Sustenance Stew

Sustenance Stewby Tess Masters
The Blender Girl

I’m a sucker for stew, and this one is seriously delicious and so quick and easy. The combination of rich, creamy almond butter, sautéed sweet potatoes, and spices will make you mmmm your delight at every bite. This hearty dish, loaded with protein (the optional greens and seeds add even more), is an alkalizing, immune-boosting, chlorophyll-rich crusader.

Serves 5 to 6

Cauliflower Eice

2 medium heads cauliflower, cut into florets
¼ cup (60ml) extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon natural salt, plus more to taste

Stew

1 tablespoon grapeseed oil or extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, roughly chopped
2 teaspoons minced garlic (about 2 cloves)
Natural salt
3 cups (720ml) vegetable broth
2 (14.5-ounce/411g) cans whole tomatoes with their juice
1½ tablespoons minced fresh ginger
¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
4 cups (570g) peeled and roughly diced orange-flesh sweet potatoes
3 cups (210g) chopped broccoli florets
4 cups (120g) Swiss chard, stalks removed, leaves cut into ribbons (about 1 large bunch)
1/3 cup (43g) roasted almond butter
½ cup (14g) loosely packed finely chopped cilantro
1 medium avocado, pitted, peeled, and sliced
½ cup (80g) sliced raw almonds

optional boosters

¼ cup (35g) shelled hemp seeds
1 tablespoon chia seeds (black or white)
¼ cup (10g) pea greens

To make the cauliflower rice, preheat the oven to 375°F (180°C). Line a large baking sheet with a silicone liner or parchment paper.

Put the cauliflower florets in a food processor and pulse about 5 times, until the cauliflower has the texture of couscous. You may have to process in two batches. Transfer the cauliflower to a large bowl and stir in the oil and 1 teaspoon of salt until well combined.

Transfer the “rice” to the prepared baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes. Stir with a spatula or wooden spoon and continue to roast for another 15 minutes, until the “rice” begins to brown. Set aside until ready to serve.

To make the stew, in a large pot over medium heat, warm the oil and sauté the onion and garlic with a pinch of salt for about 5 minutes, until the onion is soft and translucent.

Meanwhile, add the broth, tomatoes, ginger, and red pepper flakes to your blender and pulse a few times on low until rustically chopped and combined but not blended. Stir the sweet potatoes and broth mixture into the sautéed onion. Increase the heat to high and bring the mixture to a boil. Lower the heat to medium, add 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and simmer, uncovered and stirring occasionally, for about 15 minutes, until the sweet potato is just tender. Add the broccoli and simmer for another 5 minutes. Stir in the chard and almond butter and simmer for another 5 minutes, until the chard is just wilted. The broth should be absorbed and you should have a creamy vegetable dish. Stir in the cilantro and tweak the salt to taste.

To serve, spoon equal amounts of the cauliflower rice into bowls and spoon the stew next to or over the “rice.” Top with the avocado and sliced almonds and sprinkle with the hemp seed and chia seed boosters. Finish by topping with the pea greens booster.

Nutritional Facts (per serving, based on 6 servings)

calories 126 kcal | fat 9.6 g | saturated fat 1.4 g | sodium 324.8 mg | carbs 8.8 g | fiber 2.8 g | sugars 4 g | protein 3.6 g | calcium 68.6 mg | iron 1.8 mg

CREDIT: Reprinted with permission from The Perfect Blend, copyright 2016 Tess Masters. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.
Photography Copyright 2016 by Anson Smart

Show 190, September 24, 2016: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris and Chef Andrew Gruel of Slapfish Restaurant Group

Please note… Next Saturday, October 1st we’re preempted in our usual morning slot for Fighting Irish Football. No worries as we’ll still have a live show for you at the special afternoon time of 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on October 1st only. Thanks & please help spread the word…

Andrew Gruel and his son WilliamExecutive Chef Andrew Gruel of the rapidly growing Slapfish empire with restaurants in Huntington Beach, Brea, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, LAX, Irvine at UCI and, most recently, The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for Rams and USC Football, is back as today’s Guest Host. San Clemente is launching next. In May in Chicago during the National Restaurant Association’s annual conclave he received Nation’s Restaurant News’ Trendsetter MenuMaster Award for Slapfish.

