January 18: Cakebread Cellars, Susan Feniger on Socalo and C-CAP’s Winter Gala

Now a captivating preview of this Saturday’s delectable show. It’s not, with profuse apologies, for dieters. If we’re successful we will hopefully leave you incredibly hungry and thirsty. In our case that’s probably a pretty good thing… As always, we greatly appreciate you being a part of our loyal listening audience. Truly couldn’t do it without you.

Cakebread Cellars in Rutherford, Napa Valley, has been a pioneering and prominent California winery since 1974. A newer venture for Cakebread is Mullan Road Cellars of Walla Walla in Washington State producing Bordeaux blends. The first release was in 2012. Bruce Cakebread, representing the 2nd generation of proud Family ownership, has worked alongside his father since the founding of the family winery in 1973 and is our guest.

Celebrity chef and restaurateur Susan Feniger is best known for creating Border Grill (Los Angeles & Las Vegas) with her business partner Mary Sue Milliken. She was also one of the first stars on Food Network. The partners have recently made their return to Santa Monica with the launch of Socalo in the Gateway Hotel. Also new to the still growing empire are two fast casual concepts, Border BBQ and Pacha Mamas located at 2nd & PCH on Long Beach. We corral Susan for a chat.

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group joins us with another informative “Ask the Chef” segment. For budding chefs is culinary school always the right path in terms of training ? What does culinary school actually prepare you for upon graduation? Recent trends signal enrollment in culinary schools is perhaps on the decline. We’ll “Ask the Chef.”

If you’re a serious foodie and enjoy supporting great causes you’ll relish hearing all the details of the Careers through Culinary Arts Los Angeles’ Winter Gala Benefit at the iconic Jonathan Town Club DTLA on Saturday evening, February 1, 2020. It’s a spectacular night honoring those exemplary chefs who inspire and mentor the C-CAP students and alumni on their path to success. The high – profile chefs cooking in the kitchen that night include Austin Cobb of The Strand House, Hilary Henderson of Cut Beverly Hills, Michael Hung of Faith & Flower, Mei Lin of Nightshade, Jason McClain of Philly Jay’s Food Truck (Executive Chef Emeritus of Jonathan Club), James Beard award-winner Sherry Yard of “The Great American Baking Show” and the entire culinary team at Jonathan Club. Joining us with all the enticing details are the Director of C-CAP L.A., Lisa Fontanesi, and Jonathan Club’s COO and General Manager, Matthew Allnatt.

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

Bruce Cakebread of Cakebread CellarsCakebread Cellars in Rutherford, Napa Valley, has been a pioneering and prominent California winery since 1974. A newer venture for Cakebread is Mullan Road Cellars of Walla Walla in Washington State producing Bordeaux blends. The first release was in 2012.

“Bruce Cakebread, representing the 2nd generation of Family ownership, has worked alongside his father since the founding of the family winery in 1973. He officially joined the winery in 1977, and after graduating with a degree in Viticulture and Enology from the University of California at Davis, in 1979 he took over as winemaker, overseeing all vineyard and cellar operations for the next twenty years. In 2002, Bruce became the winery’s President and Chief Operations Officer, also leading international distribution efforts, and today he serves as co-owner and a board member.”

“We are very fortunate to have an excellent collection of vineyards as well as long-term relationships with some of the best growers in Napa Valley,” says Bruce. “Great vineyards, plus the fact that we’ve had only four winemakers over the past forty-five years (Jack, myself, Julianne Laks, and now Stephanie Jacobs), have allowed us to produce world-class wines of extraordinarily consistent quality and style.”

“Bruce has served on the Viticulture and Enology Executive Leadership Board at UC Davis, as a member of the Executive Committee for the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science, as a member of the Napa Valley Vintners Board—which he chaired in 2010 and 2013—and as Chair of the Napa Valley College Foundation Board.”

“Since its founding in 1973, Cakebread Cellars has developed a reputation for producing world-class wines. Its success is built on quality, consistency and continuity, characteristics which apply equally to the grapes, the wines, the people and the operation of the winery. The Cakebread family remains committed to creating fine Napa Valley wines.”

AVEO Table + Bar sat the Monarch Bay Resort in Dana Point is hosting an exclusive evening with Cakebread Cellar Vineyards. “AVEO is proud to offer its first winemaker dinner of 2020 on Thursday, January 23rd at 6 p.m. Winery co-owner and chief winemaker Bruce Cakebread will be present to connect with guests and unveil a new red blend. Executive Chef Jason Adams and Chef de Cuisine Donald Lockhart are preparing a five-course dinner paired with exclusive bottles from Cakebread Cellars including the all-new Mullen Road Blend from Columbia Valley.”

Bruce Cakebread joins us to pull the cork on Cakebread Cellars.

Susan Feniger of Socalo and Border GrillCelebrity chef and restaurateur Susan Feniger is best known for creating Border Grill (Los Angeles & Las Vegas) with her business partner Mary Sue Milliken. She was also one of the first stars on Food Network. The partners have recently made their return to Santa Monica with the launch of Socalo in the Gateway Hotel.

“Socalo serves breakfast, lunch, happy hour and dinner. The beachy California canteen and Mexican pub features Milliken and Feniger’s iconic balance of tradition and innovation, serving Mexican fare with a California sensibility, alongside Mexican craft beers, wines and cocktails. Socalo’s playful pops of warm colors, breezy accents, and indoor/outdoor dining atmosphere make it a go-to spot for beachgoers, businesspeople, and everyone in between.”

