March 23: Copia Vineyards and Winery, VOX Kitchen, Big Island Chocolate Festival

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Copia Vineyards & Winery, Paso Robles, with Anita and Varinder Sahi Part One
Segment Three: Copia Vineyards & Winery, Paso Robles, with Anita and Varinder Sahi Part Two
Segment Four: VOX Kitchen, Fountain Valley, with Founder & Executive Chef Viet Nguyen Part One
Segment Five: VOX Kitchen, Fountain Valley, with Founder & Executive Chef Viet Nguyen Part Two
Segment Six: Big Island Chocolate Festival, Hawaii with Farsheed Bonakdar Part One
Segment Seven: Big Island Chocolate Festival, Hawaii with Farsheed Bonakdar 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.

“The story of Copia Vineyards begins with the passion of Anita and Varinder Sahi, their shared love of wine and the beauty of its source. The Sahis each had different paths to this world. He has an engineering and business background, and she is a restaurant and marketing veteran. He globetrotted for work and his love for wine grew. She worked side-by-side with some of the finest restaurateurs and Michelin-starred chefs, cultivating her zeal for fine food and wine. Their shared interests, entrepreneurship and life’s ever-winding path sparked a trip to Paso Robles Wine Country in 2015. Essentially, they never left. In 2017, the Sahis’ search to find a special site to produce world-class Rhône and Bordeaux varietals was successful. They became the proud stewards of 50 acres of paradise-on-earth in the Willow Creek District of Paso Robles. It is now a veritable winemaker’s dream with nearly 40,000 vines planted in 24 distinct blocks. In 2022, their estate grew to include 26 acres of dramatic landscape in the Adelaida District. The vines on the Copia Estate are now producing some of the most opulent, concentrated fruit with densely rich varietal characteristics.” Anita and Varinder Sahi join us to gently pull the cork on all that is Copia Vineyards and Winery.

“In 2017, VOX Kitchen opened in the heart of Little Saigon, bringing the ‘Chifa’ culinary movement —a fusion of Chinese and Peruvian cuisines—to Orange County. The award-winning restaurant entered into 2024 with an expanded kitchen and dining room, new menu offerings, and a second location set to open in late 2024 at South Coast Plaza. The expansion allows Founder and Executive Chef Viet Ngyuento dig deeper into the culinary ethos of VOX Kitchen and explore Chifa cuisine through the lens of seafood, a staple in Peru. VOX Kitchen is one of nearly a dozen pan-Asian fusion restaurants under the KEI Concepts umbrella, a trailblazing culinary group helmed by Nguyen. As the group’s founder, CEO, and executive chef, Nguyen is passionate about connecting diverse communities through the universal language of food – an ethos evident across all his concepts. Nguyen sees each restaurant as a canvas for this mission, where the culinary creations are not just dishes but cultural ambassadors.” Founder and Executive Chef Viet Nguyen is our guest.

“Indulge in a decadent world of sweetness at the 11th Annual Big Island Chocolate Festival (BICF) in Hawaii presented by the Kona Cacao Association, taking place on April 26-27, 2024, at the beautiful beach-front Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa on the Big Island of Hawaii. The BICF promises an unforgettable experience filled with chocolate cooking demonstrations, cacao growing presentations, and the most festive walk-around gala of all galas! This year the theme as ‘Mystical Chocolate Masquerade’ and guests are encouraged to dress up, wear masks and get creative to win tickets to 2025 event. Picture a venue adorned with rich colors, luxurious velvet, and opulent gold accents, creating the perfect backdrop for an evening of sweet enchantment. Farsheed Bonakdar, President of the organizing Kona Cacao Association joins us with a ripe cacao pod in hand along with a bar of pure Hawaiian chocolate.

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. French Fries…! There is nothing better than fresh-cut perfectly crisp fries. Chef Andrew shares his proven technique.

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

Anita and Varinder Sahi of Copia Vineyards and Winery

“The abridged story of Copia Vineyards and Winery in Paso Robles: Passionate curiosity, tireless effort and a sense of gratitude.”

“The word Copia is a Latin root word that means abundance or plenty. It’s an apt name for a winery that is created by two people who have always chased the glass half full.”

“The story of Copia Vineyards begins with the passion of Anita and Varinder Sahi, their shared love of wine and the beauty of its source. The Sahis each had different paths to this world. He has an engineering and business background, and she is a restaurant and marketing veteran. He globetrotted for work and his love for wine grew. She worked side-by-side with some of the finest restaurateurs and Michelin-starred chefs, cultivating her zeal for fine food and wine. Their shared interests, entrepreneurship and life’s ever-winding path sparked a trip to Paso Robles Wine Country in 2015. Essentially, they never left.”

“In 2017, the Sahis’ search to find a special site to produce world-class Rhône and Bordeaux varietals was successful. They became the proud stewards of 50 acres of paradise-on-earth in the Willow Creek District of Paso Robles. It is now a veritable winemaker’s dream with nearly 40,000 vines planted in 24 distinct blocks. In 2022, their estate grew to include 26 acres of dramatic landscape in the Adelaida District. Both vineyard sites have breathtakingly beautiful slopes, calcareous soils and strong marine influence. Simply put, the Sahis believe that these vineyards are legendary. The vines on the Copia Estate are now producing some of the most opulent, concentrated fruit with densely rich varietal characteristics.”

“Guests are invited to experience Anita and Varinder Sahi’s tireless passion for premium winemaking, cutting edge viticulture and warm hospitality in equal measure. Copia’s Adelaida Vineyard Estate offers a lux oasis for guests to enjoy a signature wine flight of premium wines with a curated culinary pairing. The 60 to 90 minute in-depth experience takes place in their modern Tasting Room and cozy outdoor patio areas (weather permitting).” Appointments are recommended.

Anita and Varinder Sahi join us to gently pull the cork on all that is Copia Vineyards and Winery.

Viet Nugyen of VOX Kitchen

“In 2017, VOX Kitchen opened in the heart of Little Saigon, bringing the ‘Chifa’ culinary movement —a fusion of Chinese and Peruvian cuisines—to Orange County. The award-winning restaurant entered into 2024 with an expanded kitchen and dining room, new menu offerings, and a second location set to open in late 2024 at South Coast Plaza. The expansion allows Founder and Executive Chef Viet Ngyuen to dig deeper into the culinary ethos of VOX Kitchen and explore Chifa cuisine through the lens of seafood, a staple in Peru.”

“VOX Kitchen is one of nearly a dozen pan-Asian fusion restaurants under the KEI Concepts umbrella, a trailblazing culinary group helmed by Nguyen. As the group’s founder, CEO, and executive chef, Nguyen is passionate about connecting diverse communities through the universal language of food – an ethos evident across all his concepts. Nguyen sees each restaurant as a canvas for this mission, where the culinary creations are not just dishes but cultural ambassadors.”

“In January Nguyen unveiled an enhanced VOX Kitchen—a testament to his unwavering commitment to the brand’s innovative ethos. The enlarged dining room, boasting an additional 60 seats, elevates the restaurant’s capacity to 120, creating a more immersive dining experience. This expanded space serves as a canvas for Nguyen to not only diversify his menu offerings but also to introduce an open-concept kitchen.”

“Culinary creativity is a borderless concept,” comments Nguyen. “Culture and cuisine are powerful connectors, giving people a sense of pride and identity. With all our restaurants, our mission is to celebrate culture while bridging diverse communities through the universal language of food.”

