December 14: Kakawa Chocolate House, Bricia Lopez. Jalisco Tourism

Now a tantalizing preview of this Saturday’s mouthwatering show. It’s not, with profuse apologies, for dieters. If we’re successful we will hopefully leave you incredibly hungry and thirsty. In our case that’s probably a pretty good thing… As always, we greatly appreciate you being a part of our loyal listening audience. Truly couldn’t do it without you.

Kakawa Chocolate House is an artisan chocolate company located in the beautiful, high elevation town of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Kakawa’s passion is promoting the history of chocolate and crafting a variety of delicious chocolate creations of the finest quality. Proprietress Bonnie Bennett shares the rich decadence with us.

Bricia Lopez is the 2nd generation, Co-owner (with her Family) of the James Beard Award-winning Guelaguetza, Oaxacan restaurant in Los Angeles’ Koreatown. Oaxaca is the culinary heart of Mexico, and since opening its doors in 1994, Guelaguetza has been the center of life for the Oaxacan community in Los Angeles. Founded by the Lopez family, Guelaguetza has been offering traditional Oaxacan food for 25 years.

Bricia’s first cookbook is Oaxaca – Home Cooking From The Heart Of Mexico (written with Javier Cabral.) We grab Bricia from her busy book tour for a chat.

The Under Secretary of Jalisco Tourism, Rocio Lancaster, joins us by phone from Guadalajara to highlight the merits of Jalisco as the destination that encompasses the best of Mexico – from cosmopolitan scenes of Guadalajara to the beach resorts of Puerto Vallarta. Food and libation (the home of Tequila) tourism are a major attraction.

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group is in-studio with another informative “Ask the Chef” segment. Chef Andrew was a participant in the recent MUFSO (Multiple Unit Food Service Operators) Conference in Denver. An area of discussion was the cost of sustainability and the associated “say-do disconnect” on the part of guests. Chef Andrew will provide perspective. How do you manage the gap ?

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

Bonnie Bennett of Kawada Chocolate HouseKakawa Chocolate House is an artisan chocolate company located in the beautiful, high elevation town of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Kakawa’s passion is promoting the history of chocolate and crafting a variety of delicious chocolate creations of the finest quality. Proprietress Bonnie Bennett shares the rich decadence with us.

Kakawa’s signature is a collection of historic drinking chocolate elixirs. “These specialties include traditional Pre-Columbian, Mesoamerican, Mayan and Aztec drinking chocolate elixirs; 1600’s European drinking chocolate elixirs, Colonial American and Colonial Mexican drinking chocolate elixirs. Kakawa Chocolate House drinking chocolate elixirs are representative of these historic recipes and span the time period 1000 BC to the mid-1900s AD.”

“Kakawa supports local organic farming, promotes the history and anthropology of chocolate, and, most importantly, produces a huge variety of delicious chocolate creations of the highest quality. Since its founding, Kakawa has earned a reputation as one of the most exciting and original chocolate shops in the world.”

“Kakawa’s chocolatiers are dedicated to sharing their passion for chocolate. They balance the traditional with the cutting edge, creating unique and exquisitely bold creations from fresh, seasonal ingredients. Their one-of-a-kind creations include truffles, drinking chocolate elixirs, agave caramels, solid dark chocolates and delicious homemade ice cream. Working exclusively in small batches, our staff ensures that each piece of chocolate looks as exquisite as it tastes.”

“Our mission is to re-introduce you to chocolate. We draw on chocolate’s long history, re-creating original Mesoamerican and Colonial chocolate recipes, and using them to inspire our new and exciting creations. We have a startling variety of contemporary flavors (including dairy-free and Vegan confections), such as Pomegranate, Cherry-Chili and Acai, Hibiscus flower, and Mescal. Kakawa also offers classic European-style truffles, such as Earl Grey, Espresso, Classic French Dark and many other seasonal specialties.”

Bricia Lopez of GuelaguetzaBricia Lopez is the 2nd generation, Co-owner (with her Family) of the James Beard Award-winning Guelaguetza, Oaxacan restaurant in Los Angeles’ Koreatown. Oaxaca is the culinary heart of Mexico, and since opening its doors in 1994, Guelaguetza has been the center of life for the Oaxacan community in Los Angeles. Founded by the Lopez family, Guelaguetza has been offering traditional Oaxacan food for 25 years.

Bricia’s first cookbook is Oaxaca – Home Cooking From The Heart Of Mexico (written with Javier Cabral.)

Oaxaca, the cookbook, is the first true introduction to Oaxacan cuisine by a native family, each dish articulates their story, from Oaxaca to the streets of Los Angeles and beyond.

Showcasing the “soul food” of Mexico, Oaxaca offers 140 authentic, yet accessible recipes using some of the purest pre-Hispanic and indigenous ingredients available. From their signature pink horchata to the formula for the Lopez’s award-winning mole negro, Oaxaca demystifies this essential cuisine

Bricia Lopez comes from a long lineage of Oaxaca Mezcal craftsmen and grew up in her grandmother’s kitchen. Lopez is the Co-Proprietor of Guelaguetza. Javier Cabral created the critically acclaimed food blog Teenage Gluster when he was only 16. A former West Coast staff writer for Munchies, he has written for numerous publications, including the Los Angeles TimesSaveur, and Lucky Peach. They both live in Los Angeles.

Under Secretary of Jalisco Tourism, Rocio LancasterThe Under Secretary of Jalisco Tourism, Rocio Lancaster, joins us by phone from Guadalajara to highlight the merits of Jalisco as the destination that encompasses the best of Mexico – from cosmopolitan scenes of Guadalajara to the beach resorts of Puerto Vallarta. Food and libation (the home of Tequila) tourism are a major attraction.

“Jalisco is made up of 125 municipalities, eight of which have the Pueblo Magico badge.  Today Jalisco is distinguished by the great diversity that surrounds its geography. Both in terms of weather, being able to go from the warm beach to the fresh forest in a few hours on the way, as in the possibility to visit large, cosmopolitan cities, or get lost in alleys full of crafts and tradition.”

Andy Harris and Andrew Gruel at Cabana 14 at the Cove at Pechanga Resort and CasinoOur own Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group is in-studio with another informative “Ask the Chef” segment. Chef Andrew was a participant in the recent MUFSO (Multiple Unit Food Service Operators) Conference in Denver. An area of discussion was the cost of sustainability and the associated “say-do disconnect” on the part of guests. Chef Andrew will provide perspective. How do you manage the gap ?

What trends in foodservice were prominent in 2019? Chef Andrew provides the insight.

December 7: Wine Exchange, West Coast Prime Meats, George Geary, The Family Dinner Project, Russ Bendel and Jared Cook

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Wine Authority Kyle Meyer, Santa Ana’s Wine Exchange, with Champagne Buying Advice
Segment Three: The Meatheads from West Coast Prime Meats with Holiday Cooking Advice
Segment Four: Chef George Geary on Celebratory Cheesecakes for the Holidays
Segment Five: EAT, LAUGH, TALK! – The Family Dinner Playbook Part One
Segment Six: EAT, LAUGH, TALK! – The Family Dinner Playbook Part Two
Segment Seven: Restaurateur Russ Bendel and Chef-Partner Jared Cook – Ironwood, Olea & Vine Part One
Segment Eight: Restaurateur Russ Bendel and Chef-Partner Jared Cook – Ironwood, Olea & Vine Part Two

Now an incredibly appetizing preview of this Saturday’s scrumptious show. It’s not, with profuse apologies, for dieters. If we’re successful we will hopefully leave you incredibly hungry and thirsty. In our case that’s probably a pretty good thing… As always, we greatly appreciate you being a part of our loyal listening audience. Truly couldn’t do it without you.

Thinking about buying a bottle of French Champagne as a gift or for the festive Holiday Table? Our resident wine authority, Kyle Meyer of Santa Ana’s Wine Exchange, joins us with selection tips from an expert that, happily, won’t break the bank. Orange Wine is a new topic of conversation among wine aficionados. Kyle provides the needed overview.

Between the two of them our resident Meatheads from West Coast Prime Meats, Terry Hanks and Jay Henderson, have decades of practical experience with center plate proteins. They are both avid home cooks, too. Terry and Jay join us with some genuinely useful Holiday cooking tips.

Cheesecake! The Emmy award winning show The Golden Girls made eating cheesecake a nightly ritual on the hit television series.  The pastry chef who made those luscious and delicious cheesecakes and many other foods for hit sitcoms is George Geary. Now Geary has expanded his cheesecake repertoire even more with the eagerly anticipated 2nd Edition of The Cheesecake Bible: 300 Sweet & Savory Recipes for Cakes and More.  Chef George is our guest with decadent ideas for the best in holiday cheesecakes and pro’s tips for stress-free holiday baking.

In the age of video chats and filtered “selfies”, sometimes real, human connection seems harder to come by, but it remains an important part of living a satisfying life. Eat, Laugh, Talk: The Family Dinner Playbook emerges from the brains behind The Family Dinner Project, a Massachusetts General Hospital Psychiatry Academy-affiliated nonprofit that notes the profound impact that a fun family meal can have on the spirit, brain, and health of all family members. Co-authors (there are five) Brianne DeRosa and Shelly London join us to set the table.

Restaurateur Russ Bendel (and partners) are the respected operators of Ironwood (Laguna Hills), Olea (Newport Beach) and Vine (San Clemente) in Orange County. Russ was awarded Restaurateur of the Year honors at this year’s Golden Foodie Awards. Ironwood has a new lounge. Russ joins us with Chef-Partner Jared Cook to chat about the Holiday menus at Ironwood, Olea & Vine.

Kyle Meyer of Wine ExchangeThinking about buying a bottle of French Champagne as a gift or for the festive Holiday Table? Our resident wine authority, Kyle Meyer of Santa Ana’s Wine Exchange, joins us with selection tips from an expert that, happily, won’t break the bank.

Orange Wine is a new topic of conversation among wine aficionados. Kyle provides the needed overview.

Jay Henderson one of the Meatheads from West Coast Prime MeatsBetween the two of them our resident Meatheads from West Coast Prime Meats, Terry Hanks and Jay Henderson, have decades of practical experience with center plate proteins. They are both avid home cooks, too. Terry and Jay join us with some genuinely useful Holiday cooking tips.

 

Cookbook Author George GearyCheesecake! The Emmy award winning show The Golden Girls made eating cheesecake a nightly ritual on the hit television series.  The pastry chef who made those luscious and delicious cheesecakes and many other foods for hit sitcoms is George Geary. He later became the first award winning pastry chef for the Walt Disney Company at Disneyland.

Geary’s cheesecakes became one of his most popular culinary calling cards so he then published his favorite recipes in his first cookbook, 125 Best Cheesecake Recipes in 2002, and it was such a hit that a follow up book, The Cheesecake Bible was published in 2008 and became a best-seller.

Now Geary has expanded his cheesecake repertoire even more with the highly anticipated 2nd Edition of The Cheesecake Bible: 300 Sweet & Savory Recipes for Cakes and More George provides home cooks with extensive how-to instructions, tips and techniques to make the perfect cheesecake.

Recipes in the book range from holiday favorites, savory and citrus cheesecakes, no-bake cheesecakes, to bars, pies, toppings and sauces, and breakfast items. Some of the delicious recipes in the book include: Artichoke Cheesecake, Maine Lobster Cheesecake, Passover Honey Cheesecake, Blood Orange Spiced Cheesecake, Eggnog Rum Cheesecake, Italian Zabaglione Cheesecake Bars, Blood Orange Cheesecake Crępes, Cheesecake Bonbons and many more unique flavored desserts.

Chef George is our encore guest offering decadent ideas for the best in holiday cheesecakes and pro’s tips for stress-free holiday baking.

Shelly London of the Family Dinner ProjectIn the age of video chats and filtered “selfies”, sometimes real, human connection seems harder to come by, but it remains an important part of living a satisfying life. In fact, over 20 years of research has shown what parents have known for a long time: regular family meals lead to long-term benefits, including higher resilience, self-esteem, and grade-point-averages, and LOWER rates of substance abuse, teen pregnancy, eating disorders, and depression.

