Show 194, October 22, 2016: “Breakfast in the Barn for Gregory” Benefit

Breakfast in the Barn for GregoryOrange County foodies probably best know Chef Greg Moro best from his time on the line at French 75 in Laguna Beach. He also spent time in the kitchens of Charlie Palmer’s at South Coast Plaza (now closed) and Chapter One – The Modern Local.

Sadly he was recently in a devastating accident while riding his motorcycle. Leave it to the ever-generous Orange County chefs’ community to now marshal the forces to orchestrate a special fundraiser for Chef Greg, Breakfast in the Barn for Gregory at Manassero Farm in Irvine on Saturday morning, October 29th @ 10:00 a.m. It’s a modest $40 per guest for a lavish spread.

Joining us with all the key details is Jill Cook of Bow and Arrow PR and one of the lead restaurants, Chef Debra Sims of Maro Wood Grill in Laguna Beach.

“Please help Chef Greg Moro get back in the kitchen…
This is going to be a long and very costly recovery process. The goal is to raise money to cover Greg’s medical bills, replace his knife kit and give him a cushion to help him pay his normal bills while in recovery, so that he can take the proper time to heal and not feel worried/rushed to get back to work (even though we all know he will be eager to!).“

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Show 191, October 1, 2016: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

In August the James Beard Foundation announced the ten inaugural recipients of the JBF National Scholars Program. We’ll meet the West recipient of the National Scholars Program, Holland Dougherty, who is at University of California, Davis.

We’re hearing a lot from high-end steakhouses talking about premium aged beef. There is even a butcher shop/restaurant locally highlighting a burger with a 100-day dry-aged beef patty. What should we know about aging beef ? Joining us to chat about aging beef are the “Meatheads” from West Coast Prime Meats, Jay Henderson and Terry Hanks. They have over 50-years of combined, hands-on experience in the business! 

The Mad Hungry Woman blogger, Anita Lau, joins us with a gem of a San Diego County dining discovery in Del Mar. Earlier in his career the chef there was part of the opening team at Marche Moderne in South Coast Plaza as well as Charlie Palmer’s at Bloomingdales in South Coast Plaza.

Our friend and colleague, Anne Marie Panoringan (OC Weekly’s blog), was the first journalist to break the story (August 30th) that Executive Chef Jason Montelibano was departing EATS Kitchen at Hotel Irvine to return to Chapter One: The Modern Local in Santa Ana. Time to catch-up with Chef Jason (a.k.a. Chef Chicken Wing.)

Our colleagues at Pacific Food & Beverage Museum are at it again. There’s a lot of interest in fine whiskey here IN California, but do you know about the fine whiskeys FROM California? And you probably haven’t had the chance to experience the range for yourself, but with the latest edition of “The Thoughtful Feast: A California Whiskey Dinner,” all that’s changed. PacFAB’s Richard Foss and Master Distiller Steve Gertman of Ascendant Spirits uncork the flask for us on this one.

Organizers of Dine LBC – Long Beach Restaurant Week just announced the upcoming sale of the Dine LBC Long Beach Kitchen Ink 2017 Calendar featuring stunning photos of 13 Long Beach chefs and one local urban farm owner for each of twelve months plus front and back covers. Calendar sales benefit Dine LBC Originals Marketing Fund that provides marketing and public relations support to participating independently owned restaurants year-round. Dine LBC – Long Beach Restaurant Week founder, Terri Henry, is our guest.

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

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Show 191, October 1, 2016: Executive Chef Jason Montelibano, Chapter One – The Modern Local

Jason MontelibanoOur friend and colleague, Anne Marie Panoringan (OC Weekly’s blog), was the first journalist to break the story (August 30th) that Executive Chef Jason Montelibano was departing EATS Kitchen at Hotel Irvine to return to Chapter One: The Modern Local in Santa Ana. Time to catch-up with Chef Jason (a.k.a. Chef Chicken Wing.)

From Anne Marie’s OC Weekly “Stick a Fork in It” blog post:

“I have had such a positive experience with EATS, Hotel Irvine and the Irvine Company over the last two years. And while I’ve learned so much and grown in this time, I’m very excited to return to Chapter One: the modern local, in Santa Ana to continue my career in an environment of creativity and collaboration. As always, I’m eternally grateful to those who’ve supported me every step of the way, and I look forward to what the future brings.” – Chef Jason Montelibano

Chef Jason’s new menu arrives the Week of October 3rd. He also explains the origin of the unusual name, “Chapter One – The Modern Local.” It actually makes a lot of sense once you understand the background.

Take a look at our Instagram feed for some good food porn images of the food at Chapter One including a new Chef Jason menu item.

