Show 520, April 8, 2023: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

It’s Spring and time to revisit our “always in the know” resident produce authority, Robert Schueller, of Melissa’s World Variety Produce. When it comes to knowledge of the season’s best there is no better resource than Robert (also known as “The Prince of Produce.”) Robert will brief us on the newest produce items that are sure to be trendy this year. He’ll also discuss trends in fruits for 2023.

MacLeod Ale Brewing Co. is a distinguished Craft Brewery and Pizzeria located in the heart of industrial Van Nuys. They serve a full range of beer styles from British traditional cask ale to the hazy IPAs, nitro beers and lagers. Guest taps, wine, cider and hard kombucha are available as well. They also operate a MacLeod Taproom and Pizzeria in Highland Park. Whatever your preferences are, MacLeod Ale Brewing has a beer that they know you’ll love. From pale ales, brown ales, nitro stouts, and lagers, to extra special bitters, cream ales, and porters – MacLeod’s rotating taps have always got something new to try. At MacLeod’s the mantra is “food has the ability to bring us together and is worth sharing.” MacLeod’s created their kitchen menu to adapt and expand in response to a growing need for hungry customers. Owners Jennifer and Alastair landed on pizza because it’s simple, delicious, and everyone loves a great pie.” Founder Jennifer Febre joins us with a pint of cask ale in hand.

“Long co-chaired by chef Marcus Samuelsson, Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) is a grass-roots workforce development nonprofit that provides underserved teens a pathway to success. Annually, C-CAP provides culinary, job and life skills to over 20,000 middle-and-high school students in seven regions across the United States: New York City, Newark, Philadelphia and Camden, Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington DC / Maryland / Northern Virginia and Arizona. “The Wolfgang Puck and Culinary Friends” Gala Benefit Dinner is a celebratory evening of food and drink on Friday evening May 12th at Jonathan Club DTLA, to benefit C-CAP Los Angeles’ students and programming!  Longtime C-CAP supporter and celebrated Chef Wolfgang Puck is leading a tantalizing multi-course menu featuring the talented chefs from his family of restaurants and ventures. Joining us with all the delectable details are C-CAP Los Angeles Director, Lisa Fontanesi, and Barbara Fairchild, C-CAP Council L.A.’s Chair and C-CAP National Board Member. Also with us are the General Manager and COO of Jonathan Club, Matthew Allnatt, and Jonathan Club’s Executive Chef Andreas Roller. (Jonathan Club is hosting the Benefit and has been a long-time, generous supporter of the mission of C-CAP.)

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. How about Maine meets California with creamy California avocado added to a classic Lobster Roll? Chef Andrew has created it and discriminating Maine foodies are mostly enthusiastic. An Instagram post went national. Chef Andrew explains…. Also for Easter a helpful chef’s tip for holiday cooking.

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

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