Show 268, April 7, 2018: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris

Now an irresistible preview of this Saturday’s flavor-packed show. It’s not, with profuse apologies, for dieters. If we’re successful we will always leave you incredibly hungry and thirsty. In our case, upon careful reflection, that’s probably a pretty good thing… Keep in mind we’re here with you live every Saturday morning with a brand- new show.

Pic’s Really Good Peanut Butter from New Zealand recently orchestrated a fun Dessert Recipe Contest with area C-CAP (Careers through Culinary Arts) high school students. The winning recipe was created by Savannah Wilkinson and Katherine Gonzales who are Seniors at Rio Mesa High School in Oxnard. Savannah and Katherine are our guests along with C-CAP L.A’s Director, Lisa Fontanesi,

Orange County food fans know Nancy Luna as the Orange County Register’s long-time restaurant beat writer since 2005. Earlier in the year she moved on to the respected trade publication, Nation’s Restaurant News in the position of Senior Editor. Her new national beat is the restaurant industry’s largest and most talked about fast-food brands. We’ll meet her.

There are exciting, and tasty, culinary additions to the menu at Angel Stadium for the 2018 season. You can be sure a few new Japanese specialty items will be available at The Big A saluting player sensation Shohei Ohtani. Also, the Angels are part of the inaugural MLB FoodFest in New York City the Weekend of April 21st and 22nd. Executive Chef Robert Biebrich briefly escapes his busy kitchens to bring us up-to-date

For 3 plus years Farley Elliott has been the Senior Editor at the highly influential Eater LA, part of the 27 City Eater network. He is also the author of well-received Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks with Foreword by Bill Esparza. Farley’s work appears nationally in the online, print, and digital video space, and you can follow him around the internet at @overoverunder. Farley joins us in-studio.

We’re encouraged to receive many thoughtful questions via Social Media and e-mail. Executive Producer Andy Harris will answer a few recent inquiries of the most general interest along with a major announcement of emeritus host Chef Jet’s Tila’s new Food TV adventure.

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

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Show 268, April 7, 2018: The Great USA Bake-Off with Pic’s Peanut Butter & C-CAP

Savannah Wilkinson and Katherine Gonzales with their winning Panna Cotta recipe from Pic's Peanut ButterPic’s Really Good Peanut Butter from New Zealand recently orchestrated a fun Dessert Recipe Contest (The Great USA Bake-Off with Pic’s Peanut Butter & C-CAP) with area C-CAP (Careers through Culinary Arts) high school students. The rule simply was to create some delicious baked goods using Pic’s Peanut Butter. The recipe could be properly decadent or delightfully healthy.This was the 3rd year for the Pic’s Really Good Peanut Butter recipe competition with C-CAP.

The winning recipe for Panna Cotta with Meringue Crowns & Strawberry Coulis was created by Savannah Wilkinson and Katherine Gonzales who are Juniors at Rio Mesa High School in Oxnard. They also developed a 2nd recipe for the competition for Sweetheart Cookies.

C-CAP’s programs in the greater Los Angeles area provide underserved high school students with education and career opportunities through the culinary arts.

The winning team of Savannah and Katherine are our guests along with C-CAP L.A’s Director, Lisa Fontanesi.

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April 7: Pic’s Peanut Butter Recipe Contest Winners, Nancy Luna, Angels Baseball Food, Farley Elliott

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: The Great USA Bake-Off with Pic’s Peanut Butter & C-CAP
Segment Three: Nancy Luna, Senior Editor, Nation’s Restaurant News
Segment Four: Executive Chef Robert Biebrich, Angel Stadium Part One
Segment Five: Executive Chef Robert Biebrich, Angel Stadium Part Two
Segment Six: Farley Elliott, Senior Editor, Eater LA Part One
Segment Seven: Farley Elliott, Senior Editor, Eater LA Part Two
Segment Eight: Co-host, Andy Harris, “Your Questions & Our Answers”

Now an irresistible preview of this Saturday’s flavor-packed show. It’s not, with profuse apologies, for dieters. If we’re successful we will always leave you incredibly hungry and thirsty. In our case, upon careful reflection, that’s probably a pretty good thing… Keep in mind we’re here with you live every Saturday morning with a brand new show.

