Show 468, April 2, 2022: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

Park 1039 in San Luis Obispo was built with the dream of bringing together products that inspire the staff, and a team that genuinely loves what they do. Owner Steven Goodale is the heart of Park 1039 and has worked tirelessly to open a top- notch eatery and market for the last three years. Goodale is passionate about fine wines, especially when it comes to France. Steve humbly wants everyone to experience the best food and wine the world has to offer, and bring a unique selection of offerings to his beautiful City of San Luis Obispo.” Steven Goodale joins us to pull the cork on all that is Park 1039.

“California Central Coast Chef Michael Cherney and his wife, Sarah Cherney, owners of Solvang, California restaurant, peasants FEAST, have launched peasants DELI & MARKET, also in downtown Solvang. The peasants DELI & MARKET offers classic and not-so-classic deli sandwiches filled with thoughtfully-sourced, artisanal cured and smoked meats, served on specially-commissioned sesame French rolls from Santa Ynez Valley bakery, Bob’s Well Bread.”

“Founder and Creator Al Mancini (former Food Staff Writer for The Las Vegas Review-Journal) has officially launched Neon Feast, a first-of-its-kind restaurant guide and reservation app for greater Las Vegas. Available now on app stores for both Apple and Android (as well as on their website), Neon Feast solves the “where to eat” dilemma for both visitors and locals with listings curated by dozens of local and nationally prominent food & beverage experts, searchable through a unique combination of filters and capabilities. Traditional dining guides are outdated before they ever get to print, and crowdsourced apps don’t distinguish sincere reviews from vindictive ones,” said Mancini. “Neon Feast avoids all the headaches and basically puts the experts conveniently in the palm of your hands.”

Mark Ketcham (1955-2020) had long dreamt of owning a Vineyard in the Northern California wine country. That dream came true in 2000 when he purchased a Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vineyard in the heart of the Russian River Valley. The vineyard was quickly converted to 100% Estate Pinot Noir, while retaining the ‘Old Block Pinots’ that were its heritage. The goal was to develop a perfect matrix of Pinot Noir clones, married to the ‘terroir’ of sun, soil, wind and location, all bound by the small creek that borders the perimeter of the property. In 2004, Mark founded Ketcham Estate to make wines from the heritage Pinot vines. Every taste of a Ketcham Estate Pinot tells the story of lovingly tended vines; each vintage yields a perfect balance of bright fruit combined with the acid and structure qualities that make outstanding Pinot Noirs. Ketcham Estate Pinot Noirs are drinkable on their own or paired with California’s bounty of wonderful foods. Ketcham Estate is now owned and managed by Mark’s wife, Allison Ketcham. Allie joins us with a glass of Allie’s Reserve Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley) in hand.”

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. Can raising cattle be done in a way that is humane, sustainable and also benefit the environment? Chef Andrew discusses the promise of Regenerative Agriculture.

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

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Show 468, April 2, 2022: Journalist Al Mancini introducing the Neon Feast Restaurant Guide app, Las Vegas Part One

Al Mancini of Neon Feast

“Founder and Creator Al Mancini (former Food Staff Writer for The Las Vegas Review-Journal) has officially launched Neon Feast, a first-of-its-kind restaurant guide and reservation app for greater Las Vegas. Available now on app stores for both Apple and Android (as well as on their website), Neon Feast solves the “where to eat” dilemma for both visitors and locals with listings curated by dozens of local and nationally prominent food & beverage experts, searchable through a unique combination of filters and capabilities.”

“Traditional dining guides are outdated before they ever get to print, and crowdsourced apps don’t distinguish sincere reviews from vindictive ones,” said Mancini. “Neon Feast avoids all the headaches and basically puts the experts in the palm of your hands.”

“In contrast to other crowdsourced restaurant review apps, the list of venues on Neon Feast is limited to only those that the experts recommend, currently approaching 500 eateries. The diverse all-star panel includes prominent local and national food writers, local chefs and foodies who were invited to share the restaurants they would recommend to friends and family (without compensation). Restaurants cannot “buy-in” to be included on the app, although premium features allow them to add reservation buttons, one-touch Uber calls and other elements. Some of the searchable filters and lists include cuisine types, neighborhoods, date night spots, late-night dining, breathtaking views, etc.”

