Show 434, July 17, 2021: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

We’re previewing the show with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris.

The beloved OC Fair is back in Costa Mesa from July 16th through August 15th. If you love to cook or love to eat, this is the place to meet! “Culinary Arts is again taking center stage at the 2021 OC Fair in the OC Promenade. The Main Stage there is booked every day throughout the fair and will be host to chefs, bakers, farmers, floral artists, food bloggers, mixologists, brewers, butchers and more. (Every evening there’s a great band to provide music.)” The OC Fair’s long-time Agriculture Education Supervisor, Evy Young, is our guide to all the delights.

Proprietors of Sixmilebridge Vineyards and Winery, Jim and Barbara Moroney, “came to Paso Robles with the singular dream of producing wines that had they found them elsewhere, would become favorites of theirs. The Moroneys want to express the singular character of their Westside Paso soil in wines they look forward to drinking every day.” “Sixmilebridge is best known for it’s estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux-style blends. Their commitment to showcasing world-class wines begins with organically farmed, limestone-rich Paso Robles vineyards.” Jim Moroney joins us to pull the cork on Sixmilebridge Vineyards and Winery.

Robert Schueller of Melissa’s (our resident Prince of Produce) presented two, well attended talks on the Culinary Stage in the OC Promenade on Opening Day at the 2021 OC Fair. On the menu were California Specialty Fruit Crops and California Specialty Vegetable Crops. Also a preview of the always eagerly anticipated upcoming Hatch Chile season which is starting now. Robert will share a condensed version of his presentations with us. Melissa’s Produce will be featured in many cooking demonstrations on the Main Stage in the OC Pavilion, the site of the major culinary happenings. For the run of The Fair they will be showcased in the Rare Fruit Growers exhibit located in the Centennial Farms area.

FINCA Paso Robles is a casual restaurant which highlights Baja and Sonora style Mexican food with an emphasis on wood-grilled seafood and carne asada. Located in the historic farmhouse of the Old Hometown Nursery of Paso Robles adjacent to the Paso Market Walk comes the latest project from the owners of La Taquiza – a casual Napa based Mexican restaurant that has been in the Michelin Guide over the years.” Co-proprietor Diego Aguirre, a third generation restaurateur, joins us.

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where Chef Andrew responds to listeners thoughtful inquiries. Chef Andrew is continually updating us on the real impact of the Covid-19 crisis in the hospitality field and what we, as diners, can do to support the continued survival of restaurants during the initial, highly fluid stages of the hoped-for recovery. Chef Andrew provides more of his insider’s perspective on how the restaurant business is bouncing back from the pandemic. What changes can we now expect in full-service dining, including fine dining? He also reports on the progress of his new, ambitious Save the Brave Burger” Summer fundraiser to benefit Veterans with PTS.

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

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Show 434, July 17, 2021: Evy Young, Agriculture Education Supervisor, OC Fair

Evy Young of the OC Fair

The beloved OC Fair is back in Costa Mesa from July 16th through August 15th. “If you love to cook or love to eat, this is the place to meet!”

“Culinary Arts is taking center stage at the 2021 OC Fair in the OC Promenade. The Main Stage there is booked every day throughout the fair and will be host to chefs, bakers, farmers, floral artists, food bloggers, mixologists, brewers, butchers and more. (And every evening there’s a great band to provide music.)”

“Learn from the best during demos and tasting sessions stocked with kitchen secrets, war stories and more – straight from the experts.”

The OC Fair’s long-time Culinary Arts Supervisor, Evy Young, is our guide to all the delights. Evy supervises Centennial Farm, year-round, a hidden gem of an attraction there for families.

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Show 434, July 17, 2021: Jim Moroney, Proprietor, Sixmilebridge Vineyards and Winery, Paso Robles Part One

Jim Moroney of Sixmilebridge Vineyards and Winery

“Proprietors of Sixmilebridge Vineyards and Winery, Jim and Barbara Moroney, came to Paso Robles with the singular dream of producing wines that had they found them elsewhere, would become favorites of theirs. The Moroneys want to express the singular character of their Westside Paso soil in wines they look forward to drinking every day.”

