Show 253, December 23, 2017: Show Preview with Co-Hosts Andy Harris & Chef Andrew Gruel

Now a joyful preview of Saturday’s festive 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… Keep in mind we’re here with you live every Saturday morning throughout The Holidays.

Greatly respected restaurateur Donato Poto, in partnership with Chef Michael Cimarusti, is responsible for the L.A. fine dining treasure, Providence, as well as the more casual Connie & Ted’s (with restaurateur Craig Nickoloff) in West Hollywood. It’s been a busy few weeks for them as they have launched il Pesce Cucina in Eataly in Westfield Century City as well as Best Girl, a 3-meal-a-day restaurant in The Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles. We’ll get the full briefing from Donato.

Our Co-Host, Chef Andrew Gruel, joins us from Park City, Utah where he has just debuted the third Slapfish in Utah. Chef Andrew will share (and explain) some important hospitality business trends he sees for 2018.

We know restaurateur Russ Bendel from his successful wine country-themed establishments in Orange County, Vine in San Clemente and Ironwood in Laguna Hills. Now it’s a threesome with the launch of the handsome Olea, already making waves in Newport Beach. Russ Bendel explains what’s on the menu.

Lawry’s Beef Bowl is college football’s most celebrated bowl game tradition. Each year since its inception prior to the 1957 Rose Bowl Game, Lawry’s The Prime Rib in Beverly Hills has honored the players and coaches of each Rose Bowl‐bound team for their gridiron achievements. This is the 62nd year of Lawry’s proud association with The Granddaddy of Them All.® Lawry’s Beef Bowl historian Todd Erickson is our guest. He actually authored the coffee table book on the official history of Lawry’s Beef Bowl.

All of this and heaping helpings of extra deliciousness on this week’s show!

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Show 253, December 23, 2017: Restaurateur Donato Poto, il Pesce Cucina and Best Girl Continues…

Donato PotoGreatly respected restaurateur Donato Poto, in partnership with Chef Michael Cimarusti, is responsible for the L.A. fine dining treasure, Providence, as well as the more casual Connie & Ted’s (with restaurateur Craig Nickoloff) in West Hollywood. It’s been a busy few weeks for them as they have launched il Pesce Cucina in Eataly in Westfield Century City as well as Best Girl, a 3-meal-a-day restaurant in The Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles.

Named after the first film screened at The Theatre (now the beautifully restored Ace Theater (built as the flagship for United Artists Theaters) adjacent to the Ace Hotel) in 1927, Best Girl is Downtown Los Angeles’ local haunt featuring rotating, seasonal fare and classic favorites. Best Girl is in partnership with the inimitable Chef Michael Cimarusti and business partner Donato Poto, renowned for championing sustainable seafood and elevating impeccable service in a casual atmosphere.

A multi-nominee for a James Beard Award, Cimarusti’s critically acclaimed restaurants Providence and Connie and Ted’s have earned him two Michelin Stars and international recognition as an industry giant. Cape Seafood and Provisions, his seafaring market, offers sustainable, wild caught fish, prime cuts and grab-and-go dishes. Chef Cimarusti’s menu for Best Girl represents his favorite meals made at home for family and friends — inviting and simple, every dish is expertly crafted, wholly delicious and available every day.

The busy Ace Theater generates a lot of pre-theater dinner business for Best Girl. Donato’s tip is that things are calmer for a leisurely dining experience at 8:00 p.m. and thereafter.

We’ll continue the full briefing from Donato.

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December 23: Donato Poto, Russ Bendel, Lawry’s Beef Bowl

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Hosts Andy Harris & Chef Andrew Gruel
Segment Two: Restaurateur Donato Poto, il Pesce Cucina and Best Girl Part Two
Segment Three: Restaurateur Donato Poto, il Pesce Cucina and Best Girl Part Two
Segment Four: Co-Host Chef Andrew Gruel
Segment Five: Orange County Restaurateur, Russ Bendel, Olea Part One
Segment Six: Orange County Restaurateur, Russ Bendel, Olea Part Two
Segment Seven: Sports Historian Todd Erickson, Lawry’s 62nd Beef Bowl Part One
Segment Eight: Sports Historian Todd Erickson, Lawry’s 62nd Beef Bowl Part Two

Now a joyful preview of this Saturday’s festive 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… Keep in mind we’re here with you live every Saturday morning throughout The Holidays.