Al Mancini joins us to preview what’s on the extensive menu for Neon Feast.

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Show 468, April 2, 2022: Journalist Al Mancini introducing the Neon Feast Restaurant Guide app, Las Vegas Part Two

Al Mancini of Neon Feast

“Founder and Creator Al Mancini (former Food Staff Writer for The Las Vegas Review-Journal) has officially launched Neon Feast, a first-of-its-kind restaurant guide and reservation app for greater Las Vegas. Available now on app stores for both Apple and Android (as well as on their website), Neon Feast solves the “where to eat” dilemma for both visitors and locals with listings curated by dozens of local and nationally prominent food & beverage experts, searchable through a unique combination of filters and capabilities.”

“Traditional dining guides are outdated before they ever get to print, and crowdsourced apps don’t distinguish sincere reviews from vindictive ones,” said Mancini. “Neon Feast avoids all the headaches and basically puts the experts in the palm of your hands.”

“In contrast to other crowdsourced restaurant review apps, the list of venues on Neon Feast is limited to only those that the experts recommend, currently approaching 500 eateries. The diverse all-star panel includes prominent local and national food writers, local chefs and foodies who were invited to share the restaurants they would recommend to friends and family (without compensation). Restaurants cannot “buy-in” to be included on the app, although premium features allow them to add reservation buttons, one-touch Uber calls and other elements. Some of the searchable filters and lists include cuisine types, neighborhoods, date night spots, late-night dining, breathtaking views, etc.”

Al Mancini continues with us describing what’s on the extensive menu for the genuinely useful Neon Feast app.

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April 2: Park 1039, peasants Deli & Market, Al Mancini, Ketcham Estate

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Steven Goodale, Proprietor, Park 1039, San Luis Obispo
Segment Three: Chef Michael Cherney, peasants DELI & MARKET and peasants FEAST, Solvang
Segment Four: Journalist Al Mancini introducing the Neon Feast Restaurant Guide app, Las Vegas Part One
Segment Five: Journalist Al Mancini introducing the Neon Feast Restaurant Guide app, Las Vegas Part Two
Segment Six: Allison Ketcham, Proprietor, Ketcham Estate, Healdsburg Part One
Segment Seven: Allison Ketcham, Proprietor, Ketcham Estate, Healdsburg Part Two
Segment Eight: Chef & Co-Host Andrew Gruel of Slapfish with “Ask the Chef”

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

“Park 1039 in San Luis Obispo was built with the dream of bringing together products that inspire the staff, and a team that genuinely loves what they do. Owner Steven Goodale is the heart of Park 1039 and has worked tirelessly to open a top- notch eatery and market for the last three years. Goodale is passionate about fine wines, especially when it comes to France. Steve humbly wants everyone to experience the best food and wine the world has to offer, and bring a unique selection of offerings to his beautiful City of San Luis Obispo.” Steven Goodale joins us to pull the cork on all that is Park 1039.

“California Central Coast Chef Michael Cherney and his wife, Sarah Cherney, owners of Solvang, California restaurant, peasants FEAST, have launched peasants DELI & MARKET, also in downtown Solvang. The peasants DELI & MARKET offers classic and not-so-classic deli sandwiches filled with thoughtfully-sourced, artisanal cured and smoked meats, served on specially-commissioned sesame French rolls from Santa Ynez Valley bakery, Bob’s Well Bread.”

“Founder and Creator Al Mancini (former Food Staff Writer for The Las Vegas Review-Journal) has officially launched Neon Feast, a first-of-its-kind restaurant guide and reservation app for greater Las Vegas. Available now on app stores for both Apple and Android (as well as on the website), Neon Feast solves the “where to eat” dilemma for both visitors and locals with listings curated by dozens of local and nationally prominent food & beverage experts, searchable through a unique combination of filters and capabilities. Traditional dining guides are outdated before they ever get to print, and crowdsourced apps don’t distinguish sincere reviews from vindictive ones,” said Mancini. “Neon Feast avoids all the headaches and basically puts the experts in the palm of your hands.”

