Show 403, December 12, 2020: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

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

Anne Marie Panoringan is Voice of OC’s well-informed food columnist. She reports industry news, current events and trends. Panoringan’s prior efforts includes writing about food for 8 years at the OC Weekly in which she interviewed more than 330 chefs, restauranteurs and industry professionals for her popular weekly “On the Line” column. Anne Marie’s work has been recognized by the Orange County Press Club. Anne Marie joins us to talk about the severe impact of the recent dining restrictions placed on Orange County restaurants by the State which is a teaser of her next Voice of OC column out on December 14th. She will also preview some eagerly anticipated restaurant openings for the new year and share some a bit off the beaten path dining options in Corina del Mar.

The Raymond 1886 (restaurant) is a living example of Pasadena’s colorful past and carries on the city’s great traditions of craftsman architecture and unparalleled hospitality.” Under State of California guidelines The Raymond 1886 is currently open for takeout & delivery.

“The Raymond 1886 offers an innovative and contemporary menu in a historic setting, featuring the finest quality ingredients and a dedication to superior service. The dining menu showcases their curated classic American cuisine featuring global influences. Utilizing a mix of contemporary and classic cooking techniques, Executive Chef Jonathan Quintana combines familiar ingredients with an exotic flair.” General Manager Andrew Bugreyev and Executive Chef Jonathan Quintana join us.

“Choosing a plant-based diet is made deliciously easy with the new softcover edition of Laura Theodore’s Vegan-Ease: An Easy Guide to Enjoying a Plant-Based Diet, a new approach to cooking vegan. Written by Laura Theodore, the TASTE award-winning host of public television’s Jazzy Vegetarian, this comprehensive guide is suitable for novice cooks and long-time vegans alike, offering more than 130 step-by-step, wholesome, “eco-nomical,” and satisfying recipes that are quick and easy, each complete with nutritional analysis. Enhanced by over 200 enticing, full-color photographs, each recipe is ranked with an Ease-Factor to make it easy to choose recipes that fit into any busy schedule, using ingredients already on hand. This cookbook and guide includes all you need to know to embrace a cost-saving, healthier lifestyle for you and your family.” We’re joined by “The Jazzy Vegetarian” herself, Laura Theodore.

At Lido Bottle Works in Newport Beach’s bayside Lido Marina Village they believe people, food, and drink should be ‘Genuinely Good Together.’ Their thoughtful and creative dishes are prepared for guests under the direction of Executive Chef Amy Lebrun using local and sustainable ingredients perfectly paired with specialty craft beer, wine, and cocktails. Lido Bottle Works specializes in sourcing from a variety of local farms to create the constantly updated menu and the kitchen is truly hyper-seasonal. An element on the plate a couple weeks ago may be swapped out for a new one that is only experiencing it’s peak of season for a week or two now.  That attention to detail and seasonality is very important to Chef Amy. Brett Karas is the Managing Partner for  the restaurant and he joins us to expertly pull the cork on Lido Bottle Works for 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 regularly updating us on the impact of the Covid-19 crisis in the hospitality field and what we, as diners, can do to support the very survival of restaurants which is a genuine (and growing) concern. New (controversial) restrictions for restaurants are now in place for Southern California for the balance of the year (and possibly longer) as we begin the all-important Holiday dining season. Chef Andrew is launching a grass roots effort (86 Struggle) to directly benefit out of work and struggling restaurant workers. We’ll “Ask the Chef” for the details.

All of this and heaping helpings of extra deliciousness (with proper Social Distancing) on this week’s not-to-miss show!

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