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October 1: Holland Dougherty, West Coast Prime Meats, Mad Hungry Woman, Jason Montelibano, Richard Foss, Terri Henry

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: James Beard Foundation National Scholars Program recipient, Holland Dougherty
Segment Three: The “Meatheads” from West Coast Prime Meats – Aging Beef
Segment Four: Anita Lau, Mad Hungry Woman blogger
Segment Five: Executive Chef Jason Montelibano, Chapter One – The Modern Local
Segment Six: Pacific Food & Beverage Museum’s “The Thoughtful Feast: A California Whiskey Dinner”
Segment Seven: Terri Henry, Founder, Dine LBC – Long Beach Restaurant Week

Please join us at the special time of 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. only for this Saturday, October 1st. We’re back to our usual broadcast time of 10:00 a.m. to 12 Noon on October 8th.

In August the James Beard Foundation announced the ten inaugural recipients of the JBF National Scholars Program. We’ll meet the West recipient of the National Scholars Program, Holland Dougherty, who is at University of California, Davis.

We’re hearing a lot from high-end steakhouses talking about premium aged beef. There is even a butcher shop/restaurant locally highlighting a burger with a 100-day dry-aged beef patty. What should we know about aging beef ? Joining us to chat about aging beef are the “Meatheads” from West Coast Prime Meats, Jay Henderson and Terry Hanks. They have over 50-years of combined, hands-on experience in the business! 

The Mad Hungry Woman blogger, Anita Lau, joins us with a gem of a San Diego County dining discovery in Del Mar. Earlier in his career the chef was part of the opening team at Marche Moderne in South Coast Plaza as well as Charlie Palmer’s at Bloomingdales in South Coast Plaza.

Our friend and colleague, Anne Marie Panoringan (OC Weekly’s blog), was the first journalist to break the story (August 30th) that Executive Chef Jason Montelibano was departing EATS Kitchen at Hotel Irvine to return to Chapter One: The Modern Local in Santa Ana. Time to catch-up with Chef Jason (a.k.a. Chef Chicken Wing.)

Our colleagues at Pacific Food & Beverage Museum and The Museum of the American Cocktail (MOTAC) are at it again. There’s a lot of interest in fine whiskey here IN California, but do you know about the fine whiskeys FROM California? And you probably haven’t had the chance to experience the range for yourself, but with the latest edition of “The Thoughtful Feast : A California Whiskey Dinner,” all that’s changed. PacFAB’s Philip Dobard uncorks the flask for us on this one.

Organizers of Dine LBC – Long Beach Restaurant Week recently announced the upcoming sale of the Dine LBC “Long Beach Kitchen Ink” 2017 Calendar featuring stunning photos of 13 Long Beach chefs and one local urban farm owner for each of twelve months plus front and back covers. Calendar sales benefit Dine LBC Originals Marketing Fund that provides marketing and public relations support to participating independently owned restaurants year-round. Dine LBC – Long Beach Restaurant Week founder, Terri Henry, is our guest.

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

Holland DoughertyIn August the James Beard Foundation announced the ten inaugural recipients of the JBF National Scholars Program. We’ll meet the West recipient of the National Scholars Program, Holland Dougherty, who is at University of California, Davis. She is a PhD Candidate in the Sustainable Agricultural Modeling Lab.

“We are proud that our Foundation’s newest scholarship program is committed to awarding $20,000 in financial aid to ten extraordinary scholars each year. A desire to pursue a career in the culinary arts is no longer limited to cooking in the kitchen,” said Kris Moon, vice president of the James Beard Foundation. “Just as the types of careers available in the culinary arts have evolved, so too is the Foundation’s scholarship program. The National Scholars Program supports a diverse group of students exploring virtually every educational discipline, whether that be history, anthropology, economics, management, or the sciences—as viewed through the lens of food.”

This year, and in each subsequent year, up to ten annual scholarships in the amount of $20,000 each will be granted. To ensure regional diversity, one awardee is selected from each of the ten geographic regions defined by the James Beard Foundation Awards.

The JBF National Scholars Program is a part of the larger James Beard Foundation Scholarship Program, which is awarding more than $750,000 in financial aid available in 2016, the largest annual total in the Foundation’s history.

Established in 1991, the scholarship program assists aspiring and established culinary professionals who plan to further their education at a licensed or accredited culinary school or hospitality institution, college, or university. In the past 25 years, the program has not only grown in visibility and financial scope, but in the breadth of subjects its recipients have embraced. As of 2016, the Foundation will have awarded over $6.5 million in financial aid to more than 1,800 recipients.

Belcampo 100 Day Dry Aged BurgerWe’re hearing a lot from high-end steakhouses talking about premium, aged beef. There is even a butcher shop/restaurant locally highlighting a burger with a 100-day dry-aged beef patty. What should we know about aging beef?