Our food-loving colleagues in Richmond, British Columbia are at it again. Richmond is known for having some of the best and most authentic regional Chinese food outside of China. For all of us in SoCal it’s a whole lot closer. Just launched is “Travel the Dumpling Trail.” Colin Wong, Director of Communications for Tourism Richmond, joins us with all the crave-worthy details.

Noted gourmand Darrell Corti of Corti Brothers gourmet grocery and spirit purveyors in Sacramento is the Chairman of the globally respected L.A. International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition. We’ll chat about the Southern Hemisphere tasting and lots more, and how the public can sample some of the winning oils during the closing Weekend of the L.A. County Fair. TheDailyMeal.com has dubbed him one of the coolest people in food and drink in America.

L.A. Kitchen is a high-profile, local non-profit whose thoughtful mission is that food and people should never go to waste. On Saturday evening, October 22nd they are launching their first ever fundraiser: Shared Plates. It’s “a night of 100 dinner parties” across Los Angeles. Robert Egger, Founder & CEO of L.A. Kitchen is our guest with a preview.

At 25, Chef Marcel Vigneron competed on the memorable Season 2 of Bravo’s “Top Chef” and, impressively, was the Runner-Up. He now has two side-by-side restaurants on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles, Wolf (Seasonal LA Cuisine) and the plant-based, Beefsteak. We’ll meet him.

Austin-born burger joint Hopdoddy Burger Bar, known for its thoughtfully crafted selection of high quality burgers, craft beer and handspun shakes, has recently opened their second Orange County location at The Market Place in Tustin. Hopdoddy’s Brand Manager, Erin Fohn>, joins us with all the hot & juicy specifics.

Foodbeast presents the 2nd Annual OozeFest in Downtown Santa Ana on the Weekend of October 15th and 16th. It’s the very cheesiest of course, with awesome cheese creations and premium beer! There is a VIP all-you-can-eat option this year. Producer Bobby Navarro of 100eats.com has the gooey details for us.

Co-host Chef Andrew Gruel> of Slapfish Restaurant Group has two young children and also enjoys dining out at all levels of establishments. What to do? Chef Andrew shares his top picks for chef-driven restaurants that are also kid-friendly. Mangia…

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

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Show 190, September 24, 2016: Darrell Corti, Chair, L.A. International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition

Darrell CortiNoted gourmand Darrell Corti of Corti Brothers gourmet grocery and spirit purveyors in Sacramento is the Chairman of the globally respected L.A. International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition. We’ll chat about the Southern Hemisphere tasting and lots more and how the public can sample some of the winning oils during the final Weekend of the L.A. County Fair. TheDailyMeal.com has dubbed him one of the coolest people in food and drink in America.

For the Southern Hemisphere competition 101 oils were evaluated from 45 producers in Australia, New Zealand and South America. The judging yielded 82 awards.

Now in its 17th year, the Los Angeles International Olive Oil Competition is the top ranking EVOO competition in the United States and fifth worldwide. The goal is to bring together the highest standards of integrity and professionalism in awarding medals to the best oils from around the globe.

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September 24: Tourism Richmond, Corti Brothers, LA Kitchen, Marcel Vigneron, Hopdoddy Burger Bar, OozeFest

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris and Chef Andrew Gruel of Slapfish Restaurant Group
Segment Two: “The Dumpling Trail” with Colin Wong, Director of Communications, Tourism Richmond
Segment Three: Darrell Corti, Chair, L.A. International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition
Segment Four: Robert Egger, Founder & CEO, L.A. Kitchen
Segment Five: Owner/Chef Marcel Vigneron, Wolf & Beefsteak
Segment Six: Erin Fohn, Brand Manager, Hopdoddy Burger Bar
Segment Seven: Foodbeast Presents: The 2nd Annual OozeFest
Segment Eight: Chef Andrew Gruel, Slapfish Restaurant Group