Eat, Laugh, Talk: The Family Dinner Playbook52 Weeks of Easy Recipes, Engaging Conversation, and Hilarious Games emerges from the brains behind The Family Dinner Project, a Massachusetts General Hospital Psychiatry Academy-affiliated nonprofit that notes the profound impact that a fun family meal can have on the spirit, brain, and health of all family members.

The Family Dinner Project’s new book gives readers the tools to kickstart a habit of putting together fun family dinners, including:

  • Conversation starters
  • Quick and easy recipes
  • Fun table games for everyone to play
  • Tips for overcoming obstacles, setting dinnertime goals, managing busy schedules, and engaging everyone in the conversation

With anecdotes from real families who have become a part of The Family Dinner Project’s growing movement, this book will inspire readers of all ages to look forward to dinner (together)!

Co-authors (there are five) Brianne DeRosa and Shelly London join us to set the table.

“What if there was a single activity you could do at home, requiring no special equipment or training of any kind, that could have lifelong benefits for the physical, emotional, academic and social health of every member of your family? That activity exists, and it’s the family dinner.”

Building on decades of research and over ten years of experience working with real families who are overcoming the common challenges that keep people from sharing regular meals, The Family Dinner Project — a nonprofit initiative based at Massachusetts General Hospital — has written a step-by-step playbook to help make family dinners possible.

Eat, Talk, Laugh: The Family Dinner Playbook (Familius Publishing) is packed with practical advice and inspiration to help you overcome common mealtime challenges and get the most out of your family dinners. Organized in sections according to common mealtime obstacles, Eat, Laugh, Talk provides 52 weeks of food, fun and conversation that will appeal to people of all ages.  Laid out in an easy-to-follow, week-by-week format, Eat, Laugh, Talk is a book of real stories, real experiences and real family dinners that will inspire you and your family.

 “The Family Dinner Project, a nonprofit initiative started in 2010, champions family dinner as an opportunity for family members to connect with each other through food, fun and conversation about things that matter.  More than 20 years of scientific research shows “why” family mealtimes are so important.  The Family Dinner Project provides the “how” for today’s busy families. Our team members have come from varied personal and professional backgrounds. We are parents and non-parents, and our ages range from “young professional” to “Medicare-eligible.”  Our collective professional experience includes education, family therapy, research, food, social work, marketing and communication.  With nonprofit partners and local champions, The Family Dinner Project team works online and at community events to help families increase the frequency, meaning and long-term benefits of their shared meals.  We are based in Boston at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Psychiatry Academy.”

Co-authors (there are five) Brianne DeRosa and Shelly London continue their conversation with us at the family dinner table.

Chef Jared CookRestaurateur Russ Bendel (and partners) are the respected operators of Ironwood (Laguna Hills), Olea (Newport Beach) and Vine (San Clemente) in Orange County. Russ was awarded Restaurateur of the Year honors at this year’s Golden Foodie Awards. Ironwood has a new lounge. Russ joins us with Chef-Partner Jared Cook to chat about the Holiday menus at Ironwood, Olea & Vine.

Ironwood features a full bar, open kitchen, and an enclosed outdoor heated patio with views of the Saddleback Mountains. It offers South Orange County residents a fine dining night out with a complete food and wine experience.”

“OLEA, named for a genus of trees that flourish in warm and tropical regions, is a European twist on the Napa/Sonoma-inspired cuisine and spirits at Vine, the restaurant Bendel assumed ownership of seven years ago.” The restaurant is characterized as Wine Country Cuisine at a chef-driven American bistro.

VINE is an all-encompassing Wine Country dining experience, a full bar, featuring craft cocktails, Open Kitchen, and a Semi-Private Dining table in our Wine Room. It offers South Orange County residents a fine dining night out with a complete food and wine experience.

VINE highlights Wine Country Cuisine influenced by the Napa Valley and other notable wine producing regions. In addition, the wine selection includes more than 100 bottles – more than 25 of which are available by the glass.”

Russ Bendel of Ironwood, Olea and VIneRuss Bendel was born and raised in Philadelphia and relocated with his mother, father, and sister to California when he was a child. Russ grew up in the restaurant industry and always knew it was in his blood at an early age.

He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from The Collins College at Cal Poly Pomona with an emphasis on Restaurants and Business Management. During that time, Russ worked with Bloomin Brands Restaurant Group for 15 years, six years with Outback Steakhouse and nine years with Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar. He was promoted to partner of the flagship Newport Beach location at the age of 25, youngest ever in company history.

Chef-Partner Jared Cook was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. After graduating from Western Culinary Institute in Portland Oregon, he relocated to Southern California. Since then Jared worked in restaurants such as French 75 in Laguna Beach, Chat Noir in Costa Mesa, and was promoted to Executive Chef at the Crow Bar and Kitchen, in addition to working at Vine Restaurant & Bar for the third time as a Cook, Sous Chef, and now Executive Chef.

Russ joins us with Chef-Partner Jared Cook to continue their chat about the Holiday menus at Ironwood, Olea & Vine.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Wine Authority Kyle Meyer, Santa Ana’s Wine Exchange, with Champagne Buying Advice
Segment Three: The Meatheads from West Coast Prime Meats with Holiday Cooking Advice
Segment Four: Chef George Geary on Celebratory Cheesecakes for the Holidays
Segment Five: EAT, LAUGH, TALK! – The Family Dinner Playbook Part One
Segment Six: EAT, LAUGH, TALK! – The Family Dinner Playbook Part Two
Segment Seven: Restaurateur Russ Bendel and Chef-Partner Jared Cook – Ironwood, Olea & Vine Part One
Segment Eight: Restaurateur Russ Bendel and Chef-Partner Jared Cook – Ironwood, Olea & Vine Part Two

November 30: Jeffrey Hayashi, Beckham Estate Vineyard, Jonathan Blackford, John Taube

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Chef Jeffrey Hayashi, Head Chef, Team USA at 2021 Bocuse d’Or Culinary Competition
Segment Three: Co-Host Chef Andrew Gruel of Slapfish Restaurant Group with “Ask the Chef”
Segment Four: Winemaker and Ceramicist Andrew Beckham, Beckham Estate Vineyard, Sherwood, OR
Segment Five: Jonathan Blackford, Corporate Executive Chef, River Jetty Restaurant Group Part One
Segment Six: Jonathan Blackford, Corporate Executive Chef, River Jetty Restaurant Group Part Two
Segment Seven: Executive Chef John Taube, The Hoxton DTLA Part One
Segment Eight: Executive Chef John Taube, The Hoxton DTLA Part Two

It’s great to be back after being preempted by Notre Dame Football the last two weeks. Sorry about that and we do greatly appreciate being missed! The good news is that there are no further interruptions through year’s end.

Now an intriguing preview of this Saturday’s craveable show. It’s not, with profuse apologies, for dieters. If we’re successful we will hopefully leave you incredibly hungry and thirsty. In our case that’s probably a pretty good thing… As always, we greatly appreciate you being a part of our loyal listening audience. Truly couldn’t do it without you.

Ment’or BKB foundation, based in New York, sponsors and guides Team USA which competes biennially (every 2 years) in the prestigious Bocuse d’Or international culinary competition held in Lyon, France. On November 18th at the Culinary Institute of America’s Copia campus in the Napa Valley three noteworthy finalist teams of a Head Chef & Commis competed to head Team USA 2021. Chef Jeffrey Hayashi (most recently the Chef de Cuisine at Honolulu’s Senia Restaurant) prevailed and we’ll meet him.

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group was in New York last weekend as a Judge in the Oyster Sucking Championship as part of the first ever All Canadian Oyster Festival held at Manhattan’s Docks Oyster Bar & Seafood Grill. We’ll slurp with Chef Andrew as he reports on the salty festivities with a Canadian accent.

“Andrew and Annedria Beckham arrived in the Chehalem Mountains, Oregon in 2005 with the dream of purchasing land to build a studio for Andrew’s art. Immersed in the contagious passion of their pioneering neighbors and fascinated by the incredible potential beneath the surface of their high-elevation site, they started a vineyard row by row, coming home from their day jobs to plant vines all night, raising three children all the while. In 2009 they made their first wine.” Andrew Beckham pulls the cork on the unusual Beckham Estate Vineyard for us.

Hollywood producer McG and restaurateur Jordan Otterbein, River Jetty Restaurant Group partners known for acclaimed A Restaurant and A Market in Newport Beach, California, debuted their new Corona del Mar dining concept, CdM in early March. It’s dinner nightly and is already immensely popular. Corporate Executive Chef Jonathan Blackford’s creative American menu highlights unique, hand selected ingredients in each of his flavorful dishes, drawing influence from America’s melting pot of cuisines. We spirit Chef Jonathan out of his busy kitchen for an update.

Newly arrived in Downtown Los Angeles in a tastefully restored Beaux Arts building is The Hoxton hotel with sister properties in Williamsburg, Portland, Chicago and International. Their 174 rooms are spread across four different size categories from Snug to Biggy, meaning there’s something to suit everyone. Destination restaurants located at Hoxton properties are a trademark. The Hoxton DTLA has Sibling Rival, the elevated, all-day restaurant located on the ground floor, and Pilot (dinner only) on the rooftop (with eye-catching L.A. skyline views) which also includes the daytime Pilot Bar adjacent to the pool. We’ll meet Executive Chef John Taube, who oversees the ample culinary portfolio.

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

Jeffrey Hayashi is the head chef for the 2021 Bocuse D'OrMent’or BKB foundation, based in New York, sponsors Team USA which competes biennially (every 2 years) in the prestigious Bocuse d’Or international culinary competition held in Lyon, France. On November 18th at the Culinary Institute of America’s Copia campus in the Napa Valley three noteworthy finalist teams of a Head Chef & Commis competed to head Team USA 2021. Chef Jeffrey Hayashi (most recently the Chef de Cuisine at Honolulu’s Senia Restaurant) prevailed and we’ll meet him.

“The three finalist Team USA 2021 teams competed over a five hour and 35 – minute period, following the rigorous format of the actual Bocuse d’Or competition. The platter theme was Whole Chicken, from Palisades Ranch in California, and the plated theme was Ratatouille.”

“Chef Jeffery Hayashi and Commis William Barrera will now begin the rigorous journey to the Bocuse d’Or as Team USA 2021, relocating closer to the training facility at Copia in Napa, California and dedicating the next fourteen months to prepare for the 2021 competition. During this crucial training period, Ment’or will support Team USA, with the Foundation’s esteemed Chef Council continuing to play an invaluable role in mentoring them.”

“I feel very fortunate for this once in a lifetime opportunity,” shares Chef Hayashi, who previously competed for Team USA in 2019. “Any one of the competing chefs could have won. To now officially be on the road to Lyon for Bocuse d’Or is surreal, and I’m incredibly thankful for all the support.”

“Hayashi, originally from Oahu, moved to Arizona at age four and spent the bulk of his upbringing on the mainland, though visited his grandparents in Hawaii throughout his childhood. While culinary arts were not his passion in his formative years, he spent his time focused on building, art, and creating things with his hands, which led him to study architecture at Arizona State University. After realizing that architecture wasn’t his path, Hayashi serendipitously was introduced to French-Australian Chef Philippe Padovani, who had made a name for himself in Hawaii. Philippe, who had learned cooking by fire in the kitchen, encouraged Hayashi to come and work for him as an apprentice, as Padovani opened his namesake, Padovani Grill. Hayashi, who had never worked in a kitchen before but liked hand crafts, worked for Padovani as an apprentice for a year and a half before moving to Vintage Cave as a commis under Chef Chris Kajioka. Kajioka then convinced Hayashi to join him on the team for Chef Mourad Lahlou’s new restaurant in San Francisco, Mourad, in 2014. Hayashi worked as Executive Sous Chef at Mourad for four years, at which time the restaurant earned one Michelin star, among other awards and accolades for its Moroccan fine dining cuisine. In 2018, Hayashi headed back to Hawaii to work at Senia, the elevated Hawaiian restaurant opened in 2016 by both Kajioka and Chef Anthony Rush, where Hayashi served as the Chef de Cuisine.”