How does aging improve the flavor or texture of beef? There is wet aging and dry aging. Is a prime streak aged 35-days really better than a cut which was only aged 7-days ? Is long aging really better? Our meat experts will explain all…

Joining us to chat about aging beef are the Meatheads from West Coast Prime Meats, Jay Henderson and Terry Hanks. They have over 50-years of combined, hands-on experience in the business!

Anita Lau of Mad Hungry WomanThe Mad Hungry Woman blogger, Anita Lau, joins us with a gem of a San Diego County dining discovery in Del Mar. Earlier in his career the chef there was part of the opening team at both Marche Moderne in South Coast Plaza as well as Charlie Palmer’s at Bloomingdales in South Coast Plaza.

Anita will also share her first impressions of the long-in-the-works El Mercado Modern Cuisine in Santa Ana. This is a new concept from the chef/proprietor of the highly regarded Anepalco.

Jason MontelibanoOur friend and colleague, Anne Marie Panoringan (OC Weekly’s blog), was the first journalist to break the story (August 30th) that Executive Chef Jason Montelibano was departing EATS Kitchen at Hotel Irvine to return to Chapter One: The Modern Local in Santa Ana. Time to catch-up with Chef Jason (a.k.a. Chef Chicken Wing.)

From Anne Marie’s OC Weekly “Stick a Fork in It” blog post:

“I have had such a positive experience with EATS, Hotel Irvine and the Irvine Company over the last two years. And while I’ve learned so much and grown in this time, I’m very excited to return to Chapter One: the modern local, in Santa Ana to continue my career in an environment of creativity and collaboration. As always, I’m eternally grateful to those who’ve supported me every step of the way, and I look forward to what the future brings.” – Chef Jason Montelibano

Richard FossOur colleagues at The Museum of the American Cocktail (MOTAC) are at it again. There’s a lot of interest in fine whiskey here IN California, but do you know about the fine whiskeys FROM California? Though the state’s been producing whiskey since at least the 1860s, there’s never been such a selection of styles at such high quality as there is now. And you probably haven’t had the chance to experience the range for yourself, but with the latest edition of “The Thoughtful Feast: A California Whiskey Dinner,” all that’s changed.

On October 11, the Pacific Food & Beverage Museum (PacFAB), in collaboration with Women Who Whiskey – Los Angeles, will host a dinner featuring five highly distinctive styles of California whiskey, each paired with a sumptuous dish from the kitchen of 1212 Santa Monica, the newest culinary star on Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade. Diners will enjoy the five whiskeys listed below, both neat and cocktailed, and a diverse five-course menu featuring lamb, pork belly, roasted root vegetables, and much more.

A portion of all proceeds support the National Food & Beverage Foundation (NatFAB), home of PacFAB, The Museum of the American Cocktail, and the Southern Food & Beverage Museum.

Dinner is $85 for all NatFAB, Women Who Whiskey, and Culinary Historians of Southern California members, or $95 for non-members, and includes tax and gratuity. NatFAB membership is available to all right here. Space is limited to 50 diners and reservations are required. Visit their website for more information and to purchase tickets now.

1212 Santa Monica is located at 1212 Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica, CA 90401.

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Long Beach Kitchen Ink CalendarOrganizers of Dine LBC – Long Beach Restaurant Week recently announced the upcoming sale of the Dine LBC Long Beach Kitchen Ink 2017 Calendar featuring stunning photos of 13 Long Beach chefs and one local urban farm owner for each of twelve months plus front and back covers. Calendar sales benefit Dine LBC Originals Marketing Fund that provides marketing and public relations support to participating independently owned restaurants year-round.

Dine LBC – Long Beach Restaurant Week founder Terri Henry conceived the idea after seeing “Kitchen Ink” editorial feature in an Orange County publication several years ago. She was looking to bring the concept to Long Beach but wanted to put a unique spin on it, hence the calendar idea was born.

“We wanted to produce a unique promotional piece that showcases the individual personalities of the culinary talent here, which in so many cases include body ink,” said Henry. “The calendar is our way of paying homage to those behind the scenes of our delicious dining experiences in Long Beach.”

More than just a one-time editorial feature, the calendar is a high quality promotional piece and expected to warrant a keepsake status beyond its 12 months. Based on the enthusiasm from the featured chefs, Henry expects it become an annual project.