Please note… Next Saturday, October 1st we’re preempted in our usual morning slot for Fighting Irish Football. No worries as we’ll still have a live show for you at the special afternoon time of 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on October 1st only. Thanks & please help spread the word…

Andrew Gruel and his son WilliamExecutive Chef Andrew Gruel of the rapidly growing Slapfish empire with restaurants in Huntington Beach, Brea, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, LAX, Irvine at UCI and, most recently, The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for Rams and USC Football, is back as today’s Guest Host. San Clemente is launching next. In May in Chicago during the National Restaurant Association’s annual conclave he received Nation’s Restaurant News’ Trendsetter MenuMaster Award for Slapfish.

Our food-loving colleagues in Richmond, British Columbia are at it again. Richmond is known for having some of the best and most authentic regional Chinese food outside of China. For for all of us in SoCal it’s a whole lot closer. Just launched is “Travel the Dumpling Trail.” Colin Wong, Director of Communications for Tourism Richmond, joins us with all the crave-worthy details.

Noted gourmand Darrell Corti of Corti Brothers gourmet grocery and spirit purveyors in Sacramento is the Chairman of the globally respected L.A. International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition. We’ll chat about the Southern Hemisphere tasting and lots more, and how the public can sample some of the winning oils during the closing Weekend of the L.A. County Fair. TheDailyMeal.com has dubbed him one of the coolest people in food and drink in America.

L.A. Kitchen is a high-profile, local non-profit whose thoughtful mission is that food and people should never go to waste. On Saturday evening, October 22nd they are launching their first ever fundraiser : Shared Plates. It’s “a night of 100 dinner parties” across Los Angeles. Robert Egger, Founder & CEO of L.A. Kitchen is our guest with a preview.

At 25, Chef Marcel Vigneron competed on the memorable Season 2 of Bravo’s “Top Chef” and, impressively, was the Runner-Up. He now has two side-by-side restaurants on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles, Wolf (Seasonal LA Cuisine) and the plant-based, Beefsteak. We’ll meet him.

Austin-born burger joint Hopdoddy Burger Bar, known for its thoughtfully crafted selection of high quality burgers, craft beer and handspun shakes, has recently opened their second Orange County location at The Market Place in Tustin. Hopdoddy’s Brand Manager, Erin Fohn, joins us with all the hot & juicy specifics.

Foodbeast presents the 2nd Annual OozeFest in Downtown Santa Ana on the Weekend of October 15th and 16th. It’s the very cheesiest of course, with awesome cheese creations and premium beer! There is a VIP all-you-can-eat option this year. Producer Bobby Navarro of 100eats.com has the gooey details for us.

Co-host Chef Andrew Gruel of Slapfish Restaurant Group has two young children and also enjoys dining out at all levels of establishments. What to do? Chef Andrew shares his top picks for chef-driven restaurants that are also kid-friendly. Mangia…

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

Colin WongOur food-loving colleagues in Richmond, British Columbia are at it again. Richmond has some of the best regional Chinese food outside of China and for all of us in SoCal it’s a whole lot closer. Just launched is “Travel the Dumpling Trail.”

“Did you know there are over 20 different types of Asian dumplings? Dumplings come in all shapes and forms, from water-boiled, to deep-fried, steamed and even dessert dumplings. In Richmond, B.C. there is no shortage of dumplings to choose from and Tourism Richmond is inviting visitors to sample some of the delicious options that the city has to offer through a new tour, the Dumpling Trail.”

“With over 800 restaurants in Richmond, dining choices can be overwhelming,” said Tracy Lakeman, CEO of Tourism Richmond. “We’ve carefully selected 15 eateries with some of the best dumplings, from upscale restaurants to hidden gems and food court stalls. These restaurants make up the Dumpling Trail, a walkable, self-guided tour that showcases Richmond as a culinary destination. Each location on the Trail offers unique varieties of dumplings and Tourism Richmond has identified some of the city’s best.”

