Show 517, March 18, 2023: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

“Hospitality entrepreneurs, Karen and Jimmy Loizides, launched late last year the family’s newest Santa Ynez Valley venture, Vega Vineyard & Farm. The working winery, farm, and event venue, located on historic land most recently home to Mosby Winery & Vineyards, was renamed “Vega” in honor of the ranch’s initial identity, Rancho La Vega, and its important place in the heart and history of northern Santa Barbara County. The 212-acre Vega Vineyard and Farm comprises the previously-Mosby property’s 21 acres of vineyards, currently covered in Italian varietals, as well as the property’s winery and tasting room, both of which have undergone extensive updates and a design overhaul. The tasting room, situated in a barn which was once the land’s circa-1880s carriage house, joins the likes of other historical structures on the ranch including the original adobe home, dating back to 1853, which continues to greet guests with a new garden and VIP area.” Proprietor and hospitality veteran Jimmy Loizides joins us.

“Leading Vega Vineyard and Farm’s winemaking operations is esteemed Santa Barbara County winemaker, Steve Clifton, known for his decades-long work with Italian grape varieties. Steve Clifton is our next guest pulling the cork on the standout wines of Vega Vineyards.”

 “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.” Phnom Penh Noodle Shack is one of the participating restaurants in Long Beach Cambodian Restaurant Week. A longtime standout in the Long Beach Cambodia restaurant community it was started modestly by the Tan Family in 1985 and is currently overseen by the 2nd generation of the founding Tan Family responsible for a thoughtful expansion and refreshing. Van Tan (representing the 2nd generation of Family ownership) is our guest with a bowl of Phnom Penh House Special Noodle Soup at the ready.

Mijenta is an award-winning, additive-free, premium sustainable tequila from the highlands of Jalisco that celebrates the traditions of Mexican culture and embodies the best of the land and its people.”

“Using only the best ingredients and a meticulous process, Mijenta is inspired by a vision of what tequila should be: complex, balanced and gastronomic.” They distill and bottle Blanco, Reposado and Anejo. Spirits industry veteran, Mike Dolan, is the Founder of Mijenta Tequila.
Mike Dolan joins us to pull the glass stopper on all that is Mijenta Tequila.

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel, the menu-maker behind the full-service Calico Fish House (in 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. Earlier in the week in Boston was the internationally significant, annual Seafood Expo North America. It’s the largest Seafood Exposition in North America. Chef Andrew explains its importance and the programming.

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

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