Show 158, February 7, 2016: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris and Chef Andrew Gruel, Founder, Slapfish Restaurant Group

Guys, Valentine’s Weekend is coming up next Weekend and it’s also Presidents’ Weekend. Make your brunch or dinner plans now to celebrate with that special someone! Lots of tempting options. No excuses…

Andrew Gruel at the AM830 KLAA StudiosExecutive Chef Andrew Gruel of the rapidly growing Slapfish empire with restaurants in Huntington Beach, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, LAX, Irvine at UCI and, now, Brea, is back as today’s special Guest Host.

Next a tempting preview of Saturday’s crave-worthy and always healthy show and not, with profuse apologies, for dieters. If we’re doing it right we will always leave you hungry and thirsty. In our case that’s absolutely a good thing…

Slice Deli and Cakery opened its classic American deli and gourmet bakery last November in Fountain ValleyIt’s an inspiring story of perseverance. Owners John-Michael Sanchez and fiancé Natalie Burke intended to open Slice in January of 2015. But, when Burke was diagnosed with cervical cancer that same month, they were forced to put the project on hold. In July of 2015, Burke had won her battle with cervical cancer and was eager to start working on the restaurant again. Today, Sanchez and a cancer-free Burke proudly present Slice, a single concept with dual identities. John-Michael Sanchez is our guest.

GD Bro began as a culinary passion project for co-founders, Mark Cruz and Kevin Nguyen, who had ambitious and creative ideas for a “new” way to eat burgers. Within a year’s time, as word spread via an organic social media frenzy and growing lines of hungry guests, GD Bro teamed up with Hue Nguyen, current CFO and foodie enthusiast, to expand on GD Bro’s cutting edge brand and style. Co-founder Kevin Nguyen joins us with the juicy details.

TAPS Fish House & Brewery (Brea, Corona & Irvine) has always been known as a pioneer in brewing award-winning craft beer. Recently proprietor Joe Manzella, not one to ever stand still, decided it was time to totally overhaul and elevate his bar program system-wide. Corporate Wine & Spirits Manager, Andrew Aoun has done just that. We’ll chat with him about what it takes to totally revamp a successful bar program.

Hundreds of premium wine varieties, sweet and savory chocolate confections, gourmet food samples from acclaimed Pechanga Resort & Casino restaurants, live music, a silent auction and helping out a good cause are all on the agenda for February 26 and 27 at Pechanga Resort & Casino. Tickets for the 8th annual Chocolate Decadence and Pechanga Wine Festival are on sale now. Proceeds from both events benefit Habitat for Humanity Inland Valley. Pechanga Resort & Casino’s Executive Pastry Chef, Jean-Jacques Granet joins us with all the sweetly decadent details.

Finally we’ll get some thoughts on food trucks from our Co-host, Chef Andrew Gruel.

All of this and lots more absolutely incredible deliciousness on Saturday’s show!

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