Show 553, November 25, 2023: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

The B8kery by Selanne, Laguna Beach’s newest bakery is located just steps from sister restaurant, Selanne Steak Tavern.”

“The bakery beckons both locals and newcomers with its array of offerings that include decadent sweet treats and house-made breads created by Rebekah Eastman, who previously worked as pastry chef at Bourbon Steak, Chef Michael Mina’s restaurant at the Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point.” Rebekah also is the newly appointed Executive Pastry Chef for Selanne Steak Tavern which is celebrating their 10th Anniversary this year. Rebekah Eastman is our guest with rolling pin at the ready and joined by the Executive Chef of Selanne Steak Tavern, Vincent Terusa.

Switchback Ridge winery produces handcrafted estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petite Sirah sourced exclusively from the Peterson Family Vineyard in Calistoga, Napa Valley. The inspiration to embark upon a family wine project first came to current proprietress Kelly Peterson in 1995 with the death of her great aunt, Carrie. Auntie, as she was affectionately called, emphatically insisted that her old vine block of Petite Sirah, or “Pets” as she called them, “not be touched” when the property was replanted in 1990. At the time there was little respect or interest in Petite Sirah and total acreage in California was down to an all-time low of only 1,700 acres. After her death, there was a renewed interest in the variety and Kelly vowed to make a Petite Sirah varietal wine in her honor. That dream became a reality in 1999, with the help of family friend and winemaker Bob Foley, when Switchback Ridge produced its first vintage. Switchback Ridge is named for the winding trails in the hills above the vineyard that John Peterson (Kelly’s father) explored as a child. Today Kelly Peterson continues the legacy of the estate that began with her great-grandfather, Mads, over a hundred years ago.”

Italy Cocktails: An Elegant Collection of Over 100 Recipes Inspired By Italia by food and travel journalist Paul Feinstein is a treasure trove of drink recipes, vivid photography, and cocktail histories from Italian hotspots and around the world. Paul Feinstein is our guest to share his deep love and knowledge of Italian culture and the cocktails born and inspired from its rich history assembled for this book. These signature drink recipes from Italy hotspots pay homage to this vibrant country. With over 100 recipes and dozens of bartender profiles, you can drink like a local whether you’re just visiting or entertaining at home. From ritzy rooftop bars with views of the Colosseum to stylish Japanese-inspired haunts, locals and tourists alike will discover new watering holes that are sure to satisfy all tastes. With signature creations by prominent mixologists in the region, this book offers a detailed rundown of the best locations Italy has to offer.”

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 the fast-casual 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. The Holidays are here and stress-free Holiday cooking is always the objective. As a working chef Andrew has plenty of experience with cooking wisely for the Holidays for both demanding guests and Family. Chef Andrew joins us with his continuing series of genuinely useful holiday cooking tips. The Thanksgiving Turkey has been carved and the remaining turkey and the bountiful side dishes are tucked in the refrigerator. Chef Andrew provides some tasty thoughts for creativity with leftovers. Think the ultimate turkey sandwich on sourdough laden with the sweet & savory Thanksgiving sides.

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

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