Show 568, March 9, 2024: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

Pizza City Fest Los Angeles is back for its 2nd year of gooey and doughy deliciousness. “Scheduled to take place on April 27-28, 2024, at the iconic L.A. LIVE – nestled in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles’ Sports and Entertainment District – this two-day celebration promises an unparalleled experience for pizza aficionados. Attendees will have the exclusive opportunity to savor the delectable offerings from Southern California’s premier pizza artisans, all conveniently located in one central hub. Pizza City Fest Los Angeles will celebrate the Southland’s pizza landscape, showcasing the diverse and exceptional talents of the region’s top pizza makers. Emmy and 13-time James Beard Award-winning food reporter Steve Dolinsky has curated another stellar list of pizza makers spanning Southern California – from Santa Barbara to San Diego – adding 13 new entries to the full lineup this year.” Steve Dolinsky puts down his pizza peel and joins us.

Celebrity Chef (and cookbook author) Jet Tila needs no long introduction to the listeners of the “SoCal Restaurant Show.” On food TV you know him from Food Network for Food Network for “Iron Chef America,” “Beat Bobby Flay,” “Guy’s Grocery Games,” and the full run of “Cutthroat Kitchen with Alton Brown.” Currently he is competing on Guy Fieri’s “Tournament of Champions Five” as one of the West’s top-seeded cheftestants. The chef who ultimately reigns supreme takes home a cool $150,000. Catch that on Sunday nights at 8:00 p.m. PT. Chef Jet is also the Executive Chef for Pei Wei Asian Kitchen with a California location in Tustin. His newest creation for them is Firecracker Shrimp. Chef Jet takes a brief break from his busy kitchens to chat with us about a selection of his current doings.

“In celebration of the Italian Festival of Women in March and Regarding Her, “Restaurateur Caroline Styne and Chef Suzanne Goin present La Festa della Donna on Monday, March 11, 2024, at A.O.C. in Brentwood. Caroline has invited her special guests Mariarita Grasso of Azienda Agricola Filippo Grasso and Alice Bonaccorsi of Azienda Agricola Alice Bonaccorsi, Italy. Also in attendance is favorite Italian wine advocate Shelley Lindgren, owner and wine director of A16 Restaurant (in San Francisco and Oakland) and author of her latest book, “Italian Wine: The History, Regions, and Grapes of an Iconic Wine Country.” Caroline is curating flights of wine from these two Sicilian winemakers as well as Lindgren’s own Tansy Wines, and Suzanne is creating specials to complement them. 10 per cent of wine flights and menu special sales will benefit Regarding Her programs. All five women will be present to meet guests. Restaurateur Shelley Lindgren is our guest to uncork all that is La Festa Della Donna.

“Hotelier Douglas Ayres (and Allegretto Wines’ proprietor) first fell in love with the beauty Paso Robles offers when he and his Family vacationed in the region during his childhood. Doug, whose Southern California Family has been commercial and residential developers since 1905, decided to establish the Allegretto Vineyard Resort as a place where wine enthusiasts could find tranquility, rest, relax, and renew.

In 2013, Douglas Ayres acquired the 40-acrte Willow Creek Vineyard in the Willow Creek AVA of Paso Robles, with 18-acres planted to Cabernet Sauvignon in 1997.Today other estate varietals include Malbec, Cab Franc, Petite Verdot and Merlot. The Allegretto Estate Vineyard, surrounding the Resort, was planted in 2012 with 7- acres of vines including Cabernet Sauvignon, Tannat, Merlot, Viognier, and Vermentino. The first harvest was 2015 which coincided with the opening of the Allegretto Vineyard Resort.” The Allegretto Wines tasting room is located inside the picturesque Allegretto Vineyard Resort. The new Winemaker at Allegretto is the acclaimed Don Burns, the proprietor of Turtle Rock Vineyards. Allegretto Wines Director of Hospitality, Liz Strubbe, and Tasting Room Manager, Rory Longley, join us to uncork all that is Allegretto Wines.

“For the entire month of March, the Regarding Her Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. communities, are throwing a month-long celebration with a full calendar of events honoring the achievements and resilience of women entrepreneurs and leaders. The month promises to be a blend of culinary excellence and can’t miss creative collaborations showcasing the diverse culinary styles of their members.” An upcoming Regarding Her evening is an energetic collaboration between Christy Vega of Casa Vega and Chef Sandra Cordero of Gasolina Cafe. “Join Casa Vega and Gasolina for an unforgettable Spanish-Mexican Paella Party! Valley Girls Christy Vega and Sandra Cordero present “Paella Mexicana” on March 22nd at Casa Vega’s patio. Enjoy cocktails by Christy and giant Paella pans by Sandra, with live music and a 4-course menu blending the best of both restaurants. $75 per person, 6:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m. seatings.” Christy Vega joins us with a Classic Casa Vega Margarita at the ready.

