Show 104, January 3, 2015: Show Preview with Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

Happy New Year to all of our loyal listeners. We thank you for your support over the last two years and three months, and wish you nothing but the very best in dining in 2015!

Andy Harris at the KLAA StudiosProducer and Co-Host Andy Harris is going solo in the host chair this morning. Now a preview of today’s abundant show, the first of the bright new year…

We value Restaurant Weeks on the “SoCal Restaurant Show” and January is California’s official Dine Out Month. dineL.A.’s Restaurant Week (January 19th to Feb. 1st) is a 14-day dining event showcasing L.A.’s best. Locals and visitors have the opportunity to enjoy a selection of specially priced prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus. The restaurants are always aiming to impress so it’s a good value for the discerning dining public and a great way to try new placers.

Anita Lau, The Mad Hungry Woman, is one of the most widely read food bloggers covering Southern California. She concentrates on dining finds in Orange County and San Diego with an occasional side of L.A. eating. Lau’s approach is interactive with her readers as they frequently have the opportunity to win meals at the restaurants she profiles. Anita will graciously share with us her “5 Favorite Asian Restaurants of 2014.”

The Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles arrived with a bang about a year ago. Their destination restaurant is L.A. Chapter along with three bars including a very busy rooftop bar with sweeping views of Downtown. Its traditional American fare prepared with both classic and modern techniques using local and organic ingredients. The executive chef and co-owner is Ken Addington who also oversees the popular Five Leaves in Greenpoint Brooklyn. Many dishes are L.A. adaptations of signature Five Leaves items. Chef Ken Addington joins us.

Steve Bramucci is a freelance food and travel writer based in Laguna Beach. For the final issue of OC Register Magazine he researched and wrote the provocative piece, “The 20-Mile Meal.” “With the help of The Haven Collective’s Executive Chef Greg Danielss, writer Steve Bramucci tests the limits of the “Eat Local” concept by sourcing a multicourse dinner from within 20 miles of his Laguna Beach apartment.” How did it all turn out ? Steve Bramucci takes us through that journey.

Love & Salt is the latest addition to the dynamic Manhattan Brach dining scene. It’s located on the site of the long-running Café Pierre (and the ownership group includes the partners from the former Café Pierre.) It’s now a high-energy Italian inspired restaurant under the culinary direction of partner Michael Fiorelli (ex- mar’sel at the Terranea Resort.) He blends accessibility and innovation with a menu that celebrates the soul of Italian cuisine reflected through a distinctly Southern California personality. Co-owner Sylvie Gabriele (Farm Stand) is our guest. She is a 2nd generation restaurateur.

Newly opened in Irvine is Twenty Eight Restaurant & Lounge which features a fresh, modern approach to traditional Chinese cuisine. The menu is contemporary Chinese dishes that utilize local, seasonal ingredients and bold flavors. The modern Chinese cuisine menu was created by Executive Chef & Partner Shirley Chung, best known from Season 11 of Bravo’s “Top Chef New Orleans.” Partnered with Chef Shirley in Twenty Eight is seasoned restaurateur Stacie Tran, who has experienced a long history in the hospitality industry. We’ll be joined by both Chef Shirley and Stacie Tran.

The slider eating competition at Dog Haus Biergarten (gourmet hot dog concept) in Old Pasadena will kick off the community’s fourth annual Cheeseburger Week (January 11th to 16th) with a challenge for their fans. Ten competitors, selected through qualifying rounds held at each Dog Haus location during the month of December and early January, will face off to see who can eat the most Dog Haus sliders in six minutes. Last year the victor consumed 38 sliders in 6 minutes! Founding Dog Haus partner Hagop Giragossian provides a briefing.

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

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