April 13: Parable Wines, Pizza City Fest LA & Truly Pizza

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Parable Wines, Silverado Trail, Napa Valley
Segment Three: Pizza City Fest Los Angeles with Steve Dolinsky, Founder
Segment Four: Truly Pizza, Dana Point with Pizzaiolos Chris Decker and Sergio Balderas

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

“The Texas man, Fred Eppright, who once lived in a trailer, now earnestly has charitable endeavors. Assuredly, he holds strongly to success in his business undertakings. But that same Texas man, whose business is commercial real estate, finds himself cajoled by a son, smitten by wine, into the business of wine. The son convinced the father, the wine business could be satisfying, as well as result in a smart family enterprise. Fred, the father, told Trey, the son: “If you can find something that makes sense, bring it to me.” The son did. The father wound up spending a small fortune with the modest hopes of earning a small fortune. With that, the son moved to Calistoga from Austin when Trey found an established winery property once known as Dutch Henry, that had been mostly destroyed in the Glass Fire of 2020. It had a cave, a 2 ½-acre estate vineyard and a tasting room. And he soon identified five additional prized vineyards with which to make very small lots – with the help of renowned Napa Valley winemaker Kale Anderson – and forthwith, Parable Wines was established specializing in premium, limited production Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon from renown estate vineyards.” Trey Eppright and Winemaker Kale Anderson join us to pull the cork on all that is Parable Wines.

Pizza City Fest Los Angeles is back for its 2nd year of gooey and doughy deliciousness. “Scheduled to take place on April 27-28, 2024, at the iconic L.A. LIVE – nestled in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles’ Sports and Entertainment District – this two-day celebration promises an unparalleled experience for pizza aficionados. Attendees will have the exclusive opportunity to savor the delectable offerings from Southern California’s premier pizza artisans, all conveniently located in one central hub. Pizza City Fest Los Angeles will celebrate the Southland’s pizza landscape, showcasing the diverse and exceptional talents of the region’s top pizza makers. Emmy and 13-time James Beard Award-winning food reporter Steve Dolinsky has curated another stellar list of pizza makers spanning Southern California – from Santa Barbara to San Diego – adding 13 new entries to the full lineup this year.” Steve Dolinsky puts down his pizza peel and joins us.

Truly Pizza, the only restaurant of its kind in Southern California, with outdoor garden seating aims to provide Dana Point residents and visitors with a unique and delicious pizza experience filled with world-class pizza making and generations old techniques. The menu features classic 12” square and round pizzas sold whole or by-the-slice made with award-winning five-day-fermented crispy and airy wood-fired dough along with a selection of focaccia sandwiches, salads and desserts. All pizzas are made with Truly Pizza’s signature, award-winning pizza dough recipe that involves a lengthy fermentation process to ensure rich flavor and a cloudlike, yet crisp and airy texture with each bite.” The onsite pizzaiola is Chris Decker, a renowned World Pizza Campion (Las Vegas’ Metro Pizza) with a reputation for culinary excellence, artistry and an imaginative approach to pizza making that respects long standing traditions. Rising Star World Pizza Champion Michael Vaknee is also part of the acclaimed on-site culinary team. They are assisted by award-winning Chef and Kitchen Manager Sergio Balderas. Pizzaiolos Chris Decker and Sergio Balderas join us in-studio with pizza peels in hand.

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

Trey Eppright of Parable Wines

“The Texas man, Fred Eppright, who once lived in a trailer, now earnestly has charitable endeavors. Assuredly, he holds strongly to success in his business undertakings. But that same Texas man, whose business is commercial real estate, finds himself cajoled by a son, smitten by wine, into the business of wine. The son convinced the father, the wine business could be satisfying, as well as result in a smart family enterprise. Fred, the father, told Trey, the son: “If you can find something that makes sense, bring it to me.” The son did. The father wound up spending a small fortune with the modest hopes of earning a small fortune.”

“This the unusual genesis of Parable Wines, which leads Trey Eppright, the son, to conclude the wine business “is the happiest business, because you give customers what they want.” To which Fred Eppright says, “Trey has that passion. I like that passion, but to me it is a business.””

