Show 336, August 10, 2019: 8th Annual Golden Foodie Awards Voting with Founder Pamela Waitt

Pam Waitt of the Golden Foodie AwardsVoting for the 8th Annual Golden Foodie Awards representing the best in dining in Orange County commences on August 11th and runs for one tight week until Saturday, August 17th. It’s the people’s choice awards as Orange County foodies make the decisions.

“The Golden Foodie Awards has evolved into a celebration of Orange County’s rich culinary scene,” said Pamela Waitt, creator and producer of the Golden Foodie Awards, and president of the OC Restaurant Association. “Now in its 8th year, the Golden Foodie Awards have grown exponentially in reach and media attention. To enable us to continue to grow as an event, we have previously brought on the accounting firm of Moss Adams to audit votes and continue to attract sponsors who share a vision of highlighting those stand-out chefs and restaurants in Orange County.”

The Golden Foodie Awards is a people’s choice event that recognizes the best chefs, libations and cuisine at chef-driven and independent restaurants. With its focus on involving the Orange County community to serve as judges through their voting, the Golden Foodie Awards serve as a high honor and is an indication of local culinary trends and consumer preferences.

Connoisseurs of cuisine and lovers of libations will have a chance for one week (starting August 11th) to vote for their favorites among 14 categories (plus two more categories, Pastry Chef of the Year & Chef of the Year, that are peer voted). The voting includes categories ranging from Bartender of the Year to Best Service Award.

The sold-out gala awards ceremony is set for the Marriott Newport Beach on September 29th.

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Show 336, August 10, 2019: Chef & Food Journalist Christina Xenos – Opa! The Healthy Greek Cookbook

Christina Xenos of My Sweet Greek CateringLearn the secrets of easy, healthy Greek cuisine with our guest, Chef Christina Xenos, co-author of Opa! The Healthy Greek Cookbook. When you don’t have the Greek island breeze behind you, finding local ingredients for complex recipes can seem difficult to integrate Greek food into your lifestyle. With Opa! The Healthy Greek Cookbook you can spare yourself the odyssey of traveling just to eat fresh and flavorful food. Opa! The Healthy Greek Cookbook leads you on a culinary journey towards an appetizing and healthy lifestyle through simple recipes.

Discover Greek cooking with:

  • 90 Recipes for popular Greek dishes made with easy-to-find ingredients
  • Greek Kitchen Tips including how to stock your pantry and kitchen with the right ingredients and equipment, plus cooking techniques
  • A Regional Overview explaining Greek food from ancient times to modern day

Recipes in this Greek cookbook include: Avocado Skordalia, Baked Zucchini Patties, Spanakopita, Spinach Rice, Vegetable Moussaka, Shrimp Santorini, Spinach and Feta Stuffed Chicken Breasts, Greek Yogurt Brandy Cake, and much more!

Christina Xenos is a professional chef, cookbook author, and journalist based in Los Angeles, California. Her Greek-themed pop-up dining experiences have been featured in Food & Wine magazine, among other outlets. She loves sharing her recipes and food musings on her instagram and recipe blog.

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Show 336, August 10, 2019: Zama Tea & Kombucha, Old Town Tustin Part One

Leanne Herrera of Zama Tea and KombuchaZama Tea & Kombucha is a community-focused, brick and mortar tea and Kombucha bar and wellness café serving many tasty vegan and healthier food options. Zama celebrated its Third Anniversary in Old Town Tustin in June.

“Observing the demands of a healthier beverage, Zama Tea opened one of the first Kombucha On Tap locations in the OC at the Packing House’s lower level. That location has since moved to Old Town Tustin, Ca. Kombucha [Kawm-Boo-Cha ] a non-alcoholic, probiotic tea is gaining popularity among foodies who favor organic beverages with a very low sugar content and lots of health benefits.

All the Kombuchas are house-brewed and at any given time a rotating selection of ten flavors options (from a master recipe library of 70 flavors) are available to enjoy on tap at the 12-foot Kombucha Bar. It’s housed in a carefully restored, historic building in Old Town Tustin (the site of the first Doctor’s Office in Tustin.) It’s also the home of the Three Pug Bakery, a local artisan enterprise.

