens with hands-on learning, job skills, mentors, and scholarships. The CRA Foundation leverages the power of the state’s restaurant industry to change lives.

CRA Foundation’s Executive Director Alycia Harshfield has the details for us.

Bill EsparzaThe grand taco fest is back! On June 15th, Bill Esparza’s Taqueando, an all-you-can-eat taco lifestyle event, will celebrate the best traditional and contemporary taqueros at Skylight ROW DTLA from 1pm–5pm (VIP 12pm–5pm). Bill Esparza was the curator of LA Weekly’s Tacolandia from 2013-2017.

Taqueando will be a gathering of the best taquerias in Los Angeles, Mexico, the state of California, and in the USA for a grand tasting of America’s favorite snack; the taco.

Tickets are available to purchase now and cost $45 per person for General Admission, and $75 for VIP. General Admission ticket cost includes guaranteed entry to event, all-you-can-eat samples, cash bar, and vendor village access. (Limited) VIP ticket cost includes all the same amenities as GA, and also includes early entrance at Noon, a VIP area for exclusive tastings, and a VIP gift bag w/ t-shirt. Each ticket will be $5 more at the door, if available.

Senor Esparza is our well-traveled guide.

Cookbook Author Lara Lyn CarterPrivate chef and Emmy-Award winner, Lara Lyn Carter is considered Georgia’s go-to authority on Southern entertaining. Her impressive, debut cookbook is Skinny Southern: 90 Reinvented Classics Without The Guilt!

The recipes in this cookbook don’t just “lighten up” Southern food-they offer gluten-free and paleo options as well. It’s the Southern cuisine you know and love, at it’s very finest. Bring on the Shrimp & Grits.

“With 90 reinvented Southern Classic entrées such as truffle and rosemary chicken, or grilled lamb with sweet onion sauce; dabble with the citrus vinaigrette; sample the seafood gumbo, the quinoa salad, or the spaghetti squash with pecan truffle oil and herbs. You won’t regret it!”

“Lara Lyn’s converted to healthy, clean cooking and shares her vast experience and array of healthy Southern recipes in this groundbreaking cookbook, an invaluable addition to any health-conscious kitchen. Get a taste of this satisfying lifestyle with Lara Lyn’s Olive Pecan Dip, Shrimp and Grits & Classic Southern Pound Cake.”

“Lara Lyn Carter recently won her first Emmy in the category of On Camera Talent for hosting Thyme for Sharing with Lara Lyn Carter, which she also created and produced. It was part of Georgia Public Broadcasting‘s summer cooking lineup and received excellent ratings and praise. The show was nominated for four Emmys in the categories of lighting, photography, directing, and on-camera talent. In addition, Lara Lyn created and hosted Savor the Good Life with Gray Television‘s WALB, the NBC and ABC affiliate in Southwest Georgia, for three years. This show received a Gabby (Georgia Association of Broadcasters) Award in its first year.”

Joshua Greene of Wine and Spirits MagazineWine & Spirits Magazine is hosting the WSLA Drink + Eat 2019 event on the afternoon of June 2nd in DTLA at The Unique Space. Some 75 plus wineries from around the world will be pouring that afternoon, with food provided by a collection of Los Angeles’ most noteworthy restaurants (including Hippo, Maude, NoMad, 71 Above, Faith and Flower, E.R.B. and more).

“All of the participating wineries had a wine that earned a place in the magazine’s 30th Annual Restaurant Poll. Wine Directors from some of the country’s top restaurants responded to the query with their top sellers in the by-the-glass and full bottle categories. Not surprisingly, the results showcase a compelling lineup of wines that might be considered the most popular wines in the country. These wines encompass a broad range of grape varieties, winemaking styles, and places of origin.”

The WSLA Drink + Eat afternoon will celebrate not only the 30th annual publication of this list, but also the elevation of Los Angeles to its present status as a premier food destination city. Some of the area’s hottest restaurants will be serving dishes specially selected to pair with the wines. All of the invited restaurants were included in Patrick Comiskey’s recent Essential LA wine-and-food Experience piece in the magazine.

Wine & Spirits’ Editor/Publisher, Joshua Greene, uncorks all the event details for us.

Chef Ricardo ZarateAs part of the Los Angeles Times Food Bowl embrace Latin cuisine with Latin Roots: Food & Wine With Passion showcasing a four-course meal created by chef Ricardo Zarate and featuring wine pairings by Bibiana González Rave of Cattleya Winery. (This is the evening of May 26th at Los Balcones in Studio City.)

The theme of the meal is Latin Roots, and each course will be a blend of Peruvian and Colombian cuisine, with the spirit of Los Balcones Studio City’s “mestizo style” of cooking (a blend of Spanish and other European influences). All four courses will celebrate the flavors of Colombia, Peru, Europe and California.

Chef Ricardo Zarate escapes his busy kitchens and is our guest.

Andy Harris and Andrew Gruel at the Fifth Anniversary of the SoCal Restaurant ShowOur own Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group joins us with another informative “Ask the Chef” segment. With the Summer grilling season on the horizon it’s great to have a real working chef in our corner always providing handy and practical advice!

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Alycia Harshfield, The California Restaurant Association Foundation – The Culinary Clash Benefit in Anaheim
Segment Three: James Beard Award – Winning Food Journalist Bill Esparza, Bill Esparza’s Taqueando…
Segment Four: Private Chef & Emmy-Award winner Lara Lyn Carter with Skinny Southern: 90 Reinvented Classics Without The Guilt! Part One
Segment Five: Private Chef & Emmy-Award winner Lara Lyn Carter with Skinny Southern: 90 Reinvented Classics Without The Guilt! Part Two
Segment Six: Joshua Greene, Editor & Publisher, Wine & Sprits Magazine on WSLA Drink + Eat 2019
Segment Seven: Chef Ricardo Zarate of Studio City’s Los Balcones
Segment Eight: Chef Andrew Gruel, Co-Host and Founder of Slapfish Restaurant Group – “Ask the Chef”

May 18: Pho 79, Farmhouse at Roger’s Garden, Cattleya Winery, Orange Coast Magazine and Chef Andrew Gruel returns!

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Chef Andrew Gruel, Co-Host and Founder of Slapfish Restaurant Group
Segment Three: John Nguyen, Garden Grove’s Pho 79, 2019 Recipient of James Beard Foundation’s America’s Classics Award
Segment Four: Farmhouse at Roger’s Garden’s Anthony Laborin, Head of Cocktail R & D
Segment Five: Winemaker Bibiana Gonzalez Rave of Cattleya Winery with a Preview of a Latin Roots Collaboration Dinner with Ricardo Zarate
Segment Six: Orange Coast Magazine’s Dining Critic Gretchen Kurz on 2019’s Best New Restaurants Issue
Segment Seven: Innkeeper Richard Slosky, La Maison Palm Springs Hotel
Segment Eight: Chef Andrew Gruel, Co-Host and Founder of Slapfish Restaurant Group – “Ask the Chef”

Now a tempting preview of this Saturday’s salivating 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 that’s probably a pretty good thing… As always, we greatly appreciate you being a part of our loyal listening audience.

Our Co-Host, Chef Andrew Gruel, the Founder of The Slapfish Restaurant Group, rejoins us from the road where he is in the process of opening 3 new Slapfish restaurants. We’re resuming “Ask the Chef.” Chef Andrew discusses what it’s like to take an American restaurant concept overseas. Does everything translate well?

The James Beard America’s Classics Award is given to locally owned restaurants that have timeless appeal and are cherished for quality food reflecting the character of their community. The Tran Family’s Pho 79 (Garden Grove) is a 2019 Honoree as an America’s Classics. This prestigious honor represents the first James Beard Foundation Award ever presented to an Orange County Restaurant or Chef! We’ll meet Tran Family member, John Nguyen.

One of the attractions at Farmhouse at Roger’s Garden in Corona del Mar is the Farmhouse Bar under the direction of Anthony Laborin, head of Cocktail R & D. He shops weekly for seasonal ingredients at the Wednesday morning Farmers Market in Santa Monica with Owner/Executive Chef Rich Mead. He has 13 new cocktails on the Spring Menu. Also just introduced is Laborin’s Counterfeit Cocktail menu with a tempting selection of four non-alcoholic specialty beverages.

As part of the Los Angeles Times Food Bowl embrace Latin cuisine with Latin Roots : Food & Wine With Passion showcasing a four-course meal created by chef Ricardo Zarate and featuring wine pairings by Bibiana González Rave of Cattleya Winery. (This is the evening of May 26th at Los Balcones in North Hollywood.) The theme of the meal is Latin Roots, and each course will be a blend of Peruvian and Colombian cuisine, with the spirit of Los Balcones Studio City’s “mestizo style” of cooking (a blend of Spanish and other European influences). All four courses will celebrate the flavors of Colombia, Peru, Europe and California.

