Show 460, February 5, 2022: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

“Located a block south of Sunset Boulevard at the corner of Cahuenga Blvd. and De Longpre Ave. in the heart of Los Angeles’ iconic Hollywood enclave, The Godfrey Hotel Hollywood is the first Oxford Capital Hotel to launch on the West Coast.  Exuding the energy of Hollywood, this art-centric hotel paired with its immersive interior design set the stage for an ideal city setting for leisure and dining. The ground floor features a SoCal-centric restaurant and bar, ALK(About Last Knife), offering an elevated menu featuring a wide selection of plant-based options, as well as premium fish and meat dishes utilizing California’s bright and fresh seasonal produce under the direction of Chef Steven Blackburn. Perched on top of the hotel, I|O Rooftop features the largest public rooftop venue in Hollywood, spanning over 12,000 square feet. It seamlessly blends indoor and outdoor spaces, offering two bars, lite bites and a glittering pool for the quintessential sun-soaked Southern California experience.” Joining us to highlight the dining options at The Godfrey Hotel Hollywood are Chef Steven Blackburn and Director of Restaurants Matthew Nathanson.

“Single mother Maggie McCreath couldn’t decide which was worse: the fact that her only son (not yet twenty-one) was off to war in Iraq for the second time (late 2006) or the fact that they had only five days to prepare. Even more frightening, she knew that he would be part of the Surge and, as a paratrooper in the 82nd Division of the Army, the tip of the Spear. What she did not know—what she couldn’t even bear to consider—was how this deployment would end, both for her son and for his brothers in arms, whom she had come to know and love as her own. So she turned to the one pastime that had always brought her solace: baking.” Maggie’s heartfelt experience is chronicled in 52 Weeks of Cookies – How One Mom Refused To Be Beaten By Her Son’s Deployment. It’s a recipe book for a variety of incredible cookies as well as an engaging memoir.

The newly opened Bakery By the Yard in El Segundo is an elevated neighborhood bakery imagined by James Beard Award Winning Chef, cookbook author and Food TV personality (ABC’s “Great American Baking Show”) Sherry Yard. “Chef Sherry brings together farmers market ingredients, along with her award-winning recipes, to inspire the palates of all who visit. Whether it’s large-scale events, custom catering, or VIP cooking classes with Sherry + Friends, Bakery By the Yard offers something for everyone.” Look for Sherry in late March on Food Network’s upcoming “The Julia Show” (a new competition series) hosted by Chef Antonia Lafaso.

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. The “Big Game” is at SoFi on Sunday, February 13th. Chef Andrew has some thoughts about “Big Game” snacks beyond the usual chips and guacamole.

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

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