Show 214, March 11, 2017: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris

Andrew Gruel at the AM830 KLAA StudiosCongrats to our Co-Host, Chef Andrew Gruel. In today’s (March 11th) Los Angeles Times’ Saturday Section (Page F4) Chef Andrew’s signature Chowder Fries (with bacon) from Slapfish is one of the highlighted “Mash-ups worth munching” items chronicled by Staff Writer Jenn Harris. Color photo of Slapfish’s Crowder Fries there, too!

Now a tempting preview of this Saturday’s lush and abundant 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 that’s actually a pretty good thing…

Our irregular ace field correspondent, Anne Marie Panoringan, (a regular contributor to OC Weekly), has previewed the 50th Anniversary Dining Specials (March only) at South Coast Plaza in a marathon eating tour. We’ll hear about a sampling of the delicious morsels being showcased.

Our resident Produce Guru, Robert Schueller of Melissa’s, joins us with his first, of two, segments today. He’s telling us about the recently concluded International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) annual conference in Louisville and then providing an overview of the 2017 Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival which is on now through April 16th in Anaheim.

Evans Brewing Co. was formed in 2014 when it absorbed the assets of Bayhawk Ales, Inc., Orange County’s oldest operating microbrewery established in 1994 and now publicly traded. Last December Evans Brewing Co. launched The Public House in Fullerton, a full-service restaurant and Tasting Room. The COO and Founder of Evans Brewing Co., Evan Rapport, joins us with a cold one.

What’s the pick of the season in fresh produce right now? We’re talking the very best in fruits and veggies with Robert Schueller, the uncontested Prince of Produce from Melissa’s World Variety Produce and our resident produce authority for a juicy update. We can say for sure that the incredible, tree-ripened Ojai Pixie Tangerines have arrived early and, with any luck, will be with us through June. It’s a bumper crop…

Urge Gastropub and Whiskey Bank (including a production microbrewery and hidden Prohibition-era Speakeasy) is new in Oceanside. We’ll savor one of the 250 whiskey options with Co-Owner Grant Tondro of 3LocalBrothers.

Fans of Fox’s Hell’s Kitchen will recall the memorable Chef Bev Lazo from Season 12. Chef Bev’s catering company, Fiesta Adobo, cooks up delicious, traditional foods from the Philippines. Another specialty is serving traditional Mexican style street tacos. We’ll meet her.

It’s the 50th Anniversary of Costa Mesa’s celebrated South Coast Plaza. Most of the restaurants there are doing something special to celebrate during the month of March. Bravo’s “Top Chef” alum, Chef Brian Huskey of Tackle Box (on the sand in Costa Mesa), has created the Camarena Tequila chipotle-braised carnitas taco entrée for Wahoo’s Fish Taco in South Coast Plaza. It’s available exclusively at Wahoo’s SCP (2nd level of the Crate and Barrel / Macy’s Home Store Wing) for the month of March. We’ve reeled in Chef Brian to provide the details.

All of this and heaping cups of much more incredible food talk on today’s show!

Chef Andrew Gruel is opening a new Slapfish in Silicon Flats, Utah and will be back with us very soon.

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Show 214, March 11, 2017: Chef Brian Huskey, Tackle Box, South Coast Plaza’s 50th Birthday

Brian HuskeyIt’s the 50th Anniversary of Costa Mesa’s celebrated South Coast Plaza. Most of the restaurants there are doing something special to celebrate during the month of March.

Bravo’s “Top Chef” Season 11 alum, Chef Brian Huskey of Tackle Box (on the sand in Costa Mesa), has created the Camarena Tequila chipotle-braised carnitas taco entrée for Wahoo’s Fish Taco in South Coast Plaza.

It’s available exclusively for $5.50 at Wahoo’s SCP (2nd level of the Crate and Barrel / Macy’s Home Store Wing) for the month of March, only.

Wahoo’s 30th Anniversary will be next year in 2018!

We’ve reeled in Chef Brian to provide the lip-smacking details.

