October 12: Travaglini Gattinara, Kitchens for Good, Sugar & Scribe Bakery, Kyra’s Bake Shop, Wine Exchange, Hanna’s Restaurant & Bar

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Alessia Travaglini, Travaglini Gattinara, Piemonte, Italy
Segment Three: Kitchens for Good’s WASTED: A Celebration of Sustainable Food
Segment Four: Kyra’s Bake Shop with Proprietress Kyra Bussanich Part One
Segment Five: Kyra’s Bake Shop with Proprietress Kyra Bussanich Part Two
Segment Six: Powell & Son, Barossa, South Australia with Kyle Meyer of Wine Exchange
Segment Seven: David Hanna, Proprietor, Hanna’s Restaurant & Bar Part One
Segment Eight: David Hanna, Proprietor, Hanna’s Restaurant & Bar Part Two

Now an appealing preview of this Saturday’s mouthwatering show. It’s not, with profuse apologies, for dieters. If we’re successful we will hopefully leave you incredibly hungry and thirsty. In our case that’s probably a pretty good thing… As always, we greatly appreciate you being a part of our loyal listening audience. Truly couldn’t do it without you.

Driven by a passion for exceptional Nebbiolo, the Travaglini family has been producing remarkable, limited-production wines in Gattinara for four generations. The Travaglini family has owned land in Gattinara since the beginning of the 19th century. Travaglini is now one of Italy’s most recognizable wines and the Number 1 selling Gattinara in the world. Fifth generation Travaglini Family member Alessia Travaglini graciously pulls the cork for us on the long line from Italy.

WASTED: A Celebration of Sustainable Food will be in San Diego on Sunday, October 20th. At this tastemaker event, 35 local and national celebrity chefs and mixologists are challenged to prepare standout dishes and cocktails using food that might otherwise go to waste. The event brings sustainability to the consciousness of both chefs, mixologists, and consumers and create a call-to-action around re-thinking food waste. Guests will enjoy unlimited craft cocktails, food, auctions, and live music. All proceeds will support Kitchens for Good. Kitchens for Good Co-Founder and Senior Director Aviva Paley and participating Chef Maeve Rochford of La Jolla’s Sugar & Scribe Bakery (The California Restaurant Association’s Chef of the Year) join us with all the details.

Kyra’s Bake Shop with locations in Oregon’s Lake Oswego and now in Portland is a popular, gluten-free bakery presenting outstanding scones, cinnamon rolls, cupcakes, doughnuts, muffins, vegan bagels, wedding cakes & pastries with inventive flavors. Proprietress and Baker Kyra Bussanich proves daily that her celiac safe creations can taste just as delicious as the traditional delights containing gluten. Here motto is “Keep Portland Sweet.” Kyra enjoys the distinction of being the only baker to be a 4 – Time Winner on Food Network’s’ “Cupcake Wars.” Kyra joins us.

Kyle Meyer, Managing Partner of Santa Ana’s Wine Exchange, our resident wine authority, is with us for another informative wine commentary responding to listeners’ questions. One of the most acclaimed winemakers in Australia is David Powell of Powell & Son in the Barossa in South Australia. Kyle has been there, sampled the available vintages and now gives us an insider’s overview.

Hanna’s Restaurant & Bar is one of South Orange County’s premiere dining establishments.  Named one of the U.S. top 100 restaurants by Yelp, Hanna’s offers modern American Steakhouse cuisine prepared with a classic, traditional flair.  “Our appetite for an exceptional dining experience is rooted deep in our passion for extraordinary culinary creations and exemplified in our award-wining service and ambiance.”

Hands-on proprietor David Hanna, a third-generation restaurateur, is our hospitable guest.

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

Alessia Collauto Travaglini of Travaglini Gattinara“Driven by a passion for exceptional Nebbiolo, the Travaglini family has been producing remarkable, limited-production wines in Gattinara for four generations. The Travaglini family has owned land in Gattinara since the beginning of the 19th century. The family’s winemaking tradition started with Clemente Travaglini, who was succeeded by his son Arturo, however, it was not until 1958 when Arturo’s son, Giancarlo, took the helm that the Travaglini Estate Winery was established as it exists today.”

“Today, the Travaglini family owns 146 acres of vineyards, 128 of which are dedicated to vines, primarily Nebbiolo, covering roughly 50% of total vineyards within the Gattinara DOCG. This small appellation lies in the rocky foothills of the Monte Rosa range, where ventilating winds blow down from the nearby Alps. Soils are rocky and rich in porphyry, granite and iron. Similar in composition to the Alps, Monte Rosa’s sedimentary rock is highly acidic, due to low levels of calcium carbonate and magnesium, and an absence of calcium. Vines grown in this rare soil produce grapes with a unique flavor profile, high acidity and firm tannins. The finished wines offer refreshing acidity, soft tannins, minerality and complexity.”

“A member of the fourth generation, Cinzia Travaglini now runs the estate, together with her husband Massimo Collauto, chief winemaker. Their efforts, as the generations before them, have made Travaglini one of Italy’s most recognizable wines and the Number 1 selling Gattinara in the world.”

Fifth generation Travaglini family member Alessia Travaglini (Cinzia’s daughter) graciously pulls the cork for us on the long line from Italy.

Mauve Rochford of Sugar and Scribe BakeryWASTED: A Celebration of Sustainable Food will be in San Diego on Sunday, October 20th. At this tastemaker event, 35 local and national celebrity chefs and mixologists are challenged to prepare standout dishes and cocktails using food that might otherwise be go to waste.

The event brings sustainability to the consciousness of both chefs, mixologists, and consumers and create a call-to-action around re-thinking food waste. Guests will enjoy unlimited craft cocktails, food, auctions, and live music. All proceeds will support Kitchens for Good.

General Admission tickets are $115 and VIP access is $200, including early admission and a VIP Lounge.

Kitchens for Good Co-Founder and Senior Director Aviva Paley and participating Chef Maeve Rochford of La Jolla’s Sugar & Scribe Bakery (The California Restaurant Association’s Chef of the Year) join us with all the scrumptious details.

Kyra Bussanich of Kyra's Bake ShopKyra’s Bake Shop with locations in Oregon’s Lake Oswego and now in Portland is a popular, gluten-free bakery presenting outstanding scones, cinnamon rolls, cupcakes, doughnuts, muffins, vegan bagels, wedding cakes & pastries with inventive flavors. Proprietress and Baker Kyra Bussanich proves daily that her celiac safe creations can taste just as delicious as the traditional delights containing gluten. Her motto is “Keep Portland Sweet.”

Kyra enjoys the distinction of being the only baker to be a 4 Time Winner on Food Network’s’ Cupcake Wars.” Keep in mind that’s with gluten-free baked goods. Kyra joins us.

“After being disappointed in the gluten-free products that were available on the market, I thought I’d have to live without birthday cakes and scones and doughnuts. I attended the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu patisserie program, which gave me a solid foundation of knowledge about classical French baking techniques, which I applied toward baking gluten-free. By craving, and by necessity, I began experimenting with alternative flours and developed a handful of cake recipes that taste as good, if not better, than traditional wheat-filled cakes.” – Kyra Bussanich

Kyle Meyer of Wine ExchangeKyle Meyer, Managing Partner of Santa Ana’s Wine Exchange, our resident wine authority, joins us for another informative wine commentary responding to listeners’ questions. One of the most acclaimed winemakers in Australia is David Powell of Powell & Son in the Barossa in South Australia. Kyle has been there, sampled the available vintages and now gives us a genuine insider’s overview.

GOlden Foodie Award Winner David HannaHanna’s Restaurant & Bar is one of South Orange County’s premiere dining establishments. Named one of the U.S. top 100 restaurants by Yelp, Hanna’s offers modern American Steakhouse cuisine prepared with a classic, traditional flair. “Our appetite for an exceptional dining experience is rooted deep in our passion for extraordinary culinary creations and exemplified in our award-wining service and ambiance.”

“Hanna’s is an American Steakhouse, sourcing USDA prime steak, along with American & Japanese Wagyu. We believe in celebrating classic cuisine with a modern twist. Market-driven farm-to-table creations.”

“It has often been said that a true fine dining experience represents a work of art; from the skill of creativity and execution of technique, to the quality of ingredients used and precision of presentation. At Hanna’s, we have made it our philosophy and passion to master the art of perfection in every single dish we create. Every day we seek to find the newest culinary innovations to continue to establish the highest standards in fine dining distinction.”

David Hanna has been the recipient of the Golden Foodie Award for Outstanding Community Service for both 2018 and 2019.

Hands-on proprietor David Hanna, a third-generation restaurateur, is our hospitable guest.

“Hanna’s Restaurant & Bar was established in 2005 and has quickly become one of Orange County’s premiere dining establishments. Named one of the U.S. top 100 restaurants by Yelp, Hanna’s Restaurant & Bar offers modern American Steakhouse cuisine prepared with classic, traditional flair.”

“Our appetite for an exceptional dining experience is rooted deep in our passion for extraordinary culinary creations and exemplified in our award-wining service and ambiance. From our friendly bartenders, vibrant ambiance, outgoing wait staff, and incredible menu, our guests are always embraced in a comforting fashion. And on any given night you can always find owner David Hanna mingling among guests and ensuring that every detail of their experience at Hanna’s is (hopefully) nothing short of extraordinary.​”

“Dave Hanna’s passion for food and hospitality is deeply rooted in family tradition. The Hanna family’s culinary connection began with owner David Hanna’s grandfather who served as a cook in the US Army during World War I. After his service, David’s Grandfather expanded his love for the culinary arts with the opening of his own restaurant in Western Pennsylvania called The Lone Star – the first of many restaurants opened by the Hanna family.” ​

“Following in his grandfather’s footsteps, David Hanna established the first coffee house in Rancho Santa Margarita called Haute Caffé and opened a second location quickly after. Both shops eventually sold in 1997 and, after taking several years to recharge, David decided to venture back into the hospitality scene in 2005 with the opening of Hanna’s Restaurant and Bar.”

“Hanna’s believes the essence of life is sharing meals and cherishing time with one another. Hanna’s aims to foster a connective experience with service that is based on the art of hospitality. We believe in a commitment to excellence from how we source our food to training our gold standard team.”

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Alessia Travaglini, Travaglini Gattinara, Piemonte, Italy
Segment Three: Kitchens for Good’s WASTED: A Celebration of Sustainable Food
Segment Four: Kyra’s Bake Shop with Proprietress Kyra Bussanich Part One
Segment Five: Kyra’s Bake Shop with Proprietress Kyra Bussanich Part Two
Segment Six: Powell & Son, Barossa, South Australia with Kyle Meyer of Wine Exchange
Segment Seven: David Hanna, Proprietor, Hanna’s Restaurant & Bar Part One
Segment Eight: David Hanna, Proprietor, Hanna’s Restaurant & Bar Part Two

October 5: Centennial Farm, CANstruction Long Beach, Gruet Winery, LA Beer and Food Festival

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Centennial Farm at OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
Segment Three: Preview of Food Finders’ CANstruction® Long Beach
Segment Four: Gruet’s Winery’s 30th Anniversary with Assistant Winemaker Sofian Himeur Part One
Segment Five: Gruet’s Winery’s 30th Anniversary with Assistant Winemaker Sofian Himeur Part Two
Segment Six: Preview of 3rd Annual L.A. Beer & Food Festival at L.A. County Arboretum

Now an appealing preview of this Saturday’s positively delectable show. It’s not, with profuse apologies, for dieters. If we’re successful we will hopefully leave you incredibly hungry and thirsty. In our case that’s probably a pretty good thing… As always, we greatly appreciate you being a part of our loyal listening audience. Truly couldn’t do it without you.

