Show 516, March 11, 2023: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

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

“The delicious flavors and aromas of chocolate will “Indulge the Senses” at the Big Island Chocolate Festival April 28-29 at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa. The “Indulge the Senses with Chocolate” theme marks the festival’s 10th anniversary. In-person activities include culinary demonstrations for the home cook, cacao growing and processing seminars by industry experts, a new VIP-PLUS pre-gala Sunset & Pupu Pairing and a festive evening gala with culinary booths, chocolate fountain, entertainment, dancing, a silent auction and some surprises! Guests can enjoy unlimited wine, beer and a custom spritzer by Ola Brew, iced tea and coffee.” Event Chair Stephanie Beeby joins us with all the indulgent details.

“The inaugural Long Beach Cambodian Restaurant Week launches March 19-26, 2023. Long Beach Cambodian Restaurant Week will be a occasion to bring everyone to the table, from all walks of life, to showcase the city’s delicious Cambodian food scene. Organized by United Cambodian Community of Long Beach (UCC) a California registered 501(c)3 non-profit, along with Chef “T” Visoth Ouk,, a renowned Khmer chef and pillar of the local Cambodian community, Long Beach Cambodian Restaurant Week will be an eight day event devoted to celebrating Cambodian and Southeast Asian fare in and around Long Beach. The event also seeks to highlight Cambodian-owned food businesses as well as Cambodian chefs and bartenders.” Shlap Muan (Khmer for chicken wings,) one of the participating restaurants, is the creation of Hawk and Sophia Tea. It started out as a modest sandwich shop in San Francisco as a way for the young couple to escape the corporate grind. Restaurateur Hawk Tea joins us to preview Long Beach Cambodian Restaurant Week with a plate of signature wings seasoned with Spicy Cambodian Dirt at the ready.

The Formosa Café in West Hollywood first opened its doors in 1939 making its relaunched, revitalized debut in its 80th year in 2019 under the stewardship of the 1933 Group known for impressive and thoughtful historic renovations of iconic restaurants including, most recently, Tail o’the Pup. “1933 Group partner, Bobby Green, worked with local Los Angeles archivists and hospitality notables who helped to develop the new food and cocktail menu: a retrospective of Formosa’s culinary evolution since the 1920’s. The new Formosa not only transports guests back in time to the glory days of Hollywood, but with its new, refreshed menu guests are given another way to connect to a special part of Los Angeles gastronomic history, too.” The heart and soul of the revitalization of Formosa Café, Bobby Green of 1933 Group, joins us with chopsticks in hand.

Chef & Pitmaster Chad Phuong, also known as the Cambodian Cowboy, of Long Beach’s Battambong BBQ is a participant in the upcoming Long Beach Cambodian Restaurant Week. It’s real deal Texas-style BBQ with an inspired kick. No gimmicks here… Chef Chad Phuong is our guest with tongs in hand.

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel, the menu-maker behind the recently launched, full-service Calico Fish House (in the Sunset Beach area of Huntington Beach) and also the founder of Big Parm (New Jersey-style pizza) in the Mess Hall in Tustin provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where Chef Andrew responds to listeners thoughtful inquiries. If you have a successful restaurant concept what’s the best way to finance the contemplated expansion? Should the restaurateur seek investors, private financing or perhaps franchising? Chef Andrew has been down this twisting path previously. 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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