Pic’s Really Good Peanut Butter from New Zealand recently orchestrated a fun Dessert Recipe Contest with area C-CAP (Careers through Culinary Arts) high school students. The winning recipe was created by Savannah Wilkinson and Katherine Gonzales who are Juniors at Rio Mesa High School in Oxnard. Savannah and Katherine are our guests along with C-CAP L.A’s Director, Lisa Fontanesi.

Orange County food fans know Nancy Luna as the Orange County Register’s long-time restaurant beat writer since 2005. Earlier in the year she moved on to the respected trade publication, Nation’s Restaurant News in the position of Senior Editor. Her new national beat is the restaurant industry’s largest and most talked about fast-food brands. We’ll meet her.

There are exciting, and tasty, culinary additions to the menu at Angel Stadium for the 2018 season. You can be sure a few new Japanese specialty items will be available at The Big A saluting player sensation Shohei Ohtani. Also The Angels are part of the inaugural MLB FoodFest in New York City the Weekend of April 21st and 22nd. Executive Chef Robert Biebrich briefly escapes his busy kitchens to bring us up-to-date.

For 3 plus years Farley Elliott has been the Senior Editor at the highly influential Eater LA, part of the 27 City Eater network. He is also the author of well-received Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks with Foreword by Bill Esparza. Farley’s work appears nationally in the online, print, and digital video space, and you can follow him around the internet at @overoverunder. Farley joins us in-studio.

We’re encouraged to receive many thoughtful questions via Social Media and e-mail. Executive Producer Andy Harris will answer a few recent inquiries of the most general interest.

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

Savannah Wilkinson and Katherine Gonzales with their winning Panna Cotta recipe from Pic's Peanut ButterPic’s Really Good Peanut Butter from New Zealand recently orchestrated a fun Dessert Recipe Contest (The Great USA Bake-Off with Pic’s Peanut Butter & C-CAP) with area C-CAP (Careers through Culinary Arts) high school students. The rule simply was to create some delicious baked goods using Pic’s Peanut Butter. The recipe could be properly decadent or delightfully healthy.

The winning recipe for Panna Cotta with Meringue Crowns & Strawberry Coulis was created by Savannah Wilkinson and Katherine Gonzales who are Juniors at Rio Mesa High School in Oxnard. They also developed a 2nd recipe for the competition for Sweetheart Cookies.

C-CAP’s programs in the greater Los Angeles area provide underserved high school students with education and career opportunities through the culinary arts.

The winning team of Savannah and Katherine are our guests along with C-CAP L.A’s Director, Lisa Fontanesi.

Nancy LunaOrange County food fans know Nancy Luna as the Orange County Register’s long-time restaurant beat writer since 2005. Earlier in the year she moved on to the respected trade publication, Nation’s Restaurant News in the position of Senior Editor. Her new national beat is the restaurant industry’s largest and most talked about fast-food brands including McDonald’s, Starbucks, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, KFC and Subway.

Luna is a graduate of Cal State Fullerton. When she’s not digging for news on her beat, you can find Nancy regaling her fans about her latest dining adventures on her Fast Food Maven social media channels. Follow her on Twitter @fastfoodmaven.

We’ll meet her.

Robert BiebrichThere are exciting, and tasty, culinary additions to the menu at Angel Stadium for the 2018 season. You can be sure a few new Japanese specialty items will be available at The Big A saluting rookie player sensation Shohei Ohtani. Think Japanese Pork Katsu.

Also, the Angels are part of the inaugural MLB FoodFest in New York City the Weekend of April 21st and 22nd.