“The duo is known for their beloved restaurant, Border Grill, which opened in Santa Monica in 1990 and has since expanded to locations in Downtown Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Excited to open another restaurant near the coast, Feniger says, “Santa Monica has always felt like home, and we’re excited to be back in a fantastic spot for the community to grab great food and drinks.” Milliken adds, “Socalo is a culmination of everything we love about SoCal – the awesome, local ingredients and incredible neighborhood restaurants – plus our passion for Mexican flavors.””

“Inspired by the Spanish word Zócalo, meaning a central gathering place in Mexican cities, and the restaurant’s home in SoCal, Socalo offers conscientiously-sourced menu options, prepared by Executive Chef Giovanni Lopez. The restaurant provides quick counter service at breakfast, including pastries and fresh juices, as well as at lunch. The dinner menu shifts to full-service dining with raw bar offerings and an array of small plates, salads, taco selections and large plates.”

Also new to the still growing empire are two fast casual concepts, Border BBQ and Pacha Mamas located at 2nd & PCH on Long Beach.

Border BBQ offers a variety of bowls, wraps, and salads full of flavor and filled with slow smoked Texas-style brisket, mesquite smoked chicken, pulled pork and smoked tofu, in addition to housemade lemonades, beertails and wine (coming soon!). Chefs Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken utilize seasonal, locally grown ingredients, organic rice and beans, and meats and poultry without antibiotics or hormones. At Border BBQ, slow smoked barbecue meets fresh Southern California ingredients for an easy to eat and affordable option that can be enjoyed on the go.

“At Pacha Mamas, Chefs Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken serve freshly composed ceviches and seared skewers a la plancha with bold Peruvian and coastal inspired sauces. Pacha Mamas offers conscientiously-sourced fare, using the finest locally grown and organic ingredients, sustainable seafood, and meats and poultry without antibiotics or hormones, alongside housemade lemonades and sangrias (coming soon!) in a casual and comfortable outdoor setting. Food enthusiasts of all types – vegan, vegetarian, meat and fish lovers alike – will love our satisfying flavors and personable staff.”

We corral Susan for a chat.

Andy Harris and Andrew Gruel at Cabana 14 at the Cove at Pechanga Resort and CasinoOur own Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group joins us with another informative “Ask the Chef” segment.

For budding chefs is culinary school always the right path in terms of training? What does culinary school realistically prepare you for upon graduation? Recent trends signal enrollment in culinary schools is perhaps on the decline. We’ll “Ask the Chef.”

Matthew Allnatt of the Jonathan ClubIf you’re a serious foodie and enjoy supporting great causes you’ll relish hearing all the salivating details of the upcoming Careers through Culinary Arts Los Angeles’ (C-CAP) Winter Gala Benefit at the iconic Jonathan Town Club DTLA on Saturday evening, February 1, 2020. It’s a spectacular night honoring those exemplary chefs who inspire and mentor the C-CAP students and alumni on their long path to success.

The high – profile chefs cooking in the kitchen that night include Austin Cobb of The Strand House, Hilary Henderson of Cut Beverly Hills, Michael Hung of Faith & Flower, Mei Lin of Nightshade, Jason McClain of Philly Jay’s Food Truck (Executive Chef Emeritus of Jonathan Club), James Beard award-winner Sherry Yard of “The Great American Baking Show” and the entire culinary team at Jonathan Club.

The Winter Gala will raise funds to support C-CAP L.A’s career readiness programs for underserved high school culinary students in Southern California.

Starting the evening is a festive Cocktail Reception. On the menu are a variety of passed, chef-created hors d’oeuvres, fine wine, sparkling wine, craft beer and specialty cocktails created by Brian Summers, Jonathan Club’s Mixologist, celebrating the pre-Prohibition days of the Club.

Dinner is a multi-course feast matched with premium, hand-selected wines. Also featured is a Silent & Live Auction offering everything from rare wines to special vacation getaways.

Joining us with all the enticing details are the Director of C-CAP L.A., Lisa Fontanesi, and Jonathan Club’s COO and General Manager, Matthew Allnatt.

Show 355, January 11, 2020: Show Preview with Co-Host & Executive Producer Andy Harris

Now an enticing preview of this Saturday’s scrumptious show. It’s not, with profuse apologies, for dieters. If we’re successful we will hopefully leave you incredibly hungry and thirsty. In our case that’s probably a pretty good thing… As always, we greatly appreciate you being a part of our loyal listening audience. Truly couldn’t do it without you.

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group joins us from the road with another informative “Ask the Chef” segment. Where is the restaurant business headed in the new decade? Is fine dining in transition ? We’ll “Ask the Chef.”

Dine LBC Long Beach Restaurant Week is presenting a special, one day screening of Wasted!: The Story of Food Waste at The Art Theatre in Long Beach on Saturday, January 18th at 11:00 a.m. Wasted!: The Story of Food Waste is a documentary executive-produced by the late Anthony Bourdain and aims to change the way people buy, cook, recycle, and eat food. Through the eyes of chef-heroes like Bourdain, Dan Barber, Massimo Bottura, and Danny Bowien, audiences will see how the world’s most influential chefs make the most of every kind of food, transforming what most people consider scraps into incredible dishes that create a more secure food system. Dine LBC’s Terri Henry is our guide. 

The iconic Five Crowns in Corona del Mar was established in 1965 and is a member of the Lawry’s family of fine-dining restaurants, which includes Lawry’s The Prime Rib with domestic locations in Beverly Hills, Chicago, Dallas, Las Vegas and the historic Tam O’Shanter in Los Angeles. Lawry’s Carvery, with locations in South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa, and at L.A. LIVE, Los Angeles, represents the company’s unique quick-service concept. SideDoor, Corona del Mar’s first and only English gastropub, is housed within Five Crowns. We gently pull Executive Chef Alejandra Padilla out of her busy kitchen for a chat.

