July 9: Domaines Albert Bichot, Heritage Restaurant and Sandwich Shop, dataTV in Maui, Hop Grenade and the Brewery Network

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Matthieu Mangenot, Technical Director, Domaines Albert Bichot, Beaune, France Part One
Segment Three: Matthieu Mangenot, Technical Director, Domaines Albert Bichot, Beaune, France Part Two
Segment Four: Chef Philip Pretty, Heritage Restaurant and Sandwich Shop, Long Beach Part One
Segment Five: Chef Philip Pretty, Heritage Restaurant and Sandwich Shop, Long Beach Part Two
Segment Six: Adam Bell, “SoCal Restaurant Show’s” Social Media & Website Guru with a Report on Visiting Maui
Segment Seven: Justin Crossley, Partner, The Hop Grenade Taproom & Bottle Shop and The Brewery Network
Segment Eight: Chef Andrew Gruel with “Ask the Chef”

We’re previewing the show with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris.

Matthieu Mangenot is the Technical Director for Domaines Albert Bichot based in Beaune, France. He joined the Albert Bichot team in 2007 as manager of the Domaine Long-Depaquit estate in Chablis. His last stop on his recent mid-May tour of the United States was at the new Restaurant Lulu at The Hammer Museum in Westwood overseeing a lunch and tasting of Albert Bichot wines for a small group of food and wine journalists. Matthieu joins us from France to pull the cork on all that is Domaines Albert Bichot.

Heritage Restaurant and Sandwich Shop in the Rose Park area of Long Beach serves creative, gourmet, artisan sandwiches on premium bread during the day and fine-dining cuisine in an unfussy environment at night. The ever-changing Dinner menu is four courses for $70 with choices for each course. Wine pairing is a supplement of $30. “Chef Philip Pretty is using French cooking techniques combined with live fire. Heritage Restaurant uses sustainable meat, fresh seafood, and Farmers Market produce. The restaurant is certified blue, green, and zero waste kitchen. Heritage is family owned and operated by Chef Philip Pretty and sister Lauren Pretty.” Chef Philip Pretty is our guest with all the details including the new Heritage Farms venture.

Our bargain-loving, Social Media and Website authority, Adam Bell, was fortunate enough to spend a few glorious days in Maui in late April and early May. Maui is an ever-popular destination for Californians. Adam was based in Kihei which is near Wailea. Adam shares some trip highlights including the roundtrip experience on Hawaiian Airlines, the condo option to a hotel, a couple standout meals and, of course, the very best in Hawaiian coffee and local craft beer. Also, a bit about food truck parks.

When we were in Concord, CA last month as guests of Visit Concord we discovered the standout The Hop Grenade Taproom and Bottle Shop located right across the street from Todas Santos Plaza, a local landmark and historic town square. If you’re serious about appreciating all styles of craft beer this is a premier destination when in the area. It’s also the world headquarters for The Brewery Network. Justin Crossley, Founder & Partner in The Hop Grenade joins us to tap the keg on all that is The Hop Grenade.

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel the Founder of Big Parm, Two Birds and the soon to launch full-service Calico Fish House (in Huntington Beach) provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where Chef Andrew responds to listeners thoughtful inquiries. There is a new program happening in the Gulf Coast of Florida (and elsewhere) restoring high-density clam sites and sea grass beds while creating avenues for the commercial fishing community to become more involved with environment restoration. Chef Andrew explains the importance and significant benefits. (Rescheduled from last week.)

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

Matthieu Mangenot of Domaines Albert Bichot

Matthieu Mangenot is the Technical Director for Domaines Albert Bichot based in Beaune, France. His last stop on his recent mid-May tour of the United States was at the new Restaurant Lulu at The Hammer Museum in Westwood overseeing a lunch and tasting of Albert Bichot wines for a select group of food and wine journalists. Matthieu joins us from Beaune, France (Burgundy) to pull the cork on all that is Domaines Albert Bichot.

“The first traces of the Bichot family date back to 1214. From 1350, the family was established in Burgundy, at its stronghold on Chateauneuf-en-Auxois. The family’s coat of arms has not changed since then, nor has its symbol, a deer. Since 1996, Alberic Bichot has represented the 6th generation to run the house.

“Albert Bichot is present all along Burgundy with more than 250 acres shared by 6 prestigious estates.”

“Albert Bichot’s expertise is based on respect for terroir and for nature. Using organic and sustainable viticultural practices, based on observation, prevention and attention to Nature’s equilibrium, Albert Bichot strives to preserve this fertile land for future generations.”

“Each domaine is in the hands of a dedicated viticulture team and vinification team who tailors wines with a perfect sense of terroir. This is unique in Burgundy.”

“Matthieu Mangenot joined the Albert Bichot team in 2007 as manager of the Domaine Long-Depaquit estate in Chablis. His dual training as an agronomist and an oenologist allows him to have a comprehensive approach to winemaking, from vineyard management to bottling.”

Philip Pretty of Heritage Farm

Heritage Restaurant and Sandwich Shop in the Rose Park area of Long Beach serves creative, gourmet, artisan sandwiches on premium bread during the day and fine-dining cuisine in an unfussy environment at night. Think Smoked Heritage Pork Belly with tomato and pepper jam, gem lettuce and served on country loaf. The Dinner menu is four courses for $70 with choices for each course. Wine pairing is a supplement of $30.

Chef Philip Pretty is using French cooking techniques combined with live fire. Heritage Restaurant uses sustainable meat, fresh seafood, and Farmers Market produce. The restaurant is certified blue, green, and zero waste kitchen.”

“Heritage is family owned and operated by Chef Philip Pretty and sister Lauren Pretty. Most recently featured in Michelin Guide California. Indoor dining is set in a cozy atmosphere, originally a craftsman house. Located in the Rose Park area of Long Beach, on the corner of 7th and Saint Louis. Limited parking is available in the back. There is paid parking on 4th and Saint Louis.”

Service is Tuesday-Saturday. Lunch Service is from 11a.m.-3p.m. (No reservation required for lunch). Dinner service is from 5p.m.-9p.m. (Reservations recommended). Closed Sunday & Monday.

Heritage Farm in Long Beach is the Pretty’s newest venture. Chef Philip is our guest with all the details.

Adam Bell of dataTV

Our bargain-loving, Social Media and Website authority, Adam Bell, was fortunate enough to spend a few glorious days in Maui in late April and early May. Maui is an especially popular destination for Californians. Adam was based in Kihei which is near Wailea.

Adam shares some trip highlights including the roundtrip experience on Hawaiian Airlines, the condo option to a hotel, standout meals and, of course, the best in Hawaiian coffee and local craft beer. Also, a bit about food truck parks.

Justin Crossley of the Brewing Network

When we were in Concord, CA last month as guests of Visit Concord we discovered the standout The Hop Grenade Taproom and Bottle Shop located right across the street from Todas Santos Park, a local landmark and historic town square. If you’re serious about appreciating all styles of craft beer this is a premier destination when in the area. It’s also the world headquarters for The Brewery Network.

“The Hop Grenade’s roots date to 2005, the year a fresh-faced college grad named Justin Crossley fell in love with homebrewing. Armed with a communications degree, a love of talk radio, and a passion for craft beer, he converted the garage in his rented house into a radio studio, assembled a ragtag band of beer nerds, and founded The Brewing Network.”

The Sunday Session, The BN’s original show, was an instant hit. As the years went on, The BN’s audience and craft beer grew. More shows were added to the Network. Festivals were hosted and attended. Good times were had. And eventually, it became clear that the next step for The BN, which by then had become synonymous with its listener-submitted hop grenade logo, was to pour great craft beer for the public.”

“Justin and BN producer Scott Moskowitz, along with Scott’s parents Marty and Kim, joined forces in 2013 and began the search for a spot. The great city of Concord, home to The BN from show one, was the obvious choice. Its beautiful downtown was the perfect place.”

At any given time there is an eclectic range of 21 rotating styles of craft beer on tap. The food menu includes flatbread pizzas, sandwiches, smoked chicken wings and a beer float made with vanilla gelato. Inside as well as patio seating (with a view of Todos Santos Plaza) are available.

Justin Crossley, Founder & Partner in The Hop Grenade joins us to tap the keg on all that is The Hop Grenade.

Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel the Founder of Big Parm, Two Birds and the soon to launch, full-service Calico Fish House (in Huntington Beach) provides another timely and informative Ask the Chef segment where Chef Andrew responds to listeners thoughtful inquiries.

There is an important new program happening in the Gulf Coast of Florida (and elsewhere) restoring high-density clam sites and sea grass beds while creating avenues for the commercial fishing community to become more involved with environment restoration. Restoring clam populations (filter feeders) and seagrass meadows will result in improved water quality and healthier habitats for commercial and recreational fisheries – and people, too! Chef Andrew explains the importance and benefits. (Rescheduled from last week.)

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Matthieu Mangenot, Technical Director, Domaines Albert Bichot, Beaune, France Part One
Segment Three: Matthieu Mangenot, Technical Director, Domaines Albert Bichot, Beaune, France Part Two
Segment Four: Chef Philip Pretty, Heritage Restaurant and Sandwich Shop, Long Beach Part One
Segment Five: Chef Philip Pretty, Heritage Restaurant and Sandwich Shop, Long Beach Part Two
Segment Six: Adam Bell, “SoCal Restaurant Show’s” Social Media & Website Guru with a Report on Visiting Maui
Segment Seven: Justin Crossley, Partner, The Hop Grenade Taproom & Bottle Shop and The Brewery Network
Segment Eight: Chef Andrew Gruel with “Ask the Chef”

July 2: Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards, Bocuse d’Or Team USA, Guittard Chocolate Company, Vegas Test Kitchen

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards’ Winemaker Samra Morris – Preview of “Peace of Mind: 10,000 Steps in the Right Direction”
Segment Three: Team USA 2023 with Head Coach Chef Robert Sulatycky and Head Chef Jeffrey Hayashi
Segment Four: Guittard Chocolate Co’s Guittard Chocolate Studio Workshops Part One
Segment Five: Guittard Chocolate Co’s Guittard Chocolate Studio Workshops Part Two
Segment Six: Culinary Empresario Jolene Mannina of Vegas Test Kitchen and Greene Street Test Kitchen at Palms Casino Resort Part One
Segment Seven: Culinary Empresario Jolene Mannina of Vegas Test Kitchen and Greene Street Test Kitchen at Palms Casino Resort Part Two
Segment Eight: Chef Andrew Gruel with “Ask the Chef”

We’re previewing the show with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris.

Happy 4th of July Weekend!

Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards is hosting its second annual fundraiser to support mental health: Peace of Mind: 10,000 Steps in the Right Direction on Saturday, July 23, 2022. To support community services as well as mental health research, the 2022 Peace of Mind event will be a walk of approximately 10,000 steps or 4.5 miles across the Alma Rosa estate in Buellton benefiting two organizations: the Mental Wellness Center and One Mind. Alma Rosa’s Winemaker, Samra Morris, joins us with all the details.