Zama Tea & Kombucha provides a welcome, holistic respite from the stresses of everyday life. An unexpected feature is a tranquil, shaded back patio.

Proprietress Leanne Herrera pulls the tap for us.

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Show 336, August 10, 2019: Zama Tea & Kombucha, Old Town Tustin Part Two

Leanne Herrera of Zama Tea and KombuchaZama Tea & Kombucha is a community-focused, brick and mortar tea and Kombucha bar and wellness café serving many tasty vegan and healthier food options. Zama celebrated its Third Anniversary in Old Town Tustin in June.

“Kombucha is a very popular topic in the beverage industry these days. While very well-liked, it is also quite controversial. The main reason for this is the many claims of health benefits, arguments over the best ingredients to use, and especially whether “raw” or pasteurized versions are better for you. Don’t let the controversy bother you, though; it is still a beverage that you should consider drinking and enjoying!”

Kombucha is a beverage made of fermented bacteria and yeast in tea. Its routes have been traced back to 221 B.C. in China, but may go back even further! While the drink is called various things including “Manchurian mushroom,” the tea fungus is not made with any mushrooms. (The reason for this name comes from the appearance that is created during the fermenting process.)

Proprietress Leanne Herrera continues the conversation and taps a fresh keg of Kombucha for us.

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Show 336, August 10, 2019: Winemaker Justin Seidenfeld, Rowen Wine Company, Healdsburg, Sonoma County

Justin Seidenfeld of Roden Wine CompanyThe boutique Rowen Wine Company is Rodney Strong Wine Estates new brand of small production, high-elevation wines from a remote and historic part of Sonoma County called The Cooley Ranch. This is the fruition of an 18-year project by Rodney Strong Proprietor Tom Klein under the personal direction of Winemaker Justin Seidenfeld.

The vineyards at Cooley Ranch are above the fog line, which increases the sun exposure and heat that Cabernet Sauvignon and other Bordeaux red varietals need to ripen, but also provides cooling during the summer heat, which settles down in the lower valleys.

The 2016 ROWEN red blend is a lush and elegant wine consisting of wonderful high elevation, mountain fruit. The wine has aromas of dark cherries, blackberries and sweet toasted oak from the co-fermented Viognier. On the palate, the wine is balanced and structured from the Cabernet Sauvignon with notes of juicy cassis, light floral and sweet vanilla. Co-fermenting the Syrah with the Viognier is a classic Northern Rhone technique which adds an exotic floral element to the finished wine as well as a rounder mouthfeel.”

“Enjoy this wine now with sharp cheeses and charcuterie, grilled filet mignon, cocoa dusted chocolate torte or cellar for enjoyment for years to come.”

Justin Seidenfeld serves as winemaker for Rodney Strong Vineyards and Rowen Wine Company. Named one of Wine Enthusiasts “Top 40 Under 40” in 2017. Justin brings a bold perspective on crafting unique wines.

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Show 336, August 10, 2019: Executive Chef Michael Rossi, The Ranch Restaurant & Saloon, Anaheim & Brewmaster Victor Novak, Golden Road Brewing Co

Michael Rossi of the Ranch Restaurant and SaloonExecutive Chef Michael Rossi of THE RANCH Restaurant & Saloon in Anaheim is set to collaborate with Brewmaster Victor Novak of Golden Road Brewing for THE RANCH’s first ever Beer Dinner.

Chef Michael will craft globally-inspired dishes that pair with a selection of craft beers from Golden Road’s portfolio of core, seasonal and limited-edition brews.

The Beer Dinner will be held on Thursday, August 22nd at 6:00 p.m. at THE RANCH Events Center, located five floors above the Restaurant & Saloon. Guests will experience a five-course menu expertly matched with beer pairings for $125 per person (all inclusive, space is limited).