Mark Ketcham (1955-2020) had long dreamt of owning a Vineyard in the Northern California wine country. That dream came true in 2000 when he purchased a Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vineyard in the heart of the Russian River Valley. The vineyard was quickly converted to 100% Estate Pinot Noir, while retaining the ‘Old Block Pinots’ that were its heritage. The goal was to develop a perfect matrix of Pinot Noir clones, married to the ‘terroir’ of sun, soil, wind and location, all bound by the small creek that borders the perimeter of the property. In 2004, Mark founded Ketcham Estate to make wines from the heritage Pinot vines. Every taste of a Ketcham Estate Pinot tells the story of lovingly tended vines; each vintage yields a perfect balance of bright fruit combined with the acid and structure qualities that make outstanding Pinot Noirs. Ketcham Estate Pinot Noirs are drinkable on their own or paired with California’s bounty of wonderful foods. Ketcham Estate is now owned and managed by Mark’s wife, Allison Ketcham. Allie joins us with a glass of Allie’s Reserve Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley) in hand.”

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. Can raising cattle be done in a way that is humane, sustainable and also benefit the environment? Chef Andrew discusses the promise of Sustainable Agriculture.

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

Steven Goodale of Park 1039

Park 1039 in San Luis Obispo was built with the dream of bringing together products that inspire the staff, and a team that genuinely loves what they do.”

“Owner Steven Goodale is the heart of Park 1039 and has worked tirelessly to open a top-notch eatery and market for the last three years. Goodale is passionate about fine wines, especially when it comes to France. Steve humbly wants everyone to experience the best food and wine the world has to offer, and bring a unique selection of offerings to his beautiful City of San Luis Obispo.”

“Park 1039 aims to celebrate food that is alive – an expression of nature. The Chefs are passionate about foraging for wild herbs, flowers and even sea water for finishing salt. The products that can’t be made in-house are thoughtfully sourced from local farmers or high-quality import producers. The Chefs are dedicated to creating seasonal offerings that make their high-quality ingredients the star of each course.”

Michael Cherney of Peasants Feast

“California Central Coast Chef Michael Cherney and his wife, Sarah Cherney, owners of the Solvang, California restaurant, peasants FEAST, have launched peasants DELI & MARKET, also in downtown Solvang. The new space is located at 473 Atterdag Road, across the lane from the duo’s first restaurant, peasants FEAST.”

“peasants DELI & MARKET offers classic and not-so-classic deli sandwiches filled with thoughtfully-sourced, artisanal cured and smoked meats, served on specially-commissioned sesame French rolls from Santa Ynez Valley bakery, Bob’s Well Bread. A focal point of peasants DELI, featured front and center, is a sizable leg of 5J Jamón Ibérico Bellota Cinco Jotas, a rarely-found Spanish import, considered the finest cured ham in the world. Chef Cherney’s renowned and Instagram-famous pastrami smoked salmon is on the menu, as well as house-roasted Kobe roast beef sandwiches; an “Italian” sandwich version, “The Godfather,” with Alle-Pia coppa, Barolo and Sopressa salami, and La Quercia prosciutto; house-roasted turkey breast; veggie options; and, eventually, Cherney’s house-made porchetta sandwich, all finished with house dressings and condiments.”

“Most of my memories of my dad revolve around food, and some of the best of those were from the times he’d take me to hole-in-the-wall delis all over Los Angeles,” said Chef Michael Cherney, owner of peasants FEAST and now, peasants DELI & MARKET, with his wife, Sarah.”

Chef Cherney continued, “We’d sit out on the curb to eat whatever that day’s haul might have been. peasants DELI and MARKET is my recreation of those memories, right down to the scant sidewalk seating in front of the shop.”

“The Cherneys’ debut restaurant, peasants FEAST, is now known up and down the Central Coast for its seasonal, scratch-made comfort food with a Santa Barbara County wine country twist. The eatery originally opened for business just two weeks after the start of the March 2020 pandemic shutdowns.”

Al Mancini of Neon Feast

“Founder and Creator Al Mancini (former Food Staff Writer for The Las Vegas Review-Journal) has officially launched Neon Feast, a first-of-its-kind restaurant guide and reservation app for greater Las Vegas. Available now on app stores for both Apple and Android (as well as on their website), Neon Feast solves the “where to eat” dilemma for both visitors and locals with listings curated by dozens of local and nationally prominent food & beverage experts, searchable through a unique combination of filters and capabilities.”

