Show 281, July 14, 2018: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris

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

The OC Promenade Building at the OC Fair is the Home of all the entertaining OC Fair Culinary Arts programming including the OC Promenade Main Stage. It’s the year of “Feed Your Inner Farmer!” celebrating people who play a key role in California agriculture. We’ll meet Pamela Wnuck, the Fair’s long-time Culinary Arts Supervisor for a preview.

Once upon a time Jennifer Segal went to culinary school and worked in fancy restaurants. One marriage and two kids later she created Once Upon a Chef, the popular blog that combines her chef skills with delicious, fresh, and accessible ingredients for family-friendly meals. Today, Jenn cooks dinner for hers every night and in her first, long-in-the-works cookbook, Once Upon a Chef – The Cookbook: 100 Tested, Perfected and Family-Approved Recipes, she shares 100 recipes that will up your kitchen game and surprise you with their ease and bold flavors.

Near the foodie mecca that is Portland, OR is SakeOne located in Forest Grove, “America’s Premium Sake Company.” Why a Sake brewery in Tualatin Valley, OR ? Foremost it’s the pristine, naturally soft water quality. We’ll hear about the Sake brewing process, and a lot more, from SakeOne’s Jack Lien.

The 6th Edition of Puerto Vallarta’s celebrated Ceviche and Aguachile Festival is set for Sunday, July 29th in Old Town Puerto Vallarta from Noon to 7:00 p.m. It’s 40 chef creations of ceviches and aguachiles for the sampling plus local craft beers, specialty Raicilla cocktails and live music. Producer & Founder Edgar Cisneros reels in all the spicy details for us live from Puerto Vallarta.

Friends & Family, a new Thai Town staple and beloved dining destination, launched dinner service this last week. The well-received hybrid dining/takeaway concept created by Chefs Daniel Mattern and Roxana Jullapat transforms into full dinner service in the evenings (Wednesday through Sunday), offering a variety of shared plates and mains that incorporate sustainably-raised, hearth-roasted meats, seasonal vegetables, farmers’ market salads and their favorite heritage grains. We pull the busy Chef Daniel off the line for a chat.

We’re celebrating National Ice Cream Day (July 15th) with Zach Brooks, the Market Manager for DTLA’s Sunday Smorgasburg LA. July 15th marks the return of the ever-popular Ice Cream Alley at Smorgasaburg LA. It runs every Sunday through Labor Day weekend.

Chef Andrew Gruel, the founder of The Slapfish Restaurant Group, joins us with another installment of “Ask the Chef.” Octopus (grilled) and squid / calamari are seen on a lot of restaurant menus. Why are they sustainable and what is the best way of preparing them ? We’ll find out from Chef Andrew.

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

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Show 281, July 14, 2018: OC Fair Culinary Arts Programming – OC Promenade Building

OC Promenade Culinary Arts BuildingThe OC Promenade Building at the OC Fair (through August 12th) is the Home of all the entertaining OC Fair Culinary Arts programming including the OC Promenade Main Stage. It’s the year of “Feed Your Inner Farmer!” celebrating people who play a key role in California agriculture.

If you love to cook or love to eat, this is the place to meet at The OC Fair!

Culinary Arts is taking center stage at the 2018 OC Fair. The Main Stage is booked every day throughout the fair and will be host to chefs, bakers, farmers, floral artists, food bloggers, mixologists, brewers, butchers and more.

Be sure to sample the local honey offerings at the OC Local Honey station, see the incredible macarons at Master Pastry Chef Stephane Treand’s Patisserie, and sample the natural beverages at Fermentation Farm. (Don’t miss the flavorful root beer that tingles.) Also look for the creations of the magician of fruit carvings, Chef Ray Duey.

Learn from the best during demos and tasting sessions stocked with kitchen secrets, war stories and more – straight from the experts. The 30-minute culinary demonstrations are always new and exciting, educational and FREE. For the inside scoop on everything culinary, stop by the information desk. The stage schedule changes daily and is subject to change without notice.