Dine LBC – Long Beach Restaurant Week founder, Terri Henry, is our guest.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: James Beard Foundation National Scholars Program recipient, Holland Dougherty
Segment Three: The “Meatheads” from West Coast Prime Meats – Aging Beef
Segment Four: Anita Lau, Mad Hungry Woman blogger
Segment Five: Executive Chef Jason Montelibano, Chapter One – The Modern Local
Segment Six: Pacific Food & Beverage Museum’s “The Thoughtful Feast: A California Whiskey Dinner”
Segment Seven: Terri Henry, Founder, Dine LBC – Long Beach Restaurant Week

Show 113, March 7, 2015: Show Preview with Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

Andy Harris at the KLAA StudiosProducer and Co-Host Andy Harris is going solo in the host chair this morning from our usual perch in the AM 830 KLAA Studios hidden away at Angel Stadium. Now a preview of today’s abundant show…

Thanks to our gracious hosts last weekend, The Pechanga Resort & Casino in Wine Country Temecula. It was great to see so many listeners at 7th Annual Pechanga Wine Festival. Bountiful selection of premium wines to enjoy as well as wonderful tastes from the talented Pechanga Chefs. Would you believe lamb chops from The Great Oak Steakhouse?

We’re back in Temecula this morning with Don Webber, the progressive co-owner of Cultivating Good which is the umbrella for three businesses. Cultivating Good is a partnership of several different entities including ; E.A.T. Marketplace (Extraordinary Artisan Table), Harvest 2U and EAT@Home. Each follows the same mission; to support local farms and provide fresh, healthy food alternatives conveniently and affordably.

Our resident wine authority, Kyle Meyer, co-owner of the new Wine Exchange in Santa Ana (formerly known as Best Wines and BestWinesOnline.com), is back with us for with another round of useful wine education. What’s the new drama with natural corks in wine bottles all about ? What is a corked wine ? Kyle explains…

What motivates someone who is already financially independent to buy a distressed restaurant property (with clear potential) with the goal of turning the dry weed into a beautiful rose? It takes significant money, too, with an unpredictable outcome. By the way the new proprietress had absolutely no previous restaurant experience. We’ll meet the determined Susan Disney Lord who accomplished all of that and more with the Bel Air Bar + Grill located just down the hill from the Getty Center in Brentwood.

When we last spoke with Executive Chef Jason Montelibano he was making a lot of new friends with his distinctive menu at Chapter One: The Modern Local in downtown Santa Ana. Chef Jason, a native of the Philippines, was named executive chef of EATS Kitchen & Bar, a modern all-day gastropub located at the new Hotel Irvine, when the restaurant opened in December 2013. Featuring California regional dishes as well as modern renditions of Filipino favorites inspired by his heritage, his menu includes Lamb Gnocchi, Confit Fried Chicken, Crusted Tuna and the Craft Burger.

New York Times best-selling author, James Beard award-winning Chef and Nutritionist for NBC’s The Biggest Loser, Cheryl Forberg, R.D. shares her culinary and weight loss secrets including two weeks of menus and 25 scrumptious recipes in A Small Guide to Losing Big – From the Nutritionist for NBC’s “The Biggest Loser.” After 15 seasons as the nutritionist for NBC’s The Biggest Loser. Cheryl Forberg has uncovered stunning facts about typical eating and lifestyle habits that cause millions of Americans to gain thousands of pounds each year.

Cheryl Forberg, R.D. joins us with a lot of good, practical information.

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

On March 14th Kedric Francis, our always dashing “Man About Orange County,” is back in the guest host chair. Kedric is the Editor of Coast, the glossy, monthly lifestyle magazine.

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Show 113, March 7, 2015: Executive Chef Jason Montelibano, EATS Kitchen & Bar

Jason MontelibanoWhen we last spoke with Executive Chef Jason Montelibano he was making a lot of new friends with his distinctive menu at Chapter One: The Modern Local in downtown Santa Ana. Chef Jason, a native of the Philippines, was named executive chef of EATS Kitchen & Bar, a modern all-day gastropub located at the new Hotel Irvine, when the restaurant opened in December 2013. He also oversees the food at the adjacent Red Bar & Lounge.

Featuring California regional dishes as well as modern renditions of Filipino favorites inspired by his heritage, his menu includes Lamb Gnocchi, Fried Chicken and Biscuits dipped in Sriracha butter, Pork Belly Buns topped with homemade kimchi, Crusted Tuna and the Craft Burger. Chef Jason also maintains menu favorites that are Classics like the Cobb Salad, Mac & Cheese and a variety of Flat Breads.

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Eats Kitchen & Bar is grounded in affordable prices and destined to be a go-to hangout for locals.

On March 19th Chef Jason is hosting a Bootleggers Brewery Craft Beer Dinner at Eats. It’s an educational night of sipping artisan beers crafted locally in Orange County and paired with Chef Jason’s five-course brew-friendly seasonal menu. Limited to 25 guests.

