Show 183, August 6, 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, Brea, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, LAX, Irvine at UCI and, most recently, The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for the Rams and USC Football, is back as today’s special Guest Host. 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 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 OC Fair in Costa Mesa continues through August 14th. What’s new in Fair Food? We’ll chat with the well-known “Chicken Charlie” Boghosian, a pioneer in fair food favorites. You just might call him the “King” of fried fair food and other treats!

Huntington Beach restaurateur Alicia Whitney is seemingly taking over the City one block at a time. Her newest full-service restaurant is SeaSalt Woodfire Grill featuring Santa Maria-style barbecue. She is also now on the sand at Bolsa Chica State Beach with two open beach food stands and a third set to open soon. We’ll detour Alica for a quick respite and get all the tasty details.

Brouwerij West is a unique Belgian-inspired craft brewery and venue located in the San Pedro neighborhood of Los Angeles. The company was founded in 2010 by talented brewer Brian Mercer and is now led by Mercer and his partner Dave Holop. Brouwerij West’s new home opened in February 2016 in a former Port Warehouse originally built by the U.S. Navy during World War II. Proprietor Brian Mercer taps the keg on Brouwerij West for us.

One of the pioneering food trucks in Orange County is the innovative Dos Chinos taco truck (Chef Hop Phan) which is a tasty fusion of Latin-Vietnamese fare. It’s also now a permanent food stall at the 4th Street Market in Santa Ana. Hop Phan’s newest concept is Sit Low Pho (Vietnamese) at the 4th Street Market. We’ll meet him.

Introducing non-native fish to United States waters can disturb the existing delicate ecological balance. Such is the case of Asian carp in the Great Lakes. To the rescue may be the prehistoric-looking, and fast growing, alligator gar. It was previously native to these same waters. Chef Andrew Gruel will explain this fish tale.

The three waves of voting for The Golden Foodie Awards, the People’s Choice Food Awards in Orange County, is on now through August 21st. Voting for the 1st categories concludes on August 7th. Hosting the Awards is Food Network’s Simon Majumdar(“Cutthroat Kitchen.”) He’s our guest.

Gold Medals won by wines at our area County Fairs used to have a tremendous impact on wine sales. Now, this is much less the case. Our resident wine authority, Kyle Meyer of Wine Exchange, has his informed perspective.

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

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Show 183, August 6, 2016: Restaurateur Alicia Whitney’s Sea Salt Wood Fired Grill, Huntington Beach

Alicia WhitneyHuntington Beach restaurateur Alicia Whitney is seemingly taking over the City one block at a time. Her newest full-service restaurant is SeaSalt Woodfire Grill featuring Santa Maria-style barbecue. Her pitmasters are actually from one of the well-known Santa Maria barbecue spots in the hamlet of Santa Maria! Santa Maria wines are highlighted on the list.

The smoked Tri-Tip plate with Linguica is spot on. Obviously Alicia took her Santa Maria research seriously.

She is also now on the sand at Bolsa Chica State Beach with two renovated, open beach food stands and a third set to open in the near future. The fourth is on the way. We’ll detour Alica for a quick respite and get all the tasty details.

Right now Alicia is bookending Bolsa Chica State Beach with the already operating SeaLegs at the Beach and Pacific Kitchen. Opening soon is SeaSalt Burger.

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August 6: Chicken Charlie Boghosian, SeaSalt Woodfire Grill, Brouwerij West, Dos Chinos, Simon Majumdar, Wine Exchange

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris and Chef Andrew Gruel
Segment Two: Celebrity Fair Food Concessionaire, “Chicken” Charlie Boghosian
Segment Three: Restaurateur Alicia Whitney’s Sea Salt Wood Fired Grill, Huntington Beach
Segment Four: Brian Mercer, Founder, Brouwerij West, San Pedro
Segment Five: Chef Hop Phan, Dos Chinos & Sit Low Pho, 4th Street Market Santa Ana
Segment Six: Chef Andrew Gruel, The Alligator Gar Makes a Comeback
Segment Seven: Simon Majumdar, Voting for the Golden Foodie Awards
Segment Eight: Kyle Meyer, The Wine Exchange, Wine Competitions at County Fairs

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 the Rams and USC Football, is back as today’s special Guest Host. 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 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 OC Fair in Costa Mesa continues through August 14th. What’s new in Fair Food? We’ll chat with the well-known “Chicken Charlie” Boghosian, a pioneer in fair food favorites. You just might call him the “King” of fried fair food!

