Show 156, January 23, 2016: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris and Chef Andrew Gruel

Andrew Gruel and his son WilliamExecutive Chef Andrew Gruel of the rapidly growing Slapfish empire with restaurants in Huntington Beach, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, LAX, Irvine at UCI and, now, Brea, is back as today’s special Guest Host.

Next a tempting preview of Saturday’s treat-filled, sumptuous but always healthy show and not, with profuse apologies, for dieters. If we’re doing it right we will always leave you hungry and thirsty. In our case that’s absolutely a good thing…

Dean Kim has developed an incredible (and well-deserved) following among the top (and most demanding) restaurants in Orange County as the personable artisan bread baker with a superior, boutique product and unmatched customer service. He’s just moved into a vastly expanded new bread bakery. Dean actually has the enviable problem of having more business than he can handle. Baker Dean tears himself away from the morning bake to bring us up-to-date on the new Orange facility. Yes, he’s always on the rise…

Shortly after leaving his post as Chef de Cuisine at The French Laundry in 2013, Chef Timothy Hollingsworth moved to Los Angeles and opened Barrel & Ashes in Studio City in 2014. It’s an updated take on traditional BBQ. Late last month he debuted his first solo project, Otium, and it’s an ambitious one. Located on Grand Ave. adjacent to The Broad – L.A.’s New Contemporary Art Museum in the Historic Bunker Hill neighborhood of Downtown Los Angeles, Otium strips away the formalities of fine dining while focusing on quality food and service. Chef Tim is our guest.

We value Restaurant Weeks on the “SoCal Restaurant Show.” It’s a chance for food enthusiasts to experience new dining spots (on their best behavior) at great values. “Celebrating 10 Years of Good Taste” Newport Beach Restaurant Week is on through Sunday, January 31st.

Special prix-fixe menus are featured with lunches for $10, $15, $20, or $25, and dinners for $20, $30, $40 or $50. Jim Walker, the President of the organizing ewport Beach Restaurant Association, joins us with all the needed 411. Make your reservations now!

We love inspirational entrepreneurial success stories on the “SoCal Restaurant Show.” You’ve probably seen Chefs’ Toys fleet of trucks navigating the freeways in Southern California. It all started in 1985 as a modest, mobile knife-sharpening business. Today, Chefs’ Toys with 6 massive, fully-stocked warehouse stores in Southern California, is the largest full-line supplier of foodservice equipment and smallwares in the West. Co-founder Steve Dickler, a working chef by background, is our guest.

Our Co-host, Chef Andrew Gruel is always talking about the impact of positive Social Media in driving guests to a restaurant. It’s powerful…A key Social Media influencer in Orange County is Edmond Cartojano of the Daily Food Feed blog. He has an incredible 150,000 followers on Instagram.

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

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