“Nguyen opened his first restaurant, Súp Noodle Bar, in 2014 and since has grown the KEI Concepts roster to include, VOX Kitchen, Gem Dining, Nep Café, ROL Hand Roll Bar, Kin Izakaya, and INI Ristorante, all of which offer distinct interpretations of pan-Asian dining experiences pulling global influence from Italian, French, and Japanese cuisines.”

Farsheed Bonakdar of the Kona Cacao Association

“Indulge in a world of tempting sweetness at the 11th Annual Big Island Chocolate Festival (BICF) in Hawaii presented by the Kona Cacao Association, taking place on April 26-27, 2024, at the beautiful beach-front Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa on the Big Island of Hawaii.”

“The BICF promises unforgettable experience filled with chocolate cooking demonstrations, cacao growing presentations, and the most festive gala of all galas! This year the theme is ‘Mystical Chocolate Masquerade’ and guests are encouraged to dress up, wear masks and get creative to win tickets to 2025 event. Picture a venue adorned with rich colors, luxurious velvet, and opulent gold accents, creating the perfect backdrop for an evening of sweet enchantment.”

The Festival encores their beloved gala setup with even more tantalizing food booths outside and inside this stunning venue. The 2024 Gala evening event, on Saturday, April 27, 2024, promises unlimited tastings at 15 to 18 chef created food stations featuring delectable sweet and savory offerings, along with unlimited beer and wine pours from the Festival’s generous sponsors. Awards are given to the participating chefs as judged in various categories so this is a friendly, but highly competitive, competition!

“Enjoy the rhythmic beats of a lively DJ or live music, explore a fabulous silent auction, and immerse yourself in all-around extravagant chocolate-themed fun. Don’t miss the chance to make your life even decadently sweeter by joining The 11th Big Island Chocolate Festival at the most savored Hawaii-based event of the year!”

“The mission at the Kona Cacao Association, Inc. (the Presenters of The Big Island Chocolate Festival) is to cultivate the Big Island’s cacao industry, making the festival an educational beacon for cacao farmers, the hospitality sector, and chocolate enthusiasts alike.”

Farsheed Bonakdar, President of the organizing Kona Cacao Association joins us with a ripe cacao pod in hand.

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.

French Fries…! There is nothing better than fresh-cut, perfectly crisp fries. Something that seems so simple, however, is rarely done right. Chef Andrew shares his perfected technique.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Copia Vineyards & Winery, Paso Robles, with Anita and Varinder Sahi Part One
Segment Three: Copia Vineyards & Winery, Paso Robles, with Anita and Varinder Sahi Part Two
Segment Four: VOX Kitchen, Fountain Valley, with Founder & Executive Chef Viet Nguyen Part One
Segment Five: VOX Kitchen, Fountain Valley, with Founder & Executive Chef Viet Nguyen Part Two
Segment Six: Big Island Chocolate Festival, Hawaii with Farsheed Bonakdar Part One
Segment Seven: Big Island Chocolate Festival, Hawaii with Farsheed Bonakdar Part Two
Segment Eight: Chef Andrew Gruel, Co-Host and Proprietor of Calico Fish House, with “Ask the Chef”

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”

March 9: Pizza City Fest Los Angeles, Jet Tila, Shelley Lindgren, Allegretto Wines, Casa Vega

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Pizza City Fest Los Angeles 2024 with Producer Steve Dolinsky
Segment Three: Food Network’s Chef Jet Tila on Guy Fieri’s “Tournament of Champions 5”
Segment Four: Restaurateur Shelley Lindgren of A16 in San Francisco Previewing La Festa Della Donna Part One
Segment Five: Restaurateur Shelley Lindgren of A16 in San Francisco Previewing La Festa Della Donna Part Two
Segment Six: Allegretto Wines at Allegretto Vineyard Resort, Paso Robles
Segment Seven: Restaurateur Christy Vega of Casa Vega previewing Paella Mexicana Night
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.

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.

Celebrity Chef (and cookbook author) Jet Tila needs no introduction to the listeners of the “SoCal Restaurant Show.” On food TV you know him from Food Network for “Iron Chef America,” “Beat Bobby Flay,” “Guy’s Grocery Games,” and the full run of “Cutthroat Kitchen with Alton Brown.” Currently he is competing on Guy Fieri’s “Tournament of Champions Five” as one of the West’s top-seeded cheftestants. The chef who reigns supreme takes home a cool $150,000. Catch that on Sunday nights at 8:00 p.m. PT. Chef Jet is also the Executive Chef for Pei Wei Asian Kitchen with a California location in Tustin. His newest creation for them is Firecracker Shrimp. Chef Jet takes a brief break from his busy kitchens to chat with us about a selection of his current doings.

“In celebration of the Italian Festival of Women in March and Regarding Her, Restaurateur Caroline Styne and Chef Suzanne Goin present La Festa della Donna on Monday, March 11, 2024, at A.O.C. in Brentwood. Caroline has invited her special guests Mariarita Grasso of Azienda Agricola Filippo Grasso and Alice Bonaccorsi of Azienda Agricola Alice Bonaccorsi, Italy. Also in attendance is favorite Italian wine advocate Shelley Lindgren, owner and wine director of A16 Restaurant (in San Francisco and Oakland) and author of her latest book, “Italian Wine: The History, Regions, and Grapes of an Iconic Wine Country.” Caroline is curating flights of wine from these two Sicilian winemakers as well as Lindgren’s own Tansey Wines, and Suzanne is creating specials to complement them. 10 per cent of wine flights and menu special sales will benefit Regarding Her programs. All five women will be present to meet guests. Restaurateur Shelley Lindgren is our guest to uncork all that is La Festa Della Donna.

“Hotelier Douglas Ayes (and Allegretto Wines’ proprietor) first fell in love with the beauty Paso Robles offers when he and his Family vacationed in the region during his childhood. Doug, whose Southern California Family has been commercial and residential developers since 1905, decided to establish the Allegretto Vineyard Resort as a place where wine enthusiasts could find tranquility, rest, relax, and renew.

In 2013, Douglas Ayres acquired the 40-acrte Willow Creek Vineyard in the Willow Creek AVA of Paso Robles, with 18-acres planted to Cabernet Sauvignon in 1997.Today other estate varietals include Malbec, Cab Franc, Petite Verdot and Merlot. The Allegretto Estate Vineyard, surrounding the Resort, was planted in 2012 with 7- acres of vines including Cabernet Sauvignon, Tannat, Merlot, Viognier, and Vermentino. The first harvest was 2015 which coincided with the opening of the Allegretto Vineyard Resort.” The Allegretto Wines tasting room is located inside the picturesque Allegretto Vineyard Resort. The new Winemaker at Allegretto is the acclaimed Don Burns, the proprietor of Turtle Rock Vineyards. Allegretto Wines Director of Hospitality, Liz Strubbe, and Tasting Room Manager, Rory Longley, join us to uncork all that is Allegretto Wines.

“For the entire month of March, the Regarding Her Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. communities, are throwing a month-long celebration with a full calendar of events honoring the achievements and resilience of women entrepreneurs and leaders. The month promises to be a blend of culinary excellence and can’t miss creative collaborations showcasing the diverse culinary styles of their members.” An upcoming Regarding Her evening is an energetic collaboration between Christy Vega of Casa Vega and Chef Sandra Cordero of Gasolina Cafe. “Join Casa Vega and Gasolina for an unforgettable Spanish-Mexican Paella Party! Valley Girls Christy Vega and Sandra Cordero present “Paella Mexicana” on March 22nd at Casa Vega’s patio. Enjoy cocktails by Christy and giant Paella pans by Sandra, with live music and a 4-course menu blending the best of both restaurants. $75 per person, 6:00 pm & 8:00 pm seatings.” Christy Vega joins us with a Classic Casa Vega Margarita 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) 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. Surge or Demand pricing is already out there with air fares, hotel rates, and event ticket pricing. It’s now perhaps creeping into the restaurant sphere. Chef Andrew shares his informed thoughts.