The April issue of Orange Coast Magazine is Orange County’s Best New Restaurants of 2019. Restaurant of the Year is Chef Zachary Geerson’s Journeyman’s Food & Drink in Fullerton. Orange Coast’s long-time Restaurant Critic and Contributing Editor, Gretchen Kurz, is our guide.

La Maison Palm Springs Hotel is an award-winning boutique hotel property in Palm Springs. They are a member of the Palm Springs Preferred Small Hotels. This boutique hotel is a Mediterranean-inspired property, complete with clay tile roofs, terracotta floors, and a walled garden, offering a tranquil place for guests to unwind. The unique ambiance combines the relaxing colors and warmth of Provence with the vibrant energy of Palm Springs. Our host is Proprietor Richard Schuster (who operates the property with his wife, Cornelia.)

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group joins us with another informative “Ask the Chef” segment. With the Summer grilling season on the horizon it’s great to have a real working chef in our corner always providing handy and practical advice! Raw oysters have been in the news of late. Chef Andrew serves up what we need to know about continuing to enjoy them free of worry.

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

Andy Harris and Andrew Gruel at Cabana 14 at the Cove at Pechanga Resort and CasinoOur Co-Host, Chef Andrew Gruel, the Founder of The Slapfish Restaurant Group, rejoins us from the road where he is in the process of opening 3 new Slapfish restaurants. We’re resuming Ask the Chef.”

Chef Andrew discusses what it’s like to take an established & successful American restaurant concept overseas. Does everything typically translate well?

John Nguyen of Pho79The James Beard America’s Classics Award is given to locally owned restaurants that have timeless appeal and are cherished for quality food reflecting the character of their community. The five 2019 honorees join the ranks of over 100 restaurants from across the country that have received the award since the category was introduced in 1998.

The Tran Family’s Pho 79 is a 2019 Honoree as an America’s Classics. This honor represents the first James Beard Foundation Award ever presented to an Orange County Restaurant or Chef!

“Orange County, California, claims one of the most vibrant Vietnamese-American communities in the country. Pho 79 was founded by Thọ Trần and Liễu Trần who opened in 1982, when it was among the area’s very first restaurants of its kind, introducing Americans to bowls of slippery rice noodles in beefy broth, topped with eye of round steak, brisket, tripe, meatballs, or the restaurant’s justifiably legendary oxtails. With chef Lieu Trần in the kitchen, Pho 79 helped pave the way for southern California’s Little Saigon to become the dynamic hub of Vietnamese cuisine it is today. The next generation of the Trần family continues to operate the restaurant, as well as others in the area including Pho 101. The family’s story is as much about intrepid entrepreneurship and excellent cooking as it is about a community that rose from war and displacement to forever change American cuisine.”

We’ll meet Tran Family member, John Nguyen.

Anthony Laborin of Farmhouse at Rogers GardenOne of the special attractions at Farmhouse at Roger’s Garden in Corona del Mar is the Farmhouse Bar under the direction of Anthony Laborin, head of Cocktail R & D. He shops weekly for seasonal ingredients at the Wednesday morning Farmers Market in Santa Monica with Owner/Executive Chef Rich Mead.

He has 13 new cocktails on the Spring Menu. Among Anthony’s latest creations is Scandalous Scandinavian Panamanian Daiquiri with lime, Swedish Punsch and Panama Pacific Rum.

Also just introduced is Laborin’s Counterfeit Cocktail menu with a tempting selection of four non-alcoholic specialty beverages. Think The Green with cucumber water, pineapple, citrus, wild honey and seedlip.

“The kitchen table is where problems are solved. This is something that Anthony Laborin, head of Cocktail R&D at Farmhouse learned at an early age as he helped his mother and aunts in the kitchen. Since those early days, Anthony has loved the social aspect of the culinary experience. Inherently friendly and genuinely interested in people, he values the interaction with guests that tending bar gives him. Special moments come from listening to guests, learning what kind of drinks and flavor profiles they enjoy and then using that information to introduce them to a specially made, handcrafted cocktail that they never would have thought to order. “When I can convince a guest to try something new and they like it, it brightens my day,” shares Laborin.”

Winemaker Bibiana Gonzalez RaveAs part of the Los Angeles Times Food Bowl embrace Latin cuisine with Latin Roots: Food & Wine With Passion showcasing a four-course meal created by chef Ricardo Zarate and featuring wine pairings by Bibiana González Rave of Cattleya Winery. (This is the evening of May 26th at Los Balcones in Studio City.)

The theme of the meal is Latin Roots, and each course will be a blend of Peruvian and Colombian cuisine, with the spirit of Los Balcones Studio City’s “mestizo style” of cooking (a blend of Spanish and other European influences). All four courses will celebrate the flavors of Colombia, Peru, Europe and California.

Bibiana joins us to share her incredible journey and preview Latin Roots: Food & Wine with Passion.” In 2015 she was named “Winemaker of the Year” by the San Francisco Chronicle.

Orange Coast Best RestaurantsThe April issue of Orange Coast Magazine is Orange County’s Best New Restaurants of 2019. Restaurant of the Year is Chef Zachary Geerson’s Journeyman’s Food & Drink in Fullerton.

‘Eat, write, repeat’ summarizes the notable career of Gretchen Kurz, who is Contributing Editor at Orange Coast Magazine and its Dining Critic since 2004. She was also the Zagat Local Editor for Orange County for 13 years. A native of southern California, she first fell under the spell of restaurant writing as a journalism student and freelancer for San Jose Magazine. Her very first writing gig: sewing names on mouse ear hats at Disneyland.

Orange Coast’s long-time Restaurant Critic and Contributing Editor, Gretchen Kurz, is our appropriately opinionated guide.

Richard SchusterLa Maison Palm Springs Hotel is an award-winning boutique hotel property in Palm Springs. They are a member of the Palm Springs Preferred Small Hotels. This boutique hotel is a Mediterranean-inspired property, complete with clay tile roofs, terracotta floors, and a walled garden, offering a tranquil place for guests to unwind. The unique ambiance combines the relaxing colors and warmth of Provence with the vibrant energy of Palm Springs.

“Indulge in lavender scones and handcrafted lattes each morning. Spend the day lounging by the pool in our charming inner courtyard. At night, enjoy the most peaceful sleep on your feather bed dressed in imported luxury linens.”

“Here at La Maison Palm Springs Hotel, we know that every detail is important. All 13 guest rooms surround the pool and lush gardens. Each room is individually decorated and includes either a queen or king feather bed with luxury linens, seasonal down comforters and a small guest fridge. Our bathrooms have marble or granite accents, L’Occitane bath amenities, plush bathrobes and rain showerheads. The pièce de résistance? A complimentary lavender sachet on your pillow at night.”

Our gracious host is Proprietor Richard Slosky (who operates the property with his wife, Cornelia Schuster.)

Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group at the AM830 KLAA StudiosOur own Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group joins us with another informative “Ask the Chef” segment. With the Summer grilling season on the horizon it’s great to have a real working chef in our corner always providing handy and practical advice!

Raw oysters have been in the news of late. Chef Andrew serves up what we need to know about continuing to enjoy them free of worry.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Chef Andrew Gruel, Co-Host and Founder of Slapfish Restaurant Group
Segment Three: John Nguyen, Garden Grove’s Pho 79, 2019 Recipient of James Beard Foundation’s America’s Classics Award
Segment Four: Farmhouse at Roger’s Garden’s Anthony Laborin, Head of Cocktail R & D
Segment Five: Winemaker Bibiana Gonzalez Rave of Cattleya Winery with a Preview of a Latin Roots Collaboration Dinner with Ricardo Zarate
Segment Six: Orange Coast Magazine’s Dining Critic Gretchen Kurz on 2019’s Best New Restaurants Issue
Segment Seven: Innkeeper Richard Slosky, La Maison Palm Springs Hotel
Segment Eight: Chef Andrew Gruel, Co-Host and Founder of Slapfish Restaurant Group – “Ask the Chef”

May 11: Live from Vegas Uncork’d at Lagasse’s Stadium

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Al Mancini, Staff Writer, Las Vegas Review-Journal
Segment Three: Wyndee Forrest, Co-Founder, CraftHaus Brewery, Henderson
Segment Four: Chef Lorena Garcia, Chica at The Venetian Resort, Las Vegas
Segment Five: Executive Chef / Proprietor Angelo Auriana and Proprietor Matteo Ferdinandi, The Factory Kitchen, Las Vegas Part One
Segment Six: Executive Chef / Proprietor Angelo Auriana and Proprietor Matteo Ferdinandi, The Factory Kitchen, Las Vegas Part Two
Segment Seven: Donald Contursi, Founder & President, Lip Smacking Foodie Tours, Las Vegas
Segment Eight: Brian Kurata, General Manager, Lagasse’s Stadium, Las Vegas

Now a sinful preview of this Saturday’s appropriately decadent show. We’re in fabulous Las Vegas…It’s not, with profuse apologies, for dieters. If we’re successful we will always leave you incredibly hungry and thirsty. In our case that’s probably a pretty good thing… As always, we greatly appreciate you being a part of our loyal listening audience.