Alchemy Restaurant and Bar, located in an historic former residence in Ashland, Oregon, is as popular with the locals as well as visitors for a memorable dining experience with inventive cocktails and an artfully selected wine list. Proprietor Drew Gibbs is also a Certified Sommelier. It’s housed on the ground floor of The Winchester Inn. Drew gently pulls the cork on Alchemy Restaurant and Bar for us.

Located in beautiful Santa Fe, New Mexico, in the heart of historic downtown, the Santa Fe School of Cooking is an internationally acclaimed, recreational culinary school and Online Market specializing in foods of the American Southwest for 30 years. They offer Hands-On Cooking ClassesDemonstration Classes, an intensive 3-day cooking program they call Southwest Culinary Boot Camp and extremely popular Restaurant Walking Tours led by Santa Fe School of Cooking’s chefs. Nicole Ammerman, the Director of the Santa Fe School of Cooking & Market, represents the 2nd generation of family ownership and is our guest.

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

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Show 355, January 11, 2020: Co-Host Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group with “Ask the Chef”

Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group at the AM830 KLAA StudiosOur own Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group joins us from the road with another informative “Ask the Chef” segment. Where is the restaurant business headed in the new decade?

Is fine dining in transition? Consumers want the convenience of delivery yet 3rd party delivery entities are having a rough go of it. Is there a business model that works? We’ll “Ask the Chef.”

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January 11: Dine LBC, Five Crowns, Alchemy Restaurant and Bar, Santa Fe School of Cooking

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Host & Executive Producer Andy Harris
Segment Two: Co-Host Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group with “Ask the Chef”
Segment Three: Screening of Emmy-winning documentary, “Wasted!: The Story of Food Waste” in Long Beach organized by DINE LBC Long Beach Restaurant Week
Segment Four: Executive Chef Alejandra Padilla, Five Crowns & SideDoor Part One
Segment Five: Executive Chef Alejandra Padilla, Five Crowns & SideDoor Part Two
Segment Six: Alchemy Restaurant & Bar, Ashland, Oregon
Segment Seven: Santa Fe School of Cooking, Santa Fe, New Mexico Part One
Segment Eight: Santa Fe School of Cooking, Santa Fe, New Mexico Part Two

Now an enticing preview of this Saturday’s scrumptious show. It’s not, with profuse apologies, for dieters. If we’re successful we will hopefully leave you incredibly hungry and thirsty. In our case that’s probably a pretty good thing… As always, we greatly appreciate you being a part of our loyal listening audience. Truly couldn’t do it without you.

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group joins us from the road with another informative “Ask the Chef” segment. Where is the restaurant business headed in the new decade? Is fine dining in transition ? We’ll “Ask the Chef.”

Dine LBC Long Beach Restaurant Week is presenting a special, one day screening of Wasted!: The Story of Food Waste at The Art Theatre in Long Beach on Saturday, January 18th at 11:00 a.m. Wasted!: The Story of Food Waste is documentary executive-produced by the late Anthony Bourdain and aims to change the way people buy, cook, recycle, and eat food. Through the eyes of chef-heroes like Bourdain, Dan Barber, Massimo Bottura, and Danny Bowien, audiences will see how the world’s most influential chefs make the most of every kind of food, transforming what most people consider scraps into incredible dishes that create a more secure food system. Dine LBC’s Terri Henry is our guide.

The iconic Five Crowns in Corona del Mar was established in 1965 and is a member of the Lawry’s family of fine-dining restaurants, which includes Lawry’s The Prime Rib with domestic locations in Beverly Hills, Chicago, Dallas, Las Vegas and the historic Tam O’Shanter in Los Angeles. Lawry’s Carvery, with locations in South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa, and at L.A. LIVE, Los Angeles, represents the company’s unique quick-service concept. SideDoor, Corona del Mar’s first and only English gastropub, is housed within Five Crowns. We gently pull Executive Chef Alejandra Padilla out of her busy kitchen for a chat.

Alchemy Restaurant and Bar, located in an historic former residence in Ashland, Oregon, is as popular with the locals as well as visitors for a memorable dining experience with inventive cocktails and an artfully selected wine list. Proprietor Drew Gibbs is also a Certified Sommelier. It’s housed on the ground floor of The Winchester Inn. Drew gently pulls the cork on Alchemy Restaurant and Bar for us.

Located in beautiful Santa Fe, New Mexico, in the heart of historic downtown, the Santa Fe School of Cooking is an internationally acclaimed, recreational culinary school and Online Market specializing in foods of the American Southwest for 30 years. They offer Hands-On Cooking ClassesDemonstration Classes, an intensive 3-day cooking program they call Southwest Culinary Boot Camp and extremely popular Restaurant Walking Tours led by Santa Fe School of Cooking’s chefs. Nicole Ammerman, the Director of the Santa Fe School of Cooking & Market, represents the 2nd generation of family ownership and is our guest.

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

Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group at the AM830 KLAA StudiosOur own Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group joins us from the road with another informative “Ask the Chef” segment. Where is the restaurant business headed in the new decade? Is fine dining in transition ? We’ll “Ask the Chef.”

 

Terri Henry of Dine LBC and Terri Henry MarketingDine LBC is proud to present a one day screening of Wasted!: The Story of Food Waste at The Art Theatre on Saturday, January 18th at 11am. Wasted!: The Story of Food Waste is an Emmy-winning documentary executive-produced by the late Anthony Bourdain and aims to change the way people buy, cook, recycle, and eat food. Through the eyes of chef-heroes like Bourdain, Dan Barber, Massimo Bottura, and Danny Bowien, audiences will see how the world’s most influential chefs make the most of every kind of food, transforming what most people consider scraps into incredible dishes that create a more secure food system.

