Show 575, April 27, 2024: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

Anne Marie Panoringan is Culture OC’s well-informed food columnist. She reports industry news, current events and trends. Anne Marie also contributes regularly to Eater Los Angeles, LAist, TASTE and a host of other well-respected publications. Anne Marie joins us in-studio to discuss her new outlet as Food Columnist for Culture OC and discuss her current columns. Along the way Anne Marie will highlight a fast-growing female-owned artisan bread bakery started in a garage in Laguna Beach, the new Bar Becky in Long Beach and the 10th Anniversary of Watertable at Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach under the culinary direction of Executive Chef Manfred Lassahn.

Amar Santana, a Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) alum, serves as the Executive Chef and owner at Broadway By Amar Santana in Laguna Beach, and Vaca in Costa Mesa, California adjacent to South Coast Plaza. Born in the Dominican Republic, he immigrated to the US at 13 and began his culinary career at 16. He has been mentored by some of the world’s most renowned chefs, including Charlie Palmer, who helped him develop his skills of expressing his passion through food. By combining flavors and culinary traditions from all over the world, Amar provides a truly unforgettable gastronomical experience. Chef Amar was the runner-up on Bravo’s “Top Chef” Season 13 in California and has also competed internationally for the Korean culinary series “Korean Food Battle,” finishing as a finalist.” Amar has also appeared as a judge on more recent seasons of “Top Chef.” For “Top Chef” Season 21 in Wisconsin Amar cameos in one of episode and also appears in “Top Chef: The Dish with Kish” a new behind-the-scenes weekly Bravo commentary series recapping each episode with new host Kristen Kish. Chef Amar Santana is our guest.

It’s that time of the year where we eagerly break bread with Legends Executive Chef Dennis Radcliffe to chat about what’s new in salivating food and beverage options at Angel Stadium. This year there are new Casa Modelo stands serving Birria and Veggie Quesadillas. The always popular Brewery X has a host of new menu items. A fresh dessert item that’s already attracting a lot of attention is the crave-worthy Walk Off Waffles (Section 232) featuring decadent Strawberries & Cream Waffles and S’mores Waffles. Chef Dennis Radcliffe takes a break from his busy kitchens to join us along with Pastry Chef L.A. Tracy.

“Las Vegas’ The Feast of Friends is encoring the wildly popular Vegas Unstripped food festival this spring, with a notable new home. This year, the event takes place from 7-10:00 p.m. on Saturday May 18 at the Palms Casino Resort on the Resort Pool Deck conveniently located just off The Strip. Thirty of the city’s most acclaimed and creative chefs will be brought together to present one-night-only original dishes, accompanied by cocktails from many of the city’s best bars, live local entertainers, art activations and more. Tickets are available via TicketSpice. Price has remained at $150 plus fees (and the fees have gone down!). Attendees must be 21+.” Founder and Event Producer Eric Gladstone joins us with all the enticing details. Producer Eric has a very special discount offer for our listeners.

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

Show 575, April 27, 2024: Anne Marie Panoringan, Food Writer, CultureOC.org

Food Journalist Anne Marie Panoringan

Anne Marie Panoringan is Culture OC’s well-informed food columnist. She reports industry news, current events and trends. Anne Marie also contributes regularly to Eater Los Angeles, LAist, TASTE and a host of other well-respected publications. Anne Marie joins us in-studio to discuss her new outlet as Food Columnist for Culture OC and discuss her current columns.

Along the way Anne Marie will highlight a fast-growing female-owned artisan bread bakery started in a garage in Laguna Beach, the new Bar Becky in Long Beach and the 10th Anniversary of Watertable at Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach under the culinary direction of long-time Executive Chef Manfred Lassahn.

Then as we resume the conversation with Anne Marie she will now chat about her recommended dining options around Angel Stadium and Honda Center. (This is the subject of her current column for CultureOC.org.)