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March 4: Evans Brewing, Melissa’s Produce, Urge Gastropub and Whiskey Bank, Bev Lazo, Brian Huskey

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Anne Marie Panoringan, Food & Libation Journalist
Segment Three: Robert Schueller, Prince of Produce, Melissa’s World Variety Produce Part One
Segment Four: Evan Rapport, Founder & COO, Evans Brewing Co., Irvine
Segment Five: Robert Schueller, Prince of Produce, Melissa’s World Variety Produce Part Two
Segment Six: Grant Tondro, Co-Founder, Urge Gastropub & Whiskey Bar, Oceanside
Segment Seven: Chef Bev Lazo, Fiesta Adobo Catering
Segment Eight: Chef Brian Huskey, Tackle Box, South Coast Plaza’s 50th Birthday

Team USA wins Hold at the 2017 Bocuse D'orWe have been enthusiastically following the incredible “Road to Lyon” for Team USA in the prestigious Bocuse d’Or International Culinary Competition since Chef Mathew Peters (formerly with Thomas Keller’s per se) and his Commis, Harrison Turone, reigned supreme in a fierce cooking competition at The Venetian Resort in Las Vegas in December 2015 to win the honor of representing Team USA in 2017 sat the Bocuse d’Or . For the first time in the 30- year history of the biannual Bocuse d’Or, Team USA took the coveted First Place Gold Statue in late January in Lyon.

You can join in an exclusive, well-deserved salute to our proud Team USA at a reception of specialty cocktails and canapes at Chef Walter Manzke’s (member of the ment’or BKB Culinay Council) Republique in Los Angeles on Monday evening, March 13th from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Both Chefs Mathew and Harrison will be there as well as the prized Gold Statue. Tickets are available right here. See you there!

Now a tempting preview of this Saturday’s lush and abundant 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 that’s actually a pretty good thing…

Chef Bill Yosses was the Executive Pastry Chef at The White House (7 years) for both Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. He’s now back in New York with Perfect Pie. More unusually he’s the “Official Pie Maker” for the current Off-Broadway Production of Sweeney Todd. Chef Bill briefly steps away from the deck ovens and is our guest.

Evans Brewing Co. was formed in 2014 when it absorbed the assets of Bayhawk Ales, Inc., Orange County’s oldest operating microbrewery established in 1994 and now publicly traded. Last December Evans Brewing Co. launched The Public House in Fullerton, a full-service restaurant and Tasting Room. The COO and Founder of Evans Brewing Co., Evan Rapport, joins us with a cold one.

What’s the pick of the season in fresh produce right now? We’re talking the very best in fruits and veggies with Robert Schueller, the uncontested Prince of Produce from Melissa’s World Variety Produce and our resident produce authority for a juicy update. We can say for sure that the incredible, tree-ripened Ojai Pixie Tangerines have arrived early and, with any luck, will be with us through May.

Urge Gastropub and Whiskey Bank (including a production microbrewery and hidden Prohibition-era Speakeasy) is new in Oceanside. We’ll savor one of the 250 whiskey options with Co-Owner Grant Tondro of 3LocalBrothers.

Fans of Fox’s “Hell’s Kitchen” will recall the memorable Chef Bev Lazo from Season 12. Chef Bev’s catering company, Fiesta Adobo, cooks up delicious, traditional foods from the Philippines. Another specialty is serving traditional Mexican style street tacos. We’ll meet her.

It’s the 50th Anniversary of Costa Mesa’s celebrated South Coast Plaza. Most of the restaurants there are doing something special to celebrate during the month of March. Bravo’s “Top Chef” alum, Chef Brian Huskey of Tackle Box (on the sand in Costa Mesa), has created the Camarena Tequila chipotle-braised carnitas taco entrée for Wahoo’s Fish Taco in South Coast Plaza. It’s available exclusively at Wahoo’s SCP (2nd level of the Crate and Barrel / Macy’s Home Store Wing) for the month of March. We’ve reeled in Chef Brian to provide the details.