Huntington Beach restaurateur Alicia Whitney is seemingly taking over the City one block at a time. Her newest full-service restaurant is SeaSalt Woodfire Grill featuring Santa Maria-style barbecue. She is also now on the sand at Bolsa Chica State Beach with two open beach food stands and a third set to open soon. We’ll detour Alica for a quick respite and get all the tasty details.

Brouwerij West is a unique Belgian-inspired craft brewery and venue located in the San Pedro neighborhood of Los Angeles. The company was founded in 2010 by talented brewer Brian Mercer and is now led by Mercer and his partner Dave Holop. Brouwerij West’s new home opened in February 2016 in a former Port Warehouse originally built by the U.S. Navy during World War II. Proprietor Brian Mercer taps the keg on Brouwerij West for us.

One of the pioneering food trucks in Orange County is the innovative Dos Chinos taco truck (Chef Hop Phan) which is a tasty fusion of Latin-Vietnamese fare. It’s also a permanent food stall at the 4th Street Market in Santa Ana. Hop Phan’s newest concept is Sit Low Pho (Vietnamese) at the 4th Street Market. We’ll meet him.

Introducing non-native fish to United States waters can disturb the existing delicate ecological balance. Such is the case of Asian carp in the Great Lakes. To the rescue may be the prehistoric-looking, and fast growing, alligator gar. It was previously native to these same waters. Chef Andrew Gruel will explain all.

The three waves of voting for The Golden Foodie Awards, the People’s Choice Food Awards in Orange County, is on now through August 21st. Voting for the 1st categories concludes on August 7th. Hosting the Awards is Food Network’s Simon Majumdar
(“Cutthroat Kitchen.”) He’s our guest.

Gold Medals won by wines at our area County Fairs used to have a tremendous impact on wine sales. Now, this is much less the case. Our resident wine authority, Kyle Meyer of Wine Exchange, has his informed perspective.

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

Chicken Charlie BoghosianThe OC Fair in Costa Mesa continues through August 14th. What’s new in Fair Food? We’ll chat with the “Chicken Charlie” Boghosian, a pioneer in fair food favorites. You just might call him the “King” of fried fair food! He invented the deep-fried Twinkie.

In the just concluded Fair Food Competition, Charlie was awarded Gold medals for his bacon-wrapped fried chicken leg (Best Fried Food) and for his Maui Bowl (Ethnic Category.)

New for Chicken Charlie this year is the clever Chicken In a Waffle On a Stick, and Escargot and Caviar Doritos.

Away from the Fair circuit “Chicken Charlie” Boghosian has a year-round restaurant in San Diego. It’s Chicken Charlie’s FryBQ.

Alicia WhitneyHuntington Beach restaurateur Alicia Whitney is seemingly taking over the City one block at a time. Her newest full-service restaurant is SeaSalt Woodfire Grill featuring Santa Maria-style barbecue. Her pitmasters are actually from one of the well-known Santa Maria barbecue spots in the hamlet of Santa Maria! Santa Maria wines are highlighted on the list.

She is also now on the sand at Bolsa Chica State Beach with two renovated, open beach food stands and a third set to open in the near future. We’ll detour Alica for a quick respite and get all the tasty details.

Right now Alicia is bookending Bolsa Chica State Beach with the already operating SeaLegs at the Beach and Pacific Kitchen. Opening soon is SeaSalt Burger.