April 27: Anne Marie Panoringan, Amar Santana, Angels Baseball Ballpark Food, Vegas Unstripped

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two and Three: Anne Marie Panoringan, Food Writer, CultureOC.org
Segment Four and Five: Amar Santana, Executive Chef and Proprietor, Vaca at Soth Coast Plaza and Broadway by Amar Santana, Laguna Beach
Segment Six and Seven: Dennis Radcliffe, Executive Chef at Angel Stadium for Legends Hospitality
Segment Eight: Vegas Unstripped at Palms Casino Resort with Founder Eric Gladstone

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

Anne Marie Panoringan is Culture OC’s well-informed food columnist. She reports industry news, current events and trends. Anne Marie also contributes regularly to Eater Los Angeles, LAist, TASTE and a host of other well-respected publications. Anne Marie joins us in-studio to discuss her new outlet as Food Columnist for Culture OC and discuss her current columns. Along the way Anne Marie will highlight a fast-growing female-owned artisan bread bakery started in a garage in Laguna Beach, the new Bar Becky in Long Beach and the 10th Anniversary of Watertable at Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach under the culinary direction of Executive Chef Manfred Lassahn.

“Amar Santana, a Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) alum, serves as the Executive Chef and owner at Broadway by Amar Santana in Laguna Beach, and Vaca in Costa Mesa, California adjacent to South Coast Plaza. Born in the Dominican Republic, he immigrated to the US at 13 and began his culinary career at 16. He has been mentored by some of the world’s most renowned chefs, including Charlie Palmer, who helped him develop his skills of expressing his passion through food. By combining flavors and culinary traditions from all over the world, Amar provides a truly unforgettable gastronomical experience. Chef Amar was the runner-up on Bravo’s “Top Chef” Season 13 in California and has also competed internationally for the Korean culinary series “Korean Food Battle,” finishing as a finalist.” Amar has also appeared as a judge on more recent seasons of “Top Chef.” For “Top Chef” Season 21 in Wisconsin Amar cameos in a pair of episodes and also in “Top Chef : The Dish with Kish” a new weekly Bravo commentary series recapping each episode with host Kristen Kish. Chef Amar Santana is our guest.

It’s that time of the year where we eagerly break bread with Legends Executive Chef Dennis Radcliffe to chat about what’s new in salivating food and beverage options at Angel Stadium. This year there are new Casa Modelo stands serving Birria and Veggie Quesadillas. The always popular Brewery X has a host of new menu items. A new dessert item that’s already attracting a lot of attention is the crave-worthy Walk Off Waffles (Section 232) featuring decadent Strawberries & Cream Waffles and S’mores Waffles. Chef Dennis Radcliffe takes a break from his busy kitchens to join us along with Pastry Chef Tracy.

“Las Vegas’ The Feast of Friends is encoring the wildly popular Vegas Unstripped food festival this spring, with a notable new home. This year, the event takes place from 7-10:00 p.m. on Saturday May 18at the Palms Casino Resort on the Resort Pool Deck conveniently located just off The Strip. Thirty of the city’s most acclaimed and creative chefs will be brought together to present one-night-only original dishes, accompanied by cocktails from many of the city’s best bars, live local entertainers, art activations and more. Tickets are available via Vegas Unstripped. Price has remained at $150 plus fees (and the fees have gone down!). Attendees must be 21+.” Founder and Event Producer Eric Gladstonej oins us with all the enticing details.

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

Food Journalist Anne Marie Panoringan

Anne Marie Panoringan is Culture OC’s well-informed food columnist. She reports industry news, current events and trends. Anne Marie also contributes regularly to Eater Los Angeles, LAist, TASTE and a host of other well-respected publications. Anne Marie joins us in-studio to discuss her new outlet as Food Columnist for Culture OC and discuss her current columns.

Along the way Anne Marie will highlight a fast-growing female-owned artisan bread bakery started in a garage in Laguna Beach, the new Bar Becky in Long Beach and the 10th Anniversary of Watertable at Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach under the culinary direction of long-time Executive Chef Manfred Lassahn.

Then as we resume the conversation with Anne Marie she will now chat about her recommended dining options around Angel Stadium and Honda Center.