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

Steve Dolinsky and Andreew Gruel

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 puts down his ceremonial pizza peel and joins us.

Jet Tila at Cochon 555

Celebrity Chef Jet Tila needs no introduction to the listeners of the “SoCal Restaurant Show.” On food TV you know him from Food Network for “Iron Chef America,” “Beat Bobby Flay,” “Guy’s Grocery Games,” and the full run of “Cutthroat Kitchen with Alton Brown.” Currently he is competing on Guy Fieri’s “Tournament of Champions Five” as one of the West’s top-seeded cheftestants. The chef who reigns supreme takes home a cool $150,000. Interestingly enough no male chef has ever been the conquering chef for “Tournament of Champions.” Catch that on Food Network on Sunday nights at 8:00 p.m. PT.

Next up for Chef Jet on Food Network kicking off on Sunday, April 14th is “24 in 24: Last Chef Standing” hosted by Michael Symon and Esther Choi. Chef Jet is an expert judge on two episodes.

Chef Jet is also the Executive Chef for Pei Wei Asian Kitchen with a California location in Tustin and across the United States. His newest creation for them is Firecracker Shrimp.

Chef Jet takes a brief break from his busy kitchens to chat about a an enticing selection of his current doings.

Shelley Lindgren of A16 Restaurants

In celebration of the Italian Festival of Women in March and Regarding Her, “Restaurateur Caroline Styne and Chef Suzanne Goin present La Festa della Donna on Monday, March 11, 2024, at A.O.C. in Brentwood. Caroline has invited her special guests Mariarita Grasso of Azienda Agricola Filippo Grasso and Alice Bonaccorsi of Azienda Agricola Alice Bonaccorsi, Italy. Also in attendance is favorite Italian wine advocate Shelley Lindgren, owner and wine director of A16 Restaurant (in San Francisco and Oakland) and author of her latest book, “Italian Wine: The History, Regions, and Grapes of an Iconic Wine Country.”

“The Festa della Donna is an Italian tradition observed yearly on March 8, coinciding with International Women’s Day. It serves as a tribute to the remarkable contributions of women in social, economic, cultural, and political spheres. Central to the celebration is the custom of presenting women with yellow mimosa flowers, revered as emblems of resilience, beauty, and elegance. Festivities encompass various activities, including gatherings to honor women’s accomplishments and advocate for their continued pursuit of equality and recognition. The Mimosa flower has symbolized the Festa della Donna in Italy since the 1940s, symbolizing affection and appreciation when gifted to women.”

“Caroline is curating flights of wine from these two Sicilian winemakers as well as Lindgren’s own Tansy Wines, and Suzanne is creating specials to complement them. 10 per cent of wine flights and menu special sales will benefit Regarding Her programs. All five women will be present to meet guests. Local bookseller Now Serving will be on hand with copies of Shelley’s book, and A.O.C. will offer a selection of the featured wines for retail purchase.

Reservations may be made on OpenTable Experience

Suzanne’s menu of specials is inspired by Shelly Lindgren and Nate Appleman’s A16 Cookbook.

Restaurateur Shelley Lindgren is our guest to uncork all that is La Festa Della Donna.

Rory Longley of Allegretto Wines

“Hotelier Douglas Ayres (and Allegretto Wines’ proprietor) first fell in love with the beauty Paso Robles offers when he and his Family vacationed in the region during his childhood. Doug, whose Southern California Family has been commercial and residential developers since 1905, decided to establish the Allegretto Vineyard Resort as a place where wine enthusiasts could find tranquility, rest, relax, and renew.”

“In 2013, Douglas Ayres acquired the 40-acrte Willow Creek Vineyard in the Willow Creek AVA of Paso Robles, with 18-acres planted to Cabernet Sauvignon in 1997.Today other estate varietals include Malbec, Cab Franc, Petite Verdot and Merlot. The Allegretto Estate Vineyard, surrounding the Resort, was planted in 2012 with 7- acres of vines including Cabernet Sauvignon, Tannat, Merlot, Viognier, and Vermentino. The first harvest was 2015 which coincided with the opening of the Allegretto Vineyard Resort.”

Liz Strubbe of Allegretto Wines

“Allegretto Wines utilizes sustainable practices in both vineyards by emphasizing biodynamic farming practices that provide optimal times for sowing, transporting, cultivation and harvesting using biodynamic preparations.”

“The Allegretto Wines tasting room is located inside the picturesque Allegretto Vineyard Resort and al fresco tastings are offered on the patio. Tableside Wine tastings are offered daily and reservations are encouraged.”

The new Winemaker at Allegretto is the acclaimed Don Burns, the proprietor of Turtle Rock Vineyards.

Allegretto Wines Director of Hospitality, Liz Strubbe, and Tasting Room Manager, Rory Longley, join us to uncork all that is Allegretto Wines.

Christy Vega of Casa Vega

“For the entire month of March, the Regarding Her Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. communities, are throwing a month-long celebration with a full calendar of events honoring the achievements and resilience of women entrepreneurs and leaders. The month promises to be a blend of culinary excellence and can’t miss creative collaborations showcasing the diverse culinary styles of their members.”

“An upcoming Regarding Her fundraising evening is an energetic collaboration between Christy Vega of Casa Vega and Chef Sandra Cordero of Gasolina Cafe. Join Casa Vega and Gasolina for an unforgettable Spanish-Mexican Paella Party! Valley Girls Christy Vega and Sandra Cordero present “Paella Mexicana” on March 22nd at Casa Vega’s patio. Enjoy cocktails by Christy and giant Paella pans by Sandra, with live music and a 4-course menu blending the best of both restaurants. $75 per person, 6:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m. seatings.

Christy Vega joins us with all the tasty details with a Classic Casa Vega Margarita at the ready.

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) 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.

Surge or Demand pricing is already out there with air fares, hotel rates, and event ticket pricing. It’s now perhaps creeping into the restaurant sphere. Oops… Chef Andrew shares his always informed thoughts.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Pizza City Fest Los Angeles 2024 with Producer Steve Dolinsky
Segment Three: Food Network’s Chef Jet Tila on Guy Fieri’s “Tournament of Champions 5”
Segment Four: Restaurateur Shelley Lindgren of A16 in San Francisco Previewing La Festa Della Donna Part One
Segment Five: Restaurateur Shelley Lindgren of A16 in San Francisco Previewing La Festa Della Donna Part Two
Segment Six: Allegretto Wines at Allegretto Vineyard Resort, Paso Robles
Segment Seven: Restaurateur Christy Vega of Casa Vega previewing Paella Mexicana Night
Segment Eight: Chef Andrew Gruel, Co-Host and Proprietor of Calico Fish House, with “Ask the Chef”

March 2: Eric Klein at the Academy Awards, Strong Water Anaheim, Allegretto Vineyard Resort by Ayres

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Executive Chef Eric Klein, Senior Vice President Culinary and Partner, Wolfgang Puck Catering Part One
Segment Three: Executive Chef Eric Klein, Senior Vice President Culinary and Partner, Wolfgang Puck Catering Part Two
Segment Four: Strong Water, Anaheim with Proprietors Ying Chang & Robert Adamson Part One
Segment Five: Strong Water, Anaheim with Proprietors Ying Chang & Robert Adamson Part Two
Segment Six: Allegretto Vineyard Resort, Paso Robles, with General Manager Rich Verruni Part One
Segment Seven: Allegretto Vineyard Resort, Paso Robles, with General Manager Rich Verruni 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.

