Show 436, July 31, 2021: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

We’re previewing the show with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris.

The Hatch is a simple rotisserie and bar located just off the town square in beautiful downtown Paso Robles wine country. It’s fueled by wood fire, small batch whiskey, and a bustling atmosphere full of mingling locals and visitors.” “The Hatch was founded in the spring of 2015 by Maggie Cameron and Eric Connolly who had envisioned a cozy, comfortable joint with great food, interesting cocktails, and weekend late night dining. They had lived in Paso Robles long enough to recognize a need in the downtown dining scene so they quit their day jobs (in wine and restaurants) when the opportunity arose to open The Hatch in one of their favorite spaces in the historic Grangers Union Building. Today you’ll find a mix of wine industry professionals, brewers, and visitors from all over California and beyond chatting at the bar, enjoying a mid-week cocktail, or sitting down to tuck into their favorite rotisserie special.” Proprietor Eric Connolly is our guest with a Mockingbird House Cocktail securely in hand.

“Long Beach residents and visitors alike are in for a treat as dozens of local restaurants and food retailers will offer unique, over-the-top Burgers and value-priced Burger Offers when the inaugural Long Beach Burger Week launches August 1-8, 2021.”  launches August 1-8, 2021.” “Organized by local non-profit, Long Beach Food & Beverage and thanks to a generous grant from the City of Long Beach, executive director Terri Henry, who brought the original restaurant week to Long Beach with partners in 2014, felt that in addition to encouraging local and surrounding “foodies” to enjoy what the expanding Long Beach culinary community has to offer, events like Burger Week support the local economy and put “butts in seats” of our valued restaurants. “Now that we are a registered 501c3 non-profit and have support, we decided to mix things up a little this year and put our efforts into a city-wide Long Beach Burger Week, because, hey, it’s summertime and who doesn’t love a good burger?’,” Henry explained.” Organizer Terri Henry joins us with a juicy burger in hand.

“Two well-known and beloved Orange County-based culinary brands, 7 Leaves Café and Crema Bakery, have come together to create ARTISAN, an elevated fast-casual restaurant and café (with a drive-thru) newly launched in Fountain Valley. The concept builds on the popularity of the 7 Leaves brand with a focused, chef-driven menu and baked goods that highlight quality ingredients and attention to detail.” “Upon entering the 3,000-square-foot restaurant and café, guests are immersed into an environment that revolves around chic European style, reminiscent of fine Parisian boulangeries, complete with a display of fresh-baked breads and pastries. ARTISAN focuses on authenticity and dedication to quality through every facet of the brand, beginning with its well-trained staff to provide the highest quality service and an attentive and educational approach to every guest.” “The culinary team, dedicated to presenting a chef-driven experience, is led by the masterminds behind local favorite, Crema Bakery.” Chief Executive Baker Tarit Tanjasiri joins us with a signature Croffle in hand.

The 2021 OC Fair opened the gates on Friday, July 16th. The first Weekend was a complete sellout. Outrageous Fair Food is always a mouthwatering highlight. What crazy edible will they next put on a stick? One of the all-star, Fair Food personalities is the well-traveled “Chicken Charlie” Boghosian, The Deep Fry King and the originator in the 90’s of the Deep-Fried Oreo. Charlie is also known as “The Master of Fun Food.” Outside of the OC Fair season you can find the full- service Chicken Charlie’s Table in Rancho Bernardo with a full bar. We’ll find out what indulgent deliciousness Chicken Charlie is cooking up now through August 15th as Chicken Charlie Boghosian joins us.

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 continued survival of restaurants during the initial, highly fluid stages of the hoped-for recovery. Genuine concerns remain…The plant-based, faux meat producers (a fast-growing consumer market) are now trying to replicate the bite and fatty mouthfeel of chicken in the form of nuggets and strips. The products are being promoted as a healthier alternative to the real bird and also gentler on the environment. Chef Andrew has experience with both serving premium chicken and truly tasty plant-based menu items. He also is a steward of the environment. We’ll “Ask the Chef.”

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

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