Bill YossesChef Bill Yosses was previously the Executive Pastry Chef at The White House (8 years) for both Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. He’s now back in New York with Perfect Pie. More unusually he’s the “Official Pie Maker” for the current Off-Broadway Production of Sweeney Todd.

New from Perfect Pie is Oprah’s Valentine’s Day Pie Assortment in a presentation box with ribbon, Wild Blueberry Pie, BBQ Pulled Pork Pie and Pumpkin Pie.

Chef Bill was publicly proclaimed the “Crustmaster” by former President Obama and the “Pastry Man” by former President Bush.

Chef Bill steps away from the deck ovens and is our guest.

Now the Tooting Arts Club is serving up a fresh production of this musical theater classic, Sweeney Todd. This immersive revival has transferred to New York City after a sold-out run in London, where it premiered at Harrington’s Pie and Mash Shop. The Barrow Street Theatre re-creates the pie shop atmosphere, even selling pies on-site. Rest assured, the cook is no relation of Sweeney’s. He is Bill Yosses, a former White House pastry chef whom President Obama dubbed “the Crust Master.”

In keeping with the original Tooting production and the West End transfer, “pie and mash” will be available for purchase by all audience members prior to every performance, served communally in the pie shop where the production is set. An authentic slice of Victorian London, the traditional dish consists of a meat (Chicken) pie, a generous helping of mashed potato and hot parsley sauce. Both meat and vegetarian variations are available for the show.

Evans BrewingEvans Brewing Co. was formed in 2014 when it absorbed the assets of Bayhawk Ales, Inc., Orange County’s oldest operating microbrewery established in 1994 and then became publicly traded.

The production brewery (with new, enhanced equipment) is still based in an unusual space adjacent to McCormick & Schmick’s in Irvine where Bayhawk Ales was originally founded. The brewing process can be observed through floor-to-ceiling windows from the adjacent Pilsner Room at McCormick & Schmicks’s

The new Director of Brewing, Kevin Hammons, has tweaked all the beer recipes. Year-round styles are Chocolatte (Chocolate Porter), The Krhopen (India Pale Ale), Pollen Nation (Honey Blonde), and Oaklore (Brown Ale).

Last December Evans Brewing Co’ launched The Public House in Fullerton, a full-service restaurant and Tasting Room.

The menu of elevated from-scratch pub fare was developed by executive chef, Amanda Platt and features dishes that pair well with the company’s craft ales & lagers. Brunch is served on Weekends from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Selections include the signature Sweet Corn Skillet Hoe Cake, with peppers and onions, applewood smoked bacon and honey butter; Fennel Sausage Flatbread with shaved onions, marinara, shredded mozzarella and grated aged parmesan Reggiano; Fried Chicken Schnitzel Sandwich with arugula, manchego, charred cherry tomatoes and buttermilk ranch on a pretzel bun; and Wild Caught Salmon with a creole sauce. Even the vegetarian option is a thoughtful Grilled Portobello Banh Mi Sandwich served with pickled carrots and daikon, cucumbers, jalapenos, fresh herbs and sriracha aioli.

The COO and Founder of Evans Brewing Co., Evan Rapport, joins us with a cold one.

Robert Schueller of Melissa's World Variety Produce in the AM830 KLAA StudioWhat’s the pick of the season in fresh produce right now? We’re joined by Robert Schueller, the uncontested Prince of Produce from Melissa’s World Variety Produce and our resident produce authority for a juicy update.

We can say for sure that the incredible, tree-ripened Ojai Pixie Tangerines have arrived early and, with any luck, will be with us through May. We’ll also be highlighting (as time allows) Kiwiberries, Red and Green Muscato Grapes and Golden Nugget Tangerines.

Grant TondroUrge Gastropub and Whiskey Bank (including a production microbrewery and hidden Prohibition-era Speakeasy) is new on the scene in Oceanside.