We first introduced Chef Eric Klein to the listeners of the “SoCal Restaurant Show” back when he was the high-profile Executive Chef and Partner of Spago Las Vegas in the Forum Shops. Later Chef Eric transitioned (with a major promotion) to Senior Vice President Culinary – Partner at Wolfgang Puck Catering based at The Dolby Theater in Hollywood. Every year for over two-decades Wolfgang Puck Catering has had the honor and great responsibility of providing all celebratory food and beverage for the prestigious Governors Ball following the Academy Awards ceremony. 2024 is the 30th year celebration of the Governors Ball. As for the past several years this luxe menu was created by Wolfgang Puck and Eric Klein. The pastry design is by Kamel Guechida and Gary Larduinat. This year the Oscars return to the Dolby Theater in Hollywood on Sunday, March 10th. Chef Eric Klein takes a break from his active kitchens to join us for this exclusive preview.

“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 as a semi-finalist for a nomination for the prestigious James Beard Award for Outstanding Bar Program. Strong Water is the only Orange County semi-finalist 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 join us in-studio.

“In music, the term “allegretto” describes a cheerful tempo of 112-120 beats per minute, and at Allegretto Vineyard Resort by Ayres in Paso Robles, it’s an expression of a life lived joyfully, playfully, in harmony and with intention. The resort is the vision of fourth-generation hotelier Douglas Ayres, who, as a keen observer of global cultures and traditions, spent 13 years exploring the landscapes and vineyards of Paso Robles before discovering the 20 magnificent acres in East Paso Robles that would become the Allegretto. The first of its kind in Paso Robles Wine Country and a world unto itself, the Allegretto Vineyard Resort is nestled among 20 acres that include wine-grapes, olive and fruit trees, 171 guest rooms and suites, a restaurant with chef’s garden, wine bar, 12,000-square-foot courtyard, pool and cabanas, spa, the Abbey (a multi-use French inspired chapel), ballroom, indoor and outdoor event space, walking paths, manicured Mediterranean gardens, specially crafted vignettes, and art and artifacts that invoke the luxury, warmth, and beauty of la dolce vita.” Allegretto Vineyards Resort’s hands-on, veteran General Manager, Rich Verruni is our guest.

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. It’s not all potent libations for the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day coming up on Sunday, March 17th. Chef Andrew has some suggestions on worthy nibbles to take you beyond green beer.

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

Eric Klein of Wolfgang Puck Catering

We first introduced Chef Eric Klein to the listeners of the “SoCal Restaurant Show” when he was the high-profile Executive Chef and Partner of Spago Las Vegas in the Forum Shops. Later Chef Eric transitioned (with a major promotion) to Senior Vice President Culinary – Partner at Wolfgang Puck Catering based at The Dolby Theater in Hollywood. Every year for over two-decades Wolfgang Puck Catering has had the honor and great responsibility of providing all celebratory food and beverage for the prestigious Governors Ball following the Academy Awards ceremony. 2024 is the 30th year celebration of the Governors Ball. As for the past several years this luxe menu was created by Wolfgang Puck and Eric Klein. The pastry design is by Kamel Guechida and Gary Larduinat. This year the Oscars return to the Dolby Theater in Hollywood on Sunday, March 10th.

Wolfgang Puck is even flying in his Executive Chef at CUT London, Elliott Grover, to prepare Fish and Chips (with lobster) and oversee the Roast Beef with Yorkshire Pudding and Creamed Horseradish Carving Station. Think tray-passed Smoked Salmon Oscars on Matzah for starters. A new creation for this year is a vegetarian item (tray-passed), Honey Butter Toast with Fennel Marmalade and Whipped Crème Fraiche.

Chef Eric Klein takes a break from his active kitchens to join us for this exclusive preview.

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.”

Strong Water’s latest national recognition is as a semi-finalist for a nomination for the prestigious James Beard Award for Outstanding Bar Program. Strong Water is the only Orange County semi-finalist 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 Japanese Egg Salad Crostini with Shiso Oil and Chives, and a layered Loco Moco Burger with an 8oz. Wagu 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.”

Proprietors Ying Chang (Fleet Commander) and Robert Adamson join us in-studio.

Rich Verruni of Allegretto Vineyard Resort

“In music, the term “allegretto” describes a cheerful tempo of 112-120 beats per minute, and at Allegretto Vineyard Resort by Ayres in Paso Robles, it’s an expression of a life lived joyfully, playfully, in harmony and with intention. The resort is the vision of fourth-generation hotelier Douglas Ayres, who, as a keen observer of global cultures and traditions, spent 13 years exploring the landscapes and vineyards of Paso Robles before discovering the 20 magnificent acres in East Paso Robles that would become the Allegretto.”

“Populated with art and artifacts from his travels throughout South America, Asia, Europe and beyond, Allegretto Vineyard Resort is Doug’s most personal project yet, designed to recreate the peace and proportion of ancient spaces. “Across history, people have expressed their connection to a deeper source through their environment, food, song, dance, and celebration,” he says. “The Allegretto is another of those human expressions. It tells a story in time – a story of joy.””

“The first of its kind in Paso Robles Wine Country and a world unto itself, the Allegretto Vineyard Resort is nestled among 20 acres that include wine-grapes, olive and fruit trees, 171 guest rooms and suites, a restaurant with chef’s garden, wine bar, 12,000-square-foot courtyard, pool and cabanas, spa, the Abbey (a multi-use French inspired chapel), ballroom, indoor and outdoor event space, walking paths, manicured Mediterranean gardens, specially crafted vignettes, and art and artifacts that invoke the luxury, warmth, and beauty of la dolce vita.”

There are two on site vineyards at Allegretto Vineyard Resort growing Estate fruit for the Allegretto Wines. All the Allegretto Wines are available to taste on-site at the Willow Creek Tasting Room.

The destination restaurant at the Resort is Cello Ristorante & Bar serving Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. It’s an upscale yet casual Mediterranean-inspired restaurant. There is an extensive wine list in addition to the availability of the portfolio of Allegretto Wines.

On-site activities include scheduled Olive Oil Tastings with local olives from San Miguel Olive Farm and informative guided Art Tours which are really a must to fully appreciate all the museum-quality art that is part of every corner of the Resort. At a guest’s leisure there is a walk on the Star Garden Trail with twelve stations of meditation and a chance to meet and feed, George, the friendly vineyard Alpaca.

Allegretto Vineyards Resort’s hands-on veteran General Manager, Rich Verruni is our guest.

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.

It’s not all potent libations for the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day coming up on Sunday, March 17th. Chef Andrew has some suggestions on worthy and satisfying nibbles to take you well beyond green beer.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Executive Chef Eric Klein, Senior Vice President Culinary and Partner, Wolfgang Puck Catering Part One
Segment Three: Executive Chef Eric Klein, Senior Vice President Culinary and Partner, Wolfgang Puck Catering Part Two
Segment Four: Strong Water, Anaheim with Proprietors Ying Chang & Robert Adamson Part One
Segment Five: Strong Water, Anaheim with Proprietors Ying Chang & Robert Adamson Part Two
Segment Six: Allegretto Vineyard Resort, Paso Robles, with General Manager Rich Verruni Part One
Segment Seven: Allegretto Vineyard Resort, Paso Robles, with General Manager Rich Verruni Part Two
Segment Eight: Chef Andrew Gruel, Co-Host and Proprietor of Calico Fish House, with “Ask the Chef”

February 24: Anne Marie Panoringan, Bone Kettle, Vincent Vineyards

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Anne Marie Panoringan, Voice of OC’s Food Columnist Part One
Segment Three: Anne Marie Panoringan, Voice of OC’s Food Columnist Part Two
Segment Four: Bone Kettle in Pasadena with Partner Eric Tjahyadi Part One
Segment Five: Bone Kettle in Pasadena with Partner Eric Tjahyadi Part Two
Segment Six: Vincent Vineyards, Los Olivos, with Winemaker Zach Perron Part One
Segment Seven: Vincent Vineyards, Los Olivos, with Winemaker Zach Perron 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.

