June 22: The Ecology Center’s Community Table, Benom, Hollywood Bowl Food + Wine 2024

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segments Two and Three: The Ecology Center’s (San Juan Capistrano) Community Table Dinner Series
Segments Four and Five: Benom Wines, Paso Robles with Co-Proprietor Arnaud Fabre
Segments Six and Seven: Hollywood Bowl Food + Wine 2024 with Restaurateur Caroline Styne

Andy Harris, Executive Producer and Co-host previews the show.

“The Ecology Center, nestled in the serene landscape of San Juan Capistrano, California continues its renowned Community Table dinner series for the summer 2024 season, taking place every Friday, now through August. Guests are invited to indulge in an unforgettable dining experience under the stars where the dialogue between farm, chef and community comes alive on the plate. Each dinner showcases the vibrant seasonal produce from the center’s sustainable farm, transforming it into memorable conversations. Inspired by the season’s bounty, each chef composes an eco-conscious menu that harmonizes with the vibrant palette of fruits, vegetables, herbs and berries grown and cultivated on the farm.” The Ecology Centers Director of Impact & Partnerships, Jonathan Zaidman, joins us to share the bountiful harvest of the Community Table dinner series.

“They are brothers, they are French, and for them making wine at their Benom in Paso Robles is a heritage. Arnaud & Guillaume Fabre moved to California for love. For Guillaume, it was his passion for winemaking and farming without limits that brought him to Paso Robles.

This love led him to one of the most prestigious Paso Robles wineries, L’Aventure, and eventually to start his own winery, Clos Solène.

Arnaud’s story is much more like that of a movie scene. His move to California was to follow the love of his life, Chloe. This is how the two brothers -Les Deux Frères Fabre- ended up in Paso Robles.

As a tribute to the six-generation family legacy in the Languedoc-Roussillon and Bordeaux regions, BENOM harmoniously combines the freedom of winemaking in Paso Robles with the innate talent of the Fabre bloodline.” Arnaud Fabre is our guest pulling the cork on all that is Benom wines in Paso Robles.

“The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association’s Summer Season at the Hollywood Bowl kicks off this Sunday, June 23rd.

Now into the ninth year with award-winning chef Suzanne Goin and restaurateur Caroline Styne, Hollywood Bowl Food + Wine promises exceptional dining for visitors to the iconic venue. Goin and Styne’s culinary history has defined Los Angeles tastes since 1998 when they opened Lucques, their legendary first restaurant.

At the Hollywood Bowl, their California-inspired offerings include three restaurants and three marketplaces. Additionally, menus for the Terrace and Garden Boxes, which can be ordered a day in advance, are created by four-time James Beard Foundation award-winner Suzanne Goin. Goin’s vibrant new summer dishes pair beautifully with the exceptional wine and beer programs curated by Caroline Styne, the James Beard Foundation’s 2018 Outstanding Restaurateur of the Year award recipient.” Joining us to uncork all that is Hollywood Bowl Food + Wine 2024 is restaurateur and Wine Director Caroline Styne.

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

Jonathan Zaidman of the Ecology Center

The Ecology Center nestled in the serene landscape of San Juan Capistrano, California continues its renowned Community Table dinner series for the summer 2024 season, taking place every Friday, now through August. Guests are invited to indulge in an unforgettable dining experience under the stars where the dialogue between farm, chef and community comes alive on a plate. Each dinner showcases the vibrant seasonal produce from the center’s sustainable farm, transforming it into memorable conversations. Inspired by the season’s bounty, each chef composes an eco-conscious menu that harmonizes with the vibrant palette of fruits, vegetables, herbs and berries grown and cultivated on the farm.”

“With an intimate setting for 80 guests per dinner, these gatherings promise an authentic farm-to-table experience. The evening unfolds with a convivial happy hour in the picturesque courtyard, followed by an enlightening farm tour where guests can pluck seasonal produce straight from the vine. Culminating in a sumptuous multicourse meal, meticulously crafted by the region’s culinary luminaries, each dish promises to be a testament to its unique culinary vision, ensuring an unforgettable dining experience for all.”

“Tickets for each dinner are priced at $160-$175 per person, offering a fixed course, family-style menu that captures the essence of the season. Dinners commence at 6 p.m. and conclude at 10 p.m. Reserve a seat at the table and explore the lineup of participating chefs.

The Ecology Centers Director of Impact & Partnerships, Jonathan Zaidman, joins us to share the bountiful harvest of the Community Table dinner series.

Arnaud Fabre of Benom Wines

“They are brothers, they are French, and for them making wine at their BENOM in Paso Robles is a heritage.”

Arnaud & Guillaume Fabre moved to California for love. For Guillaume, it was his passion for winemaking and farming without limits that brought him to Paso Robles.

This love led him to one of the most prestigious Paso Robles wineries, L’Aventure, and eventually to start his own winery, Clos Solène.”

“Arnaud’s story is much more like that of a movie scene. His move to California was to follow the love of his life, Chloe. This is how the two brothers -Les Deux Frères Fabre- ended up in Paso Robles.”

“As a tribute to the six-generation family legacy in the Languedoc-Roussillon and Bordeaux regions, BENOM harmoniously combines the freedom of winemaking in Paso Robles with the innate talent of the Fabre bloodline.”

“In September of 2023, the Fabre brothers accomplished their goal of acquiring an estate in York Mountain AVA.

This purchase fulfills Arnaud and Guillaume’s long-term vision of expanding the BENOM brand.”

“Every bottle of BENOM embodies the Fabre brothers’ commitment to their French heritage and passion for Paso Robles. Their approach to winemaking is distinguished by the use of traditional Old World techniques and sustainable practices, incorporating the fruit and creative freedom of Paso Robles.”

“BENOM also sources fruit from the Adelaida and Willow Creek districts on the west side of Paso Robles as well as Edna Valley, Santa Maria, and Santa Barbara. Sourcing fruit allows BENOM a unique opportunity to create wine from a multitude of soil types and sub-climates.”

Arnaud Fabre joins us to uncork all that is BENOM wines.

Caroline Styne of Lucques Restaurant Group

The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association’s Summer Season at the Hollywood Bowl kicks off this Sunday, June 23rd.

Now into the ninth year with award-winning chef Suzanne Goin and restaurateur Caroline Styne, Hollywood Bowl Food + Wine promises exceptional dining for visitors to the iconic venue. Goin and Styne’s culinary history has defined Los Angeles tastes since 1998 when they opened Lucques, their legendary first restaurant.”

“At the Hollywood Bowl, their California-inspired offerings include three restaurants and three marketplaces. Additionally, menus for the Terrace and Garden Boxes, which can be ordered a day in advance, are created by four-time James Beard Foundation award-winner Suzanne Goin. Goin’s vibrant new summer dishes pair beautifully with the exceptional wine and beer programs curated by Caroline Styne, the James Beard Foundation’s 2018 Outstanding Restaurateur of the Year award recipient. Overseeing the broad range of dining options serving Hollywood Bowl Food + Wine’s thousands of nightly guests is Executive Chef Jeff Rogers.”

“This year Caroline Styne has curated a diverse retail wine selection in the three marketplaces offering a broad selection of varieties and options for wine lovers visiting the Bowl. The markets feature a number of canned wines as well as a wide selection of vegan, organic and biodynamic bottles, including a collection of natural wines from producers including Broc Cellars, Wavy Wines, Nat Cool by Neipoort and Hollywood Bowl wine sponsor WINC wines.”

“Returning for the 2024 season are the Wednesdays and Sunday Market Tastings – a 14-week program of complimentary wine tastings at the Plaza Marketplace with guest winemakers, importers and sommeliers hand-selected by Caroline to give the venue’s visitors an immersive and personal experience with her favorite people in the wine world.”

“Hollywood Bowl Food + Wine’s many dining options include three sit-down restaurants, street-food kiosks, pre-ordered picnic boxes and a full-service dinner delivered to your box seat. For private events, Hollywood Bowl Food + Wine provides catering at several locations for groups both large and small.”

Joining us to uncork all that is Hollywood Bowl Food + Wine 2024 is restaurateur and Wine Director Caroline Styne.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segments Two and Three: The Ecology Center’s (San Juan Capistrano) Community Table Dinner Series
Segments Four and Five: Benom Wines, Paso Robles with Co-Proprietor Arnaud Fabre
Segments Six and Seven: Hollywood Bowl Food + Wine 2024 with Restaurateur Caroline Styne

June 15: Strong Water Anaheim, California Restaurant Foundation, Epoch Estate Wines, Garagiste Wine Festival, Susan Feniger

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Strong Water Anaheim with Skippers Ying Chang and Robert Adamson
Segment Three: California Restaurant Foundation Restaurants Care® Resilience Fund Applications Now Open
Segment Four and Five: Epoch Estate Wines of Paso Robles with Winemaker Jordan Fiorentini
Segment Six: 9th Annual Garagiste Wine Festival – Urban Exposure with Co-Founder Doug Minnick
Segment Seven: Chef Susan Feniger – Alice B. in Palm Springs
Segment Eight: Co-Host Chef Andrew Gruel of Calico Fish House with “Ask the Chef”

Andy Harris, Executive Producer and Co-host previews the show.

“Tiki bar fans, rejoice — and grab a place at Strong Water Anaheim. It’s a creatively reimagined classic of the genre, with its curio-shop-in-a-shipwreck atmosphere, its supercharged bar-food menu, its encyclopedic list of classic and creative tropical libations (zero proof options included), and its treasure chest of rare artisanal rums worth drinking straight.” Strong Water’s latest national recognition is a nomination for the prestigious James Beard Award for Outstanding Wine & Other Beverage Program. Strong Water is the only Orange County nominee in any category for a James Beard Award in 2024. The food menu is an important calling card for Strong Water, too. Their Galley Master (Executive Chef) is Steve Kling previously the highly regarded culinary force in the kitchen at Five Crowns in Corona del Mar. Proprietors Ying Chang (Fleet Commander) and Robert Adamson (Prime Minister) join us just back from Chicago and The James Beard Awards.

“The California Restaurant Foundation (CRF), a nonprofit focused on investing in and empowering California restaurants and their workforce, has proudly partnered with California’s energy companies to launch the fourth consecutive Restaurants Care® Resilience Fund. Thanks to the generosity of SoCalGas, The PG&E Corporation Foundation (PG&E Foundation) and San Diego Gas and Electric(SDG&E), CRF will award $5,000 grants to 278 independent business owners across California. For the first time, commercial caterers are eligible to apply, in addition to independent restaurant owners. Resilience Fund applications will be open from June 15 to June 30, 2024. Grants will be available to all California-based restaurant owners and commercial caterers within the utility companies’ service areas, provided they operate fewer than five units and generate less than $3 million in annual revenue. Priority consideration will be given to restaurants that have not received a grant previously.” Alycia Harshfield, Executive Director of California Restaurant Foundation joins us to provide the details.