Andy Harris and Andrew Gruel at Cabana 14 at the Cove at Pechanga Resort and CasinoOur own Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group was in New York last weekend as a Judge in the Oyster Shucking Championship as part of the first ever All Canadian Oyster Festival held at Manhattan’s Docks Oyster Bar & Seafood Grill. We’ll slurp with Chef Andrew as he reports on the salty festivities with a Canadian accent.

The capacity crowd of 250 guests had the unusual opportunity to sniff, sip and slurp eighteen varieties of both West & East Coast Canadian Oysters.

First Place was awarded to Jose Valdesz of Empire Oyster.

Andrew Beckham of Backham Estate VIneyards“Andrew and Annedria Beckham arrived in the Chehalem Mountains, Oregon in 2005 with the dream of purchasing land to build a studio for Andrew’s art. Immersed in the contagious passion of their pioneering neighbors and fascinated by the incredible potential beneath the surface of their high-elevation site, they started a vineyard row by row, coming home from their day jobs to plant vines all night, raising three children all the while. In 2009 they made their first wine.”

“In 2012 their winemaking truly found its voice with the introduction of Andrew’s handmade amphora (clay pot) as unique aging vessels, used in conjunction with organic farming and low-intervention practices that they believe reflect their vineyard best.”

Beckham Estate Vineyards’ traditional, barrel aged wines carry the Beckham Estate label. Andrew’s amphora wines are under the moniker of A.D. Beckham (“creta” pinot noir, “50/50” noir/gris and pinot gris.)

Winemaker Andrew Beckham joins us to pull the cork on Beckham Estate Vineyard for us.

Jonathan Blackford of A Restaurant and CDM RestaurantHollywood producer McG and restaurateur Jordan Otterbein, River Jetty Restaurant Group partners known for acclaimed A Restaurant and A Market in Newport Beach, California, debuted their new Corona del Mar dining concept, CdM in early March. It’s dinner nightly and is already, consistently, a tough reservation. Corporate Executive Chef Jonathan Blackford’s creative American menu highlights unique, hand selected ingredients in each of his flavorful dishes, drawing influence from America’s melting pot of cuisines.

Think house-baked Parker House Rolls with whipped A5 tallow and Roasted Lamb Ribs with garam masala, Greek yogurt and cucumber salad.

Larger plates include Mangalitsa Pork Chop with potato pancakes, celery root puree and Hungarian braised red cabbage.

A hidden feature of CdM is “Under CdM.” It’s a speakeasy style room located downstairs from the CdM Restaurant. The cocktail list there (under the direction of Bar Manager Ravin Buzzell) is distinct from the cocktail program at the restaurant. The full CdM menu is now available at Under CdM.

Newly debuted above CdM is “The Apartment,” a private event space that can accommodate up to 20 seated guests. It, conveniently, has its own separate entrance.

We spirit Chef Jonathan out of his busy kitchen for an update.

John Taube of Sibling Rival at the Hoxton DTLANewly arrived in Downtown Los Angeles in a tastefully restored Beaux Arts building is The Hoxton with sister properties in Williamsburg, Portland, Chicago and International. Their 174 rooms are spread across four different size categories from Snug to Biggy, meaning there’s something to suit everyone. Destination restaurants located at Hoxton properties are a trademark. The Hoxton DTLA has Sibling Rival, the elevated, all-day restaurant with an open kitchen located on the ground floor and Pilot (dinner only) on the rooftop (with eye-catching L.A. skyline views) which also includes the daytime Pilot Bar (daily Happy Hour specials) adjacent to the pool.

All rooms are cleverly designed to make the most of the space, and all come with the same Hox Perks including free fast WiFi, free daily calls to anywhere in the world, coffee, tea, water and milk, and a light breakfast bag delivered to your room.

Destination restaurants located at Hoxton properties are a trademark. The Hoxton DTLA has Sibling Rival, the elevated, all-day restaurant located on the ground floor (serving an already popular Weekend Brunch) and Pilot (dinner only) on the rooftop (with eye-catching L.A. skyline views) which also includes the separate daytime Pilot Bar adjacent to the pool featuring a daily Happy Hour from 3 to 6:00 p.m..

Sibling Rival brings to life the timeless rivalries of weekday vs. weekend diet and East Coast vs. West Coast through innovative takes on Californian classics, served in an all-day, elevated diner setting. From quinoa bowls and fresh-pressed juices to togarashi chicken sandwiches and innovative cocktails, Sibling Rival lets guests choose their own adventure and give into whichever voice on their shoulder is most tempting.” Happy Hour Daily from 3 to 6:00 p.m.

“Pilot is a rooftop restaurant and bar inspired by the coast of the Mediterranean, situated atop The Hoxton, Downtown L.A. The menu is centered around live-fire cooking and features fresh, locally sourced seafood, seasonal vegetables, and more. Led by Executive Chef John Taube IV, in partnership with Sunday Hospitality, the dining experience is interactive with fun takes on tableside preparation and multiple large format dishes meant to be shared like the whole wood-fired fish for two. A signature dish is the Grand Aioli — a platter of the guests’ choice of vegetables and raw bar selections paired with aioli prepared to-order. Cocktails are made for warm weather drinking and presented in Sunday Hospitality’s signature whimsical and playful style, featuring Gin and Tonic variations.”

“Pilot’s airy indoor/outdoor atmosphere, designed by Ennismore Design Studio, is punctuated by bright pops of color throughout and anchored by a large display of fresh seafood and vegetables presented over ice. The restaurant extends out to the pool deck where a separate food and drink menu can be enjoyed alongside views of the Los Angeles skyline.”

“Pilot is named in tribute to The Hoxton, Downtown L.A. rooftop’s cameo in the 1921 film “Stranger than Fiction” where it served as the launch pad from which stuntman Frank Clarke and pilot Wally Timm flew their plane.”

We’ll meet Executive Chef John Taube, who oversees the ample, in-house culinary portfolio.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Chef Jeffrey Hayashi, Head Chef, Team USA at 2021 Bocuse d’Or Culinary Competition
Segment Three: Co-Host Chef Andrew Gruel of Slapfish Restaurant Group with “Ask the Chef”
Segment Four: Winemaker and Ceramicist Andrew Beckham, Beckham Estate Vineyard, Sherwood, OR
Segment Five: Jonathan Blackford, Corporate Executive Chef, River Jetty Restaurant Group Part One
Segment Six: Jonathan Blackford, Corporate Executive Chef, River Jetty Restaurant Group Part Two
Segment Seven: Executive Chef John Taube, The Hoxton DTLA Part One
Segment Eight: Executive Chef John Taube, The Hoxton DTLA Part Two

November 9: Live from Santa Fe and La Fonda on the Plaza

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Chef Lane Warner, Executive Chef, La Fonda On the Plaza, Santa Fe, NM
Segment Three: Sean Sheehan, Sheehan Winery, Albuquerque, NM
Segment Four: Sllin Cruz, Executive Chef & Partner, Geronimo, Santa Fe, NM
Segment Five: Stephanie Cameron, Publisher & Photo Editor, edible New Mexico
Segment Six: Lois Ellen Frank, Ph.D., Native American Chef, Native Foods Historian & Educator
Segment Seven: Ed Pulsifer, Director of Sales, La Fonda On the Plaza, Santa Fe, NM Part One
Segment Eight: Ed Pulsifer, Director of Sales, La Fonda On the Plaza, Santa Fe, NM Part Two

We’re on location this Saturday at the landmark La Fonda On the Plaza in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Built in 1926 La Fonda, located just steps from Santa Fe’s historic Plaza, is one of the oldest hotels in the country and features local, museum quality art collected (and carefully maintained) from the opening by three forward-thinking ownership groups.

Now an enticing preview of this Saturday’s scrumptious show. It’s not, with profuse apologies, for dieters. If we’re successful we will hopefully leave you incredibly hungry and thirsty. In our case that’s probably a pretty good thing… As always, we greatly appreciate you being a part of our loyal listening audience. Truly couldn’t do it without you.

Executive Chef Lane Warner has been the culinary face of La Fonda for an impressive 26 years. He has previously been recognized as Chef of the Year by the New Mexico Restaurant Association. At La Fonda Chef Lane oversees all culinary aspects of La Plazuela, La Fiesta Lounge and The Bell Tower Bar (as well as room service and a busy banquet operation.) We spirit Chef Lane out of his active kitchens for a chat.

Sheehan Winery is committed to making high-quality, all natural, boutique wines in New Mexico. The winery was founded in 2015 by Sean Sheehan, who learned the craft by serving for more than a decade as lead winemaker at some of New Mexico’s finest wineries. Sheehan’s wines are made exclusively from New Mexico-grown grapes. Sheehan Winery wines reflect the unique combination of sun, high altitude, dry climate and soil of the New Mexico climate. Sean deftly pulls the cork on Sheehan Winery for us.

In April of 2016 Chef Sllin Cruz was appointed as the executive chef of the award-winning, fine dining restaurant Geronimo in Santa Fe, New Mexico. After almost two years running the Geronimo kitchen as chef de cuisine and being awarded Open Table’s Top 100 Restaurants in America through his culinary talent, Cruz took over from acclaimed Chef Eric DiStefano, who sadly passed away in February 2016. Geronimo restaurant, located on historic Canyon Road, presents an exquisite ‘Global Eclectic with a French base’-inspired menu focusing on comfort delicacies from all over the world. Chef Cruz is our guest.

“Edible New Mexico is a bi-monthly magazine that promotes and celebrates the abundance of local foods in New Mexico. We value local, seasonal, authentic foods and culinary traditions. We celebrate family farmers who plant the seeds and work tirelessly to bring you the freshest local produce, the ranchers and poultry farmers committed to creating healthier and more sustainable methods of working with animals and the land; the food artisans who proudly create a creamy cheese and the wines to pair them with, and the local chefs who continually create to excite us with the unique flavors of this region. We at edible Santa Fe honor their dedication to using the highest quality, local seasonal foods, and we want to share their stories with you.” Publisher and Photo Editor Stephanie Cameron joins us.

“A Santa Fe, New Mexico based chef, author, Native foods historian and photographer, Lois Ellen Frank was born in New York City and raised on Long Island, New York with her father’s side of the family. She is from the Kiowa Nation on her mother’s side and Sephardic on her father’s side. Her first career experiences were as a professional cook and organic gardener. Lois has spent over 25 years documenting foods and life ways of Native American tribes from the Southwest.  This lengthy immersion in Native American communities culminated in her book, Foods of the Southwest Indian Nations, featuring traditional and contemporary recipes. It won the coveted James Beard Award in the Americana category and was the first Native American book to win the award.” Lois Ellen Frank, PhD is our guest.

Since 2012 Edward (Ed) T. Pulsifer has been La Fonda On the Plaza’s high-profile Director of Sales and Marketing. He also enthusiastically functions as the unofficial resident historian of the Hotel. It’s one of the key leadership positions for the property. In 2016 the New Mexico Hospitality Association recognized Ed as the Hospitality Professional of the Year. Pulsifer joined La Fonda from Heritage Hotels and Resorts, where he oversaw sales and marketing for seven boutique hotels in the Southwest. We’ll meet 34-year Hospitality veteran, Ed Pulsifer.

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

Lane Warner of La Fonda at the PlazaLa Fonda on the Plaza’s executive chef, Lane Warner, is a culinary juggler, keeping his kitchen, staff, menus, room service and banquets running smoothly and professionally, making it look effortless and fun. A graduate of the prestigious Culinary Institute of America, he trained under a series of renowned chefs and joined La Fonda in 1993 as executive sous chef. Six years later, he was promoted to executive chef and has earned several awards and accolades, including cooking dinner at the James Beard House in New York.”