Greatly respected restaurateur Donato Poto, in partnership with Chef Michael Cimarusti, is responsible for the L.A. fine dining treasure, Providence, as well as the more casual Connie & Ted’s (with restaurateur Craig Nickoloff) in West Hollywood. It’s been a busy few weeks for them as they have launched il Pesce Cucina in Eataly in Westfield Century City as well as Best Girl, a 3-meal-a-day restaurant in The Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles. We’ll get the full briefing from Donato.

Our Co-Host, Chef Andrew Gruel, joins us from Park City, Utah where he has just debuted the third Slapfish in Utah. Chef Andrew will share (and explain) some important hospitality business trends he sees for 2018.

We know restaurateur Russ Bendel from his successful wine country-themed establishments in Orange County, Vine in San Clemente and Ironwood in Laguna Hills. Now it’s a threesome with the launch of the handsome Olea, already making waves in Newport Beach. Russ Bendel explains what’s on the menu.

Lawry’s Beef Bowl is college football’s most celebrated bowl game tradition. Each year since its inception prior to the 1957 Rose Bowl Game, Lawry’s The Prime Rib in Beverly Hills has honored the players and coaches of each Rose Bowl‐bound team for their gridiron achievements. This is the 61st year of Lawry’s proud association with The Granddaddy of Them All.® Lawry’s Beef Bowl historian Todd Erickson is our guest. He actually authored the coffee table book on the official history of Lawry’s Beef Bowl.

All of this and heaping helpings of extra deliciousness on this week’s show!

Donato PotoGreatly respected restaurateur Donato Poto, in partnership with Chef Michael Cimarusti, is responsible for the L.A. fine dining treasure, Providence, as well as the more casual Connie & Ted’s (with restaurateur Craig Nickoloff) in West Hollywood. It’s been a busy few weeks for them as they have launched il Pesce Cucina in Eataly in Westfield Century City as well as Best Girl, a 3-meal-a-day restaurant in The Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles.

Headed up by acclaimed L.A. restaurant Providence, Il Pesce Cucina is Eataly’s fish market-inspired restaurant. For more than a decade, the team led by Chef Michael Cimarusti and Donato Poto has worked to elevate the standards of modern American seafood restaurants. At Eataly, Providence highlights the delicious varieties of California’s wild fish in their menus. All of the fresh seafood is responsibly sourced, with a particular focus on wild-caught and raw options that promise to satisfy every taste.

Tables are available on a first-come, first-served basis; il Pesce Cucina does not accept reservations.

“Providence, a restaurant with two Michelin stars, has defined a new standard of seafood cuisine in America. Led by Chef Michael Cimarusti and co-owner Donato Poto, this signature L.A. restaurant found its roots in the search for sustainable fish, wild caught and of the finest quality. Ingredients are treated with the greatest respect and technique, with the goal of bringing the freshest seafood flavors to your table. Eataly partners with Providence at Il Pesce Cucina because we believe in the same emphasis on ingredients and search for quality.”

We’ll get the full, mouthwatering briefing from Donato.

Named after the first film screened at The Theatre (now the Ace Theater adjacent to the Ace Hotel) in 1927, Best Girl is Downtown Los Angeles’ local haunt featuring rotating, seasonal fare and classic favorites. Best Girl is in partnership with the inimitable Chef Michael Cimarusti and business partner Donato Poto, renowned for championing sustainable seafood and elevating impeccable service in a casual atmosphere.

A multi-nominee for a James Beard Award, Cimarusti’s critically acclaimed restaurants Providence and Connie and Ted’s have earned him two Michelin Stars and international recognition as an industry giant. Cape Seafood and Provisions, his seafaring market, offers sustainable, wild caught fish, prime cuts and grab-and-go dishes. Chef Cimarusti’s menu for Best Girl represents his favorite meals made at home for family and friends — inviting and simple, every dish is expertly crafted, wholly delicious and available every day.

We’ll continue the full briefing from Donato.

Andrew and William GruelOur Co-Host, Chef Andrew Gruel, joins us from Park City, Utah where he has just debuted the third Slapfish in Utah. Chef Andrew will share (and explain) some important hospitality business trends he sees for 2018. It’s a challenging time for the restaurant business at all levels from fast casual to fine-dining.