Here’s a preview of Tourism Richmond’s top picks for dumplings:

  • Su Hang Restaurant: Xiao long bao (soup dumplings) & water-boiled dumplings
  • Shiang Garden: Har Gow (shrimp dumplings)
  • Shibuyatei Sushi & Larmen: Japanese scallop gyoza
  • Golden Sichuan Restaurant: Spicy Chinese dumplings

Colin Wong, Director of Communications for Tourism Richmond, joins us with all the crave-worthy details.

Darrell CortiNoted gourmand Darrell Corti of Corti Brothers gourmet grocery and spirit purveyors in Sacramento is the Chairman of the globally respected L.A. International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition. We’ll chat about the Southern Hemisphere tasting and lots more and how the public can sample some of the winning oils during the final Weekend of the L.A. County Fair. TheDailyMeal.com has dubbed him one of the coolest people in food and drink in America.

Now in its 17th year, the Los Angeles International Olive Oil Competition is the top ranking EVOO competition in the United States and fifth worldwide. The goal is to bring together the highest standards of integrity and professionalism in awarding medals to the best oils from around the globe.

Robert EggarL.A. Kitchen is a growing-in-profile, local non-profit whose thoughtful mission is that food and people should never go to waste. On Saturday evening, October 22nd they are launching their first ever fundraiser : Shared Plates. It’s “a night of 100 dinner parties” across Los Angeles.

“On behalf of the L.A. Kitchen, I’m thrilled to invite you to SHARED PLATES, an extraordinary night of 100 dinner parties hosted in homes all across our great city on Saturday, October 22nd. By sharing plates, stories, and a few surprises, these dinners will bring Angelenos from every walk of life together to reveal the power of food”

“Thanks to the generosity of our hosts, 100 per cent of your ticket revenue goes to support the L.A. Kitchen’s vital work to ensure that neither food nor people will ever go to waste.” – From Robert Egger, Founder & CEO, L.A. Kitchen

Robert Egger, Founder & CEO of L.A. Kitchen is our guest with a tantalizing preview.

Marcel VigneronAt 25, Chef Marcel Vigneron competed on the memorable Season 2 of Bravo’s “Top Chef” and, impressively, was the Runner-Up. He now has two side-by-side restaurants on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles, Wolf (Seasonal LA Cuisine) and the plant-based, Beefsteak. We’ll meet him.

“At WOLF, we are influenced by fresh local ingredients and the farmers that grow them. We pay tribute to the food by preparing it with care, using every edible part from flower to root and nose to tail. Our inspiration stems from the variety of cultures that make up our city, from Thai Town to Taco Trucks. Our goal is to combine these traditional flavors into something uniquely Los Angeles.  Come in and experience food and service that are precise, but never pretentious.  Join Marcel and his team to take your place in the Wolfpack.”

“At Beefsteak, we strive to bring the best produce and local ingredients to our guests in a casual environment that serves fresh and seasonal California cuisine. We aim to source everything from socially conscious purveyors that will in turn be used in dishes that are not only healthy, but also intended to be super tasty, and ecologically responsible. We value the intimate connection between our food, our farms, our planet and our health and aim to be sustainable in all of our practices.  We support our community through partnerships with local vendors and producers.”

Erin FohmAustin-born burger joint Hopdoddy Burger Bar, known for its thoughtfully crafted selection of high quality burgers, craft beer and handspun shakes, has recently opened their second Orange County location at The Market Place in Tustin.

Hopdoddy delivers fresh, all-natural angus burgers alongside Kennebec hand cut fries, farm fresh salads and handcrafted milkshakes. Their buns are baked in-house from scratch every day. Craft local beer is a passion for Hopdoddy, as well as their full bar including house-made liqueurs and fresh-squeezed juices. Founded in 2010, Hopdoddy now has locations in Texas, Arizona, Colorado and California.

Hopdoddy’s Brand Manager, Erin Fohn, joins us with all the hot & juicy specifics.