WASTED! exposes the criminality of food waste and how it’s directly contributing to climate change and shows us how each of us can make small changes – all of them delicious – to solve one of the greatest problems of the 21st Century. The film is a must see for chefs, restaurant owners, home cooks and anyone interested in protecting the environment.

Dine LBC’s Terri Henry is our informed guide.

Alejandra Padilla of Five Crowns and SidedoorThe iconic Five Crowns in Corona del Mar was established in 1965 and is a member of the Lawry’s family of fine-dining restaurants, which includes Lawry’s The Prime Rib with domestic locations in Beverly Hills, Chicago, Dallas, Las Vegas and the historic Tam O’Shanter in Los Angeles. Lawry’s Carvery, with locations in South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa, and at L.A. LIVE, Los Angeles, represents the company’s unique quick-service concept.

SideDoor gastropub, recipient of Orange Coast Magazine’s “2010 Restaurant of the Year” Award and Corona del Mar’s first and only English gastropub, is also housed within the historic Five Crowns building; its primary entrance is on Poppy Street. They will be celebrating their 10th Anniversary in March.

Five Crowns has a new seasonal menu courtesy of Executive Chef Alejandra Padilla. Guests will experience the vibrant flavors of the season’s most inspiring ingredients to complement Five Crown’s cherished classic dishes. Think Lamb Shank with scallion potato pancake, horseradish puree and caramelized onion jus.

“SideDoor is soon presenting the next eagerly anticipated Ultimate Cheese & Charcuterie Party, culminating from another successful creamery takeover series, on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 from 6 to 9 p.m. with a special Cheese Education Class from 5:30-6 p.m. led by SideDoor’s own certified cheesemonger, sommelier and cicerone, Tracy Nelsen.”

“Known for its award-winning cheese and charcuterie offerings, SideDoor started the monthly series to highlight unique creameries, dedicating one evening a month to small batch cheesemakers and specialty cheeses. Twice a year the series reaches its pinnacle with the ultimate celebration of fromage. The indulgent evening will showcase the previous five months of creameries in the series including Haystack Creamery from Colorado (August), Boutique creameries from Sonoma County (September), Kenny’s Farmhouse Cheese from Kentucky (October), River’s Edge Chevrè from Oregon (November), and Cowgirl Creamery from California (December).”

We gently pull Executive Chef Alejandra Padilla away from her busy kitchen for a chat.

Drew Gibbs of the Alchemy Restaurant and BarAlchemy Restaurant and Bar, located in an historic former residence in Ashland, Oregon, is as popular with the locals as well as visitors for a memorable dining experience with inventive cocktails and an artfully selected wine list. Proprietor Drew Gibbs is also a Certified Sommelier. It’s housed on the ground floor of The Winchester Inn.

“Alchemy Restaurant and Bar…Cuisine Transformed.” “Come explore the world of Alchemy…Tinctures, Elixirs and Transmutations. We focus on craft cocktails, boutique wines, and innovative cuisine to transform your experience into something truly memorable. Serving dinner, bistro fare and Sunday brunch in a setting that melds classic and contemporary in one breath.”

“The Winchester Inn is an award-winning hotel that has been a landmark in Ashland, Oregon for over 35 years. A family run establishment since it was founded in 1983, the inn and restaurant have provided luxury and comfort with a touch of familiarity and home to thousands of guests.”

“The 21-room inn offers guests supreme levels of quality, luxury and service: rooms, suites, cottages, tiered English gardens, award winning dining at Alchemy Restaurant and Bar, and convenient access to shopping, art galleries, and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in downtown Ashland.”

“The inn has received numerous accolades, including Conde Nast “Best in the US”, placing it in the ‘Top 75’ list. The New York Times has described the Winchester Inn as “Ashland’s premier historic inn.””

Drew artfully pulls the cork on Alchemy Restaurant and Bar for us.

Nicole Curtis AmmermanLocated in beautiful Santa Fe, New Mexico, in the heart of historic downtown, the Santa Fe School of Cooking is an internationally acclaimed, recreational culinary school and Online Market specializing in foods of the American Southwest for 30 years. They offer Hands-On Cooking ClassesDemonstration Classes, and an intensive 3-day cooking program they call Southwest Culinary Boot Camp, and extremely popular Restaurant Walking Tours, led by Santa Fe School of Cooking’s chefs.

“Raised on a ranch near the banks of the Snake River in Idaho, the Founder of the Santa Fe School of Cooking, Susan Curtis, truly has good food in her blood. Fishing, hunting and foraging added to the bounty of a communal table laden with fresh garden produce and home-cured meats. She raised her Santa Fe family in the same way, instinctively aware that a convivial sharing of work and pleasure makes life taste that much sweeter.”

“In 1989, Susan’s desire for a new chapter in life and her love for the traditional foods of Santa Fe anticipated the cultural shift towards a local sustainable lifestyle. Her foresight, focus and passion have made the Santa Fe School of Cooking a home-grown success story. Still actively involved at the School, Susan has co-authored numerous cookbooks on the foods of New Mexico and remains deeply committed to her family, her community, and to the original philosophy of the School, to celebrate and share the distinctive techniques and flavors of regional Santa Fe cuisine.”

“A Santa Fe native, the School’s Director of Operations, Nicole Curtis Ammerman, has immersed herself fully in the goals laid out by her mother, Susan Curtis. Nicole’s love of family and friends drew her back home to Santa Fe in 1993, and combined with business and marketing skills she honed at the University of Arizona, her dedication to New Mexico culinary traditions has enriched the scope and abilities of Santa Fe’s original cooking school.”