We know restaurateur Russ Bendel from his successful wine country-themed establishments in Orange County, Vine in San Clemente and Ironwood in Laguna Hills. Now it’s a threesome with the launch of the handsome Olea, already making waves in Newport Beach.

Russ BendelNamed for a genus of trees that flourish in warm and tropical regions, Olea gives Bendel’s award-winning Napa and Sonoma wine country concepts at Vine, in San Clemente, and Ironwood, in Laguna Hills, a European accent with extensive wine selections from Italy, France and Spain.

Chef-Partner Jared Cook has created a menu of modern California cuisine that perfectly complements the “global wine country” approach the Bendel team has taken at Olea.

“It’s great to return to the community where my business partners and I began our careers,” said Bendel, a graduate of The Collins College of Hospitality Management at Cal Poly Pomona who spent nine years at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar at Newport Center / Fashion Island before striking out on his own.

“Olea represents the continued progression we have created with our other two wine country-inspired cuisine restaurants,” Bendel said. The restaurant is Bendel’s largest, seating 130 guests, and like the other two locations is open for dinner nightly.

Cook has created new dishes exclusively for Olea, including blue crab baked oysters with champagne tarragon butter); terrine of duck liver, bacon and bourbon; wild-caught Pacific Blue Nose sea bass; herb-roasted prime beef cheek stroganoff with house-made rosemary pappardelle; Pacific Northwest filet mignon with black truffle and blue crab Béarnaise; and seasonal apple and pear cobbler with oatmeal crumble and cardamom ice cream.

Also on the menu at Olea are Vine / Ironwood crowd-pleasers such as Meyer lemon & honey duck wings and jumbo lump blue crab with roasted heirloom beets.

Olea’s interior is Tuscany wine country meets California Cuisine. An eclectic blend of timeless natural backgrounds includes antique French white oak floors, Black Mountain ledge-stone, black walnut millwork complemented with contemporary decorative lighting, and clean soft lines and a warm taupe color palette.

Dining areas are divided with sculptures instead of walls, made from natural tree branches on steel bases that lend privacy. The completely weatherproofed dining patio has a parkway setting with swagger light fixtures and citrus trees and herbs in large planters. Two olea (olive) trees flank the entrance of the restaurant.

A focal point of Olea, which totals 3,647 square feet, is a custom-made captain’s table in the wine room that can seat 10. The captain’s table is surrounded by working wine storage and wine displays, artwork and beautiful lighting fixtures.

Olea is located at The Walk, 2001 Westcliff Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660, by Kéan Coffee.  Reservations are accepted on OpenTable, or by calling 949-287-6807. There is self-parking in a newly-constructed 300-car parking structure adjacent to the restaurant.

Russ Bendel tempts us what’s on the menu.

Road to the Rose Bowl 50 Years of Lawry's Beef BowlLawry’s Beef Bowl is college football’s most celebrated bowl game tradition. Each year since its inception prior to the 1957 Rose Bowl Game, Lawry’s The Prime Rib in Beverly Hills has honored the players and coaches of each Rose Bowl‐bound team for their gridiron achievements. This is the 61st year of Lawry’s proud association with The Granddaddy of Them All.®

Tradition. College football is steeped in it, and there isn’t any tradition more enduring than “The Granddaddy of All Bowl Games,” the Rose Bowl. For 62 years, Lawry’s The Prime Rib in Beverly Hills has been a vital marketing partner in this tradition with its annual Beef Bowl (staged over 2 nights) serving as the proverbial rite of passage for champion gridiron gladiators in quest of Big Game glory.

This legendary private event (where only Tournament of Roses officials and sports media are granted access) has largely remained a mystery to the public while quietly generating a treasure trove of behind-the-scenes photo ops, stories, anecdotes, and quotes from college football’s most well-known players, coaches and sports commentators.

This year’s unusual Rose Bowl pitting the Oklahoma Sooners against the Georgia Bulldogs is the College Football Playoff Semifinal.