Vegas Uncork'dWe’re live from Lagasse’s Stadium at The Palazzo Resort for today’s special show. It’s Vegas Uncork’d Weekend here and the mega-star celebrity chefs with high-profile restaurants in Sin City are in town for the four days of extensive festivities.

One of our most reliable sources of primo restaurant news in Las Vegas is Al Mancini, who is a staff writer for The Las Vegas Review-Journal covering food, restaurants and other aspects of entertainment. Al has been working the Vegas food scene since 2003. He was one of the original creators of the popular, and widely referenced, Eating Las Vegas restaurant guide series. Al joins us for his observations on Vegas Uncork’d, Vegas Unstripped and worthy dining happenings about the town.

The CraftHaus Brewery team is not only passionate about craft beer, but also sharing it with their Las Vegas community. They were established in Henderson is 2014. “Co-owners and married couple, Wyndee and Dave Forrest, conjured up the big idea for CraftHaus Brewery while traveling through Europe. They noticed that they were immersed in a craft beer culture where people take their time to enjoy quality beer just as much as they enjoy talking to the people around them.” Wyndee taps the keg for us.

Chica Las Vegas at The Venetian, now celebrating its 2nd Anniversary, delivers the robust and vibrant flavors of Latin cuisine combined with a dynamic wine and mixology program. Crafted by celebrity Latina chef (and Chica Partner) Lorena Garcia, the diverse menu draws inspiration from classic renditions and provides guests the opportunity to explore the flavors of Latin American cuisine as one culture, with influences from Venezuela, Peru, Brazil, Mexico, and Argentina, among many more. Chef Lorena pops out of the busy Chica kitchen to chat.

The Factory Kitchen, recently launched at The Venetian Resort, is the outcome of a long-standing friendship between Restaurateur Matteo Ferdinandi and Chef Angelo Auriana. Ferdinandi and Auriana share the vision of imparting their Italian roots and memories through food and hospitality. The original trattoria, serving traditional Italian recipes, opened its doors on Oct. 24, 2013, in The Arts District, Downtown Los Angeles. The Factory Kitchen takes its name from the street it’s located on and the former factory building complex that hosts it, but the restaurant’s soul is purely Italian. Matteo, Chef Angelo, and Las Vegas Chef de Cuisine Eduardo Perez are our guests.

“Our mission at LIPSMACKING foodie tours is to introduce visitors and locals alike to the best signature dishes, unique preparations and exciting tastes in Las Vegas.  The mouths behind Lip Smacking Foodie Tours love food, eating, dining and experiencing. This quartet of passions originally inspired us to pursue careers in the food, beverage and hospitality industries. And ultimately, after years in the game, we created Las Vegas’ premier walking tour company exclusively geared toward those craving the ultimate taste of Las Vegas.” President Donald Contursi is our enthusiastic guide.

For the 4rd time in the show’s history we’re happily broadcasting from Lagasse’s Stadium at The Palazzo. It’s a sport’s fan’s and foodies’ paradise. Lagasse’s Stadium is the ultimate sports bar: a restaurant with stadium-seating featuring elevated game-time classics and gourmet options from Emeril Lagasse. Brian Kurata, the able General Manager since 2013, is our winning Coach.

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

Al ManciniOne of our most reliable sources of primo restaurant news in Las Vegas is Al Mancini, who is a staff writer for The Las Vegas Review-Journal covering food, restaurants and other aspects of entertainment. Al has been working the Vegas food scene since 2003. He was one of the creators of the popular, and widely referenced, Eating Las Vegas restaurant guide series. Al joins us for his observations on Vegas Uncork’d, Vegas Unstripped and worthy dining happenings about the town.

“Al Mancini is a graduate of Seton Hall University and Brooklyn Law School, who began his career in journalism as a music reporter for ABC News Radio in 1996. He moved to Las Vegas to cover Southern Nevada for the network in 2001, and has covered the local dining scene for numerous publications since 2003. Al joined the Review-Journal in 2016.”

Wyndee Forrest of CraftHaus BreweryThe CraftHaus Brewery team is not only passionate about craft beer, but also sharing it with their Las Vegas community. They were established in Henderson is 2014.

“Co-owners and married couple, Wyndee and Dave Forrest, conjured up the big idea for CraftHaus Brewery while traveling through Europe. They noticed that they were immersed in a craft beer culture where people take their time to enjoy quality beer just as much as they enjoy talking to the people around them.” Now, they have brought that effervescent culture back home and continue to build their Las Vegas community one refreshing pint at a time.

Along the way Wyndee and Dave were successful in changing city licensing to a more modern, craft friendly license. Dave’s craft beer roots started with a passion for homebrewing and bringing people together around a beer or two. Wyndee’s background is in working as a publicist on the famed Las Vegas Strip. They are both University of Nevada, Las Vegas graduates.

CraftHaus Brewery is part of Saturday night’s “A Smokin’ Good Time with Susan Feniger” at Border Grill Mandalay Bay as an event for Vegas Uncork’d. Among the thirst-quenching styles served will be one created just for the festivities, Blood Orange Pale Ale.

In other CraftHaus Brewery news they will soon be opening a 2nd tasting room near Esther’s Kitchen in the Arts District of Downtown Las Vegas.

Wyndee taps the keg for us.

Lorena GarciaChica Las Vegas at The Venetian, now celebrating its 2nd Anniversary, delivers the robust and vibrant flavors of Latin cuisine combined with a dynamic wine and mixology program. Crafted by celebrity Latina chef (and Chica Partner) Lorena Garcia, the diverse menu draws inspiration from classic renditions and provides guests the opportunity to explore the flavors of Latin American cuisine as one culture, with influences from Venezuela, Peru, Brazil, Mexico, and Argentina, among many more.

Latin-inspired cocktails are a must at Chica to complement the vibrant cuisine, highlights include handcrafted margaritas, sangrias and Spanish-style gin & tonics, as well as brunch favorites like spicy, savory Bloody Marys or Marias, sweet Mimosas infused with fresh fruit purees and an array of options from the Juice Bar for those looking for a healthful kick.

Chica is open daily for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Weekend Brunch.

Chef Lorena pops out of the busy Chica kitchen to chat.

Matteo Ferdinandi and Angelo Auriana of the Factory KitchenThe Factory Kitchen, recently launched at The Venetian Resort, is the outcome of a long-standing friendship between Restaurateur Matteo Ferdinandi and Chef Angelo Auriana. Ferdinandi and Auriana share the vision of imparting their Italian roots and memories through food and hospitality. The original trattoria, serving traditional Italian recipes, opened its doors on Oct. 24, 2013, in The Arts District, Downtown Los Angeles.

The Factory Kitchen takes its name from the street it’s located on and the former factory building complex that hosts it, but the restaurant’s soul is purely Italian.

The approachable menu at The Factory Kitchen highlights the simplicity of traditional local recipes. These recipes have been passed down from generation to generation within Italian families.

“It’s Italian cuisine at its finest run by Italians.”

Angelo Auriana and Eduardo Perez of the Factory KitchenMatteo, Chef Angelo, and Las Vegas Chef de Cuisine Eduardo Perez are our guests.

Later this year, sister restaurant sixth+mill pizzeria and bar will open in St. Mark’s Square inside Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian Resort. The casual dining destination will celebrate the regions of Southern Italy and offer hand-crafted pizzas, pastas and a selection of shared plates inspired by Chef Angelo Auriana’s childhood memories.

Donald Contursi of Lipsmacking Foodie Tours“In Vegas, you may need Lady Luck at the gambling tables, but not at the dining ones.  Not when you rely on Lip Smacking Foodie Tours’ award-winning culinary walking tours that ensure a delicious payoff in the best bites this exciting city offers.”

“Our mission at LIPSMACKING foodie tours is to introduce visitors and locals alike to the best signature dishes, unique preparations and exciting tastes in Las Vegas.  The mouths behind Lip Smacking Foodie Tours love food, eating, dining and experiencing. This quartet of passions originally inspired us to pursue careers in the food, beverage and hospitality industries. And ultimately, after years in the game, we created Las Vegas’ premier walking tour company exclusively geared toward those craving the ultimate taste of Las Vegas.”

“Book a tour today and you will be privy to a day or night adventure at up to four top restaurants, on the Strip or downtown, hosted by the citys culinary insiders who will entertain you with fascinating stories about Vegas. At each restaurant, you’re a VIP, whisked to the best table to enjoy 3 to 4 signature dishes at each stop. We take the gamble out of finding the most Lip Smacking tastes among the more than 330 restaurants on the Strip.”

President & Founder Donald Contursi is our guide.

Brian Kurata at Lagasse's StadiumFor the 4rd time in the show’s history we’re happily broadcasting from Lagasse’s Stadium at The Palazzo. It’s a sport’s fan’s and foodies’ paradise. Lagasse’s Stadium is the ultimate sports bar: a restaurant with stadium-seating featuring elevated game-time classics and gourmet options from Emeril Lagasse.