“Since 2008 it has been a key mission for the Ment’or BKB Foundation to enable the best young talent in America to effectively train for the privilege and honor of representing the United States at the Bocuse d’Or in Lyon. The result of that patience and determination was realized for the first time in 2015 when Team USA stood on the podium with the Silver Bocuse, garnering the recognition and respect of the international culinary community. In January of 2017 Team USA returned from Lyon with the Bocuse d’Or, having realized Monsieur Paul Bocuse’s dream of USA winning Gold.” Team USA 2023 includes Head Chef Jeffrey Hayashi and Commis Franco Fugel. The Head Coach is Bocuse d’Or veteran, Chef Robert Sulatycky. The next stop for Team USA on the long road to Lyon in January is the Bocuse d’Or Americas competition in Santiago, Chile on July 14th, representing all the countries of the American continent. Eight teams will be vying for the five places to advance to the Grand Finale in Lyon. Taking a short break to join us from the intensive practice sessions at the Team USA Kitchen at the Copia Campus in Napa of the Culinary Institute of America are Team USA’s Head Coach Robert Sulatycky and Head Chef Jeffrey Hayashi.

Under the direction of Guittard Chocolate Company’s acclaimed Executive Pastry Chef Donald Wressell, the Guittard Chocolate Studio in Culver City offers hands-on workshops with prominent chefs, chocolatiers and bakers for a unique opportunity for cooking professionals and serious home cooks to learn new skills, finesse techniques and expand on their chocolate knowledge.

Next on this year’s class schedule is Market Driven Desserts with Della Gossett (Executive Pastry Chef for Wolfgang Puck’s Spago) and Roxana Jullapat (Co-Proprietor and Pastry Chef for Friends & Family in Hollywood.) It’s a 2-day course on July 13 & 14th from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Chefs Donald Wressell, Della Gossett and Roxana Jullapat join us rolling pin firmly in hand.

“Exciting culinary events are now underway at the Palms Casino Resort in the wake of the Las Vegas property’s recent grand reopening. Palms and Vegas Test Kitchen have unleashed an unparalleled pop-up, Greene Street Test Kitchen, to the Las Vegas valley. Guests are now enjoying a taste test of a wide variety of cuisine from three local chefs every Friday and Saturday night, continuing through July 30. From Polynesian Chinese inspired dining to American Italian cuisine, chefs Josh Bianchi, Crystina Nguyen, Bryan Tejada and Gary FX LaMorte will be trying out new concepts at the Greene Street Test Kitchen. Two rotating concepts remain on the debut schedule.” Producer Jolene Mannina joins us from Vegas Test Kitchen.

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where Chef Andrew responds to listeners thoughtful inquiries. There is a new program happening in the Gulf Coast of Florida (and elsewhere) restoring high-density clam sites and sea grass beds while creating avenues for the commercial fishing community to become more involved with environment restoration. Chef Andrew explains the importance and significant benefits.

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

Samra Morris of Alma Rosa Winery

Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards is hosting its second annual fundraiser to support mental health: Peace of Mind: 10,000 Steps in the Right Direction on Saturday, July 23, 2022. To support community services as well as mental health research, the 2022 Peace of Mind event will be a walk of approximately 10,000 steps or 4.5 miles across the Alma Rosa estate in Buellton benefiting two organizations: the Mental Wellness Center and One Mind.”

“100 per cent of the $55 registration fee will support the two benefiting organizations: One Mind, which funds research into the causes, treatments and cures of mental illness, and Mental Wellness Center, which provides servicers and housing for individuals with a mental health diagnosis in Santa Barbara County.”

Alma Rosa proprietors Bob & Barb Zorich are doubling all donations made through Peace of Mind dollar-for-dollar up to $35,000 for each charity, for a total of $70,000.

Alma Rosa’s Winemaker, Samra Morris, joins us with all the details.

Robert Sulatycky, Head Coach of Team USA

“Since 2008 it has been a key mission for the Ment’or BKB Foundation based in New York to enable the best young talent in America to effectively train for the privilege and honor of representing the United States at the Bocuse d’Or in Lyon. The result of that patience and determination was realized for the first time in 2015 when Team USA stood on the podium with the Silver Bocuse, garnering the recognition and respect of the international culinary community. In January of 2017 Team USA returned from Lyon with the Bocuse d’Or, having realized Monsieur Paul Bocuse’s dream of USA winning Gold.”

“Team USA is chosen through a national selection process that mimics the format and atmosphere of the competition that is held in Lyon biennially. Chefs from around the country apply to compete in the Team USA National Selection Event.”

Team USA 2023 includes Head Chef Jeffrey Hayashi and Commis Franco Fugel. The Head Coach is Bocuse d’Or veteran, Chef Robert Sulatycky.

Jeffrey Hayashi is the head chef for the 2021 Bocuse D'Or

The next stop for Team USA on the long road to Lyon in January is the Bocuse d’Or Americas competition in Santiago, Chile on July 14th, representing all the countries of the American continent. Eight teams will be vying for the five places to advance to the Grand Finale in Lyon.

If Team USA advances from Santiago (nothing is for-sure) then in January 2023, Team USA travels to Lyon, France to compete in the prestigious Bocuse d’Or competition, fighting for a spot on the podium and the world’s culinary stage.

Taking a short break to join us from the intensive on-going practice sessions at the Team USA Kitchen at the Copia Campus in Napa of the Culinary Institute of America are Team USA’s Head Coach Robert Sulatycky and Head Chef Jeffrey Hayashi.

Donald Wressell of Guittard Chocolate Company

Under the direction of Guittard Chocolate Company’s acclaimed Executive Pastry Chef Donald Wressell, the “Guittard Chocolate Studio in Culver City offers hands-on workshops with prominent chefs, chocolatiers and bakers for a unique opportunity for cooking professionals and serious home cooks to learn new skills, finesse techniques and expand on their chocolate knowledge.”

Next on this year’s class schedule is Market Driven Desserts with Della Gossett (Executive Pastry Chef for Wolfgang Puck’s Spago) and Roxana Jullapat (Co-Proprietor and Pastry Chef for Friends & Family in Hollywood.) It’s a 2-day course on July 13 & 14th from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Roxanne Jullapat of Friends and Family

“Begin this lesson by joining Della & Roxana to a visit at the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market, meeting the farmers & vendors who bring in the best produce of the season. Shop for a selection to work with and come back to the Chocolate Studio kitchen to create desserts and baked goods using the market produce. Find ways to inspire your current seasonal menu and explore the skill of making preserves using seasonal produce for use in the future.”

Chefs Donald Wressell, Della Gossett and Roxana Jullapat join us rolling pin firmly in hand.

Food Entrepreneur Jolene Mannina

“Exciting culinary events are now underway at the Palms Casino Resort in the wake of the Las Vegas property’s recent grand reopening. Palms and Vegas Test Kitchen have unleashed an unparalleled pop-up, Greene Street Test Kitchen to the Las Vegas valley.”

“Guests are now enjoying a taste test of a wide variety of cuisine from three local chefs every Friday and Saturday night, continuing through July 30. From Polynesian Chinese inspired dining to American Italian cuisine, chefs Josh Bianchi, Crystina Nguyen, Bryan Tejada and Gary FX LaMorte will be trying out new concepts at the Greene Street Test Kitchen. Two rotating concepts remain on the debut schedule:”

  • July 1-2: Makatas by Chefs Bryan Tejada and Gary FX LaMorte – Healthy, Social and Succulent Pinoy inspired dining
  • July 8-9, 15-16, 22-23, 29-30: Mamasan by Crystina Nguyen – Fresh and Saucy American Polynesian Chinese Cuisine

“Vegas Test Kitchen owner Jolene Mannina says, “In addition to the stellar line-up of chefs and the variety of cuisine, the pop-up experience will feature a high-energy setting with live music and nightly entertainment. With its edgy design, artwork and vibrancy, the Greene Street Kitchen is the perfect setting to showcase these culinary talents. We are looking forward to seeing the Vegas community through July 30th and to present three wonderful chefs that each bring a unique flair to their style of cooking.”

“Pre-fixe dinners with welcome cocktail are $59 per person and reservations are currently available.

“Vegas Test Kitchen (VTK) was designed by Vegas food insider and culinary event planner Jolene Mannina during the pandemic to build a home and be a creative outlet for the talented chefs in Las Vegas community.”

“VTK is a brick & mortar location in downtown Las Vegas, located next to Fergusons Downtown. The establishment offer a variety of cuisines weekly from celebrated chefs testing new concepts. The Vegas Test Kitchen is a casual dining experience with a full bar. Don’t be surprised if a chef is serving you food, this is the way.”

Jolene Mannina joins us from Vegas Test Kitchen.

Andy Harris and Andrew Gruel at Cabana 14 at the Cove at Pechanga Resort and Casino

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where Chef Andrew responds to listeners thoughtful inquiries.

There is an important new program happening in the Gulf Coast of Florida (and elsewhere) restoring high-density clam sites and sea grass beds while creating avenues for the commercial fishing community to become more involved with environment restoration. Restoring clam populations (filter feeders) and seagrass meadows will result in improved water quality and healthier habitats for commercial and recreational fisheries – and people, too! Chef Andrew explains the importance and benefits.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards’ Winemaker Samra Morris – Preview of “Peace of Mind: 10,000 Steps in the Right Direction”
Segment Three: Team USA 2023 with Head Coach Chef Robert Sulatycky and Head Chef Jeffrey Hayashi
Segment Four: Guittard Chocolate Co’s Guittard Chocolate Studio Workshops Part One
Segment Five: Guittard Chocolate Co’s Guittard Chocolate Studio Workshops Part Two
Segment Six: Culinary Empresario Jolene Mannina of Vegas Test Kitchen and Greene Street Test Kitchen at Palms Casino Resort Part One
Segment Seven: Culinary Empresario Jolene Mannina of Vegas Test Kitchen and Greene Street Test Kitchen at Palms Casino Resort Part Two
Segment Eight: Chef Andrew Gruel with “Ask the Chef”

June 25: Boneyard Bistro, Iris Vineyards, ButtercuP Diner + Bar

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Chef / Proprietor Aaron Robins, Boneyard Bistro, Sherman Oaks Part One
Segment Three: Chef / Proprietor Aaron Robins, Boneyard Bistro, Sherman Oaks Part Two
Segment Four: Iris Vineyards, Springfield, OR with Winemaker Aaron Lieberman and Carl Giavanti Part One
Segment Five: Iris Vineyards, Springfield, OR with Winemaker Aaron Lieberman and Carl Giavanti Part Two
Segment Six: ButtercuP Diner + Bar, East Bay, with Debbie Shahvar and Ben Shahvar Part One
Segment Seven: ButtercuP Diner + Bar, East Bay, with Debbie Shahvar and Ben Shahvar Part Two

We’re previewing the show with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris.

“For 17 years Chef Aaron Robins’ Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks truly has it all. Real Southern BBQ slow smoked over Hickory, Santa Maria BBQ grilled over live Red Oak, and creative bistro fare influenced by all corners of the world.” Based on years of experience preparing premium BBQ, Chef Aaron even uses different types of smokers for his various proteins so they are cooked just right. Pitmaster and Executive Chef Aaron Robins is our guest.

Iris Vineyards perches in the iris-dotted hills at the southern edge of the Willamette Valley, an 870-acre, high-elevation preserve dedicated to the ancient Greek concept of areté – the tireless striving to achieve one’s fullest potential. Areté guides the proprietors Richard Boyles and Pamela Frye, and winemaker Aaron Lieberman to create fresh, fruit-forward wines that truly honor their source. Winemaker Aaron Lieberman joined Iris as the head of winemaking in 2008, and has spearheaded the winery’s significant quality advances over the last decade. Under the Iris Vineyards name, the winery produces a wide range of red, white, and rosé wines from the Chalice Vineyard, as well as from selected vineyards around the state. The Areté label represents the reserve, or premium level of wines – truly the best of the estate.”