“When Epoch Estate Wines owners Bill and Liz Armstrong set out on their “crazy” quest to make wine, they did not have their sights set on any particular wine region. However, Bill and Liz knew two things for sure: they loved wines made from Rhone varieties, and being geologists, understood the importance terroir plays in the making of world-class wines. Upon extensive research and travel, they kept coming back to Paso Robles for the weather, unique soils, hilliness, and extreme temperature swings that are known to this region and are found within each of their vineyard sites – Paderewski, Catapult, and York Mountain. In 2010, after an extensive international search, Owners/Vintners Bill and Liz Armstrong, found their dream winemaker in Jordan Fiorentini. Passionate, dedicated, and not afraid to push the envelope Jordan brings an enthusiastic and experienced spirit to Epoch. Her palate is the kind wine lovers dream of and one that speaks to her through shapes. Having an awesome artistic side, Jordan now draws her Tasting Notes, called Vinpressions, in addition to writing about each wine.” Winemaker Jordan Fiorentini joins us to uncork all that is Epoch Estate Wines.

“The 9th Annual Garagiste Wine Festival – Urban Exposure, returns to Los Angeles (Glendale Civic Auditorium) for the ninth time on Saturday, June 22nd, bringing 150+ extraordinary wines and 40+ of the best micro-production ‘garagiste’ wineries from all over California.

Renowned for its handcrafted wines from professional artisan winemakers who make less than 1,500 cases, its renegade spirit, and rules-breaking ‘no snobs allowed’ ethos, The Garagiste Festival: Urban Exposure is the only festival to provide Angelenos with the opportunity to be first to discover so many under-the-radar wines, wineries, wine styles, and grape varieties from almost every AVA in the state, including Paso Robles, Sonoma, Napa, Livermore, Mendocino, Santa Barbara County, and, of course, Los Angeles.” Festival Co-Founder Doug Minnick joins us to uncork all that is The Garagiste Festival.

“The newly launched Alice B. is a unique dining destination from James Beard and Julia Child award-winning chefs Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken (Border Grill and Socolo) located adjacent to downtown Palm Springs. The restaurant and bar is tucked inside the lobby of Living Out, a luxury resort-style LGBTQ+ community surrounded by spectacular desert and mountain views. Combining Southern California’s incredible seasonal bounty with vibrant Mediterranean flavors, the culinary vision is a collaborative effort between Feniger, Milliken, and acclaimed Executive Chef Lance Velasquez. Alice B.’s dinner and brunch menus evolve frequently with the seasons. Guests can also visit the bar for seasonal bites, classic cocktails or a glass of wine with live piano music on select evenings.” Chef Susan Feniger is our guest with a plate of their signature Cornmeal Cheddar Drop Biscuits at the ready.

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel, the menu-maker behind the full-service Calico Fish House (in the Sunset Beach area of Huntington Beach) provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where he responds to listeners’ thoughtful inquiries. Summer is the ideal season for enjoying flavorful Potato Salad. Chef Andrew shares his personal secrets for the perfect Potato Salad.

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

Robert Adamson and Ying Chang of Jace Hospitality

“Tiki bar fans, rejoice — and grab a seat at Strong Water Anaheim. It’s a creatively reimagined classic of the genre, with its curio-shop-in-a-shipwreck atmosphere, its supercharged bar-food menu, its encyclopedic list of classic and creative tropical libations (zero proof options included), and its pirates’ treasure chest of rare artisanal rums worth drinking straight.”

Their Serpent’s Grasp cocktail is Orange Coast’s “Cocktail of the Year.”

Strong Water’s latest national recognition is a nomination for the prestigious James Beard Award for Outstanding Wine and Other Beverages Program. Strong Water is the only Orange County nominee in any category for a James Beard Award in 2024!

The food menu is an important calling card for Strong Water, too. Their Galley Master (Executive Chef) is Steve Kling, previously the highly regarded culinary force in the kitchen at Five Crowns in Corona del Mar. Contemplate an Appetizer of Hawaiian Garlic Butter Shrimp served shell-on with grilled sourdough, scallion and lemon, and a layered Loco Moco Burger with an 8oz. Waygu Patty, Spam, Fried Egg, Tempura Battered Onion Ring, Mixed Greens, Bone Marrow Gravy and Polynesian Spread served on a Brioche Hawaiian Bun!

“Welcome Aboard Strong Water Anaheim tucked away in Downtown Anaheim. When you enter Strong Water Anaheim, you will find yourself walking into the wreckage of the Clementine lost at sea in 1884.”

A new Anaheim venture, Double Luck, is on the horizon.

Proprietors Ying Chang (Fleet Commander) and (Prime Minister) Robert Adamson (just back from Chicago and The James Beard Awards) join us.

Alycia Harshfield of the California Restaaurant Association

“The California Restaurant Foundation (CRF), a nonprofit focused on investing in and empowering California restaurants and their workforce, has proudly partnered with California’s energy companies to launch the fourth consecutive Restaurants Care® Resilience Fund. Thanks to the generosity of SoCalGasThe PG&E Corporation Foundation (PG&E Foundation) and San Diego Gas and Electric(SDG&E), CRF will award $5,000 grants to 278 independent business owners across California. For the first time, commercial caterers are eligible to apply, in addition to independent restaurant owners.”

“Resilience Fund applications will be open from June 15 to June 30, 2024. Grants will be available to all California-based restaurant owners and commercial caterers within the utility companies’ service areas, provided they operate fewer than five units and generate less than $3 million in annual revenue. Priority consideration will be given to restaurants that have not received a grant previously.”

Alycia Harshfield, Executive Director of California Restaurant Foundation joins us to provide all the needed specifics.

Jordan Fiorentini of Epoch Estate Wines

“When Epoch Estate Wines owners Bill and Liz Armstrong set out on their “crazy” quest to make wine, they did not have their sights set on any particular wine region. However, Bill and Liz knew two things for sure: they loved wines made from Rhone varieties, and being geologists, understood the importance terroir plays in the making of world-class wines. Upon extensive research and travel, they kept coming back to Paso Robles for the weather, unique soils, hilliness, and extreme temperature swings that are known to this region and are found within each of their vineyard sites – Paderewski, Catapult, and York Mountain. The cowboy culture, entrepreneurial spirit, and unmistakable beauty were just added bonuses!”

“The Armstrong’s own epoch officially began in 2004 with the purchase of the Paderewski Vineyard. This chapter became so fruitful (pun intended) that they spread their roots to Catapult Vineyard in 2008 and then the historic York Mountain Winery two years later.”

“In 2010, after an extensive international search, Owners / Vintners Bill and Liz Armstrong, found their dream winemaker in Jordan Fiorentini. The Armstrong’s winemaking mission and unique vineyards stole Jordan’s heart. Passionate, dedicated, and not afraid to push the envelope Jordan brings an enthusiastic and experienced spirit to Epoch. Her palate is the kind wine lovers dream of and one that speaks to her through shapes. Having an awesome artistic side, Jordan now draws her Tasting Notes, called Vinpressions, in addition to writing about each wine.”

Winemaker Jordan Fiorentini joins us to uncork all that is Epoch Estate Wines.

Doug Minnick of Garagiste Wine Festival

The 9th Annual Garagiste Wine Festival – Urban Exposure, returns to Los Angeles (Glendale Civic Auditorium) for the ninth time on Saturday, June 22nd, bringing 150+ extraordinary wines and 40+ of the best micro-production ‘garagiste’ wineries from all over California.” Tickets are now on sale.

“Renowned for its handcrafted wines from professional artisan winemakers who make less than 1,500 cases, its renegade spirit, and rules-breaking ‘no snobs allowed’ ethos, The Garagiste Festival: Urban Exposure is the only festival to provide Angelenos with the opportunity to be first to discover so many under-the-radar wines, wineries, wine styles, and grape varieties from almost every AVA in the state, including Paso Robles, Sonoma, Napa, Livermore, Mendocino, Santa Barbara County, and, of course, Los Angeles.”

“Once again, we are bringing the best of Wine Country to Los Angeles with a scope of wineries and grape varieties that would take months, or years, of in-person research to find — if you could find them at all,” said Garagiste Festival Co-founder Doug Minnick. “At Garagiste, we have done the research for you. With our long history as the home of the micro-winery movement, these wineries now seek us out to get their wines to our audience. Our winemakers love to personally pour their wines for you – not only their artisan takes on fan-favorite wines like Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay – but also the widest array of grapes varieties and styles you will find anywhere. And this is exactly what continues to make the Garagiste Festival such a popular and unique event.”

“The one-day Garagiste Festival: Urban Exposure kicks off on Saturday June 22nd at 1:00 pm with an exclusive “Early Access: Rare and Reserve” tasting (only 150 of these Early Access tickets are available) where winemakers pour library, club-only or reserve wines.”

“The main event, the Grand Tasting, is from 2-5 p.m. During the Grand Tasting, local wine bar Vintage Wine + Eats will offer complimentary cheese & charcuterie plates. In addition, samples from artisan vendors will include: BoccaBella Farms Olive Oils and LA’s own Letterpress Chocolates. Bottled water will be provided along with a keepsake crystal logo glass from Stolzle.”

All events take place at Glendale Civic Auditorium, 1401 North Verdugo Road, Glendale, CA. There is plenty of onsite parking and easy access from the 134 and 210 freeways.

Festival Co-Founder Doug Minnick joins us to uncork all that is The Garagiste Festival.

Susan Feniger of Socalo and Border Grill

“The newly launched Alice B. is a unique dining destination from James Beard and Julia Child award-winning chefs Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken (Border Grill and Socolo) located adjacent to downtown Palm Springs. The restaurant and bar is tucked inside the lobby of Living Out, a luxury resort-style LGBTQ+ community surrounded by spectacular desert and mountain views.”

“Combining Southern California’s incredible seasonal bounty with vibrant Mediterranean flavors, the culinary vision is a collaborative effort between Feniger, Milliken, and acclaimed Executive Chef Lance Velasquez.”

“Alice B.’s dinner and brunch menus evolve frequently with the seasons. Guests can also visit the bar for seasonal bites, classic cocktails or a glass of wine with live piano music on select evenings.”

“Inspired by the extraordinary life of Alice B. Toklas and her life partner Gertrude Stein, the restaurant establishes a welcoming space where culinary excellence, art, and community converge. The inviting bar and dining room reference the iconic mid-century modern style Palm Springs is famous for.”

Not to be missed are the signature Cornmeal Cheddar Drop Biscuits with Cardamom honey!

Chef Andrew Gruel of Big Parm and the Calico Fish House

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel, the menu-maker behind the full-service Calico Fish House (in the Sunset Beach area of Huntington Beach) provides another timely and informative Ask the Chef segment where he responds to listeners’ thoughtful inquiries.

Summer is the ideal season for enjoying Potato Salad. Chef Andrew shares his personal secrets for the perfect Potato Salad. “When it comes to cooking, few dishes can compare to the comfort and satisfaction of a well-made Potato Salad. Whether it’s for a picnic, a barbecue, or simply a side dish for dinner, a mouth-watering Potato Salad can elevate any meal.”