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Show 281, July 14, 2018: “Once Upon a Chef’s” Jennifer Segal

Jennifer SegalOnce upon a time Jennifer Segal went to culinary school and worked in fancy restaurants. One marriage and two kids later she created Once Upon a Chef, the popular blog that combines her chef skills with delicious, fresh, and accessible ingredients for family-friendly meals.

Today, Jenn cooks dinner for hers every night and in her first, long-in-the-works cookbook, Once Upon a Chef – The Cookbook: 100 Tested, Perfected and Family-Approved Recipes, she shares 100 recipes that will up your kitchen game and surprise you with their ease and bold flavors.

There is something for every meal of the day starting with breakfast favorites like Maple, Coconut & Blueberry Granola and Savory Ham & Cheese Waffles. Simple soups, salads, and sandwiches make ideal lunches (try the Fiery Roasted Tomato Soup paired with Smoked Gouda & Pesto Grilled Cheese Sandwiches), plus entrées the whole family will love like Buttermilk Fried Chicken Tenders. And for those casual get-togethers it’s easy to whip up some Buttery Cajun Popcorn and bowls of Sweet, Salty & Spicy Pecans. You’ll also fall in love with go-to sweets such as Toffee Almond Sandies and a Classic Chocolate Lover’s Birthday Cake.

“With the authority of a professional chef and the practicality of a busy working mom, Jenn teaches you to improve your cooking one recipe at a time, with helpful tips on topics such as how to season correctly with salt, how to balance flavors, and how to make the most of leftovers.”

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Show 281, July 14, 2018: Jack Lien, SakeOne, Forest Grove, Oregon

Jack LienNear the foodie mecca that is Portland, OR is SakeOne, located in Forest Grove, “America’s Premium Sake Company.” Why a Sake brewery in Tualatin Valley, OR? Foremost it’s the pristine, naturally soft water quality.

SakeOne brews three lines of premium Sake in Oregon including Momokawa, Moonstone and G Sake. At their Forest Grove brewery you can enjoy Premium Sake Flights in their Tasting Room and also partake of their educational Brewery Tour (at no charge.)

Sake is an ancient beverage dating back nearly 3,000 years, but began its refinement about 1,000 years ago. Today’s premium styles of sake (Junmai, Ginjo, Daiginjo, and others) are only about forty-five years old and still not a significant percentage of all sake produced. But, in the US, premium sake is more than half the market and growing.

“At SakéOne we tap into the idyllic waters of Oregon’s Willamette Valley to brew pure, premium saké in a variety of styles. Check out our bold and crisp G Saké, fruit-infused Moonstone and versatile Momokawa brands.”

We’ll hear about the Sake brewing process, and a lot more, from SakeOne’s resident expert, Jack Lien.

 

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Show 281, July 14, 2018: Edgar Cisneros, Producer, Puerto Vallarta’s 6th Annual Ceviche & Aguachile Festival

Edgar CisnerosThe 6th Edition of Puerto Vallarta’s celebrated Ceviche and Aguachile Festival is set for Sunday, July 29th in Old Town Puerto Vallarta from Noon to 7:00 p.m. No admission charge and you pay as you go for the samples.

The Festival celebrates the local seafood delicacy with participating restaurants, local microbreweries, and raicilla producers. 40, plus, varieties will be available to sample including vegetarian options. Also live music with a local flair throughout the day.

“Aguachile is a Mexican dish made of shrimp, submerged in liquid seasoned with chili peppers, lime juice, salt, cilantro, and slices of onion. Fresh vegetables such as cucumber are usually added.” It can be thought of as a kicked-up version of ceviche.

Producer & Founder Edgar Cisneros reels in all the spicy details for us live from Puerto Vallarta.

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Show 281, July 14, 2018: Executive Chef / Proprietor Daniel Mattern, Friends & Family, Thai Town Los Angeles

Daniel MatternFriends & Family, a new Thai Town staple and beloved dining destination, launched dinner service this last week. The well-received hybrid dining / takeaway concept created by Chefs Daniel Mattern and Roxana Jullapat transforms into full dinner service in the evenings (Wednesday through Sunday), offering a variety of shared plates and mains that incorporate sustainably-raised, hearth-roasted meats, seasonal vegetables, farmers’ market salads and their favorite heritage grains.