Amar Santana at the Finale of Top Chef

Amar Santana, a Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) alum, serves as the Executive Chef and owner at Broadway By Amar Santana in Laguna Beach, and Vaca in Costa Mesa, California adjacent to South Coast Plaza. Born in the Dominican Republic, he immigrated to the US at 13 and began his culinary career at 16. He has been mentored by some of the world’s most renowned chefs, including Charlie Palmer, who helped him develop his skills of expressing his passion through food. By combining flavors and culinary traditions from all over the world, Amar provides a truly unforgettable gastronomical experience.”

“Chef Amar was the runner-up on Bravo’s “Top Chef” Season 13 in California and has also competed internationally for the Korean culinary series “Korean Food Battle,” finishing as a finalist.” Amar has also appeared as a judge on more recent seasons of “Top Chef.” For “Top Chef” Season 21 in Wisconsin Amar cameos in a pair of episodes and also in “Top Chef: The Dish with Kish” a new weekly Bravo commentary series recapping each episode with host Kristen Kish.

Chef Amar is our guest.

Dennis Radcliffe of Legends Hospitality

It’s that time of the year where we eagerly break bread with Legends Executive Chef Dennis Radcliffe to chat about what’s new in salivating food and beverage options at Angel Stadium.

This year there are newly created Casa Modelo stands serving Birria and Veggie Quesadillas. Ther always popular Brewery X has a host of new menu items. A new dessert item that’s already attracting a lot of deserved attention is Walk Off Waffles (Section 232) featuring decadent Strawberries & Cream Waffles and S’mores Waffles.

Chef Dennis Radcliffe takes a break from his busy kitchens to join us along with Pastry Chef Tracy.

Eric Gladstone of Feast of Friends

“Las Vegas’ The Feast of Friends is encoring the wildly popular Vegas Unstripped food festival this spring, with a notable new home. This year, the event takes place from 7-10:00 p.m. on Saturday May 18 at the Palms Casino Resort on the Resort Pool Deck conveniently located just off The Strip. Thirty of the city’s most acclaimed and creative chefs will be brought together to present one-night-only original dishes, accompanied by cocktails from many of the city’s best bars, live local entertainers, art activations and more.”

“Tickets are available via TicketSpice. Price has remained at $150 plus fees (and the fees have gone down!). Attendees must be 21+.”

Ex-Pat Southern California Chefs participating who now reside in Las Vegas include James Trees of Esther’s Kitchen and Bruce Kalman of SoulBelly BBQ.

“Vegas Unstripped is Las Vegas’ only festival by chefs, about chefs, and for the Vegas community. Participating chefs represent the cutting edge of independent talent in Las Vegas, and are challenged to create unique dishes for the night reflecting their culinary passions. The evening is augmented by beverages from Las Vegas’ best local bars, local musicians, local art and more. Created in 2018 as a reaction to the Strip-focused Vegas Uncork’d event (now defunct), Vegas Unstripped initially only invited chefs working off-Strip but now welcomes Vegas chefs regardless of where they cook, offering open submissions. All necessary expenses of the independent chef / restaurateur are covered by event revenue to the extent possible, with net proceeds going to underserved local charities. To date, Vegas Uncorked has donated nearly $30,000.”

Founder and Event Producer Eric Gladstone joins us with all the enticing details.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two and Three: Anne Marie Panoringan, Food Writer, CultureOC.org
Segment Four and Five: Amar Santana, Executive Chef and Proprietor, Vaca at Soth Coast Plaza and Broadway by Amar Santana, Laguna Beach
Segment Six and Seven: Dennis Radcliffe, Executive Chef at Angel Stadium for Legends Hospitality
Segment Eight: Vegas Unstripped at Palms Casino Resort with Founder Eric Gladstone

Show 566, February 24, 2024: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

Anne Marie Panoringan is now Culture OC’s well-informed food columnist. She reports industry news, current events and trends. Anne Marie also contributes regularly to Eater Los Angeles, LAist and a host of other well-respected publications. Anne Marie joins us in-studio to discuss her new outlet as Food Columnist for Culture OC and preview her next column. Along the way Anne Marie will highlight her past (and future) coverage of Strong Water in Anaheim, the only Orange County nominee as a semi-finalist for a James Beard Award. Also more salivating specifics on the range of South of the Border edible delights available at the food stands at the Mercado Gonzalez in Costa Mesa.