“Nicole added longer Culinary Boot Camp experiences to the School’s signature roster of traditional Santa Fe cooking classes and created our popular Restaurant Walking Tours, which not only benefit the School’s guests but also provide exposure for local Santa Fe restaurants. She has wholeheartedly embraced the School’s mission to support the Santa Fe food community, sourcing some of the School’s produce from employee gardens.”

Nicole Ammerman, the Director of the Santa Fe School of Cooking & Market, represents the 2nd generation of family ownership and is our guest.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Host & Executive Producer Andy Harris
Segment Two: Co-Host Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group with “Ask the Chef”
Segment Three: Screening of Emmy-winning documentary, “Wasted!: The Story of Food Waste” in Long Beach organized by DINE LBC Long Beach Restaurant Week
Segment Four: Executive Chef Alejandra Padilla, Five Crowns & SideDoor Part One
Segment Five: Executive Chef Alejandra Padilla, Five Crowns & SideDoor Part Two
Segment Six: Alchemy Restaurant & Bar, Ashland, Oregon
Segment Seven: Santa Fe School of Cooking, Santa Fe, New Mexico Part One
Segment Eight: Santa Fe School of Cooking, Santa Fe, New Mexico Part Two

January 4, Knife Pleat, Selanne Steak Tavern, Buono’s Pizzeria Cucina Italiana

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Host & Executive Producer Andy Harris
Segment Two: Executive Chef Tony Esnault and Restaurateur Yassmin Sarmadi, Knife Pleat at South Coast Plaza Part One
Segment Three: Executive Chef Tony Esnault and Restaurateur Yassmin Sarmadi, Knife Pleat at South Coast Plaza Part Two
Segment Four: Executive Chef Vince Terusa, Selanne Steak Tavern, Laguna Beach Part One
Segment Five: Executive Chef Vince Terusa, Selanne Steak Tavern, Laguna Beach Part Two
Segment Six: Frank Buono, Buono’s Pizzeria Cucina Italiana, San Pedro & Long Beach Part One
Segment Seven: Frank Buono, Buono’s Pizzeria Cucina Italiana, San Pedro & Long Beach Part Two

Happy New Year!

Now a provocative preview of this Saturday’s mouthwatering show. It’s not, with profuse apologies, for dieters. If we’re successful we will hopefully leave you incredibly hungry and thirsty. In our case that’s probably a pretty good thing… As always, we greatly appreciate you being a part of our loyal listening audience. Truly couldn’t do it without you.

Knife Pleat in South Coast Plaza’s Penthouse, Level 3, was one of the most eagerly anticipated restaurant launches of last year. It’s an elegant and approachable French restaurant helmed by Michelin-starred chef Tony Esnault and restaurateur Yassmin Sarmadi, who are well-known from the Los Angeles culinary scene with Church & State and Spring. The couple’s chic new restaurant showcases modern, seasonal interpretations of classic French techniques by Esnault, one of California’s best French chefs. We’ll meet the dynamic couple of both Chef Tony & Restaurateur Yassmin.

Selanne Steak Tavern, an upscale tavern and steak house, is located in a historic 1934 converted residence on Pacific Coast Highway in Laguna Beach serving modern American fare, a stellar wine collection, artisan cocktails and a range of beers in a light and airy ambiance. The various dining rooms include a warm tavern-style bar, a bistro-style wine room, a more formal upstairs and beautiful outdoor dining. The ownership team includes NHL Hall of Famer Teemu Selanne – also known as The Finnish Flash – a 2007 Stanley Cup winner, former star player for the Anaheim Ducks, and six-time Olympian. Executive Chef Vince Terusa, who has been there since the beginning, is our guest.

Buono’s Pizzeria Cucina Italiana is a proudly family owned Italian pizzeria and restaurant with three locations in the San Pedro and Long Beach areas. Buono’s prides itself on offering authentic Italian fare like hand-kneaded pizza dough made fresh daily to homemade sausages and sauces, all served up with warm hospitality and great service. Open for lunch and dinner, craft beer and wine complement the menu.

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

Tony Esnault and Yassmin Sarmadi of Knife PleatKnife Pleat in South Coast Plaza’s Penthouse, Level 3, was one of the most eagerly anticipated restaurant launches of last year. It’s an elegant and approachable French restaurant helmed by Michelin-starred chef Tony Esnault and restaurateur Yassmin Sarmadi, who are well-known from the Los Angeles culinary scene with Church & State and Spring.

The couple’s chic new restaurant at lunch and dinner showcases modern, seasonal interpretations of classic French techniques by Esnault, one of California’s best French chefs.

“The husband-and-wife team is regarded as a powerful force in Southern California’s culinary scene, having partnered on their previous Los Angeles-based French restaurants, Spring and Church & State. Spring mesmerized critics by using fresh, local and seasonal ingredients to create a cultured tasting tour of the south of France. Church & State, under Sarmadi’s ownership, was named as one of the inaugural Michelin Guide California’s 2019 Bib Gourmand establishments.”

“For Knife Pleat, Esnault has created an elegant menu that features highlights such as Escargot Ravioli with a filling of wild burgundy snails in a mushroom broth with celery, garlic and watercress; chilled Langoustine with radish, green papaya, coconut espuma and lemongrass; Crescent Duck featuring breast and leg confit with Swiss chard, Tokyo turnip and pickled rhubarb. Esnault shows his appreciation for California’s incredible produce with a Vegetable Mosaic starter composed of tomato, zucchini, watermelon radish, kohlrabi and fresh chickpea.”