Brian MercerBrouwerij West is a unique Belgian-inspired craft brewery and venue located in the San Pedro neighborhood of Los Angeles. The company was founded in 2010 by talented brewer Brian Mercer and is now led by Mercer and his partner Dave Holop. Brouwerij West’s new home opened in February 2016 in a former Port Warehouse originally built by the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Brouwerij West’s operation encompasses 26,000 sq. ft. of the Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles facility, including 8,000 sq. ft. devoted to visitor use for its Tasting Room and events, as well as a 17,000 sq. ft. outdoor courtyard / beer garden.

Brouwerij West brews its beers using traditional ingredients and methods mixed with creative inspiration to produce its own take on classic Belgian-style ales. Brouwerij West’s new facility is covered with solar panels and generates more electricity than it uses, and its mash filter-based brewery uses 30% less water than traditional breweries.

Proprietor Brian Mercer taps the keg on Brouwerij West for us.

Hop PhanOne of the pioneering food trucks in Orange County is the innovative Dos Chinos taco truck (Chef Hop Phan) which is a tasty fusion of Latin-Vietnamese fare. It’s also a permanent food stall at the 4th Street Market in Santa Ana.

Hop Phan’s newest concept is Sit Low Pho (Vietnamese) at the 4th Street Market. He’s planning something fresh for the upcoming Trade market hall in Irvine arriving before year’s end.

Chef Hop is already a veteran of Food TV. Most recently he competed on FYI’s Man versus Child: Chef Showdown.

You’ve also seen him on NBC’s “Food Fighters,” Cooking Channel’s “Eat Street”, Food Network‘s “Cutthroat Kitchen” and “Chopped.”

We’ll meet him.

Andrew Gruel at the AM830 KLAA Studios“Southern California raised us on Asian and Latin food. It’s what were made of – every sinew is built on years of carne asada and Vietnamese pho…”

Introducing non-native fish to United States waters can disturb the existing delicate ecological balance. Such is the case of Asian carp moving into the Great Lakes.

To the rescue may be the prehistoric-looking, and fast growing, alligator gar. According to the AP it can grow longer than a horse and heavier than a refrigerator. It’s previously been considered a trash fish. It used to thrive in this habitat before being decimated because the thought was that it threatened sport fish.

Chef Andrew Gruel will explain all.

Simon MajumdarThe three waves of voting for The Golden Foodie Awards, the People’s Choice Food Awards in Orange County, is on now through August 21st. Voting for the 1st categories concludes on August 7th.

This first Week includes, Best American Cuisine, Best Mexican, Food, Best Vegetarian Food, Bartender of The Year, Best Pizza, Best Italian Food and Best French Cuisine.The Golden Foodie Award’s celebrates chef driven and/or independent restaurants and allows for food lovers to decide the winners. Voting takes place from August 1 – 21, with each week offering different categories. Nominees are announced at the end of each week. The Golden Foodie Awards are comprised of 24 categories.

The Golden Foodie Award’s is a democracy and recognizes the best chefs, libations and cuisine. With its focus on involving the Orange County community to vote, the GFA’s serve as a great honor allowing the people to decide who is best. Winners will be announced on September 25th in Newport Beach at the red carpet gala event at the Fairmont Newport Beach.

Hosting the Awards is Food Network’s Simon Majumdar (permanent judge on “Cutthroat Kitchen.”) He’s our guest.

Kyle Meyer of Wine ExchangeCoveted Gold Medals won by wines at our area County Fairs used to have a tremendous impact on wine sales. Now, this is much less the case. Our resident wine authority, Kyle Meyer of Wine Exchange, has his informed perspective.

“As we were drifting through a few reflective moments about where the wine world has been, and where it was going, a question arose.  What ever happened to fairs?  You know, pig contests, funnel cakes, and wine judgings. As we think back to the early days of Wine Exchange (such as it was), we remember what a big deal fair judgings and gold medals used to be in the scheme of wine marketing.  A gold medal at a wine competition like the Orange County Fair, L.A. County Fair, Sonoma Harvest Fair, and the California State Fair were kind of a big deal.  Now, not so much.  What happened?”

