Show 292, September 29, 2018: Philippe the Original’s 110th Anniversary Celebration

Richard Binder2018 marks a major milestone for both Philippe the Original in Downtown Los Angeles and its famous French Dip Sandwich. The classic French Dip will celebrate its centennial and the restaurant will celebrate 110 years in business. There’s an epic Monday, October 1st celebration planned, including $1.10 French Dips, live entertainment, the USC Trojan Marching Band and a whole lot more.

Today, Philippe’s boasts over 75 employees, serves about 20,000 sandwiches per week, more when the Dodgers are in town, and prepares about 100 gallons of its famous Hot Mustard (no horseradish used) every week. Unusually, the company has some employees who have been with the restaurant for over 30 years.

The Binder / Martin family has strived to keep the restaurant as original as possible throughout the years; sawdust floors, décor, payphone booths and some of the cheapest coffee in town at 45 cents a cup. It wasn’t until 2014 that the restaurant took down the cash only sign and began accepting credit cards. The Pastrami French Dip Sandwich is the most recent menu addition.

General Manager and proud 3rd generation Family proprietor, Richard Binder is at our service with what’s on the menu.


Show 292, September 29, 2018: C-CAP’s “4 Chefs 4 Kids Benefit” at Jonathan Club Preview with Executive Chef Jason McClain

Jason McClain of the Jonathan ClubThe Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) is hosting their 4 Chefs 4 Kids Harvest Dinner Benefit at Jonathan Club on Thursday evening, October 18th. Jonathan Club’s Executive Chef Jason McClain is the Host Chef along with courses prepared by talented culinarians including Tony Esnault (Church & State,) Sally Camacho Mueller (Tesse,) and Suzanne Tracht (Jar.)

C-CAP LA Alum, Mixologist Anthony Greco, will be preparing a exclusive specialty cocktail for the pre-Dinner Cocktail Reception featuring passed hors d’oeuvres from Jonathan Club’s Chef Jason McClain. It’s then a mouthwatering, four-course dinner paired with premium wines selected by Jonathan Club’s Sommelier.

Celebrity Chef Susan Feniger of Border Grill fame is the Special Guest Auctioneer.

Chef Jason McClain takes a break from his busy kitchens and rooftop vegetable garden to provide the Benefit’s enticing details.


Show 292, September 29, 2018: Chef / Proprietor Shachi Mehra, ADYA, Anaheim – “Discover Diwali” Culinary Class

Shachi MehraADYA (Anaheim) hosts interactive Indian culinary demos every 3rd Saturday of the month from 11a.m. to 1p.m. priced at $35 per guest (unless otherwise noted) and include easy-to-follow recipes to take home with you, culinary secrets from Chef Shachi Mehra and of course, lunch served with wine / beer or chai. Discover Diwali” is set for Saturday, Oct. 20th. Reservations (due to limited class size) are a must.

“At ADYA, we showcase the flavorful street food of India. Our inspiration comes from the multitude of bright flavors and textures representing the diversity of India itself. Working with our local farmers, growers and purveyors, we strive to use local, organic, biodynamic ingredients whenever possible. Combining these with modern creative and classic Indian styles of cooking, we present food that balances the bounty of California with the bold flavors and spices of India. The carefully curated wine list and rotating craft beer list complement our vibrant flavors and casual style.”

Chef Shachi steps away from the tandoor oven to join us.


Show 292, September 29, 2018: Celebrity Designer Nathan Turner – Nathan Turner’s I Love California: Live, Eat, And Entertain The West Coast Way

Nathan TurnerCelebrity Designer Nathan Turner’s style is synonymous with the easy glam of California living. His new book (a love letter to his home state,) Nathan Turner’s I Love California: Live, Eat, And Entertain The West Coast Way (Abrams; 2018) is a journey up and down Highway 1 that takes readers from the redwoods of northern San Francisco to the mountains of the Sierra Nevada to the beaches of Southern California.

