Show 264, March 10, 2018: Pic Picot, Pic’s Really Good Peanut Butter, Nelson, New Zealand

Pic PicotEver 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 with availability in Pavilions, Gelson’s and Bristol Farms.

“In 2008 I sold 48 jars to our local supermarket and took to the road. Within a year you could buy Pic’s in 50 outlets around the country. Then we were picked up by both of NZ’s supermarket chains and suddenly Pic’s was available pretty much anywhere in New Zealand.” – Pic Picot

Today, in two bursting-at-the-seams peanut butter works in Nelson, Pic’s produces some 20,000 jars a day. A new 25,000 square foot production facility is under construction designed to accommodate comprehensive factory tours.

The inspirational NZ peanut butter baron, Pic Picot, is our in-studio guest with his in unlikely story.

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Show 264, March 10, 2018: Pic Picot, Pic’s Really Good Peanut Butter, Nelson, New Zealand Continues…

Pic PicotEver 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 with availability in Pavilions, Gelson’s and Bristol Farms.

“My Mum and Auntie had made a bit of peanut butter when I was little. They’d both bought a new Vitamix and peanut butter was one of the cool things you could make with them. Anyway, I bought a few kilos of peanuts, roasted them in the oven and squished them up with a bit of salt, blowing up my cheap modern blender in the process.”

“But the peanut butter was beautiful. A million times nicer than the stuff I’d got used to. I filled a few jars for friends, and one of my twelve year old son’s mates liked it so much he bought a jar with his pocket money.”

“I was fifty- five, going a bit blind (macular degeneration runs in the family) and had just had to close a little Laundromat that had been earning me a couple of hundred dollars a week. I figured if I could make 30 jars of peanut butter on Friday morning I could sell it at our farmers market on Friday afternoon and get my $200 back.”

“So that’s what I did. I made a roaster out of a concrete mixer and bought a bench top grinder and a tonne of peanuts from Australia and got to work.” –Pic Picot

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Show 237, August 19, 2017: Melissa’s Corporate Chef, Ida Rodriguez. Melissa’s Hatch Chile Cookbook

Chef Ida Rodriquez of Melissas World Variety ProduceHatch Chile season is upon us! Fresh Hatch Chiles, grown only in the Mesilla Valley of New Mexico, are available for just a few short weeks each year in August and September. Many connoisseurs consider them the world’s tastiest chiles.

Once roasted, Hatch Chiles are easy to peel and seed. Roasting heightens the robust earthy flavor of the chiles and the texture of the thick walls of the chile pod becomes lusciously rich. These unique qualities, and the pepper’s variable heat (unlike other chile peppers, Hatch Chiles come in varieties that cover the full spectrum of heat levels) have earned Hatch Chiles great popularity far beyond the local community of Hatch, New Mexico.

Melissa’s World Variety Produce has led the charge in popularizing the coveted Hatch Chiles and developing many great recipes using them. From now through mid-September Melissa’s will be sponsoring weekend Hatch Chile Roasting parties at area supermarkets including at select Gelson’s and Bristol Farms. Check the Melissa’s website for locations, dates and times. The roasting is conveniently included in the price of the case of chiles.

Melissa’s website has lots of good information on Hatch Chiles. Recipes are there, too, including Hatch Chile Guacamole, Hatch Chile Chili and Hatch Chile Salsa.

Melissa’s Corporate Chef, Ida Rodriguez, joins us to discuss the joys of Hatch Chile season.

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Show 134, August 8, 2015: Corporate Chef Ida Rodriguez, Melissa’s, Hatch Chile Season

Chef Ida Rodriquez of Melissas World Variety Produce

Hatch Chile season is upon us! Fresh Hatch Chiles, grown only in the Mesilla Valley of New Mexico, are available for just a few short weeks each year in August and September. Many connoisseurs consider them the world’s tastiest chiles.

