Show 88, September 13, 2014: Guest Host Chef Rahm Fama and Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris preview the show

Guest Host Chef Rahm Fama of Food Network’s “Meat and Potatoes” and author of Meat and Potatoes – Simple Recipes That Sizzle and Sear and Producer Andy Harris preview the show.

The 4th Annual Taste of Mexico is on tap for Saturday, September 27th with an afternoon picnic and later evening dinner. The location is the Plaza de Culturas y Artes in Downtown Los Angeles. The always delightful Bricia Lopez of Guelaguetza is with us with a preview.

We appreciate craft beer on the “SoCal Restaurant Show.” It’s our pleasure to introduce the listeners to the California Craft Brewers Association. It’s a 501(c)6 non-profit trade association representing the craft and specialty brewing industry in California. Executive Director Tom McCormick joins us with the specifics.Cheers…

Amelia and Florent Marneau, chef –proprietors of Marche Moderne, one of the OC’s very best, located at the Penthouse at South Coast Plaza, will host a fundraising Friends of James Beard Dinner on Wednesday September 24, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. An intimate group of one hundred guests will enjoy a magnificent five-course tasting menu paired with exceptional wines generously donated by distributors and winemakers.

Sriracha authority Randy Clemens and Food GPS have joined forces to present the 1st Annual San Diego Sriracha Festival set for Saturday, September 20th from 3 to 6:00 p.m.at Liberty Station. This chef-driven, all inclusive (Adults only) event from The Sriracha Cookbook and Food GPS spotlights the world’s most iconic hot sauce at a unique, historical venue.

Chef & Restaurateur Zov Karmardian needs no introduction to the listeners of the “SoCal Restaurant Show.” An Anaheim Zov’s is in the works. Zov also has brought on board as Culinary Director, Louie Jocson. You know Chef Louie as the executive chef and creator of the glowingly-reviewed Red Table in Huntington Beach.

Ready to be Shaken and Stirred ? Sip LBC Long Beach Wine, Beer & Spirits Week is on tap for September 21st to 27th. One week. Seven Days of Sipping in 30 plus restaurants, lounges, wine bars and gastro pubs.

Chef Rahm Fama of Food Network’s “Meat and Potatoes is Saturday’s guest host. His new cookbook is Meat and Potatoes – Simple Recipes That Sizzle and Sear. He’s also the Corporate Chef at US Foods.

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

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Show 88, September 13, 2014: Amelia & Florent Marneau, Marche Moderne

Florent and Amelia Marneau of Marche Moderne at South Coast PlazaAmelia and Florent Marneau, chef–proprietors of Marche Moderne, one of the OC’s very best, located at the Penthouse at South Coast Plaza, will host a fundraising Friends of James Beard Dinner on Wednesday September 24, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. An intimate group of one hundred fortunate guests will enjoy a magnificent five-course tasting menu paired with exceptional wines generously donated by distributors and winemakers.

The funds raised will benefit The Foundation’s educational outreach along with funding a local Marche Moderne scholarship for promising culinarians.

“Marche Moderne, which opened in 2007, has been described as “probably the best bistro in Southern California” in the Los Angeles Times by S. Irene Virbila; was crowned best restaurant in OC by Orange County Register restaurant critic Brad A. Johnson; and named in the LA Times 2014 “101 Best Restaurants” by Pulitzer Prize-winning restaurant critic Jonathan Gold. The Marneaus combine a passion for market-inspired ingredients and classic French cooking techniques with modern touches at their popular restaurant.”