Centennial Farm at the OC Fair & Event Center is a three-acre agriculture education center featuring California crops and more than 100 animal educators who help thousands of visitors each year learn about food, nutrition, horticulture and animal husbandry. They are celebrating the Farm’s 30th Birthday with a BBQ birthday bash the afternoon of Saturday, Oct. 5th. Michele Richards, Vice President of Business Development at the OC Fair & Event Center put the candles on the cake for us.

One of the most visually stunning demonstrations of talent and creativity within the architectural and engineering communities will provide a much-needed source of food for Food Finders to help eliminate hunger in Long Beach and surrounding communities. The 6th annual CANstruction® Long Beach competition benefiting Food Finders will be held at MADE by Millworks on October 10th starting at 8:00 a.m. Organizer Terri Henry of Terri Henry Marketing provides the blueprint for the challenging event.

Albuquerque’s Gruet Winery celebrated a landmark anniversary in September, the 30th release year for Gruet sparkling wines. The Gruet family’s “coming to America” tale is quite remarkable; they embodied the ultimate start-up, finding success from true grit and determination, first as Champagne producers in France and now as one of the fastest growing sparkling wine houses in the US. Winemaker Laurent Gruet released the first two sparkling wines 30 years ago and is still creating the Champagne method sparkling wines he learned from his father Gilbert Gruet, back in France. Today, third generation winemaker Sofian Himeur serves as Laurent’s assistant winemaker. Sofian pops the cork for us…

The Los Angeles County Brewers Guild is presenting the 3rd annual L.A. Beer and Food Festival which has relocated to the beautiful L.A. County Arboretum. Join them on Saturday, October 19th for an intimate tasting under the stars featuring 50 independent craft breweries showcasing over 100 unique brews plus complimentary bites from their favorite local restaurants, brewpubs, and purveyors of fine foods. Frances Lopez, Executive Director of L.A. County Brewers Guild and El Segundo Brewing Co.’s Thomas Kelley tap the keg for us.

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

Michele Richards of the OC FairCentennial Farm at the OC Fair & Event Center is a three-acre agriculture education center featuring California crops and more than 100 animal educators who help thousands of visitors each year learn about food, nutrition, horticulture and animal husbandry.

They are celebrating the Farm’s 30th Birthday with a BBQ birthday bash the afternoon of Saturday, Oct. 5th. The birthday bash is from 2 to 6 p.m. at OC Fair & Event Center’s year-round working farm.

A BBQ featuring chicken and tri-tip with all the fixings, tractor rides, line dancing, family-friendly lawn games, farm tours and entertainment are in store for attendees. There will be a special cake served at 4 p.m.

Tickets are $25 in advance (plus Ticketmaster fees) and $30 on the day of the event. Tickets are on sale now.

Learn more about Centennial Farm and OC Fair & Event Center’s agriculture programs and garden classes.

Michele Richards, Vice President of Business Development at the OC Fair & Event Center put the candles on the cake for us.

Terri Henry of Dine LBC and Terri Henry MarketingOne of the most visually stunning demonstrations of talent and creativity within the architectural and engineering communities will provide a much-needed source of food for Food Finders to help eliminate hunger in Long Beach and surrounding communities. The 6th annual CANstruction® Long Beach competition benefiting Food Finders will be held at MADE by Millworks on October 10th starting at 8:00 a.m.

CANstruction® participants will design and build unique structures made entirely out of canned goods. The structures may be built up to 10’ x 10’ x 10’ and will be comprised of canned goods totaling over 20,000 lbs. This year’s theme is “One Can, Two Cans, Who Can? You Can!”, and participating teams may depict Dr. Seuss in any way they want.

MADE by Millworks is located at 240 Pine Avenue., in downtown Long Beach.

The completed structures will be on display to the public from October 10-20, 2019. Visitors are encouraged to bring canned goods to MADE by Millworks to be used as “votes” for their favorite structure by placing the cans in Food Finders supplied bins next to each structure resulting in a “People’s Choice” award. Additional awards including “Structural Ingenuity”, “Best Use of Labels”, “Most Cans”, “Best Meal” and “Juror’s Favorite”, will be chosen by a panel of local judges following the exhibition.

Organizer Terri Henry of Terri Henry Marketing provides the blueprint for the challenging event.

Sofian Himeur of Gruet WineryAlbuquerque’s Gruet Winery celebrated a landmark anniversary in September, the 30th release year for Gruet sparkling wines. The Gruet family’s “coming to America” tale is quite remarkable; they embodied the ultimate start-up, finding success from true grit and determination, first as Champagne producers in France and now as one of the fastest growing sparkling wine houses in the US.

Winemaker Laurent Gruet released the first two sparkling wines 30 years ago and is still creating the Champagne method sparkling wines he learned from his father Gilbert Gruet, back in France. Today, third generation winemaker Sofian Himeur serves as Laurent’s assistant winemaker.

“For me, winemaking is practically genetic. My earliest memories of wine were of being alongside my father, Gilbert Gruet, at Gruet et Fils winery in Bethon,” says winemaker Laurent Gruet. “Like me, Sofian basically grew up in the winery – only for him it was in Albuquerque! 30 years after our first release, we continue to delight wine drinkers all over the world. I love seeing the surprise on people’s faces when they learn this wine is made in New Mexico, not Champagne.”

Sofian pops the cork for us…

Producing outstanding, award-winning American sparkling wines that adhere to strict Methode Champenoise guidelines, Gruet Winery was founded on the vision and passion of French winemaker and patriarch Gilbert Gruet, making sparkling wine in the U.S. that most resembles French champagne. This esteemed American sparkling wine producer currently makes approximately 275,000 cases annually, including 15 sparkling wines that retail from $15 to $46.

Gruet wines are sold in 49 states, Asia and the Caribbean and can be found in the country’s finest restaurants, retail outlets, online and through its destination tasting room and winery located at 8400 Pan American Freeway NE, Albuquerque, NM and its tasting room in the historic Hotel St. Francis in Santa Fe. The Gruet family’s passion for winemaking over the past 30 years has given people around the world a quality, luxury product at a great value.

Frances Lopez of the Los Angeles Brewers GuildThe Los Angeles County Brewers Guild is presenting the 3rd annual L.A. Beer and Food Festival which has relocated to the beautiful L.A. County Arboretum. Join them on Saturday, October 19th for an intimate tasting under the stars featuring 50 independent craft breweries showcasing over 100 unique brews plus complimentary bites from their favorite local restaurants, brewpubs, and purveyors of fine foods.

“In addition to the unlimited tastings, the event will also feature entertainment, educational talks about beer, fermentation, and California plant-life, plus special group tours of the Arboretum Library.”

General Admission ($60.00) is from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and includes a keepsake tasting glassware, craft beer tastings, complimentary bites from local restaurants (while supplies last,) and educational panels and entertainment.

Thomas Kelley of El Segundo Brewing and ESBC Slice and PintVIP Admission ($75.00) is from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. All of the General Admission goodies plus access to the event one-hour early.

“We are excited to bring back this intimate event to L.A. to elevate craft beer culture and showcase our local businesses in collaboration with our friends at the Los Angeles County Arboretum.”

Frances Lopez, Executive Director of L.A. County Brewers Guild and El Segundo Brewing Co.’s Thomas Kelley tap the keg for us.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Centennial Farm at OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
Segment Three: Preview of Food Finders’ CANstruction® Long Beach
Segment Four: Gruet’s Winery’s 30th Anniversary with Assistant Winemaker Sofian Himeur Part One
Segment Five: Gruet’s Winery’s 30th Anniversary with Assistant Winemaker Sofian Himeur Part Two
Segment Six: Preview of 3rd Annual L.A. Beer & Food Festival at L.A. County Arboretum

September 28: A Fine Line Documentary, George Geary, Sideways Fest, Babe’s Bar-B-Que and Brewery, Eric Bost

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Chef Hillary Henderson & General Manager Ellen Curtis, CUT by Wolfgang Puck
Segment Three: “The Cheesecake King” Chef George Geary – 2nd Edition of The Cheesecake Bible
Segment Four: Chef Frank Ostini of Buellton’s Hitching Post II and Hitching Post Wines
Segment Five: Lucky Callender – Babe’s Bar-B-Que and Brewery, Rancho Mirage
Segment Six: Executive Chef / Proprietor Eric Bost of auburn

Now an enticing preview of this Saturday’s scrumptious show. It’s not, with profuse apologies, for dieters. If we’re successful we will hopefully leave you incredibly hungry and thirsty. In our case that’s probably a pretty good thing… As always, we greatly appreciate you being a part of our loyal listening audience. Truly couldn’t do it without you.

The Trotter Project presents the Los Angeles Premier of “A Fine Line” and Celebrity Chef Panel on Tuesday, October 1st, 2019 at Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas Pacific Palisades from 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm to directly benefit the Los Angeles chapter of Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) and MAAP!

Chef Hillary Henderson, Chef de Cuisine, CUT by Wolfgang Puck Beverly Hills; Ellen Curtis, General Manager, CUT by Wolfgang Puck Beverly Hills and Organizer Jayne Portnoy preview the special evening for us.

Cheesecake! The Emmy award winning show The Golden Girls made eating cheesecake a nightly ritual on the hit television series.  The pastry chef who made those luscious and delicious cheesecakes and many other foods for hit sitcoms is George Geary. Geary’s cheesecakes became one of his most popular culinary calling cards so he published his favorite recipes in his first cookbook, 125 Best Cheesecake Recipes in 2002, and it was such a hit that a follow up book, The Cheesecake Bible was published in 2008 and became a best-seller. Now Geary has expanded his cheesecake repertoire even more with the eagerly anticipated 2nd Edition of The Cheesecake Bible: 300 Sweet & Savory Recipes for Cakes and More George provides home cooks with extensive how-to instructions, tips and techniques to make the perfect cheesecake.

The Sideways Fest is a weekend (October 18th thru 20th) celebrating the 15th anniversary of “Sideways” The Movie. The continuing positive impact it’s had on tourism in the Santa Ynez Valley is incalculable. Chef & Winemaker Frank Ostini of Hitching Post II and Hitching Post Wines is our informed tour guide.

Babe’s Bar-B-Que and Brewery is centrally located in the Greater Palm Springs area at The River in Rancho Mirage. It launched to instant acclaim in 2002, the dream project come true of Founder Don Callender (of Marie Callender’s Restaurants fame.) Today Babe’s Bar-B-Que and Brewery is under the stewardship of Don’s son, Lucky, who carries on the founder’s vision. Lucky taps the keg for us.

“Chef Eric Bost’s (République, Guy Savoy, Alain Ducasse) debut restaurant, auburn, juxtaposes the higher echelon of traditional fine dining with an emphasis on guest exploration and conviviality while paying homage to Los Angeles’ uninhibited culinary identity in a space designed with honest materials by local makers.” We gently pull Chef Eric away from his busy kitchen for a chat.”

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

Hillary Henderson of Cut by Wolgang Puck in Beverly HillsThe Trotter Project presents the Los Angeles Premier of A Fine Line and Celebrity Chef Panel on Tuesday, October 1st, 2019 at Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas Pacific Palisades from 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm to directly benefit the Los Angeles chapter of Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) and MAAP!

Chef Hillary Henderson, Chef de Cuisine, CUT by Wolfgang Puck Beverly Hills; Ellen Curtis, General Manager, CUT by Wolfgang Puck Beverly Hills and Organizer Jayne Portnoy preview the special evening for us.

This special evening will start with a lively and decadent Cocktail Reception at 6:00 pm featuring culinary creations from celebrated celebrity chefs and panelists Chef Antonia Lofaso (Scopa Italian RootsDAMABlack Market Liquor BarAntonia Lofaso CateringFood Network)Michelin Star Chef Carrie Nahabedian (Brindille), Chef Aarti Sequeira (Food Network), Ellen Curtis (CUTCUT Lounge), Chef Hillary Henderson (CUT by Wolfgang Puck), and Moderator Chef Sherry Yard (Food NetworkCake WarsTop Chef: Just Desserts), along with a Complimentary BuffetChampagneWineBeerPopcorn and Candy from the Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas Pacific Palisades concession.