 

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March 7: Dan Webber, Wine Exchange, Bel Air Bar + Grill, Jason Montelibano, Cheryl Forberg

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Don Webber, Co-Owner, Cultivating Good
Segment Three: Kyle Meyer of the Wine Exchange in Santa Ana
Segment Four: Susan Disney Lord, Proprietress, Bel Air Bar + Grill Part One
Segment Five: Susan Disney Lord, Proprietress, Bel Air Bar + Grill Part Two
Segment Six: Executive Chef Jason Montelibano, EATS Kitchen & Bar
Segment Seven: Cheryl Forberg, R.N. – Nutritionist for NBC’s “The Biggest Loser.” Part One
Segment Eight: Cheryl Forberg, R.N. – Nutritionist for NBC’s “The Biggest Loser.” Part Two

Andy Harris at the KLAA StudiosProducer and Co-Host Andy Harris is going solo in the host chair this morning from our usual perch in the AM 830 KLAA Studios hidden away at Angel Stadium. Now a preview of today’s abundant show…

Thanks to our gracious hosts last weekend, The Pechanga Resort & Casino in Wine Country Temecula. It was great to see so many listeners at 7th Annual Pechanga Wine Festival. Great selection of premium wines to enjoy as well as wonderful tastes from the talented Pechanga Chefs. Would you believe lamb chops from The Great Oak Steakhouse ?

We’re back in Temecula this morning with Don Webber, the progressive co-owner of Cultivating Good which is the umbrella for three businesses. Cultivating Good is a partnership of several different entities including; E.A.T. Marketplace (Extraordinary Artisan Table), Harvest 2U and EAT@Home. Each follows the same mission; to support local farms and provide fresh, healthy food alternatives conveniently and affordably.

Our resident wine authority, Kyle Meyer, co-owner of the new Wine Exchange in Santa Ana (formerly known as Best Wines and BestWinesOnline.com), is back with us for another informative round of useful wine education. What’s the new drama with natural corks in wine bottles ? What is a corked wine ? Kyle explains…

What motivates someone who is already financially independent to buy a distressed restaurant property (with clear potential) with the goal of turning the dry weed into a beautiful rose? It takes significant money, too, with an unpredictable outcome. By the way the new proprietress had absolutely no previous restaurant experience. We’ll meet the determined Susan Disney Lord who accomplished all of that and more with the Bel Air Bar + Grill located just down the hill from the Getty Center in Brentwood.

When we last spoke with Executive Chef Jason Montelibano he was making a lot of new friends with his distinctive menu at Chapter One: The Modern Local in downtown Santa Ana. Chef Jason, a native of the Philippines, was named executive chef of EATS Kitchen & Bar, a modern all-day gastropub located at the new Hotel Irvine, when the restaurant opened in December 2013. Featuring California regional dishes as well as modern renditions of Filipino favorites inspired by his heritage, his menu includes Lamb Gnocchi, Confit Fried Chicken, Crusted Tuna and the Craft Burger.

New York Times best-selling author, James Beard award-winning Chef and Nutritionist for NBC’s The Biggest Loser, Cheryl Forberg, R.D. shares her culinary and weight loss secrets including two weeks of menus and 25 scrumptious recipes in A Small Guide to Losing Big – From the Nutritionist for NBC’s “The Biggest Loser.” After 15 seasons as the nutritionist for NBC’s The Biggest Loser. Cheryl Forberg has uncovered stunning facts about typical eating and lifestyle habits that cause millions of Americans to gain thousands of pounds each year.

Cheryl Forberg, R.D. joins us with a lot of good, practical information.

On March 14th Kedric Francis, our always dashing “Man About Orange County,” is back in the guest host chair. Kedric is the Editor of Coast, the glossy, monthly lifestyle magazine.

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

Don WebberWe’re back in Temecula this morning with Don Webber, the progressive and forward-thinking co-owner of Cultivating Good which is the umbrella for three businesses. Cultivating Good is a partnership of several different entities including; E.A.T. Marketplace (Extraordinary Artisan Table), Harvest 2U and EAT@Home. Each follows the same mission; to support local farms and provide fresh, healthy food alternatives conveniently and affordably.

“Cultivating Good is committed to Good, Clean & Fair food, which directly impacts our health and our planet. We accomplish this mission through: direct purchasing and solid relationships with farmers, ranchers, and food artisans; keeping alive our local family and farm heritage; growing our local economies; sustaining the local food shed in which we live and operate; educating our customers about our planet; and cultivating partnerships within our local business community.”

“Our Mission keeps us all in the good food conversation; at the table, working together as a team”

Kyle Meyer of Wine ExchangeOur resident (and always accessible) wine authority, Kyle Meyer, co-owner of the new Wine Exchange in Santa Ana (formerly known as Best Wines and BestWinesOnline.com), is back with us for another round of genuinely useful wine education.

What’s the new drama with natural corks in wine bottles? Is a natural cork the best way to seal a bottle of premium wine? Is an artificial cork an acceptable alternative? What about a screw top ?