The fundraiser will feature an eye-popping silent auction of select luxury offerings. Perfect items for really thoughtful Holiday Gifts…

For reservations and more information please call Nadine Hotong at 714.434.7900. This will sell out…

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September 13: Rahm Fama, Guelaguetza, California Craft Brewers, Marche Moderne, Sriracha Festival, Zov’s, SipLBC

Podcasts

Segment One: Guest Host Chef Rahm Fama and Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris preview the show
Segment Two: Taste of Mexico
Segment Three: California Craft Beer Association
Segment Four: Amelia & Florent Marneau, Marche Moderne
Segment Five: San Diego Sriracha Festival
Segment Six: Zov Karmardian, Zov’s Bistro
Segment Seven: Sip LBC Long Beach Wine, Beer & Spirits Week
Segment Eight: Executive Chef Rahm Fama

Guest Host Chef Rahm Fama of Food Network’s “Meat and Potatoes” and author of Meat and Potatoes – Simple Recipes That Sizzle and Sear and Producer Andy Harris preview the show.

The 4th Annual Taste of Mexico is on tap for Saturday, September 27th with an afternoon picnic and later evening dinner. The location is the Plaza de Culturas y Artes in Downtown Los Angeles. The always delightful Bricia Lopez of Guelaguetza is with us with a preview.

We appreciate craft beer on the “SoCal Restaurant Show.” It’s our pleasure to introduce the listeners to the California Craft Brewers Association. It’s a 501(c)6 non-profit trade association representing the craft and specialty brewing industry in California. Executive Director Tom McCormick joins us with the specifics.Cheers…

Amelia and Florent Marneau, chef –proprietors of Marche Moderne, one of the OC’s very best, located at the Penthouse at South Coast Plaza, will host a fundraising Friends of James Beard Dinner on Wednesday September 24, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. An intimate group of one hundred guests will enjoy a magnificent five-course tasting menu paired with exceptional wines generously donated by distributors and winemakers.

Sriracha authority Randy Clemens and Food GPS have joined forces to present the 1st Annual San Diego Sriracha Festival set for Saturday, September 20th from 3 to 6:00 p.m.at Liberty Station. This chef-driven, all inclusive (Adults only) event from The Sriracha Cookbook and Food GPS spotlights the world’s most iconic hot sauce at a unique, historical venue.

Chef & Restaurateur Zov Karmardian needs no introduction to the listeners of the “SoCal Restaurant Show.” An Anaheim Zov’s is in the works. Zov also has brought on board as Culinary Director, Louie Jocson. You know Chef Louie as the executive chef and creator of the glowingly-reviewed Red Table in Huntington Beach.

Ready to be Shaken and Stirred ? Sip LBC Long Beach Wine, Beer & Spirits Week is on tap for September 21st to 27th. One week. Seven Days of Sipping in 30 plus restaurants, lounges, wine bars and gastro pubs.

Chef Rahm Fama of Food Network’s “Meat and Potatoes is Saturday’s guest host. His new cookbook is Meat and Potatoes – Simple Recipes That Sizzle and Sear. He’s also the Corporate Chef at US Foods.

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

Bricia LopezBricia Lopez (Guelaguetza) is the dynamic face of contemporary Mexican restaurants in Los Angeles. She is one of the organizers of the upcoming Taste of Mexico.

The 4th Annual Taste of Mexico is on tap for Saturday, September 27th with an afternoon Farmers Market Picnic and later evening Dinner, Music, Tequila and Mezcal affair. The location is the Plaza de Culturas y Artes in Downtown Los Angeles. It’s billed as LA’s most anticipated Mexican food festival of the year.

The always delightful Bricia Lopez of Guelaguetza is with us with a preview.

Tom McCormick of the California Craft Brewers AssociationWe appreciate craft beer on the “SoCal Restaurant Show.” It’s our pleasure to introduce the listeners to the California Craft Brewers Association. It’s a 501(c)6 non-profit trade association representing the craft and specialty brewing industry in California. The primary function of the CCBA is to monitor legislative activity at the state Capitol and to provide a single and coherent political voice that represents the interests of all of California’s craft breweries.

“Additionally, the CCBA provides a broad realm of services for the craft brewing community which includes addressing critical business and supply issues and offering gatherings and events to help foster communication and education among our family of brewers.”

Executive Director Tom McCormick joins us with the effervescent specifics.