Founded in 2015 Urge Gastropub and Whiskey Bank is one of Oceanside’s creative takes on the Modern American locals’ hangout. Satisfying comfort foods, wines and an extensive beer list (including house-brewed styles) are accompanied with an enormous and eclectic selection of the world’s finest Whisk(e)ys. Urge Oceanside is also the home of Mason Ale Works, a production craft brewery.

We’ll savor one of the 250 whiskey options available with Co-Owner Grant Tondro of 3LocalBrothers.

Bev LazoFans of Fox’s Hell’s Kitchen will recall the memorable Chef Bev Lazo from Season 12. Chef Bev’s busy catering company, Fiesta Adobo, cooks up delicious, traditional foods from the Philippines. Another specialty is serving traditional Mexican style street tacos.

Chef Bev’s Pork Adobo was one of the crowd-pleasing, featured dishes at Golden Rule Charity’s February 20th benefit for Chef Bruno Serato, the non-profit Caterina’s Club and the displaced staff members of The Anaheim White House.

We’ll meet her.

Brian HuskeyIt’s the 50th Anniversary of Costa Mesa’s celebrated South Coast Plaza. Most of the restaurants there are doing something special to celebrate during the month of March.

Bravo’s “Top Chef” Season 11 alum, Chef Brian Huskey of Tackle Box (on the sand in Costa Mesa), has created the Camarena Tequila chipotle-braised carnitas taco entrée for Wahoo’s Fish Taco in South Coast Plaza.

It’s available exclusively for $5.50 at Wahoo’s SCP (2nd level of the Crate and Barrel / Macy’s Home Store Wing) for the month of March, only.

Wahoo’s 30th Anniversary will be next year in 2018!

We’ve reeled in Chef Brian to provide the details.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Anne Marie Panoringan, Food & Libation Journalist
Segment Three: Robert Schueller, Prince of Produce, Melissa’s World Variety Produce Part One
Segment Four: Evan Rapport, Founder & COO, Evans Brewing Co., Irvine
Segment Five: Robert Schueller, Prince of Produce, Melissa’s World Variety Produce Part Two
Segment Six: Grant Tondro, Co-Founder, Urge Gastropub & Whiskey Bar, Oceanside
Segment Seven: Chef Bev Lazo, Fiesta Adobo Catering
Segment Eight: Chef Brian Huskey, Tackle Box, South Coast Plaza’s 50th Birthday

Show 145, November 7, 2015: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

Welcome to our special time. We’re here with you on Saturday, Nov. 7th from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Back at our regular time of 10:00 a.m. to 12 Noon on November 14th.

Greetings, and now a mouthwatering preview of Saturday’s high octane show and not, with apologies, for dieters. With any luck we will always leave you hungry and thirsty. In our case that’s probably a good thing…

Wing Lam is well-known to Southern Californians as the personable co-founder of Wahoo’s Fish Taco. He’s 3rd generation in his Family in the restaurant business. His Father emigrated from Brazil to the United States and opened his first Chinese restaurant on Balboa Island in 1970. The restaurant remains in operation. We’ll hear about this fun slice of local restaurant history from Wing Lam himself.

In Southern California small Family Farmers are finally starting to get recognition in the food world. Farmers are even getting credit on restaurant menus. Some have risen to the level of culinary celebrities. Since 1991 Crows Pass Farm has been supplying better restaurants seasonally with select fruits and vegetables. We’ll meet a genuine Family Farmer, David Barnes.

Blue Plate Oysterette is hosting two special evening events with oyster authority Rowan Jacobsen at both of their locations in Santa Monica (Nov. 18th.) and on Los Angeles’ West Third St. (Nov. 17th.) Rowan is the distinguished author of the James Beard Award-winning A Geography of Oysters – The Connoisseur’s Guide To Oyster Eating In North America. We’ll meet Rowan as well as the proprietress of Blue Plate Oysterette, Jen Morton and Culinary Operations Manager Chef Brock Kleweno.