What is a corked wine ?

Kyle explains all…

Susan Disney LordWhat motivates someone who has the good fortune of being financially independent to buy a distressed restaurant property (with clear potential) with the goal of (hopefully) turning the dry weed into a beautiful rose? It takes significant money, too, with an unpredictable outcome. By the way the new proprietress here had absolutely no previous restaurant experience. We’ll meet the determined Susan Disney Lord who accomplished all of that and more with the thriving Bel Air Bar + Grill located just down the hill from the Getty Center in Brentwood.

The restaurant is located in a building built in 1947. Originally the Bel Air Farmhouse, it was also known as A Fine Affair for many years. In 1997 new owners renovated the building yet again and opened the Bel Air Bar & Grill. They smartly added the Express Coffee take-out in the back, and created a new, convenient neighborhood favorite.

By the time Susan Lord bought the existing restaurant in 2007 the building was in pretty bad shape. She ran the restaurant while she created the plans and obtained the needed permits to extensively remodel the building. The Bel Air Bar + Grill temporarily closed its doors in 2011 and reopened 18 months later in November 2012. Now there is a new, state-of-the-art kitchen, updated interior design, 35 new parking spaces, and the elegant and beautiful Sunset Room for private events.

The Express was rebranded as The Shack in the Back. It’s a convenient quick stop in the morning or afternoon for a cup of coffee, burritos with flair, salads and sandwiches. At night it’s the spot for a satisfying take-out dinner.

The design for the striking art glass entry was Susan’s concept, artfully executed by artist Amanda Weil. The images are photographs of bougainvillea blossoms picked just up nearby Bellagio Road.

The popular Express Coffee location in the back of the property was enhanced and rebranded as The Shack in the Back.

One of the design highlights of the interior is the decorative use of high quality original art on the walls which is constantly changing. It’s a program Susan originated with California Institute of the Arts. It’s a great association. Susan’s family was responsible for founding this respected and admired institution.

“Susan’s goal is to continue to run the Bel Air Bar + Grill and The Shack in the Back as a gathering spot, beloved by locals, a friendly place to have a business lunch or social dinner, or grab as sandwich and coffee. Additionally she hopes to make the Sunset Room the go-to spot for high-end events in West Los Angeles.”

Jason MontelibanoWhen we last spoke with Executive Chef Jason Montelibano he was making a lot of new friends with his distinctive menu at Chapter One: The Modern Local in downtown Santa Ana. Chef Jason, a native of the Philippines, was named executive chef of EATS Kitchen & Bar, a modern all-day gastropub located at the new Hotel Irvine, when the restaurant opened in December 2013.

Featuring California regional dishes as well as modern renditions of Filipino favorites inspired by his heritage, his menu includes Lamb Gnocchi, Fried Chicken and Biscuits dipped in Sriracha butter, Pork Belly Buns topped with homemade kimchi, Crusted Tuna and the Craft Burger. Chef Jason also maintains menu favorites that are Classics like the Cobb Salad, Mac & Cheese and a variety of Flat Breads.

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Eats Kitchen & Bar is grounded in affordable prices and destined to be a go-to hangout for locals.

Cheryl Forberg RDNew York Times best-selling author, James Beard award-winning Chef and Nutritionist for NBC’s The Biggest Loser, Cheryl Forberg, R.D. shares her culinary and weight loss secrets including two weeks of menus and 25 scrumptious recipes in A Small Guide to Losing Big – From the Nutritionist for NBC’s “The Biggest Loser.”

After 15 seasons as the nutritionist for NBC’s The Biggest Loser. Cheryl Forberg, R.D. has uncovered stunning facts about typical eating and lifestyle habits that cause millions of Americans to gain thousands of pounds each year. Cheryl also knows how to interpret that information to promote weight loss. We’ve all seen the amazing success of the hundreds of people she has helped “behind the scenes” at “The Biggest Loser” – and now the secrets and insights of one of the country’s top weight loss experts are shared in A Small Guide To Losing Big.

Cheryl Forberg, R.D. joins us with a lot of good, practical information.

Andy Harris, Cheryl Forberg RD and Linda Kissam“Cheryl knows that effective weight management is much more than just eating less. It means better food, better choices, better timing, better exercise and better balance. In A Small Guide To Losing Big, Cheryl gives it up – weight loss basics, nutrition tips, menu and recipes in an easy-to-use pocket guide.”