Simple recipes and tips for entertaining are featured alongside never-before-seen interiors. Lavish photographs capture the homes, people, and food of each unique location in glorious, sun-drenched detail. This book even includes Turner’s signature recipes for California comfort food, like his family’s Cioppino, Marinated Tri-tip Steak, Mexican Chocolate Cake, and more.

Nathan’s Mother had a cattle ranch in Northern California so there is a great authenticity to this book along with genuinely useful insider’s travel tips for Northern California, Central California / Sierra Nevada and Southern California.

“The recipes and decor here are inspired by my home state, but really it’s a state of mind. Whether you are entertaining friends and dining with family, or just wishing to visit the sun-dappled coast, now you can create this dreamy California lifestyle anywhere.”

Nathan Turner is also the author of Nathan Turner’s American Style (Abrams 2012). Turner is a regular entertaining expert on The Today Show, and his designs, parties, and products have been featured in major publications including Architectural Digest, ELLE Decor, Vogue, Domino, Town & Country, House Beautiful, Food & Wine, and more. He lives in Los Angeles and Ojai, California.

Nathan Turner joins us.


Show 292, September 29, 2018: The Inaugural Solvang Stop with Laura Kath, Media Relations Director, Solvang Conference & Visitors Bureau

Laura Kath of Mariah MarketingThe inaugural Solvang Stomp, a “Footie” Wine Harvest Street Festival featuring the sensational chance to stomp grapes and taste vintages from 25 world-class wineries debuts Saturday, October 13, 2018, from 2:00-5:00 p.m. in downtown Solvang. Solvang Stompers can also drink pink in the “I Love Rosé Lounge”; purchase food inside the festival area from Cecco Ristorante’s gourmet pizza oven and popular food trucks California Tacos and First & Oak; participate in the “Lucy & Ricky Ricardo Look-a-Like Contest” plus enjoy live music from bluegrass / Americana folk band Bryan Titus Trio and country / western rockers The Rawhides.

All guests will receive a logo wine glass and foot towel plus a ticket to win festive wine-related prizes.

General admission tickets from 2:00-5:00 p.m. are $75 per person. Guests must be ages 21 years and beyond. Discounts for active military members are also offered. Advance ticket purchases are highly recommended online here. VIP Stomper tickets are already sold out.

Solvang Conference & Visitors Bureau’s Media Relations Director, Laura Kath, uncorks it all for us.


Show 292, September 29, 2018: The Inaugural Solvang Stop with Laura Kath, Media Relations Director, Solvang Conference & Visitors Bureau Continues…

Laura Kath of Mariah MarketingThe inaugural Solvang Stomp, a “Footie” Wine Harvest Street Festival featuring the sensational chance to stomp grapes and taste vintages from 25 world-class wineries debuts Saturday, October 13, 2018, from 2:00-5:00 p.m. in downtown Solvang.

A new event has just been added to the festivities on Saturday, October 13th at 8:00 p.m.—the first public screening and Santa Barbara County premiere of the wine movie SOMM 3 will be held outdoors under the stars in the historic Solvang Festival Theater, 420 Second Street, Solvang. SOMM 3 is the highly anticipated follow-up to the influential wine films SOMM and its sequel SOMM: Into the Bottle.

SOMM 3 showcases unprecedented access to the highest levels of the wine world and features an all-star cast including Steven Spurrier, the man responsible for staging the 1976 “Judgment of Paris,” wine critic Jancis Robinson MW, and renowned Master Sommelier Fred Dame, as well as Santa Barbara County’s own Rajat Parr, Partner/Proprietor of Sandhi and Domaine de la Côte.  Following the film screening, a Q&A and wine tasting party will follow with cast members and film producer Jackson Myers. Tickets for the SOMM 3 premiere are $25 general admission.



Show 291, September 22, 2018: Anita Lau, Diary of a Mad Hungry Woman

Anita Lau of Mad Hungry WomanOur favorite Mad Hungry Woman blogger, Anita Lau, has been traveling in Northern Baja. She was recently an esteemed judge at the 5th Annual Sabor de Baja, an annual food and wine pairing event staged on the lawn of the iconic Rosarita Beach Hotel overlooking the beach and blue Pacific.