Florent and Amelia Marneau of Marche Moderne at South Coast PlazaAmelia and Florent Marneau, chef –proprietors of Marche Moderne, one of the OC’s very best, located at the Penthouse at South Coast Plaza, will host a fundraising Friends of James Beard Dinner on Wednesday September 24, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. An intimate group of one hundred fortunate guests will enjoy a magnificent five-course tasting menu paired with exceptional wines generously donated by distributors and winemakers.

The funds raised will benefit The Foundation’s educational outreach along with funding a local Marche Moderne scholarship for promising culinarians.

“Marche Moderne, which opened in 2007, has been described as “probably the best bistro in Southern California” in the Los Angeles Times by S. Irene Virbila; was crowned best restaurant in OC by Orange County Register restaurant critic Brad A. Johnson; and named in the LA Times 2014 “101 Best Restaurants” by Pulitzer Prize-winning restaurant critic Jonathan Gold. The Marneaus combine a passion for market-inspired ingredients and classic French cooking techniques with modern touches at their popular restaurant.”

For reservations and more information please call Nadine Hotong at 714.434.7900. This evening will sell out very soon…

Randy ClemensSriracha authority Randy Clemens and Food GPS have joined forces to present the 1st Annual San Diego Sriracha Festival set for Saturday, September 20th from 3 to 6:00 p.m.at Liberty Station. This chef-driven, all inclusive (Adults only) event from The Sriracha Cookbook and Food GPS spotlights the world’s most iconic hot sauce at a unique, historical venue.

“Multiple stations allow guests to enjoy a variety of Sriracha-themed dishes, including desserts, at their own pace. Local craft beer, cocktails, sodas, iced coffee and iced tea tame the heat while a DJ set helps create a fun and memorable food and drink experience.”

“The response from our first Sriracha festival in L.A. was absolutely amazing,” says Randy Clemens, co-organizer of the Sriracha Festivals, as well as author of The Sriracha Cookbook and The Veggie-Lover’s Sriracha Cookbook. “We got plenty of requests to expand to more cities, so we’re very excited to add San Diego to the line-up with its own impressive selection of delicious Sriracha-themed dishes!”

Zov Karamardian or Zov's in TustinChef, Restaurateur and cookbook author Zov Karmardian of the flagship Zov’s Bistro in Tustin needs no introduction to the listeners of the “SoCal Restaurant Show.” An Anaheim Zov’s is in the works and soon to launch.

Zov also has brought on board as Culinary Director, Louie Jocson. You know Chef Louie as the executive chef and creator of the glowingly-reviewed Red Table in Huntington Beach. This is a return, of sorts, for Chef Jocson. In high school he washed dishes at Zov’s as well as peeled garlic and chopped parsley.

Sip LBCReady to be Shaken and Stirred? Sip LBC Long Beach Wine, Beer & Spirits Week is on tap for September 21st to 27th.

One week. Seven Days of Sipping in 30 plus restaurants, lounges, wine bars and gastro pubs.

Rahm FamaChef Rahm Fama of Food Network’s “Meat and Potatoes” is Saturday’s guest host. His new cookbook is Meat and Potatoes – Simple Recipes That Sizzle and Sear. He’s also the Corporate Chef at US Foods.

Chef Rahm grew up on a ranch in Santa Fe and cooked his way through Austin, Phoenix, Scottsdale, New York, Colorado Springs, and St. Lucia. Most recently he was the executive chef at The Lodge at Vail.

“Armed with a cast-iron skillet and the best ingredients he can find, meat –loving chef Rahm Fama serves up a fresh take on chuck wagon cuisine in Meat and Potatoes – Simple Recipes That Sizzle and Sear for flavorful meals you can enjoy no matter where you are.”

“Inspired by his early years on a Southwest cattle ranch, he followed his carnivorous curiosity across the country, seeking the choicest cuts and best ways to cook them. There’s nothing like the thrill of throwing a pat of butter in a hot pan and searing a perfect steak, or grilling a pork chop, or braising chicken. Meat and Potatoes presents 52 irresistible and simple meals – one for every week.”