“Sixmilebridge is best known for it’s estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux-style blends. Their commitment to showcasing world-class wines begins with organically farmed, limestone-rich Paso Robles vineyards.”

Sixmilebridge offers relaxed tasting room appointments daily from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm. “The Moroney’s believe that wine is best experienced when hosts are able to dedicate their time exclusively to one group. Consequently, guests can expect one of Sixmilebridge’s welcoming staff to remain available exclusively to your party for the duration of the visit.”

“Winemaker Anthony Yount said it best: our terroir at Sixmilebridge is nothing if not extreme. Were we crazy to plant Bordeaux varietal grapes into the face of an impossibly steep, untamed hillside overlooking the westside of Paso Robles—best known as premier Rhone growing country? Maybe a little. But we’ve never run from hard work, and we knew the growing conditions rivaled the best in the world.”

“Here, exceptional quality fruit is born from a thick layer of limestone dominate terrain that stretches out in every direction down steep hillsides. With staggering temperature swings of up to 50 degrees that soar and drop daily, and a consistent and daily breeze from the Pacific Ocean, our low-yield fruit is stressed, tried, and tested.”

Upcoming releases for 2021 are the 2018 Apparition (Cab Franc,) 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon and 2019 Rose of Cabernet Franc.

Jim Moroney pulls the cork on all things Sixmilebridge Vineyards and Winery for us.

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Show 434, July 17, 2021: Jim Moroney, Proprietor, Sixmilebridge Vineyards and Winery, Paso Robles Part Two

Jim Moroney of Sixmilebridge Vineyards and Winery

Proprietors of Sixmilebridge Vineyards and Winery, Jim and Barbara Moroney, came to Paso Robles with the singular dream of producing wines that had they found them elsewhere, would become favorites of theirs. The Moroneys want to express the singular character of their Westside Paso soil in wines they look forward to drinking every day.

“Sixmilebridge is best known for it’s estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux-style blends. Their commitment to showcasing world-class wines begins with organically farmed, limestone-rich Paso Robles vineyards.”

Sixmilebridge offers relaxed tasting room appointments daily from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm. “The Moroney’s believe that wine is best experienced when hosts are able to dedicate their time exclusively to one group. Consequently, guests can expect one of Sixmilebridge’s welcoming staff to remain available exclusively to your party for the duration of the visit.”

“Winemaker Anthony Yount said it best: our terroir at Sixmilebridge is nothing if not extreme. Were we crazy to plant Bordeaux varietal grapes into the face of an impossibly steep, untamed hillside overlooking the westside of Paso Robles—best known as premier Rhone growing country? Maybe a little. But we’ve never run from hard work, and we knew the growing conditions rivaled the best in the world.”

“Here, exceptional quality fruit is born from a thick layer of limestone dominate terrain that stretches out in every direction down steep hillsides. With staggering temperature swings of up to 50 degrees that soar and drop daily, and a consistent and daily breeze from the Pacific Ocean, our low-yield fruit is stressed, tried, and tested.”

“The Sixmilebridge wines are sourced solely from their two, organic, high-elevation estate vineyards, Maidie and Grace, located in the acclaimed Adelaida District AVA.”

Jim Moroney now pulls the cork on the 2018 Paladin blend from Sixmilebridge and continues with us.

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Show 434, July 17, 2021: Robert Schueller, “The Prince of Produce,” Melissa’s Part One

Robert Schueller of Melissa's World Variety Produce in the AM830 KLAA Studio

Robert Schueller of Melissa’s (our resident Prince of Produce) is presenting two talks on the Culinary Stage in the OC Promenade on Opening Day at the 2021 OC Fair. On the menu are California Specialty Fruit Crops and California Specialty Vegetable Crops. Also a preview of the always eagerly anticipated upcoming Hatch Chile season which just started.