Bone Kettle restaurant, a recognized neighborhood gem since 2017, is a Southeast Asian Kitchen and Bar located right in the heart of Old Town Pasadena. Bone Kettle is a proudly family run and operated business by the Tjahyadi brothers (Chef Erwin and Eric) and their father (“Papa” & Chief Broth Officer.) Growing up in the San Gabriel Valley, The Tjahyadi Family rarely found Southeast Asian businesses that succinctly spotlighted Indonesian, Filipino, Malaysian and Singaporean food and flavors in an elegant and inspired way. From there, the idea of Bone Kettle was born.” Eric Tjahyadi (Principal) joins us with a steaming bowl of the signature Bone Broth at the ready.

“Situated in the Los Olivos District of the Santa Ynez Valley, Vincent Vineyards is an estate vineyard and winery dedicated to making limited production Bordeaux varietal wines. The Family-owned winery (the creative vision of the late Tony Vincent) is the only producer in the region growing and making wine from all five of the noble red grapes of Bordeaux – Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot in addition to Bordeaux’s prominent white grape, Sauvignon Blanc. Vincent also grows Syrah, a red wine grape that originated in the Rhone Valley of France.” The youthful winemaker is Zach Perron and he joins us gently pulling the cork on all that is Vincent Vineyards.

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. There is some new involved legislation on the horizon in California impacting (come July 1st) the mandatory Service Charges now appearing on restaurant checks. Chef Andrew explains. Also, the classic patty melt is back in fashion on better restaurant menus. As a burger devotee Chef Andrew always has his spatula at the ready.
All of this and heaping helpings of extra deliciousness on this week’s not-to-miss show!

Show 566, February 24, 2024: Anne Marie Panoringan, Culture OC’s Food Columnist Part One

Food Journalist Anne Marie Panoringan

Anne Marie Panoringan is now Culture OC’s well-informed food columnist. She reports industry news, current events and trends. Anne Marie also contributes regularly to Eater Los Angeles, LAist and a host of other well-respected publications. Anne Marie joins us in-studio to further discuss her new outlet as Food Columnist for Culture OC and chat about recent and future columns.

Along the way Anne Marie will highlight her past (and future) coverage of Strong Water in Anaheim, the only Orange County nominee as a semi-finalist for a James Beard Award. Also, more salivating specifics on the range of South of the Border edible delights available at Mercado Gonzalez in Costa Mesa.

Show 566, February 24, 2024: Anne Marie Panoringan, Voice of OC’s Food Columnist Part Two

Food Journalist Anne Marie Panoringan

Anne Marie Panoringan is now Culture OC’s well-informed food columnist. She reports industry news, current events and trends. Anne Marie also contributes regularly to Eater Los Angeles, LAist and a host of other well-respected publications. Anne Marie continues with us in-studio to further discuss her new outlet as Food Columnist for Culture OC and chat about recent and future columns.

Along the way Anne Marie will highlight her past (and future) coverage of Strong Water in Anaheim, the only Orange County nominee as a semi-finalist for a James Beard Award. Also, more salivating specifics on the range of South of the Border edible delights available at Mercado Gonzalez’s food stands in Costa Mesa. There is also a high-prolife, full-service destination restaurant, Maizano and Bar Entre Nos, from the team responsible for the highly acclaimed LA Cha Cha Cha in the Arts District of DTLA.