“Well, history happened.  Now mind you we speak from a fair bit of experience having been involved with the local fair for nearly a decade and part of a few judging panels as well.  Over the years we have been on both sides of the do-these-competitions-matter debate, and can play both sides.  But ‘back in the day’, the results of a major competition used to resonate throughout the industry.  Now the effect is pretty short term and localized.  Why?  There are lots of reasons.”

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris and Chef Andrew Gruel
Segment Two: Celebrity Fair Food Concessionaire, “Chicken” Charlie Boghosian
Segment Three: Restaurateur Alicia Whitney’s Sea Salt Wood Fired Grill, Huntington Beach
Segment Four: Brian Mercer, Founder, Brouwerij West, San Pedro
Segment Five: Chef Hop Phan, Dos Chinos & Sit Low Pho, 4th Street Market Santa Ana
Segment Six: Chef Andrew Gruel, The Alligator Gar Makes a Comeback
Segment Seven: Simon Majumdar, Voting for the Golden Foodie Awards
Segment Eight: Kyle Meyer, The Wine Exchange, Wine Competitions at County Fairs

Show 162, March 5, 2016: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris and Chef Andrew Gruel, Founder, Slapfish Restaurant Group

Andy Harris and Andrew Gruel at the Pechanga Wine Festival for Angels Radio AM830 KLAAExecutive Chef Andrew Gruel of the rapidly growing Slapfish empire with restaurants in Huntington Beach, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, LAX, Irvine at UCI and, now, Brea, is back as today’s special Guest Host.

Great to see so many listeners last Saturday at the 8th Annual Pechanga Wine Festival at the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Wine Country Temecula. Thanks so very much for supporting the good work of Habitat for Humanity.

We’re going to be talking about it on March 12th but Chef Josiah Citrin is hosting an exclusive culinary celebration at Melisse in support of the ment’or BKB Foundation on Sunday. March 13th. It’s seven incredible courses of contemporary Parisian fare prepared by a dream team of six guest chefs. Reservations for the limited, two-seatings (5 and 8:00 p.m.) can be made via Open Table or by calling 310.395.0881.

Next an ear-catching preview of Saturday’s inspiringly decadent show and not, with profuse apologies, for dieters. If we’re doing it right we will always leave you hungry and thirsty. In our case that’s actually a good thing…

What’s new, and fresh, in the world of fruits and vegetables? Glad you asked. Joining us for an update is our resident Produce authority, Robert Schueller of Melissa’s World Variety Produce. For starters the incredible Ojai Pixie Tangerines are back and there is a new, distinctive Dragon Fruit from Israel that’s sweet. And wonderful grapes are now available outside of the Summer season.

Chef Jason Montelibano at EATS Kitchen & Bar at Hotel Irvine (a locals’ favorite) in Irvine is at it again culinarily speaking. He’s just rolled out an all-new Good EATS Sunday Brunch. There is an epic $14 build-you-own Bloody Mary bar and Mimosa flights. Look for the just-debuted, over-the-top menu items including Shrimp and Grits, and Cinnamon Crunch French Toast.

On Saturday evening, March 12, as part of Cochon 555 L.A., Chef Steven Fretz will be hosting, along with six other celebrity chefs, a refined three-hour culinary experience, the Chef’s Course Dinner Series, at Church Key in West Hollywood. It begins with a reception featuring a selection of passed hors d’oeuvres followed by a seated dinner and premium wine pairings. The benefit dinner is limited to 40 seats. Tickets are available online at $125 per person and 100 percent of the proceeds will benefit Piggy Bank.

Moruno, from Executive Chef Chris Feldmeier and Managing Partner David Rosoff (formerly of Mozza) is now open at The Original Farmers Market in Los Angeles. Bringing a unique style of upscale casual dining to one of Los Angeles’ historic sites, the warm, vibrant flavors of the southern Spanish inspired menu are supported by a stellar wine list focused on Spain, the deep south of France, plus various islands and volcanoes. Executive Chef Chris Feldmeier is our guest.