New Flavors at Angels Concession Stands

Change Up Kitchen

  • Feeding off the success of last season, the Change-Up Kitchen is inspired by Angels players and will offer unique rotational menus that change every month. The first menu for Opening Week is inspired by Shohei Ohtani:
  • Japanese Pork Katsu – Deep-fried pork cutlet breaded with panko breadcrumbs and served with steamed rice, Japanese brown curry, and pickled cucumber.
  • Location: Terrace Level Section 226

La Rotisserie

  • Santa Maria-Style Steak Sandwich– A brand new prime beef seasoned steak sandwich in a Santa Maria style rub and slow roasted on our rotisserie. Served on a baguette and topped with garlic herb butter and salsa roja.
  • Location: Field Level Section 113

New Corner Markets

  • Grocery store style locations to purchase salads, snacks, drinks, and more.
  • Location: Club Level Sections 305 and 342

Big Cheese

  • Meatball Grilled Cheese– Beef and pork meatballs simmered in a house made marinara sauce and topped with provolone and mozzarella cheeses, served on toasted thick sliced French loaf.
  • Cubano Grilled Cheese– Slow roasted pork and shaved artisan ham topped with sliced pickles, swiss cheese, creamy mustard, served on toasted thick sliced French loaf.
  • Location: Terrace Level Section 211

Smoke Ring Spud

  • Baked potato, chopped house smoked pulled pork, shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, green onion, and fried onions.
  • Location: Smoke Ring BBQ Gate 1 on Field Level

Shrimp Aguachile

  • Spicy lime marinated shrimp, cucumber, onion, and tortilla chips.
  • Location: Section 259 Casa Modelo

Hugo’s Empanadas

  • House made empanadas with spiced ground beef and potato, flaky pastry crust alongside salsa chilena.
  • Location: Terrace Level Section 260 Casa Modelo

“The Mound”

  • A mound of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies served in a souvenir Angels helmet.
  • Location: Coffee Bean Kiosk near Home Plate Gate on Field Level

“Taste of The Stadium”

  • Unique concept pins are available at each specialty concessions location. With the purchase of each, fans will receive $5 off a $25 purchase at Angel Stadium Team Store location. After collecting all nine, fans will receive a special lanyard and team store pin.
  • Location: Throughout Angel Stadium.

Premium Services

  • The re-brand of the In-Seat Service experience is called RBI – “Restaurant Brought In-Seat”.
  • The focus will be on delivering restaurant quality fare to the seats, refining the classics, and featuring new items that include:
  • Fried Chicken Sandwich– buttermilk marinated chicken breast, mayo, bread and butter pickles, served on a toasted bun.
  • Pastrami Fries– house steamed pastrami, crispy fries, secret sauce, pickles, and cheddar sauce.
  • Grilled Bratwurst– caramelized onion, spicy mustard, served on a pretzel bun.

Saint Archer Brewing Co.

  • Sample Saint Archer’s wide portfolio of beers with a flight. Be the first to taste one of our rotating R&D taps and see what the Master Brewer is testing to release.
  • Saint Archer’s Tusk & Grain program hand selects the most sought-after barrels, and uses only the highest quality goods in the design and execution of their vision for these beers.
  • Best beer pairings deliver with amazing finger foods including:
  • Crispy Jidori Chicken Wings– Aleppo, chermoula, pomegranate molasses (dairy free, gluten free)
  • Steak Frites– flat-iron, crispy potatoes, red chimichurri and greens (dairy free)
  • Thai Shrimp Salad– mango puree, coconut milk, cucumber, Asian herbs, crispy shallot (dairy free, gluten free)

Diamond Club

  • Re-designed interior with a wine wall to showcase the vast selection of wines, and a TV wall to showcase all of the action at Angel Stadium and elsewhere.
  • Buffet with a new a la carte setup, serving select entrées all season.

Executive Chef Robert Biebrich escapes his busy kitchens to bring us up-to-date on all the good eats.

