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”

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