Orange County Restaurant Week, organized by the OC Restaurant Association, will celebrate its eighth year as the region’s highest profile culinary event, with the 2016 Orange County Restaurant Week to be held from Sunday, March 6th through Saturday, March 12thThis year, 140 restaurants in 21 Orange County cities will offer a wide variety of options, from casual and family-friendly establishments, to upscale and fine dining. Restaurateur Alicia Whitney of SeaLegs Wine Bar in Huntington Beach (a participating OC Restaurant Week restaurant) joins us.

Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic Jonathan Gold will join local non-profit C-CAP LA (Careers through Culinary Arts Program) at their upcoming fundraiser evening on Monday, March 14, 2016, featuring a VIP screening of City of Gold, a documentary that details Gold’s journey through Los Angeles’ cultural culinary scene. Following the screening will be a Q & A with filmmaker Laura Gabbert and Jonathan Gold moderated by KCRW’s “Good Food” host, Chef Evan Kleiman. C-CAP L.A. Program Director, Lisa Fontanesi and James Beard Award-winning Chef and C-CAP Board Member, Sherry Yard, join us with the 411 on the evening.

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

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Show 162, March 5, 2016: Alicia Whitney, Proprietress, SeaLegs Wine Bar, Huntington Beach

Alicia WhitneyOrange County Restaurant Week, organized by the OC Restaurant Association, will celebrate its eighth year as the region’s highest profile culinary event, with the 2016 Orange County Restaurant Week to be held from Sunday, March 6th through Saturday, March 12th. This year, 140 restaurants in 21 Orange County cities will offer a wide variety of options, from casual and family-friendly establishments, to upscale and fine dining.

During the weeklong event, the participating restaurants will offer special three-course menus, many with a cocktail or signature item included at no additional charge. Each restaurant will have the freedom and flexibility to showcase its best offerings by talented chefs who will, no doubt, personalize each menu to reflect their individual culinary style. Participating restaurants will offer prix-fixe menus within the following price categories: lunch for $10, $15 or $20, and dinner for $20, $30, $40, $50 or $80.

Restaurateur Alicia Whitney of SeaLegs Wine Bar in Huntington Beach (a participating OC Restaurant Week restaurant and Golden Foodie Award-recipient) joins us.

For OC Restaurant Week SeaLegs is offering a 3-course dinner for a modest $30. The guest has a choice of Appetizer, Entrée and Dessert. The entree possibilities are Ancho Chile Braised Short Rib, Arty’s Links and Chitarra Pasta, and Grilled Scottish Salmon.

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March 5: Melissa’s Produce, EATS Kitchen and Bar, Steven Fretz, Moruno, SeaLegs Wine Bar, C-CAP

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris and Chef Andrew Gruel, Founder, Slapfish Restaurant Group
Segment Two: Robert Schueller, Produce Authority, Melissa’s World Variety Produce Part One
Segment Three: Robert Schueller, Produce Authority, Melissa’s World Variety Produce Part Two
Segment Four: Chef Jason Montelibano, EATS Kitchen & Bar, Irvine
Segment Five: Steven Fretz, Executive Chef and Partner, Church Key, West Hollywood
Segment Six: Executive Chef Chris Feldmeier, Moruno, Original Farmers Market
Segment Seven: Alicia Whitney, Proprietress, SeaLegs Wine Bar, Huntington Beach
Segment Eight: C-CAP L.A. Program Director Lisa Fontanesi and Celebrity Chef Sherry Yard

Andy Harris and Andrew Gruel at the Pechanga Wine Festival for Angels Radio AM830 KLAAExecutive Chef Andrew Gruel of the rapidly growing Slapfish empire with restaurants in Huntington Beach, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, LAX, Irvine at UCI and, now, Brea, is back as today’s special Guest Host.

Great to see so many listeners last Saturday at the 8th Annual Pechanga Wine Festival at the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Wine Country Temecula. Thanks so very much for supporting the good work of Habitat for Humanity.

We’re going to be talking about it on March 12th but Chef Josiah Citrin is hosting an exclusive culinary celebration at Melisse in support of the ment’or BKB Foundation on Sunday. March 13th. It’s seven incredible courses of contemporary Parisian fare prepared by a dream team of six guest chefs. Reservations for the limited, two-seatings (5 and 8:00 p.m.) can be made via Open Table or by calling 310.395.0881.