“The story of the East Bay favorite, ButtercuP Diner + Bar begins in 1988, when founders David and Debbie Shahvar were just starting their family. At the time, David worked for an upscale dinner house. They had a hard time finding a restaurant that offered fresh food, yet was casual enough to bring their children. They dreamed of owning a family style restaurant where they could get fresh homemade food at an affordable price. Fast forward 34 years later, and you can find David, Debbie, and now their three grown children working at the five locations in the Bay Area. Locations in Oakland (2,) Walnut Creek, Vallejo and Concord. ButtercuP has truly become a family restaurant.”

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

Aaron Robins of Boneyard Bistro

“For some 17 years Chef Aaron Robins’ Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks truly has it all. Real Southern BBQ slow smoked over Hickory, Santa Maria BBQ grilled over live Red Oak, and creative bistro fare influenced by all corners of the world.” Based on years of hands-on experience preparing premium BBQ, Chef Aaron even uses different types of smokers for his various proteins so they are cooked just right.

“If adult beverages spark your fire then Boneyard has a vast selection of appealing beverages at the ready. They feature 42 taps of beer all focused on micro brews and specialty imports. Boneyard Bistro also has over 100 specialty brews in the bottle. When it comes to premium wine they feature at least 10 by the glass and will open almost any bottle you wish with a 2 glass minimum. Boneyard offers one of the largest Zinfandel collections in all of Southern California.”

Join them on Mondays for their ever-popular Fried Chicken night. You can get your bird either Nashville Hot or Southern Style with no heat. They are also known for their unusual Kobe Style Beef Chili Filled Donuts with cheddar cheese, mustard, onions and pickles.

Dinner nightly with Lunch on Weekends.

Pitmaster and Chef Aaron Robins is our guest.

Aaron Lieberman of Iris Vineyards

Iris Vineyards perches in the iris-dotted hills at the southern edge of the Willamette Valley, an 870-acre, high-elevation preserve dedicated to the ancient Greek concept of areté – the tireless striving to achieve one’s fullest potential. Areté guides the proprietors Richard Boyles and Pamela Frye, and winemaker Aaron Lieberman to create fresh, fruit-forward wines that truly honor their source.”

“Areté (AIR-it-tay) is a concept with deep roots in ancient Greek mythology, literature and philosophy. In simple terms, it is the moral imperative to achieve your full potential – the obligation to strive every day to do better, and be the best you can be. At Iris Vineyards, areté means constant attention to their vineyard practices, the wine quality, and Iris’ hospitality.”

“Richard Boyles and Pamela Frye spent several years searching for a site with the potential to create great Pinot Noir. In 1992, they found a property in the foothills of the Oregon Coast Mountain Range at the south end of the Willamette Valley. It had been clear-cut, exposing sloping hillsides, promising soils, and site’s immense potential for the Burgundian and Alsatian varietals Richard and Pamela loved most. Richard and Pamela committed to replanting 500 acres of the estate to Douglas Fir and Ponderosa Pine for timber harvesting, and to restoring a diverse forest habitat with multiple native tree and understory species represented.”

Winemaker Aaron Lieberman joined Iris as the head of winemaking in 2008, and has spearheaded the winery’s significant quality advances over the last decade. Like Richard, Aaron has always approached his life and work with areté in mind – striving each day to improve and achieve the best possible result.”

“Iris Vineyards’ winemaking program empowers Aaron to apply areté in every aspect of the work. He describes himself as a shepherd, guiding rather than forcing nature in the direction he wants it to go. This work begins, of course, with growing the best possible grapes. Aaron collaborates with vineyard manager Nathan Sparrow to optimize the growth, health, and maturity of each block of the Chalice Vineyard estate. He also works closely with other Willamette Valley growers and Rogue Valley growers who produce the warm-climate varieties for some of Iris Vineyards’ wine club selections.”

“Aaron’s goal: bright, fruit-forward wines with crisp acidity and low alcohol that honor their origins and deliver exceptional value.”

“Under the Iris Vineyards name, the winery produces a wide range of red, white, and rosé wines from the Chalice Vineyard, as well as from selected vineyards around the state. The Areté label represents the reserve, or premium level of wines – truly the best of the estate.”

Earlier this month Iris Vineyards opened a new Wine Bar in Downtown Springfield, Oregon on historic Main Street. Winemaker Aaron has created a selection of wine-based cocktails for the Wine Bar.

Winemaker Aaron Lieberman joins us to pull the cork on all that is Iris Vineyards joined by Oregon-based wine marketing and public relations authority Carl Giavanti.

Debbie and Ben Shahvar of Buttercup Diner and Bar

“The story of the East Bay favorite, ButtercuP Diner + Bar begins in 1988, when founders David and Debbie Shahvar were just starting their family. At the time, David worked for an upscale dinner house. They had a hard time finding a restaurant that offered fresh food, yet was casual enough to bring their children. They dreamed of owning a family style restaurant where they could get fresh homemade food at an affordable price.”

“Fast forward 34 years later, and you can find David, Debbie, and their three grown children working at the five locations in the Bay Area. Locations in Oakland (2,) Walnut Creek, Vallejo and Concord. ButtercuP has truly become a family restaurant.”

They are known for their own addictive pastry creation, “The Cinnascuit.” It’s their house, made from scratch light & fluffy southern-style biscuit dipped in cinnamon sugar, baked and topped with a truly decadent cream cheese frosting. They also create a Cinnascuit French Toast variation of this. A must…

“The goal at ButtercuP Diner is to serve their guests hearty, high quality food at a reasonable price. They serve every meal of the day. Each location currently opens at 7 a.m. seven days a week, and the chefs transition seamlessly from breakfast to lunch to dinner.” The restaurants now close at 8 p.m.

“The kitchen makes pretty much everything from scratch from Debbie’s own personal recipes. Dessert is a must here.” Pies are their specialty. When in doubt The Shahvars suggest the signature upside-down apple-walnut pie, topped with a crunchy brown-sugar-and-walnut glaze.

Founder Debbie Shavar and son, Ben, join us to share the inspiring success story of ButtercuP Diner + Bar.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Chef / Proprietor Aaron Robins, Boneyard Bistro, Sherman Oaks Part One
Segment Three: Chef / Proprietor Aaron Robins, Boneyard Bistro, Sherman Oaks Part Two
Segment Four: Iris Vineyards, Springfield, OR with Winemaker Aaron Lieberman and Carl Giavanti Part One
Segment Five: Iris Vineyards, Springfield, OR with Winemaker Aaron Lieberman and Carl Giavanti Part Two
Segment Six: ButtercuP Diner + Bar, East Bay, with Debbie Shahvar and Ben Shahvar Part One
Segment Seven: ButtercuP Diner + Bar, East Bay, with Debbie Shahvar and Ben Shahvar Part Two

June 18: Anne Marie Panoringan, Rudi Sodamin, Alex Weiser

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Journalist Anne Marie Panoringan, The Voice of OC’s Food Columnist Part One
Segment Three: Journalist Anne Marie Panoringan, The Voice of OC’s Food Columnist Part Two
Segment Four: Master Chef Rudi Sodamin, Head of Culinary Arts, Princess Cruises Part One
Segment Five: Master Chef Rudi Sodamin, Head of Culinary Arts, Princess Cruises Part Two
Segment Six: Alex Weiser, Weiser Family Farms, Tehachapi, CA Part One
Segment Seven: Alex Weiser, Weiser Family Farms, Tehachapi, CA Part Two
Segment Eight: “Ask the Chef” with Co-host Chef Andrew Gruel

We’re previewing the show with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris.

Anne Marie Panoringan is Voice of OC’s well-informed food columnist. She reports industry news, current events and trends. The column publishes every other Friday. Anne Marie joins us in-studio to talk about her recent experience in Chicago attending the James Beard Foundation’s Media Awards honoring excellence in Books, Broadcast Media and Journalism. She also shares some of her Chicago dining adventures. Additionally we’ll highlight some of her recent columns.

“Chef Rudi Sodamin is the newly installed Head of Culinary Arts for Princess Cruises. Sodamin also serves as the Master Chef for sister cruise line, Holland America Line. Throughout his career, Sodamin has been the driving force behind revolutionizing culinary practices and elevating the perception of fine dining in the cruise industry. An internationally-respected food authority, Sodamin is possibly the most highly-decorated chef working on the world’s oceans and is widely considered one of the most innovative, energetic, and influential chefs in the hospitality industry. Among his most recent accomplishments has been the highly successful launch of Rudi’s Sel de Mer restaurant onboard three Holland America Line’s ships.” Chef Rudi Sodamin is our guest with a fresh Alaskan salmon at the ready.

“Weiser Family Farms began in 1977 when Sid Weiser, a chemistry teacher and counselor at Garfield High School in East Los Angeles decided to pack up the family and follow his dream of working off the land. Sidney and his wife Raquel laid down roots in Tehachapi, California. There, they learned to tend to the fruit trees… apples, peaches, and pears. In the ensuing years, they acquired farmland in other locations where they branched out into a variety of fruits, vegetables, and flowers. In 1982 their son Alex jumped in to assist the family in selling at local Farmers’ Markets. There he encountered chefs, the public and specialty produce buyers who wanted seasonal, high quality and superior tasting produce. Listening to this input, Alex began to focus on creating a bio-diverse farm dedicated to applying sustainable farming techniques. His overriding desire was to supply people with unique fruits and vegetables at their peak, rather than picked for commercial usage. 2nd generation family farmer, Alex Weiser joins us.

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where Chef Andrew responds to listeners thoughtful inquiries. There is a new law in California that mandates all bar and restaurant employees serving alcohol to obtain a new certification. It involves a training of three to four hours and then passing an open book test. We’ll get Chef Andrew’s thoughts on this and the reality of actually meeting the August 31st deadline.

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

Food Journalist Anne Marie Panoringan

Anne Marie Panoringan is Voice of OC’s well-informed food columnist. She reports industry news, current events and trends. The column publishes every other Friday.

Anne Marie joins us in-studio to talk about her recent experience in Chicago attending the James Beard Foundation’s Media Awards honoring excellence in Books, Broadcast Media and Journalism. She also shares some of her Chicago dining adventures.

In her June 3rd column Anne Marie recounts her participation in a cooking program (MaxLove’s Fierce Foods Academy) geared toward cancer patients and their families, but, along the way, learned how its overall theme is much more universal.

Rudi Sodamin

Chef Rudi Sodamin is the newly installed Head of Culinary Arts for Princess Cruises. Sodamin also serves as the Master Chef for sister line, Holland America Line.”

“Throughout his career, Sodamin has been the driving force behind revolutionizing culinary practices and elevating the perception of fine dining in the cruise industry. An internationally-respected food authority, Sodamin is likely the most highly-decorated chef working on the world’s oceans and is widely considered one of the most innovative, energetic, and influential chefs in the hospitality industry. Among his most recent accomplishments has been the highly successful launch of Rudi’s Sel de Mer restaurant onboard three Holland America Line’s ships.”

Alaska cruise season is on now through September. As part of Princess Cruises’ award-winning “North to Alaska program” Rudi oversees their “Wild for Alaska Seafood” effort. This industry-first, location-based seafood initiative features an extensive menu rotation of fresh Alaska seafood dishes, along with destination-inspired cocktails including flights of Alaska spirits sourced from local distilleries. Also on offer are hand-picked, sommelier selection premium wine pairings to go with Alaska seafood dishes.