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel, the menu-maker behind the full-service Calico Fish House (in the Sunset Beach area of Huntington Beach) and also the founder and pizzaiola of the fast-casual Big Parm (New Jersey-style pizza) located in the Mess Hall in TustinOur own Chef Andrew Gruel, the menu-maker behind the full-service Calico Fish House (in the Sunset Beach area of Huntington Beach) and also the founder and pizzaiola of the fast-casual Big Parm (New Jersey-style pizza) located in the Mess Hall in Tustin provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where he responds to listeners’ thoughtful inquiries. Surge or Demand pricing is already out there with air fares, hotel rates, and event ticket pricing. It’s now perhaps creeping into the restaurant sphere. Chef Andrew shares his informed thoughts and what you might soon be seeing at fast food restaurants.

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

Show 568, March 9, 2024: Allegretto Wines at Allegretto Vineyard Resort, Paso Robles

Liz Strubbe of Allegretto Wines

“Hotelier Douglas Ayres ;(and Allegretto Wines’ proprietor) first fell in love with the beauty Paso Robles offers when he and his Family vacationed in the region during his childhood. Doug, whose Southern California Family has been commercial and residential developers since 1905, decided to establish the Allegretto Vineyard Resort as a place where wine enthusiasts could find tranquility, rest, relax, and renew.”

“In 2013, Douglas Ayres acquired the 40-acre Willow Creek Vineyard in the Willow Creek AVA of Paso Robles, with 18-acres planted to Cabernet Sauvignon in 1997. Today other estate varietals include Malbec, Cab Franc, Petite Verdot and Merlot. The Allegretto Estate Vineyard, surrounding the Resort, was planted in 2012 with 7- acres of vines including Cabernet Sauvignon, Tannat, Merlot, Viognier, and Vermentino. The first harvest was 2015 which coincided with the opening of the Allegretto Vineyard Resort.”

Rory Longley of Allegretto Wines

“Allegretto Wines utilizes sustainable practices in both vineyards by emphasizing biodynamic farming practices that provide optimal times for sowing, transporting, cultivation and harvesting using biodynamic preparations.”

“The Allegretto Wines tasting room is located inside the picturesque Allegretto Vineyard Resort and al fresco tastings are offered on the patio. Tableside Wine tastings are offered daily and reservations are encouraged.”

The new Winemaker at Allegretto is the acclaimed Don Burns, the proprietor of Turtle Rock Vineyards.

Allegretto Wines Director of Hospitality, Liz Strubbe, and Tasting Room Manager, Rory Longley, join us to uncork all that is Allegretto Wines.

March 9: Pizza City Fest Los Angeles, Jet Tila, Shelley Lindgren, Allegretto Wines, Casa Vega

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Pizza City Fest Los Angeles 2024 with Producer Steve Dolinsky
Segment Three: Food Network’s Chef Jet Tila on Guy Fieri’s “Tournament of Champions 5”
Segment Four: Restaurateur Shelley Lindgren of A16 in San Francisco Previewing La Festa Della Donna Part One
Segment Five: Restaurateur Shelley Lindgren of A16 in San Francisco Previewing La Festa Della Donna Part Two
Segment Six: Allegretto Wines at Allegretto Vineyard Resort, Paso Robles
Segment Seven: Restaurateur Christy Vega of Casa Vega previewing Paella Mexicana Night
Segment Eight: Chef Andrew Gruel, Co-Host and Proprietor of Calico Fish House, with “Ask the Chef”

Andy Harris, Executive Producer and Co-host previews the show.

Pizza City Fest Los Angeles is back for its 2nd year of gooey and doughy deliciousness. “Scheduled to take place on April 27-28, 2024, at the iconic L.A. LIVE – nestled in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles’ Sports and Entertainment District – this two-day celebration promises an unparalleled experience for pizza aficionados. Attendees will have the exclusive opportunity to savor the delectable offerings from Southern California’s premier pizza artisans, all conveniently located in one central hub. Pizza City Fest Los Angeles will celebrate the Southland’s pizza landscape, showcasing the diverse and exceptional talents of the region’s top pizza makers. Emmy and 13-time James Beard Award-winning food reporter Steve Dolinsky has curated another stellar list of pizza makers spanning Southern California – from Santa Barbara to San Diego – adding 13 new entries to the full lineup this year.” Steve Dolinsky puts down his pizza peel and joins us.

Celebrity Chef (and cookbook author) Jet Tila needs no introduction to the listeners of the “SoCal Restaurant Show.” On food TV you know him from Food Network for “Iron Chef America,” “Beat Bobby Flay,” “Guy’s Grocery Games,” and the full run of “Cutthroat Kitchen with Alton Brown.” Currently he is competing on Guy Fieri’s “Tournament of Champions Five” as one of the West’s top-seeded cheftestants. The chef who reigns supreme takes home a cool $150,000. Catch that on Sunday nights at 8:00 p.m. PT. Chef Jet is also the Executive Chef for Pei Wei Asian Kitchen with a California location in Tustin. His newest creation for them is Firecracker Shrimp. Chef Jet takes a brief break from his busy kitchens to chat with us about a selection of his current doings.