Foodbeast OozefestFoodbeast presents the 2nd Annual OozeFest in Downtown Santa Ana on the Weekend of October 15th and 16th. It’s the very cheesiest of course with awesome cheese creations and premium beer! There is a VIP all-you-can-eat option this year.

OozeFest is an amazing festival with tons of chef-driven, awesome cheese creations and premium beer.

Marketplace tickets ($5.00) include entry to the Marketplace section which has vendors you can buy food and drinks from. VIP tickets ($40.00) include all-you-can-enjoy food and beer from great establishments including Five Crowns and Slapfish.

Producer Bobby Navarro of 100eats.com has all the gooey details for us.

Andrew Gruel at the AM830 KLAA StudiosCo-host Chef Andrew Gruel of Slapfish Restaurant Group has two young children and also enjoys dining out at all levels of establishments. What to do? Chef Andrew shares his top picks for chef-driven restaurants that are also kid-friendly. Manga…

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris and Chef Andrew Gruel of Slapfish Restaurant Group
Segment Two: “The Dumpling Trail” with Colin Wong, Director of Communications, Tourism Richmond
Segment Three: Darrell Corti, Chair, L.A. International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition
Segment Four: Robert Egger, Founder & CEO, L.A. Kitchen
Segment Five: Owner/Chef Marcel Vigneron, Wolf & Beefsteak
Segment Six: Erin Fohn, Brand Manager, Hopdoddy Burger Bar
Segment Seven: Foodbeast Presents: The 2nd Annual OozeFest
Segment Eight: Chef Andrew Gruel, Slapfish Restaurant Group

Show 161, February 27, 2016: Jon Yee, enFuso, and Nicole Stimson, Beautiful Olive

Enfuso Olive OilenFuso and Beautiful Olive are locally owned and operated Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar production and distribution businesses. enFuso does the R & D and manufacturing of the line of high quality artisan products.

Beautiful Olive sells the product line at10 weekly farmers markets in Southern California and are proud to represent the wonderful handmade products. enFuso is showcasing their gourmet specialty foods at the Pechanga Wine Festival.

enFuso is a 100% family-owned business based in Los Alamitos, California that produces high-quality, hand crafted artisanal California olive oil and Italian balsamic vinegar products. Their team guarantees every product is handled with the utmost craft and care.

enFuso is one of the few specialty food companies that handles their products in the following ways:

  • They hand craft their own recipes.
  • enFuso uses the highest quality base for all of their products.

enFuso uses real ingredients that come from nature – NOT artificially created in a lab.

Co-owner Jon Yee (enFuso) and Beautiful Olive’s Nicole Stimson join us.

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Show 129, July 4, 2015: Amy Riolo, The Ultimate Mediterranean Diet Cookbook

Amy RioloThink you’re heard everything you could possibly need to know about the benefits of the Mediterranean Diet? Time to rethink that…

We’re diving into The Ultimate Mediterranean Diet Cookbook – Harness the Power of the World’s Healthiest Diet to Live Better, Longer written by international cooking expert Amy Riolo. It’s based on the science of the Mediterranean Diet Pyramid.

She gets right to the core of the Mediterranean lifestyle explaining what should be eaten, when it should be eaten, and why. Each recipe is complemented by “Mediterranean Tradition” – information on the history, culture, lore, and nutritional value of the dish and its ingredients.

Recent studies show that people who follow a Mediterranean diet were 47 percent less likely to develop heart disease – and the news gets even better. A Mediterranean diet works for all genders, all age groups, and regardless of overall condition.

Combined with the fact that the foods most common to the Mediterranean diet are easily available in the U.S. and Canada – and already number among our most popular dishes – make this diet plan perhaps one of the most effective, easiest to follow, and delicious. Rich in olive oil, nuts, beans, fish, fruits and vegetables, and even wine, The Ultimate Mediterranean Diet allows you to enjoy both appealing food and good health.

 

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Show 104, January 3, 2015: Food and Travel Journalist, Steve Bramucci

Steve BramucciSteve Bramucci is a freelance food and travel writer based in Laguna Beach. For what was the final issue of OC Register Magazine (November 6, 2014) he researched and wrote the provocative piece, “The 20-Mile Meal,” the cover story. This was also picked up by Coast Magazine.