“Chef Warner is an active member of the American Culinary Federation (ACF) and attained the ACF Certified Executive Chef level. In addition to winning numerous medals in ACF competitions, he was voted Chef of the Year by the New Mexico Restaurant Association and Chef of the Year by ACF Chefs of Santa Fe.”

“Under his tenure, La Fonda’s La Plazuela dining room has garnered rave reviews and is now earned the reputation as a sophisticated destination dining experience. Chef Warner’s seasonal menus celebrate the bounty of New Mexico and its rich culinary history. He is a master at taking old favorites and adding New World influences and showcasing authentic New Mexican cuisine.”

“Warner’s passion for food is equaled only by his love of the great outdoors, hunting and fishing. He spends endless hours training his Black Labrador for the upcoming waterfowl seasons. He is also an avid bow hunter for big game – elk, whitetail deer; you name it.”

Sean Sheehan of Sheehan WinerySheehan Winery is committed to making high-quality, all natural, boutique wines in New Mexico. Our winery was founded in 2015 by Sean Sheehan, who learned the craft by serving for more than a decade as lead winemaker at some of New Mexico’s finest wineries.”

“Our wines are made exclusively from New Mexico-grown grapes. Sheehan Winery wines reflect the unique combination of sun, high altitude, dry climate and soil of the New Mexico climate. We invite you to enjoy them!”

Winemaker Sean Sheehan is with us to pull the cork.

Sllin Cruz of Geronimo Restaurant in Santa FeIn April of 2016 Chef Sllin Cruz was appointed as the executive chef of award-winning, fine dining restaurant Geronimo in Santa Fe, New Mexico. After almost two years running the Geronimo kitchen as chef de cuisine and being awarded Open Table’s Top 100 Restaurants in America through his culinary talent, Cruz took over from acclaimed Chef Eric DiStefano, who sadly passed away in February 2016. Geronimo restaurant, located on historic Canyon Road, presents an exquisite ‘Global Eclectic with a French base’-inspired menu focusing on comfort delicacies from all over the world.

Chef Cruz has an impressive pedigree working with the top chefs and restaurants in Santa Fe including; The Compound, opening Bouche Bistro, and Las Campanas. “Chef DiStefano found Sllin”, noted Chris Harvey, Geronimo partner and general manager. “He knew immediately who he wanted when the previous chef de cuisine left a couple of years ago”.

Stephanie Cameron of edible new mexicoEdible New Mexico is a bi-monthly magazine that promotes and celebrates the abundance of local foods in New Mexico. We value local, seasonal, authentic foods and culinary traditions. We celebrate family farmers who plant the seeds and work tirelessly to bring you the freshest local produce, the ranchers and poultry farmers committed to creating healthier and more sustainable methods of working with animals and the land; the food artisans who proudly create a creamy cheese and the wines to pair them with, and the local chefs who continually create to excite us with the unique flavors of this region. We at edible Santa Fe honor their dedication to using the highest quality, local seasonal foods, and we want to share their stories with you.”

Edible New Mexico is intended for those who are interested in:

  • Eating delicious, locally grown, seasonal foods
  • Getting to know the people who grow, produce & cook your food
  • Learning more about great dining, day trips, food events and festivals; great books to read; and delicious new products to try in New Mexico

“Through our printed publication, website, and events, we aim to connect consumers with these local growers, retailers, chefs, and food artisans, enabling those relationships to grow and thrive in a mutually beneficial, healthful, and economically viable way. We are part of a growing national movement throughout this country that is encouraging people to eat more locally-grown and locally-produced foods. By eating locally, we help sustain the small family farms that grow these foods, we enjoy food that is fresher and healthier for us, and we help reduce the cost to the environment – and in dollars – of transporting foods over long distances.”

Edible New Mexico’s Publisher and Photo Editor Stephanie Cameron joins us.

Lois Ellen Frank of Red Mesa CuisineA Santa Fe, New Mexico based chef, author, Native foods historian and photographer Lois Ellen Frank was born in New York City and raised on Long Island, New York with her father’s side of the family. She is from the Kiowa Nation on her mother’s side and Sephardic on her father’s side. Her first career experiences were as a professional cook and organic gardener.

“Lois has spent over 25 years documenting foods and life ways of Native American tribes from the Southwest.  This lengthy immersion in Native American communities culminated in her book, Foods of the Southwest Indian Nations, featuring traditional and contemporary recipes. It won the James Beard Award in the Americana category and was the first Native American book to win the award. She has worked with world-renowned chefs, scientists and academicians and collaborated with them to publish many culinary posters and cookbooks. She has worked with National and International advertising agencies as well as many editorial clients as a chef and a photographer.”

She continues to be involved in research on foods, including medicinal and spiritual plants, as well as working on projects focusing on the importance of traditional foods amongst Indigenous Peoples throughout the Americas, as sustenance and their uses ritually.  Her Ph.D. thesis examines contemporary Southwestern Chefs using indigenous ingredients in their cooking and how this is representational of their own identities. She worked with Native American & Non-Native chefs that combine traditional ingredients with contemporary techniques.

“Chef Frank started a Native American Catering and Food Company named Red Mesa Cuisine. Red Mesa cooks for private events, parties, weddings, corporate meetings and gallery openings as well as Native events and organizations all over the United States. Red Mesa combines Native American Culture and Cuisine by providing patrons with the history of the foods from the Southwest Indian Nations where she along with Chef Walter Whitewater (Dine) give patrons a unique fine-dining experience unlike anything anywhere in the state.”

Ed Pulsifer of La Fonda at the PlazaSince 2012 Edward (Ed) T. Pulsifer has been La Fonda On the Plaza’s high-profile Director of Sales and Marketing. He also enthusiastically functions as the unofficial resident historian of the Hotel. It’s one of the key leadership positions for the property. In 2016 the New Mexico Hospitality Association recognized Ed as the Hospitality Professional of the Year. Pulsifer joined La Fonda from Heritage Hotels and Resorts, where he oversaw sales and marketing for seven boutique hotels in the Southwest.

His 34 years of experience in New Mexico’s hospitality industry include five years as Vice President of Convention Sales and Marketing at the Albuquerque Convention and Visitors Bureau, and 13 years as Director of Sales and Marketing at Sheraton Old Town in Albuquerque.

“Step into the past and experience the splendor of the American Southwest at La Fonda on the PlazaTM, the only hotel situated on the historic Santa Fe Plaza. Start your vacation in Santa Fe and experience the allure of old -world charm at one of the best Santa Fe hotels, where tasteful, modern conveniences blend with the warmth of authentic New Mexican style.”

We’ll meet Ed Pulsifer.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Chef Lane Warner, Executive Chef, La Fonda On the Plaza, Santa Fe, NM
Segment Three: Sean Sheehan, Sheehan Winery, Albuquerque, NM
Segment Four: Sllin Cruz, Executive Chef & Partner, Geronimo, Santa Fe, NM
Segment Five: Stephanie Cameron, Publisher & Photo Editor, edible New Mexico
Segment Six: Lois Ellen Frank, Ph.D., Native American Chef, Native Foods Historian & Educator
Segment Seven: Ed Pulsifer, Director of Sales, La Fonda On the Plaza, Santa Fe, NM Part One
Segment Eight: Ed Pulsifer, Director of Sales, La Fonda On the Plaza, Santa Fe, NM Part Two

November 2: Rich Manning on Musso & Grill’s 100th Anniversary and Produce Trends from Melissa’s Produce

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview & “Ask the Chef” with Co-Hosts Andy Harris & Chef Andrew Gruel
Segment Two: Gayot’s Orange County Correspondent, Rich Manning
Segment Three: Robert Schueller of Melissa’s – Produce Trends from Produce Marketing Association Presentation Part One
Segment Four: Robert Schueller of Melissa’s – Produce Trends from Produce Marketing Association Presentation Part Two

Program Note:

For this Saturday, November 2nd (only) we’re on at the special time of 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. following Notre Dame Football. Please join us…

Now a salivating preview of this Saturday afternoon’s delectable program. It’s not, with profuse apologies, for dieters. If we’re successful we will hopefully leave you incredibly hungry and thirsty. In our case that’s probably a pretty good thing… As always, we greatly appreciate you being a part of our loyal listening audience. Truly couldn’t do it without you.

Andy Harris and Andrew Gruel at Cabana 14 at the Cove at Pechanga Resort and CasinoOur own Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group joins us from the road with another informative “Ask the Chef” segment. With the Holidays on the horizon it’s great to have a real working chef in our corner always providing handy and practical advice! Expect some genuinely useful Holiday cooking tips.

Last month The Musso & Frank Grill in Hollywood celebrated a century of Family tradition and integrity. They were even honored with an unusual “Award of Excellence” from the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce in the form of a terrazzo “Walk of Fame” sidewalk star. Gayot– The Guide to the Good Life’s Orange County correspondent, Rich Manning, was just at Musso’s for an anniversary visit and highlights his dining experience there.

Our resident produce authority, Robert Schueller of Melissa’s, joins us with a special report. Robert was a featured speaker at the recent Produce Marketing Association – Fresh Summit Expo annual gathering at the Anaheim Convention Center. It’s the largest produce show held in the United States. His topic was Produce Trends. Robert shares the intriguing highlights.

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

Rich Manning of GayotLast month The Musso & Frank Grill in Hollywood celebrated a century of Family tradition and integrity. They were even honored with an “Award of Excellence” from the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce in the form of a “Walk of Fame” sidewalk star. Also commemorating the 100th Anniversary is a coffee table book, The Musso & Frank Grill. It’s both a history and cookbook.

“What would become Musso & Frank Grill was founded in 1919 by Frank Toulet, who three years later formed a fateful partnership with a similarly forward-looking restaurateur named Joseph Musso. In 1922, the two men hired French chef Jean Rue – a culinary master who would wind up showcasing his artistry at Musso & Frank for 53 years, and creating a menu that remains mostly intact to this day (amazing enough, current Chef J.P. Amateau is only the third person to serve in that position in the restaurant’s entire 100-year history, folllowing the tenures of Jean Rue and his successor, Michel Bourger!)”

“In 1927, Mr. Musso and Mr. Toulet sold their restaurant to a duo of Italian immigrants named Joseph Carissimi and John Mosso (a coincidentally similar name) and today Musso & Frank is owned and operated by the families of Mr. Mosso’s three granddaughters: John and Cathy Echeverria and their son, Mark Echeverria; Steve and Anne Jones; and Richard and Kristen Kohlmeyer.”

Gayot– The Guide to the Good Life’s Orange County correspondent, Rich Manning, was just at Musso’s and highlights his anniversary dining experience there.

Robert Schueller of Melissa's World Variety Produce in the AM830 KLAA StudioOur resident produce authority, Robert Schueller (The Prince of Produce) of Melissa’s, joins us with a special report. Robert was a featured speaker at the recent Produce Marketing Association – Fresh Summit Expo annual gathering at the Anaheim Convention Center. It’s the largest produce show held in the United States. His topic was Produce Trends. Robert provides with the intriguing highlights.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview & “Ask the Chef” with Co-Hosts Andy Harris & Chef Andrew Gruel
Segment Two: Gayot’s Orange County Correspondent, Rich Manning
Segment Three: Robert Schueller of Melissa’s – Produce Trends from Produce Marketing Association Presentation Part One
Segment Four: Robert Schueller of Melissa’s – Produce Trends from Produce Marketing Association Presentation Part Two

October 26: Pascal Olhats, Jessica Roy, Michelle Dudash, Golden Road Brewing, AC Boral

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Chefs Pascal Olhats & Jessica Roy, Café Jardin at Sherman Gardens, Corona del Mar Part One
Segment Three: Chefs Pascal Olhats & Jessica Roy, Café Jardin at Sherman Gardens, Corona del Mar Part Two
Segment Four: Chef Michelle Dudash, RDN, Clean Eating For Busy Families (Revised & Expanded) Part One
Segment Five: Chef Michelle Dudash, RDN, Clean Eating For Busy Families (Revised & Expanded) Part Two
Segment Six: “Ask the Brewers” with Golden Road Brewings’ Brewmaster Victor Novak & Anaheim Head Brewer Steven Torres
Segment Seven: Chef / Proprietor AC Boral, Bebot Filipino Soul Food, Long Beach Part One
Segment Eight: Chef / Proprietor AC Boral, Bebot Filipino Soul Food, Long Beach Part Two

Now an enticing preview of this Saturday’s scrumptious show. It’s not, with profuse apologies, for dieters. If we’re successful we will hopefully leave you incredibly hungry and thirsty. In our case that’s probably a pretty good thing… As always, we greatly appreciate you being a part of our loyal listening audience. Truly couldn’t do it without you.