“I see food as the way to our guests’ hearts, and the individuals on the Princess Cruise culinary team bring great heart to what they do and take tremendous pride in their work,” said Sodamin “My goal is to grow that pride and lead the culinary workforce to new performance heights through innovative approaches to teamwork and creativity, collaboratively creating new signature interactive dining experiences, and motivating this talented team to new levels of culinary artistry.”

Chef Rudi Sodamin is our guest with a fresh Alaskan salmon at the ready.

Alex Weiser of Weiser Family Farms

Weiser Family Farms began in 1977 when Sid Weiser, a chemistry teacher and counselor at Garfield High School in East Los Angeles decided to pack up the family and follow his dream of working off the land. Sidney and his wife Raquel laid down roots in Tehachapi, California. There, they learned to tend to the fruit trees… apples, peaches, and pears. In the ensuing years, they acquired farmland in other locations where they branched out into a variety of fruits, vegetables, and flowers.”

“In 1982 their son Alex jumped in to assist the family in selling at local Farmers’ Markets. There he encountered chefs, the public and specialty produce buyers who wanted seasonal, high quality and superior tasting produce. Listening to this input, Alex began to focus on creating a bio-diverse farm dedicated to applying sustainable farming techniques. His overriding desire was to supply people with unique fruits and vegetables at their peak, rather than picked for commercial usage. Today, Weiser Family Farms grows in the Greater Bakersfield area, Tehachapi and the Lucerne Valley, cultivating a tapestry of high- quality produce year round.”

“Older brother Dan joined the family business in 2001, after a long stint with The Walt Disney Co. Dan, a graduate of USC’s Marshall School of Business, brought with him a real-world business sensibility to the farm that has helped bring the overall operation to the next level. Not long after Dan came aboard, older sister Esther left her established teaching career to help keep her knuckle-headed brothers in line. Her common sense approach and no nonsense communication style help to keep everything in focus and moving forward.”

Weiser Family Farms is, and has always been, a family farming entity in the true sense of the word. When you buy from Weiser, you are truly buying from The Weiser Family.

Weiser Family Farms’ seasonal produce is available at their stands at area Farmers Markets including Santa Monica on Wednesday and Saturday, and on Sundays in Beverly Hills and Mar Vista.

Alex Weiser is our guest with Purple Majesty Potatoes in hand.

Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where Chef Andrew responds to listeners thoughtful inquiries.

There is a new law in California that mandates all bar and restaurant employees serving alcohol to obtain a new, special certification. It involves a training of three to four hours and then passing an open book test. At present there are very few entities certified to administer the course. We’ll get Chef Andrew’s thoughts on this and the reality of actually meeting the August 31st deadline.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Journalist Anne Marie Panoringan, The Voice of OC’s Food Columnist Part One
Segment Three: Journalist Anne Marie Panoringan, The Voice of OC’s Food Columnist Part Two
Segment Four: Master Chef Rudi Sodamin, Head of Culinary Arts, Princess Cruises Part One
Segment Five: Master Chef Rudi Sodamin, Head of Culinary Arts, Princess Cruises Part Two
Segment Six: Alex Weiser, Weiser Family Farms, Tehachapi, CA Part One
Segment Seven: Alex Weiser, Weiser Family Farms, Tehachapi, CA Part Two
Segment Eight: “Ask the Chef” with Co-host Chef Andrew Gruel

June 11: Jessica Formicola, Hollywood Bowl Food + Wine, Gather for Good, Tehachapi Heritage Grain Project

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Author Jessica Formicola, creator of Savory Experiments with Beef It Up! Part One
Segment Three: Author Jessica Formicola, creator of Savory Experiments with Beef It Up! Part Two
Segment Four: Restaurateur Caroline Styne for Hollywood Bowl Food + Beverage – Hollywood Bowl 100 Part One
Segment Five: Restaurateur Caroline Styne for Hollywood Bowl Food + Beverage – Hollywood Bowl 100 Part Two
Segment Six: Gather for Good Co-Founders – Stephanie Chen and Sherry Mandell
Segment Seven: Tehachapi Heritage Grain Project with Sherry Mandell and Sugarbear Bakes’ Steph Chen
Segment Eight: “Ask the Chef” with Co-host Chef Andrew Gruel

We’re previewing the show with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris.

Beef it Up! – 50 Mouthwatering Recipes for Ground Beef, Steaks, Stews, Roasts, Ribs, and More is full of show-stopping recipes that are quick and budget friendly. Author Jessica Formicola is the creator of Savory Experiments, a food and lifestyle blog famous for its restaurant quality, family friendly recipes. Her debut cookbook shows home chefs how and what to cook with the most popular cuts of beef. Inexpensive ground beef isn’t only for cheeseburgers, but Spicy Hand Pies, Stuffed Peppers, and Shepherd’s Pie Mac & Cheese. You can feed a dinner party of six by rolling up a Gouda Stuffed Flank Steak, impressing guests without breaking the bank. And a Mushroom Crusted Ribeye makes for a delightful bark right in the kitchen, no need to fire up the grill.” Jessica Formicola is our guest with steak knife in hand.

“The 2022 Season at the Hollywood Bowl is a celebration of the Bowl’s 100th anniversary milestone. Now into the seventh year with award-winning chef Suzanne Goin and restaurateur Caroline Styne, Hollywood Bowl Food + Wine promises exceptional dining for visitors to the iconic venue. Goin and Styne’s culinary history has defined Los Angeles tastes since 1998 when they opened Lucques, their legendary first restaurant. At the Hollywood Bowl, their California-inspired offerings include three restaurants and three marketplaces. Additionally, menus for the Terrace and Garden Boxes, which can be ordered a day in advance, are created by four-time James Beard Foundation award-winner Suzanne Goin. Goin’s vibrant new summer dishes pair beautifully with the exceptional wine and beer programs curated by Caroline Styne, the recipient of the James Beard Foundation’s 2018 Outstanding Restaurateur of the Year award.” Caroline Style joins us with corkscrew securely in hand.

““Gather for Good,” founded by the low-key Stephanie Chen and Sherry Mandell (both volunteers,) is a grass roots, community group of business owners, parents and caring residents who were feeling helpless and overwhelmed by the current news climate and wanted to make a difference. This all started because they love to connect with their neighbors, friends and family over good pastries and coffee. And through the action of gathering people together, doing good and giving back—the group slowly found their voice again in this challenging time. The 3rd Annual Pies for Justice on Juneteenth (June 19th) is one of Gather for Good’s signature fundraising events. It’s a giant bake sale! Pies for Justice showcases all your favorite pastry chefs, bakers, restaurant owners, farmers and foodies. All the participants are there to make a stand, feed guests delicious pies and support important organizations fighting for equity and justice in the Black community.” Gather for Good’s Stephanie Chen and Sherry Mandell join us.

Gather for Good’s Co-founder, Sherry Mandell is also a partner in the Tehachapi Heritage Grain Project. She is affectionally referred to as the “Fairy Grain Mother.” Her mission is “spreading glutenous joy far and wide.” Her Gather for Good Co-founder, artisan baker and pastry chef Stephanie Chen, operates Sugarbear Bakes. Pastry Chef Steph uses Tehachapi Grain Flour in her incredibly delicious hand pies and cakes.The Tehachapi Heritage Grain Project’s aim is to preserve and grow heritage organic grains which are naturally drought tolerant and low in gluten.Sherry Mandell and Pastry Chef Stephanie Chen continue with us now providing an overview of the Tehachapi Heritage Grain Project.

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where Chef Andrew responds to listeners thoughtful inquiries. We’re all looking to stretch our dollars on our food purchases. Chef Andrew picks up the conversation from last week sharing his experience with lesser -known varieties of fish that represent good value and are also delicious. An initial suggestion is Barramundi in both fresh and frozen packages. He also provides insight on buying fresh fish and seafood.

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

Cookbook Author Jessica Formicola

Beef it Up! – 50 Mouthwatering Recipes for Ground Beef, Steaks, Stews, Roasts, Ribs, and More is full of show-stopping recipes that are quick and budget friendly. Author Jessica Formicola is the creator of Savory Experiments, a food and lifestyle blog famous for its restaurant quality, family friendly recipes. Her debut cookbook shows home chefs how and what to cook with the most popular cuts of beef. Inexpensive ground beef isn’t only for cheeseburgers, but Spicy Hand Pies, Stuffed Peppers, and Shepherd’s Pie Mac & Cheese. You can feed a dinner party of six by rolling up a Gouda Stuffed Flank Steak, impressing guests without breaking the bank. And a Mushroom Crusted Ribeye makes for a delightful bark right in the kitchen, no need to fire up the grill.”

“With helpful primers on figuring out what beef to buy, optimal cooking methods for each type of beef, and techniques for cooking beef properly, Formicola helps her readers feel confident when cooking America’s favorite meat.”

“Jessica Formicola is the creator of Savory Experiments, a trusted food and lifestyle blog. She works closely with the beef industry, frequently collaborating with the Certified Angus Beef® brand, ranchers and butchers. This collection (Beef It Up!) comes from years of experience and she’s excited to share her wisdom with home chefs across America.”

Jessica Formicola is our guest with steak knife in hand.

Caroline Styne of Lucques Restaurant Group

“The 2022 Season at the Hollywood Bowl is a celebration of the Bowl’s 100th anniversary milestone. Now into the seventh year with award-winning chef Suzanne Goin and restaurateur Caroline Styne, Hollywood Bowl Food + Wine promises exceptional dining for visitors to the iconic venue. Goin and Styne’s culinary history has defined Los Angeles tastes since 1998 when they opened Lucques, their legendary first restaurant.”

“At the Hollywood Bowl, their California-inspired offerings include three restaurants and three marketplaces. Additionally, menus for the Terrace and Garden Boxes, which can be ordered a day in advance, are created by four-time James Beard Foundation award-winner Suzanne Goin. Goin’s vibrant new summer dishes pair beautifully with the exceptional wine and beer programs curated by Caroline Styne, the recipient of the James Beard Foundation’s 2018 Outstanding Restaurateur of the Year award. Overseeing the broad range of dining options serving Hollywood Bowl Food + Wine’s thousands of nightly guests is Executive Chef Jeff Rogers.”

“Returning for the 2022 season are the fan-favorites Winemaker Wednesdays and Sunday Market Tastings – an eight-week program of complimentary wine tastings at the Plaza Marketplace with guest winemakers, importers, sommeliers, and breweries hand-selected by Caroline Styne. Caroline also introduces a broad selection of vegan and organic wines this year that can be discovered in the marketplaces with other new natural wines on the restaurants’ lists, including Scribe, Broc Cellars and Perichor.”

“Hollywood Bowl Food + Wine’s many dining options include three sit-down restaurants, street-food kiosks, pre-ordered picnic boxes, and a full-service dinner delivered to your box seat. For private events, Hollywood Bowl Food + Wine provides catering at several locations for groups both large and small.”

Restaurateur Caroline Styne (representing Hollywood Bowl Food + Wine) joins us with corkscrew in hand.

“Gather for Good.” founded by the low-key Stephanie Chen and Sherry Mandell (both dedicated volunteers,) is a grass roots, community group of business owners, parents and caring residents who were feeling helpless and overwhelmed by the current news climate and wanted to make a difference. This all started because they love to connect with their neighbors, friends and family over good pastries and coffee. And through the action of gathering people together, doing good and giving back—the group slowly found their voice again in this challenging time.”