“Traditional dining guides are outdated before they ever get to print, and crowdsourced apps don’t distinguish sincere reviews from vindictive ones,” said Mancini. “Neon Feast avoids all the headaches and basically puts the experts in the palm of your hands.”

“In contrast to other crowdsourced restaurant review apps, the list of venues on Neon Feast is limited to only those that the experts recommend, currently approaching 500 eateries. The diverse all-star panel includes prominent local and national food writers, local chefs and foodies who were invited to share the restaurants they would recommend to friends and family (without compensation). Restaurants cannot “buy-in” to be included on the app, although premium features allow them to add reservation buttons, one-touch Uber calls and other elements. Some of the searchable filters and lists include cuisine types, neighborhoods, date night spots, late-night dining, breathtaking views, etc.”

Al Mancini joins us to preview what’s on the extensive menu for Neon Feast.

Allison Ketcham of Ketcham Estate

Mark Ketcham (1955-2020) had long dreamt of owning a Vineyard in the Northern California wine country. That dream came true in 2000 when he purchased a Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vineyard in the heart of the Russian River Valley. The vineyard was quickly converted to 100% Estate Pinot Noir, while retaining the ‘Old Block Pinots’ that were its heritage. The goal was to develop a perfect matrix of Pinot Noir clones, married to the ‘terroir’ of sun, soil, wind and location, all bound by the small creek that borders the perimeter of the property.”

“In 2004, Mark founded Ketcham Estate to make wines from the heritage Pinot vines. Every taste of a Ketcham Estate Pinot tells the story of lovingly tended vines; each vintage yields a perfect balance of bright fruit combined with the acid and structure qualities that make outstanding Pinot Noirs. Ketcham Estate Pinot Noirs are drinkable on their own or paired with California’s bounty of wonderful foods.” Ketcham Estate is now owned and managed by Mark’s wife, Allison Ketcham.

Ketcham Estate is a 17.5 acre property located in the heart of the Russian River Valley. Thirteen acres are under cultivation. They grow Pinot Noir Dijon Clones: 115, 626, 777, 828, and Pommard 4.”

Ketcham Estate‘s mission is to make seductive wines with rich fruits, that have structure and balance and are very food friendly. Originally specializing in top-notch Estate Grown Pinot Noir, Ketcham Estate is also now making award-winning Chardonnay, Viognier and Estate grown Pinot Noir Rosé wines.”

“Small annual releases and premium location allow Ketcham Estate to focus on creating exceptional wines and experiences for their friends and family.”

“Ketcham Estate is not about what the famed San Francisco Chronicle columnist Herb Caen used to call the “Prismatic Luminescence School of Wine Tasting”, or any type of wine snobbery. Just good wine with food, family and friends. Wine should not be some grand complication and neither is Ketcham’s philosophy.”

Allie Ketcham is our guest to pull the cork on all that is Ketcham Estate.

Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group

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.

Can raising cattle be done in a way that is humane, sustainable and also benefit the environment? Chef Andrew discusses the promise of Sustainable Agriculture.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Steven Goodale, Proprietor, Park 1039, San Luis Obispo
Segment Three: Chef Michael Cherney, peasants DELI & MARKET and peasants FEAST, Solvang
Segment Four: Journalist Al Mancini introducing the Neon Feast Restaurant Guide app, Las Vegas Part One
Segment Five: Journalist Al Mancini introducing the Neon Feast Restaurant Guide app, Las Vegas Part Two
Segment Six: Allison Ketcham, Proprietor, Ketcham Estate, Healdsburg Part One
Segment Seven: Allison Ketcham, Proprietor, Ketcham Estate, Healdsburg Part Two
Segment Eight: Chef & Co-Host Andrew Gruel of Slapfish with “Ask the Chef”

Show 453, November 27, 2021: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

Roxy’z Eat & Drink by Zov’s is a new concept with a full patio in the space at the corner of E. Katella Ave. and S. State College Blvd. in Anaheim that was originally opened as a Zov’s. The establishment just debuted at the start of the month. It’s a bit more casual than Zov’s. Perfect for a business lunch, a group gathering or a quick bite with a craft beer before heading off to Angel Stadium or Honda Center. Everything is scratch-made including the bar mixers. Roxy was Zov’s astute Mother and the restaurant is a loving tribute to her. Ample free parking is on-site. Second generation restaurateur Armen Karamardian is our guest with a Buttermilk Fried Chicken Sandwich at the ready.