Anne Marie Panoringan is now Culture OC’s well-informed food columnist. She reports industry news, current events and trends. Anne Marie also contributes regularly to Eater Los Angeles, LAist and a host of other well-respected publications. Anne Marie joins us in-studio to discuss her new outlet as Food Columnist for Culture OC and preview her next column. Along the way Anne Marie will highlight her past coverage of Strong Water in Anaheim, the only Orange County nominee as a semi-finalist for a James Beard Award. Also, the expanding and changing universe of restaurants which are part of Kei Concepts (VOX in Fountain Valley) and more salivating specifics on the range of South of the Border edible delights available at Mercado Gonzalez in Costa Mesa.

“Bone Kettle restaurant, a recognized neighborhood gem since 2017, is a Southeast Asian Kitchen and Bar located right in the heart of Old Town Pasadena. Bone Kettle is a proudly family run and operated business by the Tjahyadi brothers (Chef Erwin and Eric) and their father (“Papa” & Chief Broth Officer.) Growing up in the San Gabriel Valley, The Tjahyadi Family rarely found Southeast Asian businesses that succinctly spotlighted Indonesian, Filipino, Malaysian and Singaporean food and flavors in an elegant and inspired way. From there, the idea of Bone Kettle was born.” Eric Tjahyadi (Principal) joins us with a steaming bowl of the signature Bone Broth at the ready.

“Situated in the Los Olivos District of the Santa Ynez Valley, Vincent Vineyards is an estate vineyard and winery dedicated to making limited production Bordeaux varietal wines. The Family-owned winery is the only producer in the region growing and making wine from all five of the noble red grapes of Bordeaux – Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot in addition to Bordeaux’s prominent white grape, Sauvignon Blanc. Vincent also grows Syrah, a red wine grape that originated in the Rhone Valley of France.” The winemaker is Zach Perron and he joins us gently pulling the cork on all that is Vincent Vineyards.

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. There is some new legislation on the horizon in California impacting the mandatory Service Charges now appearing on restaurant checks. Chef Andrew explains. Also, the classic patty melt is back in fashion on better restaurant menus. As a burger devotee Chef Andrew always has his spatula at the ready.

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

Food Journalist Anne Marie Panoringan

Anne Marie Panoringan is now Culture OC’s well-informed food columnist. She reports industry news, current events and trends. Anne Marie also contributes regularly to Eater Los Angeles, LAist and a host of other well-respected publications. Anne Marie joins us in-studio to discuss her new outlet as Food Columnist for Culture OC and preview her next column.

Along the way Anne Marie will highlight her past coverage of Strong Water in Anaheim, the only Orange County nominee as a semi-finalist for a James Beard Award. Also the expanding and changing universe of Kei Concepts (VOX in Fountain Valley) and more salivating specifics on the range of South of the Border edible delights available at Mercado Gonzalez in Costa Mesa.

Eric Tjahyad of Bone Kettle and Supa Coffee

Bone Kettle restaurant, a recognized neighborhood gem since 2017, is a Southeast Asian Kitchen and Bar located right in the heart of Old Town Pasadena. Bone Kettle is a proudly family run and operated business by the Tjahyadi brothers (Chef Erwin and Eric) and their father (“Papa” & Chief Broth) Officer.)”

“Growing up in the San Gabriel Valley, The Tjahyadi Family rarely found Southeast Asian businesses that succinctly spotlighted Indonesian, Filipino, Malaysian and Singaporean food and flavors in an elegant and inspired way. From there, the idea of Bone Kettle was born.”

“The mission at Bone Kettle is to rethink what Southeast Asian cuisine is supposed to be. A reclaiming of the past and a reinterpretation of beloved dishes for the new generation.”

Think Bone Marrow, Clam & Donuts, Sticky Pork Ribs, Oxtail Dumplings, Nasi Goreng and 36-Hour Bone Broth. Bone Kettle is also known for their extensive Sake selection.

Bone Kettle is open for Dinner service daily from 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Weekend Brunch is served on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. A large, discounted Happy Hour menu is available from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays. This is a busy place and Reservations are highly suggested.

Eric Tjahyadi joins us with a steaming bowl of the signature Bone Broth at the ready.

Zach Perron of Vincent Vineyards and Winery

“Situated in the Los Olivos District of the Santa Ynez Valley, Vincent Vineyards is an estate vineyard and winery dedicated to making limited production Bordeaux varietal wines. The Family-owned winery is the only producer in the region growing and making wine from all five of the noble red grapes of Bordeaux – Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot in addition to Bordeaux’s prominent white grape, Sauvignon Blanc. Vincent also grows Syrah, a red wine grape that originated in the Rhone Valley of France.” The winemaker is Zach Perron and he joins us to gently pull the cork on all that is Vincent Vineyards.

“Established in 2007, Vincent Vineyards is the realized dream of founders Tony and Tanya Vincent, who purchased the 25-acre property with the intent to grow Cabernet and the other Bordeaux varieties they adored. The aesthetic was inspired by the legendary French estate of Chateau Haut Brion- located in Bordeaux. Cuttings for the Bordeaux varietals planted in their vineyard originated there. After much hard work and dedication, the Vincents bottled their first vintage in 2010, and five years later, debuted their stately Vincent Vineyards tasting room amidst 13.5 acres of estate wines”

“Their wine is 100 per cent estate grown and produced meaning they only use grapes grown right there on the property. All production occurs on the estate, too. Vincent Vineyards produces approximately 2,500 cases annually which qualifies them as a limited production winery.”

The Estate Tasting Room is open 7 days a week from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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.

There is some new legislation on the horizon in California (AB 478) impacting the mandatory Service Charges now appearing on restaurant checks. Chef Andrew explains. Also, the classic patty melt is back in fashion on better restaurant menus. As a burger devotee Chef Andrew has his spatula at the ready.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Anne Marie Panoringan, Voice of OC’s Food Columnist Part One
Segment Three: Anne Marie Panoringan, Voice of OC’s Food Columnist Part Two
Segment Four: Bone Kettle in Pasadena with Partner Eric Tjahyadi Part One
Segment Five: Bone Kettle in Pasadena with Partner Eric Tjahyadi Part Two
Segment Six: Vincent Vineyards, Los Olivos, with Winemaker Zach Perron Part One
Segment Seven: Vincent Vineyards, Los Olivos, with Winemaker Zach Perron Part Two
Segment Eight: Chef Andrew Gruel, Co-Host and Proprietor of Calico Fish House, with “Ask the Chef”

“Instant” Dutch Yellow Potatoes

Instant Dutch Yellow Potatoes

Recipe excerpt from:
American Gravy
by Andrew Gruel

Sometimes when I come home late, I have to make a meal for the family with whatever is left in the fridge. We always keep a bag of Melissa’s Dutch Yellow Potatoes on hand, so I commonly revert back to this quick and simple classic. Most importantly, the kids and my boss love it.