February 24: Anne Marie Panoringan, Bone Kettle, Vincent Vineyards

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Anne Marie Panoringan, Voice of OC’s Food Columnist Part One
Segment Three: Anne Marie Panoringan, Voice of OC’s Food Columnist Part Two
Segment Four: Bone Kettle in Pasadena with Partner Eric Tjahyadi Part One
Segment Five: Bone Kettle in Pasadena with Partner Eric Tjahyadi Part Two
Segment Six: Vincent Vineyards, Los Olivos, with Winemaker Zach Perron Part One
Segment Seven: Vincent Vineyards, Los Olivos, with Winemaker Zach Perron 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.

Anne Marie Panoringan is now Culture OC’s well-informed food columnist. She reports industry news, current events and trends. Anne Marie also contributes regularly to Eater Los Angeles, LAist and a host of other well-respected publications. Anne Marie joins us in-studio to discuss her new outlet as Food Columnist for Culture OC and preview her next column. Along the way Anne Marie will highlight her past coverage of Strong Water in Anaheim, the only Orange County nominee as a semi-finalist for a James Beard Award. Also, the expanding and changing universe of restaurants which are part of Kei Concepts (VOX in Fountain Valley) and more salivating specifics on the range of South of the Border edible delights available at Mercado Gonzalez in Costa Mesa.

“Bone Kettle restaurant, a recognized neighborhood gem since 2017, is a Southeast Asian Kitchen and Bar located right in the heart of Old Town Pasadena. Bone Kettle is a proudly family run and operated business by the Tjahyadi brothers (Chef Erwin and Eric) and their father (“Papa” & Chief Broth Officer.) Growing up in the San Gabriel Valley, The Tjahyadi Family rarely found Southeast Asian businesses that succinctly spotlighted Indonesian, Filipino, Malaysian and Singaporean food and flavors in an elegant and inspired way. From there, the idea of Bone Kettle was born.” Eric Tjahyadi (Principal) joins us with a steaming bowl of the signature Bone Broth at the ready.

“Situated in the Los Olivos District of the Santa Ynez Valley, Vincent Vineyards is an estate vineyard and winery dedicated to making limited production Bordeaux varietal wines. The Family-owned winery is the only producer in the region growing and making wine from all five of the noble red grapes of Bordeaux – Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot in addition to Bordeaux’s prominent white grape, Sauvignon Blanc. Vincent also grows Syrah, a red wine grape that originated in the Rhone Valley of France.” The winemaker is Zach Perron and he joins us gently pulling the cork on all that is Vincent Vineyards.

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. There is some new legislation on the horizon in California impacting the mandatory Service Charges now appearing on restaurant checks. Chef Andrew explains. Also, the classic patty melt is back in fashion on better restaurant menus. As a burger devotee Chef Andrew always has his spatula at the ready.

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

Food Journalist Anne Marie Panoringan

Anne Marie Panoringan is now Culture OC’s well-informed food columnist. She reports industry news, current events and trends. Anne Marie also contributes regularly to Eater Los Angeles, LAist and a host of other well-respected publications. Anne Marie joins us in-studio to discuss her new outlet as Food Columnist for Culture OC and preview her next column.

Along the way Anne Marie will highlight her past coverage of Strong Water in Anaheim, the only Orange County nominee as a semi-finalist for a James Beard Award. Also the expanding and changing universe of Kei Concepts (VOX in Fountain Valley) and more salivating specifics on the range of South of the Border edible delights available at Mercado Gonzalez in Costa Mesa.

Eric Tjahyad of Bone Kettle and Supa Coffee

Bone Kettle restaurant, a recognized neighborhood gem since 2017, is a Southeast Asian Kitchen and Bar located right in the heart of Old Town Pasadena. Bone Kettle is a proudly family run and operated business by the Tjahyadi brothers (Chef Erwin and Eric) and their father (“Papa” & Chief Broth) Officer.)”

“Growing up in the San Gabriel Valley, The Tjahyadi Family rarely found Southeast Asian businesses that succinctly spotlighted Indonesian, Filipino, Malaysian and Singaporean food and flavors in an elegant and inspired way. From there, the idea of Bone Kettle was born.”

“The mission at Bone Kettle is to rethink what Southeast Asian cuisine is supposed to be. A reclaiming of the past and a reinterpretation of beloved dishes for the new generation.”

