Show 499, November 12, 2022: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

“There’s just something about a new pair of jammies that says ‘cozy and safe’ to kids, and Huntington Meats at the Original Farmers Market in Los Angeles is doing their part to make sure nightly bedtime rituals like fresh pajamas will provide a reassuring and peaceful good night to in-need children this holiday season. Huntington Meats’ sister shop Farmers Market Poultry will also be participating in the drive.

The two shops offering quality product are again coming together to participate in the 2nd Holiday Kids Pajama Drive to take place the entire month of November organized by proprietor Jim Cascone. The goal is to collect 300 pairs of pajamas for distribution to local agencies servicing homeless and low-income families.”

Master butcher Jim Cascone joins us from behind-the-counter with all the Pajama Drive details.

We know Chef Ted Hopson from the fondly remembered The Bellwether in Studio City which was an unfortunate victim of the pandemic. The better news is that Chef Ted is now the very busy Vice President at Gourmet Imports in Alhambra. “Gourmet Imports is a Los Angeles area-based importer and distributor of specialty foods that has been serving Chefs and culinary professionals since 1989.  The company was built on a commitment to service, quality and integrity.  Gourmet Imports carries over 300 cheeses as well as nearly 2,000 other culinary items including: caviar, charcuterie, pâté, oils, vinegars, chocolate, baking and pastry ingredients and much, much more.”

Modern Hippie” celebrates a way of living and entertaining that creates an intentional series of moments at home, where good food, conversation, and design come together to create and establish lasting and inspired memories. Lauren Thomas’s The Modern Hippie Table: Recipes and Menus for Eating Simply and Living Beautifully combines more than 70 curated recipes and assorted themed menus with beautiful and doable tabletop ideas, creating a vibe of laid-back elegance that complements whatever is on the menu, from an intimate dinner for two to a large celebration.” “In this debut collection, Lauren shares favorite dishes that can be easily prepared for entertaining, which allows you to spend less time in the kitchen and more time with your guests and family. Some of the recipes are made from scratch, while others make creative use of store-bought convenience foods and pre-made products that help save time.” Lauren takes a break from preparing her Pear, Pomegranate, Turkey and Gorgonzola Board to join us.

Santa Barbara Wine Country, named Wine Enthusiast’s Wine Region of the Year for 2021 and recently honored with multiple wine scores over 90+ points, is bringing some of its acclaimed wines to Orange County for special Wine Tasting Pop-Ups. The fall tasting events in November and December feature a wide range of varietals from small production and highly sought-after wineries. Guests will learn the best wines to gift and pour for their guests this holiday season.” Representing Santa Barbara Vintners (the organizer) is Winemaker Karen Steinwachs (previously the long-time winemaker at Buttonwood Winery & Vineyard) of Seagrape Wine Co, Santa Rita Hills.

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. The countdown to Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 24th continues. As an experienced restaurant chef with a lot fine-dining experience Chef Andrew wants all home cooks to have a stress-free and uneventful Thanksgiving. Chef Andrew continues to share his genuinely useful Thanksgiving cooking tips. If you find a turkey to your liking the question then is to spatchcock or not…Side dishes (especially stuffing) make the Thanksgiving table and Chef Andrew, of course, has some tasty thoughts.

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

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