“In celebration of the Italian Festival of Women in March and Regarding Her, Restaurateur Caroline Styne and Chef Suzanne Goin present La Festa della Donna on Monday, March 11, 2024, at A.O.C. in Brentwood. Caroline has invited her special guests Mariarita Grasso of Azienda Agricola Filippo Grasso and Alice Bonaccorsi of Azienda Agricola Alice Bonaccorsi, Italy. Also in attendance is favorite Italian wine advocate Shelley Lindgren, owner and wine director of A16 Restaurant (in San Francisco and Oakland) and author of her latest book, “Italian Wine: The History, Regions, and Grapes of an Iconic Wine Country.” Caroline is curating flights of wine from these two Sicilian winemakers as well as Lindgren’s own Tansey Wines, and Suzanne is creating specials to complement them. 10 per cent of wine flights and menu special sales will benefit Regarding Her programs. All five women will be present to meet guests. Restaurateur Shelley Lindgren is our guest to uncork all that is La Festa Della Donna.

“Hotelier Douglas Ayes (and Allegretto Wines’ proprietor) first fell in love with the beauty Paso Robles offers when he and his Family vacationed in the region during his childhood. Doug, whose Southern California Family has been commercial and residential developers since 1905, decided to establish the Allegretto Vineyard Resort as a place where wine enthusiasts could find tranquility, rest, relax, and renew.

In 2013, Douglas Ayres acquired the 40-acrte Willow Creek Vineyard in the Willow Creek AVA of Paso Robles, with 18-acres planted to Cabernet Sauvignon in 1997.Today other estate varietals include Malbec, Cab Franc, Petite Verdot and Merlot. The Allegretto Estate Vineyard, surrounding the Resort, was planted in 2012 with 7- acres of vines including Cabernet Sauvignon, Tannat, Merlot, Viognier, and Vermentino. The first harvest was 2015 which coincided with the opening of the Allegretto Vineyard Resort.” The Allegretto Wines tasting room is located inside the picturesque Allegretto Vineyard Resort. The new Winemaker at Allegretto is the acclaimed Don Burns, the proprietor of Turtle Rock Vineyards. Allegretto Wines Director of Hospitality, Liz Strubbe, and Tasting Room Manager, Rory Longley, join us to uncork all that is Allegretto Wines.

“For the entire month of March, the Regarding Her Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. communities, are throwing a month-long celebration with a full calendar of events honoring the achievements and resilience of women entrepreneurs and leaders. The month promises to be a blend of culinary excellence and can’t miss creative collaborations showcasing the diverse culinary styles of their members.” An upcoming Regarding Her evening is an energetic collaboration between Christy Vega of Casa Vega and Chef Sandra Cordero of Gasolina Cafe. “Join Casa Vega and Gasolina for an unforgettable Spanish-Mexican Paella Party! Valley Girls Christy Vega and Sandra Cordero present “Paella Mexicana” on March 22nd at Casa Vega’s patio. Enjoy cocktails by Christy and giant Paella pans by Sandra, with live music and a 4-course menu blending the best of both restaurants. $75 per person, 6:00 pm & 8:00 pm seatings.” Christy Vega joins us with a Classic Casa Vega Margarita at the ready.

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel, the menu-maker behind the full-service Calico Fish House (in the Sunset Beach area of Huntington Beach) and also the founder and pizzaiola of the fast-casual Big Parm (New Jersey-style pizza) located in the Mess Hall in Tustin provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where he responds to listeners’ thoughtful inquiries. Surge or Demand pricing is already out there with air fares, hotel rates, and event ticket pricing. It’s now perhaps creeping into the restaurant sphere. Chef Andrew shares his informed thoughts.

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

Steve Dolinsky and Andreew Gruel

Pizza City Fest Los Angeles is back for its 2nd year of gooey and doughy deliciousness. “Scheduled to take place on April 27-28, 2024, at the iconic L.A. LIVE – nestled in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles’ Sports and Entertainment District – this two-day celebration promises an unparalleled experience for pizza aficionados.”

“Attendees will have the exclusive opportunity to savor the delectable offerings from Southern California’s premier pizza artisans, all conveniently located in one central hub. Pizza City Fest Los Angeles will celebrate the Southland’s pizza landscape, showcasing the diverse and exceptional talents of the region’s top pizza makers.”

“Emmy and 13-time James Beard Award-winning food reporter Steve Dolinsky has curated another stellar list of pizza makers spanning Southern California – from Santa Barbara to San Diego – adding 13 new entries to the full lineup this year.”

Steve puts down his ceremonial pizza peel and joins us.

Jet Tila at Cochon 555

Celebrity Chef Jet Tila needs no introduction to the listeners of the “SoCal Restaurant Show.” On food TV you know him from Food Network for “Iron Chef America,” “Beat Bobby Flay,” “Guy’s Grocery Games,” and the full run of “Cutthroat Kitchen with Alton Brown.” Currently he is competing on Guy Fieri’s “Tournament of Champions Five” as one of the West’s top-seeded cheftestants. The chef who reigns supreme takes home a cool $150,000. Interestingly enough no male chef has ever been the conquering chef for “Tournament of Champions.” Catch that on Food Network on Sunday nights at 8:00 p.m. PT.

Next up for Chef Jet on Food Network kicking off on Sunday, April 14th is “24 in 24: Last Chef Standing” hosted by Michael Symon and Esther Choi. Chef Jet is an expert judge on two episodes.