Lawry’s Beef Bowl historian Todd Erickson is our guest. He actually authored the coffee table book on the official history of Lawry’s Beef Bowl, Road to the Rose Bowl: 50 Years of Lawry’s Beef Bowl.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Hosts Andy Harris & Chef Andrew Gruel
Segment Two: Restaurateur Donato Poto, il Pesce Cucina and Best Girl Part Two
Segment Three: Restaurateur Donato Poto, il Pesce Cucina and Best Girl Part Two
Segment Four: Co-Host Chef Andrew Gruel
Segment Five: Orange County Restaurateur, Russ Bendel, Olea Part One
Segment Six: Orange County Restaurateur, Russ Bendel, Olea Part Two
Segment Seven: Sports Historian Todd Erickson, Lawry’s 62nd Beef Bowl Part One
Segment Eight: Sports Historian Todd Erickson, Lawry’s 62nd Beef Bowl Part Two

Show 124, May 30, 2015: Anne Marie Panoringan, OC Weekly Continues…

Anne Marie PanoringanWe’re continuing with OC Weekly’s Anne Marie Panoringan who just returned from Portland, a new foodie paradise.

On the national doughnut scene Portland’s Blue Star Donuts is a revered cult favorite. We’ll hear about “Doughnuts for grown-ups.”

Anne Marie’s timing is impeccable. Blue Star Donuts is coming to Venice’s Abbott Kinney Avenue later this summer. It’s their first U.S. expansion outside of Portland! Looking for that Hard Apple Cider Fritter…

PSU Farmers Market and the upscale bars at both The Ace Hotel and The Heathman Restaurant and Bar are also on the menu. It’s seems the luxe Heathman Hotel is a location in both the book and movie versions of 50 Shades of GrayCertainly a good excuse to create a signature cocktail around.

It’s definitely time for a food holiday escape in Portland.

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Show 104, January 3, 2015: Executive Chef Ken Addington, L.A. Chapter

Ken Addington of LA ChapterThe Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles arrived with a bang about a year ago. It’s the renovated former 1927 United Artists office building and adjacent landmark United Artists Theater (which was their magnificent West Coast flagship.) Their destination restaurant is L.A. Chapter along with a coffee bar and three cocktail bars including a very busy rooftop bar and deck with sweeping views of Downtown.

The Ace Hotel’s restored movie palace also hosted the premier of Columbia Pictures“The Interview,” a film very much in the international news. The stars and the director were all there.

It’s traditional American fare prepared with both classic and modern techniques using local and organic ingredients. The executive chef and co-owner is Ken Addington who also oversees the popular Five Leaves in Greenpoint Brooklyn. His business partner in both ventures is Jud Mongell. Many L.A. Chapter dishes are L.A. adaptations of signature Five Leaves items. Chef Ken’s motto is to have a fun place with good food.

How did a prominent Brooklyn chef with a very popular Greenpoint restaurant find his way to Downtown Los Angeles and a much larger food and beverage operation ? The beginnings were that some of the executives of The Ace Hotel group were satisfied patrons of Five Leaves.

Chef Ken Addington joins us.

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Show 100, December 6, 2014: Show Preview with Producer Andy Harris

Andy Harris at the KLAA StudiosProducer and occasional Co-Host Andy Harris is going solo in the host chair this morning. Now a preview of today’s ample show as we swing into The Holidays…

The historic Grand Central Market (GCM) has been an icon in Downtown Los Angeles since 1917. It celebrates the cuisines and cultures of all Angelenos. In the last two years, under the watchful eye of The Market’s proprietress, Adele Yellin, an impressive transformation has begun. The best of the ethnic heritage food merchants have been retained while exciting new food concepts (appealing to a younger generation of sophisticated foodies) have opened. Foot traffic at The Grand Central Market has increased…This year Bon Appetit Magazine, incredibly, named the GCM as one of the “Ten Best New Restaurants of The Year.”

Hidden in plain sight in The Grove adjacent to the Original Farmer’s Market in Los Angeles is the comfortably elegant, The Whisper Restaurant and Lounge. Right now it’s a great respite from the craziness of The Grove during the Holidays. The Whisper celebrated its 10th birthday this year and, for the last seven years, has been under the culinary direction of Executive Chef Anthony Jacquet. It’s classic American cuisine with contemporary surprises. It’s surprisingly reasonable for the quality of the food and the refined atmosphere.

With her groundbreaking bestseller, Around My French Table, renowned cookbook author and baker Dorie Greenspan changed the way Americans view French Food. Now in BAKING CHEZ MOI: Recipes from My Paris Home to Your Home Anywhere, she explores the captivating world of French desserts, bringing together a charmingly uncomplicated combination of contemporary recipes that emphasize the French knack for elegant simplicity.” Dorie Greenspan joins us from Manhattan.