Podcasts

Segment One: Guest Host Chef Rahm Fama and Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris preview the show
Segment Two: Taste of Mexico
Segment Three: California Craft Beer Association
Segment Four: Amelia & Florent Marneau, Marche Moderne
Segment Five: San Diego Sriracha Festival
Segment Six: Zov Karmardian, Zov’s Bistro
Segment Seven: Sip LBC Long Beach Wine, Beer & Spirits Week
Segment Eight: Executive Chef Rahm Fama

Show 28, May 11, 2013: Kedric Francis, Executive Editor of Coast (monthly) as well as the co-founding editor of the new OC Register Magazine (appearing twice monthly with the Monday edition of the Orange County Register, Continued…

There is a “Best Restaurants” Section of the Orange County Register’s upcoming annual “Best of OC” publication. You don’t have to be a subscriber to either the home or digital version of the paper to vote. Voting is on right now through the end of May.

Kedric made the point that there are more corporate restaurants in Orange County versus L.A. The explanation is there are a handful of very large landlords in Orange County and the typical business practice for landlords is to deal with large, corporate restaurant groups.

Fortunately this is starting to change. Kedric noted that Red O in L.A. and Fig & Olive in West Hollywood are both soon opening outposts in The Irvine Co.’s Fashion Island in Newport Beach.

Also Henry Segerstrom of South Coast Plaza fame has consistently recruited chef-driven restaurants of distinction to that high-end shopping destination. Marche Moderne, owned and operated by the husband & wife team of Florent and Amelia Marneau, is an excellent case in point.

In fact Kedric was planning to celebrate Mother’s Day with his wife at Marche Moderne.

Kedric also shared the exciting news that the famous Din Tai Fung of Arcadia, known for Shanghai-style soup dumplings, is scheduled to debut a branch in South Coast Plaza.

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Show 7: November 24, 2012: Amelia Marneau of Marche Moderne

Florent and Amelia Marneau of Marche Moderne at South Coast PlazaFlorent and Amelia Marneau set the standard for elegant, unpretentious fine-dining when they opened Marche Moderne in 2007. Chef Florent had previously launched the very successful Pinot Provence for master chef Joachim Splichal (his first venture in Orange County.) Amelia was a highly regarded executive pastry chef. Now Chef Florent is the menu maker and Amelia runs the front-of-the-house and also creates the superb dessert menu. Talk about teamwork…

Amelia spoke about one of a series of delectable special events that Marche Moderne orchestrates during the year to keep the restaurant fresh. Now through December 30th is the festive “40 Days of Champagne and Caviar” Holiday Celebration. It’s a nightly special menu of six premium caviar selections and accompanying bubbly from four renowned Champagne houses along with the traditional accoutrements and caviar-friendly cocktails. How about that for Holiday spirit ?

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November 24: Ricardo Zarate, Inn at Europa Village, Deep End Dining, Marche Moderne

Podcasts

Segment One: Chef Jet Tila and Producer Andy Harris
Segment Two: Chef Dean A. Thomas, Innkeeper (with his wife, Nicole) of The Inn At Europa Village and Executive Chef de Cuisine at Europa Village Winery and Tasting Room
Segment Three: Eddie Lin of the blog “Deep End Dining” and the new Web series for YouTube, “Kamikaze Kitchen.”
Segment Four: Eddie Lin Part Two
Segment Five: Chef Ricardo Zarate and Business Partner & Restaurateur Stephane Bombet of Picca in West Los Angeles and Mo-Chica in Downtown Los Angeles
Segment Six: Ricardo Zarate and Stephane Bombet Part Two
Segment Seven: Amelia Marneau of Marche Moderne in The Penthouse (Level 3) at South Coast Plaza
Segment Eight: Food TV Producer and Culinary Personality Eric Boardman

The Holidays are upon us and the “SoCal Restaurant Show” is getting into the spirit of the season. It’s a stuffed grab bag of entertaining info this week.

Ever wonder what a busy chef (and new father) does for his own Family on Thanksgiving? Chef Jet gives us the behind-the-scenes on his Thanksgiving 2012.