Once roasted, Hatch Chiles are easy to peel and seed. Roasting heightens the robust earthy flavor of the chiles and the texture of the thick walls of the chile pod becomes lusciously rich. These unique qualities, and the pepper’s variable heat (unlike other chile peppers, Hatch Chiles come in varieties that cover the full spectrum of heat levels) have earned Hatch Chiles great popularity far beyond the local community of Hatch, New Mexico.

Melissa’s World Variety Produce has led the charge in popularizing the coveted Hatch Chiles and developing many great recipes using them. From now through mid-September Melissa’s will be sponsoring weekend Hatch Chile Roasting parties at area supermarkets including at select Bristol Farms and Gelson’s. Check the Melissa’s website for locations, dates and times.

Hatch Chiles are an inspired addition to libations. The Melissa’s Hatch Chile Cookbook has a recipe for Hatch Chile-Infused Tequila which is then used in a signature Spicy Margarita. Also there is a recipe for Spicy Ice Cubes and Ginger Ale. As the ice cubes melt, the drinks will become spicier.

There are also fun Hatch Chile desserts in the cookbook. Chef Andrew Gruel is a fan of the Hatch Chile S’mores. It’s a novel twist on the classic with a little punch.

Melissa’s Corporate Chef, Ida Rodriguez, joins us to highlight the joys of Hatch Chile season.

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Show 76, June 14, 2014: Tasia Malakasis, Proprietress & Cheesemaker – Belle Chevre, Goat Cheese from Alabama

Tasia MalakasisAmerica’ most-awarded goat cheese, Belle Chevre, is lovingly made in small batches in the tiny hamlet of Elkmont, Alabama. For the past twenty-five it’s all been made by hand.

Meet cheesemaker and proprietress, Tasia Malakasis

There is even an award-winning Belle Chevre cheesecake!

Tasia is particularly proud of her new collection of “Goat Cheese for Breakfast.” A bagel never had it so good. Just one enticing variety is Belle and The Bees Breakfast Cheese.

Goats’ milk is the most consumed milk on the planet.

In Southern California Belle Chevre is available at Bristol Farms and Whole Foods Market. Also look for it at The Cheese Store of Beverly Hills.

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Show 39, August 24, 2013: Host Jet Tila & Producer Andy Harris

Chef Ida Rodriquez of Melissa's World Variety Produce and Jet TilaThis was a very special show as we were live from the new Bristol Farms store at 3105 Wilshire Blvd. in Santa Monica with an audience of food fans. The store only opened on Wednesday.

Melissa’s / World Variety Produce was right next to us roasting Hatch Chiles. The season only goes through September. Check the Bristol Farms website for the schedule of future roastings. It’s a real show.

At the roasting they also sample several fresh food products made with Hatch Chiles from recipes from Melissa’s Hatch Chile Cookbook. Melissa’s Corporate Chef, Ida Rodriguez, was with us to provide the background on what the excitement is about when it comes to fresh Hatch Chiles. Chef Ida grew up with them and is also the co-author of the newly published Melissa’s Hatch Chile Cookbook!

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Show 39, August 24, 2013: Kevin Davis, President and CEO of Bristol Farms

Bristol Farms CEO Kevin Davis with Jet TilaMr. Davis was a 21-year veteran of Ralphs before joining Bristol Farms as executive vice president in 1996. He was later named President and CEO in 1997. In 2010 Davis and his management team purchased the 12-store Bristol Farms and returned it to local ownership. They also own the popular Lazy Acres stores in Santa Barbara and Long Beach.

The Santa Monica store represents something very special for Bristol. There is more selling space there than in the other stores. Also in addition to the signature fresh foods there are more everyday household items available so the store is designed as a one-stop shop for all of their customers’ needs. It has the largest wine department of any of their units and also has an in-house smoker for meats. Think chicken and brisket…

 

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August 27: Hatch Chile Roast with Melissa’s / World Variety Produce at Bristol Farms Santa Monica

Podcasts

Segment One: Host Jet Tila & Producer Andy Harris
Segment Two: Kevin Davis, President and CEO of Bristol Farms
Segment Three: Farmer Duane Gillis and Robert Schueller from Melissa’s.
Segment Four: Chef Michael Cimarusti, Providence and Connie & Ted’s in West Hollywood Part One
Segment Five: Chef Michael Cimarusti, Providence and Connie & Ted’s in West Hollywood Part Two
Segment Six: Executive Chef Roy Hendrickson, Zimzala at The Shorebreak Hotel, Huntington Beach
Segment Seven: Russ Parsons, Food Editor, Los Angeles Times
Segment Eight: Delilah Snell, home canning and preservation authority

Please join us each week at our new starting time of 10:00 a.m.