The unusual Diamond Jamboree retail center at the corner of Alton Parkway and Jamboree Road in Irvine is a veritable culinary tour of the edible delights of Asia (primarily) without the long plane flight and needing a current passport with the required visas. You hear more Chinese, Japanese, and Korean spoken there than English but all are welcome. The best known anchor (there are over 20 possible dining destinations) is the West Coast Flagship of 85 Degrees, a hugely popular Taiwanese bakery café (230 plus cafes in Taiwan) that is always busy. We’ll be provided with an informed overview of this foodie’s paradise by Marketing Manager, Suzie Won.

The Museum of the American Cocktai in association with Craft in America Center presents : Crafting the Cocktail : Handmade Objects and Implements for Classic and Modern Libations.” It’s a landmark exhibition of one-of-a-kind, handmade barware that showcases innovative designs inspired by the ways in which we enjoy distilled spirits, both neat and well-mixed. The exhibit will be hosted at the Craft in America Center in Los Angeles from December 6, 2014 to February 21, 2015.

“The Museum of the American Cocktail (MOTAC) presents A Complete History of Drinking (Abridged),” the next edition of Touring the Cocktail: MOTAC Los Angeles. The seminar will take place Monday, December 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the Ace Hotel’s Upstairs Rooftop Lounge. Celebrate Repeal Day Weekend in Los Angeles with Museum of the American Cocktail.

All of this and lots more absolutely incredible deliciousness on Saturday’s show!

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Show 100, December 6, 2014: Ace Hotel Beverage Manager Dan Sabo

Dan SaboThe Museum of the American Cocktail (MOTAC) presents A Complete History of Drinking (Abridged),” the next edition of Touring the Cocktail:MOTAC Los Angeles. The seminar will take place Monday, December 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the Ace Hotel’s Upstairs Rooftop Lounge. Celebrate Repeal Day Weekend in Los Angeles with Museum of the American Cocktail.

SoFAB Institute President and MOTAC Managing Director Liz Williams, author of the forthcoming Lift Your Spirits, a history of drinking in New Orleans, will present a concise and colorful history of drinking, from the ancient roots of alcoholic beverages to the modern craft cocktail revolution.

Acclaimed bartender and Ace Hotel Beverage Manager Dan Sabo will deliver a menu of classic libations surveying the history of mixed drinks, and guests will enjoy gourmet appetizers courtesy of Executive Chef Ken Addington of L.A. Chapter at Ace Hotel.

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December 6: Grand Central Market, Anthony Jacquet, Dorie Greenspan, Diamond Jamboree, Museum of the American Cocktail

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Producer Andy Harris
Segment Two: The Grand Central Market
Segment Three: Chef Anthony Jacquet, The Whisper Restaurant & Lounge
Segment Four: Dorie Greenspan Part One
Segment Five: Dorie Greenspan Part Two
Segment Six: Diamond Jamboree Center
Segment Seven: “Crafting the Cocktail: Handmade Objects and Implememnts for Classic and Modern Libations”
Segment Eight: Ace Hotel Beverage Manager Dan Sabo

Andy Harris at the KLAA StudiosProducer and occasional Co-Host Andy Harris is going solo in the host chair this morning. Now a preview of today’s ample show…

The historic Grand Central Market (GCM) has been an icon in Downtown Los Angeles since 1917. It celebrates the cuisines and cultures of all Angelenos. In the last two years, under the watchful eye of The Market’s proprietress, Adele Yellin, an impressive transformation has begun. The best of the ethnic heritage food merchants have been retained while exciting new food concepts (appealing to a younger generation of sophisticated foodies) have opened. Foot traffic at The Grand Central Market has increased…This year Bon Appetit Magazine, incredibly, named the GCM as one of the “Ten Best New Restaurants of The Year.”

Hidden in plain sight in The Grove adjacent to the Original Farmer’s Market in Los Angeles is the comfortably elegant, The Whisper Restaurant and Lounge. Right now it’s a great respite from the craziness of The Grove during the Holidays. The Whisper celebrated its 10th birthday this year and, for the last seven years, has been under the culinary direction of Executive Chef Anthony Jacquet. It’s classic American cuisine with contemporary surprises. It’s surprisingly reasonable for the quality of the food and the refined atmosphere.