Carmel–by-the-Sea offers the small town charm of a forested European village along with an ocean view. You can actually walk to a variety of appealing ethnic restaurants, premium wine tasting rooms, and one-of-a-kind shops and galleries. For over 60 years the place to stay has been the Hofsas House Hotel. It’s Old World hospitality at its best. Our guest is Carrie Theis who represents the 3rd generation of proud Family ownership.

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

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Show 145, November 7, 2015: Wing Lam, Co-Founder, Wahoo’s Fish Taco

Wing Lam of Wahoo's Fish TacosWing Lam is well-known to Southern Californians as the personable co-founder of Wahoo’s Fish Taco. He’s affectionately known by others as “Mr. Cool.” You’ve probably seen him in his long-running Ford Transit Connect truck commercial.

He’s 3rd generation in his Family in the restaurant business. His Father emigrated from Brazil to the United States and opened his first Chinese restaurant on Balboa Island in 1970. Wing worked there initially as a busboy with very little capacity for understanding English. He grew up in Brazil speaking Portuguese.

The restaurant, New Shanghai Pine Garden, remains in operation and the property is still owned by Wing’s father, Mr. Lee. He lives nearby so he pops in regularly.

Shanghai Pine Garden serves Mandarin and Cantonese-style dishes at surprisingly affordable prices. It’s a throwback to another era but lucky for the residents of Balboa Island.

It’s a real bargain. Family Dinner includes choice of soup, appetizer, rice and one Entrée for $15.99. And this is on Balboa Island…

Mr. Lee’s Hot Sauce (a tribute to Wing’s Dad) is on the menu at Wahoo’s.

We’ll hear about this fun slice of local restaurant history from Wing Lam himself.

 

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November 7: Wing Lam, Crows Pass Farm, Blue Plate Oysterette, Hofsas House Hotel

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Wing Lam, Co-Founder, Wahoo’s Fish Taco
Segment Three: David Barnes, Co-Founder, Crows Pass Farm, Temecula Part One
Segment Four: David Barnes, Co-Founder, Crows Pass Farm, Temecula Part Two
Segment Five: Oyster Authority Rowan Jacobsen and Team From Blue Plate Oysterette Part One
Segment Six: Oyster Authority Rowan Jacobsen and Team From Blue Plate Oysterette Part Two
Segment Seven: Hofsas House (Carmel) Proprietress Carrie Theis Part One
Segment Eight: Hofsas House (Carmel) Proprietress Carrie Theis Part Two

Welcome to our special time. We’re here with you on Saturday, Nov. 7th from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Back at our regular time of 10:00 a.m. to 12 Noon on November 14th.

Greetings, and now a mouthwatering preview of Saturday’s high octane show and not, with apologies, for dieters. With any luck we will always leave you hungry and thirsty. In our case that’s probably a good thing…

Wing Lam is well-known to Southern Californians as the personable co-founder of Wahoo’s Fish Taco. He’s 3rd generation in his Family in the restaurant business. His Father emigrated from Brazil to the United States and opened his first Chinese restaurant on Balboa Island in 1970. The restaurant remains in operation. We’ll hear about this fun slice of local restaurant history from Wing Lam himself.

In Southern California small Family Farmers are finally starting to get well-deserved recognition in the food world. Farmers are even getting billing on restaurant menus. Some have even risen to the level of culinary celebrities. Since 1991 Crows Pass Farm has been supplying better restaurants seasonally with select fruits and vegetables. We’ll meet Family Farmers, David and Tina Barnes.

Blue Plate Oysterette is hosting two special evening events with oyster authority Rowan Jacobsen at both of their locations in Santa Monica (Nov. 18th.) and on Los Angeles’ West Third St. (Nov. 17th.) Rowan is the distinguished author of the James Beard Award-winning, A Geography of Oysters – The Connoisseur’s Guide To Oyster Eating In North America. We’ll meet Rowan as well as the proprietress of Blue Plate Oysterette, Jen Morton.