Farley ElliottFor 3 plus years food journalist Farley Elliott has been the Senior Editor at the highly influential Eater LA, part of the 27 City Eater network.

He is also the author of well-received Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks with Foreword by Senor Bill Esparza.

Farley’s work appears nationally in the online, print, and digital video space, and you can follow him around the internet at @overoverunder.

Farley joins us in-studio.

Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor of Eater Los Angeles, a widely-followed digital publication that covers all things restaurant-related in Southern California and aims to break restaurant news. Since he joined Eater over 3-years ago the site has more than doubled in size.

He is also the author of the well-received book, Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks, and has spent years chronicling the often fast-moving, make-or-break food scene in the city. He regularly appears on television, radio, and in print as one of the California’s foremost dining authorities.

Farley has written extensively for LA Weekly, Westways, KCET and SeriousEats.

For Eater LA Farley typically pens five articles a day, five days a week. He does not do “reviews.” He covers topics like breaking news (openings/closings), trend reports on the industry, significant issues including sexual assault, wage slavery and immigration. Farley also contributes features on the history and importance of restaurants in greater Southern California, from San Bernardino to San Luis Obispo to Orange County and beyond.

Andy Harris at the KLAA StudiosWe’re encouraged to receive many thoughtful questions via Social Media and e-mail. Executive Producer Andy Harris will answer a few recent inquiries of the most general interest.

We’re often asked why we’re so upbeat on the show. Fortunately that’s easily explained…

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: The Great USA Bake-Off with Pic’s Peanut Butter & C-CAP
Segment Three: Nancy Luna, Senior Editor, Nation’s Restaurant News
Segment Four: Executive Chef Robert Biebrich, Angel Stadium Part One
Segment Five: Executive Chef Robert Biebrich, Angel Stadium Part Two
Segment Six: Farley Elliott, Senior Editor, Eater LA Part One
Segment Seven: Farley Elliott, Senior Editor, Eater LA Part Two
Segment Eight: Co-host, Andy Harris, “Your Questions & Our Answers”

Show 264, March 10, 2018: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris

Now a captivating preview of this Saturday’s scrumptious show. It’s not, with profuse apologies, for dieters. If we’re successful we will always leave you incredibly hungry and thirsty. In our case, upon careful reflection, that’s probably a pretty good thing… Keep in mind we’re always here with you live every Saturday morning with a fresh show.

Ever consider the delights of top quality peanut butter? The style (with no sugar) that is dense with spreadable crunch and oozing with the rich taste and aroma of freshly roasted peanuts? Kiwi Pic Picot certainly has. Since founding Pic’s Really Good Peanut Butter Co. in his garage in Nelson, NZ back in 2008 he is now the best-selling (and best loved) peanut butter in New Zealand with over 40 per cent of the market! Pic’s is now conquering California. The inspirational NZ peanut butter baron, Pic Picot, is our in-studio guest with his unlikely story.

The Los Angeles LGBT Center’s 13th annual Simply diVine, the premier food and wine event for LGBT people and their allies, will take place on Saturday, March 24, from 6–9 p.m. Held for the first time at Hollywood Forever—one of the world’s most fascinating landmarks best known as the final resting place to more of Hollywood’s founders and stars than anywhere else on Earth—guests will sample extraordinary food and drinks from L.A.’s most popular restaurants, food trucks, wineries, distilleries, breweries, and more. All proceeds support the Center’s life-changing and life-saving programs and services. Event Co-Chair Chef Susan Feniger joins us with all the absolutely fabulous details.

For North Europeans in search of a summer trifecta of sun, sea and sand, Portugal’s southern coastline exerts an irresistible allure. Savvy International wine lovers are now following suit, on a separate voyage of discovery into the country’s hot, dry interior and the vineyards of southern Portugal’s Alentejo (ah-len-TAY-zhoo) region. As with many areas of Southern Europe, wine has been made in the Alentejo for time immemorial, most of it spent in quiet obscurity. But with a winemaking revival well underway, supported by the investment of EU funds, that is fast starting to change. Evan Goldstein, MS, an authority on the wines of Portugal, is our guide to one of the most promising wine regions in southern Europe today.