Farley Elliott is the always well-informed Senior Editor of Eater LA, covering the daily restaurant news beat in greater Los Angeles and, more recently, in Orange County. He’s also the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. His work appears nationally in the online, print, and digital video space. He’s also the guy from that Tiny Hamsters Eating Tiny Burritos video. Farley joins us to discuss how restaurants are regrouping as the COVID-19 crisis mitigates and restaurants reopen with new challenges. Eater LA has also made a conscious decision to increase their coverage of the vibrant Orange County dining scene. Where is the SoCal restaurant business headed? We’ll ask Farley.

One of our most reliable sources of accurate restaurant news in fabulous Las Vegas is Al Mancini, who is the former staff writer for The Las Vegas Review-Journal covering food, restaurants and other aspects of entertainment. After four and one-half years with the Review- Journal Al earlier this year embarked on more personal entrepreneurial ventures covering (without filters) the dynamic Vegas dining and beverage scene. He launched the weekly podcast, Food and Loathing focusing on a fresh approach conversing with Vegas food personalities and other local characters of note. Al Mancini is in the house.

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. Earlier in the month Chef Andrew was invited to Washington, DC to participate in a Congressional Small Business Roundtable with seven Members of Congress and a handful of select small business owners from around the USA. The Roundtable focused on small business taxes, regulations and reduced workforces. Chef Andrew details the unusual experience. (Rescheduled from two weeks ago.)

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

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Show 453, November 27, 2021: Al Mancini, Las Vegas-based Food & Entertainment Journalist and creator of the “Food and Loathing” podcast Part One

Al Mancini of the Las Vegas Review Journal

One of our most reliable sources of accurate restaurant news in fabulous Las Vegas is Al Mancini, who is the former staff writer for The Las Vegas Review-Journal covering food, restaurants and other aspects of entertainment. After four and one-half years with the Review-Journal Al earlier this year embarked on more personal entrepreneurial ventures covering (without filters) the dynamic Vegas dining and beverage scene. He launched the weekly podcast, Food and Loathing focusing on a fresh approach conversing with Vegas food personalities and other local characters of note.

We’ll hear about the standout restaurants in the massive, newly opened Resorts World on The Strip. Also, the best in memorable sandwiches in Downtown and how the Vegas dining scene is bouncing back from the pandemic.

Al has been working the Vegas food scene for 20 years. He was one of the creators of the popular, and widely referenced, Eating Las Vegas restaurant guidebook series. Al joins us with his insider’s Las Vegas update.

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Show 453, November 27, 2021: Al Mancini, Las Vegas-based Food & Entertainment Journalist and creator of the “Food and Loathing” podcast Part Two

Al Mancini of the Las Vegas Review Journal

One of our most reliable sources of accurate restaurant news in fabulous Las Vegas is Al Mancini, who is the former staff writer for The Las Vegas Review-Journal covering food, restaurants and other aspects of entertainment. After four and one-half years with the Review-Journal Al earlier this year embarked on more personal entrepreneurial ventures covering (without filters) the dynamic Vegas dining and beverage scene. He launched the weekly podcast, Food and Loathing focusing on a fresh approach conversing with Vegas food personalities and other local characters of note.

We’ll hear about the standout restaurants in the massive, newly opened Resorts World on The Strip. Also, the best in memorable sandwiches in Downtown and how the Vegas dining scene is bouncing back from the pandemic.in memorable sandwiches in the area and how the Vegas dining scene is bouncing back from the pandemic.

Al tantalizingly teased an innovative Las Vegas dining recommendation app that he’ll be launching in the new year. When it’s ready to go Al will be back on the show to discuss all the intriguing specifics.

Al has been working the Vegas food scene for 20 years. He was one of the creators of the popular, and widely referenced, Eating Las Vegas restaurant guidebook series. Al continues us with providing his insider’s Las Vegas update.