Pascal Olhats is the well-respected Dean of French chefs in Orange County. Earlier on the year he made the decision to focus his efforts on Café Jardin at Sherman Gardens in Corona del Mar. He has a new restaurant chef there, Jessica Roy (ex-Current at Renaissance Newport Beach hotel.) Pascal Catering is now based at Sherman Gardens, too. Some fondly remembered dishes from Pascal’s restaurants over the years are now on the lunch menu. Special dinners are also planned. The new direction is “tradition meets innovation.” Both chefs are learning from each other. Chefs Pascal and Jessica Roy join us in-studio.

“All parents know what a struggle mealtimes can be—you want to prepare healthy dishes for your family, but picky eaters, busy schedules, and way-too-long cooking times and ingredient lists always seem to stand in your way. Satisfy your whole family with nourishing meals they’ll love. In the revised and expanded version of the top-selling Clean Eating for Busy Families – Simple and Satisfying Real-Food Recipes You and Your Kids Will Love by Michelle Dudash, R.D.N., you’ll find even more recipes and photos, streamlined weekly grocery lists, and practical tips for healthy family eating.” Michelle Dudash is our accommodating guide.

Time for another effervescent installment of “Ask the Brewers” where we answer listeners’ intriguing questions about craft beer. Joining us is Golden Road’s uber-accomplished Brewmaster, Victor Novak, and Anaheim Head Brewer Steven Torres.

Regular listeners to the show know Long Beach’s Chef AC Boral from his popular pop-up series of “Rice & Shine” brunches. His long-in-the works brick- and- mortar restaurant, Bebot (named after his late Father,) is now serving Filipino Soul Food. Chef AC joins us with the tasty details.

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

French Chef Pascal OlhatsPascal Olhats is the well-respected Dean of French chefs in Orange County. Earlier in the year he made the decision to focus his efforts on Café Jardin at Sherman Gardens in Corona del Mar. He has a new restaurant chef there, Jessica Roy (ex-Current at Renaissance Newport Beach hotel.)

Pascal Catering is now based at Sherman Gardens, too. Some fondly remembered dishes from Pascal’s restaurants over the years are now on the lunch menu. Special dinners are also planned. The new direction is “tradition meets innovation.” Both chefs are learning from each other.

Chef Jessica RoyCafé Jardin serves Lunch Monday through Friday. Sunday Brunch is available seasonally in the Spring and Summer. Sundays offer the Rose Dinner at the Garden in three or four courses.

The Tea Garden Creperie is available on Saturdays & Sundays. Afternoon Tea is on the menu twice a month on the second and last Wednesday of each month.

Chefs Pascal and Jessica Roy join us in-studio.

Michelle Dudash RDN“All parents know what a struggle mealtimes can be—you want to prepare healthy dishes for your family, but picky eaters, busy schedules, and way-too-long cooking times and ingredient lists always seem to stand in your way. Satisfy your whole family with nourishing meals they’ll love. In the revised and expanded version of the top-selling Clean Eating for Busy Families – Simple and Satisfying Real-Food Recipes You and Your Kids Will Love by Michelle Dudash, R.D.N., you’ll find even more recipes and photos, streamlined weekly grocery lists, and practical tips for healthy family eating.” Michelle Dudash is our accommodating guide.

“Michelle Dudash, RDN, is an award-winning registered dietitian nutritionist, Cordon Bleu-certified chef, contributor to Food Network’s “Healthy Eats” blog, healthy recipe columnist for The Arizona Republic, and television personality. Her recipes and articles have appeared in Men’s Journal, Diabetic Living, EatingWell, Shape, SELF, and Better Homes and Gardens. She is frequently quoted in publications and TV programs such as The Rachael Ray Show, Women’s Health, The Washington Post, WebMD, Forbes, Today, Bon Appetit, Prevention, Family Circle, Woman’s Day, and Women’s World and has appeared nationally on “The Doctors,” “The Chew,” “The List,” “FOX and Friends,” “Better,” “Cavuto,” and Radio Disney.”

“Michelle has cooked at a Mobil Five Star restaurant and was a private chef serving guests including English royalty. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a bachelor of science in dietetics, and a few years later she earned her toque from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Scottsdale, Arizona. She lives in Carmel, Indiana with her husband and two daughters.”

“How does the revised & expanded edition of Clean Eating for Busy Families – Simple and Satisfying Real-Food Recipes You and Your Kids Will Love work?”

“It’s Quick: From easy sautés and casseroles, to slow cooker and one-pan meals, all the recipes you’ll find inside list both mode and length of cooking time, so there’s no time wasted trying to calculate the timing for your schedule. Plus, most recipes can be prepared in 30 minutes or less!”

“It’s Clean: The ever-growing “clean food” movement, which focuses on a healthy, whole foods-based approach to eating, lies at the foundation of this book, so you can be sure you’re feeding your family the very best. From wholesome ingredient lists to nutritional analysis on every recipe, you can feel confident that every meal you prepare is both nutrient-rich and calorie-conscious. Options for plant-based, gluten-free, and dairy-free alternatives are also listed wherever possible.”

It’s Green: Featuring eco-friendly tips, along with information on how to go green while shopping and cooking, you’ll find it a cinch to keep your family happy and stay eco-conscious.”

Steven Torres and Victor Novak at the KLAA StudiosTime for another effervescent installment of Ask the Brewers” where we answer listeners’ intriguing questions about craft beer. Joining us is Golden Road’s uber-accomplished Brewmaster, Victor Novak, and Anaheim Head Brewer Steven Torres. 

It’s the season for special styles of limited production craft beers to celebrate the Holidays. Our brewers share the spirited Holiday cheer.

AC Boral of BebotRegular listeners to the show know Long Beach’s Chef AC Boral from his popular pop-up series of “Rice & Shine” brunches. His long-in-the works brick- and- mortar restaurant, Bebot (named after his late Father) is now serving Filipino Soul Food.

“I remember from a very young age, my dad dreamed of opening a restaurant. He spoke so earnestly as he’d share this Dream with me, show me the menus he’d drafted up, and even go as far as fantasizing about spaces with “FOR LEASE” signs on them.”

“He put that aspiration on the back burner for a different, more selfless Dream: for his children to graduate college. I’m so glad he was able to see my sister and I walk across that stage. And right now, I’m so grateful for the opportunity to help achieve his other Dream of opening a restaurant.”

“I wish he could be here to see this. But I’m confident Bebot – Filipino Soul Food is something that he’d be proud of that will continue his legacy.”

“Bebot is located on Fourth Street and Temple (2741 E. 4th St.,) on a street with a bunch of Long Beach’s favorite restaurants, shops, etc. Basically, we’re moving into a really great neighborhood.”

Bebot’s (previously known as “Rice & Shine’s) core belief is that the soul of Filipino food is at the family table. And what food means to me is the memories of my childhood, the memories where food is love.”

“The menu features food that is nutritious and supports the local food economy. You can expect to enjoy the Modern Filipino flair we’ve built our name on while offering options to accommodate gluten-free, vegan, and other dietary considerations.”

Chef AC partially funded the opening of Bebot with an ambitious Kickstarter campaign. He raised $32,842 from 284 generous backers.

Chef AC Boral continues the conversation.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Chefs Pascal Olhats & Jessica Roy, Café Jardin at Sherman Gardens, Corona del Mar Part One
Segment Three: Chefs Pascal Olhats & Jessica Roy, Café Jardin at Sherman Gardens, Corona del Mar Part Two
Segment Four: Chef Michelle Dudash, RDN, Clean Eating For Busy Families (Revised & Expanded) Part One
Segment Five: Chef Michelle Dudash, RDN, Clean Eating For Busy Families (Revised & Expanded) Part Two
Segment Six: “Ask the Brewers” with Golden Road Brewings’ Brewmaster Victor Novak & Anaheim Head Brewer Steven Torres
Segment Seven: Chef / Proprietor AC Boral, Bebot Filipino Soul Food, Long Beach Part One
Segment Eight: Chef / Proprietor AC Boral, Bebot Filipino Soul Food, Long Beach Part Two

October 19: Sandes of Time, Toast Kitchen + Bakery, Darley Newman, Alloro Vineyard

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Sandes of Time Bed and Breakfast (SE Portland, Oregon) with Proprietress Terry Sande
Segment Three: Executive Chef / Proprietor John Park, Toast Kitchen + Bakery, Costa Mesa
Segment Four: Travel Journalist Darley Newman, “Travels with Darley” on KCET Part One
Segment Five: Travel Journalist Darley Newman, “Travels with Darley” on KCET Part Two
Segment Six: “Ask the Chef” with Co-Host Chef Andrew Gruel of The Slapfish Restaurant Group
Segment Seven: Alloro Vineyard, Sherwood, OR with Proprietor & Vineyard Manager David Nemarnik Part One
Segment Eight: Alloro Vineyard, Sherwood, OR with Proprietor & Vineyard Manager David Nemarnik Part Two

Now a tempting preview of this Saturday’s delectable show. It’s not, with profuse apologies, for dieters. If we’re successful we will hopefully leave you incredibly hungry and thirsty. In our case that’s probably a pretty good thing… As always, we greatly appreciate you being a part of our loyal listening audience. Truly couldn’t do it without you.

Sandes of Time Bed and Breakfast located on a large property in the Milwaukie suburb of SE Portland, Oregon is a refreshing and comfortable change from the typical chain accommodations. This historic, two-story, farm-house style home (with high ceilings) is perfect for guests staying one night or several.  Built from 1904 to 1907 it has been restored and renovated to include four antique-filled guest rooms or suites with all the contemporary conveniences.  You’ll find the decorating warm and welcoming, the spacious yards and gardens peaceful and relaxing. Proprietress Terry Sande welcomes us to Sandes of Time.

Chef John Park’s Toast Kitchen + Bakery is a welcome addition to the moderately priced dining scene in Costa Mesa. They serve Breakfast & Brunch daily (closed on Monday.) Breakfast is available all day on Saturday. Dinner is Tuesday through Saturday and Happy Hour is on Weekdays. A popular attraction is Taco Tuesday with its own menu. Some salivating new menu items have just been introduced including creative libations and both savory & sweet creations. Chef John Park, the Chef of the Year at the 2019 Golden Foodie Awards, joins us in-studio.

“Travels with Darley” takes viewers around the world with Emmy-nominated host Darley Newman and locals as the guides to experience culture, cuisine, history and outdoor adventure. The broadcast version debuted locally on Public Television’s KCET in September, taking viewers through Europe, Asia, the Caribbean and the USA. For Southern California viewers “Travels with Darley” airs Monday through Friday at 6:30 p.m. The new season marks the 41st half hour of the series aired over 7 seasons. The globe-trotting Darley Newman is our guest.

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group joins us from the road with another informative “Ask the Chef” segment. With the Holidays on the horizon it’s great to have a real working chef in our corner always providing handy and practical advice!

Alloro Vineyard in Sherwood brings Old-World allure to Oregon, just 30 minutes southwest of Portland. The 80-acre estate is a bucolic homage to Italian tradition, from its iconic Tuscan farmhouse and culinary gardens to the heirloom sheep that graze the vineyard cover crops. “Alloro” is Italian for laurel—a salute to founder David Nemarnik’s Italian/Croatian heritage, and the Laurel Ridge site itself. Holistic agricultural practices and respectful stewardship create terroir-driven wines showcasing purity of fruit with a clear sense of place. David pulls the cork on Alloro Vineyard for us.

