Show 526, May 20, 2023: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

Restaurant Week returns to Greater Palm Springs June 2-11, 2023. This annual gastronomic event, now in its 15th year, offers residents and visitors 10 days of dining experiences at local restaurants. Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week is the perfect time to take a culinary tour to sample the ever-increasing stature of food culture of the nine-city destination. Greater Palm Springs gained the attention of the Michelin guide in 2022 with their first-ever inclusion of area restaurants in the guide’s recommended places to eat. Visit Greater Palm Springs serves as the producing partner of Restaurant Week in collaboration with presenting sponsor Agua Caliente Casinos.” SO.PA at L’Horizon in Palm Springs under the culinary direction of Executive Chef Michael Hung is one of the new participating restaurants. We’ll meet him as well as Davis Meyer, Senior Director of Community Engagement at Visit Greater Palm Springs.

“From humble beginnings making frozen treats in the basement of their college dorm room, cofounders of JonnyPops, Erik Brust and Connor Wray perfected an amazing and wonderful formula. Real fruit. Heavy cream. Cane sugar. Purified water. And a pinch of salt. Just simple, wholesome ingredients with no fillers and absolutely nothing artificial. JonnyPops has worked hard over the last 12 years to achieve the right balance of real ingredients, flavor and creaminess. The simpler the ingredients, the more delicious the pop. It’s why they use a few wholesome ingredients – like fresh Midwest dairy – and blend small batches with care.” At the recent Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, Jonny Pops was awarded the prestigious NEXTY for “Best New Sweet Snack” for their (dairy-free and water based) Organic Rainbow Fruit Stacksk bar. Co-Founder Connor Wray joins us from Elk River, Minnesota with an Organic Rainbow Fruit Stack bar in hand.

Notre Vue Estate Winery & Vineyards is a breathtaking property spanning 710 acres located just minutes south of Healdsburg, and directly in the town of Windsor’s backyard. The vast views from the summit are a patchwork of vineyards and open space seamlessly woven together, hence the French name “Notre Vue” which means Our View. The property features 350 acres of “Forever Wild” protected open space and 250 acres of beautiful rolling vineyards. Their wines are made in the European style, focusing on finesse and purity, and made with low intervention, clean winemaking styles. Notre Vue Estate takes pride as a certified Sustainable Vineyard and Winery producing ultra-premium wines from their estate vineyards that straddle two of California’s most famous viticultural appellations: Russian River Valley and Chalk Hill, located in Sonoma County. What makes them special is the diversity of terroir that sweeps across the rich tapestry of their land, allowing Notre Vue to grow a selection of 16 grape varieties, including some European varieties rarely found in Sonoma County. The wines produced at their estate vineyards are recognized for their uniqueness and richness.” The Estate General Manager, Geoffrey Thompson, joins us to uncork all that is Notre Vue Estate Winery and Vineyards.

“Now into the eighth year with award-winning chef Suzanne Goin and restaurateur Caroline Styne, Hollywood Bowl Food + Wine promises exceptional dining for visitors to the iconic venue during the 2023 season for the LA Phil. Goin and Styne’s culinary history has defined Los Angeles tastes since 1998 when they opened Lucques, their legendary first restaurant. At the Hollywood Bowl, their California-inspired offerings include three restaurants and three marketplaces. Additionally, menus for the Terrace and Garden Boxes, which can be ordered a day in advance, are created by four-time James Beard Foundation award-winner Suzanne Goin. Goin’s vibrant new summer dishes pair beautifully with the exceptional wine and beer programs curated by Caroline Styne, the James Beard Foundation’s 2018 Outstanding Restaurateur of the Year award recipient. Overseeing the broad range of dining options serving Hollywood Bowl Food + Wine’s thousands of nightly guests is Executive Chef Jeff Rogers.” Restaurateur Caroline Style and Chef Suzanne Goin join us with what’s on the tantalizing menu for the LA Phil’s Summer Season at the iconic Hollywood Bowl.

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. Inspired by a recent column by Steve Lopez in the Sunday Los Angeles Times (May 6th.) we’ll take a look at “Early Bird Dining” where meals are priced at a discount. Once very popular it now seems on the verge of disappearing.

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

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