Executive Chef/Proprietor David Pratt of Brick Restaurant in San Clemente likes to challenge himself. He’s been very successful since opening 6 years ago with his gourmet pizzas from the wood-burning oven with a subspecialty in multi-meat meatballs cooked in the wood-burning oven. Chef David has newly installed an eye-popping Santa Maria-style grill and the appealing farm menu has broadened to include grilled lobster, rib-eye and hangar steaks, lamb chops and whole young kitchen. We divert Chef David from working the Santa Maria grill for a chat.

The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar has opened its third Southern California location at San Diego’s Westfield UTC in La Jolla. The Winery Restaurant La Jolla provides guests with the same rich experience as its Orange County locations at The District in Tustin and overlooking the marina in Newport Beach. The Winery also operates a separate 1,300-square-foot wine bar within Westfield UTC, called The Wine Bar by The Winery, meant to provide a rich experience at a casual pace, perfect for enjoying a glass of wine or tasting flight and small bite. Managing Partner JC Clow is our guide.

Our always informed Co-Host, Chef Andrew Gruel, encores with his “Ask the Chef” series. The big Illumination Foundation Benefit, OC Chef’s Table, is set for Sunday, March 18th at Disney’s Grand Californian. Chef Andrew is again a participant in this high profile and worthy charity event. Each celebrity chef cooks with great fanfare for an exclusive table of ten. We’ll hear about it.

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

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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

Play

March 10: Pic’s Peanut Butter, Susan Feniger, Portugal Wines, Brick Restaurant, The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Pic Picot, Pic’s Really Good Peanut Butter, Nelson, New Zealand Part One
Segment Three: Pic Picot, Pic’s Really Good Peanut Butter, Nelson, New Zealand Part Two
Segment Four: Border Grill’s Susan Feniger, Simply DiVine
Segment Five: Evan Goldstein, MS, The Wines of Alentejo, Portugal
Segment Six: Executive Chef / Proprietor David Pratt, Brick Restaurant, San Clemente
Segment Seven: JC Clow, Founding Managing Partner, The Winery Restaurant and Wine Bar
Segment Eight: Chef Andrew Gruel’s “Ask the Chef”

Now a captivating preview of this Saturday’s scrumptious show. No blarney here…It’s not, with profuse apologies, for dieters. If we’re successful we will always leave you incredibly hungry and thirsty. In our case, upon careful reflection, that’s probably a pretty good thing… Keep in mind we’re always here with you live every Saturday morning with a fresh show.

Ever consider the delights of top quality peanut butter? The style (with no sugar) that is dense with spreadable crunch and oozing with the rich taste and aroma of freshly roasted peanuts? Kiwi Pic Picot certainly has. Since founding Pic’s Really Good Peanut Butter Co. in his garage in Nelson, NZ back in 2008 he is now the best-selling (and best loved) peanut butter in New Zealand. Pic’s is now conquering California. The inspirational NZ peanut butter baron, Pic Picot, is our in-studio guest with his unlikely story.

The Los Angeles LGBT Center’s 13th annual Simply diVine, the premier food and wine event for LGBT people and their allies, will take place on Saturday, March 24, from 6–9 p.m. Held for the first time at Hollywood Forever—one of the world’s most fascinating landmarks best known as the final resting place to more of Hollywood’s founders and stars than anywhere else on Earth—guests will sample extraordinary food and drinks from L.A.’s most popular restaurants, food trucks, wineries, distilleries, breweries, and more. All proceeds support the Center’s life-changing and life-saving programs and services. Event Co-Chair Chef Susan Feniger joins us with all the absolutely fabulous details.