Next an ear-catching preview of Saturday’s inspiringly decadent show and not, with profuse apologies, for dieters. If we’re doing it right we will always leave you hungry and thirsty. In our case that’s actually a good thing…

What’s new, and fresh, in the world of fruits and vegetables? Glad you asked. Joining us for an update is our resident Produce authority, Robert Schueller of Melissa’s World Variety Produce. For starters the incredible Ojai Pixie Tangerines are back and there is a new, distinctive Dragon Fruit from Israel that’s sweet. And wonderful grapes are now available outside of the Summer season.

Chef Jason Montelibano at EATS Kitchen & Bar at Hotel Irvine (a locals’ favorite) in Irvine is at it again culinarily speaking. He’s just rolled out an all-new Good EATS Sunday Brunch. There is an epic $14 build-you-own Bloody Mary bar and Mimosa flights. Look for the just-debuted, over-the-top menu items including Shrimp and Grits, and Cinnamon Crunch French Toast.

On Saturday evening, March 12, as part of Cochon 555 L.A., Chef Steven Fretz will be hosting, along with six other celebrity chefs, a refined three-hour culinary experience, the Chef’s Course Dinner Series, at Church Key in West Hollywood. It begins with a reception featuring a selection of passed hors d’oeuvres followed by a seated dinner and premium wine pairings. The benefit dinner is limited to 40 seats. Tickets are available online at $125 per person and 100 percent of the proceeds will benefit Piggy Bank.

Moruno, from Executive Chef Chris Feldmeier and Managing Partner David Rosoff (formerly of Mozza) is now open at the Original Farmers Market in Los Angeles. Bringing a unique style of upscale casual dining to one of Los Angeles’ historic sites, the warm, vibrant flavors of the southern Spanish inspired menu is supported by a stellar wine list focused on Spain, the deep south of France, plus various islands and volcanoes. Executive Chef Chris Feldmeier is our guest.

Orange County Restaurant Week, organized by the OC Restaurant Association, will celebrate its eighth year as the region’s highest profile culinary event, with the 2016 Orange County Restaurant Week to be held from Sunday, March 6th through Saturday, March 12thThis year, 140 restaurants in 21 Orange County cities will offer a wide variety of options, from casual and family-friendly establishments, to upscale and fine dining. Restaurateur Alicia Whitney of SeaLegs Wine Bar in Huntington Beach (a participating OC Restaurant Week restaurant) joins us.

Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic Jonathan Gold will join local non-profit C-CAP LA (Careers through Culinary Arts Program) at their upcoming fundraiser evening on Monday, March 14, 2016, featuring a VIP screening of City of Gold, a documentary that details Gold’s journey through Los Angeles’ cultural culinary scene. Following the screening will be a Q & A with filmmaker Laura Gabbert and Jonathan Gold moderated by KCRW’s “Good Food” host, Chef Evan Kleiman. C-CAP L.A. Program Director, Lisa Fontanesi, joins us with the 411 on the evening.

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

Robert Schueller of Melissa's World Variety Produce in the AM830 KLAA StudioWhat’s new, and fresh, in the world of fruits and vegetables? Glad you asked. Joining us is our resident Produce authority, Robert Schueller of Melissa’s World Variety Produce.

For starters the incredible Ojai Pixie Tangerines are back and there is a new, distinctive Dragon Fruit from Israel that’s actually sweet. And wonderful, flavorful grapes are now available outside of the Summer season.

Savor the tasty, delicate treat of tree-ripened Ojai Pixie Tangerines bursting with sunshine-sweet flavor and juice. This seedless variety is the result of open pollination of Kincy, King and Dancy mandarins. Popular backyard trees in Ojai, California, they bear small to medium-sized citrus, having pebbly textured, yellow-orange rinds with loose skins that peel easily. The segments separate neatly for a quick snack, making them a great choice for eating out of hand.