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Strong Water Anaheim with Skippers Ying Chang and Robert Adamson
Segment Three: California Restaurant Foundation Restaurants Care® Resilience Fund Applications Now Open
Segment Four and Five: Epoch Estate Wines of Paso Robles with Winemaker Jordan Fiorentini
Segment Six: 9th Annual Garagiste Wine Festival – Urban Exposure with Co-Founder Doug Minnick
Segment Seven: Chef Susan Feniger – Alice B. in Palm Springs
Segment Eight: Co-Host Chef Andrew Gruel of Calico Fish House with “Ask the Chef”

Soy Chicken with Chinese Broccoli in Garlic Sauce with Rice


Soy Chicken with Chinese Broccoli in Garlic Sauce with Rice

Recipe excerpt from:
A Taste of the World: Celebrating Global Flavors
by Rowena Scherer

Adapted by Chinese immigrants from Hainan province in southern China, this dish is a must-try for visitors to Singapore and fans of Asian cuisine! It is a popular street food and can be found in hawker centers, food courts, and restaurants throughout Singapore. The chicken is poached in a soy, garlic, and ginger marinade, while the rice is infused with chicken broth.

Serves: 4
Allergans: Dairy-Free, Nut-Free, Vegetarian Optional
Total Prep & Cook Time: 1 hour

What You’ll Need

  • 6 scallions
  • 8 ounces kai-lan (Chinese broccoli) or regular broccoli
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 4 bone-in chicken legs or 2 pounds boneless thighs
  • 1 1/2 cups jasmine rice

  • 1 teaspoon salt, plus more as needed
  • 2 1/4 cups chicken stock
  • 
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons oyster sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 
1 teaspoon cornstarch

Honeyin’ Soy Sauce

  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 
2 tablespoons dark soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Chinese rice wine (Shaoxing wine)
  • 2 tablespoons honey

  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 star anise pods

  • 1 cinnamon stick
  1. Prep the ingredients
    Scallions — Trim the ends. Cut 
4 scallions into 2-inch slices for step 2.
    Thinly slice 2 scallions for step 5.
    Kai-lan — Trim the ends. OR Broccoli — Trim the ends and cut into florets.
    Garlic — Mince.
    Honeyin’ Soy Sauce — Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl and mix well.
  2. Braise the chicken
    In a large pot over medium-high heat, combine the Honeyin’
Soy Sauce, the 2-inch scallions, chicken legs or thighs, and 1 cup water. Bring to a boil and cook for 5 minutes.
    Lower the heat and simmer, using tongs to occasionally turn the chicken pieces, until the chicken is tender, about 30 minutes. Remove and discard the star anise pods and cinnamon stick.
  3. Cook the rice 
(while the chicken is cooking)
    Rinse the rice in a colander to remove excess starch.
    In a small pot, combine the rice, a pinch of salt, and the chicken stock
    Bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
    Lower the heat, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes, or until the liquid has been absorbed and the rice is tender. Remove from the heat and fluff the cooked rice with a fork.
  4. Prep the kai-lan or broccoli (while the chicken is cooking)
    Fill a wok or large skillet with 1 inch of water, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, and 1 teaspoon of salt. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
    Gently add the kai-lan or broccoli to the boiling liquid and blanch for 2 to 3 minutes, or until they are bright green and crisp-tender.
    Using a colander, drain the kai-lan or broccoli and arrange it on a large serving platter. Keep warm until ready to serve.
  5. Prep the garlic sauce
(while the chicken is cooking)
    In a bowl, combine the oyster sauce, sesame oil, 1⁄2 teaspoon of sugar, 1 tablespoon water, and
1 teaspoon of cornstarch.
    In the same wok or skillet, heat the remaining 1 teaspoon of olive oil over medium-high heat until hot.
    Add the minced garlic and sauté for 1 minute. Add the oyster sauce mixture and sliced scallions and cook over high heat for 30 seconds.
    Pour the sauce over the blanched kai-lan or broccoli.
  6. Serve your dish
    Transfer the chicken pieces to the platter with the kai-lan or broccoli.
    Drizzle some Honeyin’ Soy cooking liquid from the pot over the chicken and serve with the rice and kai-lan or broccoli in garlic sauce.

Korean Rolls with Ground Beef or Tofu Bulgogi Kimbap

Korean Rolls with Ground Beef or Tofu -  Bulgogi Kimbap

Recipe excerpt from:
A Taste of the World: Celebrating Global Flavors
by Rowena Scherer

Pronounced “GIM-bap,” this is a Korean seaweed rice roll filled with vegetables. They are similar to Japanese sushi except the rice is not sea- soned with vinegar. It is a tradition to make children kimbap for lunch or when they go on a school picnic or field trip in Korea. It is also a common street and party food. In this recipe we use bulgogi beef (Korean BBQ beef) and vegetables, but you can have fun trying out different fillings.

Serves: 4
Allergans: Dairy-Free, Nut-Free, Vegetarian Optional
Total Prep & Cook Time: 50 minutes

What You’ll Need

  • 5 radishes
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 carrot
  • 3 scallions
  • 2 cups short-grain rice
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon salt, plus more as needed
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil, plus more as needed
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 12 ounces ground beef or ground chicken
  • 8 sheets toasted nori or Korean seaweed

Vegetarian Option

  • 1 (16-oz) package firm tofu

Bulgogi Sauce

  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 
1 tablespoon sesame oil

  • 1 tablespoon mirin

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  1. Prep the ingredients
    Radishes — Trim the ends and thinly slice into small strips.
    Cucumber — Trim the ends, cut into 2-inch pieces, and thinly slice into small strips.
    Carrot — Peel and trim the ends. Cut into 2-inch pieces and thinly slice into small strips.
    Scallions — Trim the ends and thinly slice.
    Bulgogi Sauce — Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl and mix well.
    Vegetarian option
    Tofu — Drain. Use paper towel to press out the liquid from the tofu. Cut into 1⁄2-inch cubes.
  2. Cook the rice

    Rinse the rice in a colander to remove excess starch.
    In a medium pot, combine the rinsed rice, a pinch of salt, and 3 cups water and bring to a boil over high heat.
    Decrease the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes, or until the liquid has been absorbed and the rice is tender.
    Remove from the heat, add 1 tablespoon of soy sauce and 1 tablespoon of sesame oil to the cooked rice, and mix well with a fork.
  3. Make the pickled radishes and carrots (while the rice is cooking)
    In a medium bowl, whisk together 1 tablespoon of rice wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar, 2 tea- spoons of sugar, 1 tablespoon water, and 1⁄2 teaspoon of salt.
    Add the radish and carrot strips and toss until combined. Let sit for at least 15 minutes.
  4. Prep the omelet
    In a bowl, whisk together the eggs, 1 tablespoon water, and a pinch
of salt.
    In a large nonstick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium-high heat until hot.
    Add the egg mixture and cook the omelet until the bottom sets and is cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes.
    Carefully flip the omelet onto a cutting board and cut into 1⁄2-inch strips.
  5. Sauté the meat or tofu

    In the same skillet, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium-high heat until hot.
    Add the ground beef or chicken and, using a fork, crumble the meat and cook until it starts to brown, about 5 minutes.
    Vegetarian option
    Add the tofu and cook until it starts to brown, 2 to 3 minutes.
    Add the scallions and Bulgogi Sauce and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes.
  6. Assemble and serve the kimbap
    Place one seaweed sheet on a bamboo mat and spread with
a thin layer of rice. Add layers of meat or tofu, sliced cucumber, pick- led carrots, pickled radishes, and omelet strips on the lower center of the sheet.
    Lift the bottom of the mat to cover the ingredients. Roll up to the top. Roll with the mat once more to give it a firm shape.
    Repeat with the remaining ingredients. Brush the roll with sesame oil.
    Cut into bite – size pieces.

June 8: Rowena Scherer, Esther’s Kitchen, Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa Rancho Mirage

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segments Two and Three: A Taste of the World with Author Rowena Scherer
Segment Four and Five: James Trees, Executive Chef & Restaurateur, Esther’s Kitchen, Al Solito Posto and Ada’s Wine + Food, Las Vegas
Segments Six and Seven: Executive Chef Juan Morales, Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage
Segment Eight: Co-Host Chef Andrew Gruel of Calico Fish House with “Ask the Chef”

Andy Harris, Executive Producer and Co-host previews the show.

“With author Rowena Scherer’s A Taste of the World – Celebrating Global Flavors kids of all ages can savor the flavors of global cuisine (with more than 60 Family-Friendly recipes) as they learn about twenty countries from Asia and Africa to Europe, the Middle East and the Americas.” In A Taste of the World Scherer, who left Wall Street, went to culinary school, and created eat2explore, offers recipes that are easy to prepare, wholesome, and delicious.” Rowena Scherer joins us with her spatula at the ready.

Pioneering Las Vegas Chef James Trees is the restaurateur responsible for the newly relocated and expanded Esther’s Kitchen in the Arts District of Downtown Las Vegas and Al Solito Posto in Trivoli Village. As part of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants celebration in Vegas last Monday afternoon “Esther’s Kitchen Chef James welcomed Chef Tomos Parry of London’s Brat and Mountain restaurants for a unique collaboration. The five-course lunch featured dishes from the hearth, stove, and larder with a welcome reception of light bites and a signature cocktail.” Restaurateur and Chef James Trees joins us to recount the highlights of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants celebration in Las Vegas.

Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa Rancho Mirage under the culinary direction of Executive Chef Juan Morales is “home to The Steakhouse, a consecutively awarded Forbes Four-Star restaurant with a Wine Spectator recognized wine list. With six dining options, guests can choose from upscale and intimate to fast casual and bistro style, providing something for everyone. The property’s dining offerings include The Steakhouse, which menu is also featured at Pὶvat Cigar Lounge, 360 Sports, Java Caliente, Waters Café, the seasonal pool WetBar and The District, a food court that offers a deli, Asian and Mexican cuisine – La Olla and Jade.” Executive Chef Juan Morales takes a break from his busy kitchens to join us.

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel, the menu-maker behind the full-service Calico Fish House (in the Sunset Beach area of Huntington Beach) provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where he responds to listeners’ thoughtful inquiries.The Red Lobster chain introduced many Americans to approachable, moderately priced seafood in a welcoming environment. Red Lobster is in bankruptcy and it’s future is uncertain. Chef Andrew weighs in.

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

Rowena Scherer of Eat2Explore

“With author Rowena Scherer’s A Taste of the World – Celebrating Global Flavors kids of all ages can savor the flavors of global cuisine (with more than 60 Family-Friendly recipes) as they learn about twenty countries from Asia and Africa to Europe, the Middle East and the Americas.”

“Growing up in Malaysia, some of Rowena Scherer’s fondest memories were cooking with her family. The smell of spices, the sound of butter sizzling, and the joy of making and eating good food was something she treasured and wanted to give to her own family. But as a mom working on Wall Street, life became too hectic for family meals.”

“It wasn’t until she was on vacation taking a cooking class with her kids – seeing the joy on their faces but also watching as they struggled to cut an onion – that she knew something had to change. So she created an experiential way to teach them cooking skills while giving them bite-sized lessons in world geography, history, and culture.”