The L.A. premier of A Fine Line, a moving documentary by Filmmaker Joanna James will start at 7:15 pm and explores why only 6 per cent of Head Chefs and restaurant owners are women, while shedding light on national conversations that are being had now, and hearing perspectives and experiences from world-renowned chefs including Dominique CrennLidia BastianichApril BloomfieldBarbara LynchCat Cora and many more, getting to the heart of what is needed to empower women across all industries.

Cookbook Author George Geary Cheesecake! The Emmy award winning show The Golden Girls made eating cheesecake a nightly ritual on the hit television series.  The pastry chef who made those luscious and delicious cheesecakes and many other foods for hit sitcoms is George Geary. He later became the first award winning pastry chef for the Walt Disney Company at Disneyland.

Geary’s cheesecakes became one of his most popular culinary calling cards so he then published his favorite recipes in his first cookbook, 125 Best Cheesecake Recipes in 2002, and it was such a hit that a follow up book, The Cheesecake Bible was published in 2008 and became a best-seller.

Now Geary has expanded his cheesecake repertoire even more with the highly anticipated 2nd Edition of The Cheesecake Bible: 300 Sweet & Savory Recipes for Cakes and More George provides home cooks with extensive how-to instructions, tips and techniques to make the perfect cheesecake.

Recipes in the book range from holiday favorites, savory and citrus cheesecakes, no-bake cheesecakes, to bars, pies, toppings and sauces, and breakfast items. Some of the delicious recipes in the book include:  Artichoke Cheesecake, Maine Lobster Cheesecake, Passover Honey Cheesecake, Blood Orange Spiced Cheesecake, Eggnog Rum Cheesecake, Italian Zabaglione Cheesecake Bars, Blood Orange Cheesecake Crępes, Cheesecake Bonbons and many more unique flavored desserts.

Frank Ostini of Hitching Post IIThe Sideways Fest is a weekend (October 18th thru 20th) celebrating the 15th anniversary of “Sideways” The movie. The continuing, positive impact it’s had on tourism in the Santa Ynez Valley is incalculable.

Kick off the Sideways Fest 15 -year anniversary celebration weekend (October 18th) with a special “Sideways” Movie Experience under the stars at the Solvang Festival Theatre. Wine Tasting and panel discussion with Sideways personalities follows the screening at Solvang Theater Fest!

Saturday, October 19th is the Sideways Shuttle Tour from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Guests will get to hop on the Shuttle and experience the Sideways Tour first hand! The tour features special stops from “Sideways” that include Sideways InnPeake Ranch, Hitching Post II, Ostrich Land and the Solvang Restaurant!

The Weekend concludes with the Sideways Wine Festival in Buellton’s River View Park on Sunday afternoon, October 20th from 12 Noon to 4:00 p.m. Over 40 Santa Rita Hills and Santa Barbara County wineries will be on site for guests to sample from!

Chef & Winemaker Frank Ostini of Hitching Post II and Hitching Post Wines is our tour guide.

Lucky Callendar pf Babe's BBW in Palm SpringsBabe’s Bar-B-Que and Brewery is centrally located in the Greater Palm Springs area at The River in Rancho Mirage. It launched to instant acclaim in 2002, the dream project come true of Founder Don Callender (of Marie Callender’s Restaurants fame.) Today Babe’s Bar-B-Que and Brewery is under the stewardship of Don’s son, Lucky, who carries on the founder’s vision.

There are bar-b-que styles represented at Babe’s from every part of the United States and abroad, from the great state of Texas to Korea. The secret is perhaps Babe’s smoking process. It differs from the conventional barbecue restaurants that typically rely on heavy sauces or rubs to flavor the meat.

Second generation propriety Lucky Callender is our guest.

Chef Eric Bost of Auburn in Los Angeles on Melrose“Chef Eric Bost’s (République, Guy Savoy, Alain Ducasse) debut restaurant, auburn,  juxtaposes the higher echelon of traditional fine dining with an emphasis on guest exploration and conviviality while paying homage to Los Angeles’ uninhibited culinary identity in a space designed with honest materials by local makers.”

“The menu is based on a unique perspective of a multiple course format, built around guest liberty and the absence of strict rules. Diners are encouraged to guide their own experience, allowing freedom and flexibility, while stripping away formality. In contrast to our main dining menu, the bar offers a fully à la carte selection, maintaining the same culinary philosophy while contributing an entirely different way to enjoy auburn.”

We gently pull Chef Eric away from his busy kitchen for a chat.”

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Chef Hillary Henderson & General Manager Ellen Curtis, CUT by Wolfgang Puck
Segment Three: “The Cheesecake King” Chef George Geary – 2nd Edition of The Cheesecake Bible
Segment Four: Chef Frank Ostini of Buellton’s Hitching Post II and Hitching Post Wines
Segment Five: Lucky Callender – Babe’s Bar-B-Que and Brewery, Rancho Mirage
Segment Six: Executive Chef / Proprietor Eric Bost of auburn

September 21: Shachi Mehra, Chefs to the Rescue, Preux & Proper, CA Craft Beer Summit, Noelle Carter, Nancy Silverton, Carolynn Carreno

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Proprietress & Chef Shachi Mehra of Adya
Segment Three: Food Finders’ “Chefs to the Rescue” Benefit
Segment Four: Preux & Proper’s Proprietor Joshua Kopel
Segment Five: Libation & Food Journalist Greg Nagel with highlights from the California Craft Beer Summit
Segment Six: Chef & Journalist Noelle Carter, Noelle Carter Food
Segment Seven: Carolynn Carreno, Valle Food & Wines Fest, Event Founder and Producer Part One
Segment Eight: Carolynn Carreno, Valle Food & Wines Fest, Event Founder and Producer Part Two

Now an enticing preview of this Saturday’s mouthwatering show. It’s not, with profuse apologies, for dieters. If we’re successful we will hopefully leave you incredibly hungry and thirsty. In our case that’s probably a pretty good thing… As always, we greatly appreciate you being a part of our loyal listening audience. Truly couldn’t do it without you.

Congratulations to Chef Shachi Mehra, the Co-owner of the Adya restaurants in the Anaheim Packing House and in Irvine at University Center. To the best of our knowledge Chef Shachi is the very first Orange County chef to compete on Food Network’s “Chopped” and win the fierce competition. Chef Shachi is our accomplished guest.

Food Finders, a Southern California nonprofit focused on food recovery is hosting its 4th annual Chefs to the Rescue fundraiser on Tuesday, October 1st from 6 – 9 p.m. at the Golden Sails Hotel located at 6285 E Pacific Coast Hwy in Long Beach. Food Finders celebrates 30 years of rescuing food this year. This unique, food-centric event challenges prominent local chefs to create “Edible Extras”; tasting samples and small plates made from perfectly edible recovered or repurposed food that might otherwise end up being tossed away. Food Finders’ Executive Director Patti Larson and participating chef Maralyn diPiazza of diPiazza Restaurant & Lounge join us with the tempting specifics.

“Downtown Los Angeles’ Preux & Proper is rooted in the bold flavors and techniques of the South. We season our food with a bit of Lowcountry swag and So-Cal culture. Our scratch cookery focuses on thoughtfully sourced sustainable ingredients, modern culinary technique and putting a whole lotta love into everything we do.” Newly launched at Preux & Proper is the lunchtime popup, South City Fried Chicken taking place Monday through Saturday. On Thursday nights it’s (Chef) Sammy’s Cookout. Serving all the delicious details with style are proprietor Joshua Kopel and Executive Chef Sammy Monsour.

Greg Nagel is a certified Cicerone Beer Server and, as a journalist, is a regular contributor to OC Weekly’s extensive beer, wine & spirits coverage. Recently held (September 12th to 14th) at the Long Beach Convention Center was the 3-day 2019 California Craft Beer Summit produced by the California Craft Brewers Association. Greg provides the highlights.

As the long-time Los Angeles Times Test Kitchen director, Noelle Carter oversaw the testing of all recipes that appear in The Times. In addition, she wrote features and contributed to Food’s Daily Dish blog. Noelle also researched and penned the popular Culinary SOS weekly column for Food. A native Southern Californian, she holds a degree in film from the University of Southern California. She left The Times in January 2019. We’ll get updated on Noelle’s new activities with Noelle Carter Food.

The 3rd annual Valle Food & Wine Festival, hosted by celebrity chefs Nancy Silverton and Javier Plascencia, returns to Valle de Guadalupe, the hottest new wine-travel destination in the west, on Saturday, October 5, 2019 with a stellar list of over 30 award-winning culinary talents from both sides of the United States-Mexico border. The festival is unique in drawing a lineup of top chefs from as far as Mexico City and New York City to promote and celebrate the bounty of the region and the cuisine and wines of Baja California, both now being recognized world-wide. Event Co-Founder & Producer Carolynn Carreno (James Beard Award-winning author) join us with the tempting details.

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

Shachi Mehra of ADYAOur heartiest congratulations to Chef Shachi Mehra, the Co-owner of the Adya restaurants in the Anaheim Packing House and in Irvine at University Center. To the best of our knowledge Chef Shachi is the first Orange County chef to compete on Food Network’s Chopped and win the fierce competition.

It’s a great year for Chef Shachi as she is also one of the three nominees for “Rising Star Chef of the Year” at the 2019 Golden Foodie Awards being celebrated at a gala on Sept. 29th at the Marriott Newport Beach.

Once a month Chef Shachi hosts an interactive cooking class in the Boxcar Patio at ADYA Anaheim. Today’s class is “The Perfect Cup of Chai & Indian Tea Sandwiches.”

Chef Shachi is our guest.

Maralyn diPiazza of Diapiazza'sFood Finders, a Southern California nonprofit focused on food recovery is hosting its 4th annual Chefs to the Rescue fundraiser on Tuesday, October 1st from 6 – 9 p.m. at the Golden Sails Hotel located at 6285 E Pacific Coast Hwy in Long Beach. Food Finders celebrates 30 years of rescuing food this year. This unique, food-centric event challenges prominent local chefs to create “Edible Extras”; tasting samples and small plates made from perfectly edible recovered or repurposed food that might otherwise end up being tossed away.

“We’ve seen some of the most amazing dishes at this event made using everything from potato peels to fish necks to pork belly,” said Patti Larson, executive director of Food Finders. “and while restaurants do a great job utilizing their inventory, we want to inspire people to do the same in their own kitchens and across the food industry in general. We also want to ensure that Food Finders can continue to serve its 400+ nonprofit partners that feed people in need, so this event supports that ongoing effort.”

“Food Finders, founded in 1989, works with local food vendors, grocery stores, restaurants and caterers to distribute donated food to other nonprofit organizations that feed impoverished families, children and elderly. Today there are 13 staff and some 300 volunteers who help rescue millions of pounds of food each year. Food Finders’ mission is to eliminate hunger and food waste while improving nutrition in food insecure communities.”

Food Finders’ Executive Director Patti Larson and participating chef Maralyn diPiazza of diPiazza Restaurant & Lounge join us with the tempting specifics.

Sammy Monsour of Preux and Proper“Downtown Los Angeles’ Preux & Proper is rooted in the bold flavors and techniques of the South. We season our food with a bit of Lowcountry swag and So-Cal culture. Our scratch cookery focuses on thoughtfully sourced sustainable ingredients, modern culinary technique and putting a whole lotta love into everything we do.”

Newly launched at Preux & Proper is the lunchtime popup, South City Fried Chicken, served Monday through Saturday. The heart of the menu is inspired regional fried chicken sandwiches where the premium Georgia chicken breast is brined overnight on buttermilk. Think the Austin with rojo bean hummus, burrata, javi’s tia’s hot sauce, pickled radish, cilantro, blue corn tortilla crumble and heirloom tomato

On Thursday night’s it’s (Chef) Sammy’s Cookout Barbecue with handcrafted libations including the Texas Two-Timer (Reposado Tequila based.) The menu highlight is the 18- Hour Bone-In Pork Shoulder (for 8 to 12 guests) served with a variety of creative, regional BBQ sauces. The Baked Mac & Cheese is unusually good and don’t miss the Spam Fries served in a Spam can with pineapple chipotle ketchup.

