Show 135, August 22, 2015: Show Preview with Guest Host Chef Andrew Gruel & Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

Andrew GruelExecutive Chef Andrew Gruel of the rapidly growing Slapfish empire with restaurants in Huntington Beach, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, LAX, and now, Irvine at UCI, is back as today’s special Guest Host.

First an appetizing preview of Saturday’s full show and, with apologies, not particularly for dieters. With any luck we will always leave you hungry and thirsty. In our case that’s probably a good thing…

Chef Andrew Gruel’s (our regular Guest Co-Host of Slapfish fame) new FYI Network restaurant makeover series, “Say It To My Face,” returns to the airwaves next Saturday afternoon (August 29th) for the continuation of Season 1. It’s the first Food TV restaurant makeover series which showcases the importance of social media in having an impact on diners. Chef Andrew hosts with his Slapfish colleague, Chef Anthony Dispensa, Director of West Coast Operations. It’s a pair back-to-back episodes on those future Saturdays. Check your local listings for the time.

The 2015 Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo will be held Sunday, August 23rd to Tuesday, August 25th, 2015 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The Show, the largest restaurant industry conference on the West Coast, is produced and managed by Urban Expositions, and sponsored by the California Restautrant Association. Ron Mathews, Industry Vice President, Urban Expositions, producers of the annual event joins us with all the 411. It’s for the trade, only.

Award-winning author, Susan Herrmann Loomis, is with us to talk about her newest book, In a French Kitchen: Tales and Traditions of Everyday Home Cooking in France.  This book, with tales about real French cooks and more than 85 recipes, proves that delicious, decadent meals are simple and easy to create.  Susan takes lessons from busy, everyday French cooks and offers their tips and tricks, kitchen wisdom, and recipes to create meals focused on local, seasonal, quality ingredients. She regales us with tales of the French at the table, offers twelve seasonal menus, and pairs wines with her dishes to make this book an enjoyable read and an indispensable friend in the kitchen.  Susan is a France-based, award winning journalist with ten books to her credit, a cooking school proprietor, and a professionally trained chef.

As Executive Chef at Barnyard, Jesse Barber was known for his simple, honest food and ingredient-driven menu. In his newest venture, Dudley Market, Barber looks to continue his practice of utilizing local, seasonally fresh ingredients, maintaining the strong relationships with the farmers and purveyors he has worked closely with over the past few years. Barber is inspired by the unique and vibrant Venice community, “Food is one of the most important connections between people and I hope to create lasting relationships with neighbors, friends, farms and local vendors.”

We really love and appreciate a well-constructed sandwich on the “SoCal Restaurant Show.” After a promising Orange County debut in Newport Beach in 2014, Sessions West Coast Deli has opened its second location on the waterfront in Huntington Beach (414 Pacific Coast Highway). Designed as a neighborhood-casual concept, this new restaurant serves its immediate community with a menu of gourmet, culinary-focused sandwiches in a relaxed, beach-inspired environment. Culinary Director Max Schlutz (he loves craft beer, too) joins us with the tempting gourmet sandwich 411.

GrubTribe is Southern California’s (mainly Orange County and Long Beach) new digital destination for behind –the-scenes gourmet video. They showcase local chefs and food providers, their businesses, their prep choices, their favorite ingredients, and more. Co-founder, Jeff Fliegler, a chef by background and training, is our guest.

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