Watch the most exciting games and biggest sporting events at Lagasse’s Stadium, the ultimate ages 21 and over sports bar and sports book in Las Vegas.

“Named “Best Sports Bar in Las Vegas” by Las Vegas Golf & Leisure, Lagasse’s Stadium combines Emeril Lagasse’s signature cuisine and kicked-up game day eats with more than 100 HD TVs including a 9 foot x 16 foot main TV, luxury boxes, plush stadium-style seating, billiard tables, and an outdoor patio just steps from the Strip.”

“Guests can listen to any game showing via the free hearTV app on their smartphone. Now, you’ll never have to choose between great food and the big game.”

Named “Best Sports Lounge” by Vegas Seven, “Best Sports Bar” by Las Vegas Review-Journal and one of the “Top Sports Bars in Las Vegas” by Yahoo! Sports and one of the “10 Best Sports Bars Across the USA” by USA Today.

Brian Kurata, the able General Manager since 2013, is our insightful Coach.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Al Mancini, Staff Writer, Las Vegas Review-Journal
Segment Three: Wyndee Forrest, Co-Founder, CraftHaus Brewery, Henderson
Segment Four: Chef Lorena Garcia, Chica at The Venetian Resort, Las Vegas
Segment Five: Executive Chef / Proprietor Angelo Auriana and Proprietor Matteo Ferdinandi, The Factory Kitchen, Las Vegas Part One
Segment Six: Executive Chef / Proprietor Angelo Auriana and Proprietor Matteo Ferdinandi, The Factory Kitchen, Las Vegas Part Two
Segment Seven: Donald Contursi, Founder & President, Lip Smacking Foodie Tours, Las Vegas
Segment Eight: Brian Kurata, General Manager, Lagasse’s Stadium, Las Vegas

May 4: Vegas Uncork’d, Vegas Unstripped, James Beard Awards Preview, Husbands That Cook, LA Chef Conference, Flavor of LA

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Socalo’s & Border Grill’s Chef / Partner Susan Feniger
Segment Three: Chicago Food Journalist Steve Dolinsky (ABC 7’s “Hungry Hound”)
Segment Four: Authors Ryan Alvarez and Adam Merrin – Husbands That Cook Part One
Segment Five: Authors Ryan Alvarez and Adam Merrin – Husbands That Cook Part Two
Segment Six: Las Vegas’ Chef Marc Marrone – Vegas Unstripped, By Locals 2019
Segment Seven: Chef Josiah Citrin – Openaire at The Line Hotel, Charcoal Venice and Dear John’s
Segment Eight: The Bellwether’s Chef / Proprietor Ted Hopson – Flavor of LA

Now an enticing preview of this Saturday’s mouthwatering 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, and upon careful reflection, that’s probably a pretty good thing… As always, we greatly appreciate you being a part of our loyal listening audience.

The 13th Annual Vegas Uncork’d is back on The Strip in Vegas on May 10th, 11th & 12th. A standout event for Uncork’d the night of May 11th is “A Smokin’ Good Time with Susan Feniger” at Border Grill at Mandalay Bay. Chef Susan joins us with a tempting preview.

Food journalist Steve Dolinsky, ABC 7 TV’s “Hungry Hound” in Chicago, is the recipient of an impressive 13 James Beard Foundation Awards for journalistic excellence. The James Beard Foundation Awards Gala is in Chicago at the Lyric Opera on Monday evening, May 6th. Steve will preview the 2019 James Beard Foundation Awards Gala and what it means to Chicago to again host such a prestigious event.

The award-winning creators of the travel inspired cooking blog, Husbands That Cook, Ryan Alvarez and Adam Merrin, have written their first cookbook : Husbands That Cook : More Than 120 Irresistible Vegetarian Recipes And Tales From Our Tiny Kitchen. We’ll meet the unusual duo.

Vegas Unstripped, By Locals 2019 – 2nd Helping is an evening celebration of local independent Las Vegas culinary talent presenting unique tastes of their personal expressions. The location in The Las Vegas Arts District adjacent to Downtown. Chef Marc Marrone (Graffiti Italian & Graffiti Bao) is our guide.

The 2nd Annual LA Chef Conference on May 20th in Santa Monica at ArcLight Cinemas and the Gourmandise School is part of the month-long Los Angeles Times Food Bowl. It features a veritable “who’s who” of notable culinary talent. The Conference is the main hospitality industry event of The Food Bowl featuring expert panels, restaurant business workshops and cooking demos. Our guests are Sherry Yard (iPic Entertainment’s Chief Operating Office) who is moderating an industry Panel and Chef Josiah Citrin (Openaire at The Line Hotel & Charcoal Venice) who is performing a cooking demonstration.

The Flavor of LA food and beverage festival returns for a third “Sunday Fun Day” on May 19th from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the historic CBS Studio Center lot in Studio City. The Festival benefits the North Hollywood High School Music Department. Original participating Chef Ted Hopson of The Bellwether joins us to dish up the scrumptious details.

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

The 13th Annual Vegas Uncork’d is back on The Strip in Vegas on May 10th, 11th & 12th. A standout event for Uncork’d the night of May 11th is A Smokin’ Good Time with Susan Feniger” at Border Grill at Mandalay Bay.

“Border Grill’s Co-Founder Susan Feniger and Executive Chef Mike Minor are bringing the heat at an epic BBQ party with a Mexican twist. Join the Border Grill chefs, Andy Baraghani of Bon Appetit, and host Whembley Sewell, Executive Editor of them, for a smokin’ good time on the outdoor patio of Border Grill at Mandalay Bay as variety of meats, plant-based proteins, and veggies get smoked, grilled, and slow-cooked to perfection at interactive stations.”

“Guests will experience a mouthwatering feast of mesquite pulled pork tortas, fried chicken tacos, slow-smoked Texas-style brisket, spare ribs, house-smoked tofu with habanero BBQ sauce, Impossible sliders, all the fixins’ and much more. Also, the famous burnt ends burrito from BBQ Mexicana, a new quick service eatery from Chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger at Mandalay Bay Resort.”

“Top it all off with local craft beer pairings from CraftHaus brewery, barrel-aged cocktails, smoked spirits, fire pits, and live music by The All-Togethers.”

Chef Susan joins us with a tempting preview.

Steve Dolinsky and Andreew GruelFood journalist Steve Dolinsky, ABC 7 TV’s “Hungry Hound” in Chicago, is the recipient of an impressive 13 James Beard Foundation Awards for journalistic excellence. The James Beard Foundation Awards Gala is in Chicago at the Lyric Opera on Monday evening, May 6th.

Steve will preview the 2019 James Beard Foundation Awards Gala and what it means to Chicago to again host such a prestigious event.

“In 2014, Chicago chef/restaurateur Rick Bayless and I launched The Feed Podcast, covering the world of food from our professional perspectives. Every show is full of different segments, some from Chicago and others from far-flung places around the world we both travel to. In its first year, the show won a Beard Award for Best Podcast. More recently, I’ve begun curating and leading highly specialized culinary experiences, including international tours. In 2018, I wrote my first book, “Pizza City USA: 101 Reasons Why Chicago is America’s Greatest Pizza Town,” which led to the launch of Pizza City USA Tours and a companion podcast, “Pizza City,” where I talk to some of the greatest pizza makers in the world.”

Ryan Alvarez and Adam Merrin are the Husbands That CookThe award-winning creators of the travel inspired cooking blog, Husbands That Cook, Ryan Alvarez and Adam Merrin, have written their first cookbook: Husbands That Cook: More Than 120 Irresistible Vegetarian Recipes And Tales From Our Tiny Kitchen.

“Cooking has always been a central part of Adam and Ryan’s relationship. From their tiny kitchen in Eagle Rock, CA, these inventive husbands are whipping up dishes inspired by their world travels and that represent significant moments in their love story.”

“With Husbands That Cook, home cooks can create fresh and savory dishes that Ryan and Adam have long been perfecting. Featuring brand new unreleased recipes, and a few of the most beloved favorites from the blog, the book is complete with stunning photos of each dish, travels around the world, and vignettes from their lives written with their trademark spunk and enthusiasm for life.”

We’ll meet the unusual duo.

“Food has always been a key ingredient in Ryan Alvarez and Adam Merrin’s relationship—and this cookbook offers a unique glimpse into their lives beyond their California kitchen. From their signature Coconut Curry with Chickpeas and Cauliflower, which was inspired by their first date at a shopping mall food court, to the Communication Breakdown Carrot Cake (which speaks for itself), these and other recipes reflect the husbands’ marriage in all its flavor and variety.”

“Written with the same endearing, can-do spirit of their blog, the husbands present more than 120 brand-new recipes—plus some greatest hits from the site—that yield delicious results every time. Each entry in Husbands That Cook is a reminder of how simple and satisfying vegetarian meal-making can be, from hearty main dishes and sides to healthy snacks and decadent desserts and drinks. Ryan and Adam also outline common pantry items and everyday tools you’ll need to fully stock your kitchen.”