Serving up all the delicious details are proprietor Joshua Kopel and Executive Chef Sammy Monsour.

Greg Nagel of FirkFestGreg Nagel is a certified Cicerone Beer Server and, as a journalist, is a regular contributor to OC Weekly’s extensive beer, wine & spirits coverage. Recently held (September 12th to 14th) at the Long Beach Convention Center was the 3-day 2019 California Craft Beer Summit produced by the California Craft Brewers Association.

“The Craft Beer Summit is possibly the most important event of the year for anyone who loves tasting beer or is interested in building their business in the craft beer industry.

“The three-day event launched with hands-on education, tastings, pairings, interactive exhibits and networking opportunities and concluded with the largest California craft beer festival hosted outdoors on the water in Long Beach at Marina Green Park. Unlimited tastings were offered from 170 breweries from across California pouring more than 500 beers of every style and variety.”

Greg provides us with the effervescent highlights.

Noelle Carter FoodAs the long-time Los Angeles Times Test Kitchen director, Noelle Carter oversaw the testing of all recipes that appear in The Times. In addition, she wrote features and contributed to Food’s Daily Dish blog. Noelle also researched and penned the popular Culinary SOS column for Food.

A native Southern Californian, she holds a degree in film from the University of Southern California and, when she’s not cooking, loves watching old movies. She left The Times in January 2019.

We’ll get updated on Noelle’s new activities with Noelle Carter Food.

Author Carolyn CarrenoThe 3rd annual Valle Food & Wine Festival, hosted by celebrity chefs Nancy Silverton and Javier Plascencia, returns to Valle de Guadalupe, the hottest new wine-travel destination in the west, on Saturday, October 5, 2019 with a stellar list of over 30 award-winning culinary talents from both sides of the United States-Mexico border. The festival is unique in drawing a lineup of top chefs from as far as Mexico City and New York City to promote and celebrate the bounty of the region and the cuisine and wines of Baja California, both now being recognized world-wide.

“I fell in love with the Valle de Guadalupe while cooking a dinner there two summers ago,” says Nancy Silverton. “I knew I wanted to come back and to give back to this place. By the end of a marvelous weekend under the stars in this magical place, Javier, Carolynn, and I had decided to start a festival.”

Nancy Silverton (Mozza) joins us with the details.

The festival is unique in drawing a lineup of top chefs from as far as Mexico City and New York City to promote and celebrate the bounty of the region and the cuisine and wines of Baja California, both now being recognized world-wide.

James Beard Award-winning writer Carolyn Carreno, Event Founder and Producer, continues the preview of Valle Food & Wine Festival.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Proprietress & Chef Shachi Mehra of Adya
Segment Three: Food Finders’ “Chefs to the Rescue” Benefit
Segment Four: Preux & Proper’s Proprietor Joshua Kopel
Segment Five: Libation & Food Journalist Greg Nagel with highlights from the California Craft Beer Summit
Segment Six: Chef & Journalist Noelle Carter, Noelle Carter Food
Segment Seven: Carolynn Carreno, Valle Food & Wines Fest, Event Founder and Producer Part One
Segment Eight: Carolynn Carreno, Valle Food & Wines Fest, Event Founder and Producer Part Two

September 7: Tom Kerpon, West Coast Prime Meats, Bracken’s Kitchen, Chapter One: the modern local, Battle of the Tequileros, Golden Road Brewing

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Executive Chef Tom Kerpon, La Posada de Santa Fe & Julia, a Spirited Restaurant & Bar
Segment Three: “Meathead” Jay Henderson of West Coast Prime Meats on “Dark Meat” Chicken
Segment Four: Chef Bill Bracken of Bracken’s Kitchen and Brian Huskey of Tackle Box
Segment Five: Executive Chef Jason “Chicken Wang” Montelibano of Chapter One: the modern local
Segment Six: Taco Rosa’s Ivan Calderon Previewing the 7th Annual “Battle of the Tequileros”
Segment Seven: “Ask the Brewers” with Golden Road’s Brewmaster Victor Novak & Anaheim Head Brewer Steven Torres Part One
Segment Eight: “Ask the Brewers” with Golden Road’s Brewmaster Victor Novak & Anaheim Head Brewer Steven Torres Part Two

Now a thoughtful preview of this Saturday’s scrumptious show. It’s not, with profuse apologies, for dieters. If we’re successful we will hopefully leave you incredibly hungry and thirsty. In our case that’s probably a pretty good thing… As always, we greatly appreciate you being a part of our loyal listening audience. Truly couldn’t do it without you.

La Posada de Santa Fe, a Tribute Portfolio Resort & Spa in Santa Fe, NM, with a rich history features, Julia, their destination restaurant. La Posada’s Executive Chef, Tom Kerpon, escapes his busy kitchen for a chat.

There is a lot of spirited discussion among foodies about white meat and dark meat chicken. Dark meat chicken is clearly growing in popularity. Which is tastier? Is one perhaps even healthier? One of our resident Meatheads from West Coast Prime Meats, Jay Henderson, joins us with his informed perspective. Who wants a drumstick?

Bracken’s Kitchen, a nonprofit dedicated to combating food insecurity in Southern California is committed to recovery, repurposing and restoring both food and lives through food rescue, culinary training, and community feeding program, will host its 2nd annual fundraiser to support healthy meals served to the impoverished in Orange County. The “Hungry Games 2.0” culinary competition will bring top local chefs together for an evening of food and wine in a live kitchen setting.” Founder Chef Bill Bracken of Bracken’s Kitchen stirs the pot for us with all the the enticing details.

“The eclectic food and spirits at Chapter One: the modern local in Santa Ana fuse the exotic with the traditional, always created with their own playful twist. The kitchen, led by executive chef Jason “Chicken Wang” Montelibano, features local, sustainable, seasonal and all-natural ingredients. The atmosphere blends the pleasures of elegant dining with the relaxed conviviality of a local pub.” Executive Chef Jason “Chicken Wang” Montelibano is our guest.

“Taco Rosa, Chef Ivan Calderon’s upscale Mexican restaurant in Newport Beach, will host its 7th Annual “Battle of the Tequileros” on Sunday, September 22nd from 4-8 p.m. Bringing together 34 different tequila and mezcal brands, the celebratory event will benefit Operation of Hope Worldwide, a local non-profit providing free, life-changing surgeries and health care for children and adults in under-served areas of the world, while creating a self-sustaining program of hope through education.” Chef Ivan gracefully uncorks the tequila for us.

Time for another effervescent installment of “Ask the Brewers” where we answer listeners’ intriguing questions about craft beer. Joining us is Golden Road’s uber-accomplished Brewmaster, Victor Novak, and Anaheim Head Brewer Steven Torres.

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

Tom Kerpon of Julia A Spirited Restaurant and BarLa Posada de Santa Fe, a Tribute Portfolio Resort & Spa in Santa Fe, NM, with a rich history features, Julia – A Spirited Restaurant & Bar, their destination restaurant. La Posada’s Executive Chef, Tom Kerpon, escapes his busy kitchen for a chat.

“In the spirit of the restaurant’s namesake, Julia’s menu is refined and adventurous. The woman who inspired these courses traveled the Santa Fe Trail and started a family in the harsh environs of the American Southwest. In her honor, we have crafted a collection of entrées, tapas, starters and sides that put a twist on tradition. Open daily for breakfast, lunch, dinner and cocktails, Julia’s menu features a wide variety of traditional entrées with a twist and new recipes that you’ll love.”

“The restaurant’s namesake and muse is Julia Staab, an elegant Santa Fe socialite and matriarch of the prominent Staab family. In 1882, Mrs. Staab and her family, including her husband Abraham Staab, built a three-story brick mansion – in the French Second Empire-style – just two blocks east of the Santa Fe Plaza. The couple and their children entertained Santa Fe’s well-heeled social circles in the grand residence, enjoying a life of opulence and local prestige. The grand residence was decorated with ornate European materials, creating an environment so enticing that the ghost of Mrs. Staab is said to have taken up permanent residence.”

“The dining room at the new Santa Fe restaurant retains touches of the 19th century flair for which the original Staab mansion was renowned. Menus pay tribute to the restaurant’s original resident with refined flavors and perfectly plated presentations, channeling Mrs. Staab’s inspired sense of occasion and style.”

“Over the past two decades, Executive Chef Tom Kerpon has sharpened his epicurean skills at some of the most prestigious resorts, hotels and restaurants in Santa Fe and across the country including Bishops Lodge Resort, Inn of the Anasazi, La Chama and Hotel Crescent Court in Dallas, Texas. An active participant in the Santa Fe culinary scene, Kerpon serves on several boards including the Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta, of which he is a past President. He received his B.A. from the University of Texas and is a Certified Sommelier.”

Jay HendersonThere is a lot of spirited discussion among foodies about white meat and dark meat chicken. Dark meat chicken is clearly growing in popularity. Which is tastier? Is one perhaps healthier?

One of our knowledgeable resident Meatheads from West Coast Prime Meats, Jay Henderson, joins us with his informed perspective. Who wants a drumstick?

Bill Bracken of Brackens KitchenBracken’s Kitchen, a nonprofit dedicated to combating food insecurity in Southern California is committed to recovery, repurposing and restoring both food and lives through food rescue, culinary training, and community feeding program, will host its 2nd annual fundraiser to support healthy meals served to the impoverished in Orange County.

The Hungry Games 2.0” culinary competition will bring top local chefs together for an evening of food and wine in a live kitchen setting.”

Guests will be able to taste small bites and cast their votes, with the Hungry Games winner announced over dessert. There will be a small silent auction.

Founder Chef Bill Bracken of Bracken’s Kitchen provides the enticing details.

Jason Montelibano of Chapter One: The Modern Local“Our eclectic food and spirits at Chapter One: the modern local fuse the exotic with the traditional, always created with our own playful twist. Our kitchen, led by executive chef Jason “Chicken Wang” Montelibano, features local, sustainable, seasonal and all-natural ingredients. The atmosphere blends the pleasures of elegant dining with the relaxed conviviality of a local pub.”

“Our cocktail list, highlighted by our award-winning, fresh ginger Moscow Mules, also features over 200 whiskeys from around the world.”

Executive Chef Jason “Chicken Wang” Montelibano is our guest.

Ivan Calderon of Taco RosaTaco Rosa, Chef Ivan Calderon’s upscale Mexican restaurant in Newport Beach, will host its 7th Annual Battle of the Tequileros on Sunday, September 22nd from 4-8 p.m. Bringing together 34 different tequila and mezcal brands, the celebratory event will benefit Operation of Hope Worldwide, a local non-profit providing free, life-changing surgeries and health care for children and adults in under-served areas of the world, while creating a self-sustaining program of hope through education.”

“As the most diverse tequila tasting in Southern California, the event gives guests an unparalleled opportunity to experience the unique nuances between a variety of tequilas and mezcals. Guests can also enjoy tray-passed tapas-style bites from the Taco Rosa kitchen, exciting giveaways, and live music performed by The Agave Bros. of Laguna Beach. Guests will embark on a tasting journey through which they will determine winners in four categories: Best Tequila, Best Mezcal, Best Cocktail, and Best Booth Presentation.”

“Over the past seven years, we have seen tremendous growth of Battle of the Tequileros, with more attendees and tequila houses. We’re thrilled to provide tequila enthusiasts with an exciting and educational event which also allow us to support local organizations with a global impact,” comments Chef Ivan Calderon of Taco Rosa. “We are proud to once again partner with Operation of Hope Worldwide, an organization whose global reach has impacted, and even saved the lives of thousands of people throughout the developing world.”

