Show 315, March 16, 2019: Oasis Mediterranean Cuisine, (Jordanian fare) Los Angeles

Ahmad and Hanny BulfeilatOasis Mediterranean Cuisine in the Pico-Robertson district of Los Angeles is full of pleasant surprises. It’s unassuming on the outside but an oasis of tranquility with stylish appointments (and tablecloths) in the welcoming dining room. It’s also one of the few restaurants in the West serving authentic Jordanian cuisine plated with sophistication. Think mansaff, the Jordanian national dish of tender lamb shoulder. A real gem of a find.

“Welcome, you’ve arrived! Oasis is a sophisticated, modern retreat amidst the frenzy of the city. Unwind, relax and enjoy all we have to offer. Sit down and sip mint tea, indulge your sweet tooth with delicate desserts. Dip pita, warm out of the oven, into a selection of meze redolent of fragrant spice markets of the Middle East. We are proud to serve the finest meats delicately spiced, grilled and slow roasted according to family recipes passed down for generations.”

“Whether you are hungry, thirsty, or seeking you enjoy the company of friends and family, Oasis is here to fulfill your needs. Celebrate your special occasions with us in our private dining room. Allow us to cater your next party or office event. We are here to serve you and ensure that your time at Oasis leaves you refreshed and recharged as you continue on with your journey!”

Proprietor / Chef Ahmad Abulfeilsat (Abu-fay-lot) and his son, Hanny, join us.

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Show 315, March 16, 2019: Chef Debbi Dubbs, A Little Book of Cheese

Debbi DubbsChef Debbi Dubbs previous book, What’s in Your Pantry, was created for her cooking class clients. Her second book, A Little Book of Cheese – A Mouse Eye View of Cheese, offers a practical guide on how to buy and store cheese, basic cheese tasting techniques, and how to create seasonal cheese and charcuteries boards. The highlight is the included content for cooking with cheese. Recipes galore including Fondue Palmiers for your just desserts…

Chef Debbi began with a restaurant background and then went on to own two catering companies and performing private chef services. She managed an upscale gourmet deli for Seal Beach’s popular Spaghettini Restaurant and was also a corporate chef for Melissa’s Produce. Chef Debbi hosts a yearly escorted trip to Cambria and Paso Robles to meet winemakers, farmers, olive oil producers and more artisan food producers.

Chef Debbi is our cheesy guest direct from her organic herb garden.

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Show 315, March 16, 2019: Chef / Proprietor Pascal Olhats, Café Jardin @ The Sherman Gardens and Library, Corona del Mar

Pascal OlhatsThe “coastal garden” cuisine at Chef Pascal OlhatsCafé Jardin at Corona del Mar’s Sherman Gardens & Library marries vibrantly fresh California produce with a French pedigree. The restaurant is located in full view of the central flower gardens. Dining takes place outdoors for the most part, moving indoors in case of inclement weather – a rarity in Orange County.

Sunday Brunch at Café Jardin has just resumed. Think housemade Pate’ and Indian-Spiced Braised Lamb Osso Bucco.

Chef Pascal also is the resident chef at Manassero Farms in Irvine and hosts The French Chef and The Farmer’s Wife series there.

We entice Chef Pascal out of harvesting in his herb garden for an update.

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Show 315, March 16, 2019: Diane Harris Brown. (Former) Director of Scholarships, The James Beard Foundation

Diane Harris BrownAfter 30 remarkable years in management with the New York-based James Beard Foundation, Diane Harris Brown retired at the end of 2017. Her final position was as Director of Scholarships and for many years. Before that she served as Director of Community and Educational Programming. What was it like interacting with culinary luminaries including the late Julia Child and Jacques Pepin and Paula Wolfert?

Next month Spoons Across America (The Recipe for Healthier Children) will honor Diane in New York with their Julia V. Jordan Award for Volunteerism. The other honoree that night is Chef Jose Andres (Award for Excellence recipient.) Diane was one of the original Founders of Spoons Across America.

Diane shares some thoughtful reminiscences.

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Show 315, March 16, 2019: “Ask the Brewers” – Golden Road Brewing’s Brewmaster Victor Novak and Anaheim Head Brewer Steven Torres

Victor Novak and Steven TorresMajor League Baseball season is on the horizon (The Angels open on-the-road in Oakland on March 28th) and we’re thirsty. What’s better than a grilled hot dog and a craft beer at the ballpark (particularly if it’s at Angel Stadium.) Time for a chat with the brewers from Golden Road Brewing Co. We’re joined by Brewmaster Victor Novak and Anaheim Head Brewer Steven Torres.

First Steven updates us on the small batch of Rose’ Beer he was finishing and about to release from the last segment.