This is a simple 2-step process. First, you cook the potatoes in boiling acidulated water. The vinegar acts to prevent the starch from breaking down. Next, you strain and slice the potatoes, then pan-sear them as if you were cooking scallops. Finish with some butter, sea salt, and fresh parmesan; you’re all set with a delicious meal (or side) in around 20 minutes.

About Dutch Yellow Potatoes. Dutch Yellow® Potatoes or DYPs®, are the perfect small potato. Grown in nutrient-rich volcanic soil, DYPs® are produced under the best conditions possible. These potatoes are round with golden yellow skin and creamy yellow flesh. DYPs® have a rich texture with a mixture of buttery and nutty flavors and the perfect amount of starchiness. Naturally resistant to greening and sprouting, they’re convenient to use and have a great shelf life.

Ingredients

  • One bag of Dutch Yellow Potatoes (about 1 lb)
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar or cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon kosher or sea salt
  • fresh chives and fresh cracked peppers to garnish

Steps

Put your potatoes in a small sauce pot cover with cold water, add vinegar, and bring to a boil. Boil for about 15 minutes or until they are fork tender. Strain the potatoes and run cool water over them so they are easy to handle. Slice the in half. Get a saute pan hot and add the olive oil. Sear the potatoes on each side, or saute and flip, then finish with some whole butter off the heat. Garish with chives, salt and pepper and serve with a blizzard of fresh parmesan.

February 17: Piccalilli, Creature Comforts Brewing Company, Centennial Farm at the OC Fair & Event Center

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Co-Proprietor & Executive Chef Macks Collins, Piccalilli, Culver City Part One
Segment Three: Co-Proprietor & Executive Chef Macks Collins, Piccalilli, Culver City Part Two
Segment Four: Creature Comforts Brewing Co. DTLA with Jake Wood Part One
Segment Five: Creature Comforts Brewing Co. DTLA with Jake Wood Part Two
Segment Six: Backyard Bantams – Guide to Urban Chicken Keeping at Centennial Farm Part One
Segment Seven: Backyard Bantams – Guide to Urban Chicken Keeping at Centennial Farm 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.

“Piccalilli located on the busy corner of Culver Blvd. and Bagley Ave. in downtown Culver City is a cozy restaurant and bar (including a lush front patio) with shareable plates that take inspiration from Asia and the American South. The dinner menu is designed around local and seasonal ingredients with a focus on preservation, pickling, and freshness. The bar serves spirit forward pre-prohibition cocktails, local beer, and a small carefully selected wine list. The distinctive decor (artfully designed by Preen) has colors of lush green and purple, bright with open garage doors, centered around a beautiful U-shaped bar filled with local spirits. Macks Collins is the Chef & Owner of restaurant Piccalilli in Culver City. A South Carolina native, Collins’ childhood dream of becoming a chef began after watching his idols, Martin Yan, Justin Wilson, and Julia Child cook on PBS. His professional career began when he stepped into a restaurant kitchen at age 16.” Chef Macks Collins takes a break from his busy kitchen to join us with tongs in hand.

“Creature Comforts Brewing Company, an award-winning, purpose-driven craft brewery based in Athens, GA, opened its second taproom and brewery locally late last year. Located in City Market South, nestled in the Fashion District of downtown Los Angeles at 1124 San Julian St., the Creature Comforts DTLA site is the brewery’s first expansion beyond its home state of Georgia. Having previously collaborated with several breweries in Los Angeles, Creature Comforts sought to build a world-class brewery that allows the team to make beers locally and truly become a part of the Los Angeles beer community. The state-of-the-art facility has a 3,000 square-foot taproom and a 10,000 square-foot production facility. The taproom is in a reclaimed historic space that incorporates numerous items representing its roots. Situated on a bustling piazza near top restaurants and coffee shops, guests can order from nearby Superfine Pizza to be delivered to their taproom table. The brewery offers extensive outdoor seating with a beer garden and an upper-level covered patio with views of the city skyline. With private event space, bocce ball court and cornhole, the space is flexible to meet the needs of its guests.” Jake Wood heads the Los Angeles venture and joins us to tap the keg on all things Creature Comforts Brewing Co.

Centennial Farm is a three-acre working farm located at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa. They offer Garden Classes open to the public including the upcoming Centennial Farm Workshop: Backyard Bantams – Your Guide to Urban Chicken Keeping on Saturday, February 24th from 10:00 a.m. to 12 Noon. “Join Centennial Farm for a unique urban-ag venture tailored specifically for Southern Californians looking to embrace backyard chicken keeping within the confines of city living. In this course, discover the world of bantam chickens, the ideal choice for enthusiasts with limited space and keen to comply with city ordinances while maintaining good neighborly relations. Learn about the diverse breeds of these petite and charming chickens, including which ones are prolific egg producers. Instructor Adam Waugh (our guest) will guide attendees through the essentials, from designing the perfect coop to providing optimal nutrition and health management. Plus, get advice on navigating your city’s specific chicken-keeping regulations.”

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. It’s “National Potato Lovers” Month! Chef Andrew shares his quick and simple classic recipe for “Instant” Golden Potatoes using Melissa’s Dutch Yellow Potatoes grown in Idaho.

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

Macks Collins of Piccalilli

Piccalilli located on the busy corner of Culver Blvd. and Bagley Ave. in downtown Culver City is a cozy restaurant and bar (including a lush front patio) with shareable plates that take inspiration from Asia and the American South. The dinner menu is designed around local and seasonal ingredients with a focus on preservation, pickling, and freshness.

The bar serves spirit forward pre-prohibition cocktails, local beer, and a small carefully selected wine list. The decor (artfully designed by Preen) has colors of lush green and purple, bright with open garage doors, centered around a beautiful U-shaped bar filled with local spirits.”

“Macks Collins is the Chef & Owner of restaurant Piccalilli in Culver City. A South Carolina native, Collins’ childhood dream of becoming a chef began after watching his idols, Martin Yan, Justin Wilson, and Julia Child cook on PBS. His professional career began when he stepped into a restaurant kitchen at age 16.”

Chef Macks Collins takes a break from his busy kitchen to join us with tongs in hand.

Jake Wood of Creature Comforts Brewing Company

Creature Comforts Brewing Company, an award-winning, purpose-driven craft brewery based in Athens, GA, opened its second taproom and brewery locally late last year. Located in City Market South, nestled in the Fashion District of downtown Los Angeles at 1124 San Julian St., the Creature Comforts DTLA site is the brewery’s first expansion beyond its home state of Georgia.”

“Having previously collaborated with several breweries in Los Angeles, Creature Comforts sought to build a world-class brewery that allows the team to make beers locally and truly become a part of the Los Angeles beer community.” Jake Wood heads the Los Angeles venture.

“The state-of-the-art facility has a 3,000 square-foot taproom and a 10,000 square-foot production facility. The taproom is in a reclaimed historic space that incorporates numerous items representing its roots. Situated on a bustling piazza near top restaurants and coffee shops, guests can order from nearby Superfine Pizza to be delivered to their taproom table. The brewery offers extensive outdoor seating with a beer garden and an upper-level covered patio with views of the city skyline. With private event space, bocce ball court and cornhole, the space is flexible to meet the needs of its guests.”

“Known for its wide range of highly rated beers, the Creature Comforts line-up includes year-round and seasonal offerings such as Tropicália (American IPA), Classic City Lager (Lager), Bigger Dreams (Hazy IPA), Cosmik Debris (Double IPA) and others. Limited releases range from Hazy Double IPAs and Fruited Berliner Weisses to rustic barrel-aged farmhouse-style ales using locally sourced ingredients. Creature Comforts DTLA also produces select beers exclusively for the California market.”

