The OC Brewers Guild is hosting OC Beer Week from Saturday, June 17th to Saturday June 24th. OC Beer Week is a collection of events county-wide showcasing the best of what OC has to offer. For example, at Riip Beer Co they are crafting 3 special beers for the week. A pair are collaborations, one with There Does Not Exist (San Luis Obispo) and the other with North Park Brewing Company (San Diego). All participating Orange County craft breweries are also brewing a fundraiser beer for the OC Brewers Guild called Guilded Together.
OC Brewers Guild President and Board Member, and Director of Brewing & Operations for Riip Beer Co, Ian McCall, joins us in-studio along with other members of the OCBG to tap the keg on all that is OC Beer Week.
“To kick off the summer season, Salt & Straw ice cream has launched one of their most renowned and innovative monthly menus of the year to highlight creative and delicious solutions to help rescue wasted food: The Upcycled Food Series. With 229 million tons of food going unsold or uneaten each year, Salt & Straw was able to rescue over 38,000 pounds to use in the creation of these special flavors. To help craft this menu, they have partnered with five thoughtful brands that are dedicated to reducing food waste in the USA. Each ice cream flavor uses groundbreaking recipe development tactics and tells a unique story about different ways brands and people alike can rescue wasted food. Salt & Straw is proud to announce this menu and each flavor is officially Upcycled Certified®, awarded by the Upcycled Food Association (UFA).” Salt & Straw’s Co-Founder, Tyler Malek, and Urban Gleaners’ Nico Nordin (Executive Director) are our guests.
“Hidden away inches from the sand, overlooking the gorgeous Makaiwa Bay and historic Kalahuipuaʻa fishponds you will find Napua Restaurant (open daily for Lunch and Dinner) at the Mauna Lani Beach Club in Waikoloa Village on The Big Island of Hawaii. Owners Brandon and Chef Keoni (Brothers-in Law) strive to bring back the nostalgia of old Hawaii with new techniques and a fresh twist on the classics. With an honest farm-to-table concept the restaurant offers dishes sourced directly from Kaunamano Farms (owned and operated by Brandon and Chef Keoni) and other small local farmers in order to perpetuate a more sustainable Hawaii.” Think farm-raised pork from pampered Berkshire pigs. Come see their Hawaii which is a memorable contrast to dining at the exclusive, high-end restaurants at the nearby Kohala Coast destination resorts. Joining us from Napua is Brandon Lee, the Co-Proprietor.
Our own Chef Andrew Gruel, the menu-maker behind the full-service Calico Fish House (in Huntington Beach) and also the founder of Big Parm (New Jersey-style pizza) in the Mess Hall in Tustin provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where Chef Andrew responds to listeners thoughtful inquiries. How do you feel about accessing a menu at a better restaurant by scanning a QR code? Is that really user friendly to the guest? There are also other practical uses for a QR code at a restaurant. We’ll “Ask the Chef.”
Food journalist Steve Dolinsky, NBC 5 TV Chicago’s “The Food Guy”, is the recipient of an impressive 13 James Beard Foundation Awards for journalistic excellence. The James Beard Foundation Awards Gala for Restaurant and Chef Awards is in Chicago at the Lyric Opera of Chicago on Monday evening, June 5th. Steve will preview the 2023 James Beard Foundation Awards Gala and what it means to Chicago to again host such a prestigious event. “The James Beard Media Awards honoring broadcast media, cookbook, and journalism nominees from around the country is Saturday evening, June 3rd at Columbia College Chicago.” Steve Dolinsky is our well-informed, on-the-scene guide to all the Beard Awards festivities this Weekend in Chicago.
All of this and heaping helpings of extra deliciousness on this week’s not-to-miss show!
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