Show 474, May 14, 2022: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

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 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 Paye 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. Chef Andrew also remembers friend and colleague Chef Arthur (Art) Gonzalez (Panxa Cocina and Roe Seafood in Long Beach) who sadly left us way too soon this week.

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

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Show 474, May 14, 2022: Clara Paye, Founder, Unite Foods, Protein Snack Bars Part One

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 (an initial find of journalist Anne Marie Panoringan of Voice of OC), 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.”

Two news varieties saluting Mediterranean and Asian flavors will be introduced later this year. Unite Protein Snack Bars can be found at area Walmart, Sprouts and Bristol Farms stores.

Founder Clara Paye joins us.

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Show 474, May 14, 2022: Clara Paye, Founder, Unite Foods, Protein Snack Bars Part Two

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 (an initial find of journalist Anne Marie Panoringan of Voice of OC), 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.”

Two news varieties saluting Mediterranean and Asian flavors will be introduced later this year. Unite Protein Snack Bars can be found at area Walmart, Sprouts and Bristol Farms stores.

Founder Clara Paye continues with us, a Unite PB & Jelly snack bar in hand.

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Show 474, May 14, 2022: Center of Effort Wines, Edna Valley AVA, CA Part One

Nathan Carlson 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.”

The striking and elegant Center of Effort Hospitality Center (with an exhibition kitchen) is available for a variety of tastings, tours and culinary experiences.

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

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Show 474, May 14, 2022: Center of Effort Wines, Edna Valley AVA, CA Part Two

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.”

The striking and tastefully elegant Center of Effort Hospitality Center (with an exhibition kitchen) is available for a variety of tastings, tours and culinary experiences.

Winemaker & General Manager Nathan Carlson and Culinary Manager Lindsey Morin continue with us pulling the cork on all that is Center of Effort.

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Show 474, May 14, 2022: Litty Mathew, Founder, Greenbar Distillery, Los Angeles Part One

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?”

The highly recommended Greenbar Distillery Tour and Tasting has returned one Saturday a month by reservation. The next Tour date is Saturday, May 28th.

Greenbar Distillery Founder Litty Mathew is our guest.

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Show 474, May 14, 2022: Litty Mathew, Founder, Greenbar Distillery, Los Angeles Part Two

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.”

“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?”

The highly recommended Greenbar Distillery Tour and Tasting has returned one Saturday a month by reservation. The next Tour date is Saturday, May 28th.

Greenbar Distillery Founder Litty Mathew continues as our guest with a Greenbar Un Gin+Tonic (non-alcohol cocktail) in hand.

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Show 474, May 14, 2022: “Ask the Chef” with Co-host Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group

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.

Arthur Gonzalez of Panxa Cocina

Chef Andrew also remembers his long-time friend and colleague Chef Arthur (Art) Gonzalez (Panxa Cocina and Roe Seafood in Long Beach) who sadly left us way too soon this week. He was only 47. Chef Art was our resident expert on Hatch Chiles from New Mexico and spent time there cooking in fine-dining restaurants. Chef Art was of great assistance to Chef Andrew in the early stages of Slapfish when they were operating with multiple Food Trucks.

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Show 473, May 7, 2022: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

Mother’s Day best wishes to all the stellar Moms out there…Should be more than one celebration annually!

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 (Mother’s Day Brunch at Smorgasburg LA at ROW DTLA) 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.

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

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Show 473, May 7, 2022: The Matzo Project, Brooklyn, NY Part One

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. New is the Dark Chocolate Ungahpotchkees. Delicious but certainly not easy to ask for…

Locally high-profile Chef Jeff Cerciello (ex-The French Laundry) of Farmshop in Brentwood and Chef Jeremy Fox of Birdie G’s in Santa Monica are both fans and buyers.

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

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