Tickets for the 21-and-over event are priced at $100 and offer guests all-inclusive access to tequila and mezcal cocktails and samples, live music, and tapas. Tickets can be purchased by calling 949.720.0980.

Chef Ivan graciously uncorks the premium tequila for us.

Steven Torres and Victor Novak at the KLAA StudiosTime for another effervescent installment of Ask the Brewers” where we answer listeners’ questions about craft beer. Joining us is Golden Road’s uber-accomplished Brewmaster, Victor Novak and Anaheim Head Brewer Steven Torres.

They truly enjoy interacting with craft beer enthusiasts.

What’s Lonely Tarts Club Band? We’ll Ask the Brewers.”

How do you match styles of premium craft beer with food? The Golden Road brewers have recently been part of well-received, high profile Craft Beer dinners at The Ranch and on-site at Golden Road Pub OC (both in Anaheim.) We’ll “Ask the Brewers.”

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Executive Chef Tom Kerpon, La Posada de Santa Fe & Julia, a Spirited Restaurant & Bar
Segment Three: “Meathead” Jay Henderson of West Coast Prime Meats on “Dark Meat” Chicken
Segment Four: Chef Bill Bracken of Bracken’s Kitchen and Brian Huskey of Tackle Box
Segment Five: Executive Chef Jason “Chicken Wang” Montelibano of Chapter One: the modern local
Segment Six: Taco Rosa’s Ivan Calderon Previewing the 7th Annual “Battle of the Tequileros”
Segment Seven: “Ask the Brewers” with Golden Road’s Brewmaster Victor Novak & Anaheim Head Brewer Steven Torres Part One
Segment Eight: “Ask the Brewers” with Golden Road’s Brewmaster Victor Novak & Anaheim Head Brewer Steven Torres Part Two

Show 339, August 31, 2019: Cookie Good’s Co-Founder & Baker, Ross Canter Part Two

Ross Canter of Cookie Good“For years I was a “writer who bakes”. I’d spend my days in coffee shops writing screenplays, tv shows. Each day was an emotional rollercoaster as I struggled to find self-worth while being mocked by blank pages. But, relief came on weekends and holidays when I’d get into the kitchen and make cookies. I love that you can take lots of different, totally unrelated ingredients, mix them together, nurture them just a little bit and come out with something wonderful, edible and delicious. I realized that I rarely got that feeling of complete satisfaction while sitting at my computer and I knew that I wanted to feel “cookie good” more often.”

As luck would have it, Hollywood writers went on strike in 2007 and now, with no source of income, Melanie suggested it was time for a career change. We perfected my cookie & brownie recipes, sent an email out to family and friends and three minutes later we had our first order (in truth, it was for my best friend but I still think it counts). We’ve been baking, shipping, developing new flavors and feeling “cookie good” ever since.” – Ross Canter, Baker & Co-Founder

“Unlike Ross, the baker who writes, I don’t bake or write. But luckily after 25 years of marriage, 23 years of parenting, birthday parties & holidays galore, I can wrap a mean gift so we make a great team in the bakery.”

“On a deeper note, Cookie Good isn’t just about delicious cookies and pretty packaging. It’s about our family’s struggle to find our passion in life and our ability to survive; it’s about our desire to give back and make an impact on this crazy world – and having lived with breast cancer for the past 21 years, surviving is something our family knows a lot about. So in 2007, when presented with a sink or swim situation, we decided to dive in and combine Ross’ passion for baking and my quest to give back in the hope that Cookie Good might somehow make the world a better place – even if it’s just one cookie at a time. Besides supporting many schools and charities year-round, every October we donate proceeds from our cookies to the Breast Cancer Care & Research Fund, an organization that is very close to our hearts.” – Melanie Canter, Co-Founder

New from Cookie Good is Cookie Corn.” “This just might be the best thing you’ve never had before.”

Cookie Good’s Ross Canter continues…

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August 31: Amy Riolo, Cookie Good, Wine Exchange, Caroline Styne

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Chef Amy Riolo with The Mediterranean Diet Cookbook, 2nd Edition Part One
Segment Three: Chef Amy Riolo with The Mediterranean Diet Cookbook, 2nd Edition Part Two
Segment Four: Cookie Good’s Co-Founder & Baker, Ross Canter Part One
Segment Five: Cookie Good’s Co-Founder & Baker, Ross Canter Part Two
Segment Six: Kyle Meyer, Co-Founder, Wine Exchange – The Mysteries of Oak in Wine
Segment Seven: Caroline Styne, Co-Founder The Lucques Group, L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade Part One
Segment Eight: Caroline Styne, Co-Founder The Lucques Group, L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade Part Two

Now a tempting preview of this Saturday’s treat-filled, Labor Day Weekend Show show. No repeats here…It’s not, with profuse apologies, for dieters. If we’re successful we will hopefully leave you incredibly hungry and thirsty. In our case that’s probably a pretty good thing… As always, we greatly appreciate you being a part of our loyal listening audience. Truly couldn’t do it without you.

Amy Riolo is a recognized authority on culinary culture as well as an award-winning, best-selling author, chef, television and radio personality and educator. Amy is known for sharing history, culture and nutrition through global cuisine as well as simplifying recipes for the home cook. A graduate of Cornell University she is a considered a culinary thought leader who reports on the way we think about food. Her latest cookbook (The Mediterranean Diabetes Cookbook, 2nd edition, May 20, 2019, American Diabetes Association, $22.95 www.shopdiabetes.org) is the new edition of her best-selling book which was a recipient of the Nautilus Silver Award and dubbed “Best. Diabetes. Cookbook. Ever.” by DiabetesMine.com. We’re in the kitchen with Amy.

“You know that feeling when you take your first bite of a cookie? When you crunch through that crisp exterior and get to the chewy often chocolaty center; when the buttery, slightly salty sweetness hits your tongue? It’s just an instant but suddenly your brain is flooded, senses over-loaded and without even being aware, you find yourself smiling. That’s what we call feeling “Cookie Good”.” Cookie Good’s (Santa Monica) Founder & Baker Ross Canter joins us with all the sweet details.

Kyle Meyer, Managing Partner of Santa Ana’s Wine Exchange, our resident wine authority, joins us for another informative wine commentary responding to listeners’ questions. Kyle delves into the mysteries of oak in wine.

Delightful and delicious, the upcoming 10th Annual L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade brings superstar chefs and mixologists to Los Angeles on Saturday afternoon, September 14th to lend their support to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) and battle against childhood cancer. The celebrity chefs and mixologists participating come from landmark establishments from all across the country. Co-Founder Caroline Styne of the Lucques Group is our guide.

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

Cookbook Author Amy RioloAmy Riolo is a recognized authority on culinary culture as well as an award-winning, best-selling author, chef, television and radio personality and educator. Amy is known for sharing history, culture and nutrition through global cuisine as well as simplifying recipes for the home cook. A graduate of Cornell University she is a considered a culinary thought leader who reports on the way we think about food.

Her latest cookbook (The Mediterranean Diabetes Cookbook, 2nd edition, May 20, 2019, American Diabetes Association, $22.95) is the new edition of her best-selling book which was a recipient of the Nautilus Silver Award and dubbed “Best. Diabetes. Cookbook. Ever.” by DiabetesMine.com.

“Amy began promoting the benefits of the Mediterranean lifestyle after spending time with relatives in her ancestral homeland of Crotone, Italy. When she noticed the healthful and enjoyable traditions that enabled her family to live better, longer, she decided to make it her life’s mission to share their secrets (along with those of other Mediterranean cultures). She named her culinary philosophy after the popular Egyptian expression “bilhanna we shefa” which means “with pleasure and health” and is said prior to eating in place of “bon appetit.” Since Amy grew up preparing diabetes-friendly recipes for her mother that her whole family enjoyed, she began collaborating with the American Diabetes Association to help others enjoy eating healthful, mouth-watering Mediterranean dishes that just so happen to be diabetes-friendly.”

“Named “Best Overall Diet” in 2019 by US News and World Report, experts agree that a Mediterranean-style eating pattern is one of the best for people with diabetes. The new edition of The Mediterranean Diabetes Cookbook enables you to easy implement and enjoy the nutritional benefits and exciting flavors of Mediterranean cuisine. With an emphasis on fresh, seasonal ingredients and healthful cooking methods, this collection delivers over 200 new and revised recipes that are delicious, authentic, and naturally nutritious. Get inspired by amazing dishes from Southern Europe, the Levant, and North Africa including:  Roasted Beet, Tahini, and Greek Yogurt Dip, Valencian Seafood Paella, Orzo with Lemon, Artichokes, and Asparagus, Corsican Prawns with Chickpea Cream, Moroccan Style Tuna, Strawberry Mascarpone Parfaits and Mango Tiramisu to name a few.”

We’re in the kitchen with Amy.

Ross Canter of Cookie Good“You know that feeling when you take your first bite of a cookie? When you crunch through that crisp exterior and get to the chewy often chocolaty center; when the buttery, slightly salty sweetness hits your tongue? It’s just an instant but suddenly your brain is flooded, senses over-loaded and without even being aware, you find yourself smiling. That’s what we call feeling “Cookie Good”.”

“We take that feeling one step further, working hard to make cookies that not only taste amazing but also feed your soul; that make you remember something wonderful – the gooey, toasted, marshmallowy treat you ate around a campfire, that favorite childhood cereal you only got when your dad went to the market, your grandmother’s once-a-year-apple pie…Cookie Good: it’s how you wanna feel.”

“After a few years of baking thousands of cookies at home with only a 6-quart mixer and a single oven, we decided to move to a commercial kitchen. In just 5 hours a day, 4 days a week, we baked and baked and baked. As the business grew, we knew it was finally time to take the biggest leap of all – building our own bakery. We found the perfect spot in Santa Monica – a small, 1930s brick building right across the street from a park with palm trees, lawn bowling, and a duck pond.”

Cookie Good’s (Santa Monica) Co-Founder & Baker Ross Canter joins us with all the sweet details.

“For years I was a “writer who bakes”. I’d spend my days in coffee shops writing screenplays, tv shows. Each day was an emotional rollercoaster as I struggled to find self-worth while being mocked by blank pages. But, relief came on weekends and holidays when I’d get into the kitchen and make cookies. I love that you can take lots of different, totally unrelated ingredients, mix them together, nurture them just a little bit and come out with something wonderful, edible and delicious. I realized that I rarely got that feeling of complete satisfaction while sitting at my computer and I knew that I wanted to feel “cookie good” more often. As luck would have it, Hollywood writers went on strike in 2007 and now, with no source of income, Melanie suggested it was time for a career change. We perfected my cookie & brownie recipes, sent an email out to family and friends and three minutes later we had our first order (in truth, it was for my best friend but I still think it counts). We’ve been baking, shipping, developing new flavors and feeling “cookie good” ever since. – Ross Canter, Baker & Co-Founder

“Unlike Ross, the baker who writes, I don’t bake or write. But luckily after 25 years of marriage, 23 years of parenting, birthday parties & holidays galore, I can wrap a mean gift so we make a great team in the bakery.”

“On a deeper note, Cookie Good isn’t just about delicious cookies and pretty packaging. It’s about our family’s struggle to find our passion in life and our ability to survive; it’s about our desire to give back and make an impact on this crazy world – and having lived with breast cancer for the past 21 years, surviving is something our family knows a lot about. So in 2007, when presented with a sink or swim situation, we decided to dive in and combine Ross’ passion for baking and my quest to give back in the hope that Cookie Good might somehow make the world a better place – even if it’s just one cookie at a time. Besides supporting many schools and charities year-round, every October we donate proceeds from our cookies to the Breast Cancer Care & Research Fund, an organization that is very close to our hearts.” – Melanie Canter, Co-Founder

Cookie Good’s Ross Canter continues…

Kyle Meyer of Wine ExchangeKyle Meyer, Managing Partner of Santa Ana’s Wine Exchange, our resident wine authority, joins us for another informative wine commentary responding to listeners’ questions. Kyle delves into the mysteries of oak in wine. How does it add to the flavor profile? What’s the how and why of American Oak versus French Oak in barrel aging?

