Show 524, May 6, 2023: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

In April 2018, Huntington Beach’s award-winning riip Beer Co hired Ian McCall as their newest head brewer and to run day to day operations. That year at the Great American Beer Festival, riip was awarded its second medal, silver for black the riipper black IPA. Before the end of the year riip expanded again by dropping two more fermenters and hiring Danny Priddy as an assistant brewer.  The riip team was quickly growing and the accolades were just starting to roll in.

riip continued to grow last year as they opened a serious pizzeria with an emphasis on quality ingredients in South Huntington Beach.

2022 was also a great year for Riip beers. At the Bistro IPA Festival in Hayward Riip was awarded a Bronze medal for their 1020 West Coast IPA which was a collaboration style with Cannonball Creek of Golden, CO. At the San Diego International Beer Competition Black the Ripper (signature Black IPA) was awarded a Silver. Riip’s Ian McCall (Director of Brewing and Operations) is our guest with a mug of Dankster Squad in hand.

When we last spoke with Dr. Shica Little of Dr. Shica’s Bakery she was operating a mini retail bakery full of deliciousness out of a kiosk at Westfield Culver City. Her decadent “Almost Famous Brownies” were a signature. She was just introducing a companion line of tasty vegan desserts. Dr. Shica’s Bakery just exhibited her expanded gourmet line of plant-based vegan desserts at the Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim. The expanded line includes indulgent cookies, brownies, cheesecake and lots more. New is a vegan crunchy cookie in lemon, double chocolate chip and birthday cake plus a vegan oatmeal raisin cookie sweetened with fruit. Dr. Shica joins us with an Almost Famous Brownie plate at the ready.

A bit over two years ago Vegas Test Kitchen located in Downtown Las Vegas debuted under the direction of Vegas food entrepreneur Jolene Mannina. “It’s purpose during the pandemic was to provide a creative space for chefs to test out restaurant concepts, host popup dinners and stage events. Over 50 chefs have participated in Vegas Test Kitchen.”

Their lease is not being renewed and VTK will have a Closing Night Food Fest and Farewell Party on Saturday, June 3rd from 6 to 9:00 p.m.

VTK success stories include everything from ethereal bagels to gourmet pizza made with a sourdough starter base. Pastry Chef Andrea McLean is one of the earliest chefs with a residency at VTK with her incredibly popular PopNpies bakery. Specialties include Blueberry Crumble and Peanut Butter Chocolate pies. We’ll meet Chef Andrea as well as highlight the successes of VTK with Jolene Mannina.

PBS’s celebrity vegan chef, Laura Theodore, is back with us to celebrate the 10th Anniversary Edition of Jazzy Vegetarian – Lively Vegan Cuisine That’s Easy and Delicious. “This 10th Anniversary Edition of the cookbook features over 120 dazzling vegan recipes, including 25 new recipes from Season Ten of Laura’s popular PBS television series. With more full-color photos, modernized cooling tips, and gluten-free options, this spectacular cookbook highlights vegan recipes that are easy, nutritious, and most of all, delicious.”

Mike and Rhonda Pollard’s Honoka’a Chocolate Co. is located on the Hamakua coast of the Big Island of Hawai’i at Kahi Ola Mau Farm. Their farm has a rich history in the Hamakua district town of Honoka’a. Located mauka (towards Mauna Kea) from Honoka’a in an area known as Ahualoa, the 5 acres the Pollards call home was first purchased by the sugar plantation doctor sometime in the 1920s. They are the fourth resident and keeper of this beautiful property and have transformed it into a working farm. Two and one-half acres are planted in cacao. Starting in January 2018, Honoka’a Chocolate Co. began offering farm tours and tastings of their artisan chocolates that are made right there on the farm. In February of this year most of the production shifted to their new state of the art production facility and retail store on Mamane Street in the heart of historic Honokaa Town. Honoka’a Chocolate Co has received a total of 29 international awards for their premium chocolates over the last two years. Mike Pollard is our guest with a ripe cacao pod in hand.

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel, the menu-maker behind the recently launched, 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. Chefs still prefer to cook with natural gas given the state (and high cost) of the current induction range technology. Berkeley’s ban on gas lines going into new construction has been overturned in a recent Federal court ruling. Chef Andrew explains the significance and provides added background.

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

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