Show 431, June 26, 2021: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

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. Panoringan’s prior efforts includes writing about food for 8 years at the OC Weekly in which she interviewed more than 330 chefs, restauranteurs and industry professionals for her weekly “On the Line” column. Anne Marie joins us to talk about her recent visit to Disneyland and Catal Restaurant located at Downtown Disney focusing on the food. Plus a sneak peak at the newly opened Mah Jong’s by Chef Mike (Doctulero) at the (still under development) Collage Culinary Experience in Bloomingdale’s at South Coast Plaza. We’ll also get a preview of Anne Marie’s next column which publishes Monday, June 28th. Among other items of note Anne Marie talks about what the impact is of the current labor shortage in the restaurant industry both in front, and in back, of the house.

Dr. Shica Little, known to many as “Southern Sweet Maker to the Stars” as she channels her love of baking and her Southern upbringing into her signature Southern sweets and custom creations, is now showcasing her Southern hospitality at her first official Dr. Shica’s Bakery retail bakery location at Westfield Culver City which opened last month. Her irresistible treats are brownies, cookies, cakes and custom creations.” Dr. Shica joins us whisk securely in hand.

Fox Restaurant Concepts based in Phoenix was founded by noted restaurateur Sam Fox in 1998. Chef Christopher Christian was the first employee of Fox Restaurants Concepts (the opening chef at Wildflower in Tucson) and in his long tenure there (22 years) was involved in developing some 17 successful and high-profile restaurant concepts. Best known to diners in Southern California are North Italia, Flower Child, True Food Kitchen and The Henry. Chef Christian retired from Fox Restaurant Concepts in late 2019 as Vice President of Culinary Operations after the company was acquired by Calabasas Hills headquartered, The Cheesecake Factory. Chef Christopher Christian is our guest to discuss the magic of how you create, maintain and expand unique restaurant concepts that retain local character without feeling impersonally corporate.

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. Chef Andrew is continually updating us on the real impact of the Covid-19 crisis in the hospitality field and what we, as diners, can do to support the very survival of restaurants during the initial, highly fluid stages of the hoped-for recovery which remains a genuine concern. Americans are enjoying more & more seafood as part of their diet. Where is the majority of the seafood coming from? What you should know about farm-raised fish and seafood as an informed consumer? Chef Andrew is our always reliable source.

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

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