Show 463, February 26, 2022: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

Our regular OC correspondent, Anne Marie Panoringan, “The Voice of OC’s” food columnist had an informative piece entitled, “Restaurants That Are New to Me” as her last column for 2021. One of her discoveries was Centro Storico Café Spaghetteria in Tustin. The pastas are made fresh, daily in-house by Owner / Chef Enrico Pozzuoli. The distinctive variety of gelato flavors are imported from Italy. It’s both a full-service restaurant and limited-service café. Closed on Monday. We’re long-simmering the San Marzano Tomatoes for the pasta sauces with Proprietors Chef Enrico and Daniela Pozzuoli.

“The World of Pinot Noir (WOPN,) the foremost event dedicated to the celebration of Pinot Noir, is returning to the Ritz-Carlton Bacara (in Santa Ynez) March 3-5, 2022 – in person, Zoom-free and featuring more than 200 premier Pinot Noir wineries from around the globe. For three days, there will be more than 20 different events and experiences for Pinot Noir-philes, including two Grand Tastings on Friday and Saturday, exclusive wine-pairing dinners, tasting seminars and an opening night alfresco Reunion Party with a special musical guest. Winemaker Coby Parker-Garcia, the President of the Board of Directors for WOPN and the Founder of El Lugar Wines joins us to pull the cork on all that is World of Pinot Noir.

Charcoal Venice is an inviting neighborhood restaurant from Michelin-starred Chef and Owner Josiah Citrin (Melisse, OpenAire at The Line Hotel and Dear John’s) that was inspired by the backyard barbecues he hosts on weekends for his friends and family. As the name suggests, everything is cooked indoors over live fire – whether over charcoal or in the coals. Citrin and Chef de Cuisine Jordan Olivo prepare a seasonal menu of craveable comfort foods featuring locally-sourced proteins and vegetables ideal for sharing family-style. Whether diving into a platter of smoky grilled chicken wings with a beer or classic cocktail at the bar, or splitting a 48 oz. dry-aged Porterhouse and a bottle of Bandol with friends, Charcoal Venice is an everyday dining spot.” Chef Josiah joins us with grilling tongs in hand.

Chef Sandra Cordero is the proprietress of Woodland Hills’ Gasolina Café bringing Spanish influenced food to the table in an exciting new way. Chef Sandra is one of the founders of RE:Her. “RE:Her’s inaugural festival, 10 Days RE:Her, debuted on the anniversary of the Women’s March in January 2021. Nearly 100 female-owned restaurants and women-run food & beverage brands came together to offer 85 events across Los Angeles County. These women united to offer unique collaborations with other female chefs, thematic menus, one-on-one conversations among female industry leaders, and more. The organization has grown to include more than 300 members across Los Angeles County. For 10 Days RE:Her 2022 running March 4th through March 13, 2022, there will be even more collaborations and events to explore new neighborhoods, discover hidden gems and support a network of hard-working women who add color and depth to their communities.” Chef Sandra is our guest with a preview of the enticing events of “10 Days RE:Her 2022.”

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 Wall Street Journal had a thought-provoking piece (in the February 12th issue) entitled The Raw and the Cooked.” “From roasted grapes to sushi, some of the most appealing dishes challenge our expectations about how foods should be prepared.” Chef Andrew points out that Bluefin Tuna, prized in premium sushi, was used for pet food not that long ago…Chef Andrew shares his informed thoughts.

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

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