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

Terry Sande of Sandes of Time Bed and BreakfastSandes of Time Bed and Breakfast located on a large property in the Milwaukie suburb of SE Portland, Oregon is a refreshing and comfortable change from the typical chain accommodations. This historic, two-story, farm-house style home is perfect for guests staying one night or several.

Built from 1904 to 1907 it has been restored and renovated to include four antique-filled guest rooms or suites with all the contemporary conveniences.  You’ll find the decorating warm and welcoming, the spacious yards and gardens peaceful and relaxing.

“The 2-course breakfast menu varies each day and is a very good reason to get up in the morning after a restful night’s sleep in our comfy beds.”

“Find a quiet porch swing, listen to the water as it trickles down the rocks and splashes over the waterfall, have a glass of lemonade and let time stand still for just a little while at the Sandes of Time Bed and Breakfast”

“Our goal is to make our guests as comfortable as possible so that staying at the Sandes of Time Bed & Breakfast will be one of the best parts of the trip!”

Proprietress Terry Sande welcomes us to Sandes of Time.

John Park of Toast Kitchen and BakeryChef John Park’s Toast Kitchen + Bakery is a welcome addition to the moderately priced dining scene in Costa Mesa. They serve Breakfast & Brunch daily (closed on Monday.) Breakfast is available all day on Saturday. Dinner is Tuesday through Saturday and Happy Hour is on Weekdays. A popular attraction is Taco Tuesday with its own menu.

Some salivating new menu items have just been introduced including creative libations and both savory & sweet creations. Think pork belly bao with grilled pluots and thai chile lime vinaigrette. For a sweet ending look for the chocolate funnel cake with (house-made) cocoa nib ice cream.

Chef John is also very active in giving back to the community as a matter of course. This is recognized by his nomination this year for Outstanding Community Service by the Golden Foodie Awards along with Chef Ivan Calderon and Restaurateur David Hanna.

Chef John Park, the Chef of the Year at the 2019 Golden Foodie Awards, joins us in-studio.

Darley Newman“Travels with Darley” takes viewers around the world with Emmy-nominated host Darley Newman and locals as the guides to experience culture, cuisine, history and outdoor adventure.

The broadcast version debuted locally on Public Television’s KCET in September, taking viewers through Europe, Asia, the Caribbean and the USA. For Southern California viewers “Travels with Darley” airs Monday through Friday at 6:30 p.m. The new season marks the 41st half hour of the series aired over 7 seasons.

“Darley Newman is a travel expert, media entrepreneur, and author who channeled her passion for travel and storytelling into a dream career. Through her production company, DCN Creative, she is the creator, producer and host of internationally broadcast travel shows, “Travels with Darley” and Emmy Award-winning, “Equitrekking.” She also popularized the niche genre of equestrian tourism and often appears as a travel expert on leading media, including USA Today, The Washington Post and Forbes.”

The globe-trotting Darley Newman is our guest.

“Step out of your comfort zone and take a break from your work week by traveling the world with “Travels with Darley,” which broadcasts Monday through Friday for Southern California viewers at 6:30 p.m. on PBS’ KCET.”

“From California to Dubai, award-winning TV host Darley Newman joins local experts and guides to reveal bucket list adventures and fascinating foods. “Travels with Darley” debuted on PBS stations in 2016. This new season (the 7th) marks the 41st half hour of the series, which is now back in production.”

“Highlights of the series include making kouign-amann, Europe’s fattiest pastry, along France’s Cote d’Azur, Danish bakeries and local wine along California’s Central Coast in Solvang and top sushi haunts in Tokyo. Darley also attempts extreme adventures that everyday people can enjoy on their travels, taking on the world’s fastest zip line in Wales, highest artificial climbing wall in Reno, tallest commercial bungee in Macao, freestyle skiing with Olympian Jonny Moseley and swimming with sharks in Dubai… in the mall. The latest and seventh season of the series takes viewers to Dubai, Hong Kong, Macao, Santa Fe, Nevada, California and the Adirondacks.

Andy Harris and Andrew Gruel at the Fifth Anniversary of the SoCal Restaurant Show at Melissas World Variety ProduceOur own Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group joins us from the road with another informative “Ask the Chef” segment. With the Holidays on the horizon it’s great to have a real working chef in our corner always providing handy and practical advice!

Alloro Vineyard in Sherwood brings Old-World allure to Oregon, just 30 minutes southwest of Portland. The 80-acre estate is a bucolic homage to Italian tradition, from its iconic Tuscan farmhouse and culinary gardens to the heirloom sheep that graze the vineyard cover crops. “Alloro” is Italian for laurel—a salute to founder David Nemarnik’s Italian/Croatian heritage, and the Laurel Ridge site itself. Holistic agricultural practices and respectful stewardship create terroir-driven wines showcasing purity of fruit with a clear sense of place.”

“David Nemarnik grew up in Portland helping his parents start a produce business, and has been fascinated with growing and fermenting his whole life. In 1999, he founded the Alloro estate to create world-class Pinot Noir in a manner that honors his family’s food & wine traditions and respect for the land. Today, Nemarnik lives on the property with his daughter, surrounded by wine grapes, culinary gardens, olive trees, chickens, sheep, and registered Hereford cattle.”

David Nemarnik of Alloro VineyardAlloro Vineyard brings Old-World allure to Oregon. Nestled in the south-facing slopes of the Chehalem Mountains just 30 minutes outside of Portland, the 70-acre Alloro estate is a bucolic homage to timeless tradition. From the iconic Italian farmhouse and culinary gardens to the heirloom sheep that graze the vineyard cover crops, and herd of Hereford cattle, the winery and vineyard is built upon the sustainable holistic agricultural practices, respectful stewardship, and intense passion for food and wine of David Nemarnik, Alloro’s founder and vineyard manager.”

“Alloro makes wine exclusively from 33 acres of estate vineyards perched on sloping hillsides in the Chehalem Mountains AVA. The Vineyard is dry-farmed, and tended with the lightest possible touch. L.I.V.E.-certified, Salmon-Safe agricultural practices strive to promote natural biodiversity and improve sustainability every year. The site’s Laurelwood series of soils—dark brown loess topsoil layered on brick-red decomposed basalt Jory soils that act as a sponge—offer optimal fertility and moisture for the micro-climate.”

Alloro produces three estate Pinot Noirs, Chardonnay, Riesling, Rose of Pinot Noir, and Vino Nettare—a dessert wine made from Muscat and Riesling.”

David pulls the cork on Alloro for us.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Sandes of Time Bed and Breakfast (SE Portland, Oregon) with Proprietress Terry Sande
Segment Three: Executive Chef / Proprietor John Park, Toast Kitchen + Bakery, Costa Mesa
Segment Four: KTravel Journalist Darley Newman, “Travels with Darley” on KCET Part One
Segment Five: Travel Journalist Darley Newman, “Travels with Darley” on KCET Part Two
Segment Six: “Ask the Chef” with Co-Host Chef Andrew Gruel of The Slapfish Restaurant Group
Segment Seven: Alloro Vineyard, Sherwood, OR with Proprietor & Vineyard Manager David Nemarnik Part One
Segment Eight: Alloro Vineyard, Sherwood, OR with Proprietor & Vineyard Manager David Nemarnik Part Two

October 12: Travaglini Gattinara, Kitchens for Good, Sugar & Scribe Bakery, Kyra’s Bake Shop, Wine Exchange, Hanna’s Restaurant & Bar

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Alessia Travaglini, Travaglini Gattinara, Piemonte, Italy
Segment Three: Kitchens for Good’s WASTED: A Celebration of Sustainable Food
Segment Four: Kyra’s Bake Shop with Proprietress Kyra Bussanich Part One
Segment Five: Kyra’s Bake Shop with Proprietress Kyra Bussanich Part Two
Segment Six: Powell & Son, Barossa, South Australia with Kyle Meyer of Wine Exchange
Segment Seven: David Hanna, Proprietor, Hanna’s Restaurant & Bar Part One
Segment Eight: David Hanna, Proprietor, Hanna’s Restaurant & Bar Part Two

Now an appealing preview of this Saturday’s mouthwatering show. It’s not, with profuse apologies, for dieters. If we’re successful we will hopefully leave you incredibly hungry and thirsty. In our case that’s probably a pretty good thing… As always, we greatly appreciate you being a part of our loyal listening audience. Truly couldn’t do it without you.

Driven by a passion for exceptional Nebbiolo, the Travaglini family has been producing remarkable, limited-production wines in Gattinara for four generations. The Travaglini family has owned land in Gattinara since the beginning of the 19th century. Travaglini is now one of Italy’s most recognizable wines and the Number 1 selling Gattinara in the world. Fifth generation Travaglini Family member Alessia Travaglini graciously pulls the cork for us on the long line from Italy.

WASTED: A Celebration of Sustainable Food will be in San Diego on Sunday, October 20th. At this tastemaker event, 35 local and national celebrity chefs and mixologists are challenged to prepare standout dishes and cocktails using food that might otherwise go to waste. The event brings sustainability to the consciousness of both chefs, mixologists, and consumers and create a call-to-action around re-thinking food waste. Guests will enjoy unlimited craft cocktails, food, auctions, and live music. All proceeds will support Kitchens for Good. Kitchens for Good Co-Founder and Senior Director Aviva Paley and participating Chef Maeve Rochford of La Jolla’s Sugar & Scribe Bakery (The California Restaurant Association’s Chef of the Year) join us with all the details.

Kyra’s Bake Shop with locations in Oregon’s Lake Oswego and now in Portland is a popular, gluten-free bakery presenting outstanding scones, cinnamon rolls, cupcakes, doughnuts, muffins, vegan bagels, wedding cakes & pastries with inventive flavors. Proprietress and Baker Kyra Bussanich proves daily that her celiac safe creations can taste just as delicious as the traditional delights containing gluten. Here motto is “Keep Portland Sweet.” Kyra enjoys the distinction of being the only baker to be a 4 – Time Winner on Food Network’s’ “Cupcake Wars.” Kyra joins us.

Kyle Meyer, Managing Partner of Santa Ana’s Wine Exchange, our resident wine authority, is with us for another informative wine commentary responding to listeners’ questions. One of the most acclaimed winemakers in Australia is David Powell of Powell & Son in the Barossa in South Australia. Kyle has been there, sampled the available vintages and now gives us an insider’s overview.

Hanna’s Restaurant & Bar is one of South Orange County’s premiere dining establishments.  Named one of the U.S. top 100 restaurants by Yelp, Hanna’s offers modern American Steakhouse cuisine prepared with a classic, traditional flair.  “Our appetite for an exceptional dining experience is rooted deep in our passion for extraordinary culinary creations and exemplified in our award-wining service and ambiance.”

Hands-on proprietor David Hanna, a third-generation restaurateur, is our hospitable guest.

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

Alessia Collauto Travaglini of Travaglini Gattinara“Driven by a passion for exceptional Nebbiolo, the Travaglini family has been producing remarkable, limited-production wines in Gattinara for four generations. The Travaglini family has owned land in Gattinara since the beginning of the 19th century. The family’s winemaking tradition started with Clemente Travaglini, who was succeeded by his son Arturo, however, it was not until 1958 when Arturo’s son, Giancarlo, took the helm that the Travaglini Estate Winery was established as it exists today.”

“Today, the Travaglini family owns 146 acres of vineyards, 128 of which are dedicated to vines, primarily Nebbiolo, covering roughly 50% of total vineyards within the Gattinara DOCG. This small appellation lies in the rocky foothills of the Monte Rosa range, where ventilating winds blow down from the nearby Alps. Soils are rocky and rich in porphyry, granite and iron. Similar in composition to the Alps, Monte Rosa’s sedimentary rock is highly acidic, due to low levels of calcium carbonate and magnesium, and an absence of calcium. Vines grown in this rare soil produce grapes with a unique flavor profile, high acidity and firm tannins. The finished wines offer refreshing acidity, soft tannins, minerality and complexity.”