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November 27: Roxy’z Eat & Drink by Zov’s, Farley Elliott, Al Mancini

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Roxy’z Eat & Drink by Zov’s, Anaheim, with Armen Karamardian Part One
Segment Three: Roxy’z Eat & Drink by Zov’s, Anaheim, with Armen Karamardian Part Two
Segment Four: Farley Elliott, Senior Editor, Eater LA Part One
Segment Five: Farley Elliott, Senior Editor, Eater LA Part Two
Segment Six: Al Mancini, Las Vegas-based Food & Entertainment Journalist and creator of the “Food and Loathing” podcast Part One
Segment Seven: Al Mancini, Las Vegas-based Food & Entertainment Journalist and creator of the “Food and Loathing” podcast Part Two
Segment Eight: Co-Host Chef Andrew Gruel with “Ask the Chef”

No Thanksgiving leftovers here…

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

Roxy’z Eat & Drink by Zov’s is a new concept with a full patio in the space at the corner of E. Katella Ave. and S. State College Blvd. in Anaheim that was originally opened as a Zov’s. The establishment just debuted at the start of the month. It’s a bit more casual than Zov’s. Perfect for a business lunch, a group gathering or a quick bite with a craft beer before heading off to Angel Stadium or Honda Center. Everything is scratch-made including the bar mixers. Roxy was Zov’s astute Mother and the restaurant is a loving tribute to her. Ample free parking is on-site. Second generation restaurateur Armen Karamardian is our guest with a Buttermilk Fried Chicken Sandwich at the ready.

Farley Elliott is the always well-informed Senior Editor of Eater LA, covering the daily restaurant news beat in greater Los Angeles and, more recently, in Orange County. He’s also the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. His work appears nationally in the online, print, and digital video space. He’s also the guy from that Tiny Hamsters Eating Tiny Burritos video. Farley joins us to discuss how restaurants are regrouping as the COVID -19 crisis mitigates and restaurants reopen with new challenges. Eater LA has also made a conscious decision to increase their coverage of the vibrant Orange County dining scene. Where is the SoCal restaurant business headed? We’ll ask Farley.

One of our most reliable sources of accurate restaurant news in fabulous Las Vegas is Al Mancini, who is the former staff writer for The Las Vegas Review- Journal covering food, restaurants and other aspects of entertainment. After four and one-half years with the Review- Journal Al earlier this year embarked on more personal entrepreneurial ventures covering (without filters) the dynamic Vegas dining and beverage scene. He launched the weekly podcast, “Food and Loathing” focusing on a fresh approach conversing with Vegas food personalities and other local characters of note. Al Mancini is in the house.

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. Earlier in the month Chef Andrew was invited to Washington, DC to participate in a Congressional Small Business Roundtable with seven Members of Congress and a handful of select small business owners from around the USA. The Roundtable focused on small business taxes, regulations and reduced workforces. Chef Andrew details the unusual experience. (Rescheduled from two weeks ago.)

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

Armen Karamardian of Zovs

Roxy’z Eat & Drink by Zov’s is a new concept with a full patio in the space at the corner of E. Katella Ave. and S. State College Blvd. in Anaheim that was originally a Zov’s. The establishment just debuted at the start of the month. It’s a bit more casual than Zov’s. Perfect for a business lunch, a group gathering or a quick bite with a craft beer before heading off to Angel Stadium or Honda Center. Everything is scratch-made including the bar mixers. Roxy was Zov’s astute Mother and the restaurant is a loving tribute to her. Ample free parking is on-site.

On tap there is a serious bar program at Roxy’z. There are a rotating selection of Signature Cocktails and ten craft beers on tap plus a hand-selected assortment of distinctive bottled brews. Signature Cocktails include the Cucumber Greenie which is Tito’s Vodka, fresh-pressed cucumber and lime juice with pineapple/habanero shrub and house-made ginger beer. A complimentary selection of wines by the glass and bottle, too.