“Since launching in 2014 in downtown Athens, GA, home to the University of Georgia, Creature Comforts has electrified the craft beer community with its year-round and limited-release beers, with sales skyrocketing them to be the number one craft brewer in Georgia.”

“Creature Comforts’ mission is to foster human connection and sees its beer as a means of creating these ties. Its groundbreaking strategic impact programs, “Get Comfortable,” targeting those most in need, “Get Artistic,” supporting the arts, and “Brew For One,” an annual beer initiative helping one worthy individual, have helped generate more than $4 million of value for the local communities they serve.”

Jake Wood (who heads the L.A. operation) joins us to tap the keg on all that is Creature Comforts Brewing Co.

Instructor Adam Waugh

Centennial Farm is a three-acre working farm located at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa. They offer Garden Classes open to the public including the upcoming Centennial Farm Workshop: Backyard Bantams – Your Guide to Urban Chicken Keeping on Saturday, February 24th from 10:00 a.m. to 12 Noon.

“Join Centennial Farm for a unique urban ag-venture tailored specifically for Southern Californians looking to embrace backyard chicken keeping within the confines of city living. In this course, discover the world of bantam chickens, the ideal choice for enthusiasts with limited space and keen to comply with city ordinances while maintaining good neighborly relations. Learn about the diverse breeds of these petite and charming chickens, including which ones are prolific egg producers.”

“Instructor Adam Waugh (our guest) will guide attendees through the essentials, from designing the perfect coop to providing optimal nutrition and health management. Plus, get advice on navigating your city’s specific chicken-keeping regulations.”

“Adam Waugh is a high school science teacher with a passion for urban agriculture and sustainable living. During the summer, he works in the Garden & Floral Department at Centennial Farm at the OC Fair, sharing his extensive knowledge and enthusiasm for gardening and plant care. A keen urban farmer, Adam specializes in gardening and raising bantams in his backyard, skillfully maximizing the potential of small animals in limited urban spaces.”

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.

In case you missed the ongoing festivities It’s “National Potato Lovers” Month! Chef Andrew shares his quick and simple classic recipe for “Instant” Golden Potatoes using Melissa’s Dutch Yellow Potatoes grown in Idaho.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Co-Proprietor & Executive Chef Macks Collins, Piccalilli, Culver City Part One
Segment Three: Co-Proprietor & Executive Chef Macks Collins, Piccalilli, Culver City Part Two
Segment Four: Creature Comforts Brewing Co. DTLA with Jake Wood Part One
Segment Five: Creature Comforts Brewing Co. DTLA with Jake Wood Part Two
Segment Six: Backyard Bantams – Guide to Urban Chicken Keeping at Centennial Farm Part One
Segment Seven: Backyard Bantams – Guide to Urban Chicken Keeping at Centennial Farm Part Two
Segment Eight: Chef Andrew Gruel, Co-Host and Proprietor of Calico Fish House, with “Ask the Chef”

February 10: Duff Goldman, Farley Elliott, SoCal Gas’ Energy Resource Center, Pine & Crane

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Chef Duff Goldman of Charm City Cakes Part One
Segment Three: Chef Duff Goldman of Charm City Cakes Part Two
Segment Four: Journalist Farley Elliott, SF Gate, Southern California Bureau Chief Part One
Segment Five: Journalist Farley Elliott, SF Gate, Southern California Bureau Chief Part Two
Segment Six: SoCal Gas’ Energy Resource Center and Ongoing Programs Supporting Foodservice Entities
Segment Seven: Pine & Crane in Downtown Los Angeles – A Profile
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.

Chef Duff Goldman is a New York Times bestselling author who stars on many of Food Network’s most watched shows including the Baking Championship series, Kids Baking Championship and The Elf on the Shelf:Sweet Showdown.He just signed a new multiyear deal at the network. His most recent cookbook Super Good Cookies for Kids was released in 2022 and Super Good Baking for Kids in 2020. Duff is the owner of the successful bakery, Charm City Cakes based in Baltimore. His bakery has created famous cakes for everything from Obama’s inauguration to an R2-D2 cake for Lucasfilm to Lady Gaga’s birthday cake for Tony Bennett. His signature cakes are now available nationwide on Goldbelly. Chef Duff Goldman joins us with pastry bag in hand.

We’re delighted to welcome food journalist Farley Elliott back to the show. Farley Elliott is the new SoCal Bureau Chief for SFGATE. Previously, he was the Senior Editor for Eater Los Angeles, covering food and culture around LA, and his work has also appeared in print, film, and television. He’s also the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks, a book about the long, winding saga of street food in Los Angeles. Farley joins us in-studio to chat about his new beat. Along the way he’ll discuss an unusual form of Street Art in Venice with a social message which has attracted national attention and his recent visit to greater Palm Springs where (among other activities) he interviewed chefs and restaurateurs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger at their new restaurant, Alice B., located in Downtown Palm Springs.

We’re checking in with our helpful foodservice experts at SoCal Gas to be updated on their various programs to assist Chefs and Restaurateurs.

Gina Christian (Foodservice Technical Specialist) will be explaining what’s available at the Energy Resource Center in Downey and their upcoming Seminar Calendar. Carmen Oliver (Customer Programs Advisor) joins the conversation to describe new rebate measures and the qualified product list categories. Joe Frausto (On-Bill Financing Program Manager) concludes with an overview of On Bill Financing and GoGreen Financing for business owners. SoCal Gas’ Energy Resource Center (ERC) offers seminars, demonstrations and consulting services to help your business find cost-effective, energy-efficient solutions.

“PINE & CRANE DTLA is a casual Taiwanese restaurant located in the South Park neighborhood of downtown Los Angeles. This location follows up their original, far more compact restaurant in Silver Lake and aims, as ever, to bring their guests delicious Taiwanese fare in a comfortable, modern setting. They are passionate about what they do, and take pride in preparing their food using simple, fresh ingredients. In addition to familiar favorites from the Silver Lake location, DTLA features dishes specific to DTLA, still offering a variety of small plates, traditional cold appetizers, dumplings, noodles, and rice dishes. Along with an extensive tea menu, Pine & Crane also features beer, wine, unusual whiskies and specialty cocktails.” Producer Andy Harris provides the overview of Pine & Crane DTLAbased on his recent dining experiences there.

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. Valentine’s Day (coming up next week) is a time of high anxiety for restaurants. It’s groups of two with a lot of high expectations and stress. Chef Andrew shares some of his more humorous Valentine’s Day restaurant experiences over the years.

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

Duff Goldman of Charm City Cakes

Chef Duff Goldman is a New York Times bestselling author who stars on many of Food Network’s most watched shows including the Baking Championship series, Kids Baking Championship and The Elf on the Shelf: Sweet Showdown. He just signed a new multiyear deal at the network.”

“His most recent cookbook Super Good Cookies for Kids was released in 2022 and Super Good Baking for Kids in 2020.”

“Duff is the owner of the successful bakery, Charm City Cakes based in Baltimore. His bakery has created famous cakes for everything from Obama’s inauguration to an R2-D2 cake for Lucasfilm to Lady Gaga’s birthday cake for Tony Bennett. His signature cakes are now available nationwide on Goldbelly.”

“When his dream of slaying on the guitar in a rock band wasn’t paying the bills, Chef Duff Goldman turned to his talents as a classically trained pastry chef and metal craftsman and founded Charm City Cakes in Baltimore, MD in 2002. Duff and his intrepid team of cake decorators churned out cakes the world had never seen before: cakes with sound, cakes with smoke, cakes with motorized moving components, life-sized baby elephant cakes- no cake was too crazy to tackle.”