“The goal for Gather for Good events is to be a spark of inspiration to show that you can make a difference through simple actions within your own communities. They believe there is an opportunity for each and every one of us to get out there and build our communities to be stronger than ever. Because in the end, we are all better together…”

The 3rd Annual Pies for Justice on Juneteenth is one of Gather for Good’s signature fundraising events. It’s a giant bake sale!

Pies for Justice showcases all your favorite pastry chefs, bakers, restaurant owners, farmers and foodies. All the participants are here to make a stand, feed guests delicious pies and support important organizations fighting for equity and justice in the Black community.

“Each participating chef and restaurant will prepare a unique pie offering for this fundraiser. Some will sell whole pies, hand pies, and pie slices. Others will be hosting raffles!”

Gather for Good’s Stephanie Chen and Sherry Mandell join us.

Sherry Mandell and Stephanie Chen of Gather for Good

Gather for Good’s Co-founder, Sherry Mandell is also a partner in the Tehachapi Heritage Grain Project. She is affectionally referred to as the “Fairy Grain Mother.” Sherry’s mission is “spreading glutenous joy far and wide.” Her Gather for Good Co-founder, artisan baker and pastry chef Stephanie Chen, operates Sugarbear Bakes. Pastry Chef Steph uses Tehachapi Grain flour in her incredibly delicious hand pies and cakes.

“The Tehachapi Heritage Grain Project’s aim is to preserve and grow heritage organic grains which are naturally drought tolerant and low in gluten.”

“Wheat and the other small cereal grains have been planted in the Golden State since the establishment of missions in the 1760s. Our Mediterranean climate is ideal to the growing of the annual grasses collectively known as grains. California once led the nation in barley production and was second in wheat production, but in the early 20th century grain farming began to be replaced by higher value orchards, vineyards, and row crops.”

“However, grains (especially heirloom varieties) tend to have very low water requirements, and remain well-suited for California. Tehachapi Heritage Grain Project is trying to bring back many different types of heirloom grains (non-GMO) for use by home cooks, chefs, bakers, and brewers.”

Sherry Mandell and Pastry Chef Stephanie Chen continue with us now providing an overview of the Tehachapi Heritage Grain Project.

Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where Chef Andrew responds to listeners thoughtful inquiries.

With inflation on the rise all around us we’re looking to stretch our dollars on our food purchases. Chef Andrew picks up the conversation from last week sharing his experience with lesser-known varieties of fish that represent good value and are also delicious. An initial suggestion is Barramundi in both fresh and frozen packages. He also provides insight on buying fresh fish and seafood.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Author Jessica Formicola, creator of Savory Experiments with Beef It Up! Part One
Segment Three: Author Jessica Formicola, creator of Savory Experiments with Beef It Up! Part Two
Segment Four: Restaurateur Caroline Styne for Hollywood Bowl Food + Beverage – Hollywood Bowl 100 Part One
Segment Five: Restaurateur Caroline Styne for Hollywood Bowl Food + Beverage – Hollywood Bowl 100 Part Two
Segment Six: Gather for Good Co-Founders – Stephanie Chen and Sherry Mandell
Segment Seven: Tehachapi Heritage Grain Project with Sherry Mandell and Sugarbear Bakes’ Steph Chen
Segment Eight: “Ask the Chef” with Co-host Chef Andrew Gruel

June 4: Sear Steakhouse, “America’s Classic” Casa Vega, The Baker’s Table

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Proprietor & Executive Chef Nathan Peitso, Sear Steakhouse, Solvang, CA Part One
Segment Three: Proprietor & Executive Chef Nathan Peitso, Sear Steakhouse, Solvang, CA Part Two
Segment Four: Restaurateur Christy Vega, Casa Vega, Sherman Oaks Part One
Segment Five: Restaurateur Christy Vega, Casa Vega, Sherman Oaks Part Two
Segment Six: Baker Amy Dixon, Proprietress. The Baker’s Table, Santa Ynez, CA Part One
Segment Seven: Baker Amy Dixon, Proprietress. The Baker’s Table, Santa Ynez, CA Part Two
Segment Eight: “Ask the Chef” with Co-host Chef Andrew Gruel

We’re previewing the show with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris.

“Farmer and chef Nathan Peitso of Los Angeles-originated restaurant brand, Farmhouse (formerly located at The Beverly Center,) is now owner/executive chef at Solvang’s Sear Steakhouse. The Santa Barbara County wine country steakhouse, which initially opened in March 2021 under previous ownership, is located in the heart of the Danish-settled village (adjacent to the Landsby Inn) along California’s Central Coast.

Peitso’s plans for the restaurant include a rebrand and name change in the coming months to “Crawford’s Steakhouse,” in honor of his family name, and a variety of menu and service additions and expansions. Sear will also see an elevated Santa Barbara seafood presence on its dinner menu and an increase in vegetable-based dishes, in addition to multiple steak cuts and other proteins. As a second-generation, Californian farmer – and now, a Santa Ynez Valley resident – Peitso intends to keep menu pricing accessible, relying on his close network of fellow farmers, fisherman, and ranchers.” Chef/Proprietor Nathan Peitso is our guest.

“Casa Vega is a Mexican restaurant that has been operating in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles for over 65 years. Casa Vega is located on Ventura Boulevard in Sherman Oaks and is one of the longest continuously family-owned restaurants in all of greater Los Angeles. Casa Vega’s roots go back to famous Olvera Street in downtown Los Angeles. Rafael “Ray” Vega opened Casa Vega in 1956 after being inspired by the success of his parents’ earlier restaurant, Café Caliente, which operated on Olvera Street throughout the 1930s. Casa Vega serves authentic, delicious food and drinks in a warm and festive atmosphere.

Founder Ray passed away in January of 2021. Today the Vega Family keeps the family legacy alive with Christina (Christy) Vega at the helm. Christina worked side-by-side with her father for over 15 years. Nothing made Ray prouder than knowing his family legacy would continue.” Christy Vega is our guest with a signature Casa Vega Margarita in hand.

Amy Dixon’s The Baker’s Table in Santa Ynez is an artisan bakery feeding the body and soul through the time-honored craft of baking. They hold quality ingredients to heart and incorporate them into the way we live. The Baker’s Table is dedicated to combining organic, local and fair-trade ingredients to honor the earth and the hands that cultivate it.

Thoughtfully choosing fair-trade, local and organic ingredients when possible, Amy Dixon tends to each recipe with the passion of an artist, persistence of a chemist, and patience of a mother.” Baker Amy Dixon joins us with rolling pin in hand.

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where Chef Andrew responds to listeners thoughtful inquiries. We’re all looking to save some money on our food purchases. Chef Andrew shares his wisdom on lesser known varieties of fish that represent good value and are also delicious. He also provides tips on buying fresh fish and seafood.

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

Nathan Peitso of Sear Steakhouse

“Farmer and chef Nathan Peitso of Los Angeles-originated restaurant brand, Farmhouse (formerly located at the Beverly Center,) is now owner/executive chef at Solvang’s Sear Steakhouse. The Santa Barbara County wine country steakhouse, which initially opened in March 2021 under previous ownership, is located in the heart of the Danish-settled village (adjacent to the Landsby Inn) along California’s Central Coast.”

“Peitso’s plans for the restaurant include a rebrand and name change in the coming months to “Crawford’s Steakhouse,” in honor of his family name, and a variety of menu and service additions and expansions. Sear’s local farm relationships will continue to play a major role in the kitchen, as Peitso sources from Santa Ynez Valley farms in addition to his family’s Southern California-based Kenter Canyon Farms. Roan Mills, to which Peitso also has family ties, will supply all bread products bound for the steakhouse, which will also see an elevated Santa Barbara seafood presence on its dinner menu and an increase in vegetable-based dishes, in addition to multiple steak cuts and other proteins.”

“As a second-generation, Californian farmer – and now, a Santa Ynez Valley resident – Peitso intends to keep menu pricing accessible, relying on his close network of fellow farmers, fisherman, and ranchers.” Serving Dinner nightly except on Monday.

Chef / Proprietor Nathan Peitso is our guest.

Christy Vega of Casa Vega

Casa Vega is an iconic Mexican restaurant that has been operating in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles for over 65 years. Casa Vega is located on Ventura Boulevard in Sherman Oaks and is one of the longest continuously family-owned restaurants in all of greater Los Angeles. Casa Vega’s roots go back to famous Olvera Street in downtown Los Angeles. Rafael “Ray” Vega opened Casa Vega in 1956 after being inspired by the success of his parents’ earlier restaurant, Café Caliente, which operated on Olvera Street throughout the 1930s. Casa Vega serves authentic, delicious food and drinks in a warm and festive atmosphere.

Founder Ray passed away in January 2021.”

“Today the Vega Family keeps the family legacy alive with Christina (Christy) Vega at the helm. Christina worked side-by-side with her father for over 15 years. Nothing made Ray prouder than knowing his family legacy would continue.”

This year The James Beard Foundation bestowed to Casa Vega, The America’s Classics Award. Each year since 1998 the James Beard Foundation Awards Committee has recognized our nation’s beloved regional restaurants as America’s Classics. Distinguished by their timeless appeal, they serve quality food that reflects the character of their communities. Casa Vega now joins the exclusive collection of L.A. area America’s Classics including Guelaguetza, Langer’s Delicatessen and Philippe the Original.

Christy Vega is our guest with a Casa Vega Margarita in hand.

Amy Dixon of The Baker's Table

Amy Dixon’s The Baker’s Table in Santa Ynez is an artisan bakery feeding the body and soul through the time-honored craft of baking. They hold quality ingredients to heart and incorporate them into the way we live. The Baker’s Table is dedicated to combining organic, local and fair-trade ingredients to honor the earth and the hands that cultivate it.”

“Thoughtfully choosing fair-trade, local and organic ingredients when possible, Amy Dixon tends to each recipe with the passion of an artist, persistence of a chemist, and patience of a mother. At home in the Santa Ynez Valley since 1998, Amy keeps answering her driving call to pursue excellence through baking. Through kneading bread or crafting desserts for local restaurants, she continues to find joy in a flaky, buttery apple galette or in the delightful textures of a French macaron.”

“If you’re searching for a full, hand-crafted breakfast or a steaming cup of coffee and a luscious pastry, The Baker’s Table can satisfy your craving. Delectable offerings include everything from savory quiches to scones jam-packed with berries galore. If it’s lunch you prefer, their menu features salads with pristine ingredients fresh from the farm, as well as delicious sandwiches on their famous variety of hearth-baked breads.”

“Bread is the backbone of The Baker’s Table. They use artisan flour, all baked on a radiant, stone hearth. The Baker’s Table lovingly creates each and every loaf by hand, and carefully tend to them from mixing to slicing. You will see, smell and taste the stellar quality of their mouth-watering breads.”

Baker Amy Dixon joins us with rolling pin in hand.

Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where Chef Andrew responds to listeners thoughtful inquiries.

With inflation on the rise all around us we’re looking to save some money on our food purchases. Chef Andrew shares his wisdom on lesser known varieties of fish that represent good value and are also delicious. He also provides tips on buying fresh fish and seafood.