Think Bone Marrow, Clam & Donuts, Sticky Pork Ribs, Oxtail Dumplings, Nasi Goreng and 36-Hour Bone Broth. Bone Kettle is also known for their extensive Sake selection.

Bone Kettle is open for Dinner service daily from 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Weekend Brunch is served on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. A large, discounted Happy Hour menu is available from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays. This is a busy place and Reservations are highly suggested.

Eric Tjahyadi joins us with a steaming bowl of the signature Bone Broth at the ready.

Zach Perron of Vincent Vineyards and Winery

“Situated in the Los Olivos District of the Santa Ynez Valley, Vincent Vineyards is an estate vineyard and winery dedicated to making limited production Bordeaux varietal wines. The Family-owned winery is the only producer in the region growing and making wine from all five of the noble red grapes of Bordeaux – Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot in addition to Bordeaux’s prominent white grape, Sauvignon Blanc. Vincent also grows Syrah, a red wine grape that originated in the Rhone Valley of France.” The winemaker is Zach Perron and he joins us to gently pull the cork on all that is Vincent Vineyards.

“Established in 2007, Vincent Vineyards is the realized dream of founders Tony and Tanya Vincent, who purchased the 25-acre property with the intent to grow Cabernet and the other Bordeaux varieties they adored. The aesthetic was inspired by the legendary French estate of Chateau Haut Brion- located in Bordeaux. Cuttings for the Bordeaux varietals planted in their vineyard originated there. After much hard work and dedication, the Vincents bottled their first vintage in 2010, and five years later, debuted their stately Vincent Vineyards tasting room amidst 13.5 acres of estate wines”

“Their wine is 100 per cent estate grown and produced meaning they only use grapes grown right there on the property. All production occurs on the estate, too. Vincent Vineyards produces approximately 2,500 cases annually which qualifies them as a limited production winery.”

The Estate Tasting Room is open 7 days a week from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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.

There is some new legislation on the horizon in California (AB 478) impacting the mandatory Service Charges now appearing on restaurant checks. Chef Andrew explains. Also, the classic patty melt is back in fashion on better restaurant menus. As a burger devotee Chef Andrew has his spatula at the ready.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Anne Marie Panoringan, Voice of OC’s Food Columnist Part One
Segment Three: Anne Marie Panoringan, Voice of OC’s Food Columnist Part Two
Segment Four: Bone Kettle in Pasadena with Partner Eric Tjahyadi Part One
Segment Five: Bone Kettle in Pasadena with Partner Eric Tjahyadi Part Two
Segment Six: Vincent Vineyards, Los Olivos, with Winemaker Zach Perron Part One
Segment Seven: Vincent Vineyards, Los Olivos, with Winemaker Zach Perron Part Two
Segment Eight: Chef Andrew Gruel, Co-Host and Proprietor of Calico Fish House, with “Ask the Chef”

Show 558, December 30, 2023: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

Happy New Year and all good wishes for 2024 from all your food obsessed friends at “SoCal Restaurant Show” on AM 830 KLAA radio!

Anne Marie Panoringan is now Culture OC’s well-informed food columnist. She reports industry news, current events and trends. Anne Marie also contributes regularly to Eater Los Angeles, LAist and a host of other well-respected publications. Anne Marie joins us in-studio to discuss her new outlet as Food Columnist for Culture OC and review highlights of her current column. Along the way Anne Marie will discuss her recent dining adventures in Las Vegas including a meal at Peter Luger Steak House (of Brooklyn) at Caesars Palace and the opening of the first mainland location of Zippy’s (revered in Hawaii) in Las Vegas. Also an overview of the ambitious Mercado Gonzalez (a Mexican Food Wonderland) in Costa Mesa.