Delightful and delicious, the upcoming 10th Annual L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade brings superstar chefs and mixologists to Los Angeles on Saturday afternoon, September 14th to lend their support to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) and battle against childhood cancer. The celebrity chefs and mixologists participating come from landmark establishments from all across the country.

Caroline Styne of Lucques Restaurant GroupHosted by Chef Suzanne Goin and business partner Caroline Styne along with Chef David Lentz (The Hungry Cat), this fun-loving and family friendly afternoon at UCLA features one-of-a-kind food and libation samplings. Guests will get to meet the celebrity chefs behind the dishes and taste award-winning, fine-dining cuisine from across the country. With a record-breaking total of close to $1.5 million raised in 2018, this benefit’s impact only continues to grow for all kids with cancer. It’s become the premier food & wine benefit in the greater Los Angeles area.

Co-Founder of the L.A. Benefit, Caroline Styne of the Lucques Restaurant Group, joins us with a tempting preview.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Chef Amy Riolo with The Mediterranean Diet Cookbook, 2nd Edition Part One
Segment Three: Chef Amy Riolo with The Mediterranean Diet Cookbook, 2nd Edition Part Two
Segment Four: Cookie Good’s Co-Founder & Baker, Ross Canter Part One
Segment Five: Cookie Good’s Co-Founder & Baker, Ross Canter Part Two
Segment Six: Kyle Meyer, Co-Founder, Wine Exchange – The Mysteries of Oak in Wine
Segment Seven: Caroline Styne, Co-Founder The Lucques Group, L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade Part One
Segment Eight: Caroline Styne, Co-Founder The Lucques Group, L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade Part Two

August 24: Plymouth Gin, Lincoln Carson, A Nourished Spirit, Tuxton China, Zapien’s Salsa Grill

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Plymouth Gin with Global Brand Ambassador Sebastian Hamilton-Mudge
Segment Three: Executive Chef / Partner Lincoln Carson, Bon Temps, Los Angeles
Segment Four: Preview of “A Nourished Spirit” Series at Double Take & Kimpton Palomar Hotel, Los Angeles
Segment Five: Co-Host Chef Andrew Gruel of Slapfish with “Ask the Chef”
Segment Six: Tuxton China, Inc with Vice President of Business Development Jennifer Rolander
Segment Seven: Chef Marco Zapien of Zapien’s Salsa Grill

Now an enticing preview of this Saturday’s delectable show.

It’s not, with profuse apologies, for dieters. If we’re successful we will hopefully leave you incredibly hungry and thirsty. In our case that’s probably a pretty good thing… As always, we greatly appreciate you being a part of our loyal listening audience. Truly couldn’t do it without you.

The classic martini never went out of style and gin is making a resurgence in the cocktail world. Plymouth Gin (dating to 1793) is closely tied to the evolution of many of the cocktail world’s significant libations. Guiding us is Plymouth Gin’s Global Brand Ambassador, Sebastian Hamilton-Mudge.

Lincoln Carson is the Chef/Partner of the ambitious Bon Temps Los Angeles restaurant located next to the Firehouse Hotel in the Arts District adjacent to Downtown Los Angeles. An all-day restaurant Bon Temps reimagines a modern French brasserie with industrial roots. From morning until late-night, the menu is refined with an attention to detail that nods to Chef Lincoln Carson’s lineage working in internationally-acclaimed restaurants. We entice Chef Lincoln out of his busy kitchens for a chat.

“Write. Create. Imbibe. Connect”

“A Nourished Spirit is a four-part writing workshop (August 22, September 26, October 17 and November 14) curated for the Double Take at the Kimpton Palomar hotel in Westwood using craft cocktails and distinguished wines as our inspiration. Each evening includes curated libations, light bites and all you need to connect pen to paper.” The Creative Team, including Producer Jayne Portnoy, joins us with the specifics.

Our always on the go Co-Host, Chef Andrew Gruel of The Slapfish Restaurant Group, joins us with another installment of “Ask the Chef.” Chef Andrew responds to your questions.

Tuxton China Inc., a leading tabletop supplier to the foodservice industry, will again (for the 4th year) partner with C-CAP, the Careers through Culinary Arts Program, to raise vitally needed funds. By purchasing Tuxton products during September, Tuxton will make a generous donation to help provide thousands of high school students across the United States with scholarships, training, internships and much more. Tuxton’s Vice President of Business Development, Jennifer Rolander, joins us with the details.

Once a year Chef Marco Zapien of Zapien’s Salsa Grill in Pico Rivera hosts a series of Hatch Chile-themed events to celebrate the famous New Mexican spicy and savory pepper. First up is Chef Marco’s Hatch pepper Cooking Demonstration on Tuesday evening, August 27th from 6 to 8:00 p.m. Zapien’s will then host a daytime Hatch Chile Roast on September 7th were supplies of the roasted Hatch Chiles can be picked up by the case. The guest selects the level of spicy desired ranging from mild to hot. Also on Saturday, September 7th from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. join Chef Marco and Zapien’s Salsa Grill for their special Hatch Chile Brunch featuring over ten Hatch Chile inspired dishes. We’ll entice Chef Marco away from the chile roaster for a chat.

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

Sebastian Hamilton-Mudge is the brand ambassador for Plymouth GinThe classic martini never went out of style and gin is making a resurgence in the cocktail world. Plymouth Gin (dating to 1793) is closely tied to the evolution of many of the cocktail world’s significant libations.

“Gin appears in cocktail guides as early as 1900, and by 1930, was ubiquitous in the influential The Savoy Cocktail Book. In modern times, It’s employed in mixed drinks that originated both in their initial form with Plymouth Gin and also ones where an ambiguous call for “gin” has led to many cocktail makers reaching for Plymouth Gin.”

As Global Brand Ambassador, Sebastian Hamilton-Mudge has travelled the world, absorbing and influencing cocktail culture wherever he goes, sharing his deep knowledge of Gin and Cocktails.

He is regularly referenced in press and articles around the World and his book on the classic Pink Gin cocktail is available in the Angostura distillery in Trinidad, while his writing on the brand and classic cocktail history with award winning writer Aaron Goldfarb and Punch Creative.

The Gin Companion is available online to buy.

Guiding us is Plymouth Gin’s Global Brand Ambassador, Sebastian Hamilton-Mudge.

Lincoln Carson of Bon TempsLincoln Carson is the Chef/Partner of the ambitious Bon Temps Los Angeles restaurant located next to the Firehouse Hotel in the Arts District adjacent to Downtown Los Angeles.

“An all-day restaurant Bon Temps reimagines a modern French brasserie with industrial roots. From morning until late-night, the menu is refined with an attention to detail that nods to Chef Lincoln Carson’s lineage working in internationally-acclaimed restaurants.  Bon Temps is for the neighborhood and a place for the downtown community to break bread in a space that pays homage to the old and new.”

“Chef Lincoln Carson is a veteran pastry chef whose career spans almost three decades and he is best known for his eight-year tenure as the corporate pastry chef for The Mina Group, while his culinary resume also includes stints at internationally-acclaimed restaurants such as Le Bernardin and La Cote Basque. Carson was responsible for all facets of The Mina Group’s pastry, dessert and bread programs in addition to opening 18 new restaurants during his time there.”

“Set within the former Heinz testing kitchen of downtown Los Angeles, Bon Temps sets out to break down the distinction between back and front of house all while showcasing the beautiful tension between warm and cold materials. The guest immediately feels part of something larger than simply a dining experience, rather the sounds of the open kitchen combined with a sense of functional utility set forth by the aluminum furniture all point towards the expression of a transparent and honest dining experience driven by Chef Lincoln Carson.”

We entice Chef Lincoln out of his busy kitchens for a chat.

Jayne Portnoy of the Pen2Paper Project“Write. Create. Imbibe. Connect”

A Nourished Spirit is a four-part writing workshop (August 22, September 26, October 17 and November 14) curated for the Double Take at the Kimpton Palomar hotel in Westwood using craft cocktails and distinguished wines as our inspiration. Each evening includes curated libations, light bites and all you need to connect pen to paper.”

The Pen2Paper Project aims to connect people and create community through the art of letter writing and journaling. A Nourished Spirit is a four-part writing series curated by Pen2Paper for Double Take that incorporates cocktail and food pairings into the creative process.

Tickets are $30 per workshop and include food & drink pairings, journal and 15% dining discount at Double Take.

Producer Jayne Portnoy, Double Take’s Lead Bartender Sarah Mengoni and Hotel Palomar’s & Double Take’s Executive Chef Paul Gregory join us with the details.

Andy Harris and Andrew Gruel at the Fifth Anniversary of the SoCal Restaurant ShowOur always on the go Co-Host, Chef Andrew Gruel of The Slapfish Restaurant Group,” joins us with another installment of “Ask the Chef.” Chef Andrew responds to your questions.

Plant-based seafood substitutes are coming into the consumer marketplace. It’s a huge subject of spirited conversation and has been in the news recently. Chef Andrew shares his thoughts.

Jennifer Rolander of Tuxton ChinaTuxton China Inc., a leading tabletop supplier to the foodservice industry, will again (for the 4th year) partner with C-CAP, the Careers through Culinary Arts Program, to raise vitally needed funds. By purchasing Tuxton products during September, Tuxton will make a generous donation to help provide thousands of high school students across the United States with scholarships, training, internships and much more.

2019 marks the 20th Anniversary of Tuxton!

“At Tuxton, giving back is an important part of our company’s core values, and our continuing partnership with the Careers through Culinary Arts Program gives us the opportunity to help disadvantaged high school students become part of our industry, says Vice President of Business Development Jennifer Rolander. Our continued support of this organization as one of our “Tuxton Cares” partners is a priority for us, and we are looking forward to providing funds for scholarships and their competition plates for years to come!

Tuxton’s Vice President of Business Development, Jennifer Rolander, joins us with the details.

Marco Zapien of Zapiens Salsa Grill and TaqueriaOnce a year Chef Marco Zapien of Zapien’s Salsa Grill in Pico Rivera hosts a series of Hatch Chile-themed events to celebrate the famous New Mexican spicy and savory pepper. First up is Chef Marco’s Hatch pepper Cooking Demonstration on Tuesday evening, August 27th from 6 to 8:00 p.m. Guests will receive copies of all the Hatch-themed recipes including Drink of the Day, Appetizers, Salad, Entrees and Dessert. The seated Dinner features all the items demonstrated by Chef Marco. Guests also receive a gift certificate for a complimentary meal at Zapien’s Salsa Grill on a future visit.

Zapien’s will then host a daytime Hatch Chile Roast on September 7th were supplies of the roasted Hatch Chiles can be picked up by the case. The guest selects the level of spicy desired ranging from mild to hot. Also on Saturday, September 7th from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. join Chef Marco and Zapien’s Salsa Grill for their special Hatch Chile Brunch featuring over ten incredible Hatch Chile inspired dishes.

We’ll entice Chef Marco away from the chile roaster for a chat.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Plymouth Gin with Global Brand Ambassador Sebastian Hamilton-Mudge
Segment Three: Executive Chef / Partner Lincoln Carson, Bon Temps, Los Angeles
Segment Four: Preview of “A Nourished Spirit” Series at Double Take & Kimpton Palomar Hotel, Los Angeles
Segment Five: Co-Host Chef Andrew Gruel of Slapfish with “Ask the Chef”
Segment Six: Tuxton China, Inc with Vice President of Business Development Jennifer Rolander
Segment Seven: Chef Marco Zapien of Zapien’s Salsa Grill

August 17: Live from Alcazar Palm Springs

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Co-Host Chef Andrew Gruel of Slapfish Restaurant Group with “Ask the Chef”
Segment Three: Tara Lazar, Founder, Foundation 10 Creative, Palm Springs Part One
Segment Four: Tara Lazar, Founder, Foundation 10 Creative, Palm Springs Part Two
Segment Five: Greg Rowen, Managing Partner, Foundation 10 Creative, Palm Springs
Segment Six: Richard B. Perelman, Editor & Publisher, The Sports Examiner. Olympics Authority
Segment Seven: Chef Scooter Kanfer, The Tropicale Restaurant & Coral Seas Lounge, Palm Springs
Segment Eight: Robert Hunt, General Manager, Alcazar Palm Springs

Now a tempting preview of this Saturday’s scrumptious show.