“A member of the fourth generation, Cinzia Travaglini now runs the estate, together with her husband Massimo Collauto, chief winemaker. Their efforts, as the generations before them, have made Travaglini one of Italy’s most recognizable wines and the Number 1 selling Gattinara in the world.”

Fifth generation Travaglini family member Alessia Travaglini (Cinzia’s daughter) graciously pulls the cork for us on the long line from Italy.

Mauve Rochford of Sugar and Scribe BakeryWASTED: A Celebration of Sustainable Food will be in San Diego on Sunday, October 20th. At this tastemaker event, 35 local and national celebrity chefs and mixologists are challenged to prepare standout dishes and cocktails using food that might otherwise be go to waste.

The event brings sustainability to the consciousness of both chefs, mixologists, and consumers and create a call-to-action around re-thinking food waste. Guests will enjoy unlimited craft cocktails, food, auctions, and live music. All proceeds will support Kitchens for Good.

General Admission tickets are $115 and VIP access is $200, including early admission and a VIP Lounge.

Kitchens for Good Co-Founder and Senior Director Aviva Paley and participating Chef Maeve Rochford of La Jolla’s Sugar & Scribe Bakery (The California Restaurant Association’s Chef of the Year) join us with all the scrumptious details.

Kyra Bussanich of Kyra's Bake ShopKyra’s Bake Shop with locations in Oregon’s Lake Oswego and now in Portland is a popular, gluten-free bakery presenting outstanding scones, cinnamon rolls, cupcakes, doughnuts, muffins, vegan bagels, wedding cakes & pastries with inventive flavors. Proprietress and Baker Kyra Bussanich proves daily that her celiac safe creations can taste just as delicious as the traditional delights containing gluten. Her motto is “Keep Portland Sweet.”

Kyra enjoys the distinction of being the only baker to be a 4 Time Winner on Food Network’s’ Cupcake Wars.” Keep in mind that’s with gluten-free baked goods. Kyra joins us.

“After being disappointed in the gluten-free products that were available on the market, I thought I’d have to live without birthday cakes and scones and doughnuts. I attended the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu patisserie program, which gave me a solid foundation of knowledge about classical French baking techniques, which I applied toward baking gluten-free. By craving, and by necessity, I began experimenting with alternative flours and developed a handful of cake recipes that taste as good, if not better, than traditional wheat-filled cakes.” – Kyra Bussanich

Kyle Meyer of Wine ExchangeKyle Meyer, Managing Partner of Santa Ana’s Wine Exchange, our resident wine authority, joins us for another informative wine commentary responding to listeners’ questions. One of the most acclaimed winemakers in Australia is David Powell of Powell & Son in the Barossa in South Australia. Kyle has been there, sampled the available vintages and now gives us a genuine insider’s overview.

GOlden Foodie Award Winner David HannaHanna’s Restaurant & Bar is one of South Orange County’s premiere dining establishments. Named one of the U.S. top 100 restaurants by Yelp, Hanna’s offers modern American Steakhouse cuisine prepared with a classic, traditional flair. “Our appetite for an exceptional dining experience is rooted deep in our passion for extraordinary culinary creations and exemplified in our award-wining service and ambiance.”

“Hanna’s is an American Steakhouse, sourcing USDA prime steak, along with American & Japanese Wagyu. We believe in celebrating classic cuisine with a modern twist. Market-driven farm-to-table creations.”

“It has often been said that a true fine dining experience represents a work of art; from the skill of creativity and execution of technique, to the quality of ingredients used and precision of presentation. At Hanna’s, we have made it our philosophy and passion to master the art of perfection in every single dish we create. Every day we seek to find the newest culinary innovations to continue to establish the highest standards in fine dining distinction.”

David Hanna has been the recipient of the Golden Foodie Award for Outstanding Community Service for both 2018 and 2019.

Hands-on proprietor David Hanna, a third-generation restaurateur, is our hospitable guest.

“Hanna’s Restaurant & Bar was established in 2005 and has quickly become one of Orange County’s premiere dining establishments. Named one of the U.S. top 100 restaurants by Yelp, Hanna’s Restaurant & Bar offers modern American Steakhouse cuisine prepared with classic, traditional flair.”

“Our appetite for an exceptional dining experience is rooted deep in our passion for extraordinary culinary creations and exemplified in our award-wining service and ambiance. From our friendly bartenders, vibrant ambiance, outgoing wait staff, and incredible menu, our guests are always embraced in a comforting fashion. And on any given night you can always find owner David Hanna mingling among guests and ensuring that every detail of their experience at Hanna’s is (hopefully) nothing short of extraordinary.​”

“Dave Hanna’s passion for food and hospitality is deeply rooted in family tradition. The Hanna family’s culinary connection began with owner David Hanna’s grandfather who served as a cook in the US Army during World War I. After his service, David’s Grandfather expanded his love for the culinary arts with the opening of his own restaurant in Western Pennsylvania called The Lone Star – the first of many restaurants opened by the Hanna family.” ​

“Following in his grandfather’s footsteps, David Hanna established the first coffee house in Rancho Santa Margarita called Haute Caffé and opened a second location quickly after. Both shops eventually sold in 1997 and, after taking several years to recharge, David decided to venture back into the hospitality scene in 2005 with the opening of Hanna’s Restaurant and Bar.”

“Hanna’s believes the essence of life is sharing meals and cherishing time with one another. Hanna’s aims to foster a connective experience with service that is based on the art of hospitality. We believe in a commitment to excellence from how we source our food to training our gold standard team.”

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Alessia Travaglini, Travaglini Gattinara, Piemonte, Italy
Segment Three: Kitchens for Good’s WASTED: A Celebration of Sustainable Food
Segment Four: Kyra’s Bake Shop with Proprietress Kyra Bussanich Part One
Segment Five: Kyra’s Bake Shop with Proprietress Kyra Bussanich Part Two
Segment Six: Powell & Son, Barossa, South Australia with Kyle Meyer of Wine Exchange
Segment Seven: David Hanna, Proprietor, Hanna’s Restaurant & Bar Part One
Segment Eight: David Hanna, Proprietor, Hanna’s Restaurant & Bar Part Two

October 5: Centennial Farm, CANstruction Long Beach, Gruet Winery, LA Beer and Food Festival

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Centennial Farm at OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
Segment Three: Preview of Food Finders’ CANstruction® Long Beach
Segment Four: Gruet’s Winery’s 30th Anniversary with Assistant Winemaker Sofian Himeur Part One
Segment Five: Gruet’s Winery’s 30th Anniversary with Assistant Winemaker Sofian Himeur Part Two
Segment Six: Preview of 3rd Annual L.A. Beer & Food Festival at L.A. County Arboretum

Now an appealing preview of this Saturday’s positively delectable show. It’s not, with profuse apologies, for dieters. If we’re successful we will hopefully leave you incredibly hungry and thirsty. In our case that’s probably a pretty good thing… As always, we greatly appreciate you being a part of our loyal listening audience. Truly couldn’t do it without you.

Centennial Farm at the OC Fair & Event Center is a three-acre agriculture education center featuring California crops and more than 100 animal educators who help thousands of visitors each year learn about food, nutrition, horticulture and animal husbandry. They are celebrating the Farm’s 30th Birthday with a BBQ birthday bash the afternoon of Saturday, Oct. 5th. Michele Richards, Vice President of Business Development at the OC Fair & Event Center put the candles on the cake for us.

One of the most visually stunning demonstrations of talent and creativity within the architectural and engineering communities will provide a much-needed source of food for Food Finders to help eliminate hunger in Long Beach and surrounding communities. The 6th annual CANstruction® Long Beach competition benefiting Food Finders will be held at MADE by Millworks on October 10th starting at 8:00 a.m. Organizer Terri Henry of Terri Henry Marketing provides the blueprint for the challenging event.

Albuquerque’s Gruet Winery celebrated a landmark anniversary in September, the 30th release year for Gruet sparkling wines. The Gruet family’s “coming to America” tale is quite remarkable; they embodied the ultimate start-up, finding success from true grit and determination, first as Champagne producers in France and now as one of the fastest growing sparkling wine houses in the US. Winemaker Laurent Gruet released the first two sparkling wines 30 years ago and is still creating the Champagne method sparkling wines he learned from his father Gilbert Gruet, back in France. Today, third generation winemaker Sofian Himeur serves as Laurent’s assistant winemaker. Sofian pops the cork for us…

The Los Angeles County Brewers Guild is presenting the 3rd annual L.A. Beer and Food Festival which has relocated to the beautiful L.A. County Arboretum. Join them on Saturday, October 19th for an intimate tasting under the stars featuring 50 independent craft breweries showcasing over 100 unique brews plus complimentary bites from their favorite local restaurants, brewpubs, and purveyors of fine foods. Frances Lopez, Executive Director of L.A. County Brewers Guild and El Segundo Brewing Co.’s Thomas Kelley tap the keg for us.

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

Michele Richards of the OC FairCentennial Farm at the OC Fair & Event Center is a three-acre agriculture education center featuring California crops and more than 100 animal educators who help thousands of visitors each year learn about food, nutrition, horticulture and animal husbandry.

They are celebrating the Farm’s 30th Birthday with a BBQ birthday bash the afternoon of Saturday, Oct. 5th. The birthday bash is from 2 to 6 p.m. at OC Fair & Event Center’s year-round working farm.

A BBQ featuring chicken and tri-tip with all the fixings, tractor rides, line dancing, family-friendly lawn games, farm tours and entertainment are in store for attendees. There will be a special cake served at 4 p.m.

Tickets are $25 in advance (plus Ticketmaster fees) and $30 on the day of the event. Tickets are on sale now.

Learn more about Centennial Farm and OC Fair & Event Center’s agriculture programs and garden classes.

Michele Richards, Vice President of Business Development at the OC Fair & Event Center put the candles on the cake for us.

Terri Henry of Dine LBC and Terri Henry MarketingOne of the most visually stunning demonstrations of talent and creativity within the architectural and engineering communities will provide a much-needed source of food for Food Finders to help eliminate hunger in Long Beach and surrounding communities. The 6th annual CANstruction® Long Beach competition benefiting Food Finders will be held at MADE by Millworks on October 10th starting at 8:00 a.m.

CANstruction® participants will design and build unique structures made entirely out of canned goods. The structures may be built up to 10’ x 10’ x 10’ and will be comprised of canned goods totaling over 20,000 lbs. This year’s theme is “One Can, Two Cans, Who Can? You Can!”, and participating teams may depict Dr. Seuss in any way they want.

MADE by Millworks is located at 240 Pine Avenue., in downtown Long Beach.

The completed structures will be on display to the public from October 10-20, 2019. Visitors are encouraged to bring canned goods to MADE by Millworks to be used as “votes” for their favorite structure by placing the cans in Food Finders supplied bins next to each structure resulting in a “People’s Choice” award. Additional awards including “Structural Ingenuity”, “Best Use of Labels”, “Most Cans”, “Best Meal” and “Juror’s Favorite”, will be chosen by a panel of local judges following the exhibition.

Organizer Terri Henry of Terri Henry Marketing provides the blueprint for the challenging event.

Sofian Himeur of Gruet WineryAlbuquerque’s Gruet Winery celebrated a landmark anniversary in September, the 30th release year for Gruet sparkling wines. The Gruet family’s “coming to America” tale is quite remarkable; they embodied the ultimate start-up, finding success from true grit and determination, first as Champagne producers in France and now as one of the fastest growing sparkling wine houses in the US.

Winemaker Laurent Gruet released the first two sparkling wines 30 years ago and is still creating the Champagne method sparkling wines he learned from his father Gilbert Gruet, back in France. Today, third generation winemaker Sofian Himeur serves as Laurent’s assistant winemaker.

“For me, winemaking is practically genetic. My earliest memories of wine were of being alongside my father, Gilbert Gruet, at Gruet et Fils winery in Bethon,” says winemaker Laurent Gruet. “Like me, Sofian basically grew up in the winery – only for him it was in Albuquerque! 30 years after our first release, we continue to delight wine drinkers all over the world. I love seeing the surprise on people’s faces when they learn this wine is made in New Mexico, not Champagne.”