We’re talking about alcohol levels in beer. What’s the range and what is allowable? How does the alcohol level impact the flavor profile? Alcohol levels by State and California is in a league of its own. We’ll find out…

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Show 315, March 16, 2019: Co-Host Chef Andrew Gruel, Slapfish Restaurant Group with “Ask the Chef”

Andy Harris and Andrew Gruel at Cabana 14 at the Cove at Pechanga Resort and CasinoOur own Co-Host, Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group, is again back with his always informative “Ask the Chef” Commentary. He’s a real, working chef with great insight and experience.

Chef Andrew joins us on the road from Oklahoma City. Can another Slapfish opening possibly be on the horizon?

How does the cost, and ease, of operating a restaurant in California compare with doing business in Utah, New Mexico, Virginia and Florida? Is California a more difficult/challenging labor environment? Chef Andrew has that experience and we’ll discuss.

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Show 314, March 9, 2019: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris

Now a tempting preview of 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, 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.

With stunning views of the track at Porsche Experience Center Los Angeles, Restaurant 917’s sleek and modern setting echoes Porsche’s world class design aesthetic. The name and décor were inspired by the legendary 917 race car. The food and beverage are champion caliber, too. Chef Matt Lee and General Manager Oliver Alexandre join us.

KCET‘s (Public Television) regional historical documentary, LA FOODWAYS Exploring Los Angeles’ Storied Agricultural Past, is a new, multi-platform series (and a KCET Original) presenting some surprising answers to challenges we now face as a city. LA Foodways Executive Producer, Raphael Sbarge, is our guest.

The internationally recognized wines of Spain’s Abadía Retuerta have enjoyed three consecutive years in the top 100 wines of the world, according to the preeminent authority, Wine Spectator. While wines were produced on the estate centuries ago, the current winery is only two-and-a-half decades old and is known for its award-winning single terroir wines. The estate also includes Abadia Retuerta LeDomaine, possibly Spain’s most extraordinary luxury hotel located in a restored historic abbey on the magnificent 1,730-acre estate. Enrique Valero, both the winery’s and hotel’s accomplished General Manager joins us on the long-distance line from Spain.

On Sunday, March 10, 2019, JAR (Los Angeles) is hosting Chef John Cox with THE BEAR AND STAR POP-UP showcasing specialty selections from this Central Coast gem. Chef John and Katie Parker McDonald, the granddaughter of the late Fess Parker will be on hand with their 30′ custom-built reverse-flow Texas smoker to smoke and grill meats and produce sourced from the Fess Parker Ranch and farm for this one-night-only dinner. Chef Suzanne Tracht and her team will complement the menu with Jar’s favorite salads and desserts. Chefs John & Suzanne escape their busy kitchens to provide the menu details.

To write Fruit: A Savor the South Cookbook, best-selling author Nancie McDermott got to switch back and forth among the four careers she considered pursuing as a day-dreaming, North Carolina eight-year-old. “I had a little merry-go-round of ideas on what to be when I grew up: Missionary? Detective? Actor? Or Spy?” “Researching Fruit, I sorted and sifted, choosing 12 iconic fruits which matter in Southern cuisine. Persimmons and pawpaws, blackberries and melons, mayhaws and damsons — it’s clues and culture, traditions and creativity, flames and bowls, skillets, spoons, and celebrations. Fruit is seasons, symbols and stories. These fruit stories and recipes illuminate the world of Southern cooking.” Nancie is our guest.

Ever consider the delights of top-quality peanut butter? The style (with no sugar) that is dense with spreadable crunch and oozing with the rich taste and aroma of freshly roasted peanuts? Kiwi Pic Picot certainly has. Since founding Pic’s Really Good Peanut Butter Co. in his garage in Nelson, NZ back in 2008 he is now the best-selling (and best loved) peanut butter in New Zealand. Pic’s is now conquering California, too. Two weeks ago he opened his new, greatly expanded peanut butter works in Nelson, Pic’s Peanut Butter World, with great fanfare. Pic, live from New Zealand, is our fresh & delightfully nutty guest.

Our own Co-Host, Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group, is again back with his “Ask the Chef” commentary. He’s a real, working chef with great insight and experience. Genuinely tasty, plant-based facsmilies of seafood are coming to market. Think artificial crab made with natural, plant-based ingredients. Chef Andrew clues us in.

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

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Show 314, March 9, 2019: Restaurant 917 at Porsche Experience Center Los Angeles (Carson)

Matt LeeWith stunning views of the track at Porsche Experience Center Los Angeles, Restaurant 917’s sleek and modern setting echoes Porsche’s world class design aesthetic. The name and décor were inspired by the legendary 917 race car. The food and beverage is champion caliber, too. It’s located on the second floor to enhance the vistas.

Restaurant 917’s refined yet approachable seasonal menu is composed of ingredient-driven dishes that merge diverse flavors, inventive techniques and playful compositions.