“Knife Pleat’s beverage program features craft cocktails that pay homage to designers who also call South Coast Plaza home. The Oscar de la Renta, for example, plays on the late fashion icon’s Dominican Republic roots with Brugal Añejo Rum, chinola, passion fruit and lemon.”

“The cuisine is set in a dramatic 5,000-square-foot space that has 80 seats and two dining areas – an airy dining room wrapped with floor-to-ceiling translucent windows and a plein air patio accented with greenery. A seven-seat bar provides views of the striking exhibition kitchen where Esnault and his team can be observed in action. The refined architecture and interiors by Johnson Fain – in collaboration with Sarmadi and Esnault – is decidedly understated, with a high fashion aesthetic and a soft palette.”

Knife Pleat serves lunch 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. daily; dinner 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday; and Afternoon Tea from 3 to 5:00 p.m. on Sundays.

We’ll meet the dynamic husband-and-wife couple of both Chef Tony & Restaurateur Yassmin.

Vince Terusa of Selanne Steak TavernSelanne Steak Tavern, an upscale tavern and steak house, is located in a historic 1934 converted residence on Pacific Coast Highway in Laguna Beach serving modern American fare, a stellar wine collection, artisan cocktails and a range of beers in a light and airy ambiance. The various dining rooms include a warm tavern-style bar, a bistro-style wine room, a more formal upstairs and beautiful outdoor dining. The ownership team includes NHL Hall of Famer Teemu Selanne – also known as The Finnish Flash – a 2007 Stanley Cup winner, former star player for the Anaheim Ducks, and six-time Olympian.

“Selanne Steak Tavern supports local farms and fisheries that practice sustainability, humane, steroid-free raising techniques and pesticide-free growing environments. Choices of First Courses include Farmers Market Soup, Beet “Ravioli” with artisanal goat cheese and hazelnut, Wagyu Beef Tartare with chips, and Pacific Diver Scallops. There’s a selection of tempting Greens and Sides like Selanne’s Mac and Cheese – a five cheese fondue with a brioche crumb topping that pleases carnivores and vegetarians alike.”

“At dinner nightly, entrees feature succulent Steaks and Chops: Angus Filet Mignon 8 or 12 ounces, Flat Iron 8-ounce Wagyu, Rib Eye 14-ounce Prime, the signature Lord Stanley Cut 38-ounce Wagyu and more – all served with seasonal marrow butter, as well as a variety of sauces on the side. Poultry, Game and Fish tempt with dishes such as Jidori Chicken with truffle jus poulet and trumpets, and Skuna Bay Salmon with farro and celery root. Executive Chef Vince Terusa makes use of the restaurant’s well-stocked herb garden, which includes parsley, thyme, lavender, rosemary, chives and more.”

“Selanne Steak Tavern, located at 1464 South Coast Highway in Laguna Beach, opened in November 2013 and is owned by Hockey Hall of Famer Teemu Selanne and local Orange County businessman Kevin Pratt.”

“The discerning wine list is primarily focused on Napa cult wines as well as wines from other California vineyards, including chardonnays, cabernets, cabernet blends and pinot noirs. The list is also recognized for its collection of wines from Burgundy, France. Many of the list’s wines are highly allocated, low production, big-scoring selections. The list has wines by the glass, half bottles and large format selections for special celebratory meals. In addition, the champagne and sparkling list offers distinctive choices, many at guest-friendly prices.”

Selanne Steak Tavern was awarded the Golden Foodie Award for Best Wine Program 2019 for the second consecutive year at Orange County’s Golden Foodie Awards gala held September 29, 2019 at the Newport Beach Marriott.

“Offering a fresh interpretation of classic design, the restaurant is residential in style – infused with an element of whimsy. Materials throughout are influenced by the history and the beachfront appeal of Laguna Beach, with highlights such as slightly distressed wide planked oak wood floors, a color palette of muted grays, whites and cognacs and a rich mix of textures and materials to blend the old and new.”

Executive Chef Vince Terusa, who has been there since the beginning, is our guest.

Frank Buono of Buono''s P{izzeria in Long BeachBuono’s Pizzeria Cucina Italiana is a proudly family owned Italian pizzeria with three locations in the San Pedro and Long Beach areas. Buono’s prides itself on offering authentic Italian fare like hand-kneaded pizza dough made fresh daily to homemade sausages and sauces, all served up with warm hospitality and great service. Open for lunch and dinner, craft beer and wine complement the menu.

After 54 years the original San Pedro Bruno’s Market & Deli (the predecessor to Buono’s Pizzeria) relocated late last year to a new, modern expanded space in San Pedro’s Little Italy at 222 W. 6th Street.

“While the paint may be fresh and the décor contemporary, Buono’s Pizzeria in San Pedro’s Little Italy will remain true to its origins.  The scratch kitchen will continue to prepare authentic Italian pizza coupled with fresh pasta and zesty sauces.  What will be new is the addition of wine and beer, an amenity not available at the original Buono’s Pizzeria.”

“The Little Italy location spans nearly 3,000 square-feet and boasts alfresco dining available with an expansive wraparound patio. The exhibition kitchen reveals a display of culinary excellence with a gas-fired brick oven as well as an 800-degree oven where Neapolitan-style pizzas bake for a quick 90 seconds.”

The flagship Buono’s Pizzeria in San Pedro just relocated to San Pedro’s Little Italy (222 W. 6th Street) in an expanded, and modern, restaurant space with patio seating and a craft beer & wine bar.

“We (Buono Family) consider our family history an essential ingredient in our tasty menu at all three of our restaurants. Those who have already dined ay any of them know how vital that legacy is to the Buono Family.”