May 28: Anajak Thai, Kali, Karachi Kitchen Foods

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Proprietor / Executive Chef Justin Pichetrungsi, Anajak Thai, Sherman Oaks Part One
Segment Three: Proprietor / Executive Chef Justin Pichetrungsi, Anajak Thai, Sherman Oaks Part Two
Segment Four: Chef Kevin Meehan, Partner, Kali Restaurant, Hollywood Part One
Segment Five: Chef Kevin Meehan, Partner, Kali Restaurant, Hollywood Part Two
Segment Six: The Karachi Kitchen Foods, Seattle Part One
Segment Seven: The Karachi Kitchen Foods, Seattle Part Two
Segment Eight: “Ask the Chef” with Co-host Chef Andrew Gruel

We’re previewing the show with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris.

Anajak Thai in Sherman Oaks is a 40-year old neighborhood bistro serving up Thai specialties with a notable wine list. Chef Justin Pichetrungsi pays homage to his father, Chef Chavalit Pichetrungsi with his traditional recipes alongside his own creations using locally sourced, seasonal farmers market produce. Their unique Thai Taco Tuesday (TTT) is chef-collaboration driven. Among recent national honors for Anajak Thai are Chef Jason being a semi-finalist for a distinguished James Beard Award for “Best Chef: California.” Chef Justin Pichetrungsi joins us Thai fish sauce in hand.

“Kali is a petit neighborhood restaurant tucked in between Hollywood and Larchmont Village. Created by lifelong friends/co-workers Chef Kevin Meehan and Drew Langley (Wine Director,) the two have had always dreamed about creating a high-end restaurant without pretension. Stripping away all facades of what fine dining should be, Kali focuses strictly on the ingredient, technique, and service creating a casual environment everyone can enjoy. At Kali the focus is on local and hyper-seasonal farmers’ market ingredients with a contemporary twist and Californian sensibilities.” Kali’s design includes an open-air patio. Chef Kevin Meehan is our guest.

Karachi Kitchen Foods is a family-owned and operated (mother and daughter) Seattle-based business specializing in small batch traditional Pakistani Chutneys and Spice Blends. The foods are inspired by family recipes and created by Kausar Ahmed, Pakistani-born chef, food stylist, and author of the award-winning cookbook The Karachi Kitchen.” Chef Kausar Ahmed and daughter Sadaf Ahmed join us from Seattle with Chaat Masala seasoning in hand.

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where Chef Andrew responds to listeners thoughtful inquiries. Memorial Day Weekend marks the unofficial start of the Summer grilling season. Chef Andrew shares some timely hints and thoughts with economy in mind.

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

Justin Pichetrungsi of Anajak Thai

Anajak Thai in Sherman Oaks is a 40-year old neighborhood bistro serving up Thai specialties with a notable wine list. Chef Justin Pichetrungsi pays homage to his father, Chef Chavalit Pichetrungsi with his traditional recipes alongside his own creations using locally sourced, seasonal farmers market produce. Their unique Thai Taco Tuesday (TTT) is chef-collaboration driven.

Among recent honors for Anajak Thai are Chef Jason being named a semi-finalist for a distinguished James Beard Award for “Best Chef: California.”

In addition to his regular menu with rotating specials Chef Justin creates an Omakase menu (by reservation only) on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 7 p.m. Optional supplements include a caviar pairing and a sommelier-selected wine pairing.

Seating at Anajak Thai is either inside or outside along the wall of spiffed-up alley adjacent to the restaurant. It’s a true “Family Affair” as Justin’s Mom and Aunt work the floor.

Chef Justin Pichetrungsi joins us fish sauce in hand.

Kevin Meehan of Kali Restaurant

Kali is a petit neighborhood restaurant tucked in between Hollywood and Larchmont Village. Created by lifelong friends/co-workers Chef Kevin Meehan and Drew Langley (Wine Director,) the two have had always dreamed about creating a high-end restaurant without pretension. Stripping away all facades of what fine dining should be, Kali focuses strictly on the ingredient, technique, and service creating a casual environment everyone can enjoy.”

“At Kali the focus is on local and hyper-seasonal farmers’ market ingredients with a contemporary twist and Californian sensibilities.”

Kali’s design includes an open-air patio.

“For Meehan, Kali represents the evolution of not just Kali Dining, his roving private dinner pop-up, but the rigorous years he spent refining his craft. The contemporary California restaurant blends the precision and hospitality of the white tablecloth kitchens where Chef Kevin developed his culinary acumen, with the accessibility and ease of a local’s favorite neighborhood haunt.”

Chef Kevin Meehan is our guest.

Sadaf and Kausar Ahmed of Karachi Kitchen in Seattle

Karachi Kitchen Foods is a family-owned and operated (mother and daughter) Seattle-based business specializing in small batch traditional Pakistani Chutneys and Spice Blends.”

“The foods are inspired by family recipes and created by Kausar Ahmed, Pakistani-born chef, food stylist, and author of the award-winning cookbook The Karachi Kitchen.”

“Chef Kausar has over 35 years of experience in culinary arts. She started cooking in her grandmother’s kitchen as a child and has devoted her career to opening worlds through food education. In Karachi, in addition to her own catering business, Kausar ran a program teaching culinary skills to women and youth in disadvantaged communities. Since 2019 she has been in Seattle as Project Feast Chef Instructor, charged with shepherding immigrant and refugee apprentices on their path to employment in Western Washington’s food industries.”

“Hoping to solve the problem of not being able to find high-quality, preservative-free Pakistani food products commercially, Karachi Kitchen Foods crafts all recipes from scratch using high quality, locally sourced ingredients. Foods are produced using traditional techniques and no artificial preservatives or additives to capture the authentic taste of Pakistani home cooking.”

Chef Kausar Ahmed and daughter Sadaf Ahmed join us from Seattle with Chaat Masala seasoning in hand.

Chef Andrew Gruel savoring a New Jersey style Pizza

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where Chef Andrew responds to listeners thoughtful inquiries.

Memorial Day Weekend marks the unofficial start of the Summer grilling season. Chef Andrew shares some timely hints and helpful thoughts. Ponder advice on grilling satisfying meats on a budget.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Proprietor / Executive Chef Justin Pichetrungsi, Anajak Thai, Sherman Oaks Part One
Segment Three: Proprietor / Executive Chef Justin Pichetrungsi, Anajak Thai, Sherman Oaks Part Two
Segment Four: Chef Kevin Meehan, Partner, Kali Restaurant, Hollywood Part One
Segment Five: Chef Kevin Meehan, Partner, Kali Restaurant, Hollywood Part Two
Segment Six: The Karachi Kitchen Foods, Seattle Part One
Segment Seven: The Karachi Kitchen Foods, Seattle Part Two
Segment Eight: “Ask the Chef” with Co-host Chef Andrew Gruel

May 21: Cafe Andreini, CANstruction Long Beach: Pet Edition, Amar Santana

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Restaurateur Denise Andreini, Café Andreini, Arroyo Grande, CA Part One
Segment Three: Restaurateur Denise Andreini, Café Andreini, Arroyo Grande, CA Part Two
Segment Four: CANstruction Long Beach:Pet Edition with Organizer Terri Henry and Steven Peterson of P2S Inc. Part One
Segment Five: CANstruction Long Beach:Pet Edition with Organizer Terri Henry and Steven Peterson of P2S Inc. Part Two
Segment Six: Chef Amar Santana of Vaca and Broadway previewing “O.C. Chefs: The Next Generation” Benefit Part One
Segment Seven: Chef Amar Santana of Vaca and Broadway previewing “O.C. Chefs: The Next Generation” Benefit Part Two
Segment Eight: “Ask the Chef” with Co-host Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group

We’re previewing the show with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris.

In the Village of Arroyo Grande in San Luis Obispo County the place for the best coffee (locally roasted) and full breakfast (since 1996) is the locals’ favorite, Cafe Andreini. This was Arroyo Grande’s first coffee house. Proprietress Denise Andreini was born and raised in Arroyo Grande and graduated from Cal Poly San Louis Obispo. She returned to Arroyo Grande after a time in the Bay Area to raise her Family. Café Andreini is known for their abundant breakfast burritos, open-faced sandwiches, avocado toast, acai bowls and lots more. Open daily from 7:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. with extended hours to 4:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Founder Denise Andreini joins us with a freshly brewed Americano in hand.

“The annual CANstruction Long Beach is always one of the most visually stunning demonstrations of talent and creativity that architect and engineering firms participate in annually to help eliminate human hunger in the Long Beach community, and CANstruction is now excited to add a “Pet Edition” this year. The inaugural CANstruction Long Beach: Pet Edition benefiting Sparky & the Gang animal rescue organization will be held at Trademark Brewing June 17 to 26, 2022. June 17th being “build day” starting at 7am being “build day” starting at 7am, a team from P2S Inc. Engineering will have twelve hours to design and build a unique structure made entirely out of canned dog food. The structure may be built up to 10’ x 10’ x 10’ and will be comprised of 1,500-2000 cans. The theme is “CANines Rule!”, and the team may depict one of our canine friends in any way they want.” Organizer Terri Henry of Terri Henry Marketing and Steve Peterson of P2S Inc. join us with all the details of CANstruction Long Beach: Pet Edition.

“Come celebrate the 55th anniversary of South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa with an extraordinary evening of dining bliss supporting Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) – Los Angeles. The celebratory evening begins in South Coast Plaza’s Penthouse with a reception of anniversary cocktails crafted by Vaca Group beverage director Michael Rooney and Knife Pleat’s sommelier Victor Moreno, and a wine bar hosted by Whispering Angel. Taste passed appetizers by four of SCP’s outstanding chefs: Ross Pangilinan (TERRACE by Mix Mix), James Hamamori (Hamamori Restaurant & Sushi Bar), John Park (Tableau), and Nick Weber (Populaire). Guests then enjoy a curated, four-course dinner paired with premium wines, created by C-CAP alum chef Amar Santana (Vaca and Broadway by Amar Santana) and Michelin-starred chef Tony Esnault (Knife Pleat.)” Chef Amar Santana joins us with all the tasty details.

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where Chef Andrew responds to listeners thoughtful inquiries. On Thursday, May 21stChef Andrew was the co-headlining chef for Outstanding in the Field’s 5-course, sustainable seafood, wine-paired dinner on the Huntington Beach Pier as part of the Los Angeles Times Food Bowl. The distinguished culinary team cooked for a sold-out crowd of 225 discriminating guests all seated on one long table. Chef Andrew shares the details of the unusual experience.

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

Denise Andreini of Cafe Andreini

In the Village of Arroyo Grande in San Luis Obispo County the place for the best coffee (locally roasted) and full breakfast (since 1996) is the locals’ favorite, Cafe Andreini. This was Arroyo Grande’s first coffee house. Proprietress Denise Andreini was born and raised in Arroyo Grande and graduated from Cal Poly San Louis Obispo. She returned to Arroyo Grande after a time in the Bay Area to raise her Family.

Café Andreini is known for their abundant breakfast burritos, open-faced sandwiches, avocado toast, acai bowls and lots more. They serve local beer and wine on tap as well as Kombucha. Open daily from 7:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. with extended hours to 4:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

“Café Andreini prides itself on being part of the amazing community that is Arroyo Grande, and realizes that coffee isn’t just about a great cup of coffee but it’s about community. That’s why they have partnered with some stellar local businesses, to bring guests the freshest menu items. Giving back to the community goes beyond good food and wine. Over the many years Café Andreini has donated and participated in fundraisers with local charities, schools and businesses.”

Founder Denise Andreini joins us with an Americano in hand.

Steven Peterson of P2S Inc

“The annual CANstruction Long Beach is always one of the most visually stunning demonstrations of talent and creativity that architect and engineering firms participate in annually to help eliminate human hunger in the Long Beach community, and CANstruction is now excited to add a “Pet Edition” this year.”