With her groundbreaking bestseller, Around My French Table, renowned cookbook author and baker Dorie Greenspan changed the way Americans view French Food. Now in BAKING CHEZ MOI: Recipes from My Paris Home to Your Home Anywhere, she explores the captivating world of French desserts, bringing together a charmingly uncomplicated combination of contemporary recipes that emphasize the French knack for elegant simplicity.” Dorie Greenspan joins us from Manhattan.

The unusual Diamond Jamboree retail center at the corner of Alton Parkway and Jamboree Road in Irvine is a veritable culinary tour of the edible delights of Asia (primarily) without the long plane flight and needing a current passport with the required visas. You hear more Chinese, Japanese, and Korean spoken there than English but all are welcome. The best known anchor (there are over 20 possible dining destinations) is the West Coast Flagship of 85 Degrees, a hugely popular Taiwanese bakery café (230 plus cafes in Taiwan) that is always busy. We’ll be provided with an informed overview of this foodie’s paradise by Marketing Manager, Suzie Won.

The Museum of the American Cocktail in association with Craft in America Center presents : Crafting the Cocktail : Handmade Objects and Implements for Classic and Modern Libations.” It’s a landmark exhibition of one-of-a-kind, handmade barware that showcases innovative designs inspired by the ways in which we enjoy distilled spirits, both neat and well-mixed. The exhibit will be hosted at the Craft in America Center in Los Angeles from December 6, 2014 to February 21, 2015.

“The Museum of the American Cocktail (MOTAC) presents “A Complete History of Drinking (Abridged),” the next edition of Touring the Cocktail:MOTAC Los Angeles. The seminar will take place Monday, December 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the Ace Hotel’s Upstairs Rooftop Lounge. Celebrate Repeal Day Weekend in Los Angeles with Museum of the American Cocktail.

All of this and lots more absolutely incredible deliciousness on Saturday’s show!

Adele YellinThe historic Grand Central Market (GCM) has been an icon in Downtown Los Angeles since 1917. It celebrates the cuisines and cultures of all Angelenos. In the last two years, under the watchful eye of The Market’s proprietress, Adele Yellin, an impressive transformation has begun.

The best of the ethnic heritage food merchants (Tacos Tumbras A Tomas & Sarita’s Pupuseria) have been retained while exciting new food concepts (appealing to a younger generation of sophisticated foodies) have opened. The first wave of these spots was G&B Coffee and Sticky Rice. Mark Peel (ex-Campanile) has a seafood concept on the horizon.

The Market is now open later hours for dinner on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Foot traffic at The Grand Central Market has increased…This year Bon Appetit Magazine named the GCM as one of the “Ten Best New Restaurants of The Year.”

Anthony JacquetHidden in plain sight in The Grove adjacent to the Original Farmer’s Market in Los Angeles is the comfortably elegant, The Whisper Restaurant and Lounge. Right now it’s a great respite from the craziness of The Grove during the Holidays.

The Whisper celebrated its 10th birthday this year and, for the last seven years, has been under the culinary direction of Executive Chef Anthony Jacquet. It’s classic American cuisine with contemporary surprises. It’s surprisingly reasonable for the quality of the food and the refined atmosphere.

Chef Jacquet recently returned from an eight-day culinary adventure in Taiwan as part of the 2014 Taste Taiwan Culinary Tour. Of 25 chef nominations in the United States and Canada three chefs were selected to participate on the trip including Anthony Jacquet. He created a signature dish inspired by his time in Taiwan. Chef Anthony joins us to share the highlights of this experience.

Dorie GreenspanWith her groundbreaking bestseller, Around My French Table, renowned cookbook author and baker Dorie Greenspan changed the way Americans view French Food. Now in BAKING CHEZ MOI: Recipes from My Paris Home to Your Home Anywhere, she explores the captivating world of French desserts, bringing together a charmingly uncomplicated combination of contemporary recipes that emphasize the French knack for elegant simplicity.”