“Whether you’re cooking for one or feeding the whole family, this book is chock-full of great creative recipes for every day of the week, all year long.”

Marc MarroneVegas Unstripped, By Locals 2019 – 2nd Helping is an evening celebration of local, independent Las Vegas culinary talent presenting unique tastes of their personal expressions. The location in The Las Vegas Arts District adjacent to Downtown.

Each Chef is challenged to create and serve two distinctive dishes. One from their restaurant’s regular menu and a second that is an exclusive creation for Vegas Unstripped.

Beverages provided by Velveteen Rabbit, Jammyland, The Golden Tiki, Herbs & Rye, Sand Dollar Lounge, Starboard Tack, Vesta Coffee Roasters and Harney & Sons Tea.

Chef Marc Marrone (Graffiti Italian & Graffiti Bao) is our guide.

Josiah CitrinThe 2nd Annual LA Chef Conference on May 20th in Santa Monica at ArcLight Cinemas and the Gourmandise School is part of the month-long Los Angeles Times Food Bowl. It features a veritable “who’s who” of notable culinary talent. The Conference is the main hospitality industry event of The Food Bowl featuring expert panels, restaurant business workshops and celebrity chef cooking demos.

Our guests are Sherry Yard (iPic Entertainment’s Chief Operating Officer) who is moderating an industry Panel (Serving Up Change: Making next level impact in our Community and beyond) and Chef Josiah Citrin (Openaire at The Line Hotel & Charcoal Venice) who is performing a cooking demonstration in support of his new cookbook, CHARCOAL: New Ways to Cook with Fire.

Ann Marie Verdi and Ted Hopson of the BellwetherThe Flavor of LA food and beverage festival returns for a third “Sunday Fun Day” on May 19th from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the historic CBS Studio Center lot in Studio City. The Festival benefits the North Hollywood High School Music Department.

“Enjoy gourmet eats and drinks from over 70 notable restaurants, bakeries, and ice cream shops, along with craft brews, wine, shochu, sake, and cocktails. Booths will be lined up at the cross streets of My Three Sons and Gunsmoke. CBS Studio Center has been home to 100’s of iconic TV shows, including SeinfeldWill & Grace, That 70s Show, and Gilligan’s Island. This food and drink festival is the ultimate block party!”

“Along with past participants such as Boneyard Bistro, The Bellwether, Firefly, Barrel & Ashes, Uncle Paulie’s Deli, MacLeod Ale, The Local Peasant, and The Front Yardexciting newcomers include: Petit Trois, Los Balcones Studio City, Mister O’s, Bluebird Brasserie, Mendocino Farms, The Crack Shack, Kreation Organics, The Pie Hole, Fatamorgana Gelato, Tao VineyardsHorchateria Rio Luna, and The Glen Centre’s Bistro Jolie and Jayde’s Market.”

The $75 all-inclusive ticket price includes an all-you-can-eat extravaganza of food, drink, and free parking!

Original participating Chef Ted Hopson of The Bellwether joins us to dish up the scrumptious details.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Socalo’s & Border Grill’s Chef / Partner Susan Feniger
Segment Three: Chicago Food Journalist Steve Dolinsky (ABC 7’s “Hungry Hound”)
Segment Four: Authors Ryan Alvarez and Adam Merrin – Husbands That Cook Part One
Segment Five: Authors Ryan Alvarez and Adam Merrin – Husbands That Cook Part Two
Segment Six: Las Vegas’ Chef Marc Marrone – Vegas Unstripped, By Locals 2019
Segment Seven: Chef Josiah Citrin – Openaire at The Line Hotel, Charcoal Venice and Dear John’s
Segment Eight: The Bellwether’s Chef / Proprietor Ted Hopson – Flavor of LA

April 27: Live from the Big Island Chocolate Festival

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Owner / Chef Bryan Fujikawa, Kona Grill House, Kealakekua, Hawaii
Segment Three: Farsheed Bonakdar, President, Kona Cacao (KCA) and Proprietor of Cocoa Outlet
Segment Four: Christopher Galindo, Restaurant Chef, Meridia at The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort
Segment Five: Stephane Treand, MOF, The Pastry School, Tustin, CA
Segment Six: “Tequila John” Atanasio, Tattoo Tequila – Tequila & Chocolate Tasting
Segment Seven: Tom Bean, General Manager, Merriman’s Waimea – a Pioneer of Hawaii Regional Cuisine
Segment Eight: Tom Cross, Hotel Manager, The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort

Now an appealing preview of this Saturday’s Spirit of Aloha 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, and upon careful reflection, that’s probably a pretty good thing… As always, we greatly appreciate you being a part of our loyal listening audience.

BIg Island Chocolate FestivalWe’re live from The 8th Annual Big Island Chocolate Festival at The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort. It’s pure chocolate indulgence. Hawaii is the only State in the USA where premium cacao (the base of chocolate) can be grown commercially. It’s an increasingly important crop in The Islands with almost unlimited potential.

Chef Bryan Fujikawa is the proprietor of the locals’ favorite for fresh grilled, locally caught seafood, Kona Grill House in Kealakekua. It’s a beloved hole-in-the-wall spot. He’s been a part of The Big Island Chocolate Festival’s concluding Chocolate Decadence Gala for years. Chef Bryan is known for his amazing lobster crab cakes. We’ll reel him in.

Farsheed Bonakdar is the President of the Kona Cacao Association, the Producer of the 8th Annual Big Island Chocolate Festival. The mission and goal of the Kona Cacao Association is to promote the cacao industry on the Big Island of Hawaii by presenting the Big Island Chocolate Festival as an educational and outreach opportunity for local cacao farmers, the hospitality industry and cacao enthusiasts. The Festival benefits Island culinary arts and arts programs. We’re talking all things chocolate with Farsheed.

We first met Chef Christopher Galindo two years ago when he was overseeing Hau Tree on the beach next door at the Resort’s sister property, Mauna Kea Beach Hotel. Last year he switched beaches and moved over to The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort’s new Meridia as the menu-maker. It’s Mediterranean-inspired cuisine created with locally sourced ingredients and infused with Hawaii’s rich local bounty. Also know for creative, signature cocktails and a primo view of the Pacific at Sunset. We entice Chef Chris out of his busy kitchen for a chat.

Chef Stéphane Tréand debuted, The Pastry School in 2012, in San Clemente. This year he moved his school to Tustin (“a piece of Paris in Tustin”) along with his new pâtisserie (pastry) shop, ST Pâtisserie Chocolat. He wanted people to come and buy pastries, chocolates, viennoiserie (baked goods such as croissants), and gelato/sorbet at his shop. But he also wanted to show others, “you can learn and create beautiful items such as these, right-next-door with me (Chef Stéphane Tréand) as your teacher!” At The Big Island Chocolate Festival Chef Stephane is performing the culinary demonstration, “Creating an Artistic Chocolate Sculpture.”

Tattoo Tequila CEO, “Tequila John” Atanasio (a Maui resident) set out 8 years ago with the goal of crafting a “Super Premium Tequila” that would use the highest grade of organic Blue Weber Agave available in the World and to use the best ingredients available to develop “The Champagne of Tequilas.” Tattoo Tequila today has legitimate brand positioning as a leader in the Craft Spirits sector. We’ll meet Tequila John.=

Tom Bean is acclaimed Chef Peter Merriman’s General Manager at the iconic Merriman’s Restaurant Waimea. This was Chef Merriman’s first solo venture with modest expectations. Last year Merriman’s celebrated their 30th anniversary and is consistently the highest rated restaurant on The Big Island. Chef Merriman is one of the original pioneers of Hawaiian Regional Cuisine. We’ll talk story with Tom.

Tom Cross is the Hotel Manager for our host, The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort, which recently completed a $50 million dollar renovation. It’s part of the Mauna Kea Resort on the Island of Hawaii. The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort is also the host property for The Big Island Chocolate Festival.

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

Bryan Fujikawa of Kona Grill HouseChef Bryan Fujikawa is the proprietor of the locals’ favorite for fresh grilled, locally caught seafood, Kona Grill House in Kealakekua. It’s a beloved hole-in-the-wall spot. He’s been a popular part of The Big Island Chocolate Festival’s concluding Chocolate Decadence Gala for years. Chef Bryan is known for his amazing lobster crab cakes.

“For Kona Grill House it’s new year, a new name, and a whole new look. What started 19 years ago as a small family operation producing and selling dried fish under the name Sun Dried Specialties, has grown into a culinary destination for local cuisine that has people from not just Hawaii, but all over, returning time and time again.”