“With the help of The Haven Collective’s (Haven Gastropub and Provisions Market) Executive Chef Greg Daniels, writer Steve Bramucci tests the limits of the “Eat Local” concept by sourcing a multicourse dinner from within 20 miles of his Laguna Beach apartment.” With incredible resourcefulness (read the piece) Steve and Chef Greg were able to source everything locally with the exception of a bit of olive oil! (That was California olive oil used by the way so they were very close…)

With a little navigating the article can be found within the Orange County Register’s Website. On the Home Page of The Register’s Web site click on the “Magazines” tab in the top right corner. Once you’re there click on Coast.” On this subpage you’ll see the cover for the OC Register Magazine with the 20-Mile Meal cover.

Steve Bramucci takes us through that journey.

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Show 91, October 4, 2014: Cooking Techniques and Recipes with Olive Oil

Two Extra VirginsOlive oil is now a staple in the American diet. How often have you been in the store looking at bottles of olive oil and not knowing which one to buy? An authoritative and practical new book has just been published that provides most of the answers. Cooking Techniques and Recipes with Olive Oil by Mary Platis and Laura Bashar is the new resource.

Olive Oil is known for its dynamic and diverse flavor characteristics. But, surprisingly, most people don’t really know how to cook with olive oil and have no idea what to look for when buying it.

“Our goal in writing this book is to teach people new ways to cook with olive oil and master fundamental skills,” the authors observe. “The techniques in our book will sharpen skills in the kitchen and acquaint cooks at all levels with basic methods of cooking with olive oil.”

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October 4, Neela Paniz, Dean Kim, Olive Oil, Adam Perry Lang, Best Wines, Ned Elliot, Life is Beautiful

Podcasts

Segment One: Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris previews the show
Segment Two: Chef Neela Paniz, Indian regional cooking authority
Segment Three: Baker Dean Kim, OC Baking Co.
Segment Four: Cooking Techniques and Recipes with Olive Oil
Segment Five: Chef Adam Perry Lang
Segment Six: Kyle Meyer of Best Wines
Segment Seven: Indie Chefs Week at Taco Maria
Segment Eight: Life Is Beautiful Festival, Las Vegas

Executive Producer & Occasional Co-Host Andy Harris previews the show.

Be sure to catch ABC 7’s “Eye on L.A.” this Sunday evening, Oct. 5th at 6:30 p.m. Chef Jet Tila provides host Tina Malave with his “Ultimate Insiders’ Tour of the Flavors of Thai Town.”

Indian cooking authority, Chef Neela Paniz, grew up in Bombay, India and is fondly remembered by Angelenos as the executive chef and co-owner of the landmark Bombay Café in West Los Angeles which she sold a number of years ago before moving to Napa. Her new cookbook is The New Indian Slow Cooker.

We’re big fans of the talent and generosity of baker Dean Kim of the OC Baking Company. In celebration of World Bread Day on Thursday, October 16th, OC Baking Co. is teaming up with Provisions Market to open a Share Our Selves Dough-nation Center in Old Towne Orange.

Olive oil is now a staple in the American diet. How often have you been in the store looking at bottles of olive oil and not knowing which one to buy ? An authoritative and practical new book has just been published that provides most of the answers. Cooking Techniques and Recipes with Olive Oil by Mary Platis and Laura Bashar is the resource.

L.A. meat lovers will again line up as barbecue and grilling expert Adam Perry Lang brings his wildly-popular Serious Barbecue Back Lot BBQ to the “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” parking lot for three weeks starting October 7th. The Serious Barbecue Back Lot BBQ will be open to the public for lunch only on Tuesdays through Friday through October 24th.

Best Wines in Santa Ana is pleased to announce that their 11,800 sq. ft. wine paradise is now officially open to the public. The Grand Opening festivities, a charity benefit, are set for Saturday, Oct. 18th. Co-proprietors Kyle Meyer and Tristen Beamon are part of C-CAP’s “Sweet & Savory Spectacular” benefit in Santa Monica on Oct. 19th.