“In A Taste of the World Scherer, who left Wall Street, went to culinary school, and created eat2explore, offers recipes that are easy to prepare, wholesome, and delicious.”

Rowena Scherer joins us with her spatula at the ready.

James Trees of Ada's and Esthers Kitchen in Las Vegas

Pioneering Las Vegas Chef James Trees is the restaurateur responsible for the newly relocated and expanded Esther’s Kitchen in the Arts District of Downtown Las Vegas and Al Solito Posto in Trivoli Village.

As part of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants celebration in Vegas last Monday afternoon Esther’s Kitchen “Chef James welcomed Chef Tomos Parry of London’s Brat and Mountain restaurants for a unique collaboration. The five -course lunch featured dishes from the hearth, stove, and larder with a welcome reception of light bites and a signature cocktail.” Restaurateur and Chef James Trees joins us to recount the highlights of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants celebration in Las Vegas.

Al Solito Posto is part of Las Vegas Restaurant Week (June 3, 2024 to June 14, 2024), which benefits Three Square Food Bank with every meal purchase. Al Solito Posto is offering a delicious 3-course dinner available for dine-in and patio dining for $50. Some menu highlights include:

  • Apple Panzanella with kale, prosciutto, cranberry, goat cheese, focaccia breadcrumbs, and pecans
  • The classic Chicken Parmesan served with marinara and homemade spaghetti
  • Chocolate Hazelnut Semifreddo with whipped cream

Esther’s Kitchen was just recognized as one of the select, recommended Las Vegas restaurants in the Los Angeles Times’Everywhere You Need to Eat in Las Vegas” editorial feature in their Weekend section (06-02-24.)

Juan Morales of Agua Caliente Casinos

Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa Rancho Mirage under the culinary direction of Executive Chef Juan Morales is home to The Steakhouse, a consecutively awarded Forbes Four-Star restaurant with a Wine Spectator recognized wine list.”

“With six dining options, guests can choose from upscale and intimate to fast casual and bistro style, providing something for everyone. The property’s dining offerings include The Steakhouse, which menu is also featured at Pὶvat Cigar Lounge, 360 Sports, Java Caliente, Waters Café, the seasonal pool WetBar and The District, a food court that offers a deli, Asian and Mexican cuisine – La Olla and Jade.”

Waters Café is part of Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week which concludes on June 9th. Waters is offering a 3-course menu for $39 per guest (excluding tax and gratuity.) from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. The Entrée is a choice of Baked Sea Bass topped with Mojo Verde or Pan-seared Chicken Breast.

When the Reservation is made via the DineGPS website $2.50 is donated to the FIND Food Bank (for Rancho Mirage restaurants.)

Chef Andrew Gruel of Big Parm and the Calico Fish House

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel, the menu-maker behind the full-service Calico Fish House (in the Sunset Beach area of Huntington Beach) provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where he responds to listeners’ thoughtful inquiries.

The long-running Red Lobster seafood chain introduced many Americans to approachable, moderately priced seafood in a welcoming environment. Red Lobster is in bankruptcy, closing units and it’s future is uncertain. Chef Andrew weighs in.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segments Two and Three: A Taste of the World with Author Rowena Scherer
Segment Four and Five: James Trees, Executive Chef & Restaurateur, Esther’s Kitchen, Al Solito Posto and Ada’s Wine + Food, Las Vegas
Segments Six and Seven: Executive Chef Juan Morales, Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage
Segment Eight: Co-Host Chef Andrew Gruel of Calico Fish House with “Ask the Chef”

June 1: Team USA, CaliTea, Melissa’s World Variety Produce, Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segments Two and Three: Team USA 2025 on the Road to Lyon for the Bocuse d’Or International Culinary Competition
Segment Four: Long Beach Cambodian Restaurant Week with CaliTea
Segments Five and Six: Seasonal Produce Report with Authority Robert Schueller of Melissa’s Produce
Segment Seven: Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week Preview
Segment Eight: Co-Host Chef Andrew Gruel of Calico Fish House with “Ask the Chef”

Andy Harris, Executive Producer and Co-host previews the show.

We’re now catching up with Head Chef for Team USA 2025, Stefani De Palma, and her Commis, Bradley Waddle on the culinary road to Lyon, France in January 2025 to compete in the Bocuse d’Or International Culinary Competition. For the first time, the Americas Selection Event will be held in the United States in the always vibrant New Orleans. On June 12-13, 2024, 9 countries will compete, with the top 5 teams earning a spot for the Bocuse d’Or Finals in Lyon in January 2025. The competing countries are: Argentina, Bolivia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, United States and Venezuela.

“The second annual Long Beach Cambodian Restaurant Week returns June 2 to 9, 2024. The 2024 event and future events are now owned/organized by United Cambodian Community (UCC) of Long Beach, a California registered 501(c)3 non-profit. Long Beach Cambodian Restaurant Week is an avenue to bring everyone to the table, from all walks of life, to showcase the city’s delicious and diverse Cambodian food scene. The eight-day event also seeks to highlight Cambodian-owned food businesses as well as Cambodian chefs and bartenders.” CaliTea, California’s first brewed-to-order Boba Milk Tea and Organic Beverages purveyor is one of the participating restaurants in Long Beach Cambodian Restaurant Week. Sopheap Diggs, a partner, is our guest with a with a thirst-quenching preview.

It’s time for our next seasonal report on the very best in fruits and veggies and new products from our resident “Prince of Produce,” Robert Schueller of Melissa’s World Variety Produce. Melissa’s is expanding their distinctive specialty pineapple portfolio with the introduction of the “Precious Honeyglow®. Melissa’s and Del Monte join forces in an exclusive collaboration to introduce the newest member of the Honeyglow® Family: Precious Honeyglow®, a MINI pineapple packing the same punch of ultra-sweet golden flavor as Honeyglow® in a charmingly petite size. This exclusive treat starts with unique growing conditions and slow ripening on the stem for peak sweetness.”

Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week is set to dazzle food enthusiasts once again from May 31 to June 9, 2024. The annual culinary event features more than 70 participating restaurants, with options including prix fixe menus and exclusive special offers only available during Restaurant Week. Diners can embark on a culinary journey through the diverse flavors of Greater Palm Springs, from Michelin-recommended restaurants to farm-to-table gems.

Book your reservations today! $1 ($2.50 for Rancho Mirage restaurants) for every reservation booked through the Visit Greater Palm Springs Website will be donated to FIND Food Bank, the area’s regional food bank.”

Davis Meyer, Vice President of Government and Industry Relations for Visit Greater Palm Springs, joins us with all the mouthwatering details.

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel, the menu-maker behind the full-service Calico Fish House (in the Sunset Beach area of Huntington Beach) provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where he responds to listeners’ thoughtful inquiries. Think there is nothing new when it comes to cutting the conventional sandwich using two slices of almost square bread ? Creating a spirited controversy via social media is the “Duff Cut.” The idea is to provide a better balance of crust and filling in each bite. Chef Andrew tried this with a grilled cheese sandwich served at Calico Fish House and shares the surprising intense guest reaction.

(Rescheduled from May 25th.)

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

Chef Stefani De Palma

We’re now catching up with Head Chef for Team USA 2025, Stefani De Palma and her Commis, Bradley Waddle on the culinary road to Lyon, France in January 2025 to compete in the Bocuse d’Or International Culinary Competition.

“For the first time, the Americas Selection Event will be held in the United States in the dining mecca of New Orleans. On June 12-13, 2024, 9 countries will compete, with the top 5 teams earning a spot for the Bocuse d’Or Finals in Lyon in January 2025. The competing countries are: Argentina, Bolivia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, United States and Venezuela.

Over a period of 5 hours and 30 minutes, each team will create two presentations:

  • Theme on a Platter using Wild Boar and for the side dish, Alligator Sausage and Grits
  • Theme on a Plate using regional seafood ingredients: white shrimp, jumbo lump crab meat, and Murder Point Oysters

“Team USA has won first place at the Americas Selection Events in 2018 and 2022. In 2018, Team USA Head Chef Matthew Kirkley and Commis Mimi Chen, won first place at the Americas Event in Mexico City and in 2022, Team USA Head Chef Jeffery Hayashi and Commis Franco Fugel won gold at the event in Santiago, Chile.”

The Honorary President for the Competition is New Orleans-based Chef Emeril Lagasse.

Let’s cheer on Team USA 2025 in New Orleans as Head Chef Stefani De Palma and her Commis, Bradley Waddle join us.

Sopheap Diggs of CaliTea

The second annual Long Beach Cambodian Restaurant Week returns June 2 to 9, 2024. “The 2024 event and future events are now owned / organized by United Cambodian Community (UCC) of Long Beach, a California registered 501(c)3 non-profit. The 2023 inaugural event was organized by non-profit Long Beach Food & Beverage, who transitioned the event to UCC earlier this month for the token amount of $1, and will remain involved in 2024 to insure a smooth transition.”

Long Beach Cambodian Restaurant Week is an avenue to bring everyone to the table, from all walks of life, to showcase the city’s delicious and diverse Cambodian food scene. The eight-day event also seeks to highlight Cambodian-owned food businesses as well as Cambodian chefs and bartenders.”

“We are excited to take the reins of Cambodian Restaurant Week beginning this year, and owning this successful brand!” stated Susana Sngiem, Executive Director at UCC. “This will again give our local Cambodian community the opportunity to share our culture and cuisine with all food lovers in Long Beach and encourage them to try something they may not have experienced before.”

“Long Beach is home to the largest community of Cambodians outside of the country itself, many refugees settling in Long Beach after escaping the Khmer Rouge regime genocide of the late 1970s. The city’s own “Cambodia Town” is a bustling collection of eateries, shops and retailers.”

CaliTea, California’s first brewed-to-order Boba Milk Tea and Organic Beverages purveyor is one of the participating restaurants in Long Beach Cambodian Restaurant Week. Sopheap Diggs, a partner,is our guest with a with a thirst-quenching preview.

Robert Schueller of Melissa's World Variety Produce in the AM830 KLAA Studio

It’s time for our next seasonal report on the very best in fruits and veggies and new products from our resident “Prince of Produce,” Robert Schueller of Melissa’s World Variety Produce.

Melissa’s is expanding their distinctive pineapple portfolio with the introduction of the “Precious Honeyglow®. Melissa’s and Del Monte join forces in an exclusive collaboration to introduce the newest member of the Honeyglow® Family: Precious Honeyglow®, a MINI pineapple packing the same punch of ultra-sweet golden flavor as Honeyglow® in a charmingly petite size. This exclusive treat starts with unique growing conditions and slow ripening on the stem for peak sweetness.”

“Feast your eyes on the newly arrived Pink Elephant Mango, a tropical showstopper from Vietnam with naturally light pink skin. This mango is gigantic (weighing up to 2 pounds!), with smooth, buttery orange flesh surrounding a remarkably thin seed, leaving you with more delicious mango to enjoy.”