Chef Jet is also the Executive Chef for Pei Wei Asian Kitchen with a California location in Tustin and across the United States. His newest creation for them is Firecracker Shrimp.

Chef Jet takes a brief break from his busy kitchens to chat about a an enticing selection of his current doings.

Shelley Lindgren of A16 Restaurants

In celebration of the Italian Festival of Women in March and Regarding Her, “Restaurateur Caroline Styne and Chef Suzanne Goin present La Festa della Donna on Monday, March 11, 2024, at A.O.C. in Brentwood. Caroline has invited her special guests Mariarita Grasso of Azienda Agricola Filippo Grasso and Alice Bonaccorsi of Azienda Agricola Alice Bonaccorsi, Italy. Also in attendance is favorite Italian wine advocate Shelley Lindgren, owner and wine director of A16 Restaurant (in San Francisco and Oakland) and author of her latest book, “Italian Wine: The History, Regions, and Grapes of an Iconic Wine Country.”

“The Festa della Donna is an Italian tradition observed yearly on March 8, coinciding with International Women’s Day. It serves as a tribute to the remarkable contributions of women in social, economic, cultural, and political spheres. Central to the celebration is the custom of presenting women with yellow mimosa flowers, revered as emblems of resilience, beauty, and elegance. Festivities encompass various activities, including gatherings to honor women’s accomplishments and advocate for their continued pursuit of equality and recognition. The Mimosa flower has symbolized the Festa della Donna in Italy since the 1940s, symbolizing affection and appreciation when gifted to women.”

“Caroline is curating flights of wine from these two Sicilian winemakers as well as Lindgren’s own Tansy Wines, and Suzanne is creating specials to complement them. 10 per cent of wine flights and menu special sales will benefit Regarding Her programs. All five women will be present to meet guests. Local bookseller Now Serving will be on hand with copies of Shelley’s book, and A.O.C. will offer a selection of the featured wines for retail purchase.

Reservations may be made on OpenTable Experience

Suzanne’s menu of specials is inspired by Shelly Lindgren and Nate Appleman’s A16 Cookbook.

Restaurateur Shelley Lindgren is our guest to uncork all that is La Festa Della Donna.

Rory Longley of Allegretto Wines

“Hotelier Douglas Ayres (and Allegretto Wines’ proprietor) first fell in love with the beauty Paso Robles offers when he and his Family vacationed in the region during his childhood. Doug, whose Southern California Family has been commercial and residential developers since 1905, decided to establish the Allegretto Vineyard Resort as a place where wine enthusiasts could find tranquility, rest, relax, and renew.”

“In 2013, Douglas Ayres acquired the 40-acrte Willow Creek Vineyard in the Willow Creek AVA of Paso Robles, with 18-acres planted to Cabernet Sauvignon in 1997.Today other estate varietals include Malbec, Cab Franc, Petite Verdot and Merlot. The Allegretto Estate Vineyard, surrounding the Resort, was planted in 2012 with 7- acres of vines including Cabernet Sauvignon, Tannat, Merlot, Viognier, and Vermentino. The first harvest was 2015 which coincided with the opening of the Allegretto Vineyard Resort.”

Liz Strubbe of Allegretto Wines

“Allegretto Wines utilizes sustainable practices in both vineyards by emphasizing biodynamic farming practices that provide optimal times for sowing, transporting, cultivation and harvesting using biodynamic preparations.”

“The Allegretto Wines tasting room is located inside the picturesque Allegretto Vineyard Resort and al fresco tastings are offered on the patio. Tableside Wine tastings are offered daily and reservations are encouraged.”

The new Winemaker at Allegretto is the acclaimed Don Burns, the proprietor of Turtle Rock Vineyards.

Allegretto Wines Director of Hospitality, Liz Strubbe, and Tasting Room Manager, Rory Longley, join us to uncork all that is Allegretto Wines.

Christy Vega of Casa Vega

“For the entire month of March, the Regarding Her Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. communities, are throwing a month-long celebration with a full calendar of events honoring the achievements and resilience of women entrepreneurs and leaders. The month promises to be a blend of culinary excellence and can’t miss creative collaborations showcasing the diverse culinary styles of their members.”

“An upcoming Regarding Her fundraising evening is an energetic collaboration between Christy Vega of Casa Vega and Chef Sandra Cordero of Gasolina Cafe. Join Casa Vega and Gasolina for an unforgettable Spanish-Mexican Paella Party! Valley Girls Christy Vega and Sandra Cordero present “Paella Mexicana” on March 22nd at Casa Vega’s patio. Enjoy cocktails by Christy and giant Paella pans by Sandra, with live music and a 4-course menu blending the best of both restaurants. $75 per person, 6:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m. seatings.

Christy Vega joins us with all the tasty details with a Classic Casa Vega Margarita at the ready.

Chef Andrew Gruel savoring a New Jersey style Pizza

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel, the menu-maker behind the full-service Calico Fish House (in the Sunset Beach area of Huntington Beach) and also the founder and pizzaiola of the fast-casual Big Parm (New Jersey-style pizza) located in the Mess Hall in Tustin provides another timely and informative Ask the Chef segment where he responds to listeners’ thoughtful inquiries.