Ned Elliott, chef of the critically acclaimed Austin, Texas restaurant, Foreign & Domestic is also the founder of Indie Chefs Week. The series brings together an array of chefs from across the country to showcase their talents at a pop-up style event. Elliott will host the next installment of the series Thursday, October 16 through Saturday, October 18 at Chef Carlos Salgado’s Taco Maria located at SoCo in Costa Mesa.

The Life is Beautiful Festival, with a serious culinary component, returns to Downtown Las Vegas for its 2nd year from Friday, October 24th through Sunday, October 26th. Kate Neuhaus, the Culinary Programmer, joins us with all the tasty details.

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

Neela PanizIndian cooking authority, Chef Neela Paniz, grew up in Bombay, India and is fondly remembered by Angelenos as the executive chef and co-owner of the landmark Bombay Café in West Los Angeles which she sold a number of years ago before moving to Napa. In Napa she oversaw a contemporary Indian restaurant, Neela’s. Her new cookbook is The New Indian Slow Cooker.

On Food TV Paniz has competed on Food Network’s Chopped” and was the winning chef of her episode.

“Beautifully illustrated with forty full-color photographs throughout, The New Indian Slow Cooker makes preparing traditional Indian cuisine at home surprisingly effortless. The results will inspire multitudes of Indian food lovers to savor its delicious slow cooker creations often.”

Dean KimWe’re big fans of the talent and generosity of baker Dean Kim of the OC Baking Company. In celebration of World Bread Day on Thursday, October 16th, OC Baking Co. is teaming up with Provisions Market to open a Share Our Selves Dough-nation Center in Old Towne Orange.

OC Baking Co. Master Baker Dean Kim will offer a variety of fresh-baked breads for a $10 donation from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Provisions Market in Orange. All money raised will benefit Share Our Selves, a local nonprofit dedicated to providing food, clothing and emergency financial aid for housing, transportation, prescriptions and children’s needs to Orange County’s homeless and low-income populations.

Two Extra VirginsOlive oil is now a staple in the American diet. How often have you been in the store looking at bottles of olive oil and not knowing which one to buy ? An authoritative and practical new book has just been published that provides most of the answers. Cooking Techniques and Recipes with Olive Oil by Mary Platis and Laura Bashar is the new resource.

Olive Oil is known for its dynamic and diverse flavor characteristics. But, surprisingly, most people don’t really know how to cook with olive oil and have no idea what to look for when buying it.

“Our goal in writing this book is to teach people new ways to cook with olive oil and master fundamental skills,” the authors observe. “The techniques in our book will sharpen skills in the kitchen and acquaint cooks at all levels with basic methods of cooking with olive oil.”

Adam Perry Lang BBQ at Jimmy Kimmel Live studios in HollywoodL.A. meat lovers will again line up as barbecue and grilling expert Adam Perry Lang brings his wildly-popular Serious Barbecue Back Lot BBQ to the “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” parking lot for three weeks starting October 7th. The Serious Barbecue Back Lot BBQ will be open to the public for lunch only on Tuesdays through Friday through October 24th. The barbecue is prepared and served by Adam himself.

Favorites include APL’s signature sliced beef short rib, prime brisket, rib eye, New York strip steak, and much more. The Serious Barbecue Back Lot BBQ is a community event, serving customers and also making free lunch deliveries daily to the L.A.C.E.R. Afterschool program.

Kyle Meyer and Tristen Beamon of Best Wines OnlineBest Wines in Santa Ana is pleased to announce that their 11,800 sq. ft. wine paradise is now officially open to the public. The Grand Opening festivities, a charity benefit, are set for Saturday, Oct. 18th.

Co-proprietors Kyle Meyer and Tristen Beamon are part of C-CAP’s (Careers through Culinary Arts Program) “Sweet & Savory Spectacular” benefit in Santa Monica on Oct. 19th. Best Wines has a tasting station in the benefit at the Craft Beer, Premium Wine and Spirits Garden. They will be pouring some wonderful wines including a delightful bubbly.