“A little over five years ago, Dorie set out to observe and write about some of the best French pastry chefs behind the world’s most accomplished desserts – those towering architectural confections that are as much art as food. She went in search of what she called her “Ph.D. in pastry.” However, it didn’t take her long to recognize that she was continually drawn to the simplest sweets – those of daily life – the home-baked cakes, tarts, pastries, and cookies we all crave every day. BAKING CHEZ MOI is the culmination of all of Dorie’s discoveries, an irresistible collection of radically simple desserts inspired by years of travel through France. Incorporating the country’s traditions, specialties, and seasonal ingredients as well as the recipes shared by talented home bakers and pastry chefs.

Dorie Greenspan joins us from Manhattan.

Dorie observes about BAKING CHEZ MOI, “Over the years, as the recipes and stories accumulated, as I made the cakes and cookies, tarts, pastries, and desserts in France, remade them in America, and shared them with friends on both sides of the ocean, I realized that though I hadn’t written the book I’d originally set out to, I’d written one that taught me just as much.”

“In 2006 Dorie’s Baking From My Home to yours was published. Shortly after the book was available an online baking club, Tuesdays with Dorie, was formed so that members could bake their way through the book and learn from it and each other. The group finished the book’s 300 plus recipes and is now deep into Baking with Julia.”

“Around My French Table is filled with stories of French life and more than 300 recipes for the elbows-on-the-table food that my friends and I are making in France today. Another online group, French Fridays with Dorie, was formed and the members – they come from all over the world – are cooking like mad. Soon they will be baking their way through BAKING CHEZ MOI”

Diamond JamboreeThe unusual Diamond Jamboree retail center at the corner of Alton Parkway and Jamboree Road in Irvine is a veritable culinary tour of the edible delights of Asia (primarily) without the long plane flight and needing a current passport with the required visas. You hear more Chinese, Japanese, and Korean spoken there than English but all are welcome.

The best known anchor (there are over 20 possible dining destinations) is the West Coast Flagship of 85 Degrees, a hugely popular Taiwanese bakery café (230 plus cafes in Taiwan) that is always busy. We’ll also learn about Chef Hung Taiwanese Beef Noodle, Urban Seoul borderless kitchen, and Capital Seafood.

We’ll be provided with an informed overview of this foodie’s paradise by Marketing Manager, Suzie Won.

Philip DobardThe Museum of the American Cocktail in association with Craft in America Center presents: Crafting the Cocktail: Handmade Objects and Implements for Classic and Modern Libations.” It’s a landmark exhibition of one-of-a-kind, handmade barware that showcases innovative designs inspired by the ways in which we enjoy distilled spirits, both neat and well-mixed.

Cocktails are inherently craft–centered : making a fine beverage requires an arsenal of tools, materials, and know-how. The process is a fundamental as the product. This exhibition will encompass the myriad items in the bartender’s toolkit, ranging from the miniscule to the sizeable, from the swizzle stick to the punchbowl, from the barstool to the liquor cabinet.

The exhibit will be hosted at the Craft in America Center in Los Angeles from December 6, 2014 to February 21, 2015.

Dan Sabo“The Museum of the American Cocktail (MOTAC) presents A Complete History of Drinking (Abridged),” the next edition of Touring the Cocktail:MOTAC Los Angeles. The seminar will take place Monday, December 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the Ace Hotel’s Upstairs Rooftop Lounge. Celebrate Repeal Day Weekend in Los Angeles with Museum of the American Cocktail.

SoFAB Institute President and MOTAC Managing Director Liz Williams, author of the forthcoming Lift Your Spirits, a history of drinking in New Orleans, will present a concise and colorful history of drinking, from the ancient roots of alcoholic beverages to the modern craft cocktail revolution. Acclaimed bartender and Ace Hotel Beverage Manager Dan Sabo will deliver a menu of classic libations surveying the history of mixed drinks, and guests will enjoy gourmet appetizers courtesy of Executive Chef Ken Addington of L.A. Chapter at Ace Hotel.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Producer Andy Harris
Segment Two: The Grand Central Market
Segment Three: Chef Anthony Jacquet, The Whisper Restaurant & Lounge
Segment Four: Dorie Greenspan Part One
Segment Five: Dorie Greenspan Part Two
Segment Six: Diamond Jamboree Center
Segment Seven: “Crafting the Cocktail: Handmade Objects and Implememnts for Classic and Modern Libations”
Segment Eight: Ace Hotel Beverage Manager Dan Sabo