Chef Rich Mead is the proprietor of the ever-popular Farmhouse at Rogers Garden in Corona del Mar. Chef Rich’s seasonal menus feature ingredients sourced from local and sustainably focused farmers and purveyors. Chef Rich’s special New Year’s Eve menu at Farmhouse can be enjoyed a la carte or as a Tasting Menu. Think Roast Stuffed Lobster Tail and Spaghetti Squash “Fra Diavolo.” Dessert is a festive Champagne Citrus Cake. Rich is a longtime supporter of The Ecology Center (non-profit) in San Juan Capistrano. He was one of the first chefs to gladly volunteer his culinary services to cook an al fresco repast there. When he prepares a meal there as part of their (fundraising) monthly Community Table Dinner Series it’s an evening not to be missed. Chef Rich Mead takes a break from his regular Saturday morning sourcing trip at the Santa Monica Farmers Market for his New Year’s Eve menu to be with us.

Last month at the Peninsula Beverly Hills, the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce West and Italy’s Regione Campania hosted “Campania Unveiled – A Gastronomic Exploration Through Tastings and Education” for the trade and media. Sommelier and wine educator Diego Meraviglia presented an informative Master Class on the wines of Campania including a guided tasting of 6 wines as well as an overview of the area. Diego Meraviglia is our guest pulling the cork on the wines of Campania.

James Park, food writer and chili crisp devotee, has created Chili Crisp, the cookbook, – 50+ Recipes to Satisfy Your Spicy, Crunchy, Garlicky Cravings. Between the covers are “50 approachable and adaptable recipes to fill your whole day with chili crisp. Packed with Chili Crisp inspiration to take your love of this spicy ingredient to the next level, Park provides dozens of no-recipe recipes (potato chips + chili crisp, a match made in snack heaven) and a handy formula to inspire the reader to create your very own house version of Chili Crisp.”

For the uninitiated “Chili Crisp (a Chinese condiment) is a magical sauce that tingles with heat, crunches with fried garlic and onions, and pleasantly coats any food with oily goodness.” James Park takes a pause from enjoying a bowl of his Spicy Tomato and Egg Soup to join us.

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 should be Dungeness Crab Season in all of California right now but it’s been delayed again in a lot of areas. Chef Andrew explains. Beverages are now getting more attention from fast casual restaurants. We’ll take a closer look at what’s happening McDonald’s (CosMc’s) and In-N-Out as examples.

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

Show 558, December 30, 2023: Anne Marie Panoringan – Culture OC’s Food Columnist Part One

Food Journalist Anne Marie Panoringan

Anne Marie Panoringan is now Culture OC’s well-informed food columnist. She reports industry news, current events and trends. Anne Marie also contributes regularly to Eater Los Angeles, LAist and a host of other well-respected publications. Anne Marie joins us in-studio to discuss her new outlet as Food Columnist for Culture OC and preview her next column.

First it’s her 2nd YouTube video adventure with content creator Dzung Lewis also known as “Honeysuckle.” Then it’s on to a favorite dish at Chef Nick Weber’s Populaire at South Coast Plaza.

Along the way Anne Marie will highlight her recent dining adventures in Las Vegas including a meal at Peter Luger Steak House (of Brooklyn) at Caesars Palace and the opening of first mainland Zippy’s (revered in Hawaii) in Las Vegas. Also an overview of the ambitious Mercado Gonzalez (a Mexican Food Wonderland) in Costa Mesa.

Show 558, December 30, 2023: Anne Marie Panoringan – Culture OC’s Food Columnist Part Two

Food Journalist Anne Marie Panoringan

Anne Marie Panoringan is now Culture OC’s well-informed food columnist. She reports industry news, current events and trends. Anne Marie also contributes regularly to Eater Los Angeles, LAist and a host of other well-respected publications. Anne Marie joins us in-studio to discuss her new outlet as Food Columnist for Culture OC and preview her next column.

Along the way Anne Marie will highlight her recent dining adventures in Las Vegas including a meal at Peter Luger Steak House (of Brooklyn) at Caesars Palace and the opening of first mainland Zippy’s (revered in Hawaii) in Las Vegas. Also an overview of the ambitious Mercado Gonzalez (a Mexican Food Wonderland) in Costa Mesa.