Show 538, August 12, 2023: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

“After a three-year hiatus, L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade Culinary Cookout, hosted by James Beard Foundation award-winners Chef Suzanne Goin and partner Caroline Styne (The Lucques Group) along with Chef David Lentz, returns on Saturday, September 23, 2023, from 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. on UCLA’s Royce Quad. Goin, Styne and Lentz have again (for the 11th time) enlisted the support and generosity of their culinary-superstar friends around the country who will donate their time and services to raise funds and awareness for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) and its mission to find better treatments and cures for all kids with cancer. Philadelphia’s acclaimed Chef Marc Vetri (Vetri Cucina,) a long-time supporter of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, will again be cooking at Alex’s L.A. He joins us with all the craveable details. Chef Vetri’s The Great Chefs Event, Philadelphia, supporting the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, was the inspiration behind Caroline, Suzanne and David bringing the Benefit to Los Angeles.

Holey Grail Donuts is the Hawaiian-born, LA-rooted donut shop with area locations in Santa Monica and Larchmont Village that specializes in fried to order taro donuts with a weekly revolving menu highlighting local Hawaiian and Californian ingredients, which are sustainably and ethically sourced from locally owned farmers, who Holey Grail has cultivated deep relationships with over the years.” Available until August 23rd is a collaboration donut as part of their Breaking Bread program, the Cosmic Churro Donut, with Chef Ludo Lefebvre. Ludo recently started a new venture, Shaman Ramen, the world’s first adaptogenic superfood ramen, where he is a partner and flavor creator for the brand. “The collaborative flavor, Cosmic Churro Donut, includes Holey Grail Donut’s signature taro donut fried to order in coconut oil, adaptogenic cinnamon & sugar (sourced from Shaman Ramen) and brulee banana.” Holey Grail Donuts Hawaii-based Co-Founder, Hana Dreiling, is our guest with a warm Cosmic Churro Donut in hand.

“This year the Murphy family is celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the handsome Presqu’ile Tasting Room in Santa Maria Valley where for a decade they’ve been sharing their estate Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc, Aligoté, Gamay, Nebbiolo and méthode champenoise sparkling wines.” “The winery began in 2007, but the opening of the architecturally-distinctive modern-meets-rustic hospitality center marked a new chapter in the Murphy’s unwavering dedication to growing, producing and sharing premium cool-climate estate wines in the heart of the Santa Maria Valley.” Tim Wanner, Presqu’ile’s Director of Hospitality and Sales, joins us to gently pull the cork on all that is Presqu’ile.

Vegetarian Salad for Dinner – Inventive Plant-Forward Meals is the vegetarian sequel to culinary educator and edible garden expert Jeanne Kelley’s highly successful cookbook Salad for Dinner (2012). “This inspiring single-subject cookbook with 80 recipes reimagines the traditional idea of a salad as a main course meal. The salads range from familiar to exotic, taking the idea beyond the traditional tossed bowl, with creative categories such as classic salads, grain salads, pulse salads, salads with seeds, pasta salads, bread salads, and roasted and toasted salads.” Jeanne Kelley is our guest with salad tongs at the ready along with a bunch of fresh heirloom carrots.

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. We planned to chat with Chef Andrew this morning about the cancellation of the annual commercial fishing season for Chinook salmon in coastal California waters but Chef Andrew experienced some unexpected flight delays and was in the air during his scheduled segment. We’ll reel in the Chinook salmon for next week. Instead Producer Andy highlighted what some generous restaurants in Las Vegas are already doing to support vitally needed fire relief aid in West Maui. Las Vegas is unofficially known as the “Ninth Island” as Vegas is a popular destination for Hawaiians when they are on vacation to the Mainland.

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

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