Today we’re at the brand new Bristol Farms (opened on Wednesday) store in Santa Monica broadcasting live. The address is 3105 Wilshire Blvd. If you’re in the neighborhood come on by. There is lots of parking in back of the store.

Melissa’s is roasting Hatch Chiles exhibition-style next to our broadcast location in front of the store’s entrance. They are also sampling incredible edibles using the most enticing Hatch Chile recipes from the new Melissa’s Hatch Chile Cookbook.

Chef Ida Rodriquez of Melissas World Variety ProduceMelissa’s Corporate Chef, Ida Rodriguez, will be with us to explain the widely expanding appeal of Hatch Chiles from New Mexico. The season is only six weeks. Chef Ida is the co-author of Melissa’s Hatch Chile Cookbook. She will be autographing books during the broadcast. Great for Holiday gifts.

Kevin Davis, the President and CEO of Bristol Farms joins us.

Kevin Davis CEO of Bristol FarmsBristol Farms has 13 stores in California including San Francisco. They are locally owned and based in Carson.

Bristol Farms opened their first store in Rolling Hills in 1982 and it’s quite a success story. Mr. Davis will provide insight on how a boutique food retailer with a point of difference can prosper among the giants of retailing!

Bristol Farms is expanding and opening new stores…

Robert Schueller of Melissa's World Variety ProduceDuane Gillis is a farmer based in the Mesilla Valley of New Mexico. He grows Hatch Chiles. This is the only place in the world where these coveted chiles are grown.

Robert Schueller is the long-time resident produce expert at Melissa’s. If it’s a fruit or vegetable he’s difficult to stump. He’ll be with us to provide all the stats on Hatch Chiles.

Michael Cimarusti of Providence and Connie and TedsCelebrity Chef Michael Cimarusti is the seafood king in Los Angeles. He’s the executive chef and co-owner of Providence in Hollywood, California’s premier fine-dining seafood restaurant. A few months ago he launched the far more casual Connie & Ted’s (a New England-style seafood shack) in West Hollywood. It’s been an instant hit and the crowds just keep on coming.

Chef Cimarusti previews the “Field to Fork” event he is co-hosting on August 31st at Paramount Studios as part of the Los Angeles Times’ Taste.

Chef Michael joins us in Santa Monica to talk about cooking with chiles.

Roy Hendrickson of Zimzalu in Huntington BeachExecutive Chef Roy Hendrickson oversees Zimzala at The Shorebreak Hotel in Huntington Beach.

He makes a cravable Hatch Chile Ice Cream in-house.

Russ Parsons is the long-time Food Editor of the Los Angeles Times. He’s been covering food there for over 20 years. He’s written extensively about chiles. Like this story on New Mexico’s Green Chiles or this article about the amazing success of the Hatch Chile.

Russ will also be previewing his event for The Los Angeles Times’ The Taste next weekend.

Delilah SnellDelilah Snell is a prominent certified home canner and preserving expert. There are creative ways to preserve Hatch Chiles other than roasting and then freezing them.

Delilah was just in Hatch, New Mexico presenting a seminar on preserving Hatch Chiles.