Grapes from South America are now deliciously available in the non-Summer season. Highlights are the Melissa’s Muscato grapes (red and green Summer flavors.)

Green to amber-green Muscato seedless grapes arrive with a crisp, firm texture and a delicious tangy sweetness. Toss in fruit salads for texture, color, and a burst of juicy flavor. Succulently delicious— the ideal picnic or lunchbox treat.

Exclusively available from Melissa’s, Red Muscato grapes have a bright, rosy red color, firm texture with a very high sugar content. Slightly sweeter than its juicy sweet green-skinned cousin, Red Muscato grapes are a great addition to any fresh fruit ‘n cheese platter, sprinkled on yogurt or tossed in a green salad. This variety’s refreshing sweetness makes it a healthy out-of-hand snack food for kids and smart adults alike!

Jason MontelibanoChef Jason Montelibano at EATS Kitchen & Bar at Hotel Irvine (a locals’ favorite) in Irvine is at it again. He’s just rolled out an all-new Good EATS Sunday Brunch starting at 11:30 a.m.

There is an epic $14 build-you-own Bloody Mary bar and Mimosa flights. The Mimosa flight arrives with four, 6 oz. Mimosas. Passion Fruit and Blood Orange was a recent selection along with Strawberry Lemon. Look for the just-debuted, over-the-top menu items including Shrimp and Grits, and Cinnamon Crunch French Toast.

A “SoCal Restaurant Show” favorite is the Chilaquiles con Pollo. With the chicken is a sunny-side up egg, fried tortillas, roasted tomato salsa, lime sour cream, avocado and cotija cheese.

There is indoor and outdoor seating available. A cozy fire pit, too. With the lush landscaping and thoughtful design you’d never know you’re a long fly ball from the 405 San Diego Freeway.

Chef Jason knew he was destined to be a chef from an early age. From starting culinary school as a teenager, to refining his skills in some of the best kitchens in Southern California, his love for chef-driven, sustainable cuisine has been honed through years of hard work and dedication. His passion for international flavors and market-fresh ingredients are on full display in every single plate that leaves his kitchen.

Steven FretzOn Saturday, March 12, as part of Cochon 555 L.A., Chef Steven Fretz (our guest) will be hosting, along with six other celebrity chefs, a refined three-hour culinary experience, the Chef’s Course Dinner Series, at Church Key in West Hollywood. It begins with a reception featuring a selection of passed hors d’oeuvres followed by a seated dinner and premium wine pairings. The benefit dinner is limited to 44 seats. Tickets are available online at $125 per person and 100 percent of the proceeds will benefit Piggy Bank.

Our own Andrew Gruel is preparing a course with a Spring theme. Also on the distinguished chefs’ team is Ray Garcia (Broken Spanish) and Eric Greenspan (Mare, The Roof on Wilshire, Greenspan’s Grilled Cheese.)

Piggy Bank seeks to build a future for family farming with the goal of changing the future of food and promoting long-term farming sustainability. Piggy Bank will raise heritage breed pigs to be gifted to new farmers and culinary schools, assist new family farms with herd development and help existing farms challenged by disaster.

Chris FeldmeierMoruno, from Executive Chef Chris Feldmeier and Managing Partner David Rosoff (formerly of Mozza) is now open at The Original Farmers Market in Los Angeles. Bringing a unique style of upscale casual dining to one of Los Angeles’ historic sites, the warm, vibrant flavors of the southern Spanish inspired menu is supported by a stellar wine list focused on Spain, the deep south of France, plus various islands and volcanoes. Sherry will also feature prominently as will Morunos’ own proprietary vermouth called “Vermina.”

A Moruno, which was inspired by the duos trip to Spain, is a kebab cooked over live coals and marinated in spices (cumin, paprika, turmeric, peppers, etc.) highlighting Moorish and North African culinary influences.

The bar program from Dave Kupchinsky utilizes both pre-bottled and on tap cocktails in an efficient and creative manner and will run the deepest within the boutique upstairs Bar Vermut (coming soon) which will also feature its own unique menu.