Kyle will also be conducting an interactive class, One-Hour Wine Expert Cabernet Four Ways, where the Cabs will be sampled by the guests.

Ned ElliotNed Elliott, chef of the critically acclaimed Austin, Texas restaurant, Foreign & Domestic is also the founder of Indie Chefs Week. The series brings together an array of chefs from across the country to showcase their talents at a pop-up style event. Elliott will host the next installment of the series Thursday, October 16 through Saturday, October 18 at Chef Carlos Salgado’s Taco Maria located at SoCo in Costa Mesa.

The Indie Chefs Week series in Costa Mesa at SoCo will consist of three distinct events. Both Thursday, October 16 and Friday, October 17 will introduce a unique lineup of more than a dozen chefs, allowing guests to socialize with the visiting cooks and enjoy a 12-course menu, specially prepared for the event, along with a selection of beverages. The series will culminate with a final event on Saturday, October 18th that will present the entire lineup of over 25 chefs showcasing an elaborate 20-course tasting menu. There are two dining options that include counter and table seating.

Life is Beautiful FestivalThe Life is Beautiful Festival, with a serious culinary component, returns to Downtown Las Vegas for its 2nd year from Friday, October 24th through Sunday, October 26th. It’s been expanded to three days. Kate Neuhaus, the Culinary Programmer, joins us with all the tasty details.

The food highlight is the popular Culinary Village experience. For 2014 it’s multiplied and integrated more seamlessly into the overall festival footprint. The locations will feature the best local restaurants that Las Vegas has to offer as well as curated, handcrafted pairings of beer, wine, and spirits from some of the world’s most distinguished mixologists, wine-makers, and brewers.

Another attraction is the Chefs On Stage cooking demonstrations where guests can get an up-close and personal look at celebrity chefs’ techniques and inspirations. It’s like living Food TV.

Grills & Guitars, the festival’s official kick-off party, will usher in another year of Life is Beautiful on Thursday evening, October 23rd at Gold Spike. Showcasing celebrity chefs at gourmet food stations, live music, beer, wine and cocktail tastings, this walk-around culinary event is eagerly anticipated.

Podcasts

Segment One: Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris previews the show
Segment Two: Chef Neela Paniz, Indian regional cooking authority
Segment Three: Baker Dean Kim, OC Baking Co.
Segment Four: Cooking Techniques and Recipes with Olive Oil
Segment Five: Chef Adam Perry Lang
Segment Six: Kyle Meyer of Best Wines
Segment Seven: Indie Chefs Week at Taco Maria
Segment Eight: Life Is Beautiful Festival, Las Vegas

Show 57, January 18, 2013: Antonia Lofaso, Executive Chef & Partner, Scopa Italian Roots and Black Market Liquor Bar. Continues…

Scopa Italian Roots in Marina del ReyChef Antonia Lofaso of the newly opened Scopa Italian Roots in Marina del Rey and Black Market Liquor Bar in Studio City picks up the conversation.

Chef Antonia is a graduate of the French Culinary Institute in New York and cooked at Spago for many years working her way up the tall kitchen ladder there. Her first executive chef post was at SBE’s Foxtail in West Hollywood.

Scopa, located next door to Roy Choi’s Sunny Spot, is her latest venture.

There is a huge antipasti bar where all the cheeses and salumi are cut and plated to order right in front of the guests. The mini Italian Hero (coppa, prosciutto, salami, provolone, olive oil, and vinegar) is very popular.

There is also an oyster bar.

The varied menu also offers salads, pasta, large plate mains, and seasonal sides including polenta. The Pappardelle with pork shank, stracciatella, and arugula is a standout. The flavorful T-Bone is a meat-lovers’ dream.

Antonia’s first cookbook, published in 2012, is still available via Amazon. It’s The Busy Mom’s Cookbook: 100 Recipes for Quick, Delicious, Home-Cooked Meals. Antonia has a teenage daughter and the recipes were developed through the eyes of a hardworking single mom.

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