“Air-freighted from Vietnam’s Mekong Delta region, the Pink Elephant Mango offers an extra sweet taste with almost no acidity. It’s best enjoyed fresh on fruit platters where you can admire its pink skin. In Vietnam, mango is sometimes served with salt, sugar and chile powder, sweet fish sauce (nước chấm), or served over sticky rice for dessert.”

Robert Schueller is our always knowledgeable authority with a basket of Harry’s Berries at the ready.

Davis Meyer of the Greater Palm Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau

Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week is set to dazzle food enthusiasts once again from May 31 to June 9, 2024. The annual culinary event features more than 70 participating restaurants, with options including prix fixe menus and exclusive special offers only available during Restaurant Week. Diners can embark on a culinary journey through the diverse flavors of Greater Palm Springs, from Michelin-recommended restaurants to farm-to-table gems.”

“Book your reservations today! $1 ($2.50 for Rancho Mirage restaurants) for every reservation booked through the Visit Greater Palm Springs Website will be donated to FIND Food Bank, the area’s regional food bank.”

“During Restaurant Week, diners can enjoy prix-fixe menus featuring tantalizing appetizers, mouthwatering entrees, and decadent desserts, with lunch menus priced at $15, $25, or $35, and dinner menus priced at $29, $39, $49 or $59. Some venues also offer exclusive specials only available during Restaurant Week. Visit DineGPS.com to view the full list of participating restaurants, where you can also search by price or location and make reservations.”

“Following Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week, food enthusiasts can continue to savor the flavors of summer with the launch of the Summer Eats Pass. This free mobile pass offers more opportunities to indulge in culinary delights and win weekly prizes. The Summer Eats Pass will be available from June 10 to September 2, 2024.”

Davis Meyer, Vice President of Government and Industry Relations for Visit Greater Palm Springs joins us with all the mouthwatering details.

Andy Harris and Andrew Gruel at Cabana 14 at the Cove at Pechanga Resort and Casino

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel, the menu-maker behind the full-service Calico Fish House (in the Sunset Beach area of Huntington Beach) provides another timely and informative Ask the Chef segment where he responds to listeners’ thoughtful inquiries.

Think there is nothing new when it comes to cutting the conventional sandwich using two slices of almost square bread ? Creating a controversy via social media is the “Duff Cut.” The idea is to provide a better balance of crust and filling in each bite. Chef Andrew tried this with a grilled cheese sandwich served at Calico Fish House and shares the surprising intense guest reaction. (Rescheduled from May 25th.)

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segments Two and Three: Team USA 2025 on the Road to Lyon for the Bocuse d’Or International Culinary Competition
Segment Four: Long Beach Cambodian Restaurant Week with CaliTea
Segments Five and Six: Seasonal Produce Report with Authority Robert Schueller of Melissa’s Produce
Segment Seven: Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week Preview
Segment Eight: Co-Host Chef Andrew Gruel of Calico Fish House with “Ask the Chef”

May 25: Midway Gourmet at the LA County Fair, Shlap Muan, McPrice Myers Wines, NORMS 75th Anniversary, Upland Lemon Festival

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Dominic Palmieri, The Midway Gourmet at the L.A. County Fair
Segment Three: Long Beach Cambodian Restaurant Week with Shlap Muan and Proprietor Hawk Tea
Segment Four and Five: McPrice Myers Wines, Paso Robles, with Founder McPrice “Mac” Myers
Segment Six: NORMS 75th Anniversary with Corporate Executive Chef David Cox
Segment Seven: Upland Lemon Festival with Producer Steve Clayton
Segment Eight: Remembering Raul Porto, Sr., Co-Founder of Porto’s Bakery and Cafe

Andy Harris, Executive Producer and Co-host previews the show.

Happy Memorial Weekend.

Outrageous Fair Food is always a mouthwatering highlight. What crazy edible will they next put on a stick? One of the all-star, Fair Food personalities is the well-traveled Midway Gourmet, Chef Dominic Palmieri of Biggy’s fame on the RCS Carnival Midway. We’ll find out what indulgent deliciousness Chef Dominic is cooking up now for the closing weekend of the Los Angeles County Fair and beyond.

Then it’s on to the San Diego County Fair in Del Mar (June 12th) and the OC Fair launching on Friday, July 19th. We’re taking Fair Food at its tastiest best with The Midway Gourmet.

“The second annual Long Beach Cambodian Restaurant Week returns June 2 to 9, 2024. The 2024 event and future events are now owned/organized by United Cambodian Community (UCC) of Long Beach, a California registered 501(c)3 non-profit.Long Beach Cambodian Restaurant Week is an avenue to bring everyone to the table, from all walks of life, to showcase the city’s delicious and diverse Cambodian food scene. The eight-day event also seeks to highlight Cambodian-owned food businesses as well as Cambodian chefs and bartenders.” Shlap Muan (Khmer for chicken wings) known for their novel selection of incredible chicken wings and sauces is one of the participating restaurants in Long Beach Cambodian Restaurant Week. Proprietor Hawk Tea is our guest with a spicy preview.

McPrice ‘Mac’ Myers (Paso Robles-based) has been crafting high-expression wines of balance, value, and place since 2002. A lifelong, self-proclaimed “food and wine geek,” Mac was a quick study and almost immediately had the media lauding his wines from near and far. His passion for unique sites in Paso Robles and California’s Central Coast, combined with his meticulous attention to detail in the cellar, result in stunning wines that more than actually live up to the hype.” McPrice “Mac” Myers and Associate Winemaker Adrian Perez join us to uncork all that is McPrice Myers wines.

This September it’s the 75th Anniversary of NORMS famous for their hotcakes. “In 1949, Los Angeles native Norm Roybark opened one of the first 24/7 restaurants in Southern California. A small diner located near the famed Hollywood corner of Sunset and Vine, NORMS quickly became the neighborhood destination by delivering on its promise of “great food, great service, and great value.” Today there are 23 locations across Los Angeles, Orange, and Riverside counties with more on the way in 2024 including Las Vegas.” NORMS’ David Cox, Vice President of Food & Beverage and Corporate Executive Chef, is our guide to share all things NORMS.

“Upland Lemon Festival in the Inland Empire returns from June 14th through the 16th. This annual community-driven event celebrates Upland’s citrus heritage while showcasing local businesses, varietal food vendors, live musical entertainment, a carnival and lots more. The Festival first debuted in 1997 and is set to be even bigger and better this time around. This FREE family-friendly event annually attracts more than 100,000 attendees from around the Inland Empire and all of Southern California.” Producer Steve Clayton of Soundskilz and food and beverage coordinator Sarah Madriz join us to squeeze out all that is the Upland Lemon Festival.

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel, the menu-maker behind the full-service Calico Fish House (in the Sunset Beach area of Huntington Beach) provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where he responds to listeners’ thoughtful inquiries. Think there is nothing new when it comes to cutting the conventional sandwich using two slices of almost square bread? Creating a controversy via social media is the “Duff Cut.” The idea is to provide a better balance of crust and filling in each bite. Chef Andrew tried this with a grilled cheese sandwich served at Calico Fish House and shares the surprising intense guest reaction.

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

Dominic Palmieri of Midway Gourmet

Outrageous Fair Food is always a mouthwatering highlight. What crazy edible will they next put on a stick? One of the all-star, Fair Food personalities is the well-traveled Midway Gourmet, Chef Dominic Palmieri of Biggy’s fame on the RCS Carnival Midway. We’ll find out what indulgent deliciousness Chef Dominic is cooking up now for the closing weekend of the Los Angeles County Fair and beyond.

Then it’s on to the San Diego County Fair in Del Mar (June 12th) and the OC Fair launching on Friday, July 19th. We’re taking Fair Food at its tastiest best with The Midway Gourmet.

On& Chef Dominic’s menus are a Dill Pickle Split with Pineapple Whip, a Candied Pickle and Candied Watermelon Slice, Peaches and Cream Funnel Cake and Nashville Chicken Tots. Yum…!

Hawk Tea of Shlap Muan

The second annual Long Beach Cambodian Restaurant Week  returns June 2 to 9, 2024.  “The 2024 event and future events are now owned/organized by United Cambodian Community (UCC) of Long Beach, a California registered 501(c)3 non-profit. The 2023 inaugural event was organized by non-profit Long Beach Food & Beverage, who transitioned the event to UCC earlier this month for the token amount of $1, and will remain involved in 2024 to insure a smooth transition.”

Long Beach Cambodian Restaurant Week is an avenue to bring everyone to the table, from all walks of life, to showcase the city’s delicious and diverse Cambodian food scene. The eight-day event also seeks to highlight Cambodian-owned food businesses as well as Cambodian chefs and bartenders.”

“We are excited to take the reins of Cambodian Restaurant Week beginning this year, and owning this successful brand!” stated Susana Sngiem, Executive Director at UCC. “This will again give our local Cambodian community the opportunity to share our culture and cuisine with all food lovers in Long Beach and encourage them to try something they may not have experienced before.”

“Long Beach is home to the largest community of Cambodians outside of the country itself, many refugees settling in Long Beach after escaping the Khmer Rouge regime genocide of the late 1970s. The city’s own “Cambodia Town” is a bustling collection of eateries, shops and retailers.”

Shlap Muan (Khmer for chicken wings) known for their novel selection of incredible chicken wings and accompanying signature sauces is one of the participating restaurants in Long Beach Cambodian Restaurant Week. Proprietor Hawk Tea is our guest with a spicy preview.

McPrice Mac Myers of McPrice Myers Winery

McPrice ‘Mac’ Myers (Paso Robles-based) has been crafting high-expression wines of balance, value, and place since 2002. A lifelong, self-proclaimed “food and wine geek,” Mac was a quick study and almost immediately had the media lauding his wines from near and far. His passion for unique sites in Paso Robles and California’s Central Coast, combined with his meticulous attention to detail in the cellar, result in stunning wines that more than actually live up to the hype.”

“Over the last two decades, McPrice (Mac) Myers has been crafting wines of depth and balance that showcase the multiple terroirs and climates of the Central Coast – from Santa Barbara to Paso Robles. Mac produced his first vintage in 2002 with half a ton of grapes in a small cooperative in Paso Robles. From that humble beginning, Mac has developed a growing portfolio of wines with broad appeal. In 2014, Mac moved the winery to the current site nestled amidst the rolling hills of the Adelaida District. Over the years, McPrice Myers wines have garnered increasing attention from wine lovers and critics alike.”

“On a cold December day, a wine enthusiast walked into the rustic McPrice Myers tasting room to try Mac’s wines for the first time. Venus Lai signed up for the wine club and was immediately wowed by the depth and sophistication of the wines. Little did anyone know that this would be the beginning of a journey that two years later would lead to a partnership to purchase the property – 84 acres of Adelaida District land that they named Belle Terre (a play on Beautiful Earth – one of Mac’s flagship wines), which was home to the winery, 20 acres of vineyards, and a house sitting atop the hill.”

Adrian Perez of McPrice Myers Winery

“The property had good bones – rich terroir, excellent climate, and a top-notch production site, but there was so much more potential to be realized. Mac and Venus shared a vision to transform the property into an experience that would live up to the quality and breadth of the wines. In 2018, the Hilltop House was transformed into a luxurious, modern vacation home.”