“We’re ready to add a great neighborhood dinner option to Thai Town,” said Mattern. “With a comfortable vibe and market-driven food, it’ll be a unique spot in the neighborhood, and the perfect place for an impromptu dinner or casual meet-up meal with friends before catching a show at the Greek.”

“To start, the seasonally-rotating menu will feature savory items paired with bright summer produce such as Chicken Liver Toast with Apricot and Nigella and Spiced Half Chicken with New Potatoes and Purslane Salad as well as hearty mains including Wild Salmon Grilled in Grape Leaves over Almond Wood and Hanger Steak with Kimchi Mayo and Crispy Greens. Guests will also enjoy dishes that focus on the use of heritage grains including the Spelt Pretzel with Mustard Dipping Sauce or the Smoked Fish & Beer Rarebit with Housemade Rye Sourdough, both perfect for sharing over a pint (or two).”

Complementing the market-driven fare will be a selection of natural wines hand-picked by Mattern and Jullapat to pair with the menu’s robust flavors, as well as craft beer on tap from some of their favorite local breweries including Eagle Rock Brewery, Craftsman Brewing and Beachwood Brewing.

To finish, diners will be able to indulge in seasonal housemade desserts like Jullapat’s fan-favorite, Huckleberry Meringue with Blueberry Compote and Buttermilk-Blueberry Ice Cream or Sorghum Sticky Pudding, Dates and Roasted Apricots.

Since it’s National Ice Cream Month it’s of interest to note all the ice creams and sorbets served at Friends & Family are made in-house.

We pull the busy Chef Daniel off the line for a chat.

 

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Show 281, July 14, 2018: Zach Brooks, Market Manager, Smorgasburg LA

Zach BrooksWe’re celebrating National Ice Cream Day (July 15th) with Zach Brooks, the Market Manager for DTLA’s Sunday Smorgasburg LA. July 15th marks the return of Ice Cream Alley at Smorgasaburg LA. It runs every Sunday through Labor Day weekend.

“Prepare that sweet tooth! National Ice Cream Day happens once a year, and at Smorgasburg LA, we celebrate all summer long with the launch of Ice Cream Alley featuring over 10 popups from the best ice cream vendors that LA has to offer. Ice cream alley runs July 15 through Labor Day weekend, so don’t miss out on your chance to indulge in scoops, ice cream sandwiches, pops and more.”

Smorgasburg LA is open every Sunday on the five-acre site of the weekday Alameda Produce Market in Downtown Los Angeles, which is part of a larger, new development called ROW DTLA.

Each Sunday, find dozens of exciting food vendors at Smorgasburg LA, plus sophisticated shopping from the realms of design, craft, style, vintage, wellness, and more. Cultural events, pop-ups, and other surprises transform the vast site into a new node in Downtown LA’s burgeoning scene, and a unique destination for the region.

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Show 281, July 14, 2018: Chef Andrew Gruel

Andy Harris and Andrew Gruel at Cabana 14 at the Cove at Pechanga Resort and CasinoChef Andrew Gruel, the founder of The Slapfish Restaurant Group, joins us from the road )the opening in Rockville, Maryland) with another installment of “Ask the Chef.”

Octopus (grilled) and squid / calamari are seen on a lot of restaurant menus. Why are they sustainable and what is the best way of preparing them? No rubbery & extra chewy octopus, please.

One of the keys with octopus is properly tenderizing it before cooking. Every culture seems to have their own technique. Also, a slow simmer in a flavorful cooking liquid.

We’ll find out more from Chef Andrew.

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Show 280, July 7, 2018: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris

Golden Road Mango Cart beer paired with Fish and ChipsWe’re still celebrating the 4th Of July so you’re cordially invited. For today’s show we’re at the Golden Road Pub OC at the Anaheim Golden Road Production Brewery located right across E. Orangewood Avenue from the south entrance to our home at Angel Stadium. At least 35 rotating styles of premium craft beer on tap to sip and savor. Hoppy 4th to all! (That’s a touch of beer humor…) Salud!

