Show 554, December 2, 2023: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

Jeune et Jolie (Young & Beautiful in French) in Carlsbad is a highly acclaimed, One Star Michelin rated, fine-dining establishment overseen by Executive Chef Eric Bost (ex-Auburn in Los Angeles) and proprietor John Resnick. “It’s culinary experience celebrating the moment, reimagining French cuisine through the vibrant lens of the Southern California landscape, with a 4-course menu in which guests make their own selections, offered at $115 per person. Reservations are available for dining inside the restaurant or outdoors on the garden patio beneath twinkling stars.” Jeune et Jolie’s sister establishment in Carlsbad is the more casual, New American, Campfire, also led by Chef Eric Bost. “It’s a return to the origins of cooking and hospitality, celebrating the spirit of their name as guests gather around a fire while the kitchen creates honest food to share it with friends.” Chef Eric Bost takes a break from his busy kitchens to join us.

“The 3rd Annual Long Beach International Tamales Festival will take place December 9, 2023. The wildly popular holiday event will take place at Long Beach City College PCH campus located at 1350 E. Pacific Coast Hwy., Long Beach, from 1:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. and will include music, food, drinks, performances, Best Homemade Tamale Contest and more. Organized by Long Beach Home + Living, a local lifestyle multimedia outlet, the event is devoted to celebrating the diverse Tamale-making restaurants, pop-ups and food trucks around Long Beach.  The event is designed to be a medium to bring everyone to the table, from all walks of life, to showcase the city’s diverse Latin food scene featuring holiday tamales.” Co-organizer Sal Flores joins us with a plate of freshly steamed traditional tamales in hand.

The original Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar is located in The District in Tustin. “The interior promises a hip, lively & sophisticated atmosphere, with dark woods, leather and velvet bar stools. The state-of-the-art 7,500 bottle cellar is one of the largest in Orange County. The Winery Restaurant & Bar is open daily for lunch & dinner & features a wine tasting bar with a full bar menu and cigar patio.” There are elegant sister Winery Restaurant locations on The Bay in Newport Beach and in La Jolla. All locations are perfect for special Holiday parties. Each restaurant hosts Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve dinners with special menus. Their popular Gift Card promotion is available through the end of the year. If a guest purchases $300 in Gift Cards they are rewarded with an extra $50 Gift Card. For a $500 Gift Card purchase the reward is a cool $100 Gift Card. The Newport Beach location is the ideal spot to dine while viewing the celebrated Newport Beach Boat Parade. Managing Partner JC Clow is our guest to celebrate the glad tidings of the season.

It’s holiday Latke Time (potato pancakes) at The Spielberg Family’s kosher diary restaurant, The Milky Way, in the Pico / Robertson neighborhood of Los Angeles. The restaurant is a living tribute to their late Mother, Leah (Spielberg) Adler. “There will be candles, there will be dreidels – but most importantly there will be latkes! Often called “the best in Los Angeles”, people flock to The Milky Way on Pico restaurant for this Hanukkah necessity.  Made fresh and ready to pick up in the signature Milky Way box, the Latke Box features a dozen latkes, house-made apple compote and sour cream.” Also there is a festive Hanukkah launch party with a Menorah Lighting Ceremony on Thursday, December 7th. We pull Consulting Executive Chef Philip Kastel away from gently frying the latkes to be with us.

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. Can you successfully prepare a premium steak cooked to juicy and tender deliciousness with eye appeal in a microwave oven? Strong opinions here…Perhaps another spirited culinary controversy in the making? 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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