“They plan to showcase both the wines and the property by increasing the vineyard acreage, creating a new hospitality & tasting facility (opening in 2024), and elevating the experience for wine club members. In 2020, McPrice Myers began releasing wines from The Estate Vineyard, opening a new chapter in its diverse offerings. Above all else, McPrice Myers will remain true to their roots in delivering the wines and experiences their loyal customers have come to expect!”

McPrice “Mac” Myers and Associate Winemaker Adrian Perez joins us to uncork all that is McPrice Myers wines.

David Cox of NORMS Restaurants

This September it’s the 75th Anniversary of NORMS famous for their hotcakes. “In 1949, Los Angeles native Norm Roybark opened one of the first 24/7 restaurants in Southern California. A small diner located near the famed Hollywood corner of Sunset and Vine, NORMS quickly became the neighborhood destination by delivering on its promise of “great food, great service, and great value.” Today there are 23 locations across Los Angeles, Orange, and Riverside counties with more on the way in 2024 including Las Vegas.”

“NORMS helped usher in a new era of casual family dining in Southern California. The friendly service and welcoming environment, along with the fresh, quality meals at affordable prices, attracted a following that has remained incredibly loyal. Today, NORMS fans span across generations, and as it continues to grow in both presence and popularity, NORMS remains the place “Where Life Happens.””

NORMS’ David Cox, Vice President of Food & Beverage and Corporate Executive Chef, is our guest to share all things NORMS.

Steve Clayton of SoundSkillz

Upland Lemon Festival in the Inland Empire returns from June 14th through the 16th. This annual community-driven event celebrates Upland’s citrus heritage while showcasing local businesses, varietal food vendors, live musical entertainment, a carnival and lots more. The Festival first debuted in 1997 and is set to be bigger and better this time around. This FREE family-friendly event annually attracts more than 100,000 attendees from around the Inland Empire and all of Southern California.”

“We are excited to expand the 2024 Upland Lemon Festival. Expect more stages with headline musical acts and bigger and better carnival attractions. Another year of family-friendly fun at this beloved community tradition.” – Steve Clayton of Soundskilz, the production agency who organizes the annual festival on behalf of the City of Upland.

“The festival boasts live musical entertainment across 5 stage areas featuring various popular cover-band acts and national headliners such as Eve-6 and Tyler Rich. The long-standing vocal competition Lemon Idol, will take place throughout the weekend, during which contestants of all ages perform for attendees and a panel of judges, competing for cash prizes and Lemon Festival glory. Also not to be missed is the newly expanded (due to popular demand) Country-zone, highlighting country bands, themed-vendors, line dancing and more.”

“Attendees can partake in carnival rides and games throughout the weekend (with more attractions and a full-size roller coaster onsite this year), visit any of seven (7) full bars for 21+ refreshments and sip fresh-squeezed lemonade and sample lemon-themed food offerings in the sunshine. Guests can also visit over 150 booths featuring specialty craft vendors, retail goods and local nonprofit organizations, and enjoy 50+ food vendors offering all sorts of satisfying fare including (but certainly not limited to) lemon-centric sweets.”

Producer Steve Clayton and food and beverage coordinator Sarah Madriz join us to squeeze out the details of all that is the Upland Lemon Festival.

Andy Harris and Andrew Gruel at Cabana 14 at the Cove at Pechanga Resort and Casino

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel, the menu-maker behind the full-service Calico Fish House (in the Sunset Beach area of Huntington Beach) provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef segment where he responds to listeners’ thoughtful inquiries.

Think there is nothing new when it comes to cutting the conventional sandwich using two slices of almost square bread? Creating a controversy via social media is the “Duff Cut.” The idea is to provide a better balance of crust and filling in each bite. Chef Andrew tried this with a grilled cheese sandwich served at Calico Fish House and shares the surprising intense guest reaction.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Dominic Palmieri, The Midway Gourmet at the L.A. County Fair
Segment Three: Long Beach Cambodian Restaurant Week with Shlap Muan and Proprietor Hawk Tea
Segment Four and Five: McPrice Myers Wines, Paso Robles, with Founder McPrice “Mac” Myers
Segment Six: NORMS 75th Anniversary with Corporate Executive Chef David Cox
Segment Seven: Upland Lemon Festival with Producer Steve Clayton
Segment Eight: Remembering Raul Porto, Sr., Co-Founder of Porto’s Bakery and Cafe

May 18: ADYA 10th Anniversary, Long Beach BBQ Fest, Bob Spivak, Leslie Beckley

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: ADYA Fine Indian Flavors at Anaheim Packing House – 10th Anniversary with Chef Shachi Mehra
Segment Three: 2nd Annual Long Beach BBQ Festival with Organizer Qiana Mafnas of Axiom Kitchen
Segment Four and Five: Restaurateur Bob Spivak with Saved by a Blonde & a Chicken Pot Pie – A Restaurateur’s Memoir
Segment Six and Seven: Knoll Vineyards and Tomaselli’s Pastry Mill & Café, Umpqua Valley, Oregon
Segment Eight: “Ask the Chef” with Co-Host Executive Chef Andrew Gruel of Calico Fish House, Sunset Beach

Andy Harris, Executive Producer and Co-host previews the show.

ADYA Fine Indian Flavors is celebrating their 10th Anniversary at the Anaheim Packing House with a special dinner of creative dishes and definitive ADYA classics! This Anniversary Dinner on Thursday, May 30 features a fun mix of new surprises and favorites, all of which pay homage to Chefs Shachi Mehra’s and Sandeep Basur’s experiences over the past decade. Over that time, ADYA has worked hard to increase the popularity and awareness of Indian cuisine and culture through cooking classes, press coverage, television appearances, farmers markets, and food festivals, nonprofit gala events, and so much more!” The Anniversary Dinner from 6 to 8:00 p.m. is four courses with appropriate beverage pairings. Chef Shachi Mehra takes a break from the tandoor to join us.

“Calling all BBQ lovers! The 2nd Annual Long Beach BBQ Fest will take place on Saturday, May 25. May is National BBQ Month. Organized by Ian and Qiana Mafnas, proprietors of the wildly popular Axiom Kitchen Smoked Meats & BBQ, sponsored by non-profit NoahS’s Arc Foundation and in collaboration with Long Beach Living, dozens of BBQ and other vendors will gather at Shoreline Aquatic Park on Saturday, May 25, from Noon to 9 p.m. to offer their smoked, sauced and rubbed specialties to BBQ lovers.” Organizer Qiana Mafnas joins us with tongs in hand.

“In Saved by A Blonde & A Chicken Pot PieA Restaurateur’s Memoir, restaurateur Bob Spivak (The Grill on the Alley in Beverly Hills, The Daily Grills and Public School Restaurant + Bar recounts growing up in the restaurant business, how athletics and ingenuity helped him succeed despite living with dyslexia, and the lunch meeting that changed the course of his life, personally and professionally. A lifelong veteran of the food and beverage industry, Bob’s passion for hospitality, love of people and keen business savvy have made him both a respected and beloved figure to generations of restaurant workers and guests.” Bob Spivak (retired) joins us with a chicken pot pie at the ready.

“Nestled in the coastal hills of Oregon, Knoll Vineyards benefits from the maritime-influenced climate of the Umpqua River Valley. Thirty-six miles inland from the Pacific, the cool climate contributes to the ideal terroir for outstanding Pinot Noir and other varietals. Knoll Vineyards is the venture of a fifth-generation Oregon family with a long tradition in ranching and forestry. The 30-acre vineyard uses regenerative and organic practices to nurture a sustainable agriculture environment. Proprietors Leslie (Winemaker) and Steve Beckley began planting grapevines on their Elkton property in 2018. All the wines are made on-site from estate-grown grapes. Their 30-year-old barn houses the winery. Tomaselli’s Pastry Mill & Café has been an institution in Elkton, Oregon since 1981. Known for crafting great food and homemade bakery goods along with from-scratch pizza from their wood-burning oven.” In November of 2023 the Beckley’s assumed ownership of Tomaselli’s to preserve their proud tradition of serving the local community. Winemaker and Restaurateur Leslie Beckley is our guest to pull the cork on all that is Elkton’s Knoll Vineyards and Tomaselli’s Café.

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel, the menu-maker behind the full-service Calico Fish House (in the Sunset Beach area of Huntington Beach) provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where he responds to listeners’ thoughtful inquiries. We’re returning to the conversation about Virtual / Ghost Kitchens. What started as an incubator for entrepreneurial restaurateurs to test a food concept on a budget has morphed into something altogether different and, seemingly, on the decline. Major restaurant chains are now creating virtual brands (that only exist online) to be prepared in their underutilized kitchens for pickup and delivery. Chef Andrew will talk about “Ballpark Bites” for delivery.

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

Shachi Mehra of ADYA

ADYA Fine Indian Flavors is celebrating their 10th Anniversary at the Anaheim Packing House with a special dinner of creative dishes and definitive ADYA classics! This Anniversary Dinner on Thursday, May 30 features a fun mix of new surprises and favorites, all of which pay homage to Chefs Shachi Mehra’s and Sandeep Basur’s experiences over the past decade. Over that time, ADYA has worked hard to increase the popularity and awareness of Indian cuisine and culture through cooking classes, press coverage, television appearances, farmers markets, and food festivals, nonprofit gala events, and so much more! The Anniversary Dinner from 6 to 8:00 p.m. is four courses with appropriate beverage pairings.”

“The dinner will be served family style – the meal is designed to feel as if guests are dining at the Chefs’ home, with a communal table where people share and enjoy together. It is evocative of the sense of community that the Team at ADYA has been fostering since the very beginning. The meal reflects their passion for creating innovative and thoughtful dishes that tastefully balance a variety of flavors as they put their unique twists on Indian cuisine. ADYA’s use of local produce and sustainable ingredients will shine through as the Anniversary Dinner blends Western and Indian cultures to create artful dishes that successfully marry tradition with modernity.”

Chef Shachi takes a break from the tandoor to join us.

Qiana Mafras of Axiom Kitchen Smoked Meats & BBQ

“Calling all BBQ lovers! The 2nd Annual Long Beach BBQ Fest will take place on Saturday, May 25. May is National BBQ Month.”

“Organized by Ian and Qiana Mafnas, proprietors of the wildly popular Axiom Kitchen Smoked Meats & BBQ, sponsored by non-profit NoahS’s Arc Foundation and in collaboration with Long Beach Living, dozens of BBQ and other vendors will gather at Shoreline Aquatic Park on Saturday, May 25, from Noon to 9 p.m. to offer their smoked, sauced and rubbed specialties to BBQ lovers.”

Adding to the fun will be other food and craft vendors, craft beers, whiskey tasting, music, dancing and games. Tickets are $15 – $150 and can be purchased here.

“We are excited for year two of this very unique event”, said Ian and Qiana Mafnas in a joint statement. “We hope to give our fellow smokers and BBQ joints some great exposure and to all those attending a delicious and memorable afternoon and evening.”