By folding fine dining principles into a vibrant and welcoming environment, Moruno (and its sibling restaurant Bar Moruno opening soon at Grand Central Market) delivers great value through its’ unique and approachable brand of hospitality.

Executive Chef Chris Feldmeier is our guest.

Alicia WhitneyOrange County Restaurant Week, organized by the OC Restaurant Association, will celebrate its eighth year as the region’s highest profile culinary event, with the 2016 Orange County Restaurant Week to be held from Sunday, March 6th through Saturday, March 12thThis year, 140 restaurants in 21 Orange County cities will offer a wide variety of options, from casual and family-friendly establishments, to upscale and fine dining.

During the weeklong event, the participating restaurants will offer special three-course menus, many with a cocktail or signature item included at no additional charge. Each restaurant will have the freedom and flexibility to showcase its best offerings by talented chefs who will, no doubt, personalize each menu to reflect their individual culinary style. Participating restaurants will offer prix-fixe menus within the following price categories: lunch for $10, $15 or $20, and dinner for $20, $30, $40, $50 or $80.

Restaurateur Alicia Whitney of SeaLegs Wine Bar in Huntington Beach (a participating OC Restaurant Week restaurant and Golden Foodie Award-recipient) joins us.

City of GoldPulitzer Prize-winning food critic Jonathan Gold will join local non-profit C-CAP LA (Careers through Culinary Arts Program) at their upcoming fundraiser at the Westside Pavilion on Monday, March 14, 2016, featuring a VIP screening of City of Gold, a documentary that details Gold’s journey through Los Angeles’ cultural culinary scene. Following the screening will be a Q & A with filmmaker Laura Gabbert and Jonathan Gold moderated by KCRW’s “Good Food” host, Chef Evan Kleiman.

On his many ventures to discover hidden gastronomic gems throughout the city, Gold frequently encounters underserved communities and the kids who live in them. Wanting to do more to create opportunities for the local youth, Gold and Laura Gabbert, the director of City of Gold, happily partnered with C-CAP LA on this project.

Taking place at The Wine Bar at the Landmark Theaters Westside Pavilion, the City of Gold event begins with a reception featuring premium wines from the Wine Exchange and craft beer from El Segundo Brewery and Smog City Brewing Co. as well as some of Gold’s favorite foods including sliders from West Coast Prime Meats, pork tostadas from Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken’s Border Grill, crudités and fruit from Melissa’s Produce, desserts from Spago and an oyster bar, courtesy of Michael Cimarusti’s new Cape Seafood and Provisions.

The reception will be followed by a special screening of City of Gold, accompanied by gourmet popcorn prepared by Sherry Yard. After screening the film, KCRW Good Food’s Evan Kleiman will moderate a Q&A session with Gold and Gabbert.

The City of Gold fundraiser will take place on Monday, March 14 at the Landmark Theaters Westside Pavilion located at 10850 West Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90064. The reception begins at 6:00 PM and the 91 minute documentary will begin at 7:30 PM, followed by the Q&A session. Tickets are $101 and can be purchased at ccapinc.org. Proceeds support C-CAP’s program in the Los Angeles Region.

C-CAP L.A. Program Director, Lisa Fontanesi, joins us with the 411 on the edible evening.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris and Chef Andrew Gruel, Founder, Slapfish Restaurant Group
Segment Two: Robert Schueller, Produce Authority, Melissa’s World Variety Produce Part One
Segment Three: Robert Schueller, Produce Authority, Melissa’s World Variety Produce Part Two
Segment Four: Chef Jason Montelibano, EATS Kitchen & Bar, Irvine
Segment Five: Steven Fretz, Executive Chef and Partner, Church Key, West Hollywood
Segment Six: Executive Chef Chris Feldmeier, Moruno, Original Farmers Market
Segment Seven: Alicia Whitney, Proprietress, SeaLegs Wine Bar, Huntington Beach
Segment Eight: C-CAP L.A. Program Director Lisa Fontanesi and Celebrity Chef Sherry Yard