March 16: Masters of Taste with Pez Coastal Kitchen, Glunz Family Winery & Cellars, Bricia Lopez

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Bricia Lopez of Guelaguetza with a Preview of Regarding Her’s Flavorful Femme Fiesta: A Taco Tribute to Latina Legends Part One
Segment Three: Bricia Lopez of Guelaguetza with a Preview of Regarding Her’s Flavorful Femme Fiesta: A Taco Tribute to Latina Legends Part Two
Segment Four: Glunz Family Winery & Cellars with Matthew and Stephan Glunz Part One
Segment Five: Glunz Family Winery & Cellars with Matthew and Stephan Glunz Part Two
Segment Six: Masters of Taste 2024 with Hosts Executive Chef Bret Thompson and Lucy Thompson-Ramirez Part One
Segment Seven: Masters of Taste 2024 with Hosts Executive Chef Bret Thompson and Lucy Thompson-Ramirez Part Two
Segment Eight: Chef Andrew Gruel, Co-Host and Proprietor of Calico Fish House, with “Ask the Chef”

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

“Come celebrate and be part of the seventh annual Masters of Taste, L.A.’s premier outdoor, luxury food and beverage festival which will be taking place on Sunday, April 7th, 2024, from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on the field of the iconic Pasadena Rose Bowl. 100 per cent of the proceeds directly benefit Union Station Homeless Services, a non-profit organization providing over 50 years of homeless services and housing for thousands of neighbors. Masters of Taste is introducing Executive Chef Bret Thompson and Lucy Thompson-Ramirez (Pez Cantina and Pez Coastal Kitchen) as the Hosts of Masters of Taste 2024 which also marks the 7th Anniversary of this celebrated event. Masters of Taste 2024 Culinary Master and Host Executive Chef Bret Thompson and Pez Boss Lady Lucy Thompson-Ramirez are a dynamic husband and wife team who have made a significant impact in the hospitality industry.” Masters of Taste 2024 Hosts Executive Chef Bret Thompson and Lucy Thompson-Ramirez join us with forks in hand.

“The Glunz Family story started in 1871 when Louis Glunz, age 17, left his native Germany in pursuit of the American dream. Louis arrived in Ellis Island that year with friends Oscar Meyer and Theo Koshswersmill (Dr. Scholl’s.) The three moved from city to city in search of work until they arrived in the boomtown of Chicago in 1872. The American Dream was realized in 1888, with a business loan from Charles Wacker, when Louis Glunz was able to set up a shop as a wine, beer and spirit merchant on Wells and Division Street. In 1893 Louis became the local bottler for fresh Schlitz Beer (not pasteurized.) Moving forward a few generations, the third and fourth generations of the Glunz family opened their winery specializing in small batch fortified wines.” More recently the fifth generation relocated the winery to 40 prime acres of a vineyard estate in the rolling hills of Paso Robles under the name of Glunz Family Winery & Cellars. Their traditional varietals are made with estate fruit and grapes sourced from other premium vineyards in California. Joining us and representing the 5th generation of proud Glunz Family ownership are brothers Stephan and Matthew Glunz.

The Regarding Her tribute events celebrating Women’s History Month continue. “Join them for an unforgettable culinary journey celebrating the rich heritage and inspiring leadership of Latina women, sponsored by Vallarta! ‘Flavorful Femme Fiesta: A Taco Tribute to Latina Legends’ is a unique event series that pays homage to historical Latina leaders through the art of tacos. Across five women-owned locations throughout greater L.A., each venue will feature a signature taco inspired by the favorite Latina leader of the chefs. From savory to spicy, each taco tells a story of resilience, empowerment, and cultural pride” Bricia Lopez of Guelaguetza (a James Beard Foundation America’s Classic) in Koreatown joins us to provide the tantalizing details of her taco event on Saturday, March 23rd.

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. Looking for some fresh ideas for the festive Easter Holiday Table? Chef Andrew is at the ready.

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

Bret Thompson and Lucy Thompson Ramirez of Pez Cantina and Pez Coastal Kitchen

“Come celebrate and be part of the seventh annual Masters of Taste, L.A.’s premier outdoor, luxury food and beverage festival which will be taking place on Sunday, April 7th, 2024, from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm on the field of the Iconic Pasadena Rose Bowl. 100 per cent of the proceeds directly benefit Union Station Homeless Services, a non-profit organization providing over 50 years of homeless services and housing for thousands of neighbors.”

“Masters of Taste is introducing Executive Chef Bret Thompson and Lucy Thompson-Ramirez (Pez Cantina and Pez Costal Kitchen) as the Hosts of Masters of Taste 2024 which also marks the 7th Anniversary of this celebrated event. Masters of Taste 2024 Culinary Master and Host Executive Chef Bret Thompson and Pez Boss Lady Lucy Thompson-Ramirez are a dynamic husband and wife team that have made a significant impact in the hospitality industry. With their passion for culinary excellence and warm hospitality, they have created a signature name for themselves in the Los Angeles dining scene and beyond.”