Naturally there are a variety of hand-crafted pizzas on the menu. A standout is the Spicy Lamb Sausage with house-made lamb sausage, caramelized onions, pickled fresno chile, harissa, feta and organic tomato sauce. A signature is the Buttermilk Fried Chicken Sandwich with crispy buttermilk fried chicken, kale and napa cabbage slaw, a fresh pickle spear, chipotle and served on a toasted brioche bun. An appealing starter is the Pork Belly Hummus with slow-braised Duroc pork belly, house hummus, sumac, harissa and served with warm pita. An eye-catching dessert is the Apple Pie Pizza which is perfect for sharing.

Happy Hour is from 3 to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. $9.95 cocktails including Roxy’z House Margarita and Tito’s Moscow Mule with snacks like Eggplant Fries ($7.95) and Two Shrimp Tostados ($9.95.)

Roxy’z is part of the growing Zov’s restaurant collection. “Founded in 1987 by Chef Zov Karamardian, legendary Zov’s Bistro and Bakery in Tustin, CA has become a culinary institution and a locals favorite. The restaurants feature her unique cuisine that blends contemporary with Eastern Mediterranean influences, in an upscale chic environment.”

Second generation restaurateur Armen Karamardian is our guest with a Buttermilk Fried Chicken Sandwich at the ready.

Farley Elliott at the KLAA Studios

Farley Elliott is the always well-informed Senior Editor of Eater LA, covering the daily restaurant news beat in greater Los Angeles and, more recently, in Orange County. He’s also the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. His work appears nationally in the online, print, and digital video space. He’s also the guy from that Tiny Hamsters Eating Tiny Burritos video.

Farley joins us to discuss how restaurants are regrouping as the COVID -19 crisis mitigates and restaurants reopen with new challenges. Eater LA has also made a conscious decision to increase their coverage of the vibrant Orange County dining scene. Where is the evolving SoCal restaurant business headed? We’ll ask Farley.

Al Mancini of the Las Vegas Review Journal

One of our most reliable sources of accurate restaurant news in fabulous Las Vegas is Al Mancini, who is the former staff writer for The Las Vegas Review-Journal covering food, restaurants and other aspects of entertainment. After four and one-half years with the Review-Journal Al earlier this year embarked on more personal entrepreneurial ventures covering (without filters) the dynamic Vegas dining and beverage scene. He launched the weekly podcast, Food and Loathing focusing on a fresh approach conversing with Vegas food personalities and other local characters of note.

We’ll hear about the standout restaurants in the massive, newly opened Resorts World on The Strip and Virgin Hotel Las Vegas. Also, the best in memorable sandwiches in the area and how the Vegas dining scene is bouncing back from the pandemic.

Al has been working the Vegas food scene for 20 years. He was one of the creators of the popular, and widely referenced, Eating Las Vegas restaurant guidebook series. Al joins us with his insider’s Las Vegas update.

Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group

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.

Earlier in the month Chef Andrew was invited to Washington, DC to participate in a Congressional Small Business Roundtable with seven Members of Congress and a handful of select small business owners from around the USA. The Roundtable focused on small business taxes, regulations and reduced workforces. Chef Andrew details the unusual experience. (Rescheduled from two weeks ago.)

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Roxy’z Eat & Drink by Zov’s, Anaheim, with Armen Karamardian Part One
Segment Three: Roxy’z Eat & Drink by Zov’s, Anaheim, with Armen Karamardian Part Two
Segment Four: Farley Elliott, Senior Editor, Eater LA Part One
Segment Five: Farley Elliott, Senior Editor, Eater LA Part Two
Segment Six: Al Mancini, Las Vegas-based Food & Entertainment Journalist and creator of the “Food and Loathing” podcast Part One
Segment Seven: Al Mancini, Las Vegas-based Food & Entertainment Journalist and creator of the “Food and Loathing” podcast Part Two
Segment Eight: Co-Host Chef Andrew Gruel with “Ask the Chef”

Show 432, July 3, 2021: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

Happy 4th of July Weekend to all! Dine well and be safe!

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

“Creator of the award-winning website Nibbles and Feasts, Ericka Sanchez delivers a refreshing take on Mexican drinks and popsicles, just in time for Summer in the cookbook, Aguas Frescas & Paletas – Refreshing Mexican Beverages and Frozen Treats, Traditional and Reimagined. Aguas Frescas and Paletas highlights 40 amazing treats that use less sugar than the traditional recipes, and adds unique flavor twists into the mix alongside nostalgia-inducing classics.” “Ranging from familiar flavors like horchata and lime to more unique combinations like Hibiscus & Spiced Orange, Mint Blackberry, and Avocado Coconut the recipes in Aguas Frescas & Paletas use simple and refreshing ingredients that can be found at your local supermarket.” Ericka Sanchez joins us Mango & Chamoy Pop in hand.