“It was a simple beginning back in 2000. The idea for Sun Dried Specialties was born in the early morning hours as Bryan sat on his boat rocking quietly with the gentle motion of the waves as he fished through the night. He realized the dried fish he’d grown up eating was disappearing. He, his wife Rebecca, and their two daughters began drying the fish that Bryan caught. They stayed true to the old way of drying. Using only fresh fish, Hawaiian salt, and beautiful Hawaiian sun. The Sun-Dried Specialties logo of a sunbathing Ahi quickly became recognizable for the best dried Ahi, Aku, and Opelu in the state and on to the Mainland.”

“Fast forward a dozen years to the birth of the Fishbowl. Bryan’s brainchild for his desire to serve great food in an atmosphere that would allow visitors and locals alike to meet and get to know one another. What started as a small poke shop had its first expansion after only three months and has continued to grow ever since. Though the original showcase still carries more than a dozen different kinds of poke made fresh each day, there’s now a second showcase for the desserts. Bryan has continued what his daughter Alexis started, baking desserts fresh every morning.”

“But it’s the food coming off the grill out back that you won’t be able to forget. Chef Bryan’s customers like to say it’s five-star food out of a cardboard box. The best fish burgers on the island and his lobster crab cakes are out of this world. Daily specials range from smoked prime rib to lobster mac and cheese. You never know what might be on the menu but you can count on never walking away hungry and having a food experience you’ll want to keep coming back for.”

We’ll meet Chef Bryan.

Farsheed BonakdarFarsheed Bonakdar is the President of the Kona Cacao Association, the Producer of the 8th Annual Big Island Chocolate Festival. The mission and goal of the Kona Cacao Association is to promote the cacao industry on the Big Island of Hawaii by presenting the Big Island Chocolate Festival as an educational and outreach opportunity for local cacao farmers, the hospitality industry and cacao enthusiasts. The Festival benefits Island culinary arts and arts programs.

The 2019 Big Island Chocolate Festival proceeds will benefit the culinary programs at Hawaii Community College Palamanui, Kealakehe High School, Hawai‘i Island High Schools and Maui Community College, plus Hawaii Institute of Pacific Agriculture, Waimea Country School, Kona Pacific Public Charter School’s West Hawaii Summer Lunch Program and Kona Dance & Performing Arts.

“If you think you know everything about chocolate—think again! Find out tricks for using chocolate in the kitchen and to better grow cacao—the tree that produces the coveted cocoa bean. All the fun is part of the Big Island Chocolate Festival (BICF) April 26-27. With the exception of a guided cacao plantation tour, all activities are at The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort.”

We’re talking all things delectably chocolate with Farsheed.

Chris GalindoWe first met Chef Christopher Galindo two years ago when he was overseeing Hau Tree on the beach next door at the Resort’s sister property, Mauna Kea Beach Hotel. Last year he switched beaches and moved over to The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort’s new Meridia as the menu-maker.

It’s Mediterranean-inspired cuisine created with locally sourced ingredients and infused with Hawaii’s rich local bounty. Also know for creative, signature cocktails and a primo 180 degree view of the Pacific at Sunset.

“The fresh seasonal menu is complemented by expanded al fresco seating, a private dining room, a charcuterie and crudo bar, and a house- made artisanal bread nook.”

We entice Chef Chris out of his busy kitchen for a chat.

Stephane TreandChef Stéphane Tréand debuted, The Pastry School in 2012, in San Clemente. This year he moved his school to Tustin (“a piece of Paris in Tustin”) along with his new pâtisserie (pastry) shop, ST Pâtisserie Chocolat. He wanted people to come and buy pastries, chocolates, viennoiserie (baked goods such as croissants), and gelato/sorbet at his shop. But he also wanted to show others, “you can learn and create beautiful items such as these, right-next-door with me (Chef Stéphane Tréand) as your teacher!”

At The Big Island Chocolate Festival Chef Stephane is performing the culinary demonstration, “Creating an Artistic Chocolate Sculpture.”

Tequila John AtanasioTattoo Tequila CEO, Tequila John” Atanasio (a Maui resident) set out 8 years ago with the goal of crafting a “Super Premium Tequila” that would use the highest grade of organic Blue Weber Agave available in the World and to use the best ingredients available to develop “The Champagne of Tequilas.” Tattoo Tequila today has legitimate brand positioning as a leader in the Craft Spirits sector.

Tattoo Tequila has a portfolio of 100% organic Blue Agave based tequila with expressions that include Blanco & Reposado.

Tequila John is part of the Festival presenting the unexpected “Chocolate & Organic Tequila Pairings” seminar which he’s encoring from last year. He’ll demonstrate how different, organic tequilas and uniquely flavored chocolates can tastefully complement each other. The accompanying decadent chocolate bonbons are presented by Farsheed Bonakdar of the Cocoa Outlet. We’re all in…

We’ll meet Tequila John.

Tom Bean of Merriman'sTom Bean is acclaimed Chef Peter Merriman’s General Manager at the iconic Merriman’s Restaurant Waimea. This was Chef Merriman’s first solo venture with modest expectations.

Last year Merriman’s celebrated their 30th anniversary and is consistently the highest rated restaurant on The Big Island. Chef Merriman is one of the original pioneers of Hawaii Regional Cuisine.

“Merriman’s Waimea is the flagship establishment from award-winning Chef Peter Merriman who maintains a single vision “Do the right thing”—for local farmers, for the islands and for you—our guest.”

“Thirty years ago, no one dreamed of growing vine ripened tomatoes, fresh sweet corn or crisp baby lettuce in Hawaii. Sugar cane and pineapple plantations dominated the farming landscape, and most food was shipped to Hawaii from thousands of miles away.”

“Chef Peter Merriman had a vision for the growth of local agriculture and the potential of Hawaii’s rich volcanic soils. He along with twelve other prominent chefs encouraged farmers to grow local produce, raise meats locally, and start a healthier more sustainable Hawaii.”

“Peter Merriman has been as a culinary pioneer in Hawaii for over 30 years. Known as the original “locavore,” Peter is a vocal champion of Hawaii’s farmers, ranchers and fishermen. His restaurants showcase island grown and harvested foods through simple preparations that reflect the myriad flavors of Hawaii’s multiculturalism. Dubbed the “Pied Piper of Hawaii Regional Cuisine” by The Los Angeles Times, he is a continuing inspiration to Hawaii’s thriving culinary scene.”

We’ll talk story with Tom.

Tom Cross of the Westin Hapuna Beach ResortTom Cross is the Hotel Manager for our host, The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort, which recently completed a $50 million dollar renovation. It’s part of the Mauna Kea Resort on the Island of Hawaii. The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort is also the host property for The Big Island Chocolate Festival.

“The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort stretches along its namesake white-sand beach on the Island of Hawaii. The Kohala Coast is known for its world-class shoreline, as well as for cultural and archaeological gems nestled between centuries-old lava fields. The resort’s contemporary style contrasts with lush, manicured gardens and the endless blues of the sky and the ocean. Four reimagined dining venues are inspired by the island’s bounty.”

“The award-winning 18-hole Hapuna Golf Course was designed by Arnold Palmer. Two swimming pools, a 6,800-square-foot freeform family pool and an adult-exclusive infinity pool, overlook Hapuna Beach. A WestinWorkout Center and Crossfit Studio are complemented by the Hapuna Spa for rejuvenation and relaxation. Choose from 249 oversized guest rooms, including 17 suites.”

Mahalo nui loa to The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort for graciously hosting the “SoCal Restaurant Show” for the third year.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Owner / Chef Bryan Fujikawa, Kona Grill House, Kealakekua, Hawaii
Segment Three: Farsheed Bonakdar, President, Kona Cacao (KCA) and Proprietor of Cocoa Outlet
Segment Four: Christopher Galindo, Restaurant Chef, Meridia at The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort
Segment Five: Stephane Treand, MOF, The Pastry School, Tustin, CA
Segment Six: “Tequila John” Atanasio, Tattoo Tequila – Tequila & Chocolate Tasting
Segment Seven: Tom Bean, General Manager, Merriman’s Waimea – a Pioneer of Hawaii Regional Cuisine
Segment Eight: Tom Cross, Hotel Manager, The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort

April 20: Barbara Fairchild, Bibiana Gonzalez Rave, Carla Snyder, Angels Baseball Food, Thomas Ortega

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Preview of C-CAP’s 2nd Annual Full Circle Benefit at Redbird with Barbara Fairchild
Segment Three: Winemaker Bibiana Gonzalez Rave
Segment Four: Author Carla Snyder with One Pan, Whole Family: More Than 70 Complete Weeknight Meals
Segment Five: Executive Chef Robert Biebrich & the Culinary Team for Legends at Angel Stadium Part One
Segment Six: Executive Chef Robert Biebrich & the Culinary Team for Legends at Angel Stadium Part Two
Segment Seven: Chef Thomas Ortega of Amorcito Urban Taqueria, Long Beach Exchange in the Hangar Part One
Segment Eight: Chef Thomas Ortega of Amorcito Urban Taqueria, Long Beach Exchange in the Hangar Part Two

Now an enticing preview of this Saturday’s delectable 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, and upon careful reflection, that’s probably a pretty good thing… As always, we greatly appreciate you being a part of our loyal listening audience.

The Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) is presenting their 2nd Annual Full Circle Benefit dinner at Neal Fraser’s Redbird in Downtown Los Angeles on Thursday evening, April 25th featuring a culinary brigade of celebrity guest chefs. C-CAP Council L.A.’s Chairperson, Barbara Fairchild (former Editor-in-Chief of Bon Appetit Magazine,) joins us with all the salivating details of the Cocktail Reception and seated Dinner & Live Auction.

Born and raised in Columbia, Winemaker Bibiana Gonzalez Rave had little exposure to wine culture but, by the age of 14, she knew she would become a winemaker. Bibiana joins us to share her incredible journey. In 2015 she was named “Winemaker of the Year” by the San Francisco Chronicle.

For most it wasn’t so much the actual cooking that was a problem: it was the hour plus of organization, prepping and cleaning up. So, a teacher at heart, Carla Snyder wrote One Pan Two Plates: More than 70 complete weeknight meals for two, a guide to a delicious, healthy, hot meal for two in under 45 minutes with easy prep and one pan cleanup. Carla’s most recent release is One Pan Whole Family: More than 70 complete weeknight meals. This is a book for families who would like to embrace a diet of wholesome meats, poultry, fish, vegetables and grains. Carla escapes the kitchen and is our guest.

Robert Biebrich is the Executive Chef for Legends here at Angel Stadium. Chef Robert is with us in-studio to highlight what’s new in Angel Stadium food and beverage for the 2019 season. He’s particularly proud of the Big A Burger which is a luxe burger creation as well as a new food outlet. Did we hear “Secret Menu”? Joining Chef Robert is his Executive Sous Chef Omar Almaraz and Executive Pastry Chef Tracy Felipe.

Chef Thomas Ortega (Playa Amor Mexican Cocina and Amor Y Tacos Mexican Kitchen & Cantina) recently launched his fourth restaurant in SoCal, and this time it’s his first fast-casual concept: AMORCITO Urban Taqueria. Credited as one of the innovators of the Modern Mexican and pocho cuisine food movements, Ortega’s goal is to bring more quality Modern Mexican/ pocho cuisine to the Southland at an affordable price point with his new interpretation of the urban taqueria in Long Beach at Hangar at Long Beach Exchange. We’ll meet Chef Thomas

Easter and Passover good wishes to all.

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

Barbara FairchildThe Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) is presenting their 2nd Annual Full Circle Benefit dinner at Neal Fraser’s Redbird in Downtown Los Angeles on Thursday evening, April 25th featuring a culinary brigade of celebrity guest chefs.

“Celebrating our C-CAP students and the wonderful chefs who mentor and inspire them, giving them the tools and experience they need to succeed and come Full Circle.”

The evening is hosted and coordinated by Chef Neal Fraser and featuring celebrated chefs Monti Carlo (Food Network personality,) Josiah Citrin (Openaire and Charcoal Venice,) Sandra Cordero (Gasolina,) Duff Goldman (Charm City Cakes,) C-CAP alumnus Anthony Greco (Lukshon & Father’s Office,) Kyle Johnson (Bourbon Steak), Antonia Lofaso (Scopa, Black Market and Dama), Nicole Rucker (Fiona,) C-CAP alumnus Dustin Trani (J. Trani’s Ristorante,) and more.

C-CAP Council L.A.’s Chairperson, Barbara Fairchild (former Editor-in-Chief of Bon Appetit Magazine,) joins us with all the salivating details of the Cocktail Reception in the calming lower gardens at Redbird and seated Dinner & Live Auction upstairs at Redbird.

Winemaker Bibiana Gonzalez RaveBorn and raised in Columbia, acclaimed Winemaker Bibiana Gonzalez Rave had little exposure to wine culture but, by the age of 14, she knew she would become a winemaker.

“So I packed my bags and left for France. And in that moment I set the course of my life, a never-ending journey pursuing inspirational wines. During the summer of 2001, I immersed myself in all things wine, ultimately earning a BTS degree in Viticulture and Enology from Cognac followed by a degree in Enology from the University of Bordeaux, graduating with honors.”

‘Driven by the tenacity which first took me to France, I pruned vines during ice-cold winters, trimmed shoots in sweltering summers, and tended to the vines that cling to the sheer slopes of Côte-Rôtie—first at Domaine Stéphane Ogier, then at Domaine Clusel-Roch. At the famed estates of Château Haut-Brion & La Mission Haut-Brion, I completed research for my thesis. This hard work paid off – I had the privilege to work among other family-owned wine producers in Burgundy, Alsace, and Cognac. My passion for wine whisked me around the globe, sending me between California, South Africa, and France for several years before I decided to call California my home.”

“By the end of 2011, after many harvests perfecting the craft of making wine, I set upon my own adventure—a label known today as CATTLEYA WINES. Meanwhile, I became a viticulturist and winemaker consultant; focused on vineyard optimization to produce exceptional wines from Sonoma and Napa Valley.”

Bibiana joins us to share her incredible journey. In 2015 she was named “Winemaker of the Year” by the San Francisco Chronicle.

Chef Carla SnyderFor most it wasn’t so much the actual cooking that was a problem: it was the hour plus of organization, prepping and cleaning up. So, a teacher at heart, Carla Snyder wrote One Pan Two Plates: More than 70 complete weeknight meals for two, a guide to a delicious, healthy, hot meal for two in under 45 minutes with easy prep and one pan cleanup. Carla’s most recent release is One Pan Whole Family: More than 70 complete weeknight meals. This is a book for families who would like to embrace a diet of wholesome meats, poultry, fish, vegetables and grains.

“The recipes in this invaluable guide are geared to appeal to kids and adults with one pan clean-up and all meals ready in 45 minutes or less. With suggestions for Extra Hungry Kids and Adult Taste Buds, Carla makes it easy to please everyone at the table along with wine suggestions and even sips for the kids.”

“One Pan Whole Family is a guide to smart, thoughtful, contemporary cooking and eating with most ingredients found in the average grocery. The book is divided into four chapters, Veggie Good or vegetarian dinners, Winner Winner Chicken Dinner, Let’s Eat Meat, and Go Fish. There’s even an index listing seasonal meals, dairy free and gluten free. Recipes like Stovetop Lasagna with Spinach, Chicken Pot Pie on the Fly, and Super Burgers with Cheddar, Mushrooms and Onion prove that an enticing meal can appeal to kids and adults alike.”

“Carla says “My mission as a cooking school teacher has always been to help students learn the skills they need to operate efficiently and enjoyably in the quest to feed themselves and others. I hope this book helps reset the game by offering an easy-to-follow plan to feed hungry families in a healthy and less stressful way.””

“Carla Snyder has spent the past 30 years in the food world as a caterer, artisan baker, cooking school teacher, culinary team building company owner, freelance food writer and co-author with Meredith Deeds of 6 cook books including the 2007 James Beard nominated The Big Book of Appetizers (Chronicle Books, 2006.)”

Learn more about Carla: at ravenouskitchen.com where she blogs about everything from cooking for two to easy weekend entertaining for a crowd.

Carla briefly escapes the kitchen and is our guest.

Robert BiebrichRobert Biebrich is the accomplished Executive Chef for Legends here at Angel Stadium. Chef Robert is with us in-studio to highlight what’s new in Angel Stadium food and beverage for the 2019 season.

He’s particularly proud of the Big A Burger which is a luxe burger creation as well as a new food outlet. Did we hear “Secret Menu”? We’ll ask about “Light It Up Fries.”

There are new items in the Saint Archer Brewing Co. along with special limited production craft beers. Think Thai Sticky Ribs with Pork Spare Ribs, Onion and Cilantro Salad.

Chef Robert is in his sixth full season at Angel Stadium, working alongside Regional Executive Chef Gretchen Beaumarchais and Executive Sous Chef Omar Almaraz. Chef Biebrich leads a team of talented culinary artists, who are constantly developing new food concepts and fulfilling the ever-changing menus for more than three million guests each season at The Big A.

Joining Chef Robert is his Executive Sous Chef Omar Almaraz and Executive Pastry Chef Tracy Felipe.

Tracy Felipe of Legends at Angel Stadium in AnaheimAlso new for this year are the delicious & easy-to-eat Bamboo Bowls located on the Terrace & View Level. Think Chicken Teriyaki Bowl with Steamed Rice, Broccoli, Grilled Chicken Thigh with Teriyaki Sauce.

Now in its 2nd year Change Up Kitchen has a host of new treats. The Empanadas with Spiced Beef, Puff Pastry and Salsa Chilena are a standout.

Executive Pastry Chef Tracy continues to impress. Her rich, giant round Brownie is meant to be shared and the Red Velvet Whoopie Pie is ever popular. There is also a worthy Chocolate Cake.

