Show 179, July 9, 2016: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris and Chef Andrew Gruel

Andrew Gruel at the AM830 KLAA StudiosExecutive Chef Andrew Gruel of the rapidly growing Slapfish empire with restaurants in Huntington Beach, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, LAX, Irvine at UCI and, most recently, Brea, is back as today’s special Guest Host. Last month in Chicago he received Nation’s Restaurant News’ Trendsetter MenuMaster Award for Slapfish.

Now a provocatively tempting preview of Saturday’s abundant show and not, with profuse apologies, for dieters. If we’re successful we will always leave you incredibly hungry and thirsty. In our case that’s actually a pretty good thing…

The 3rd Annual Brew Hee Haw Craft Beer Roundup is part of opening Weekend of the OC Fair from July 15th to 17th. Attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy unlimited tastes of more than 80 craft beers with a wide selection of styles. Trevor Walls, the Head Brewer for Pizza Port San Clemente (and a participating brewery), joins us with a thirst-quenching preview.

Ment’or BKB Foundation Chef Founders, Daniel Boulud, Thomas Keller and Jerome Bocuse hosted the 2016 Young Chef Competition at the Institute of Culinary Education (ICE) in New York on June 8th to identify up-and-coming culinary leaders. Cesar Gutierrez, Executive Sous Chef, Café Boulud, NY (and a C-CAP graduate) finished in Second Place. We’ll meet him.

The third annual Calistoga Harvest Table® event will take place on Sunday, September 11th , under the harvest moon in wine country, Calistoga, CA. In celebration of a plentiful harvest season, 14 local restaurants and 30 wineries will welcome visitors and locals to 1,000 feet of tables in the center of the city’s picturesque downtown. Calistoga’s Mayor, Chris Canning (he’s also the Executive Director of the Calistoga Chamber of Commerce), joins us with all the crave-worthy details.

Going to the movies doesn’t have to be a lackluster experience anymore when you’re talking about premium food and beverage offerings. iPic Entertainment is redefining how people eat and drink at the movies with 13 locations Coast-to-Coast and more on the way. Adam Seger, the Corporate Sommelier and Executive Bartender for iPic Entertainment, is our guest. Cheers.

Richmond, British Columbia is an incorporated city of 210,000 residents just South of Vancouver. It’s known for having some of the most authentic regional Chinese cuisine outside of China. The “SoCal Restaurant Show” was on assignment this week in Richmond B.C. Joining us to delve into the vibrant Richmond food scene is local journalist Stephanie Yuen. She is a seasoned food and travel journalist for both English and Chinese print and online publications.

OC Meets Napa and Baja on July 16th will feature wines from premier wineries in Baja and from Napa’s own Mexican American Vintner Association (MAVA). The event will also include food from top Latin OC restaurants, live music, an exclusive wine auction and a few entertaining surprises! All proceeds from the wine tasting benefit AltaMed OC Pediatrics and Breast Cancer Screenings. Owner/Executive Chef Danny Godinez of Anapalco and Amelia Ceja of Ceja Vineyards join us with the tempting preview.

With fresh fish becoming more abundant on restaurant menus you’re seeing menu descriptors like “Fish Collar” and “Fish Cheeks.” Somewhat mysterious parts of the fish head are incredibly delicious. Chef Andrew Gruel will explain what these wonderful cuts of fish are and why you should be aware of them.

All of this and lots more absolutely incredible deliciousness on Saturday’s show!

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