Victor Novak and his Blueberry Mocha Stout from Golden Road BrewingMenu includes:

  1. MINIATURE BAJA FISH TACOS OCTOPUS COCKTAIL(Tray Passed) | paired with K-38 CLARA
  2. CRUDO OF GEORGES BANK SEA SCALLOPS: Guava Aguachile, Macadamia Nut, Lime | paired with LONELY TARTS CLUB BAND
  3. BAJA STRIPED BASS: Steamed In Banana Leaf, Lemongrass, Coconut, Shrimp & Pineapple Fried Rice | paired with FIELDS OF GOLD SAISON
  4. MUSCOVY DUCK BREAST: Kalamata Olive, Black Mission Fig, English Cheddar | paired with IN BRUGES
  5. RED DEER VENISON CHOP: Tamarind, Orange, Smoked Jalapeño, Espresso | paired with GET UP OFFA THAT BROWN
  6. IRISH CAR BOMB: Bailey’s Semifreddo, Jameson Sabayon, Irish Stout Spice Cake | paired with EYE FOR AN IRISH

Info & Reservations @ 714.817.4204

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Show 335, August 3, 2019: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris

Now an enticing preview of Saturday’s scrumptious show.

It’s not, with profuse apologies, for dieters. If we’re successful we will always leave you incredibly hungry and thirsty. In our case that’s probably a pretty good thing… As always, we greatly appreciate you being a part of our loyal listening audience. Couldn’t do it without you.

The 2019 OC Fair is on. Outrageous Fair Food is always a mouthwatering highlight. What crazy edible will they next put on a stick? One of the all-star Fair Food personalities is the well-traveled, San Diego-based, “Chicken Charlie” Boghosian of Chicken Charlie’s. We’ll find out what indulgent deliciousness Chicken Charlie is cooking up through August 11th. Did I hear Buffalo Chicken Chimichanga and Fried Hummus?

DINE LBC – Long Beach Restaurant Week Week is now in progress and runs through Sunday, August 11th. It’s a prime time to dine in a potential new restaurant discovery in Long Beach. On the menu with us is Steve Nydell, the General Manager and Beverage Director of the newly launched Navy Proof Food & Spirits, one of the participating restaurants in DINE LBC.

Word-of-Mouth favorite Georgia’s Restaurant has been serving up Southern “soul-delicious” cuisine for the past five years in Anaheim at The Anaheim Packing House, while reimagining and redefining the public’s perception of Southern Soul Food. Now, Georgia’s Restaurant has extended their family and celebrating their fifth anniversary with the Grand Opening last month of their second location at the new Long Beach Exchange (LBX). Founders Gretchen “Nana” Shoemaker and Nika Shoemaker-Machado (Gretchen’s daughter) are our hospitable guests.

It’s the start of the short, but eagerly anticipated, Hatch Chile season. To celebrate Executive Chef/Partner Yvon Goetz of The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar in Tustin is hosting a Roasting & Toasting on the Vineyard Hatch Chile afternoon celebration at the original The Winery location. On the menu are premium beer, Tequila and live music along with a Hatch Chile roasting. Chef Yvon is preparing an incredible assortment of Hatch Chile hors d’oeuvres including Hatch Chile Braised Pulled Pork Tacos and Hatch Chile and Butternut Squash Tamales. Chef Yvon turns up the flavorful heat for us.

Hatch Chiles, grown only in the Hatch Valley and along the Rio Grande river of New Mexico, are considered by chile aficionados to be the best peppers in the world. Hatch is the premium growing area for New Mexico chiles. Hatch, New Mexico is not only the Chile capital of the US but also of the World. The ultimate chile, these chiles are only available from New Mexico in a short, six-week window every year (between August and September.) Our resident produce authority, Robert Schueller of Melissa’s, joins us with all the spicy details.

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

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Show 335, August 3, 2019: “Chicken Charlie” Boghosian, All-Star Food Concessionaire, OC Fair

Chicken Charlie Boghosian of Chicken Charlie's FryBQThe 2019 OC Fair is on thru August 11th. Outrageous Fair Food is always a mouthwatering highlight. What crazy edible will they next put on a stick? One of the all-star Fair Food personalities is the well-traveled, San Diego-based, Chicken Charlie” Boghosian of Chicken Charlie’s. He now has two permanent, year-round, brick-and-mortar locations in San Diego.