The picturesque Temecula Valley Wine Country is only 90-minutes from most of Los Angeles and is a great local getaway with numerous inviting attractions including a winery for every palate and budget.

In the last year The Inn at Europa Village (located on a hilltop with an unrivaled view of the Valley) has been remodeled and enhanced, and now defines the standard of truly memorable bed and breakfast establishments in the Temecula Valley.

The personable Innkeepers are the dynamic duo of Executive Chef Dean Thomas and his wife, Nicole. Chef Dean also oversees the culinary operations at the neighboring Europa Village Tasting Room & Vineyards.

We’ll talk with Dean about his unusual hands-on approach to managing a bed and breakfast and the show-stopping breakfasts he creates with premium local ingredients for his appreciative guests every morning!

Eddie Lin of Deep End DiningJoining Jet in studio will be Asian food blogger extraordinaire and culinary personality Eddie Lin. You may know him from “Deep-End Dining.” He also has a new Web series, “Kamikaze Kitchen.”

Eddie’s most recent assignment is as a contributor to Los Angeles Magazine’sDigest” blog.

Peruvian cuisine has captured the attention of SoCal foodies. At the forefront is Chef Ricardo Zarate who achieved fame in L.A. with his hole-in-the wall spot, Mo-Chica, originally located in the Mercado La Paloma just East of the USC campus. This was later relocated to a more ambitious and expanded space Downtown at 514 W. Seventh St.

Ricardo Zarate of Mo-Chica and PiccaBefore that Ricardo and his business partner Stephane Bombet launched the upscale Picca (Peruvian/Japanese small plates) on W. Pico Blvd. just East of Century City.

A new spot in Marina del Rey is on the horizon.

Jet will chat with both Chef Ricardo and Stephane Bombet about their expanding restaurant empire which started quite modestly.

Our vote for nicest couple in the hospitality business in Orange County has to be Florent and Amelia Marneau who are the greatly respected proprietors of the acclaimed Marche Moderne located in The Penthouse (Level 3) at South Coast Plaza.

Since they opened in 2007 the restaurant has earned the reputation as the premier French restaurant in Orange County and beyond. Florent is behind the stoves and Amelia creates the incredible desserts and also graciously runs the front-of-the-house.

Throughout the year they do noteworthy special events to keep their establishment fresh. This morning Amelia joins the show to preview Marche Moderne’s “40 Days of Champagne and Caviar” Holiday Celebration. Nightly until December 30th Marche is showcasing a nightly special menu of six top caviar selections and bubbly from four renowned Champagne houses along with the traditional accoutrements and caviar-friendly cocktails. If you don’t think that says “Holidays” with a flourish then forget about it…

Finally Careers through Culinary Arts Program Los Angeles Advisory Board Member (and food TV producer) Eric Boardman is with us to discuss the spirited C-CAP alum competition in the style of Food Network’s “Chopped” that was part of last Saturday’s “Getting Our Just Desserts” Benefit at The Art Institute of California-Los Angeles’ campus in Santa Monica. Eric was the Master of Ceremonies for the competition and shares the results.

Podcasts

Segment One: Chef Jet Tila and Producer Andy Harris
Segment Two: Chef Dean A. Thomas, Innkeeper (with his wife, Nicole) of The Inn At Europa Village and Executive Chef de Cuisine at Europa Village Winery and Tasting Room
Segment Three: Eddie Lin of the blog “Deep End Dining” and the new Web series for YouTube, “Kamikaze Kitchen.”
Segment Four: Eddie Lin Part Two
Segment Five: Chef Ricardo Zarate and Business Partner & Restaurateur Stephane Bombet of Picca in West Los Angeles and Mo-Chica in Downtown Los Angeles
Segment Six: Ricardo Zarate and Stephane Bombet Part Two
Segment Seven: Amelia Marneau of Marche Moderne in The Penthouse (Level 3) at South Coast Plaza
Segment Eight: Food TV Producer and Culinary Personality Eric Boardman