“In 1965 Francesco and Teresa Buono opened Buono’s Market & Deli in San Pedro which became famous for their Torpedo Sandwiches, House-Made Italian Sausage, and Nonna Teresa’s Meat Sauce. In 1967 their son, Nicolaniello came from Italy and joined them here carrying a small suitcase also filled with huge hopes and dreams. And he, too, made those dreams come true when in 1973 he transformed the market and deli into the original Buono’s Pizzeria.”

Today his wife Antonia and their four children, Frank, George, Oreste and Teresa, continue to share their love of Italy and its cuisine by offering a menu that beautifully reflects the Buono Family roots. Those who are discovering this treasure for the first time are in for a wonderous experience, highlighted by Buono Family memories dating back more than half a century. Those who have joined us before eagerly anticipate what they know is a delicious meal to come!”

The Buono Family’s managing partner, Frank Buono, simmers the meat sauce for us.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Host & Executive Producer Andy Harris
Segment Two: Executive Chef Tony Esnault and Restaurateur Yassmin Sarmadi, Knife Pleat at South Coast Plaza Part One
Segment Three: Executive Chef Tony Esnault and Restaurateur Yassmin Sarmadi, Knife Pleat at South Coast Plaza Part Two
Segment Four: Executive Chef Vince Terusa, Selanne Steak Tavern, Laguna Beach Part One
Segment Five: Executive Chef Vince Terusa, Selanne Steak Tavern, Laguna Beach Part Two
Segment Six: Frank Buono, Buono’s Pizzeria Cucina Italiana, San Pedro & Long Beach Part One
Segment Seven: Frank Buono, Buono’s Pizzeria Cucina Italiana, San Pedro & Long Beach Part Two

Show 352, December 21, 2019: Show Preview with Co-Host & Executive Producer Andy Harris

Now an enticing preview of this Saturday afternoon’s scrumptious show. We’re in the Holiday spirit. It’s not, with profuse apologies, for dieters. If we’re successful we will hopefully leave you incredibly hungry and thirsty. In our case that’s probably a pretty good thing… As always, we greatly appreciate you being a part of our loyal listening audience. Truly couldn’t do it without you.

One of our most reliable sources of quality restaurant news in fabulous Las Vegas is Al Mancini, who is a staff writer for The Las Vegas Review Journal covering food, restaurants and other aspects of entertainment. Al has been working the Vegas food scene since 2003. He was one of the creators of the popular, and widely referenced, Eating Las Vegas restaurant guide series. Al joins us with a report on best of the new restaurant openings in Las Vegas.

“For a new generation of cooks, comes a brand-new edition of America’s most enduring and trusted cookbook. Joy of Cooking, the timeless and essential kitchen “bible” that home cooks have relied on for nearly 90 years, has now been updated and revised by the next generation of Joy family home cooks—Irma Rombauer’s great-grandson John Becker and his wife Megan Scott. It is the first edition of Joy of Cooking to be released since the must-have kitchen manual’s bestselling 75th anniversary edition (2006), and the first to be fully revised by the Rombauer-Becker family since the cookbook’s bestselling 1975 edition, edited by Irma’s daughter Marion Rombauer Becker.” John Becker and Megan Scott take a brief respite from their ambitious book tour to chat with us.

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group joins us for another thought-provoking, “Ask the Chef” commentary. He’s with his Family at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando.

Want to know what to drink with all your favorite books? May we suggest Literary Libations – What To Drink With What You Read by Amira Makansi. Now book lovers everywhere can raise the perfect toast to Shakespeare, Austen, Kerouac, Woolf, and more. With drink pairing recommendations for nearly 200 classic and contemporary works of fiction, including non-alcoholic pairings for kids and young adult books, Literary Libations is a necessary addition to bookshelves and bar tops everywhere. Amira comes out from behind the well-stocked bar to mix up the details for us.

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

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Show 352, December 21, 2019: Co-Host Chef Andrew Gruel with “Ask the Chef”

Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group at the AM830 KLAA StudiosOur own Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group joins us for another thought-provoking, “Ask the Chef” commentary. He’s with his Family at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando.

Could a discussion of Magic Kingdom edibles possibly be on the menu…?

What are Chef Andrew’s impressions of the Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge attraction?

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December 21: Al Mancini, The Joy of Cooking, Amira Makansi

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Host & Executive Producer Andy Harris
Segment Two: Journalist Al Mancini, Staff Writer, Las Vegas Review-Journal Part One
Segment Three: Journalist Al Mancini, Staff Writer, Las Vegas Review-Journal Part Two
Segment Four: Joy of Cooking’s 9th Edition Authors, John Becker & Megan Scott Part One
Segment Five: Joy of Cooking’s 9th Edition Authors, John Becker & Megan Scott Part Two
Segment Six: Co-Host Chef Andrew Gruel with “Ask the Chef”
Segment Seven: Literary Libations – What To Drink With What You Read by Amira Makansi Part One
Segment Eight: Literary Libations – What To Drink With What You Read by Amira Makansi Part Two

Now an enticing preview of this Saturday afternoon’s scrumptious show. We’re in the Holiday spirit. It’s not, with profuse apologies, for dieters. If we’re successful we will hopefully leave you incredibly hungry and thirsty. In our case that’s probably a pretty good thing… As always, we greatly appreciate you being a part of our loyal listening audience. Truly couldn’t do it without you.

One of our most reliable sources of restaurant news in fabulous Las Vegas is Al Mancini, who is a staff writer for The Las Vegas Review Journal covering food, restaurants and other aspects of entertainment. Al has been working the Vegas food scene since 2003. He was one of the creators of the popular, and widely referenced, Eating Las Vegas restaurant guide series. Al joins us with a report on best of the new restaurant openings in Las Vegas.