Qiana Mafnas joins us with tongs in hand.

Bob Spivak of Grill Concepts

“In Saved by A Blonde & A Chicken Pot PieA Restaurateur’s Memoir, restaurateur Bob Spivak (The Grill on the Alley in Beverly Hills, The Daily Grill‘s and Public School Restaurant + Bar recounts growing up in the restaurant business, how athletics and ingenuity helped him succeed despite living with dyslexia, and the lunch meeting that changed the course of his life, personally and professionally.”

“A lifelong veteran of the food and beverage industry, Bob’s passion for hospitality, love of people and keen business savvy have made him both a respected and beloved figure to generations of restaurant workers and guests.”

“Bob Spivak is the past chairman of the California Restaurant Association, a Director for the California Culinary Academy, and the recipient of many awards, including Restaurateur of The Year from the California Restaurant Association.”

On Thursday evening, May 30th as part of The Milky Way restaurant’s ongoing Book Series, Bob Spivak will be in residence with “An Evening with Bob Spivak.” Count on Bob sharing entertaining hospitality stories and a special 3-course menu from Executive Chef Phil Kastel (an alum of Bob Spivak’s Grill Concepts, Inc.)

Bob Spivak joins us with a chicken pot pie at the ready.

Leslie Beckley of Tomaselli's Pastry Mill and Cafe

“Nestled in the coastal hills of Oregon, Knoll Vineyards benefits from the maritime-influenced climate of the Umpqua River Valley. Thirty-six miles inland from the Pacific, the cool climate contributes to the ideal terroir for outstanding Pinot Noir and other varietals. Knoll Vineyards is the venture of a fifth-generation Oregon family with a long tradition in ranching and forestry. The 30-acre vineyard uses regenerative and organic practices to nurture a sustainable agriculture environment.”

“Proprietors Leslie (Winemaker) and Steve Beckley began planting grapevines on their Elkton property in 2018. All the wines are made on-site from estate-grown grapes. Their 30-year-old barn houses the winery.”

“The Beckley family has been in the Elkton area since the 1840s. Elkton is a bucolic town on the banks of the Umpqua River with a population of less than 200 people. It has survived and maintained its agricultural profile over the decades. Grapes were introduced to the area in the early 1980s. The local industry has grown to include several vineyards and wineries, bringing young families, jobs, and economic growth. The 74,900-acre Elkton AVA (American Viticultural Area) was established in 2013. It resides within the greater Umpqua Valley AVA.”

Tomaselli’s Pastry Mill & Café has been an institution in Elkton, Oregon since 1981. Known for crafting great food and homemade bakery goods along with from-scratch pizza from their wood-burning oven. In November of 2023 the Beckley’s assumed ownership of Tomaselli’s to perpetuate their proud tradition of serving the local community.

Winemaker & Restaurateur Leslie Beckley is our guest to pull the cork on all that is Elkton’s Knoll Vineyards and Tomaselli’s Café.

Chef Andrew Gruel savoring a New Jersey style Pizza

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel, the menu-maker behind the full-service Calico Fish House (in the Sunset Beach area of Huntington Beach) provides another timely and informative Ask the Chef segment where he responds to listeners’ thoughtful inquiries.

We’re returning to the (postponned) conversation about Virtual / Ghost Kitchens. What started as an incubator for entrepreneurial restaurateurs to test a food concept on a budget has morphed into something altogether different and, seemingly, on the decline. Major restaurant chains are now creating virtual brands (that only exist online) to be prepared in their underutilized kitchens for pickup and delivery. Chef Andrew will talk about “Ballpark Bites” for delivery.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: ADYA Fine Indian Flavors at Anaheim Packing House – 10th Anniversary with Chef Shachi Mehra
Segment Three: 2nd Annual Long Beach BBQ Festival with Organizer Qiana Mafnas of Axiom Kitchen
Segment Four and Five: Restaurateur Bob Spivak with Saved by a Blonde & a Chicken Pot Pie – A Restaurateur’s Memoir
Segment Six and Seven: Knoll Vineyards and Tomaselli’s Pastry Mill & Café, Umpqua Valley, Oregon
Segment Eight: “Ask the Chef” with Co-Host Executive Chef Andrew Gruel of Calico Fish House, Sunset Beach

May 11: George Geary, LXV Wine, Crafty Counter WunderEggs, Portuguese Wine Week

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two and Three: Chef George Geary, Food Historian and Author of Made In California: Volume 2
Segment Four and Five: LXV Wine, Paso Robles with Neeta Mittal
Segment Six: WunderEggs by Crafty Counter (Austin, TX) with Founder & CEO Hema Reddy
Segment Seven: Portuguese Wine Week with Organizer Sandra Gomes Rocha of Diniz Cellars

Andy Harris, Executive Producer and Co-host previews the show.

“Beloved food historian, world-traveler and chef George Geary is back with Made in California, Volume 2 – The California-Born Burger Joints, Diners, Fast Food & Restaurants That Changed America (1951 to 2010) with even more remarkable stories of the countless international chains that started in the Golden State. Focusing on the years 1951 to 2010, the second volume of Made in California highlights fifty more food startups that have captured America’s hearts and stomachs, from the Claim Jumper to the Green Burrito, Chuck E. Cheese to Mrs. Fields Cookies, Jamba Juice to Bubba Gump Shrimp Company. Brimming with captivating historical detail and more than 200 dazzling full-color photos, George Geary’s newest journey into California’s culinary history is sure to awaken every reader’s inner foodie. George briefly puts down his spatula and joins us with a cheesecake at the ready.”

LXV Wine (Paso Robles) is Neeta and Kunal Mittal’s connection to India. Paso Robles reminds them of India. Roblans have a deep relationship with the earth and with each other. There is an intimacy in the ecosystem in Paso that expresses itself in the grapes, in the winemaking and, ultimately, in the wines. For Neeta It all started in a small town south of Mumbai where her mother lives and regularly visits the local spice market to purchase the fragrant herbs and spices that go into LXV’s handmade Tandoori Masala. LXV is a space where The Kumals bring the flavors from around the world to their tasting table – through wines and through pairings. They have opened up the restrained jargon of pH and acidity of wine, to a more inclusive and experiential conversation of flavors and senses. Visiting the LXV Tasting Room, located in the beautiful Central Coast of Paso Robles, California, is an invitation to dip your toes in the sensory world of wine and flavors. Guests can enjoy their wine tasting in one of three exclusive spaces – the main tasting lounge, the Cellar room, and the outdoor patio offer three distinct areas and three unique experiences for wine tasting.” Neeta Mittal is our guest to uncork all that is LXV Wines.

“Crafty Counter, a standout product at this year’s Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, makes whole food plant-based vegan eggs made with simple ingredients and no preservatives or artificial ingredients, using cutting edge food science and proprietary technology.

The Austin-based company’s vision is to remove chickens from the food system, as 95% of eggs produced today are factory farmed, which in their view is inhumane and contributes to climate change. WunderEggs are now sold in Whole Foods stores nationwide.” Founder and Chief Executive Hema Reddy joins us cracking the shell on all that is WunderEggs.”

“Get ready to savor the flavors of Portugal as Portuguese Wine Week descends upon Los Angeles from June 2 through 9. Hosted by Diniz Cellars, importer of fine Portuguese wines, this week-long celebration promises to captivate wine enthusiasts with a series of enticing events, including wine tastings, dinners, and other immersive experiences.

Renowned for its diverse terroirs and unique grape varietals, Portugal has emerged as a rising star in the global wine scene. Portuguese Wine Week offers an unparalleled opportunity for wine lovers to explore the depth and complexity of Portuguese wines right here in Los Angeles.”

Sandra Gomes Rocha of Diniz Cellars is our guest to uncork all that is Portuguese Wine Week.

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

Cookbook Author George Geary

“Beloved food historian, world-traveler and chef George Geary is back with Made in California, Volume 2 – The California-Born Burger Joints, Diners, Fast Food & Restaurants That Changed America (1951 to 2010) with even more remarkable stories of the countless international chains that started in the Golden State.”

Ruby’s Diner. Panda Express. Yogurtland. Wetzel’s Pretzels. The Cheesecake Factory. California Pizza Kitchen. These and many more iconic American culinary establishments have their roots in California”.

“Focusing on the years 1951 to 2010, the second volume of Made in California highlights fifty more food startups that have captured America’s hearts and stomachs, from the Claim Jumper to the Green Burrito, Chuck E. Cheese to Mrs. Fields Cookies, Jamba Juice to Bubba Gump Shrimp Company. Brimming with captivating historical detail and more than 200 dazzling full-color photos, George Geary’s newest journey into California’s culinary history is sure to awaken every reader’s inner foodie.”

“Chef George Geary is the accomplished author of 16 books, from single-subject cookbooks to historical-driven California’s restaurant books, including L.A.’s Landmark Restaurants and The Cheesecake Bible. In addition, he is a cooking-school teacher, pastry chef, culinary travel guide, television personality, and in-demand public speaker on food and Hollywood and California History. A California native who has taught and traveled to 119 countries and every continent, he lives in Southern California and owns a mid-Century historical home.”

George briefly puts down his spatula and joins us with a cheesecake at the ready.

Neeta Mittal of LXV Wine

LXV Wine (Paso Robles) is Neeta and Kunal Mittal’s connection to India. Paso Robles reminds them of India. Roblans have a deep relationship with the earth and with each other. There is an intimacy in the ecosystem in Paso that expresses itself in the grapes, in the winemaking and, ultimately, in the wines.”

“For Neeta It all started in a small town south of Mumbai where her mother lives and regularly visits the local spice market to purchase the fragrant herbs and spices that go into LXV’s handmade Tandoori Masala. LXV is a space where The Kumals bring the flavors from around the world to their tasting table – through wines and through pairings. They have opened up the restrained jargon of pH and acidity of wine, to a more inclusive and experiential conversation of flavors and senses.”

“Being one of the first Indian women to own a winery in the US, that was named in the Top-10 tasting experiences in America by USA Today, comes with a lot of responsibility for Neeta! She answers more questions on Culture than Vintages, on Food than Wine, on Inspirations than Medals.”

“The ultimate goal for Neeta and Kumal is to create a movement that inspires and heightens moments, and that transcends the personal, business and community.”

“Jeff Strekas is the Consulting Winemaker for LXV. Jeff’s pedigree from Napa and Bordeaux style of wine making is a perfect fit for Neeta and Kunal. Jeff is willing to experiment with new varietals and adapt his wine making style to the muses of Neeta with her Sangiovese, Nebbiolo and Semillon favorites. He then has to adapt to Kunal and his love for Cabernet Franc! And, in the 2021 vintage, he made a White Sangiovese for Neeta and a Cabernet Franc Rose for Kunal! In the 2022 and 2023 vintages, LXV wine will introduce sparkling!! Blanc De Sangiovese and Blanc De Franc!”