We’ll find out what indulgent deliciousness Chicken Charlie is cooking up through August 11th. Did I hear Buffalo Chicken Chimichanga and Fried Hummus?

The Buffalo Chicken Chimichanga is a tortilla containing mac & cheese, bacon and buffalo chicken, fried and topped off with buffalo ranch and Flamin’ Hot Cheetos.

Fried Hummus is house-made hummus coated with flour and seasonings, served in a pocket of pita bread and topped with sliced tomatoes and a sauce made of plain whole yogurt with tahini sauce.

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Show 335, August 3, 2019: Steve Nydell, General Manager, Navy Proof Food & Spirits, Long Beach

Steve Nydell of Navy Proof Food and SpiritsDINE LBC – Long Beach Restaurant Week is now in progress and runs through Sunday, August 11th. It’s a prime time to dine in a possible new restaurant discovery in Long Beach. On the menu with us is Steve Nydell the General Manager and Beverage Director of the newly launched Navy Proof Food & Spirits, one of the participating restaurants in DINE LBC.

The cuisine at Navy Proof Food and Spirits emphasizes technique and texture to highlight the versatility of seasonal ingredients and locally-sourced seafood and meat. A notable element that earmarks the concept is its highly-developed beverage program led by Steve NydellNavy Proof Food and Spirits General Manager. An approachable cocktail bar with a highly creative team of bespoke bartenders, the restaurant offers guests a rich experience with classic cocktails refreshed and re-imagined. In addition to lunch and dinner service, breakfast service is offered daily, in addition to a robust happy hour.

Boasting a world-class, bartender driven cocktail program, biodynamic wines and local brews, Navy Proof Food & Spirits guests enjoy the vast offerings of rare and distinctive spirits plus tableside cocktail service, including the Bargaining Table created with 12 – year rum, averna amaro, coffee liquor, sour cherry bitters. Groups of 2 – 6 can also enjoy the large format Cult of Sailors, made of white rum, grapefruit juice, limejuice, aperol, orgeat (almond syrup) & aromatic bitters.

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Show 335, August 3, 2019: Georgia’s Restaurant, Long Beach, with Founders “Nana” Shoemaker and Nika Shoemaker-Machado Part One

Gretchen Shoemaker of Georgia's RestaurantWord-of-Mouth favorite Georgia’s Restaurant has been serving up Southern “soul-delicious” cuisine for the past five years in Anaheim at The Anaheim Packing House, while reimagining and redefining the public’s perception of Southern Soul Food. Now, Georgia’s Restaurant is extending their family and celebrating their fifth anniversary with the Grand Opening last month of their second location at the new Long Beach Exchange (LBX) .

“Georgia’s Restaurant does not stem from the deep south, but instead a suburb of Philadelphia where high school sweethearts Gretchen and George Shoemaker decided to leave the Keystone State and head west, settling in Lake Forest, CA. It was in their home, where George and Gretchen raised their three daughters, that Gretchen began her successful catering business built on family recipes that delivered a true home-cooked experience. Early every morning, Gretchen would rise to get a start in the kitchen with George by her side playing sous chef, as tunes of Teddy Pendergrass wafted through the air, harmonizing with the sweet and savory aromatics of Gretchen’s Southern soul cuisine.”

“Then, after the untimely passing of George Shoemaker in the early 1990s, everything came to an abrupt halt as the Shoemaker family rallied around one another and Gretchen’s catering business was put on hold. Twenty years later, with all three daughters grown, second daughter Nika Shoemaker-Machado and her husband Marlon Machado approached Gretchen, now known to most as Nana, to all come together and fulfill her lifelong dream of sharing her food on a much grander scale than ever before and they introduced Georgia’s Restaurant, a Southern Restaurant that celebrates authentic Soul Food, while sharing Nana Gretchen and the Shoemaker family’s story of survival, community and love.

Founders “Nana” Gretchen Shoemaker and Nika Shoemaker-Machado (Gretchen’s daughter) are our hospitable guests.

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