Show 194, October 22, 2016: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris and Co-Host Chef Andrew Gruel, Founder, Slapfish Restaurant Group

Andrew Gruel at the AM830 KLAA StudiosExecutive Chef Andrew Gruel of the rapidly growing Slapfish empire with restaurants in Huntington Beach, Brea, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, LAX, Irvine at UCI and, most recently, The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for Rams and USC Football, is back as today’s Guest Host. San Clemente is launching next. In May in Chicago during the National Restaurant Association’s annual conclave he received Nation’s Restaurant News’ Trendsetter MenuMaster Award for Slapfish.

Now a pleasingly tempting preview of Saturday’s packed 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…

Tal Ronnen, a classically trained chef and New York Times bestselling cookbook author, is redefining the concept of contemporary vegan cooking by concentrating on what makes food enjoyable in the first place. His new cookbook, Crossroads, is inspired by his cooking at his stylish Los Angeles restaurant (featuring Mediterranean cuisine) of the same name. We’ll meet him.

Orange County foodies probably know Chef Greg Moro from his time on the line at French 75 in Laguna Beach. Sadly, he was recently in a devastating accident while riding his motorcycle. Leave it to the ever-generous Orange County Chefs’ Community to now marshal the forces to orchestrate a special fundraiser for Greg, Breakfast in the Barn for Gregory at Manassero Farm in Irvine on Saturday morning, October 29th @ 10:00 a.m. We’ll have all the details.

It’s time for a visit with our resident wine authority, Kyle Meyer, the Co-Proprietor of Wine Exchange in Santa Ana. We’ve often asked by listeners how a wine makes it to the shelves at Wine Exchange. We’ll go behind-the-scenes and hear about this formal process from one of the final decision-makers.

Sherman Chan is a well-respected food blogger based in Vancouver, B.C. and known for integrity. His popular blog is Sherman’s Food Adventures and includes honest restaurant commentary and great visuals. We dined with him on our recent trip to Richmond, BC for their intensive Hole in the Wall Street Food Tour. We’ll meet him.

In the last year the New York-based, cult favorite burger emporium, Shake Shack, has opened three busy Shacks locally in West Hollywood, Glendale and Hollywood. What’s next? Shake Shack’s Culinary Director, Mark Rosati, is back with an update. A Roadside Double with a side of Crinkle Cut Cheese Fries, please.

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

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