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Segment One: Host Jet Tila & Producer Andy Harris
Segment Two: Kevin Davis, President and CEO of Bristol Farms
Segment Three: Farmer Duane Gillis and Robert Schueller from Melissa’s.
Segment Four: Chef Michael Cimarusti, Providence and Connie & Ted’s in West Hollywood Part One
Segment Five: Chef Michael Cimarusti, Providence and Connie & Ted’s in West Hollywood Part Two
Segment Six: Executive Chef Roy Hendrickson, Zimzala at The Shorebreak Hotel, Huntington Beach
Segment Seven: Russ Parsons, Food Editor, Los Angeles Times
Segment Eight: Delilah Snell, home canning and preservation authority

Show 39, August 17, 2013: Host Jet Tila & Producer Andy Harris

Please join us each week at our new starting time of 10:00 a.m.

Jet and Producer Andy previewed the show now in it’s 11th month on AM 830 KLAA. Thanks to all of our loyal listeners for your support! We love your positive feedback.

Melissas World Variety produce Hatch Chile Roast at Bristol Farms with Jet TilaOn August 24th we’ll be broadcasting from the new Bristol Farms store at 3105 Wilshire Blvd. in Santa Monica from 10:00 a.m. until 12 Noon. Melissa’s will be there roasting Hatch Chiles. They will also be sampling the best creations from the Melissa’s Hatch Chile Cookbook.

Bristol Farms will also be sampling their propriety Hatch Chile creations from Bristol Kitchens in the store.

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August 17: Adam Perry Lang, Lawry’s The Prime Rib, Lemonade, Moscow Mules, Angels / Ducks Catering

Podcasts

Segment One: Host Jet Tila & Producer Andy Harris
Segment Two: Executive Chef Gretchen Beaumarchais, Angel Stadium for ARAMARK
Segment Three: Alan Jackson, Chef/Proprietor of Lemonade Part One
Segment Four: Alan Jackson, Chef/Proprietor of Lemonade Part Two
Segment Five: Gina Doyle, General Manager of Lawry’s The Prime Rib in Beverly Hills
Segment Six: Chef Adam Perry Lang
Segment Seven: Gabriel Dion, Bar Manager at Broadway by Amar Santana, Laguna Beach
Segment Eight: Kedric Francis, Executive Editor of Coast Magazine and Orange County Register Magazine

Please join us each week at our new starting time of 10:00 a.m.

Jet and Producer Andy previewed the show now in it’s 11th month on AM 830 KLAA. Thanks to all of our loyal listeners for your support! We love your positive feedback.

On August 24th we’ll be broadcasting from the new Bristol Farms store at 3105 Wilshire Blvd. in Santa Monica from 10:00 a.m. until 12 Noon. Melissa’s will be there roasting Hatch Chiles. They will also be sampling the best creations from the Melissa’s Hatch Chile Cookbook.

Bristol Farms will also be sampling their propriety Hatch Chile creations from Bristol Kitchens in the store.

Gretchen BeaumarchaisGretchen Beaumarchais, the executive chef for ARAMARK at Angel Stadium, is with us. Chef Gretchen is well-known in Anaheim from her long tenure at Honda Center. Fortunately for the Angels and their loyal fans she moved across the street to Angel Stadium this season.

She is responsible for all foodservice at the facility including the Knothole and Diamond Clubs. Chef Gretchen also feeds the media. One of her first assignments this season was revamping the menu at the Knothole Club which is available to stadium guests with a ticket.

A little known fact is that the facilities are available for meetings and conferences when the Angels are on the road. Chef Gretchen also has created the well-received reception meals for weddings at The Stadium.

Chef Gretchen characterizes her food as “clean, seasonal, straightforward, tasty, and delicious.”

Alan Jackson of LemonadeChef Alan Jackson has an extensive background in fine dining and high profile event catering. In 2008 he opened his first Lemonade in West Hollywood. Downtown Los Angeles followed within days. He characterizes it as a modern cafeteria serving Southern California comfort food.

The concept has caught on quickly. The 11th location, the first in Orange County, will launch next week in Fashion Island in Newport Beach. Fashion Island will have a wood burning oven for roasting vegetables and flatbreads and a rotisserie for preparing whole roast rib-eye, leg of lamb and chicken. It will be a destination for dinner.