Surge or Demand pricing is already out there with air fares, hotel rates, and event ticket pricing. It’s now perhaps creeping into the restaurant sphere. Oops… Chef Andrew shares his always informed thoughts.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Pizza City Fest Los Angeles 2024 with Producer Steve Dolinsky
Segment Three: Food Network’s Chef Jet Tila on Guy Fieri’s “Tournament of Champions 5”
Segment Four: Restaurateur Shelley Lindgren of A16 in San Francisco Previewing La Festa Della Donna Part One
Segment Five: Restaurateur Shelley Lindgren of A16 in San Francisco Previewing La Festa Della Donna Part Two
Segment Six: Allegretto Wines at Allegretto Vineyard Resort, Paso Robles
Segment Seven: Restaurateur Christy Vega of Casa Vega previewing Paella Mexicana Night
Segment Eight: Chef Andrew Gruel, Co-Host and Proprietor of Calico Fish House, with “Ask the Chef”

Show 567, March 2, 2024: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

We first introduced Chef Eric Klein to the listeners of the “SoCal Restaurant Show” back when he was the high-profile Executive Chef and Partner of Spago Las Vegas in the Forum Shops. Later Chef Eric transitioned (with a major promotion) to Senior Vice President Culinary – Partner at Wolfgang Puck Catering based at The Dolby Theater in Hollywood. Every year for over two-decades Wolfgang Puck Catering has had the honor and great responsibility of providing all celebratory food and beverage for the prestigious Governors Ball following the Academy Awards ceremony. 2024 is the 30th year celebration of the Governors Ball. As for the past several years this luxe menu was created by Wolfgang Puck and Eric Klein. The pastry design is by Kamel Guechida and Gary Larduinat. This year the Oscars return to the Dolby Theater in Hollywood on Sunday, March 10th. Chef Eric Klein takes a break from his active kitchens to join us for this exclusive preview.

“Tiki bar fans, rejoice — and grab a place at Strong Water Anaheim. It’s a creatively reimagined classic of the genre, with its curio-shop-in-a-shipwreck atmosphere, its supercharged bar-food menu, its encyclopedic list of classic and creative tropical libations (zero proof options included), and its treasure chest of rare artisanal rums worth drinking straight.” Strong Water’s latest national recognition is as a semi-finalist for a nomination for the prestigious James Beard Award for Outstanding Bar Program. Strong Water is the only Orange County semi-finalist in any category for a James Beard Award in 2024. The food menu is an important calling card for Strong Water, too. Their Galley Master (Executive Chef) is Steve Kling previously the highly regarded culinary force in the kitchen at Five Crowns in Corona del Mar. Proprietors Ying Chang (Fleet Commander) and Robert Adamson join us in-studio

“In music, the term “allegretto” describes a cheerful tempo of 112-120 beats per minute, and at Allegretto Vineyard Resort by Ayres in Paso Robles, it’s an expression of a life lived joyfully, playfully, in harmony and with intention. The resort is the vision of fourth-generation hotelier Douglas Ayres, who, as a keen observer of global cultures and traditions, spent 13 years exploring the landscapes and vineyards of Paso Robles before discovering the 20 magnificent acres in East Paso Robles that would become the Allegretto. The first of its kind in Paso Robles Wine Country and a world unto itself, the Allegretto Vineyard Resort is nestled among 20 acres that include wine-grapes, olive and fruit trees, 171 guest rooms and suites, a restaurant with chef’s garden, wine bar, 12,000-square-foot courtyard, pool and cabanas, spa, the Abbey (a multi-use French inspired chapel), ballroom, indoor and outdoor event space, walking paths, manicured Mediterranean gardens, specially crafted vignettes, and art and artifacts that invoke the luxury, warmth, and beauty of la dolce vita.” Allegretto Vineyards Resort’s hands-on, veteran General Manager, Rich Verruni is our guest.

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel, the menu-maker behind the full-service Calico Fish House (in the Sunset Beach area of Huntington Beach) and also the founder and pizzaiola of the fast-casual Big Parm (New Jersey-style pizza) located in the Mess Hall in Tustin provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where he responds to listeners’ thoughtful inquiries. It’s not all potent libations for the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day coming up on Sunday, March 17th. Chef Andrew has some suggestions on worthy nibbles to take you beyond green beer and corned beef and cabbage.

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

Show 567, March 2, 2024: Allegretto Vineyard Resort, Paso Robles, with General Manager Rich Verruni Part One

Rich Verruni of Allegretto Vineyard Resort

“In music, the term “allegretto” describes a cheerful tempo of 112-120 beats per minute, and at Allegretto Vineyard Resort by Ayres in Paso Robles, it’s an expression of a life lived joyfully, playfully, in harmony and with intention. The resort is the vision of fourth-generation hotelier Douglas Ayres, who, as a keen observer of global cultures and traditions, spent 13 years exploring the landscapes and vineyards of Paso Robles before discovering the 20 magnificent acres in East Paso Robles that would become the Allegretto.”