Robert shares a highlighted version of his California Specialty Fruit Crops engaging presentation with us as well as the preview of the Hatch Chile season.

“Melissa’s kicks off Hatch Pepper season with an all-new Melissa’s Hatch Pepper Cookbook, a compilation of delicious recipes from the Melissa’s Corporate Chefs Team. These recipes have been collected over several seasons during their annual Hatch Pepper promotional campaigns. The recipes are divided into nine groups: Appetizers, Salads, Sides, Drinks, Condiments, etc., demonstrating the versatility of this unique pepper variety with more than one-hundred recipes. There are Hatch dishes for every meal of the day and for every culinary skillset from the novice cook to the serious chef.”

Melissa’s Produce will be featured in many cooking demonstrations on the Main Stage in the OC Promenade, the site of the major culinary happenings. For the run of The Fair they will be showcased in the Rare Fruit Growers exhibit located in the Centennial Farms area.

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Show 434, July 17, 2021: Robert Schueller, “The Prince of Produce,” Melissa’s Part Two

Robert Schueller of Melissa's World Variety Produce in the AM830 KLAA Studio

Robert Schueller of Melissa’s (our resident Prince of Produce) is presenting two talks on the Culinary Stage in the OC Promenade on Opening Day at the 2021 OC Fair. On the menu are California Specialty Fruit Crops and California Specialty Vegetable Crops. Also a preview of the always eagerly anticipated upcoming Hatch Chile season which just started.

Robert now shares a highlighted version of his California Specialty Food Crops engaging presentation with us as well as the preview of the Hatch Chile season.

“Melissa’s kicks off Hatch Pepper season with an all-new Melissa’s Hatch Pepper Cookbook, a compilation of delicious recipes from the Melissa’s Corporate Chefs Team. These recipes have been collected over several seasons during their annual Hatch Pepper promotional campaigns. There are Hatch dishes for every meal of the day and for every culinary skillset from the novice cook to the serious chef.”

Melissa’s Produce will be featured in many cooking demonstrations on the Main Stage in the OC Promenade, the site of the major culinary happenings. For the run of The Fair they will be showcased in the Rare Fruit Growers exhibit located in the Centennial Farms area.

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Show 434, July 17, 2021: Diego Aguirre, Co-Proprietor, FINCA restaurant, Paso Robles

Diego Aguirre of Finca Paso Robles

FINCA Paso Robles is a casual restaurant which highlights Baja and Sonora style Mexican food with an emphasis on wood-grilled seafood and carne asada. Located in the historic farmhouse of the Old Hometown Nursery of Paso Robles adjacent to the Paso Market Walk comes the latest project from the owners of La Taquiza – a casual Napa based Mexican restaurant launched in 2006 that has been in the Michelin Guide over the years.”

“With over 20 years experience in the service industry, co-owner Patrick Aguirre has worked under the likes of Thomas Keller at Bouchon Bakery and Suzanne Goin of A.O.C. His business partner and wife Stephanie, has managed multiple businesses, from aiding in her family’s seafood distribution company to running restaurants in both Napa and Los Angeles.”

“Accompanying them in opening FINCA is son, Diego, and daughter-in-law, Cecilia, who both graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and have been in the area since 2013. With a combined 15 years experience in the wine and service industry between them, they are excited to bring their passion and love for their community to this home-grown venture.”

Everything on the menu that can be scratch-made, is. Also hand-selected wines and beers.

Diego Aguirre, a 3rd generation restaurateur, is our guest.

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Show 434, July 17, 2021: Co-Host Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group with “Ask the Chef”

Chef Andrew Gruel savoring a New Jersey style Pizza

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where Chef Andrew responds to listeners thoughtful inquiries. Chef Andrew is continually updating us on the real impact of the Covid-19 crisis in the hospitality field and what we, as diners, can do to support the continued survival of restaurants during the initial, highly fluid stages of the hoped-for recovery. Genuine concerns remain…

Chef Andrew provides more of his insider’s perspective on how the restaurant business is bouncing back from the pandemic. What changes can we expect in full-service dining with a focus on fine dining?