One of the nation’s leading advisors on health and nutrition, Cheryl is a James Beard award-winning chef and one of the few professional chefs in the country who is also a registered dietitian. She strongly believes you don’t have to sacrifice flavor to eat well and that eating well can change your life.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Don Webber, Co-Owner, Cultivating Good
Segment Three: Kyle Meyer of the Wine Exchange in Santa Ana
Segment Four: Susan Disney Lord, Proprietress, Bel Air Bar + Grill Part One
Segment Five: Susan Disney Lord, Proprietress, Bel Air Bar + Grill Part Two
Segment Six: Executive Chef Jason Montelibano, EATS Kitchen & Bar
Segment Seven: Cheryl Forberg, R.N. – Nutritionist for NBC’s “The Biggest Loser.” Part One
Segment Eight: Cheryl Forberg, R.N. – Nutritionist for NBC’s “The Biggest Loser.” Part Two

Show 61, February 15, 2013: Executive Chef Jason Montelibano, Chapter One: The Modern Local, Santa Ana

orange-county-restaurant-weekThe OC’s most anticipated, and delicious, dining event, Orange County Restaurant Week, returns from February 23rd to March 1st. Diners will have the opportunity to enjoy the wide spectrum of dining options in the County at special prices for prix-fixe menus for both lunch and dinner. Over 100 restaurants are part of Orange County Restaurant Week.

One of the featured restaurants is Santa Ana’s Chapter One: The Modern Local. Chef Jason Montelibano (aka Chef Chicken Wing) joins us to talk about his menu. Given his Filipino ancestry he’s incorporated a few contemporary Filipino touches into his menu.

Chef Jason won Riveria Magazine’s “To Live and Dine” chefs’ challenge event @ SoCo last year with his Lamb & Gnocchi dish.

On his OC Restaurant Week menu are his famous Chef Chicken Wang’s Chicken Wings (Filipino Adobo-style sticky wings with half sour & spicy baby pickles spears, and peanut butter powder) and the award-winning Lamb Gnocchi.

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February 15: Rick Bayless, Top Round Roast Beef, Cochon 555, OC Restaurant Week, Grill on the Alley

Podcasts

Segment One: Host Jet Tila and Producer Andy Harris
Segment Two: Jamie Tiampo and Chef Steven Fretz, partners, Top Round Roast Beef
Segment Three: Chef Rick Bayless, Topolobampo, Frontera Grill, and Red O (in West Hollywood & Newport Beach) Part One
Segment Four: Chef Rick Bayless, Topolobampo, Frontera Grill, and Red O (in West Hollywood & Newport Beach) Part Two
Segment Five: Brady Lowe, Founder & Lord of Pork, Cochon 555
Segment Six: Executive Chef Jason Montelibano, Chapter One: The Modern Local, Santa Ana
Segment Seven: Bob Spivak, President, CEO, and Co-Founder, Grill Concepts, Inc.
Segment Eight: Jet Tila on Manhattan Dining. (Part 2)

Chef Jet and Producer Andy preview the show.

Chef jet Tila and Alton BrownFood Network’s “Cutthroat Kitchen” with host Alton Brown is back on Sunday nights for Season 2. Our own Chef Jet Tila is the most frequently appearing solo judge on this tough competition show that requires strategy as well as cooking chops. Look for Jet’s new episodes starting in February.

Thanks to all of our generous listeners who attended Chef Carla Hall’s Culinary Concert to benefit The James Beard Foundation at Zov’s Bistro in Tustin on Feb. 9th. Carla and guest MC Sherry Yard had the group thoroughly entertained with Carla’s demo of her Swamp Thing recipe which is from her new cookbook. It’s a braised pork shoulder in a smoked pork and corn broth.

America’s own master Mexican cooking authority, Rick Bayless of Topolobampo and Frontera Grill, is with us. He’s the menu-maker for the fashionable new Red O restaurant in Fashion Island in Newport Beach. It’s the 30th Anniversary of the legendary Grill on The Alley in Beverly Hills. We’ll celebrate with the founder. Cochon 555, a pork spectacular, returns to Santa Monica this month. We’ll tell you all about it. How about a fast food stand serving quality roast beef sandwiches using the very best ingredients? It’s run by fine dining chefs! Orange County Restaurant Week launches February 23rd. We’ll have a preview with one of the colorful participating executive chefs.

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

Top Round Roast BeefTop Round Roast Beef opened in the extensively remodeled space of a former donut shop at the busy corner of Olympic Blvd. and La Brea Avenue last June. The theme is top quality roast beef sandwiches where the beef is sliced to order. On the menu is a variety of quality roast beef sandwiches served on a butter-toasted bun with natural au jus. The beef is impressively sliced to order. Also on the small menu are curly French fries cooked in beef fat for maximum flavor, milkshakes and St. Louis frozen custard.

The owners have impressive culinary credentials from places including Red Medicine, 800 Degrees, and Curtis Stone’s restaurants.

Restaurant investor Jamie Tiampo (who is also the owner of See Food Media in New York) joins us along with Chef Steven Fretz (previously executive chef for Curtis Stone’s restaurant group) to explain the concept.

