Anne Marie Panoringan is soon to be Culture OC’s well-informed food columnist. She reports industry news, current events and trends. Anne Marie also contributes regularly to Eater Los Angeles, LAist and a host of other well-respected publications. Anne Marie joins us in-studio for her regular bi-monthly visit to discuss her trip to Chicago to attend the James Beard Foundation Media Awards recognizing excellence in Books, Broadcast, Media and Journalism. This is the 2nd year that Anne Marie has had the distinct honor of participating as a judge. Also major restaurant news in South Orange County including the revival of a cherished Tiki Bar and a classy, full-service pizza restaurant helmed by accomplished pizzaiolos.
“PUBlic Legacy (launched in late November of 2022) is a chef-driven dining experience focusing on elevated comfort food, hand-crafted cocktails, fine wines, and craft beer. The restaurant is situated in the Stadium Promenade center in Orange, in close proximity to the Honda Center, Angel Stadium, and Disneyland. PUBlic Legacy is the brainchild of partners Chef Gerry Kent and Chad Dickey, and serves as the duo’s legacy restaurant, a culmination of their shared experiences, passions and values. While the restaurant’s menu highlights comfort food-inspired offerings meant to appeal to a wide range of diners, Chef Kent prides himself in presenting food laden with only the finest in locally sourced ingredients to provide diners with thoughtful dishes that taste their absolute best.” Chef Gerry Kent takes a break from his busy kitchen to join us.
There is a lot more to the wines of Beaujolais than simply Beaujolais Nouveau. “96 per cent of Beaujolais wines are dedicated to the Gamay grape. Nestled between Burgundy to the North and Rhone to the South, Beaujolais’ rolling hills and plains form a wine-growing area of 14,500 hectares. The picturesque Beaujolais vineyards run across the Saone River, where winemakers have crafted deliciously supple and fruity wines since the days of ancient Rome. There are 12 Appellations in Beaujolais including ten crus. Josh Orr, MS, one of the USA’s newest Master Sommeliers, is our guide to the wines of Beaujolais.”
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. When you use your Visa or MasterCard for payment at your favorite restaurant there are actually only a few firms that do the actual bank processing and the fees to the restaurant keep escalating. Some restaurants are now even adding on a credit card fee if plastic is used for payment. What’s going on? We’ll “Ask the Chef.”
All of this and heaping helpings of extra deliciousness on this week’s not-to-miss show!