Sofian pops the cork for us…

Producing outstanding, award-winning American sparkling wines that adhere to strict Methode Champenoise guidelines, Gruet Winery was founded on the vision and passion of French winemaker and patriarch Gilbert Gruet, making sparkling wine in the U.S. that most resembles French champagne. This esteemed American sparkling wine producer currently makes approximately 275,000 cases annually, including 15 sparkling wines that retail from $15 to $46.

Gruet wines are sold in 49 states, Asia and the Caribbean and can be found in the country’s finest restaurants, retail outlets, online and through its destination tasting room and winery located at 8400 Pan American Freeway NE, Albuquerque, NM and its tasting room in the historic Hotel St. Francis in Santa Fe. The Gruet family’s passion for winemaking over the past 30 years has given people around the world a quality, luxury product at a great value.

Frances Lopez of the Los Angeles Brewers GuildThe Los Angeles County Brewers Guild is presenting the 3rd annual L.A. Beer and Food Festival which has relocated to the beautiful L.A. County Arboretum. Join them on Saturday, October 19th for an intimate tasting under the stars featuring 50 independent craft breweries showcasing over 100 unique brews plus complimentary bites from their favorite local restaurants, brewpubs, and purveyors of fine foods.

“In addition to the unlimited tastings, the event will also feature entertainment, educational talks about beer, fermentation, and California plant-life, plus special group tours of the Arboretum Library.”

General Admission ($60.00) is from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and includes a keepsake tasting glassware, craft beer tastings, complimentary bites from local restaurants (while supplies last,) and educational panels and entertainment.

Thomas Kelley of El Segundo Brewing and ESBC Slice and PintVIP Admission ($75.00) is from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. All of the General Admission goodies plus access to the event one-hour early.

“We are excited to bring back this intimate event to L.A. to elevate craft beer culture and showcase our local businesses in collaboration with our friends at the Los Angeles County Arboretum.”

Frances Lopez, Executive Director of L.A. County Brewers Guild and El Segundo Brewing Co.’s Thomas Kelley tap the keg for us.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Centennial Farm at OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
Segment Three: Preview of Food Finders’ CANstruction® Long Beach
Segment Four: Gruet’s Winery’s 30th Anniversary with Assistant Winemaker Sofian Himeur Part One
Segment Five: Gruet’s Winery’s 30th Anniversary with Assistant Winemaker Sofian Himeur Part Two
Segment Six: Preview of 3rd Annual L.A. Beer & Food Festival at L.A. County Arboretum

September 28: A Fine Line Documentary, George Geary, Sideways Fest, Babe’s Bar-B-Que and Brewery, Eric Bost

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Chef Hillary Henderson & General Manager Ellen Curtis, CUT by Wolfgang Puck
Segment Three: “The Cheesecake King” Chef George Geary – 2nd Edition of The Cheesecake Bible
Segment Four: Chef Frank Ostini of Buellton’s Hitching Post II and Hitching Post Wines
Segment Five: Lucky Callender – Babe’s Bar-B-Que and Brewery, Rancho Mirage
Segment Six: Executive Chef / Proprietor Eric Bost of auburn

Now an enticing preview of this Saturday’s scrumptious show. It’s not, with profuse apologies, for dieters. If we’re successful we will hopefully leave you incredibly hungry and thirsty. In our case that’s probably a pretty good thing… As always, we greatly appreciate you being a part of our loyal listening audience. Truly couldn’t do it without you.

The Trotter Project presents the Los Angeles Premier of “A Fine Line” and Celebrity Chef Panel on Tuesday, October 1st, 2019 at Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas Pacific Palisades from 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm to directly benefit the Los Angeles chapter of Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) and MAAP!

Chef Hillary Henderson, Chef de Cuisine, CUT by Wolfgang Puck Beverly Hills; Ellen Curtis, General Manager, CUT by Wolfgang Puck Beverly Hills and Organizer Jayne Portnoy preview the special evening for us.

Cheesecake! The Emmy award winning show The Golden Girls made eating cheesecake a nightly ritual on the hit television series.  The pastry chef who made those luscious and delicious cheesecakes and many other foods for hit sitcoms is George Geary. Geary’s cheesecakes became one of his most popular culinary calling cards so he published his favorite recipes in his first cookbook, 125 Best Cheesecake Recipes in 2002, and it was such a hit that a follow up book, The Cheesecake Bible was published in 2008 and became a best-seller. Now Geary has expanded his cheesecake repertoire even more with the eagerly anticipated 2nd Edition of The Cheesecake Bible: 300 Sweet & Savory Recipes for Cakes and More George provides home cooks with extensive how-to instructions, tips and techniques to make the perfect cheesecake.

The Sideways Fest is a weekend (October 18th thru 20th) celebrating the 15th anniversary of “Sideways” The Movie. The continuing positive impact it’s had on tourism in the Santa Ynez Valley is incalculable. Chef & Winemaker Frank Ostini of Hitching Post II and Hitching Post Wines is our informed tour guide.

Babe’s Bar-B-Que and Brewery is centrally located in the Greater Palm Springs area at The River in Rancho Mirage. It launched to instant acclaim in 2002, the dream project come true of Founder Don Callender (of Marie Callender’s Restaurants fame.) Today Babe’s Bar-B-Que and Brewery is under the stewardship of Don’s son, Lucky, who carries on the founder’s vision. Lucky taps the keg for us.

“Chef Eric Bost’s (République, Guy Savoy, Alain Ducasse) debut restaurant, auburn, juxtaposes the higher echelon of traditional fine dining with an emphasis on guest exploration and conviviality while paying homage to Los Angeles’ uninhibited culinary identity in a space designed with honest materials by local makers.” We gently pull Chef Eric away from his busy kitchen for a chat.”

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

Hillary Henderson of Cut by Wolgang Puck in Beverly HillsThe Trotter Project presents the Los Angeles Premier of A Fine Line and Celebrity Chef Panel on Tuesday, October 1st, 2019 at Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas Pacific Palisades from 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm to directly benefit the Los Angeles chapter of Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) and MAAP!

Chef Hillary Henderson, Chef de Cuisine, CUT by Wolfgang Puck Beverly Hills; Ellen Curtis, General Manager, CUT by Wolfgang Puck Beverly Hills and Organizer Jayne Portnoy preview the special evening for us.

This special evening will start with a lively and decadent Cocktail Reception at 6:00 pm featuring culinary creations from celebrated celebrity chefs and panelists Chef Antonia Lofaso (Scopa Italian RootsDAMABlack Market Liquor BarAntonia Lofaso CateringFood Network)Michelin Star Chef Carrie Nahabedian (Brindille), Chef Aarti Sequeira (Food Network), Ellen Curtis (CUTCUT Lounge), Chef Hillary Henderson (CUT by Wolfgang Puck), and Moderator Chef Sherry Yard (Food NetworkCake WarsTop Chef: Just Desserts), along with a Complimentary BuffetChampagneWineBeerPopcorn and Candy from the Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas Pacific Palisades concession.

The L.A. premier of A Fine Line, a moving documentary by Filmmaker Joanna James will start at 7:15 pm and explores why only 6 per cent of Head Chefs and restaurant owners are women, while shedding light on national conversations that are being had now, and hearing perspectives and experiences from world-renowned chefs including Dominique CrennLidia BastianichApril BloomfieldBarbara LynchCat Cora and many more, getting to the heart of what is needed to empower women across all industries.

Cookbook Author George Geary Cheesecake! The Emmy award winning show The Golden Girls made eating cheesecake a nightly ritual on the hit television series.  The pastry chef who made those luscious and delicious cheesecakes and many other foods for hit sitcoms is George Geary. He later became the first award winning pastry chef for the Walt Disney Company at Disneyland.

Geary’s cheesecakes became one of his most popular culinary calling cards so he then published his favorite recipes in his first cookbook, 125 Best Cheesecake Recipes in 2002, and it was such a hit that a follow up book, The Cheesecake Bible was published in 2008 and became a best-seller.

Now Geary has expanded his cheesecake repertoire even more with the highly anticipated 2nd Edition of The Cheesecake Bible: 300 Sweet & Savory Recipes for Cakes and More George provides home cooks with extensive how-to instructions, tips and techniques to make the perfect cheesecake.

Recipes in the book range from holiday favorites, savory and citrus cheesecakes, no-bake cheesecakes, to bars, pies, toppings and sauces, and breakfast items. Some of the delicious recipes in the book include:  Artichoke Cheesecake, Maine Lobster Cheesecake, Passover Honey Cheesecake, Blood Orange Spiced Cheesecake, Eggnog Rum Cheesecake, Italian Zabaglione Cheesecake Bars, Blood Orange Cheesecake Crępes, Cheesecake Bonbons and many more unique flavored desserts.

Frank Ostini of Hitching Post IIThe Sideways Fest is a weekend (October 18th thru 20th) celebrating the 15th anniversary of “Sideways” The movie. The continuing, positive impact it’s had on tourism in the Santa Ynez Valley is incalculable.

Kick off the Sideways Fest 15 -year anniversary celebration weekend (October 18th) with a special “Sideways” Movie Experience under the stars at the Solvang Festival Theatre. Wine Tasting and panel discussion with Sideways personalities follows the screening at Solvang Theater Fest!

Saturday, October 19th is the Sideways Shuttle Tour from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Guests will get to hop on the Shuttle and experience the Sideways Tour first hand! The tour features special stops from “Sideways” that include Sideways InnPeake Ranch, Hitching Post II, Ostrich Land and the Solvang Restaurant!

The Weekend concludes with the Sideways Wine Festival in Buellton’s River View Park on Sunday afternoon, October 20th from 12 Noon to 4:00 p.m. Over 40 Santa Rita Hills and Santa Barbara County wineries will be on site for guests to sample from!

Chef & Winemaker Frank Ostini of Hitching Post II and Hitching Post Wines is our tour guide.

Lucky Callendar pf Babe's BBW in Palm SpringsBabe’s Bar-B-Que and Brewery is centrally located in the Greater Palm Springs area at The River in Rancho Mirage. It launched to instant acclaim in 2002, the dream project come true of Founder Don Callender (of Marie Callender’s Restaurants fame.) Today Babe’s Bar-B-Que and Brewery is under the stewardship of Don’s son, Lucky, who carries on the founder’s vision.

There are bar-b-que styles represented at Babe’s from every part of the United States and abroad, from the great state of Texas to Korea. The secret is perhaps Babe’s smoking process. It differs from the conventional barbecue restaurants that typically rely on heavy sauces or rubs to flavor the meat.

Second generation propriety Lucky Callender is our guest.

Chef Eric Bost of Auburn in Los Angeles on Melrose“Chef Eric Bost’s (République, Guy Savoy, Alain Ducasse) debut restaurant, auburn,  juxtaposes the higher echelon of traditional fine dining with an emphasis on guest exploration and conviviality while paying homage to Los Angeles’ uninhibited culinary identity in a space designed with honest materials by local makers.”

“The menu is based on a unique perspective of a multiple course format, built around guest liberty and the absence of strict rules. Diners are encouraged to guide their own experience, allowing freedom and flexibility, while stripping away formality. In contrast to our main dining menu, the bar offers a fully à la carte selection, maintaining the same culinary philosophy while contributing an entirely different way to enjoy auburn.”

We gently pull Chef Eric away from his busy kitchen for a chat.”

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Chef Hillary Henderson & General Manager Ellen Curtis, CUT by Wolfgang Puck
Segment Three: “The Cheesecake King” Chef George Geary – 2nd Edition of The Cheesecake Bible
Segment Four: Chef Frank Ostini of Buellton’s Hitching Post II and Hitching Post Wines
Segment Five: Lucky Callender – Babe’s Bar-B-Que and Brewery, Rancho Mirage
Segment Six: Executive Chef / Proprietor Eric Bost of auburn