“Populated with art and artifacts from his travels throughout South America, Asia, Europe and beyond, Allegretto Vineyard Resort is Doug’s most personal project yet, designed to recreate the peace and proportion of ancient spaces. “Across history, people have expressed their connection to a deeper source through their environment, food, song, dance, and celebration,” he says. “The Allegretto is another of those human expressions. It tells a story in time – a story of joy.””

“The first of its kind in Paso Robles Wine Country and a world unto itself, the Allegretto Vineyard Resort is nestled among 20 acres that include wine-grapes, olive and fruit trees, 171 guest rooms and suites, a restaurant with chef’s garden, wine bar, 12,000-square-foot courtyard, pool and cabanas, spa, the Abbey (a multi-use French inspired chapel), ballroom, indoor and outdoor event space, walking paths, manicured Mediterranean gardens, specially crafted vignettes, and art and artifacts that invoke the luxury, warmth, and beauty of la dolce vita.”

There are two on site vineyards at Allegretto Vineyard Resort growing Estate fruit for the Allegretto Wines. All the Allegretto Wines are available to taste on-site at the Willow Creek Tasting Room.

The destination restaurant at the Resort is Cello Ristorante & Bar serving Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. It’s an upscale yet casual Mediterranean-inspired restaurant. There is an extensive wine list in addition to the availability of the portfolio of Allegretto Wines. The handsome long bar is a centerpiece of the space and offers an ambitious Italian-themed cocktail program.

On-site activities include scheduled Olive Oil Tastings with local olives from San Miguel Olive Farm and informative guided Art Tours which are really a must to fully appreciate all the museum-quality art that is part of every corner of the Resort. At a guest’s leisure there is a walk on the Star Garden Trail with twelve stations of meditation and a chance to meet and feed, George, the friendly vineyard Alpaca. Hundreds of Lavendar plants are grown on the estate and hand-harvested as VIP guest amenities.

Allegretto Vineyards Resort’s hands-on veteran General Manager, Rich Verruni is our guest.

Show 567, March 2, 2024: Allegretto Vineyard Resort, Paso Robles, with General Manager Rich Verruni Part Two

Rich Verruni of Allegretto Vineyard Resort

“In music, the term “allegretto” describes a cheerful tempo of 112-120 beats per minute, and at Allegretto Vineyard Resort by Ayres in Paso Robles, it’s an expression of a life lived joyfully, playfully, in harmony and with intention. The resort is the vision of fourth-generation hotelier Douglas Ayres, who, as a keen observer of global cultures and traditions, spent 13 years exploring the landscapes and vineyards of Paso Robles before discovering the 20 magnificent acres in East Paso Robles that would become the Allegretto.”

“Populated with art and artifacts from his travels throughout South America, Asia, Europe and beyond, Allegretto Vineyard Resort is Doug’s most personal project yet, designed to recreate the peace and proportion of ancient spaces. “Across history, people have expressed their connection to a deeper source through their environment, food, song, dance, and celebration,” he says. “The Allegretto is another of those human expressions. It tells a story in time – a story of joy.””

“The first of its kind in Paso Robles Wine Country and a world unto itself, the Allegretto Vineyard Resort is nestled among 20 acres that include wine-grapes, olive and fruit trees, 171 guest rooms and suites, a restaurant with chef’s garden, wine bar, 12,000-square-foot courtyard, pool and cabanas, spa, the Abbey (a multi-use French inspired chapel), ballroom, indoor and outdoor event space, walking paths, manicured Mediterranean gardens, specially crafted vignettes, and art and artifacts that invoke the luxury, warmth, and beauty of la dolce vita.”

There are two on site vineyards at Allegretto Vineyard Resort growing Estate fruit for the Allegretto Wines. All the Allegretto Wines are available to taste on-site at the Willow Creek Tasting Room.

The destination restaurant at the Resort is Cello Ristorante & Bar serving Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. It’s an upscale yet casual Mediterranean-inspired restaurant. There is an extensive wine list in addition to the availability of the portfolio of Allegretto Wines. The handsome long bar is a centerpiece of the space and offers an ambitious Italian-themed cocktail program.

On-site activities include scheduled Olive Oil Tastings with local olives from San Miguel Olive Farm and informative guided Art Tours which are really a must to fully appreciate all the museum-quality art that is part of every corner of the Resort. At a guest’s leisure there is a walk on the Star Garden Trail with twelve stations of meditation and a chance to meet and feed, George, the friendly vineyard Alpaca. Hundreds of Lavendar plants are grown on the estate and hand-harvested as VIP guest amenities.

Allegretto Vineyards Resort’s hands-on veteran General Manager, Rich Verruni continues as our guest to describe all the special amenities that are part of the Allegretto Vineyard Resort experience.

March 2: Eric Klein at the Academy Awards, Strong Water Anaheim, Allegretto Vineyard Resort by Ayres

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Executive Chef Eric Klein, Senior Vice President Culinary and Partner, Wolfgang Puck Catering Part One
Segment Three: Executive Chef Eric Klein, Senior Vice President Culinary and Partner, Wolfgang Puck Catering Part Two
Segment Four: Strong Water, Anaheim with Proprietors Ying Chang & Robert Adamson Part One
Segment Five: Strong Water, Anaheim with Proprietors Ying Chang & Robert Adamson Part Two
Segment Six: Allegretto Vineyard Resort, Paso Robles, with General Manager Rich Verruni Part One
Segment Seven: Allegretto Vineyard Resort, Paso Robles, with General Manager Rich Verruni Part Two
Segment Eight: Chef Andrew Gruel, Co-Host and Proprietor of Calico Fish House, with “Ask the Chef”

Andy Harris, Executive Producer and Co-host previews the show.