Carmel–by-the-Sea offers the small town charm of a forested European village and an ocean view. You can actually walk to a variety of appealing ethnic restaurants, premium wine tasting rooms, and one-of-a-kind shops and galleries. For over 60 years the place to stay has been the Hofsas House Hotel. It’s Old World hospitality at its best. Our guest is Carrie Theis who represents the 3rd generation of proud Family ownership.

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

Wing Lam of Wahoo's Fish TacosWing Lam is well-known to Southern Californians as the personable co-founder of Wahoo’s Fish Taco. You’ve probably seen him in his long-running Ford Transit Connect truck commercial.

He’s 3rd generation in his Family in the restaurant business. His Father emigrated from Brazil to the United States and opened his first Chinese restaurant on Balboa Island in 1970. Wing worked there initially as a busboy with very little capacity for understanding English. He grew up in Brazil speaking Portuguese.

The Newport Beach restaurant, New Shanghai Pine Garden, remains in operation and the property is still owned by Wing’s father, Mr. Lee. He lives nearby so he pops in regularly.

Shanghai Pine Garden serves Mandarin and Cantonese-style dishes at surprisingly affordable prices. It’s a satisfying throwback to another era but lucky for the discriminating residents of Balboa Island.

Fun Fact…Mr. Lee’s Hot Sauce (a tribute to Wing’s Dad) is on the menu at Wahoo’s.

We’ll hear about this upbeat slice of local restaurant history from Wing Lam himself.

Dave and Tina Barnes of Crows Pass FarmIn Southern California small, Family Farmers are finally starting to get recognition in the food world. Farmers are now even receiving credit on restaurant menus. Some have risen to the level of culinary celebrities. Since 1991 Crows Pass Farm has been supplying better restaurants seasonally with select fruits and vegetables. It’s a certified organic farm.

This year, as in many previous years, Crows Pass Farm was selected to be a participant in the 13th Annual Celebrate the Craft at The Lodge at Torrey Pines in La Jolla. They also are a produce supplier to The Lodge at Torrey Pines.

Other high profile restaurants that Crows Pass Farm supplies include NineTen, 1500 Ocean at Hotel Del Coronado, Delicias, Herringbone, and Rancho Las Palmas Resort in Rancho Mirage.

We’ll meet Family Farmers, David and Tina Barnes.

Crows Pass Farm is owned and operated by David and Tina Barnes. It’s located in the heart of Southern California’s Wine Country in Temecula, CA. Named for the crows that pass over each autumn evening as they travel between vineyards to roost, the farm began in 1991 with a fistful of strawberry plants, a few carrots, peas and a dependable truck.

The Barnes’ learned the ropes participating in Southland farmer’s markets where they came to specialize in chef-direct relationships. They still are part of the Temecula Farmers Market in Old Town on Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Crows Pass Farm produces year-round crops with seasonal specialties on their 40-acres. Favorites include apples, figs and stone fruit. Highly seasonal items prized during their short season are strawberries, asparagus and mulberries. They have been growing organically since the beginning, with flavor as their top priority.

The temperate climate of Southern California affords Crows Pass the opportunity to produce crops year-round. The Temecula Valley is fortunate to benefit from its proximity to both the desert and the ocean which create long, sunny days with cooling ocean breezes.

They are able to utilize this ideal climate in accordance with each season’s distinctive opportunities. Neighboring horse ranches deliver The Farm’s building block of compost that they carefully develop to create a living soil to nourish the plants and combat pests.

Rowan JacobsenBlue Plate Oysterette is hosting two special evening events with oyster authority Rowan Jacobsen at both of their locations in Santa Monica (Nov. 18th.) and on Los Angeles’ West Third St. (Nov. 17th.) Rowan is the distinguished author of the James Beard Award-winning, A Geography of Oysters – The Connoisseur’s Guide To Oyster Eating In North America.

Rowan will be there at each evening to personally provide one-on-one interaction with the oyster-loving diners. He will lead the guests through a tasting flight of 6 personally curated oysters providing commentary on each type of oyster’s background and flavor profile.

We’ll meet Rowan as well as the proprietress of Blue Plate Oysterette, Jen Morton, and Chef Brock Kleweno.

