Show 539, August 19, 2023: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

Ment’or, founded bychefs Daniel Boulud, Jerome Bocuse and Thomas Keller is a leading 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization devoted to inspiring culinary excellence in young professionals and preserving the traditions and quality of cuisine in America.” They are celebrating their 15th anniversary of achievement this year. Their aim is to build a sustainable community of young American professionals that are knowledgeable and confident in their career pursuits and will be life-long ambassadors of quality and excellence in the world of gastronomy. The organization is dedicated to making the careers of serious young individuals more meaningful and successful by offering them unique educational opportunities, internships, and access to a Culinary Council of established mentors. Since 2008 it has been a key mission for the Foundation to enable the best young talent in America to effectively train for the privilege and honor of representing the United States as Team USA at the Bocuse d’Or in Lyon. Thomas Keller joins us to talk about 15 years of accomplishment for Ment’or.

Within France’s 3rd largest Appellation wine region, stretching from the Atlantic coast to Auvergne, Loire Valley wines represent the balance point between north and south, mellowness and freshness, arts and literature, tradition and modernity. From this harmonious blending, helped by a generally temperate climate and remarkably varied terroirs, comes a great diversity of wines. 20 per cent of the production is exported to over 150 countries amounting to over 54 million bottles in 2020. Sommelier Rick Arline, Director of Beverage, The City Club, Los Angeles is our well-informed guide to the wines of Loire Valley.

Muy Bueno: Fiestas – 100+ Delicious Mexican Recipes for Celebrating the Year is a festive cookbook filled with history, traditions, Mexican recipes, and crafts to celebrate Americanand Mexican holidays from the proud Latina and blogger behind Muy Bueno, Yvette Marquez-Sharpnack. You’ll discover how to show your love on Valentine’s Day with Heart-Shaped Berry Empanadas, celebrate Mother’s Day with Guava Mimosas, whip up Chile Braised Pork Ribs for Día de los Muertos; make a big batch of Red Chile and Chicken Tamales for the December holidays, and much more. Included along with the over 100 delicious, seasonal recipes are step-by-step instructions for making holiday-themed crafts that are fun for children and grown-ups alike.”  
“It’s no secret why everyone is obsessed with Hatch Peppers. Named after the original growing area in Hatch, New Mexico, authentic Hatch Peppers are truly a Southwestern favorite. No other pepper is prized more than this variety which grows in the Hatch Valley, just north of Las Cruces. Chefs say that the intense sunlight and cool nights in this valley result in a uniquely flavored pepper that’s unrivaled by any other.”

Celebrate a fun Hatch Pepper event in Tustin where the original Winery Restaurant and Wine Bar is presenting their annual Hatch Chile Roasting and Toasting Event orchestrated by their founding Partner and Executive Chef Yvon Goetz. It’s a relaxing, leisurely afternoon of sipping cold beer and Tequila while enjoying Hatch Chile Hors D’oeuvres (think Polynesian Chicken & Hatch Chile Meatballs with Tree Ripe Mango Cous Cous) with fellow discriminating foodies and chile heads. The festivities take place on The Winery’s spacious Vineyard Patio in Tustin on August 26th from 1:30 p.m., until 4:00 p.m. Chef Yvon is our guest with a basket of freshly roasted Hatch Peppers 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. We all typically enjoy fresh salmon as a seafood go-to but certain varieties in California are now in short supply. The Chinook salmon season for commercial fisherman along costal California waters has been cancelled this year. Chef Andrew will explain what’s behind this and the types of sustainably raised and sourced salmon that you can still enjoy on your table and in restaurants.

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

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