“The inaugural CANstruction Long Beach: Pet Edition benefiting Sparky & the Gang animal rescue organization will be held at Trademark Brewing June 17 to 26, 2022. June 17th being “build day” starting at 7am being “build day” starting at 7am, a team from P2S Inc. Engineering will have twelve hours to design and build a unique structure made entirely out of canned dog food. The structure may be built up to 10’ x 10’ x 10’ and will be comprised of 1,500-2000 cans. The theme is “CANines Rule!”, and the team may depict one of our canine friends in any way they want.”

Trademark Brewing is located at 233 E. Anaheim Street, Long Beach.

“The completed structure will be on display to the public June 17 to 26 during Trademark Brewing regular business hours. Visitors are encouraged to bring cans of dog food when viewing the structure as additional donations.”

Terri Henry of Dine LBC and Terri Henry Marketing

“”Sparky & the Gang is excited to be the beneficiary of the inaugural Pet Edition of CANstruction Long Beach”, said Sherri Stankewitz, Executive Director at Sparky & the Gang. “This unique event brings awareness to our continuing work to find homes for the rescued dogs we care for, low cost spay and neuter services from Fix Long Beach Pets, and perhaps find forever homes for some of the dogs following the event.”

“”We’ve spent months designing our structure and are allowed only 12 hours to meticulously stack and color-coordinate the cans into our design”, added Steven Peterson of P2S Inc. “Being a dog lover myself, the ultimate donation of hundreds of cans of dog food to Sparky & the Gang makes it all worthwhile to our team.”

Organizer Terri Henry of Terri Henry Marketing and Steve Peterson of P2S Inc. join us with all the details of CANstruction Long Beach: Pet Edition.

Amar Santana at the Finale of Top Chef

“Come celebrate the 55th anniversary of South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa with an extraordinary evening of dining bliss supporting Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) – Los Angeles.”

“The celebratory evening begins in South Coast Plaza’s Penthouse with a reception of anniversary cocktails crafted by Vaca Group beverage director Michael Rooney and Knife Pleat’s sommelier Victor Moreno, and a wine bar hosted by Whispering Angel. Taste passed appetizers by four of SCP’s outstanding chefs: Ross Pangilinan (TERRACE by Mix Mix), James Hamamori (Hamamori Restaurant & Sushi Bar), John Park (Tableau), and Nick Weber (Populaire).

“Guests then enjoy a curated, four-course dinner paired with premium wines, created by C-CAP alum chef Amar Santana (Vaca and Broadway by Amar Santana) and Michelin-starred chef Tony Esnault (Knife Pleat.)”

“The evening concludes with an exciting silent and live auction led by Matthew Allnatt, Jonathan Club’s COO and General Manager. Seating is limited; all-inclusive tickets begin at $475 (valet parking, reception, dinner, beverages, gift bag).”

Chef Amar Santana is our guest. “Chef Amar is one of C-CAP’s most compelling success stories. He owns with business partner Ahmed Labbate, part of the South Coast Plaza collection of distinguished restaurants. The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) grad and former protégé of chef and restaurateur Charlie Palmer was runner-up (by a nose) in Season 13 of Bravo’s “Top Chef” and returned in Season 18 as an all-star judge.”

Andy Harris and Andrew Gruel at Cabana 14 at the Cove at Pechanga Resort and Casino

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where Chef Andrew responds to listeners thoughtful inquiries.

On Thursday, May 21st Chef Andrew was the co-headlining chef for Outstanding in the Field’s 5-course, sustainable seafood, wine-paired dinner on the Huntington Beach Pier as part of the Los Angeles Times Food Bowl. This was postponed from last year after the nearby pipeline oil spill.

The distinguished culinary team (including Chef Chris Tompkins of Malibu’s Broad Street Oyster Co.) cooked for a sold-out crowd of 225 discriminating guests all seated together on one long table. Chef Andrew shares the details of the unusual experience.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Restaurateur Denise Andreini, Café Andreini, Arroyo Grande, CA Part One
Segment Three: Restaurateur Denise Andreini, Café Andreini, Arroyo Grande, CA Part Two
Segment Four: CANstruction Long Beach:Pet Edition with Organizer Terri Henry and Steven Peterson of P2S Inc. Part One
Segment Five: CANstruction Long Beach:Pet Edition with Organizer Terri Henry and Steven Peterson of P2S Inc. Part Two
Segment Six: Chef Amar Santana of Vaca and Broadway previewing “O.C. Chefs: The Next Generation” Benefit Part One
Segment Seven: Chef Amar Santana of Vaca and Broadway previewing “O.C. Chefs: The Next Generation” Benefit Part Two
Segment Eight: “Ask the Chef” with Co-host Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group

May 14: UNiTE Food, Center of Effort, Greenbar Distillery

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Clara Paye, Founder, Unite Foods, Protein Snack Bars Part One
Segment Three: Clara Paye, Founder, Unite Foods, Protein Snack Bars Part Two
Segment Four: Center of Effort Wines, Edna Valley AVA, CA Part One
Segment Five: Center of Effort Wines, Edna Valley AVA, CA Part Two
Segment Six: Litty Mathew, Founder, Greenbar Distillery, Los Angeles Part One
Segment Seven: Litty Mathew, Founder, Greenbar Distillery, Los Angeles Part Two
Segment Eight: “Ask the Chef” with Co-host Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group

We’re previewing the show with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris.

UNiTE Food (Woman Owned) was inspired by their fearlessly positive immigrant Founder, Clara Payne, who didn’t see herself represented in the nutrition bar aisle. Clara wanted to capture the magic of family favorites made in kitchens across the globe. So with the help of some beloved neighbors and friends – all representing different nationalities – Clara developed a global sampling of nostalgic, childhood flavors. UNiTE Food was born to shake up the run-of-the-mill protein bar aisle – inviting customers to discover and taste the delicious diversity of flavors from around the world. No passport required. UNiTE Food, a discovery at the recent Natural Products Expo West at the Anaheim Convention Center, is shaking up the run-of-the-mill protein snack bar aisle – uniting globally inspired flavors with wholesome, gluten-free ingredients and superfoods for a nourishing, snack.” Founder Clara Payne joins us.

The rising star of California’s central coast AVA is the Edna Valley, and in these foothills lies a landmark estate vineyard, its roots spanning four decades. Center of Effort is a crown jewel of this trending wine region, famed for its Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Edna Valley is notable for the state’s coolest wine conditions and long growing season, brought about by the breezes and morning fog from the Pacific Ocean. Center of Effort harnesses the area’s unique and valuable properties to produce wines that are well balanced and complex. The winemaking operations at Center of Effort are led by Nathan Carlson, a veteran Edna Valley winemaker, who has worked with Center of Effort estate vineyards since 2008. His experience over this time with the soil, climate, and character of each parcel of the vines has led to a quiet confidence in the ultimate results of their winemaking actions or restraint.” Winemaker & General Manager Nathan Carlson and Culinary Manager Lindsey Morin join us to pull the cork on all that is Center of Effort.

“Los Angeles-based Greenbar Distillery established in 2004 has the largest portfolio of organic spirits for customers seeking a higher standard of taste and an easier way to make the perfect cocktail. Way back when, founder Melkon Khosrovian was inspired to create infused spirits that his fiance, Litty Mathew (founder) would find more palatable than the harsh liquor served during his Armenian family celebrations— a tall task as Litty is a gourmet at heart.” “Buzz-Less Spirits” is a growing trend and product category. Greenbar has a new line of non-alcoholic canned Highballs (Un Gin+Tonic and Un Rum+Cola) as an addition to their Bitters+Soda (Burnt Orange, Earl Grey, and Lavender) cans. Greenbar Distillery Founder Litty Mathew is our guest.

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where Chef Andrew responds to listeners thoughtful inquiries. Restaurants are still suffering from the devastating economic impact of the pandemic. Last month the House of Representatives approved more than $40 billion in assistance for restaurant owners who previously applied but were unable to receive financial assistance from the federal Restaurant Revitalization Fund. Chef Andrew shares where this sits currently.

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

Clara Paye of Unite Food Protein Bars

UNiTE Food (Woman Owned) was inspired by their fearlessly positive immigrant Founder, Clara Paye, who didn’t see herself represented in the nutrition bar aisle. Clara wanted to capture the magic of family favorites made in kitchens across the globe. So, with the help of some beloved neighbors and friends – all representing different nationalities – Clara developed a global sampling of nostalgic, childhood flavors. UNiTE Food was born to shake up the run-of-the-mill bar aisle – inviting customers to discover and taste the delicious diversity of flavors from around the world. No passport required!”

UNiTE Food, a discovery at the recent Natural Products Expo West at the Anaheim Convention Center, is shaking up the run-of-the-mill protein snack bar aisle – uniting globally inspired flavors with wholesome, gluten-free ingredients and superfoods for a nourishing, snack.” No artificial sweeteners are used and the snack bars are made with nut butters.

“The flavors of UNiTE protein snack bars are bold and bright. From comforting peanut butter and jelly (with creamy peanut butter and sweet strawberry bits) to crave-worthy churro (crunchy almonds and vanilla, dusted with cinnamon), the snack bars represent real people and places. A new addition is Mexican Hot Chocolate made with real almond butter and chocolate with hints of cinnamon and warm chili. Whether it’s a flavor you grew up with or a flavor you’ve fallen in love with, enjoy the delicious diversity of UNiTE’s bars.”

Founder Clara Paye joins us.

Lindsey Morin of Center of Effort

“The rising star of California’s central coast AVA is the Edna Valley, and in these foothills lies a landmark estate vineyard, its roots spanning four decades. Center of Effort is a crown jewel of this trending wine region, famed for its Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Edna Valley is notable for the state’s coolest wine conditions and long growing season, brought about by the breezes and morning fog from the Pacific Ocean. Center of Effort harnesses the area’s unique and valuable properties to produce wines that are well balanced and complex.”

“Center of Effort’s respect for the vineyard and its unique environment is reflected with emphasis on sustainable viticulture, natural fermentation and other non-invasive, progressive winemaking practices. The opening of their beautiful, state of the art hospitality center has enabled them to share the vineyard experience with style and comfort both indoors and out. Center of Effort’s estate wines represent the intersection of care taking, skill and commitment, and according to Forbes, “the results are pure and elegant expressions of Edna Valley terroir.””

“The winemaking operations at Center of Effort are led by Nathan Carlson, a veteran Edna Valley winemaker, who has worked with Center of Effort estate vineyards since 2008. His experience over this time with the soil, climate, and character of each parcel of the vines has led to a quiet confidence in the ultimate results of their winemaking actions or restraint.”

Nathan Carlson of Center of Effort

“The estate at Center of Effort has origins that date back to 1978 when it was originally The Lawrence Family Winery. Founder Jim Lawrence was one of the first vintners to grasp the potential of the Edna Valley. In time, the Lawrence estate became an epicenter of the local wine community, serving as a magnet for some of the region’s brightest winemaking talents.”

“Today the vision of owners, Bill and Cheryl Swanson, is an established artisan winery that will maximize the estate’s potential and be unique within the beautiful Edna Valley. The name Center of Effort references a sailing term which is the point on the sail where the forces come together and act as a whole. Through skillful cultivation, artistic winemaking, and a passion for excellence, these forces join to create a wine that is classic, timeless and exudes a sense of place and purpose.”