He also reports on the progress of his new ambitious Save the Brave Burger” fundraiser to benefit Veterans with PTS.

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Show 433, July 10, 2021: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

We’re previewing the show with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris.

For proprietor Mike Smith at Palm Springs’ Chicken Ranch (a locals’ favorite) preparing good food is simple. “It starts with great ingredients sourced from local farms who apply sustainable, eco-friendly standards to their craft. Chicken Ranch’s rotisserie chicken, crisp, delicious salads and savory, succulent sides are prepared carefully and artistically, with respect to seasonal ingredients, flavors and seasonings. Chicken Ranch is committed to keeping it fresh; bringing farm-fresh produce and free-range poultry from local farms to every guest’s plate.” Chicken Ranch is full service with shaded patio seating with misters. Also a full bar with beer, wine, cocktails and spirits. The ruler of Chicken Ranch’s roost, Mike Smith, joins us.

“Proprietress Riley Roddick’s (Hubba Wines in Tin City, Paso Robles) journey as a winemaker spans all corners of the world and her wines are a reflection of a myriad of influences, education, and experience. Born and raised in San Diego, Riley received a degree in Ag Business with a minor in Viticulture from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.” “Her love of the Central Coast of California eventually called her back to the Paso Robles region (after wine explorations in Australia, France and Italy) where she worked as assistant winemaker at Law Estate wines moving later to assistant winemaker under Vailia From at Desparada Wines. She continues to consult for Monochrome Wines.” Hubba wines are a reflection of Riley’s international influences, inspiration from friends and family, and her never-ending wanderlust. Share these wines with friends, family, food, and whatever the day brings.” Riley Roddick uncorks all that is Hubba Wines for us.

For the fourth year, Bracken’s Kitchen is hosting its signature culinary event benefiting the less fortunate and food insecure in Southern California. This year’s edition, THE HUNGRY GAMES 4.0, will feature talented, local chefs creating their trademark dishes and competing in the organization’s very own 9,000 square foot kitchen in Garden Grove on Thursday, September 9, 2021, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. 

“All who attend are encouraged to come HUNGRY as guests will enjoy selections of small bites, appetizers, snacks, sweets, beer, and wine, while experiencing the entire Bracken’s Kitchen facility including three commercial kitchens and a newly renovated outdoor space. Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy the culinary competition, participate in a silent auction of unique items, and learn more about the great work to which Bracken’s Kitchen is devoted.” Founding Chef Bill Bracken is our guest.

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where Chef Andrew responds to listeners thoughtful inquiries. Chef Andrew is continually updating us on the real impact of the Covid-19 crisis in the hospitality field and what we, as diners, can do to support the continued survival of restaurants during the initial, highly fluid stages of the hoped-for recovery which remains a genuine concern. Chef Andrew provides more of his insider’s perspective on how the restaurant business is bouncing back from the pandemic. How are establishments coping with all the new price increases? Can menu prices realistically be adjusted?

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

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Show 433, July 10, 2021: Restaurateur Mike Smith, Chicken Ranch, Palm Springs

Mike Smith of Chicken Ranch

For proprietor Mike Smith at Palm Springs’ Chicken Ranch (a locals’ favorite) preparing good food is simple. “It starts with great ingredients sourced from local farms who apply sustainable, eco-friendly standards to their craft. Chicken Ranch’s rotisserie chicken, crisp, delicious salads and savory, succulent sides are prepared carefully and artistically, with respect to seasonal ingredients, flavors and seasonings. Chicken Ranch is committed to keeping it fresh; bringing farm-fresh produce and free-range poultry from local farms to every guest’s plate.”

Chicken Ranch offers full-service with shaded patio seating with misters. Also a full bar with beer, wine, cocktails and spirits. It’s dog friendly.

The ruler of Chicken Ranch’s roost, Mike Smith, joins us.

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