A special fine-dining experience worthy of a special trip or serving as the perfect finish to an adrenaline-packed day, it is also an unforgettable venue for special celebrations and meetings.

Formerly the Executive Chef for the Restaurant at the Getty, Matt Lee has a quiet passion for culinary integrity and innovation. His exquisite eye for detail is evident in everything from his careful flavor composition to the stunning and playful visual presentation of each element on the plate. At 917, his facility with fresh, locally caught fish and other seafood complements his mastery of more traditional steak, chicken, and pork offerings, which he tends to balance with a bright vegetable accompaniment.

Oliver AlexandreOriginally from Nîmes, France, General Manager Oliver Alexandre holds dual MBA degrees in hospitality and tourism management as well as international hotel management, giving him a deep understanding of fine dining operations. Oliver brings a wealth of diverse experience to Restaurant 917 including an innate skill for hospitality and a passion for creating unique and memorable guest experiences.

Restaurant 917 offers Lunch on Tuesday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Dinner on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 5 to 8:00 p.m.

Restaurant 917’s Executive Chef Matt Lee and General Manager Oliver Alexandre join us.

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Show 314, March 9, 2019: “LA FOODWAYS Exploring Los Angeles’ Storied Agricultural Past” with Executive Producer Raphael Sbarge

Raphael SbargeKCET‘s (Public Television) regional historical documentary, LA FOODWAYS Exploring Los Angeles’ Storied Agricultural Past, is a new multi-platform series (and a KCET Original) presenting some surprising answers to challenges we now face as a city.

LA FOODWAYS examines the history of food in Los Angeles. This documentary from filmmaker Raphael Sbarge (A Concrete River; Reviving the Waters of Los Angeles) and KCET looks at the storied agricultural history of Los Angeles to understand present food waste challenges.

From the importance of orange crops in the 19th century to the massive scale of food waste in the U.S., the film is a deep dive into how local organizations are coming together to ensure the future of agriculture in the region.

““Foodways” was first coined in 1942 by anthropologists, folklorists and food scholars to describe the study of why we eat what we eat, and what it means: “Food at the intersection of culture, tradition and history.” Our attitudes, practices and rituals around food are a window onto our most basic beliefs about the world and ourselves.”

Executive Producer, Raphael Sbarge (Suh-barge), is our guest.

 

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Show 314, March 9, 2019: Enrique Valero, General Manager, Abadia Retuerta LeDomaine, Winery & Boutique Luxury Hotel, Spain

Enrique ValeroThe internationally recognized wines of Spain’s Abadía Retuerta have enjoyed three consecutive years in the top 100 wines of the world, according to the preeminent authority, Wine Spectator. While wines were produced on the estate centuries ago, the current winery is only two-and-a-half decades old and is known for its award-winning single terroir wines.

“There are 54 vine plots each with very distinct characteristics, each analysed, controlled, worked, vinified and tasted separately. Each terroir is planted with a single varietal or grape variety. The planting is 70% Tempranillo grapes, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Syrah, with the remaining 10% divided between Merlot and Petit Verdot (an innovation used to make a single-varietal wine).”

“The winery’s gold-standard wine is the Selección Especial, which reflects the essence of the estate – 75% Tempranillo, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Merlot. Proof of its superb quality, the 2001 Selección Especial was awarded “Best Red Wine in the World – Red Wine Trophy” in 2005 by London’s prestigious International Wine Challenge competition. In addition, Selección Especial is the first Spanish wine to be included for three consecutive years on the list of the 100 Best Wines in the World, which has been published annually since 1988 by Wine Spectator magazine.”

The estate also includes Abadia Retuerta LeDomaine, possibly Spain’s most extraordinary luxury hotel located in a restored historic abbey on the magnificent 1,730-acre estate.

Under a vaulted ceiling of pure Gothic style at LeDomaine, framed by thick stone walls and anchored by a 17th-century fresco of The Last Supper, the Refectorio is a sanctuary of haute cuisine with one Michelin Star, maintained since 2014. Executive Chef Marc Segarra prepares innovative and seasonal gastronomic fare in the contemporary kitchen, using the freshest local ingredients procured from specialty local suppliers as well as LeDomaine’s own fields.

In addition to the Refectorio, located in the abbey’s former refectory, guests dine on specialty dishes, tapas and small plates in the Vinoteca restaurant with a wine-cellar atmosphere, and al fresco on seasonal dishes in spring and summer in the Jardin del Cloustro and at the Pool Bar. Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine uses the resources from the estate to produce specially Crafted Spanish Foods: wine salt, pine nuts and honey.

Enrique Valero, both the winery’s and hotel’s accomplished General Manager joins us on the long-distance line from Spain.

 

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