Anne Marie Panoringan is Voice of OC’s well-informed food columnist. She reports industry news, current events and trends. The column publishes every other Friday. Anne Marie joins us in-studio to talk about her recent evening at possibly the ultimate Orange County dining experience at 21 Royal at The Disneyland Resort with 11 other foodie guests. Additionally we’ll highlight some of her recent columns and preview Anne Marie’s upcoming August 12th column.
Every year Chef Marco Zapien of Zapien’s Salsa Grill and Taqueria in Pico Rivera goes all out to celebrate the short Hatch Pepper season. First up for the festivities is Chef Marco’s Hatch Pepper Tailgate Celebration on the evening of Wednesday, August 17th. It’s an entertaining cooking demo and Dinner featuring the dishes prepared in the cooking demonstration. The recipes are from the new Melissa’s Hatch Pepper Cookbook which Chef Marco contributed to. Chef Marco is our guest stirring up all the spicy specifics.
We’ve followed the career of acclaimed Executive Chef Michael Rossi since his days as Chef de Cuisine with Chef Andrew Sutton (Culinary Director of the Disneyland Resort) at Napa Rose at Disney’s Grand Californian. Most recently Chef Rossi was the founding Executive Chef of The Ranch in Anaheim and demonstrated that a handsomely appointed premium steakhouse could also be a distinguished, destination fine-dining restaurant. Last year Chef Michael and his brother, David (an accomplished pastry chef), formed a partnership (Gateway) with Ed and Gabbi Patrick (Gabbi’s and Chaak) to develop and manage restaurants. The first venture is a reworking of Zeytoon in Laguna Beach. Added is rooftop dining and a wine bar. Chef Rossi takes a break from his busy kitchen to join us.
“The Steven Kent Winery was started in 1996 with one mission: to make Cabernet in the Livermore Valley that rivals in quality the greatest red wines made anywhere in the world. By the turn of the last century, Livermore Valley was already far ahead of its Napa Valley neighbor in specializing in the Bordeaux varieties. The goal at Steven Kent is to carry on that tradition. Steven Kent Mirassou (6th generation winemaker) joins us to pull the cork on all that is The Steven Kent Winery.”
Our own Chef Andrew Gruel the Founder of Big Parm (New Jersey-style pizza), Two Birds and the soon to launch, full-service Calico Fish House (in Huntington Beach) provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where Chef Andrew responds to listeners thoughtful inquiries. Chicken seems to be the current “it” protein and continuing to grow in popularity. Crispy chicken sandwiches have maintained their appeal especially at fast casual establishments. New variations are still being introduced with eager anticipation and great fanfare. Chef Andrew talks about the enduring appeal of cluck and the secrets of success for Chick-fil-A.
All of this and heaping helpings of extra deliciousness on this week’s not-to-miss show!