On National Lemonade Day, Tuesday, August 20th, Lemonade will donate all proceeds of lemonade sold at all of their locations to The Painted Turtle. The Painted Turtle is a non-profit dedicated to providing life-changing camp experiences for children with serious medical conditions.

In late October The Lemonade Cookbook will be released It was written by Alan Jackson and award-winning cookbook author JoAnn Cianciulli.

Gina Doyle of Lawty's The Prime RibLawry’s The Prime Rib is celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the original restaurant on Restaurant Row in Beverly Hills this year. Gina Doyle, the General Manager, is with us to talk about this memorable landmark operation that is still proudly family-owned.

Gina has the honor of being the first female GM in the company at The Tam O’Shanter Inn and now at the flagship Lawry’s The Prime Rib in Beverly Hills. All of the employees at the restaurants are known as co-workers but Gina started as a server at Lawry’s.

Change at Lawry’s doesn’t come easily, or taken lightly, but a new menu item was introduced this month. It’s the first new entrée in some two decades! It’s a grilled Lawry’s Ribeye Steak! Every Ribeye is grilled to order. The steak is served with Scallop Potatoes and Crispy Fried Onions.

Adam Perry Lang BBQ at Jimmy Kimmel Live studios in HollywoodAdam Perry Lang is a well-known fine-dining chef from New York. Along the way he developed a fascination with grilling meats and serious BBQ. Until Sept. 5th on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Chef Lang is in back of the “Jimmy Kimmel Live” Theater in Hollywood serving his award-winning grilled meats at his Back Lot BBQ.

He’s working off a 45-foot trailer housing his custom BBQ, a chimney, and smoker.

His best-selling BBQ cookbook, Serious Barbecue, is finally back in print. It’s also for sale at the Back Lot BBQ. If you buy it there Chef Lang will autograph it for you.

Moscow MuleThe Moscow Mule is a classic cocktail created in the Golden Age of Hollywood at the fabled Cock ‘n Bull restaurant on The Sunset Strip. Every Hollywood star of the period frequented the place because nobody was bothered. They were known for good food, potent libations, and a festive atmosphere.

The Mule is vodka, ginger beer, and lime juice and served in a chilled copper mug. It’s particularly refreshing. The secret is to use a premium quality, spicy ginger beer.

An excellent contemporary version is proudly served locally at Broadway by Amar Santana in Laguna Beach. Bar Manager Gabriel Dion is with us to
profile their distinctive Moscow Mule.

It’s so popular with the regulars at Broadway that it’s not even listed on the cocktail menu. The restaurant is modest in size and on a busy night they will serve some 50 Moscow Mules in the proper, chilled copper mug.

The twist is that they concoct their own ginger beer on-site for the cocktail using fresh ginger. The from-scratch base is brewed in small batches, carbonated overnight, and then dispensed from a keg using a draft beer tap.

Kedric Francis of Coast Magazine and the Orange County Register MagazineOur regular roving travel correspondent, Kedric Francis, joins us. Kedric is the debonair Executive Editor of both Coast Magazine and The Orange County Register Magazine.

A hot button issue in dining is the advisability of kids in fine-dining restaurants. Is it ever appropriate to restrict guests in a restaurant to adults? Is it even right for the restaurateur to make this call? Kedric and Chef Jet get into a roundtable discussion on this. How do you feel ?

Are special Children’s menus in restaurants a good thing? That’s discussed, too.

Podcasts

Segment One: Host Jet Tila & Producer Andy Harris
Segment Two: Executive Chef Gretchen Beaumarchais, Angel Stadium for ARAMARK
Segment Three: Alan Jackson, Chef/Proprietor of Lemonade Part One
Segment Four: Alan Jackson, Chef/Proprietor of Lemonade Part Two
Segment Five: Gina Doyle, General Manager of Lawry’s The Prime Rib in Beverly Hills
Segment Six: Chef Adam Perry Lang
Segment Seven: Gabriel Dion, Bar Manager at Broadway by Amar Santana, Laguna Beach
Segment Eight: Kedric Francis, Executive Editor of Coast Magazine and Orange County Register Magazine