For North Europeans in search of a summer trifecta of sun, sea and sand, Portugal’s southern coastline exerts an irresistible allure. Savvy International wine lovers are now following suit, on a separate voyage of discovery into the country’s hot, dry interior and the vineyards of southern Portugal’s Alentejo (ah-len-TAY-zhoo) region. As with many areas of Southern Europe, wine has been made in the Alentejo for time immemorial, most of it spent in quiet obscurity. But with a winemaking revival well underway, supported by the investment of EU funds, that is fast starting to change. Evan Goldstein, MS, an authority on the wines of Portugal, is our guide to one of the most promising wine regions in southern Europe today.

Executive Chef/Proprietor David Pratt of Brick Restaurant in San Clemente likes to challenge himself. He’s been very successful since opening 6 years ago with his gourmet pizzas from the wood-burning oven with a subspecialty in multi-meat meatballs cooked in the wood-burning oven. Chef David has newly installed an eye-popping Santa Maria-style grill and the appealing farm menu has broadened to include grilled lobster, rib-eye and hangar steaks, lamb chops and whole young kitchen. We divert Chef David from working the Santa Maria grill for a chat.

The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar has opened its third Southern California location at San Diego’s Westfield UTC in La Jolla. The Winery Restaurant La Jolla provides guests with the same rich experience as its Orange County locations at The District in Tustin and overlooking the marina in Newport Beach. In the coming weeks, The Winery will also open a separate 1,300-square-foot wine bar within Westfield UTC, called The Wine Bar by The Winery, meant to provide a rich experience at a casual pace, perfect for enjoying a glass of wine or tasting flight and small bite. Managing Partner JC Clow is our guide.

Our always informed Co-Host, Chef Andrew Gruel, encores with his “Ask the Chef” series. The big Illumination Foundation Benefit, OC Chef’s Table, is set for Sunday, March 18th at Disney’s Grand Californian. Chef Andrew is again a participant in this high profile and worthy charity event. Each celebrity chef cooks with great fanfare for an exclusive table of ten. We’ll hear about it.

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

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.

“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

Susan Feniger of Mud Hen TavernThe Los Angeles LGBT Center’s 13th annual Simply diVine, the premier food and wine event for LGBT people and their allies, will take place on Saturday, March 24, from 6–9 p.m. Held for the first time at Hollywood Forever—one of the world’s most fascinating landmarks best known as the final resting place to more of Hollywood’s founders and stars than anywhere else on Earth—guests will sample extraordinary food and drinks from L.A.’s most popular restaurants, food trucks, wineries, distilleries, breweries, and more. All proceeds support the Center’s life-changing and life-saving programs and services.

“This year, with our new home at the iconic Hollywood Forever, Simply diVine is giving you more than ever before—more of L.A.’s premier food, wine, and spirits, more space, more fun,” said event co-chair Susan Feniger. “There’s never been a better time to show up and support the LGBT community. We need everyone in this fight as we keep working to build a world where all of us can thrive.”

Those looking for a more intimate experience can get a one-hour exclusive early entry to the main event at 5 p.m. with a CLUB VIP Lounge ticket offering private bartenders from The Chapel at the Abbey; tastings of rare wines and Tito’s Handmade Vodka; entertainment by Rachel Sorsa Band; magic by Bill Bailey (from Magic Castle); celebrity chef experiences with Susan Feniger (Border Grill) and Mary Sue Milliken (Border Grill Restaurants & Truck); and more. Complimentary VIP parking included.

Event Co-Chair Chef Susan Feniger joins us with all the absolutely fabulous details.

Evan GoldsteinFor North Europeans in search of a summer trifecta of sun, sea and sand, Portugal’s southern coastline exerts an irresistible allure. Savvy International wine lovers are now following suit, on a separate voyage of discovery into the country’s hot, dry interior and the vineyards of southern Portugal’s Alentejo (ah-len-TAY-zhoo) region.