“Masters of Taste 2023 was a sold-out event that attracted over 3,000 guests and garnered media attention all throughout Southern California and beyond. The seventh annual Masters of Taste 2024 is also expected to bring over 3,000 food and beverage enthusiasts together for one afternoon to celebrate this exhilarating festival, which will include the finest fare from over 100 Culinary Masters and restaurants, delectable sweets prepared by L.A.’s top Sweet Masters, top Beverage Masters who will be featuring signature handcrafted cocktail tastings from over 25 spirit brands and top cocktail bars, a premier 50-Yard-Line Cocktail Bar, select wineries, local craft breweries, cold-pressed juices, cold brew coffee, live entertainment and much, much more.”

“Every dollar raised at the 2024 Masters of Taste event will benefit the work of Union Station Homeless Services (Union Station), a local organization successfully fighting to end homelessness. Over the last six years, Masters of Taste has impressively raised close to $3 Million, helping countless families and individuals find a secure and welcoming place to call home.”

Masters of Taste 2024 Hosts Executive Chef Bret Thompson and Lucy Thompson-Ramirez join us with forks in hand.

Stephan and Matthew Glunz of Glunz Family Winery and Cellars

The Glunz Family story started in 1871 when Louis Glunz, age 17, left his native Germany in pursuit of the American dream. Louis arrived in Ellis Island that year with friends Oscar Meyer and Theo Koshswersmill. The three moved from city to city in search of work until they arrived in the boomtown of Chicago in 1872. The American Dream was realized in 1888, with a business loan from Charles Wacker, when Louis Glunz was able to set up a shop as a wine, beer and spirit merchant on Wells and Division Street. In 1893 Louis became the local bottler for Schlitz Beer (not pasteurized.)”

“Moving forward a few generations, the third and fourth generations of the Glunz family opened their winery specializing in small batch fortified wines.” More recently the fifth generation relocated the winery to 40 acres of a vineyard estate in the rolling hills of Paso Robles under the name of Glunz Family Winery & Cellars. Their traditional varietals are made with estate fruit and grapes sourced from other premium vineyards in California.

Current white varietals are the 2022 Viognier Santa Barbara and the 2022 Chardonnay Edna Valley. Red highlights include the 2021 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, a 2019 Petit Verdot – Glunz Estate Vineyard, the 2021 Zinfandel – Dante Dusi Vineyard and the 2020 Syrah Santa Barbara – White Hawk Vineyard.

A very special Dessert Wine they are known for is their Mission Angelica. The Mission grape was the first wine grape cultivated in California. “The wine has lovingly aged in oak for an average of 25 years. On the palate it is loaded with butterscotch and maple syrup flavors and balanced with just a light touch of acidity.” To be sipped and savored as it’s a potent 17 per cent alcohol by volume.

Joining us and representing the 5th generation of proud Glunz Family ownership are brothers Stephan and Matthew Glunz.

Bricia Lopez of Guelaguetza

The Regarding Her tribute events celebrating Women’s History Month continue. “Join them for an unforgettable culinary journey celebrating the rich heritage and inspiring leadership of Latina women, sponsored by Vallarta! ‘Flavorful Femme Fiesta: A Taco Tribute to Latina Legends’ is a unique event series that pays homage to historical Latina leaders through the art of tacos.”

“Across five women-owned locations throughout greater LA, each venue will feature a signature taco inspired by the favorite Latina leader of the chefs. From savory to spicy, each taco tells a story of resilience, empowerment, and cultural pride. As guests indulge in delicious flavors, Regarding Her honors the contributions and legacies of these remarkable women who have shaped history. Participating restaurants include Guerrilla Tacos, Guelaguetza, Moo’s Craft BBQ, Nativo, and Pink & Boujee. Join them in savoring the taste of tradition and celebrating the spirit of Latina leadership!”

Bricia Lopez of Guelaguetza (a James Beard Foundation America’s Classic) in Koreatown joins us to provide the tantalizing details of her taco event on Saturday, March 23rd.

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) 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.

Looking for some fresh ideas for the festive Easter Holiday Table? Chef Andrew is at the ready.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Bricia Lopez of Guelaguetza with a Preview of Regarding Her’s Flavorful Femme Fiesta: A Taco Tribute to Latina Legends Part One
Segment Three: Bricia Lopez of Guelaguetza with a Preview of Regarding Her’s Flavorful Femme Fiesta: A Taco Tribute to Latina Legends Part Two
Segment Four: Glunz Family Winery & Cellars with Matthew and Stephan Glunz Part One
Segment Five: Glunz Family Winery & Cellars with Matthew and Stephan Glunz Part Two
Segment Six: Masters of Taste 2024 with Hosts Executive Chef Bret Thompson and Lucy Thompson-Ramirez Part One
Segment Seven: Masters of Taste 2024 with Hosts Executive Chef Bret Thompson and Lucy Thompson-Ramirez Part Two
Segment Eight: Chef Andrew Gruel, Co-Host and Proprietor of Calico Fish House, with “Ask the Chef”

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