We first introduced Chef Eric Klein to the listeners of the “SoCal Restaurant Show” back when he was the high-profile Executive Chef and Partner of Spago Las Vegas in the Forum Shops. Later Chef Eric transitioned (with a major promotion) to Senior Vice President Culinary – Partner at Wolfgang Puck Catering based at The Dolby Theater in Hollywood. Every year for over two-decades Wolfgang Puck Catering has had the honor and great responsibility of providing all celebratory food and beverage for the prestigious Governors Ball following the Academy Awards ceremony. 2024 is the 30th year celebration of the Governors Ball. As for the past several years this luxe menu was created by Wolfgang Puck and Eric Klein. The pastry design is by Kamel Guechida and Gary Larduinat. This year the Oscars return to the Dolby Theater in Hollywood on Sunday, March 10th. Chef Eric Klein takes a break from his active kitchens to join us for this exclusive preview.

“Tiki bar fans, rejoice — and grab a place at Strong Water Anaheim. It’s a creatively reimagined classic of the genre, with its curio-shop-in-a-shipwreck atmosphere, its supercharged bar-food menu, its encyclopedic list of classic and creative tropical libations (zero proof options included), and its treasure chest of rare artisanal rums worth drinking straight.” Strong Water’s latest national recognition is as a semi-finalist for a nomination for the prestigious James Beard Award for Outstanding Bar Program. Strong Water is the only Orange County semi-finalist in any category for a James Beard Award in 2024. The food menu is an important calling card for Strong Water, too. Their Galley Master (Executive Chef) is Steve Kling previously the highly regarded culinary force in the kitchen at Five Crowns in Corona del Mar. Proprietors Ying Chang (Fleet Commander) and Robert Adamson join us in-studio.

“In music, the term “allegretto” describes a cheerful tempo of 112-120 beats per minute, and at Allegretto Vineyard Resort by Ayres in Paso Robles, it’s an expression of a life lived joyfully, playfully, in harmony and with intention. The resort is the vision of fourth-generation hotelier Douglas Ayres, who, as a keen observer of global cultures and traditions, spent 13 years exploring the landscapes and vineyards of Paso Robles before discovering the 20 magnificent acres in East Paso Robles that would become the Allegretto. The first of its kind in Paso Robles Wine Country and a world unto itself, the Allegretto Vineyard Resort is nestled among 20 acres that include wine-grapes, olive and fruit trees, 171 guest rooms and suites, a restaurant with chef’s garden, wine bar, 12,000-square-foot courtyard, pool and cabanas, spa, the Abbey (a multi-use French inspired chapel), ballroom, indoor and outdoor event space, walking paths, manicured Mediterranean gardens, specially crafted vignettes, and art and artifacts that invoke the luxury, warmth, and beauty of la dolce vita.” Allegretto Vineyards Resort’s hands-on, veteran General Manager, Rich Verruni is our guest.

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel, the menu-maker behind the full-service Calico Fish House (in the Sunset Beach area of Huntington Beach) and also the founder and pizzaiola of the fast-casual Big Parm (New Jersey-style pizza) located in the Mess Hall in Tustin provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where he responds to listeners’ thoughtful inquiries. It’s not all potent libations for the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day coming up on Sunday, March 17th. Chef Andrew has some suggestions on worthy nibbles to take you beyond green beer.

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

Eric Klein of Wolfgang Puck Catering

We first introduced Chef Eric Klein to the listeners of the “SoCal Restaurant Show” when he was the high-profile Executive Chef and Partner of Spago Las Vegas in the Forum Shops. Later Chef Eric transitioned (with a major promotion) to Senior Vice President Culinary – Partner at Wolfgang Puck Catering based at The Dolby Theater in Hollywood. Every year for over two-decades Wolfgang Puck Catering has had the honor and great responsibility of providing all celebratory food and beverage for the prestigious Governors Ball following the Academy Awards ceremony. 2024 is the 30th year celebration of the Governors Ball. As for the past several years this luxe menu was created by Wolfgang Puck and Eric Klein. The pastry design is by Kamel Guechida and Gary Larduinat. This year the Oscars return to the Dolby Theater in Hollywood on Sunday, March 10th.

Wolfgang Puck is even flying in his Executive Chef at CUT London, Elliott Grover, to prepare Fish and Chips (with lobster) and oversee the Roast Beef with Yorkshire Pudding and Creamed Horseradish Carving Station. Think tray-passed Smoked Salmon Oscars on Matzah for starters. A new creation for this year is a vegetarian item (tray-passed), Honey Butter Toast with Fennel Marmalade and Whipped Crème Fraiche.

Chef Eric Klein takes a break from his active kitchens to join us for this exclusive preview.