Kale Anderson of Kale WInes

“With that, the son moved to Calistoga from Austin when Trey found an established winery property once known as Dutch Henry, that had been mostly destroyed in the Glass Fire of 2020. It had a cave, a 2 ½-acre estate vineyard and a tasting room. And he soon identified five additional prized vineyards with which to make very small lots – with the help of renowned Napa Valley winemaker Kale Anderson – and forthwith, Parable Wines was established specializing in premium Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon from estate vineyards.”

Trey Eppright and Winemaker Kale Anderson join us to pull the cork on all that is Parable Wines.

Steve Dolinsky of PizzaCityFest

Pizza City Fest Los Angeles is back for its 2nd year of gooey and doughy deliciousness. “Scheduled to take place on April 27-28, 2024, at the iconic L.A. LIVE – nestled in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles’ Sports and Entertainment District – this two-day celebration promises an unparalleled experience for pizza aficionados.”

“Attendees will have the exclusive opportunity to savor the delectable offerings from Southern California’s premier pizza artisans, all conveniently located in one central hub. Pizza City Fest Los Angeles will celebrate the Southland’s pizza landscape, showcasing the diverse and exceptional talents of the region’s top pizza makers.” Included in the ticket price (both Regular and VIP admissions) are salads, desserts (including ice cream,) and beverages in addition to unlimited tastes of artisan pizza.

“In addition to the formidable list of participating pizzerias, Pizza City Fest Los Angeles has assembled an incredible line-up of chefs, authors and experts who will share both their knowledge and love of pizza in a series of panel discussions and demonstrations throughout the weekend.

The event is also encoring The Collab Lab, featuring one-off collaborations for two hours each day, pairing up chefs, farms or artisan producers with smaller pizza makers.”

“Emmy and 13-time James Beard Award-winning food reporter Steve Dolinsky has curated another stellar list of pizza makers spanning Southern California – from Santa Barbara to San Diego – adding 13 new entries to the full lineup this year.”

Steve puts down his ceremonial pizza peel and joins us.

Chris Decker of Truly Pizza

Truly Pizza, the only restaurant of its kind in Southern California, with outdoor garden seating aims to provide Dana Point residents and visitors with a unique and delicious pizza experience filled with world-class pizza making and generations old techniques. The menu features classic 12” square and round pizzas sold whole or by-the-slice made with award-winning five-day-fermented crispy and airy wood-fired dough along with a selection of focaccia sandwiches, salads and desserts.”

“All pizzas are made with Truly Pizza’s signature, award-winning pizza dough recipe that involves a lengthy fermentation process to ensure rich flavor and a cloudlike, yet crisp and airy texture with each bite.”

The onsite pizzaiola is Chris Decker, a renowned World Pizza Champion (Las Vegas’ Metro Pizza) with a reputation for culinary excellence, artistry and an imaginative approach to pizza making that respects long standing traditions. Rising Star World Pizza Champion Michael Vakneen is also part of the acclaimed on-site culinary team. They are assisted by award-winning Chef and Kitchen Manager Sergio Balderas.

Another culinary partner is pizza legend “John Arena (co-founder of Metro Pizza in Las Vegas) who was born into a family of pizza makers and spent his life dedicated to his craft. Known for his Food Network appearances, making pizzas for five US Presidents and serving pizzas at his beloved Las Vegas restaurants, he is one of the most accomplished and respected pizzaiolos in the world.”

Prominent Dana Point residents Donna Baldwin-Muller and developer Steve Muller are the principals of the high-profile ownership group of Truly Pizza.

Pizzaiolos Chris Decker and Sergio Balderas joins us in-studio with pizza peel in hand.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Parable Wines, Silverado Trail, Napa Valley
Segment Three: Pizza City Fest Los Angeles with Steve Dolinsky, Founder
Segment Four: Truly Pizza, Dana Point with Pizzaiolos Chris Decker and Sergio Balderas

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