Now an engaging preview of this Saturday’s properly 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, upon careful reflection, that’s probably a pretty good thing…

It’s now officially Summer and the best of the Summer crop of fresh fruits is now readily available. It’s a bounty of everything from juicy grapes to ripe figs. Our resident produce authority, Robert Schueller of Melissa’s, joins us with an update. Robert is also on stage twice at the Culinary Arts Pavilion in the OC Promenade Building Opening Day at the OC Fair on Friday, July 13th.

One of our favorite OC-based food, libation and travel writers is Anne Marie Panoringan. She recently spent 48 intense hours in the Santa Ynez Valley researching a few of the best picks in food, beverages, attractions and accommodations for a travel piece in the special Summer Travel issue of OC Weekly. Anne Marie graciously shares some of her exclusive finds with us.

Viceland’s “Beerland” just concluded it’s third season of 6 new episodes. This Season Megan Gill, Golden Road Brewing’s Co-Founder, traveled to New Orleans, Canada, San Diego, Pittsburgh and West Texas to find the best-of-the-best home brewers in each area. Then, in the Finale at Golden Road’s production brewery in Anaheim, a team of distinguished judges and Meg tasted the five styles and then decided the winner from among the five geographic finalists. We’re chatting with the winning home brewer. 100 barrels of the winning style were brewed for distribution by Golden Road festively packaged in a special and colorful 19.2 ounce can.

Chef Adam Levoe started with Golden Road cooking at their original Pub in the lagship Los Angeles (Atwater Village) Brewery in 2011. He’s also notably a serious home brewer. Adam’s domain has grown right along with Golden Road Brewing and he now serves as the Director of Restaurant Operations. We’re breaking bread with Chef Adam.

The Meatheads (Terry and Jay) are our resident, well-informed protein experts from West Coast Prime Meats. Jay Henderson joins us to talk about all the hoopla concerning grass-finished and grass-fed beef. How does this differ from grain-fed beef? What’s the flavor profile? What should you know?

We’re initiating a new monthly segment on the “SoCal Restaurant Show” called “Ask the Brewer.” To embark on this we’re delighted to have Golden Road’s highly accomplished Brewmaster, Victor Novak, and Anaheim Head Brewer Steven Torres with us. Beer pairs really well with food. Victor and Steven will provide us with a tall stein of refreshing “Beer Pairing 101.”

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

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Show 280, July 7, 2018: Robert Schueller, Melissa’s Prince of Produce

Robert Schueller of Melissa's World Variety Produce in the AM830 KLAA StudioIt’s now officially Summer and the best of the Summer crop of fresh fruits is now readily available. It’s everything from juicy grapes to ripe figs. Our resident produce authority, Robert Schueller of Melissa’s, joins us with a bumper crop of an update.

Robert is also on stage at the Culinary Arts Pavilion in the OC Promenade Building Opening Day at the OC Fair on Friday, July 13th at 1:00 p.m. with the “Exciting Peppers” presentation and again at 3:00 p.m. with his “Produce Trends and New Products” presentation.

The Best in Season right now with fruit is Figs, Lychees, Organic Plum Bites, Organic Drinking Coconuts, Cherimoyas and Variety Grapes.

New from Melissa’s is their Drinking Coconut. Why bother with a bottle or a can when Mother Nature herself has already created the perfect beverage—coconut water—and the perfect vessel—the coconut itself! Grown on an organic farm in Thailand, these coconuts have everything you could want and more.

First, there’s the water. It’s sweet, refreshing and totally thirst-quenching, with a freshness you just can’t find in packaged products. It’s also an excellent source of electrolytes, including potassium. In addition to the great flavor, it couldn’t be any easier to enjoy. The coconut comes with its own straw (just look under the coconut!), has an easy-open pop-top (no more machetes!), and sits on a recyclable cardboard band, so you can set it down on a table (no rolling around!). This absolutely delicious coconut really has it all.

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