Show 535, July 22, 2023: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

Handpicked Wines is a family-owned Australian Winery that specializes in crafting wines that offer a true sense of place, but fundamentally not from a single place. The Mornington Peninsula in Victoria is home to their Winery and flagship vineyard Capella, but winemaking spreads to five more fully owned, top-site vineyards across in Tasmania, Yarra Valley, and Barossa Valley. They are advocates of sustainable viticulture with a commitment to grape-growing techniques that improve the health of their vines and that of the local environment. Handpicked Wines is a proponent of minimal intervention, a vineyard-driven approach to winemaking that accentuates the character, complexity and geology of each site.” Just back from Australia is Handpicked Wines’ USA Market Manager, Adam Dromi, to pull the cork for us on all that is Handpicked Wines.

“Chef Luladey “Lula” Moges is the author of the newly released, EneblaRecipes from an Ethiopian Kitchen. It’s a collection of 65 plus recipes, vivid photography and family anecdotes in an accessible, authentic introduction to Ethiopian cuisine. Learn to make injera, wot stews, hearty tibs, and more. In Enebla (which means let’s eat!) you’ll learn how to prepare aromatic wot stews, a hearty tibs, breakfast scrambles, colorful salads of pulses and fresh vegetables, authentic injera sourdough flatbread, and even how to enjoy a traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony. The recipes are accompanied by lush food styling alongside family photos and ephemera. An extensive glossary invites curious cooks to learn more about the Amharic language and Ethiopian ingredients.” Chef Lula Moges is our guest with fresh-baked injera at the ready

In previewing Long Beach Black Restaurant Week earlier in the year we chatted with the founders of Miller Butler, a grassroots mobile wood-fired pizza and catering company based in San Pedro and owned and operated by husband-wife team Ahmad Butler and Chef Jillana Miller. There is exciting news from Miller Butler. Co-founder and pizzaiolo, Ahmad Butler, has been selected as one of the twelve finalists (3 categories) in the highly anticipated Real California Pizza Contest. This nationwide competition, sponsored by Real California Dairy, aims to find the best pizza that showcases the excellence of Real California Dairy products. $10,000 cash prize for the winner of Ahmad’s category – Cal-Mex. Pizzaiolo Ahmad Butler is our guest with a “The Angeleno” pizza fresh from the oven at the ready.

Long Beach residents and visitors alike are in for a treat as dozens of local restaurants and pop-ups will offer unique over-the-top Burgers and value-priced Burger Offers when the 3rd annual Long Beach Burger Week returns July 23-30, 2023. Organized by local non-profit Long Beach Food & Beverage, the organization felt that in addition to encouraging local and surrounding “foodies” to enjoy what the expanding Long Beach culinary community has to offer, events like Burger Week support the local economy. It’s summertime and who doesn’t love a good burger? One of the participating restaurants in Long Beach Burger Week is Long Beach Tap House in Belmont Shore opened in 2019 with a dog-friendly patio. Known by the locals for elevated comfort food (with a real chef in the kitchen) along with 30 plus craft beers on tap, wine on tap and wine by the bottle. Partner and Chef Brandon Forsberg joins us with a Belmont Animal “Smash” Burger in hand.

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel, the menu-maker behind the full-service Calico Fish House (in the Sunset Beach area of Huntington Beach) and also the founder and pizzaiola of Big Parm (New Jersey-style pizza) located in the Mess Hall in Tustin provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where he responds to listeners’ thoughtful inquiries. Antibiotics have long been used in the raising (before processing) of proteins including chicken and beef. One of the largest poultry processors eliminated antibiotics in most of its company -branded items a few years ago and started promoting “no antibiotics ever” in their marketing. That will soon end and some antibiotics will again be added to the chickens’ diets. Understand no residual antibiotics are in the protein when processed. 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!

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