Jeniifer Morton of Blue PlateBlue Plate Oysterette is hosting two special oyster-tasting evening events with oyster authority Rowan Jacobsen at both of their locations in Santa Monica (Nov. 18th.) and on Los Angeles’ West Third St. (Nov. 17th.) Rowan is the distinguished author of the James Beard Award-winning A Geography of Oysters – The Connoisseur’s Guide To Oyster Eating In North America.

Rowan Jacobsen ate his first oyster when he was 12-years old and the rest is, well, history. Now, an oyster expert as well as renowned author, his love and knowledge for oysters continues to grow.

“I’m excited to partner with Blue Plate Oysterette because of their unique spin on a classic New England restaurant. It will be wonderful to showcase some of the top New England oysters, which will be at their absolute peak at that time, and then mix in a couple of West Coast oysters for contrast. I’m looking forward to visiting LA and interacting side by side with West Coaster’s who share a love of oysters.” says Rowan.

Carrie TheisCarmel–by-the-Sea offers the small town charm of a forested European village with an ocean view. You can actually walk to a variety of appealing ethnic restaurants, premium wine tasting rooms, and one-of-a-kind shops and galleries.

For over 60 years the place to stay has been the Hofsas House Hotel. It’s Old World hospitality at its best. The magic of Germany is showcased in the 38 one-of-a-kind, spacious European rooms, many with ocean views, overlooking the pines in the quaint village of Carmel-by-the-Sea.

Our guest is Carrie Theis, who represents the 3rd generation of proud Family ownership. She is also on the City Council in Carmel.

One of the charms of Carmel is the ability to park and then walk to the wide sandy beach, ethnic restaurants with character, one-of-a-kind shops and galleries, and wine tasting rooms.

Not to be missed is the Carmel Wine Walk, a wine aficionados dream. The ongoing tour is a self-paced, self guided visit to the 14 tasting rooms in the 1×1 square mile of Carmel-by-the-Sea. The Wine Tasting Passport provides a “Wine Walk Flight” of up to 4, 1-oz. pours at the guest’s choice of any 9 of the 14 tasting rooms. Wine Walk Passports are available at the Carmel Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center.

Next to one of the featured Wine Walk Tasting Rooms in Carmel Plaza is one of the most renown cheese shops in California, The Cheese Shop. Their selection and high level of customer service surely impress!

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Wing Lam, Co-Founder, Wahoo’s Fish Taco
Segment Three: David Barnes, Co-Founder, Crows Pass Farm, Temecula Part One
Segment Four: David Barnes, Co-Founder, Crows Pass Farm, Temecula Part Two
Segment Five: Oyster Authority Rowan Jacobsen and Team From Blue Plate Oysterette Part One
Segment Six: Oyster Authority Rowan Jacobsen and Team From Blue Plate Oysterette Part Two
Segment Seven: Hofsas House (Carmel) Proprietress Carrie Theis Part One
Segment Eight: Hofsas House (Carmel) Proprietress Carrie Theis Part Two

Show 109, February 7, 2015: Julie Margolin, Director of Food & Beverage Services, Honda Center

Standing O at Honda CenterJulie Margolin is the Honda Center’s busy Director of Food & Beverage Services. Before joining Honda Center Margolin was with Levy Restaurants as part of the opening team at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Over 500 employees are part of the food and beverage operations there. Honda Center is one of the few facilities in the country who runs their own food and beverage operations. It’s a massive undertaking and costly. This was done strictly to improve the quality of the food and beverage program there.

Julie explains that during the Ducks (Hockey) season guests might be at the Honda Center three to four times per week. That requires a lot of variety on their menus!

She works alongside Honda Center’s Executive Chef, Jo-Jo Doyle. Julie joins us to talk about what’s new for the current season including the menu in Standing “O”. Getting a lot of attention is the one-pound Meatball served over Penne at the new Bowl’d Over located at Section 433. Also there is a newly opened Wahoo’s Fish Taco at Honda Center. They are a new franchisee of Wahoo’s.