Sabor de Baja is a friendly culinary competition among 27 of Baja’s top chefs, each paired with the finest Mexican wines and artisanal beer producers. It’s an all-white affair.

“The intent of the Sabor de Baja is to promote gastronomy and tourism between the U.S. and Baja. Each attendee enjoys a pairing of all the chefs creations together with the wine or beer producers. There are two main awards given that night: The first is decided by a panel of distinguished judges and the second is called the “People’s Choice” which is decided by popular voting from every attendee who submits a ballot.”

Anita also shares her discovery (and representing quite a value) in Tijuana – an omakase speakeasy, Toshi Toshi.



Show 291, September 22, 2018: Proprietress / Executive Chef Suzanne Tracht, Jar, Los Angeles

Suzanne TrachtJar, a modern chophouse in the heart of Los Angeles, dazzles Angelenos with the allure of Chef Suzanne Tracht’s familiar retro dishes from the American culinary repertoire, including her signature Pot Roast, Kansas City Steak, wild and sustainable Fish, Lemon Grass Chicken, Black Mussels with Lobster Bearnaise and Fennel Salt, award -winning French Fries, market-fresh sides and perfect martinis. It’s been an L.A. staple since 2001.

“Suzanne Tracht, chef and owner of the critically-acclaimed Jar Restaurant, was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. She began cooking professionally at the age of 19, when she left college for an apprenticeship under Siegbert Wendler, legendary chef at the four-star Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa. After three years she moved to Southern California to work in the kitchen of the prestigious Hotel Bel-Air and later served as sous-chef at Noa Noa. In 1992, she became chef de cuisine at Nancy Silverton and Mark Peel’s Campanile. Four years later, she embarked on her first solo venture at executive chef at the Cal-Asian restaurant, Jozu. In its debut year, Jozu ranked number two for “L.A.’s Best New Restaurants” in Los Angeles magazine’s restaurant issue.”

“In 2001, she opened her modern chophouse, Jar, with her longtime chef de cuisine Preech Narkthong. Quickly, Tracht and Narkthong built a reputation for cooking cozily familiar American retro food – pot roast, steaks, pork chops, braised lamb shanks — with a modern twist.”

Chef / Proprietress Suzanne Tracht is our guest.


Show 291, September 22, 2018: Executive Chef Antonia Lofaso, DAMA, City Market South, Downtown Los Angeles

Antonio Lofaso of Black Market Liquor Bar and Scopa Italian RootsDAMA is a Latin-inspired restaurant just launched (9 weeks ago) in the Fashion District of Downtown Los Angeles in City Market South featuring culinary dishes from Executive Chef Antonia Lofaso (Venice’s Scopa Italian Roots) and standout cocktails from Pablo Moix and Steve Livigni.

“Chef Antonia Lofaso’s menu draws from her time spent in Mexico City, Spain, Colombia and the Caribbean. The cocktail menu, from Pablo Moix, features long-forgotten classics and spectacular blended drinks like pina coladas and daiquiris. A sprawling, multi-level outdoor patio establishes Dama as a go-to spot for taking in LA’s flawless weather.”

Think Whole Soft Shell Crab Taco with hot pickled onions, radish, Persian cucumbers and cilantro. Also for a “Large Plate” the standout is the Crispy Pork Shank with lettuce cups, house-made warm tortillas, hot pickled vegetables and avocado crema. On the cocktail side look for Sandia y Mezcal with mezcal, watermelon, citrus and salt and pepper.

Chef Antonia takes a break from her busy kitchens to join us.



Show 291, September 22, 2018: Brewmaster Victor Novak, Golden Road Brewing, Los Angeles & Anaheim

Victor Novak and his Blueberry Mocha Stout from Golden Road Brewingt’s time to once again Ask the Brewers. Joining us in-studio is  Golden Road Brewing’s distinguished Brewmaster, Victor Novak.

On tap is a discussion of the original (185 years old) Oktoberfest in Munich celebration (on until October 7th) and some thoughts on Yakima hops and their importance to the domestic brewing scene. Thirst-quenching conversation for sure…