Adjacent to the Center of Effort vineyard, winery and hospitality center is a beautiful 40-acre property that was acquired in the fall of 2015. After an extensive remodel to the home and event area, a GSM vineyard was planted to produce Rhone style wines. The event area includes a outdoor kitchen, putting green, oyster shell Bocce courts, orchard, and amazing views of the Edna Valley.

“At Center of Effort, we make authentic wines that tell a story of our place and our people. I’m proud that we share that story and our wines with genuine hospitality and connection,” says Winemaker Nathan Carlson.

Winemaker & General Manager Nathan Carlson and Culinary Manager Lindsey Morin join us to pull the cork on all that is Center of Effort.

Litty Mathew of Greenbar Distillery

“Los Angeles-based Greenbar Distillery established in 2004 has the largest portfolio of organic spirits for customers seeking a higher standard of taste and an easier way to make the perfect cocktail.”

“The truth is, great cocktails can be really difficult to make. That’s why Greenbar Distillery does the hard work for you, creating deeply flavorful spirits that remove the hassle, mess and guesswork from making great cocktails. This allows Greenbar’s customers to spend less time making drinks and more time enjoying friends and family.”

“Way back when, founder Melkon Khosrovian was inspired to create infused spirits that his fiance, Litty Mathew (founder) would find more palatable than the harsh liquor served during his Armenian family celebrations— a tall task as Litty is a gourmet at heart.”

“Through relentless research and experimentation, the two began to innovate the art of extracting and capturing clean, rich flavors from organic ingredients. Legend of their concoctions grew and, eventually, led them to create Greenbar Distillery.”

“Buzz-Less Spirits” is a growing trend and product category. Greenbar has a new line of non-alcoholic canned Highballs (Un Gin+Tonic and Un Rum+Cola) as an addition to their Bitters+Soda (Burnt Orange, Earl Grey, and Lavender) cans.

“How did Greenbar Distillery improve non-alcoholic cocktails? By giving them real depth and complexity through the use of authentically distilled and infused spirits. Greenbar simply finishes these by distilling off the alcohol while keeping all of the rich flavors cocktail lovers crave…only now without the buzz.”

“Delicious organic spirits = healthier planet. Saving the planet can be fun. Greenbar customers have the satisfaction of knowing that for every bottle they enjoy, Greenbar Distillery will plant one tree. Simply enjoying one cocktail made with 2oz. of their spirits renders you carbon negative for the day – how easy is that?”

Greenbar Distillery Founder Litty Mathew is our guest.

Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where Chef Andrew responds to listeners thoughtful inquiries.

Restaurants are still suffering from the devastating economic impact of the pandemic. Last month the House of Representatives approved more than $40 billion in assistance for restaurant owners who previously applied but were unable to receive financial assistance from the federal Restaurant Revitalization Fund. Chef Andrew shares where this sits currently.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Clara Paye, Founder, Unite Foods, Protein Snack Bars Part One
Segment Three: Clara Paye, Founder, Unite Foods, Protein Snack Bars Part Two
Segment Four: Center of Effort Wines, Edna Valley AVA, CA Part One
Segment Five: Center of Effort Wines, Edna Valley AVA, CA Part Two
Segment Six: Litty Mathew, Founder, Greenbar Distillery, Los Angeles Part One
Segment Seven: Litty Mathew, Founder, Greenbar Distillery, Los Angeles Part Two
Segment Eight: “Ask the Chef” with Co-host Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group

May 7: Matzo Project, Jonathan Cristaldi on Ventoux AOC, Angels Baseball Food

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: The Matzo Project, Brooklyn, NY Part One
Segment Three: The Matzo Project, Brooklyn, NY Part Two
Segment Four: Ventoux AOC, Rhone Valley, France with Jonathan Cristaldi, Wine Journalist Part One
Segment Five: Ventoux AOC, Rhone Valley, France with Jonathan Cristaldi, Wine Journalist Part Two
Segment Six: Executive Chef Hugo Miranda and Roman Avila – Retail Operations Manager for Legends at Angel Stadium Part One
Segment Seven: Executive Chef Hugo Miranda and Roman Avila – Retail Operations Manager for Legends at Angel Stadium Part Two
Segment Eight: “Ask the Chef” with Producer Andy Covering for Chef Andrew

We’re previewing the show with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris.

“The Matzo Project, a discovery at the recent Natural Products Expo West at the Anaheim Convention Center, introduces carefully made, artfully packaged, legitimately scrumptious matzo to a stale, overlooked corner of the food marketplace. While it currently languishes in the “Ethnic” food isle The Matzo Project’s hope is to help matzo claim its rightful spot in the cracker isle right next to Rosemary Pita Chips and the Gorgonzola Fig Toast. The Matzo Project’s product line includes Matzo Flats, Matzo Chips, a Matzo Ball Soup Kit and a Matzo Ball Mix.

The Matzo Project Co-founders Ashley Albert and Kevin Rodriguez join us.

“The wines of AOC Ventoux in the Rhone Valley of France are made at the foot of Mont-Ventoux, which culminates at 1912 meters, offering a unique freshness and balance. It has been an AOC since 1973. It is the only appellation with vineyards spreading over two Regional Natural Parks. It is also recognized by UNESCO as a Biosphere Reserve. Ventoux is first and foremost defined by its cooler climate : the influence of the mountain creates a wide variation of temperatures between days and nights.” Noted wine journalist Jonathan Cristaldi is our well-informed guide to Ventoux AOC.

Sampling the creative variety of foods at Angel Stadium is always part of the game experience. A real Executive Chef oversees all of this. New this year is expanded In-Seat Service in various parts of the Big A. Be reminded it’s again cashless for food, beverage and merchandise.

We’ll find out what’s on the menu for In-Seat Dining, at Diamond Club and in the Suites. Think BBQ Beef Brisket… Also on the menu are a preview of the wide variety of exclusive Halo merchandise items. There are unique (and limited edition) Shohei Ohtani items. Our guides to all this deliciousness are Executive Chef Hugo Miranda and Merchandise Buyer Roman Avila.

Chef Andrew Gruel is on the road so Co-Host Andy Harris covers “Ask the Chef.” Andy shares last-minute ideas for inspired Mother’s Day dining and previews the very special South Coast Plaza 55th Anniversary Dinner on June 5th to benefit the Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP.) The headlining chefs for the “O.C. Chefs: The Next Generation” evening are Tony Esnault of the Michelin-starred Knife Pleat and Amar Santana (a C-CAP alum) of Vacaand Broadway by Amar Santana.

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

Ashley Albert and Kevin Rodriguez of the Matzo Project

The Matzo Project, a discovery at the recent Natural Products Expo West at the Anaheim Convention Center, introduces carefully made, artfully packaged, legitimately scrumptious matzo to a stale, overlooked corner of the food marketplace.”

“Summer Camp friends Ashley Albert and Kevin Rodriguez set out to bake a new take on the culturally beloved, but traditionally flavorless box of matzo. Instead, they created a super-snappy, extra-sturdy, crazy-versatile cracker that goes with virtually every single thing they’ve tried to put on it.”

“Ashley had been tinkering with the idea of updating matzo for nearly 20 years and casually mentioned it to Kevin when they were charting about him making a change. He began experimenting in his kitchen.”

“The two would taste test Kevin’s recipes while Ashley started sketching out plans for The Matzo Project’s branding and packaging. That work led to their muse – the grandmother on their box – asking “Would it kill you to try something new?”

“After selling out their first trial batch in a single day, the two moved out of their tiny commissary kitchen and into a larger Kosher bakery in Brooklyn to take their unleavened show on the road.”

“While it currently languishes in the “Ethnic” food isle The Matzo Project’s hope is to help matzo claim its rightful spot in the cracker isle right next to Rosemary Pita Chips and the Gorgonzola Fig Toast.”

The Matzo Project’s product line includes Matzo Flats, Matzo Chips, a Matzo Ball Soup Kit and a Matzo Ball Mix.

“The Bubbe” of The Matzo Project has given Ashley and Albert permission to join us. She is thinking we’re looking skinny…

Sommelier and Wine Journalist Jonathan Cristaldi

“The wines of AOC Ventoux in the Rhone Valley of France are made at the foot of Mont-Ventoux, which culminates at 1912 meters, offering a unique freshness and balance. It has been an AOC since 1973. It is the only appellation with vineyards spreading over two Regional Natural Parks. It is also recognized by UNESCO as a Biosphere Reserve. Ventoux is first and foremost defined by its cooler climate: the influence of the mountain creates a wide variation of temperatures between days and nights.”

It covers some 14,000 acres of vineyards with the resulting wines being 54 per cent Red, 38 per cent Rose and 8 per cent White. There are 150 wineries in the AOC representing private ownership, co-ops and negociants.

“Vines have been grown in the Ventoux area since ancient times; archaeological digs around the village of Mazan uncovered a potter’s workshop dating from the 1st century BC, where the first known wine amphorae in France were produced.”

“The vineyards flourished during the Avignon Papacy, and over the centuries Ventoux wines, alongside other leading French wines, were served to the kings of France at the Royal Court.”

Wine journalist Jonathan Cristaldi is our well-informed guide to Ventoux AOC.

Hugo Miranda

Sampling the creative variety of foods at Angel Stadium is always part of the game experience. A real Executive Chef oversees all of this. New this year is expanded In-Seat Service in various parts of the Big A. Be reminded it’s again cashless for food, beverage and merchandise.

Also new is Brewery X in right field on the Club Level. In addition to the limited- edition craft beers the food menu includes a Korean Fried Chicken Sandwich on a Black Sesame Seed Egg Bun with Roasted Aioli, Asian Citrus Coleslaw, Gochujang Sauce, House Made Kimchi and served with House Fries, and a House-Made Jumbo Pretzel with Jalapeno White Cheddar Cheese Sauce with a Honey-Beer Mustard Sauce.

We’ll find out what’s on the menu for In-Seat Dining, at Diamond Club and in the Suites. Think BBQ Beef Brisket for openers…

Also on the menu is an introduction to the variety of collectable Halo merchandise items. There are unique (and limited edition) Shohei Ohtani items.

Our guides to all this deliciousness are Executive Chef Hugo Miranda and Merchandise Buyer Roman Avila.

Andy Harris and Andrew Gruel at Cabana 14 at the Cove at Pechanga Resort and Casino

Chef Andrew Gruel is on the road so Co-Host Andy Harris covers “Ask the Chef.” Andy shares last-minute ideas for inspired Mother’s Day dining and previews the very special South Coast Plaza 55th Anniversary Dinner on June 5th to benefit the Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP.)

The headlining chefs for the “O.C. Chefs: The Next Generation” evening are Tony Esnault of the Michelin-starred Knife Pleat and Amar Santana (a C-CAP alum) of Vaca and Broadway by Amar Santana.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: The Matzo Project, Brooklyn, NY Part One
Segment Three: The Matzo Project, Brooklyn, NY Part Two
Segment Four: Ventoux AOC, Rhone Valley, France with Jonathan Cristaldi, Wine Journalist Part One
Segment Five: Ventoux AOC, Rhone Valley, France with Jonathan Cristaldi, Wine Journalist Part Two
Segment Six: Executive Chef Hugo Miranda and Roman Avila – Retail Operations Manager for Legends at Angel Stadium Part One
Segment Seven: Executive Chef Hugo Miranda and Roman Avila – Retail Operations Manager for Legends at Angel Stadium Part Two
Segment Eight: “Ask the Chef” with Producer Andy Covering for Chef Andrew