It’s not, with profuse apologies, for dieters. If we’re successful we will hopefully leave you incredibly hungry and thirsty. In our case that’s probably a pretty good thing… As always, we greatly appreciate you being a part of our loyal listening audience. Truly couldn’t do it without you.

Alcazar Palm Springs Boutique HotelWe’re live from Alcazar Palm Springs, a proud member of Palm Springs Preferred Small Hotels. (“Be authentic. Stay independent”)

Our always on-the -go Co-Host, Chef Andrew Gruel of The Slapfish Restaurant Group,” joins us with another installment of “Ask the Chef.” Chef Andrew responds to your questions. Chef Andrew discusses his fondness for fresh Hatch peppers from the Mesilla Valley in New Mexico. The short season is on right now.

Palm Springs resident Tara Lazar is the Founder of Foundation 10 Creative, a prominent, and growing, hospitality group in Palm Springs. Over the past decade, Tara has created a small empire of iconic restaurants in the ever-growing travel destination of Palm Springs. Under the F10 family is the prominent brunch hotspot Cheeky’s, the handsomely appointed modern steakhouse Mr. Lyons and their classic cocktail hideaway Seymour’s, a lively and al fresco Italian eatery Birba, the sleek and serene hotel Alcazar, and perhaps their most active yet stealth operation – F10 Catering, the go-to service for top-tier brand and celebrity events in the desert area. Tara joins us.

Seasoned hospitality veteran Greg Rowen oversees the restaurants for Foundation 10 Creative as Managing Partner. In San Francisco he was previously General Manager of Traci des Jardins’ acclaimed Jardiniere and later the opening General Manager for Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Beverly Hills. We’ll chat with Greg about the revitalization and repositioning of Mr. Lyons Steakhouse. There is more on the plate than just another premium steakhouse.

For the 3rd time The Olympics is returning to Los Angeles in 2028. Did Los Angeles get a good deal for 2028, or just a deal ? The person to now update us with authority is our Olympic Games expert, Richard B. Perelman, a Palm Springs resident. Mr. Perelman was the youngest Vice President of The Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee (LAOOC) from 1980 to 1984 overseeing Press Operations. Rich is the Editor & Publisher of The Sports Examiner Daily, providing independent reporting on the Olympic Games.

Chef Scooter Kanfer is the menu maker (with proprietor Tony Di Lembo) at Palm Springs’ The Tropicale Restaurant & Coral Seas Lounge (Comfort Food for a Modern World.) “Every night at Tropicale is a party.” We spirit Chef Scooter away from her busy kitchen for a chat.

Alcazar Palm Springs (established in 2011 and a member of Palm Springs Preferred Small Hotels) is a serene and peaceful oasis right in the center of the cultural epicenter known as the uptown design district! This lush and relaxing 34- room boutique hotel is warm, modern & sleek, featuring Imported Italian linens, flat screen TV’s, fireplaces, poolside and private patios, salt water purified pool, cooling misters, Jacuzzi and a beautiful garden courtyard to lounge with your favorite book and glass of wine.” The hands-on, welcoming and hospitable General Manager is Robert Hunt. We’ll meet him.

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

Andy Harris and Andrew Gruel at Cabana 14 at the Cove at Pechanga Resort and CasinoOur always on the go Co-Host, Chef Andrew Gruel of The Slapfish Restaurant Group,” joins us with another installment of “Ask the Chef.” Chef Andrew responds to your questions.

Chef Andrew discusses his fondness for fresh Hatch peppers from the Mesilla Valley in New Mexico. The short season is on right now.

These peppers are bound to the land and simply won’t grow correctly anywhere else. Hatch are thick, meaty and rich. They are often noted as the world’s tastiest peppers.

Tara Lazar of Founders 10 CreativePalm Springs resident Tara Lazar is the Founder of Foundation 10 Creative, a prominent, and growing, hospitality group in Palm Springs.

Over the past decade, Tara has created a small empire of iconic restaurants in the ever-growing travel destination of Palm Springs.

Under the F10 family is the locals’ favorite breakfast, lunch and brunch hotspot Cheeky’s, the handsomely appointed modern steakhouse Mr. Lyons and their classic cocktail hideaway Seymour’s, a lively and al fresco Italian eatery Birba, the sleek and serene hotel Alcazar, and perhaps their most active yet stealth operation – F10 Catering, the go-to service for top-tier brand and celebrity events in the desert area.

Initially started as a personal project to entertain and serve friends, F10 Creative has grown into a tight-knit network of some of the best food and beverage offerings in town, and continues to expand.

Tara is a Palm Springs native, and after spending time traveling, sampling flavors around the world, she returned home to build Cheeky’s as the first establishment in the F10 line. Tara has been hands-on in every step of the way for each property, from creating the menu and cooking on the line, to designing the atmosphere and touching tables nightly. She now employs almost 200 residents of Palm Springs, and has been an influential voice across staffing, sourcing and serving in the hospitality industry.

Tara joins us.

Seymours Bar at Mr Lyons Steakhouse in Palm SpringsSeasoned hospitality veteran Greg Rowen oversees the restaurants for Foundation 10 Creative as Managing Partner. In San Francisco he was previously General Manager of Traci des Jardins’ acclaimed Jardiniere and later the opening General Manager for Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Beverly Hills.

Mr. Lyons is the newest addition to the F10 family, opened in 2015 as a reimagining of Lyons English Grille. We’ve taken steak and created a “New Classic” giving it a conscientious modern update, with a menu that puts local, small farms first. Our grand dining room is pure old Hollywood glamour with a steak-centered menu boasting infinite sides and the kind of table side service that instantly transports you to a by gone era. Our classic cocktail hideaway, Seymour’s, offers something a little more relaxed, where you can savor a true classic cocktail or something seasonal and new. Mr. Lyons is steak done right!”

We’ll chat with Greg about the revitalization and repositioning of Mr. Lyons Steakhouse. There is more on the plate there than just another premium steakhouse.

Rich PerelmanFor the 3rd time The Olympics is returning to Los Angeles in 2028. Did Los Angeles get a good deal for 2028, or just a deal? The person to ask for an update is our Olympic Games expert, Richard B. Perelman, a Palm Springs resident. Mr. Perelman was the youngest Vice President of The Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee (LAOOC) from 1980 to 1984 overseeing Press Operations. Thereafter he was the Editor of The Final Report, a massive 2-volume tome officially documenting the Games of the 23rd Olympiad (the 1984 Summer Olympics).

Rich is the Editor & Publisher of The Sports Examiner Daily. The goal of The Sports Examiner is to provide comprehensive, independent coverage of the Olympic Games, the events and sports that are featured within it and the greater Olympic Movement, with special focus on United States athletes and teams. In order to serve the widest-possible readership, the site is free to view.

Scooter Kanfer of the TropicaleChef Scooter Kanfer is the menu maker (with proprietor Tony Di Lembo) at Palm Springs’ The Tropicale Restaurant & Coral Seas Lounge (Comfort Food for a Modern World.) “Every night at Tropicale is a party.”

Newly published is The Tropicale Restaurant Cookbook.

“A chic and sophisticated décor provides the setting for our distinctive “world cuisine”, a provocative mix of zesty influences that creates a delightful dining experience in Palm Springs, California. Plush high-backed semicircular banquettes surround our dining room and offer comfortable and private seating. The cuisine has a light, exotic feel with an emphasis on Pacific Rim specialties, from Chilean Sea Bass baked in Banana Leaves or Kahlua-Barbecued Pork Chops to all sorts of tasty tapas, salads, wood-fired pizzas, and desserts.”

“The Coral Seas Lounge, a hip mid-century style bar is lined with sexy black leather bar-stools and is reminiscent of the upbeat lounges of old Palm Springs. It wraps around the dining room and leads outside to a lush, tropical, 2000 square foot dining patio where a variety of specialty cocktails and old-school favorites are mixed – an ideal place where friends gather and martinis are sipped under the starlit desert sky.”

We spirit Chef Scooter away from her busy kitchen at Brunch for a chat.

Robert Hunt of Alcazar Palm SpringsAlcazar Palm Springs (established in 2011 and a member of Palm Springs Preferred Small Hotels) is a serene and peaceful oasis right in the center of the cultural epicenter known as the uptown design district! This lush and relaxing 34- room boutique hotel is warm, modern & sleek, featuring Imported Italian linens, flat screen TV’s, fireplaces, poolside and private patios, salt water purified pool, cooling misters, Jacuzzi and a beautiful garden courtyard to lounge with your favorite book and glass of wine.”

The hands-on, welcoming and hospitable General Manager is Robert Hunt. We’ll meet him.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Co-Host Chef Andrew Gruel of Slapfish Restaurant Group with “Ask the Chef”
Segment Three: Tara Lazar, Founder, Foundation 10 Creative, Palm Springs Part One
Segment Four: Tara Lazar, Founder, Foundation 10 Creative, Palm Springs Part Two
Segment Five: Greg Rowen, Managing Partner, Foundation 10 Creative, Palm Springs
Segment Six: Richard B. Perelman, Editor & Publisher, The Sports Examiner. Olympics Authority
Segment Seven: Chef Scooter Kanfer, The Tropicale Restaurant & Coral Seas Lounge, Palm Springs
Segment Eight: Robert Hunt, General Manager, Alcazar Palm Springs

August 10: Mealtop, Golden Foodie Awards, Christina Xenos, Zama Tea & Kombucha, Rowen Wine Company, Michael Rossi and Victor Novak

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Mealtop (Korean Shaved Ice) with Proprietor Joon Hyun-Baek
Segment Three: 8th Annual Golden Foodie Awards Voting with Founder Pamela Waitt
Segment Four: Chef & Food Journalist Christina Xenos – Opa! The Healthy Greek Cookbook
Segment Five: Zama Tea & Kombucha, Old Town Tustin Part One
Segment Six: Zama Tea & Kombucha, Old Town Tustin Part Two
Segment Seven: Winemaker Justin Seidenfeld, Rowen Wine Company, Healdsburg, Sonoma County
Segment Eight: Executive Chef Michael Rossi, The Ranch Restaurant & Saloon, Anaheim & Brewmaster Victor Novak, Golden Road Brewing Co

Now a tantalizing preview of this Saturday’s delectable 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 probably a pretty good thing… As always, we greatly appreciate you being a part of our loyal listening audience. Truly couldn’t do it without you.

Since 1985 Mealtop has been serving traditional Korean shaved ice (Bingsoo) all over South Korea. These ever popular and traditional Korean desserts have recently arrived in the United States with locations in Buena Park and on L.A.’s Koreatown. We’ll meet proprietor Joon Hyun-Baek.

Voting for the 8th Annual Golden Foodie Awards representing the best in dining in Orange County commences on August 11th and runs for one tight week until Saturday, August 17th. It’s the people’s choice awards as Orange County foodies make the decisions. Pamela Waitt the Creator and Producer of the Golden Foodie Awards joins us with the details of how the voting works and what the categories are.

Learn the secrets of easy, healthy Greek cuisine with our guest, Chef Christina Xenos, co-author of Opa! The Healthy Greek Cookbook. When you don’t have the Greek island breeze behind you, finding local ingredients for complex recipes can seem difficult to integrate Greek food into your lifestyle. With Opa! The Healthy Greek Cookbook you can spare yourself the odyssey of traveling just to eat fresh and flavorful food.  Opa! The Healthy Greek Cookbook leads you on a culinary journey towards an appetizing and healthy lifestyle through simple recipes.