“It wasn’t long before Charm City Cakes caught the eye of the Food Network where the hit reality cake decorating series Ace of Cakes [AH1] was born. The Baltimore bakery has had the pleasure of making their awesome clients’ cake dreams come true for over two decades!”

Chef Duff Goldman joins us with pastry bag in hand.

Farley Elliott at the KLAA Studios

We’re delighted to welcome food journalist Farley Elliott back to the show. Farley Elliott is the new SoCal Bureau Chief for SFGATE. Previously, he was the Senior Editor for Eater Los Angeles, covering food and culture around LA, and his work has also appeared in print, film, and television. He’s also the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks, a book about the long, winding saga of street food in Los Angeles.

Farley joins us in-studio to chat about his new beat. Along the way he’ll discuss an unusual form of Street Art in Venice with a social message which has attracted national attention and his recent visit to greater Palm Springs where (among other activities) he interviewed Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger at their new restaurant, Alice B. located in Downtown Palm Springs.

Launched in 1994, SFGATE.com was one of the first large-market media sites in the world and served as the exclusive digital home of the San Francisco Chronicle for 19 years. The site, which was initially known as The Gate until officially becoming SFGATE in 1998, was co-founded by Allen Weiner and John Coate.”

“In 2013, the Chronicle launched a paywalled premium website, sfchronicle.com. Over the next six years, varying amounts of free and premium Chronicle content appeared on SFGATE, then in 2019, the Chronicle and SFGATE officially became two separately run entities with their own editorial staffs and independent newsrooms.”

Gina Christian of SoCal Gas

We’re checking in with our helpful foodservice experts at SoCal Gas to be updated on their various programs to assist Chefs and Restaurateurs.

Gina Christian (Foodservice Technical Specialist) will be explaining what’s available at the Energy Resource Center in Downey and their upcoming Seminar Calendar. Carmen Oliver (Customer Programs Advisor) joins the conversation to describe new rebate measures and the qualified product list categories. Joe Frausto (On-Bill Financing Program Manager) concludes with an overview of On Bill Financing and GoGreen Financing for business owners.

SoCal Gas’ Energy Resource Center (ERC) offers seminars, demonstrations and consulting services to help your business find cost-effective, energy-efficient solutions.

PINE & CRANE DTLA is a casual Taiwanese restaurant located artfully designed by Preen in the South Park neighborhood of downtown Los Angeles. This location follows up their original, far more compact restaurant in Silver Lake “and aims, as ever, to bring their guests delicious Taiwanese fare in a comfortable, modern setting. They are passionate about what they do, and take pride in preparing their food using simple, fresh ingredients.”

“In addition to familiar favorites from the Silver Lake location, DTLA features dishes specific to DTLA, still offering a variety of small plates, traditional cold appetizers, dumplings, noodles, and rice dishes. Along with an extensive tea menu, Pine & Crane also features beer, wine, unusual whiskies and specialty cocktails.”

They are currently open every day, with all day service running from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Breakfast Hours are 8 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and Lunch & Dinner Hours are 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Producer Andy Harris provides the salivating overview of Pine & Crane DTLA based on his recent dining experiences there.

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.

Valentine’s Day (coming up next week) is a time of high anxiety for restaurants. It’s parties of two with a lot of stress. Chef Andrew shares some of his humorous Valentine’s Day restaurant experiences over the years.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Chef Duff Goldman of Charm City Cakes Part One
Segment Three: Chef Duff Goldman of Charm City Cakes Part Two
Segment Four: Journalist Farley Elliott, SF Gate, Southern California Bureau Chief Part One
Segment Five: Journalist Farley Elliott, SF Gate, Southern California Bureau Chief Part Two
Segment Six: SoCal Gas’ Energy Resource Center and Ongoing Programs Supporting Foodservice Entities
Segment Seven: Pine & Crane in Downtown Los Angeles – A Profile
Segment Eight: Chef Andrew Gruel, Co-Host and Proprietor of Calico Fish House, with “Ask the Chef”

Artichoke and Crab Pasta

Artichoke and Crab Pasta by Michael Crupain MD

Recipe excerpt from:
The Power Five: Essential Foods for Optimum Health

by Michael Crupain, MD, MPH

This is inspired by the classic dip, usually weighed down with lots of cream cheese, on menus at many bars and restaurants. This version features the artichoke and crab in their purest and healthiest forms. I prefer to use king crab, which has a decent amount of omega-3s, but you can use blue crab, too. The artichoke base of this recipe is the crema di carciofi that is also in the recipe for carciofi e pepe pasta in The What to Eat When Cookbook.

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 pound king crab legs
  • 1 (15-ounce) can quartered
  • artichokes, drained
  • 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more to finish
  • Salt
  • 400 grams whole wheat
  • linguine, spaghetti, or home-made Sourdough Busiate
  • Pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh
  • parsley

Directions

  1. Cut the crab shells using a pair of kitchen shears, and remove the crab meat. Chop the crab meat into chunks and reserve.
  2. Process the artichokes and oil in a Vitamix or other high-speed blender on low speed, gradually increasing the speed and pureeing until the mixture is very thick (it may not puree if you increase the speed too quickly). Scrape the sides of the blender, then shake the jar, and continue to puree on high speed, adding 2 to 3 tablespoons water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until a very smooth puree is reached. Be patient; this may take 3 to 4 minutes. Season with salt to taste.
  3. Place the artichoke puree in a sauté pan with the crab meat, and warm gently over low heat while you make the pasta.
  4. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add enough salt to make the water salty like the sea. Cook the pasta according to the package directions until al dente. Drain the pasta, reserving some of the cooking water; transfer pasta to the artichoke mixture, and stir to combine. Add a little pasta water if it’s too thick. Season with pepper to taste, garnish with the parsley, and drizzle with olive oil.

NOTE: If using dried pasta, you can use the whole box if you want, but Dr. Crupain recommends 100 grams per person.

Mushroom Toast

Mushroom Tahini Toast by Michael Crupain MD

Recipe excerpt from:
The Power Five: Essential Foods for Optimum Health

by Michael Crupain, MD, MPH

When bread becomes toast, it undergoes a Maillard chemical reaction, which is a food-geek way to say it becomes even tastier. It also adds a crustiness, for an ever-better bed for toppings like the mushroom-tahini mixture in this recipe. This is a crowd-pleasing appetizer, but sometimes I have it for breakfast or lunch. If you’re feeling fancy, garnish with a sprig of thyme at the end for a picture-perfect finish.

Prep time: 25 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Serves: 4 to 6

Ingredients

  • 1 pound assorted mushrooms (such as oyster, maitake, shiitake)
  • ½ teaspoon urfa chile flakes (dried Turkish chile peppers)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for finishing
  • Salt
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves, chopped
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 3 tablespoons tahini
  • 4 slices whole wheat or sourdough bread, toasted and rubbed with a raw garlic clove

Directions

Coarsely chop the mushrooms, and add to a bowl with the chile flakes and oil. Toss to coat the mushrooms.

Cook the mushrooms in a large, heavy-bottomed skillet over medium-high heat for 8 to 10 minutes or until browned. Season with salt, add the garlic, shallot, and thyme, and sauté for 4 minutes or until the shallot is soft. Stir in the wine, and cook until just evaporated. Turn off the heat, and stir in the tahini. If the mixture is too dry, add 1 to 2 tablespoons water for desired consistency. Spoon the mushrooms over the toast, sprinkle with salt to taste, and serve.