Robert Adamson and Ying Chang of Jace Hospitality

“Tiki bar fans, rejoice — and grab a seat at Strong Water Anaheim. It’s a creatively reimagined classic of the genre, with its curio-shop-in-a-shipwreck atmosphere, its supercharged bar-food menu, its encyclopedic list of classic and creative tropical libations (zero proof options included), and its pirates’ treasure chest of rare artisanal rums worth drinking straight.”

Strong Water’s latest national recognition is as a semi-finalist for a nomination for the prestigious James Beard Award for Outstanding Bar Program. Strong Water is the only Orange County semi-finalist in any category for a James Beard Award in 2024!

The food menu is an important calling card for Strong Water, too. Their Galley Master (Executive Chef) is Steve Kling, previously the highly regarded culinary force in the kitchen at Five Crowns in Corona del Mar. Contemplate an Appetizer of Japanese Egg Salad Crostini with Shiso Oil and Chives, and a layered Loco Moco Burger with an 8oz. Wagu Patty, Spam, Fried Egg, Tempura Battered Onion Ring, Mixed Greens, Bone Marrow Gravy and Polynesian Spread served on a Brioche Hawaiian Bun!

“Welcome Aboard Strong Water Anaheim tucked away in Downtown Anaheim. When you enter Strong Water Anaheim, you will find yourself walking into the wreckage of the Clementine lost at sea in 1884.”

Proprietors Ying Chang (Fleet Commander) and Robert Adamson join us in-studio.

Rich Verruni of Allegretto Vineyard Resort

“In music, the term “allegretto” describes a cheerful tempo of 112-120 beats per minute, and at Allegretto Vineyard Resort by Ayres in Paso Robles, it’s an expression of a life lived joyfully, playfully, in harmony and with intention. The resort is the vision of fourth-generation hotelier Douglas Ayres, who, as a keen observer of global cultures and traditions, spent 13 years exploring the landscapes and vineyards of Paso Robles before discovering the 20 magnificent acres in East Paso Robles that would become the Allegretto.”

“Populated with art and artifacts from his travels throughout South America, Asia, Europe and beyond, Allegretto Vineyard Resort is Doug’s most personal project yet, designed to recreate the peace and proportion of ancient spaces. “Across history, people have expressed their connection to a deeper source through their environment, food, song, dance, and celebration,” he says. “The Allegretto is another of those human expressions. It tells a story in time – a story of joy.””

“The first of its kind in Paso Robles Wine Country and a world unto itself, the Allegretto Vineyard Resort is nestled among 20 acres that include wine-grapes, olive and fruit trees, 171 guest rooms and suites, a restaurant with chef’s garden, wine bar, 12,000-square-foot courtyard, pool and cabanas, spa, the Abbey (a multi-use French inspired chapel), ballroom, indoor and outdoor event space, walking paths, manicured Mediterranean gardens, specially crafted vignettes, and art and artifacts that invoke the luxury, warmth, and beauty of la dolce vita.”

There are two on site vineyards at Allegretto Vineyard Resort growing Estate fruit for the Allegretto Wines. All the Allegretto Wines are available to taste on-site at the Willow Creek Tasting Room.

The destination restaurant at the Resort is Cello Ristorante & Bar serving Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. It’s an upscale yet casual Mediterranean-inspired restaurant. There is an extensive wine list in addition to the availability of the portfolio of Allegretto Wines.

On-site activities include scheduled Olive Oil Tastings with local olives from San Miguel Olive Farm and informative guided Art Tours which are really a must to fully appreciate all the museum-quality art that is part of every corner of the Resort. At a guest’s leisure there is a walk on the Star Garden Trail with twelve stations of meditation and a chance to meet and feed, George, the friendly vineyard Alpaca.

Allegretto Vineyards Resort’s hands-on veteran General Manager, Rich Verruni is our guest.

Chef Andrew Gruel of Big Parm and the Calico Fish House

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel, the menu-maker behind the full-service Calico Fish House (in the Sunset Beach area of Huntington Beach) and also the founder and pizzaiola of the fast-casual Big Parm (New Jersey-style pizza) located in the Mess Hall in Tustin provides another timely and informative Ask the Chef segment where he responds to listeners’ thoughtful inquiries.

It’s not all potent libations for the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day coming up on Sunday, March 17th. Chef Andrew has some suggestions on worthy and satisfying nibbles to take you well beyond green beer.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Executive Chef Eric Klein, Senior Vice President Culinary and Partner, Wolfgang Puck Catering Part One
Segment Three: Executive Chef Eric Klein, Senior Vice President Culinary and Partner, Wolfgang Puck Catering Part Two
Segment Four: Strong Water, Anaheim with Proprietors Ying Chang & Robert Adamson Part One
Segment Five: Strong Water, Anaheim with Proprietors Ying Chang & Robert Adamson Part Two
Segment Six: Allegretto Vineyard Resort, Paso Robles, with General Manager Rich Verruni Part One
Segment Seven: Allegretto Vineyard Resort, Paso Robles, with General Manager Rich Verruni Part Two
Segment Eight: Chef Andrew Gruel, Co-Host and Proprietor of Calico Fish House, with “Ask the Chef”