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Show 97, November 15, 2014: Executive Chef Jo-Jo Doyle, Honda Center

Jo Jo DoyleThe Ducks are back on the ice at Honda Center so it’s a good time to revisit Executive Chef Jo-Jo Doyle and see what is new in cravable edibles for the season. Chef Jo-Jo even has a new, full-service restaurant, Standing ‘O’ in his growing domain .

What’s trending in various outlets for hearty appetites is the Louisville Hot Brown (Standing ‘O’,) the New Orleans Muffuletta (Standing ‘O’,) Housemade Potato Chips (Stoneworks) and the One Pound Meatball over Penne Pasta (Bowl’d Over.)

An eagerly anticipated (and long in the works) Wahoo’s Fish Taco outlet is also new for the season. The Honda Center foodservice team trained with Wahoo’s co-founder, Wing Lam, just to be sure they got all the recipes right!

As of July 2013 Honda Center (unusually) took its food and beverage operations in-house. This is a direction that only a very small number of arenas have taken on.

Chef Doyle assisted with the development of the division including menus, procedures and culture. Bringing with him over 15 years of experience, Chef Doyle is responsible for managing all food and beverage offerings at Honda Center. Prior to Honda Center he served as Executive Chef at the legendary Churchill Downs.

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Show 86, August 30, 2014: Guest Host Kedric Francis and Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris preview the show

Kedric Francis and Andy HarrisGuest Host Kedric Francis of The Orange County Register Magazine & Coast Orange County Magazine and Producer Andy Harris preview the show.

The always debonair Kedric Francis, our dashing man about Orange County, is the Executive Editor of both publications.

You’ll remember the always opinionated Chef Shirley Chung (Las Vegas – based) as a finalist in Season 11 of Bravo’s “Top Chef” in New Orleans. She is opening a modern Chinese restaurant in Irvine at the end of September.

It’s the Orange International Street Fair in Old Towne Orange this Labor Day Weekend. In the center of the action in a restored historic bungalow on W. Chapman is Wahoo’s Fish Taco. Co-founder Wing Lam joins us to discuss what’s new at Wahoo’s.

The Palm Restaurant, known for classic steakhouse fare, has been an institution in West Hollywood since its launch in 1975. That location is closing at the end of September. In early November a new, 6,000 square foot Palm will begin welcoming guests in Beverly Hills.

Chef-comedienne Nadia G. is widely known as the creator and host of Nadia G’s Bitchin’ Kitchen,” a brand defining series for Cooking Channel and the first ever online show to successfully transition from the internet to primetime. Her new primetime Cooking Channel series is Bite This.” The always unpredictable Nadia G. is our guest.

Brad A. Johnson is the James Beard award-winning restaurant critic for both the Orange County Register and the Los Angeles Register. Brad is back with us this week to talk about sushi and his favorites in both Los Angeles and Orange Counties. He’ll also preview an intriguing piece he’s writing for the Orange County Register Magazine on the new wave of Italian restaurants.

Five years ago Haven Gastropub opened on S. Glassell St. in Old Towne Orange during the annual Orange International Street Festival. That Festival attracts some 500,000 hungry and thirsty guests for the three-days. Executive Chef Greg Daniels is with us to talk about their five-year anniversary.

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

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Show 86, August 30, 2014: Wing Lam, Wahoo’s Fish Taco

Wing Lam of Wahoo's Fish TacosIt’s the Orange International Street Fair in Old Towne Orange this Labor Day Weekend. In the center of the action on W. Chapman is Wahoo’s Fish Taco housed in a historical building that was Orange’s first Hotel. Co-founder Wing Lam joined us to discuss what’s new at Wahoo’s.

Raymond Martin is the new executive chef for Wahoo’s. New on the menu are Street Tacos, a Kale Kai Salad, and Wahoo’s Wings.

Opening soon is a long-in-the-works Wahoo’s location at Honda Center. It’s where the original Team Store (now relocated) was.

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