As with many areas of Southern Europe, wine has been made in the Alentejo for time immemorial, most of it spent in quiet obscurity. But with a winemaking revival well underway, supported by the investment of EU funds, that is fast starting to change.

Alentejo is blessed with an astonishing array of native grapes. With over 250 indigenous grape varieties, Portugal, has the highest density of native grapes per square mile of any country in the world, including Italy. Proud local producers concentrate on those native grapes, which are often blended.

Evan Goldstein, MS, an authority on the wines of Portugal, is our guide to one of the most promising wine regions in southern Europe today.

David PrattExecutive Chef/Proprietor David Pratt of Brick Restaurant in San Clemente likes to challenge himself. He’s been very successful since opening 6 years ago with his distinctive gourmet pizzas from the wood-burning oven with a subspecialty in massive, multi-meat (beef, pork and veal) meatballs cooked in the wood-burning oven.

Chef David has newly installed an eye-popping Santa Maria-style grill and the appealing farm menu has broadened to include grilled lobster, rib-eye and hangar steals, lamb chops and whole young chicken.

“David Pratt, a visionary and true foodie at heart, is passionate about fresh, sustainable and flavorful food. He cares deeply about the food he creates, but he cares even more that people are happy with it. “I try to talk to each table that comes in,” David says. “I want to make sure everyone has a good experience.” “

“His hands are in each aspect of the business, from making pasta and shopping at farmers markets to overseeing the wine list and meeting guests.  One bite into a wood-fired Margherita pizza or the house roasted Porchetta and it all comes full circle.”

We divert Chef David from working the Santa Maria grill for a chat.

Andy Harris, Andrew Gruel and JC Clow of the Winery Restaurant and Wine Bar at the SoCal Restaurant Show 5th AnniversaryThe Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar has opened its third Southern California location at San Diego’s Westfield UTC in La Jolla. The Winery Restaurant La Jolla provides guests with the same rich experience as its Orange County locations at The District in Tustin and overlooking the marina in Newport Beach.

In the coming weeks, The Winery will also open a separate 1,300-square-foot wine bar within Westfield UTC, called The Wine Bar by The Winery, meant to provide a rich experience at a casual pace, perfect for enjoying a glass of wine or tasting flight and small bite.

“At The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar, we pride ourselves on really focusing on our guest experience. Our third location now open in La Jolla provides the same level of service, with highly skilled Chefs orchestrating a warm and passionate menu created by our award-winning Chef Yvon Goetz, and a team of Certified Sommeliers to oversee an incredible wine program,” explained JC Clow, Founding Partner of The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar. “It’s exciting to join a group of retailers that are among the best in their respective fields. We anticipate endless possibilities, with something to suit every palate.”

Managing Partner JC Clow is our hospitable guide.

Andrew Gruel at the AM830 KLAA StudiosOur always informed Co-Host, Chef Andrew Gruel, encores with his Ask the Chef series. The significant Illumination Foundation Benefit, OC Chef’s Table, is set for Sunday, March 18th at Disney’s Grand Californian. Chef Andrew is again a participant in this high profile and worthy charity event. Each celebrity chef cooks with great fanfare for an exclusive (highly decorated & visually stunning) table of ten. We’ll hear about it.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Pic Picot, Pic’s Really Good Peanut Butter, Nelson, New Zealand Part One
Segment Three: Pic Picot, Pic’s Really Good Peanut Butter, Nelson, New Zealand Part Two
Segment Four: Border Grill’s Susan Feniger, Simply DiVine
Segment Five: Evan Goldstein, MS, The Wines of Alentejo, Portugal
Segment Six: Executive Chef / Proprietor David Pratt, Brick Restaurant, San Clemente
Segment Seven: JC Clow, Founding Managing Partner, The Winery Restaurant and Wine Bar
Segment Eight: Chef Andrew Gruel’s “Ask the Chef”