Zama Tea & Kombucha is a community-focused, brick and mortar tea and Kombucha bar and wellness café serving many tasty vegan and healthier food options. They just celebrated their 3rd Anniversary in June. All the Kombuchas are house-brewed and at any given time a rotating selection of ten flavors options are available to enjoy on tap. It’s housed in a carefully restored, historic building in Old Town Tustin. It’s also the home of the Three Pug Bakery. Proprietress & Founder Leanne Herrera pulls the tap for us.

The boutique Rowen Wine Company is Rodney Strong Wine Estates new brand of small production, high-elevation wines from a remote and historic part of Sonoma County called The Cooley Ranch. This is the fruition of an 18-year project by Rodney Strong Proprietor Tom Klein under the personal direction of Winemaker Justin Seidenfeld who pulls the cork on this unusual venture for us.

Executive Chef Michael Rossi of THE RANCH Restaurant & Saloon in Anaheim is set to collaborate with Brewmaster Victor Novak of Golden Road Brewing for THE RANCH’s first ever Beer Dinner on Thursday evening, August 22nd. Chef Michael will craft globally-inspired dishes that pair with a selection of craft beers from Golden Road’s portfolio of core, seasonal and limited-edition brews. Chef Michael and Brewmaster Victor preview the menu and pairings with us.

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

Joon Hyun-Baek of Mealtop CafeSince 1985 Mealtop has been serving traditional Korean shaved ice (Bingsoo) all over South Korea. These popular and traditional Korean desserts have recently arrived in the United States with locations in Buena Park and on L.A.’s Koreatown.

The menu at Mealtop features a multitude of authentic Bingsoo (shaved ice). All of Mealtop’s Bingsoo variations include four classic ingredients: soft shaved ice, braised red beans, chewy rice cakes and sweet condensed milk. The cast-iron braised sweet-but-savory red beans are the most important aspect, while the other three play equal parts in the taste of Korean tradition. All of the flavors come together in harmony and every ingredient is either made in-house using traditional techniques or locally sourced.

In addition to traditional shaved ice, Mealtop also offers other items such as lattes from South Korea (Bibibig Latte, Orange Latte and Babamba Latte), and desserts such as Ang Butter Bread and more.

“Even with an abundance of Korean food in Los Angeles, I felt and still somewhat feel that there is room for growth not only in Korean food but representation of Korean culture; thus I made it one of my life goals to spread Korean culture through food and clothing. Our ultimate goal is to bring a piece of South Korean culture to these communities through traditional Korean shaved ice and desserts.” — CEO Joon Hyun-Baek

We’ll meet proprietor Joon Hyun-Baek.

Pam Waitt of the Golden Foodie AwardsVoting for the 8th Annual Golden Foodie Awards representing the best in dining in Orange County commences on August 11th and runs for one tight week until Saturday, August 17th. It’s the people’s choice awards as Orange County foodies make the decisions.

“The Golden Foodie Awards has evolved into a celebration of Orange County’s rich culinary scene,” said Pamela Waitt, creator and producer of the Golden Foodie Awards, and president of the OC Restaurant Association. “Now in its 8th year, the Golden Foodie Awards have grown exponentially in reach and media attention. To enable us to continue to grow as an event, we have previously brought on the accounting firm of Moss Adams to audit votes and continue to attract sponsors who share a vision of highlighting those stand-out chefs and restaurants in Orange County.”

The Golden Foodie Awards is a people’s choice event that recognizes the best chefs, libations and cuisine at chef-driven and independent restaurants. With its focus on involving the Orange County community to serve as judges through their voting, the Golden Foodie Awards serve as a high honor and is an indication of local culinary trends and consumer preferences.

Connoisseurs of cuisine and lovers of libations will have a chance for one week (starting August 11th) to vote for their favorites among 14 categories. The voting includes categories ranging from Bartender of the Year to Best Service Award.

The gala awards ceremony is set for the Marriott Newport Beach on September 29th.

Christina Xenos of My Sweet Greek CateringLearn the secrets of easy, healthy Greek cuisine with our guest, Chef Christina Xenos, co-author of Opa! The Healthy Greek Cookbook. When you don’t have the Greek island breeze behind you, finding local ingredients for complex recipes can seem difficult to integrate Greek food into your lifestyle. With Opa! The Healthy Greek Cookbook you can spare yourself the odyssey of traveling just to eat fresh and flavorful food. Opa! The Healthy Greek Cookbook leads you on a culinary journey towards an appetizing and healthy lifestyle through simple recipes.

Discover Greek cooking with:

  • 90 Recipes for popular Greek dishes made with easy-to-find ingredients
  • Greek Kitchen Tips including how to stock your pantry and kitchen with the right ingredients and equipment, plus cooking techniques
  • A Regional Overview explaining Greek food from ancient times to modern day

Recipes in this Greek cookbook include: Avocado Skordalia, Baked Zucchini Patties, Spanakopita, Spinach Rice, Vegetable Moussaka, Shrimp Santorini, Spinach and Feta Stuffed Chicken Breasts, Greek Yogurt Brandy Cake, and much more!

Christina Xenos is a professional chef, cookbook author, and journalist based in Los Angeles, California. Her Greek-themed pop-up dining experiences have been featured in Food & Wine magazine, among other outlets. She loves sharing her recipes and food musings on her instagram and recipe blog.

Leanne Herrera of Zama Tea and KombuchaZama Tea & Kombucha is a community-focused, brick and mortar tea and Kombucha bar and wellness café serving many tasty vegan and healthier food options. Zama celebrated its Third Anniversary in Old Town Tustin in June.

“Observing the demands of a healthier beverage, Zama Tea opened one of the first Kombucha On Tap locations in the OC at the Packing House’s lower level. That location has since moved to Old Town Tustin, Ca. Kombucha [Kawm-Boo-Cha ] a non-alcoholic, probiotic tea is gaining popularity among foodies who favor organic beverages with a very low sugar content and lots of health benefits.

All the Kombuchas are house-brewed and at any given time a rotating selection of ten flavors options (from a master recipe library of 70 flavors) are available to enjoy on tap at the 12-foot Kombucha Bar. It’s housed in a carefully restored, historic building in Old Town Tustin (the site of the first Doctor’s Office in Tustin.) It’s also the home of the Three Pug Bakery, a local artisan enterprise.

Zama Tea & Kombucha provides a welcome, holistic respite from the stresses of everyday life. An unexpected feature is a tranquil, shaded back patio.

“Kombucha is a very popular topic in the beverage industry these days. While very well-liked, it is also quite controversial. The main reason for this is the many claims of health benefits, arguments over the best ingredients to use, and especially whether “raw” or pasteurized versions are better for you. Don’t let the controversy bother you, though; it is still a beverage that you should consider drinking and enjoying!”

Kombucha is a beverage made of fermented bacteria and yeast in tea. Its routes have been traced back to 221 B.C. in China, but may go back even further! While the drink is called various things including “Manchurian mushroom,” the tea fungus is not made with any mushrooms. (The reason for this name comes from the appearance that is created during the fermenting process.)

Proprietress Leanne Herrera pulls the tap for us.

Justin Seidenfeld of Roden Wine CompanyThe boutique Rowen Wine Company is Rodney Strong Wine Estates new brand of small production, high-elevation wines from a remote and historic part of Sonoma County called The Cooley Ranch. This is the fruition of an 18-year project by Rodney Strong Proprietor Tom Klein under the personal direction of Winemaker Justin Seidenfeld.

The vineyards at Cooley Ranch are above the fog line, which increases the sun exposure and heat that Cabernet Sauvignon and other Bordeaux red varietals need to ripen, but also provides cooling during the summer heat, which settles down in the lower valleys.

The 2016 ROWEN red blend is a lush and elegant wine consisting of wonderful high elevation, mountain fruit. The wine has aromas of dark cherries, blackberries and sweet toasted oak from the co-fermented Viognier. On the palate, the wine is balanced and structured from the Cabernet Sauvignon with notes of juicy cassis, light floral and sweet vanilla. Co-fermenting the Syrah with the Viognier is a classic Northern Rhone technique which adds an exotic floral element to the finished wine as well as a rounder mouthfeel. Enjoy this wine now with sharp cheeses and charcuterie, grilled filet mignon, cocoa dusted chocolate torte or cellar for enjoyment for years to come.”

Justin Seidenfeld serves as winemaker for Rodney Strong Vineyards and Rowen Wine Company. Named one of Wine Enthusiasts “Top 40 Under 40” in 2017. Justin brings a bold perspective on crafting unique wines.

Michael Rossi of the Ranch Restaurant and SaloonExecutive Chef Michael Rossi of THE RANCH Restaurant & Saloon in Anaheim is set to collaborate with Brewmaster Victor Novak of Golden Road Brewing for THE RANCH’s first ever Beer Dinner.

Chef Michael will craft globally-inspired dishes that pair with a selection of craft beers from Golden Road’s portfolio of core, seasonal and limited-edition brews.

The Beer Dinner will be held on Thursday, August 22nd at 6:00 p.m. at THE RANCH Events Center, located five floors above the Restaurant & Saloon. Guests will experience a five-course menu expertly matched with beer pairings for $125 per person (all inclusive, space is limited).

Victor Novak and his Blueberry Mocha Stout from Golden Road BrewingMenu includes:

  1. MINIATURE BAJA FISH TACOS OCTOPUS COCKTAIL(Tray Passed) | paired with K-38 CLARA
  2. CRUDO OF GEORGES BANK SEA SCALLOPS: Guava Aguachile, Macadamia Nut, Lime | paired with LONELY TARTS CLUB BAND
  3. BAJA STRIPED BASS: Steamed In Banana Leaf, Lemongrass, Coconut, Shrimp & Pineapple Fried Rice | paired with FIELDS OF GOLD SAISON
  4. MUSCOVY DUCK BREAST: Kalamata Olive, Black Mission Fig, English Cheddar | paired with IN BRUGES
  5. RED DEER VENISON CHOP: Tamarind, Orange, Smoked Jalapeño, Espresso | paired with GET UP OFFA THAT BROWN
  6. IRISH CAR BOMB: Bailey’s Semifreddo, Jameson Sabayon, Irish Stout Spice Cake | paired with EYE FOR AN IRISH

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Mealtop (Korean Shaved Ice) with Proprietor Joon Hyun-Baek
Segment Three: 8th Annual Golden Foodie Awards Voting with Founder Pamela Waitt
Segment Four: Chef & Food Journalist Christina Xenos – Opa! The Healthy Greek Cookbook
Segment Five: Zama Tea & Kombucha, Old Town Tustin Part One
Segment Six: Zama Tea & Kombucha, Old Town Tustin Part Two
Segment Seven: Winemaker Justin Seidenfeld, Rowen Wine Company, Healdsburg, Sonoma County
Segment Eight: Executive Chef Michael Rossi, The Ranch Restaurant & Saloon, Anaheim & Brewmaster Victor Novak, Golden Road Brewing Co

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Mealtop (Korean Shaved Ice) with Proprietor Joon Hyun-Baek
Segment Three: 8th Annual Golden Foodie Awards Voting with Founder Pamela Waitt
Segment Four: Chef & Food Journalist Christina Xenos – Opa! The Healthy Greek Cookbook
Segment Five: Zama Tea & Kombucha, Old Town Tustin Part One
Segment Six: Zama Tea & Kombucha, Old Town Tustin Part Two
Segment Seven: Winemaker Justin Seidenfeld, Rowen Wine Company, Healdsburg, Sonoma County
Segment Eight: Executive Chef Michael Rossi, The Ranch Restaurant & Saloon, Anaheim & Brewmaster Victor Novak, Golden Road Brewing Co