Rick BaylessWhen it comes to possessing a vast knowledge of the regional cooking of the various states in Mexico the recognized “el jefe” in the United States is Chicago’s Rick Bayless. Locally he’s probably best known for the PBS’s series “Mexico – One Plate at a Time” (now starting its 9th award-winning season) and from Bravo’s “Top Chef Masters.” In Chicago he’s a local culinary celebrity for his highly popular restaurants including River North’s Topolobampo and Frontera Grill.

Chef Bayless has created the menu for the recently opened, and much talked about, highly designed Red O in Fashion Island, Newport Beach. It’s basically his contemporary take on Oaxacan fare and other culinary regions of Mexico.

Certain dishes are exclusive to Fashion Island and the tequila list includes 100 selections.

Chef Bayless offers tips for preparing the perfect guacamole.

The new season of his hit PBS series takers us to Oaxaca, one of his favorite culinary regions in Mexico. We’ll see the “Day of the Dead” celebration Oaxaca-style.

Brady Lowe of Cochon 555Cochon 555 (a celebration of heritage pork) returns to Los Angeles on its 2014 cross-country tour at The Fairmont Miramar Hotel on Sunday afternoon, February 23rd. Over 11 tons of heritage pork raised by family farms will be served across the country in the nose-to-tail touring culinary competition.

2014’s competing chefs include Host Chef Ray Garcia of Fig Restaurant, Christian Page of Short Order, Jason Neve of B&B Ristorante, Ray England of Craft, and Brian Howard of Comme Ca. Each chef prepares a maximum of six dishes created from one whole heritage pig.

Our own Jet Tila will be preparing an additional late-night sixth pig for the After Party.

orange-county-restaurant-weekThe OC’s most anticipated, and delicious, dining event, Orange County Restaurant Week, returns from February 23rd to March 1st. Diners will have the opportunity to enjoy the wide spectrum of dining options in the County at special prices for prix-fixe menus for both lunch and dinner.

Over 100 restaurants are part of Orange County Restaurant Week.

One of the featured restaurants is Santa Ana’s Chapter One: The Modern Local. Chef Jason Montelibano (aka Chef Chicken Wing) joins us to talk about his menu. Given his Filipino ancestry he’s incorporated a few contemporary Filipino touches into his menu.

Chef Jason won Riveria Magazine’s “To Live and Dine” chefs’ challenge event @ SoCo last year with his Lamb & Gnocchi dish.

The Grill on the Alley30 years ago dining history was made in Beverly Hills (a tough city for restaurant longevity) with the launch of The Grill on the Alley which is better known as The Grill. It soon evolved into a high profile business destination for lunch for the power brokers of Hollywood. Where your table was signified your status in the Entertainment Business. At night it became a destination for affluent locals with a very loyal following. Unusually for the time pretentiousness was never part of the gameplan. It also was the start of a significant restaurant company with three successful concepts.

Grill Concepts, Inc. continues to flourish to this day. Public School is the newest concept (with a sense of humor) with locations in Downtown Los Angeles, Culver City and Thousand Oaks. Northern California is next and more locations on the horizon. It’s a bar & restaurant gathering spot.

Founder Bob Spivak, a second generation restaurateur with a love for the hospitality business, joins us to share the fascinating story.

“We are so fortunate to have been in business for 30 years,” President, CEO, and Co-Founder Bob Spivak said. “In the ever changing restaurant industry, we are proud to say that we were vintage before it was trendy. And we will continue to maintain the tradition of exceptional service and timeless cuisine that guests have come to count on.”

Ippudo Ramen in New York CityChef Jet has been in New York twice over the last two weeks and has enjoyed some standout dining adventures along the way. Jet shares the details of his meal at Chef April Boomfield’s Spotted Pig (no reservations) in the West Village. This was one of the country’s first gastropubs. It’s still a scene over ten years later.

Jet also visited Ippudo, a well-known Japanese ramen shop and a personal favorite.

Podcasts

Segment One: Host Jet Tila and Producer Andy Harris
Segment Two: Jamie Tiampo and Chef Steven Fretz, partners, Top Round Roast Beef
Segment Three: Chef Rick Bayless, Topolobampo, Frontera Grill, and Red O (in West Hollywood & Newport Beach) Part One
Segment Four: Chef Rick Bayless, Topolobampo, Frontera Grill, and Red O (in West Hollywood & Newport Beach) Part Two
Segment Five: Brady Lowe, Founder & Lord of Pork, Cochon 555
Segment Six: Executive Chef Jason Montelibano, Chapter One: The Modern Local, Santa Ana
Segment Seven: Bob Spivak, President, CEO, and Co-Founder, Grill Concepts, Inc.
Segment Eight: Jet Tila on Manhattan Dining. (Part 2)