“Inspired by the timeless charm of horses, riders, and traditional whitewashed stables, Paso Robles’ The Stables Inn, a celebration of the great outdoors, is a totally renovated 19-room hotel located three short blocks from Paso Robles historic Downtown City Park and town center where shops, restaurants and tasting rooms abound.” “Featuring modern, stylish and unpretentious accommodations with touches of Western chic, The Stables Inn is the perfect spot to call home as you enjoy and explore all that the Paso Robles AVA has to offer.” Hotel Manager Lindsey Sparkman is graciously at our service.

Chef Suzanne Goin and business partner Caroline Styne, owners and operators of The Lucques Group, debuted the long-in-the-works A.O.C. Brentwood early last month. Located at 11648 San Vicente Boulevard in Brentwood, the restaurant features the small plates format that A.O.C. originated with Suzanne’s regularly changing menu inspired by California’s seasons and regional farmers’ markets which helped her win the coveted Outstanding Chef Award from the James Beard Foundation in 2016.” “Caroline, who similarly won Outstanding Restaurateur in 2018, curates the wine program for which A.O.C. is known. Designed for discovery and exploration, the A.O.C. wine list highlights small-production wines from grapes that are either sustainably, organically or biodynamically grown and features a large selection available by the glass and carafe.” Caroline Styne uncorks the new Brentwood A.O.C. for us.

“The Hollywood Bowl’s signature culinary program is again brought to life by James Beard Award -Winning Chef Suzanne Goin and James Beard Award-Winning Restauranteur Caroline Styne (of celebrated local restaurants A.O.C., The Larder Baking Co. and Lucques Catering.) All of The Hollywood Bowl’s dining options have been updated to ensure the safety of all guests and employees. The employees are health screened before starting work, personal protective equipment is worn, sanitation measures have been amplified, and social distancing is required.” Chef Suzanne Goin takes a break from her busy kitchens to join us with an overview of all things culinary at The Hollywood Bowl for the 2021 season which reopens to the public tonight.

One of our most reliable sources of accurate restaurant news in fabulous Las Vegas is Al Mancini, who is the former staff writer for The Las Vegas Review-Journal covering food, restaurants and other aspects of entertainment. After four and one-half years with the Review-Journal Al has now embarked on more personal entrepreneurial ventures covering the dynamic Vegas dining and beverage scene without filters. He has just launched the weekly podcast, Food and Loathing with Jason Harris. We’ll hear about the first two episodes (including the opening of the massive Resorts World on The Strip) and how the Vegas dining scene is gradually recovering from the pandemic.

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 now gives us his insider’s perspective on how the restaurant business is bouncing back from the pandemic and what’s of current concern. He also reports on the progress of his new, ambitious Save the Brave Burger” 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 432, July 3, 2021: Al Mancini, Food & Entertainment Journalist, “Food and Loathing” Podcast, Las Vegas

Al Mancini of the Las Vegas Review Journal

One of our most reliable sources of accurate restaurant news in fabulous Las Vegas is Al Mancini, who is the former staff writer for The Las Vegas Review-Journal covering food, restaurants and other aspects of entertainment. After four and one-half years with the Review-Journal Al has now embarked on more personal entrepreneurial ventures covering (without filters) the dynamic Vegas dining and beverage scene. He has just launched the weekly podcast, Food and Loathing with Jason Harris. We’ll hear about the first two episodes (including the opening of the massive Resorts World on The Strip) and how the Vegas dining scene is recovering from the pandemic. Episode 2 is a look at the expanding Plant-Based dining scene in Las Vegas and an overview of the restaurants in the just debuted Virgin Hotel & Casino. New episodes are released on Friday.

Al has been working the Vegas food scene for 20 years. He was one of the creators of the popular, and widely referenced, Eating Las Vegas restaurant guidebook series. Al joins us with his insider’s Las Vegas update.

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