“Visiting the LXV Tasting Room, located in the beautiful Central Coast of Paso Robles, California, is an invitation to dip your toes in the sensory world of wine and flavors. Guests can enjoy their wine tasting in one of three exclusive spaces – the main tasting lounge, the Cellar room, and the outdoor patio offer three distinct areas and three unique experiences for wine tasting.”

Neeta Mittal is our guest to uncork all that is LXV Wines.

Hema Reddy of Crafty Counter

“Crafty Counter, a standout product at this year’s Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, makes whole food plant-based vegan eggs made with simple ingredients and no preservatives or artificial ingredients, using cutting edge food science and proprietary technology.”

“The Austin-based company’s vision is to remove chickens from the food system, as 95% of eggs produced today are factory farmed, which in their view is inhumane and contributes to climate change. WunderEggs are sold in Whole Foods stores nationwide.”

Crafty Counter’s WunderEggs at the Expo were awarded First Place at Albertson’s 2nd Annual Innovation Launchpad competing against 60 participants. 1st Place comes with a cool $163,000 award.

Founder and Chief Executive Hema Reddy joins us cracking the shell on all that is WunderEggs.

Sandra Gomes Rocha of Diniz Cellars

“Get ready to savor the flavors of Portugal as Portuguese Wine Week descends upon Los Angeles from June 2 through 9. Hosted by Diniz Cellars, importer of fine Portuguese wines, this week-long celebration promises to captivate wine enthusiasts with a series of enticing events, including wine tastings, dinners, and other immersive experiences.”

“Renowned for its diverse terroirs and unique grape varietals, Portugal has emerged as a rising star in the global wine scene. Portuguese Wine Week offers an unparalleled opportunity for wine lovers to explore the depth and complexity of Portuguese wines right here in Los Angeles.”

“We’re thrilled to highlight the vibrant flavors of Portugal to Los Angeles,” said organizer Sandra Gomes Rocha. “This event is a celebration of Portugal’s winemaking heritage, our culture, and a testament to the growing popularity of Portuguese wines in the United States.”

Sandra Gomes Rocha of Diniz Cellars is our guest to uncork all that is Portuguese Wine Week.

More information and purchase tickets

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two and Three: Chef George Geary, Food Historian and Author of Made In California: Volume 2
Segment Four and Five: LXV Wine, Paso Robles with Neeta Mittal
Segment Six: WunderEggs by Crafty Counter (Austin, TX) with Founder & CEO Hema Reddy
Segment Seven: Portuguese Wine Week with Organizer Sandra Gomes Rocha of Diniz Cellars

May 4: Bar Becky, Garcia de la Cruz, Gruppo Apapacho

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two and Three: Restaurateur and Chef Jonathan Benvenuti – Bar Becky at Long Beach Exchange, Long Beach
Segment Four and Five: Garcia de la Cruz Olive Oil from Spain
Segment Six and Seven: Maizano Cocina at Mercado Gonzalez, Costs Mesa, with Restaurateur Jorge Salim
Segment Eight: “Ask the Chef” with Chef Andrew Gruel of Calico Fish House in Huntington Beach and Show Co-Host

Andy Harris, Executive Producer and Co-host previews the show.

Bar Becky at the Long Beach Exchange is Chef Jonathan Benvenuti’s tribute to his mom, Becky, who was the inspiration behind him becoming a chef. Partner Jason Scarborough is the accomplished Beverage Director. It’s also a partnership with Chef Ross Pangilinan of Mix Mix Hospitality. Chef Benvenuti was previously the runner-up on Gordon Ramsey’s “Hell’s Kitchen.” It’s an Italian-American kitchen featuring scratch-made focaccia, house-crafted pasta and an ever-evolving menu of comfort classics and chef-driven creations. Chef Jonathan Benvenuti takes a break from his busy kitchen to join us.

Fun Fact…Spain is the Number One producer of olive oil and olives in the world. “For over 150 years Garcia de la Cruz has been a respected grower and producer of premium Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO.) Over it’s history three generations of women have managed the enterprise. At Garcia de la Cruz, they are dedicated to preserving Spain’s culinary legacy and the planet for generations to come. Through sustainable practices, they produce pure, organic olive oils and exquisite Spanish products. Their ambitious goal is to ensure that the magic of their land endures.” Michael McCowanGarcia de la Cruz’s (Portland-based) Sales Director for the USA joins us to discover the rich history and products of Garcia de la Cruz.

“Maizano, the cornerstone destination eatery of Costa Mesa’s Mercado Gonzalez Northgate Market, has expanded its hours to include lunch. When the restaurant debuted in November, it opened with a dinner-only menu. As the restaurant enters spring, Executive Chef Alan Sanz has debuted a curated menu of lunch dishes. Available Wednesday to Sunday (closed on Monday & Tuesday) from 11 a.m. – to 5 p.m., the masa-focused menu pays homage to the diverse culinary landscape of Mexico through vibrant and modern interpretations of its regional cuisine. Maizano is the newest venture from Gruppo Apapacho visionaries Jorge Salim and Javier Hernandez Pons, known for their successes with restaurants across Los Angeles and Mexico City, including Cha Cha Chá, Loreto, and Mariscos Za Za Zá. With Maizano, they’ve opened a portal to the culinary epicenter of Mexico City. Its revolving glass doors whisk diners into its modern minimalist dining room, which features leather-bound chairs, crimson marble countertops, and warm earthen-toned walls adorned with Mexican curios and indigenous cookware.”

Restaurateurs Jorge Salim and Javier Hernandez Pons join us in-studio.

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel, the menu-maker behind the full-service Calico Fish House (in the Sunset Beach area of Huntington Beach) and also the founder and pizzaiola of the fast-casual Big Parm(New Jersey-style pizza) located in the Mess Hall in Tustin provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where he responds to listeners’ thoughtful inquiries. Virtual and Ghost Kitchens were going to be the next big thing in takeout and delivery for restaurants. Millions of dollars in venture capital flowed into this space. Now highly touted Virtual Kitchens in the area are closing. Chef Andrew shares his own rocky road with us.

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

Jonathan Benvenuti of Bar Becky

Bar Becky at the Long Beach Exchange is Chef Jonathan Benvenuti’s tribute to his mom, Becky, who was the inspiration behind him becoming a chef. Partner Jason Scarborough is the accomplished Beverage Director. It’s also a partnership with Chef Ross Pangilinan of Mix Mix Hospitality.

“Chef Benvenuti was previously the runner-up on Gordon Ramsay’s “Hell’s Kitchen.” It’s an Italian-American kitchen featuring scratch-made focaccia, house-crafted pasta and an ever-evolving menu of comfort classics and chef-driven creations.”

Current menu standouts are Grandma’s Focaccia (with anchovy dip), Mom’s Carrots (with maple syrup, burrata and almonds), Pappardelle (with beef cheek, chanterelle mushrooms, and “sour cream”), and Chicken & Dumplings (with pearl onion, potato dumplings and roasted chicken jus.)

Chef Jonathan Benvenuti takes a break from his busy kitchen to join us.

Michael McCowan of Garcia de la Cruz Olive Oils

Fun Fact…Spain is the Number One producer of olive oil and olives in the world. For over 150 years Spain’s Garcia del la Cruz has been a respected grower and producer of premium Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO.) Over it’s history three generations of women have managed the enterprise.

“At Garcia de la Cruz, they are dedicated to preserving Spain’s culinary legacy and the planet for generations to come. Through sustainable practices, they produce pure, organic olive oils and exquisite Spanish products. Their ambitious goal is to ensure that the magic of their land endures.”

The Family-owned Montes de Toledo orchards yield top-quality olives (Cornicabra, Picual, Arbequina, Hojiblanca), all organic.

“Picture a world where Spain’s exquisite flavors grace tables worldwide. We, a cherished family-owned brand, aspire to deliver Spain’s finest sustainably. We’re not just creating great food; we’re nurturing the Earth’s beauty for our children and yours. Join us at Garcia de la Cruz, where Spain meets the world.”

Michael McCowan, Garcia de la Cruz’s (Portland-based) Sales Director for the USA joins us to discover the rich history and products of Garcia de la Cruz.

Jorge Salim Vilches of Apapacho Group

Maizano, the cornerstone destination eatery of Costa Mesa’s Mercado Gonzalez Northgate Market, has expanded its hours to include lunch. When the restaurant debuted in November, it opened with a dinner-only menu. As the restaurant enters spring, Executive Chef Alan Sanz has debuted a curated menu of lunch dishes. Available Wednesday to Sunday from 11 a.m. – to 5 p.m., the masa-focused menu pays homage to the diverse culinary landscape of Mexico through vibrant and modern interpretations of its regional cuisine.” (Maizano is closed on Monday and Tuesday.)

“As we expand our offerings to include lunch service at Maizano, I’m thrilled to showcase the diverse flavors and traditions of regional Mexican cuisine,” comments Executive Chef Alan Sanz, who has cooked in renowned kitchens around the world. “Our dishes tell the stories of the culinary landscapes of Yucatán, Puebla, and Oaxaca and serve as a tribute to the rich tapestry of Mexican gastronomy.”

Sanz’s lunch offerings epitomize Mexican haute cuisine with a contemporary twist. The entire antojito section of the lunch menu features smaller masa-based dishes, using fresh masa from the Mercado’s Tortilleria La Gonzalez. These starters include Gordita de Pulpo featuring octopus in adobo, fresh green salsa, and a chicharron crumble; a playful Chapulín Taco featuring grilled Oaxacan cheese, smashed avocado, and fried grasshoppers; and a vegan Tlacoyo topped with green fava beans and a nopales salad.

“Maizano is the newest venture from Gruppo Apapacho visionaries Jorge Salim and Javier Hernandez Pons, known for their successes with restaurants across Los Angeles and Mexico City, including Cha Cha Chá, Loreto, and Mariscos Za Za Zá. With Maizano, they’ve opened a portal to the culinary epicenter of Mexico City. Its revolving glass doors whisk diners into its modern minimalist dining room, which features leather-bound chairs, crimson marble countertops, and warm earthen-toned walls adorned with Mexican curios and indigenous cookware.”

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel, the menu-maker behind the full-service Calico Fish House (in the Sunset Beach area of Huntington Beach) and also the founder and pizzaiola of the fast-casual Big Parm (New Jersey-style pizza) located in the Mess Hall in Tustin provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where he responds to listeners’ thoughtful inquiries.

Virtual and Ghost Kitchens were going to be the groundbreaking next big thing in takeout and delivery as a powerful growth vehicle for restaurants. Millions of dollars in venture capital flowed into this space. Now highly touted Virtual Kitchens in the area are closing. Chef Andrew shares his own rocky roads with us.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two and Three: Restaurateur and Chef Jonathan Benvenuti – Bar Becky at Long Beach Exchange, Long Beach
Segment Four and Five: Garcia de la Cruz Olive Oil from Spain
Segment Six and Seven: Maizano Cocina at Mercado Gonzalez, Costs Mesa, with Restaurateur Jorge Salim
Segment Eight: “Ask the Chef” with Chef Andrew Gruel of Calico Fish House in Huntington Beach and Show Co-Host