Chef Thomas OrtegaChef Thomas Ortega (Playa Amor Mexican Cocina and Amor Y Tacos Mexican Kitchen & Cantina) recently launched his fourth restaurant in SoCal, and this time it’s his first fast-casual concept: AMORCITO Urban Taqueria. Credited as one of the innovators of the Modern Mexican and pocho cuisine food movements, Ortega’s goal is to bring more quality Modern Mexican/ pocho cuisine to the Southland at an affordable price point with his new interpretation of the urban taqueria in Long Beach at Hangar at Long Beach Exchange. We’ll meet Chef Thomas

“Ortega stays true to his pocho cuisine-roots by bringing his playful yet gourmet approach to his newest restaurant at The Hanger food hall at the Long Beach Exchange. Most items are priced at under $10, with tacos starting at $2.95, and other standouts like the New Mexico Hatch Chile Cheeseburger and Al Pastor Fries are priced $6.75 and $8, respectively. Amorcito also offers eight various burritos priced at $8.50, among other items. Amorcito is open for normal business hours — Mon–Sat: 11am-8pm / Sun: 11am-6pm — where you’ll find various new items from Ortega that are more in tune with the grab n’ go-patron, yet still maintain his signature quality flavors at a very affordable price point.”

“For starters, Ortega has hired a designated tortilla-maker to make fresh corn and flour tortillas daily – something you don’t usually see at any fast-casual restaurant. As customers wait, they can even watch the tortillas being made through a window that overlooks the tortilla-making station. “I’m looking to bring quality Modern Mexican flavors to a larger audience without the intimidating price points and without compromising the use of quality ingredients at my first ever fast–casual space,” states Ortega. “Ideally, we’d love to bring our revered approach to pocho cuisine to more of LA and OC by opening several more Amorcitos down the line.””

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Preview of C-CAP’s 2nd Annual Full Circle Benefit at Redbird with Barbara Fairchild
Segment Three: Winemaker Bibiana Gonzalez Rave
Segment Four: Author Carla Snyder with One Pan, Whole Family: More Than 70 Complete Weeknight Meals
Segment Five: Executive Chef Robert Biebrich & the Culinary Team for Legends at Angel Stadium Part One
Segment Six: Executive Chef Robert Biebrich & the Culinary Team for Legends at Angel Stadium Part Two
Segment Seven: Chef Thomas Ortega of Amorcito Urban Taqueria, Long Beach Exchange in the Hangar Part One
Segment Eight: Chef Thomas Ortega of Amorcito Urban Taqueria, Long Beach Exchange in the Hangar Part Two

April 13: Kodiak Cakes, Neal Fraser, Malama Mushrooms, Wine Exchange

Podcasts

Segment One: Cameron Smith, President, Kodiak Cakes, Park City, Utah
Segment Two: Benjamin Lillibridge, Founder & “Funguy,” Malama Mushrooms, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
Segment Three: Redbird’s Chef / Proprietor Neal Fraser and C-CAP L.A’s Director, Lisa Fontanesi
Segment Four: Kyle Meyer, Wine Exchange, Santa Ana with a Preview of the WINYL Podcast Part One
Segment Five: Kyle Meyer, Wine Exchange, Santa Ana with a Preview of the WINYL Podcast Part Two

Now a tempting preview of this Saturday’s pre-dinner show with heavy hors d’oeuvres. It’s not, with profuse apologies, for dieters. If we’re successful we will always leave you incredibly hungry and thirsty. In our case, and upon careful reflection, that’s probably a pretty good thing… As always, we greatly appreciate you being a part of our loyal listening audience.

Park City, Utah-based Kodiak Cakes unofficially started in 1982 with a family recipe for pancakes featuring 100 percent whole grains. Back then the flapjack mix was sold door-to-door. Kodiak Cakes is still refreshingly Family-owned but new products have been added and their appealing line of healthy, nutritious and tasty foods has expanded into national distribution. They attracted a lot of attention at the recent Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim. We’ll meet Cameron Smith, the President of Kodiak Cakes.

The Careers through Culinary Arts Program’s (C-CAP) 2nd Annual Full Circle Dinner Benefit at Downtown Los Angeles’ Redbird with guest celebrity chefs preparing the meal is set for Thursday evening, April 25th with the Cocktail Reception in the spacious lower gardens at 6:00 p.m. and the multi-course, premium wine-paired, seated Dinner and Live Auction at 7:30 p.m. Chef Neal Fraser of Redbird is the Host Chef. C-CAP L.A’s Director Lisa Fontanesi and Chef Neal join us for the salivating preview.

We discovered Malama Mushrooms from The Big Island of Hawaii exhibiting at the recent Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim and met Founder and “Funguy” Benjamin Lillibridge. Their goal is to unearth the enormous potential of edible mushrooms in our society. We’ll find out about the power of mushrooms with Ben.

Our resident wine authority, Kyle Meyer of Santa Ana’s Wine Exchange, has some intriguing thoughts about the relationships between, music, musicians and wine. Kyle is also part of a new weekly podcast featuring food & wine talk hosted by a former Rolling Stone writer and New York Times bestselling author.

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

Cameron Smith of Kodiak CakesPark City, Utah-based Kodiak Cakes unofficially started in 1982 with a family recipe for pancakes featuring 100 percent whole grains. Back then the flapjack mix was sold door-to-door.

Kodiak Cakes is still refreshingly Family-owned but new products have been added and their appealing line of healthy, nutritious and tasty foods has expanded into national distribution. The line includes Flapjack & Waffle Mix, Kodiak Cups, Toaster Waffles and Flapjacks, Baking Mixes and Fruit Syrups. They attracted a lot of buyers’ attention at the recent Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim.

“Apart from being the essential ingredient of the original frontier flapjacks, we use whole grains because they just taste better. They’re also packed with fiber, protein, vitamins, and minerals essential to fueling an active life. So, instead of processing our wheat and “enriching” it with some of its original nutritional value, we left it as it is – free of GMOs, preservatives or artificial additives.”

We’ll meet Cameron Smith, the President of Kodiak Cakes.

Benjamin LIllibridgeWe discovered Malama Mushrooms from The Big Island of Hawaii exhibiting at the recent Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim and met Founder and “Funguy” Benjamin Lillibridge. Their goal is to unearth the enormous potential of edible mushrooms in our society.

“Whether its medicinal mushrooms for targeting specific ailments, or nutritionally rich gourmet mushrooms for a healthy diet, our goal is to create healthy fungi-based produce and value-added products you can get behind as a loyal fan, customer and family member.”

““Malama” is the Hawaiian word for preserve, protect and nurture. This serves as the standard for all the work we do.”

We’ll find out about the hidden power of mushrooms with Ben.

Neal Fraser of RedbirdThe Careers through Culinary Arts Program’s (C-CAP) 2nd Annual Full Circle Dinner Benefit at Downtown Los Angeles’ Redbird with guest celebrity chefs preparing the meal is set for Thursday evening, April 25th with the Cocktail Reception in the spacious lower gardens at 6:00 p.m. and the multi-course, premium wine-paired, seated Dinner and Live Auction at 7:30 p.m. Chef Neal Fraser of Redbird is the Host Chef.

“Celebrating our C-CAP students and the wonderful chefs who mentor and inspire them, giving them the tools and experience they need to succeed and come Full Circle.”

The evening is hosted and coordinated by Chef Neal Fraser and featuring celebrated chefs Monti Carlo (Food Network personality,) Josiah Citrin (Openaire and Charcoal Venice,) Sandra Cordero (Gasolina,) Duff Goldman (Charm City Cakes,) C-CAP alumnus Anthony Greco (Lukshon & Father’s Office,) Kyle Johnson (Bourbon Steak), Antonia Lofaso (Scopa, Black Market and Dama), Nicole Rucker (Fiona,) C-CAP alumnus Dustin Trani (J. Trani’s Ristorante,) and more.

C-CAP L.A’s Director Lisa Fontanesi and Chef Neal join us for the salivating preview.

Kyle Meyer of Wine ExchangeOur resident wine authority, Kyle Meyer of Santa Ana’s Wine Exchange, has some intriguing thoughts about the relationships between, music, musicians and wine.

Kyle is also part of a new weekly podcast featuring food & wine talk hosted by a former Rolling Stone writer and New York Times bestselling author

WINYL, the podcast, is hosted by journalist Anthony Bozza. It’s music & wine redefined.

Podcasts

Segment One: Cameron Smith, President, Kodiak Cakes, Park City, Utah
Segment Two: Benjamin Lillibridge, Founder & “Funguy,” Malama Mushrooms, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
Segment Three: Redbird’s Chef / Proprietor Neal Fraser and C-CAP L.A’s Director, Lisa Fontanesi
Segment Four: Kyle Meyer, Wine Exchange, Santa Ana with a Preview of the WINYL Podcast Part One
Segment Five: Kyle Meyer, Wine Exchange, Santa Ana with a Preview of the WINYL Podcast Part Two