For a new generation of cooks, comes a brand-new edition of America’s most enduring and trusted cookbook. Joy of Cooking, the timeless and essential kitchen “bible” that home cooks have relied on for nearly 90 years, has now been updated and revised by the next generation of Joy family home cooks—Irma Rombauer’s great-grandson John Becker and his wife Megan Scott. It is the first edition of Joy of Cooking to be released since the must-have kitchen manual’s bestselling 75th anniversary edition (2006), and the first to be fully revised by the Rombauer-Becker family since the cookbook’s bestselling 1975 edition, edited by Irma’s daughter Marion Rombauer Becker. John Becker and Megan Scott take a brief respite from their busy book tour to chat with us.

Want to know what to drink with all your favorite books? May we suggest Literary Libations – What To Drink With What You Read by Amira Makansi. Now book lovers everywhere can raise the perfect toast to Shakespeare, Austen, Kerouac, Woolf, and more. With drink pairing recommendations for nearly 200 classic and contemporary works of fiction, including non-alcoholic pairings for kids and young adult books, Literary Libations is a necessary addition to bookshelves and bar tops everywhere. Amira comes out from behind the well-stocked bar to mix up the details for us.

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

Al Mancini of the Las Vegas Review JournalOne of our most reliable sources of restaurant news in fabulous Las Vegas is Al Mancini, who is a staff writer for The Las Vegas Review Journal covering food, restaurants and other aspects of entertainment. Al has been working the Vegas food scene since 2003. He was one of the creators of the popular, and widely referenced, Eating Las Vegas restaurant guide series.

Al joins us with an insider’s report on best of the new restaurant openings in Las Vegas. We’ll cover The Strip as well as Downtown Las Vegas. We’ll also look ahead for what’s on the culinary horizon in Vegas for new openings of note in 2020.

John Becker and Megan Scott of the Joy of CookingFor a new generation of cooks, comes a brand-new edition of America’s most enduring and trusted cookbook. Joy of Cooking, the timeless and essential kitchen “bible” that home cooks have relied on for nearly 90 years, has now been updated and revised by the next generation of Joy family home cooks—Irma Rombauer’s great-grandson John Becker and his wife Megan Scott.

It is the first edition of Joy of Cooking to be released since the must-have kitchen manual’s bestselling 75th anniversary edition (2006), and the first to be fully revised by the Rombauer-Becker family since the cookbook’s bestselling 1975 edition, edited by Irma’s daughter Marion Rombauer Becker.

John Becker and Megan Scott have devoted the past nine years toward this classic cookbook’s revision, offering an edition with 600 all new recipes, that brims with food history and science, making Joy of Cooking as rich of a reading experience as a culinary one. It is the first edition of Joy of Cooking to also be available as an eBook.

John Becker and Megan Scott take a brief respite from their busy book tour to chat with us.

“The new edition of Joy of Cooking (2019) has a contemporary voice, informed by culinary tradition, a family’s legacy, an encyclopedic coverage of ingredients and techniques, and an understanding of the science behind the food. For those who remain attached to previous editions of this classic, rest assured that John Becker and Megan Scott have worked to create a seamless marriage of both old and new, striking a considered balance between legacy material and new content without sacrificing any of the beloved personality or sense of history that home cooks have come to know and love from this reliable cookbook.”

“Joy of Cooking remains the gold standard for thoroughly tested recipes, simple and clear directions, and general ease of use for readers. It has been, and continues to be, renowned for its guidance on how to cook virtually everything, maintaining its status as a foolproof instruction manual for both novices and accomplished cooks alike.”

Amira Makansi of Literary LibationsWant to know what to drink with all your favorite books? May we suggest Literary Libations – What To Drink With What You Read by Amira Makansi.

“A bubbly, boozy French 75 with The Great Gatsby. A luscious Chocolatini with Bridget Jones’s Diary. Old vine California Zinfandel with The Grapes of Wrath. Lager (by the pitcher, from your local dive) with Fight Club. Refreshing citrus shandy with Their Eyes Were Watching God. And don’t you dare open Dracula without a Bloody Mary near at hand!”

“Now book lovers everywhere can raise the perfect toast to Shakespeare, Austen, Kerouac, Woolf, and more. With drink pairing recommendations for nearly 200 classic and contemporary works of fiction, including non-alcoholic pairings for kids and young adult books, Literary Libations is a necessary addition to bookshelves and bar tops everywhere.”

“From Homer to Hemingway, Virginia Woolf to Margaret Atwood, comes the first definitive guide to reading and drinking!”

Readers will learn more about the world’s most iconic books while enhancing their knowledge of wine, beer and spirits. The volume is also a guide to crafting modern and classic cocktails.

We continue our spirited conversation with author Amira Makansi.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Host & Executive Producer Andy Harris
Segment Two: Journalist Al Mancini, Staff Writer, Las Vegas Review-Journal Part One
Segment Three: Journalist Al Mancini, Staff Writer, Las Vegas Review-Journal Part Two
Segment Four: Joy of Cooking’s 9th Edition Authors, John Becker & Megan Scott Part One
Segment Five: Joy of Cooking’s 9th Edition Authors, John Becker & Megan Scott Part Two
Segment Six: Co-Host Chef Andrew Gruel with “Ask the Chef”
Segment Seven: Literary Libations – What To Drink With What You Read by Amira Makansi Part One
Segment Eight: Literary Libations – What To Drink With What You Read by Amira Makansi Part Two

Show 351, December 14, 2019: Show Preview with Co-Hosts Andy Harris and Chef Andrew Gruel

Now a tantalizing preview of this Saturday’s mouthwatering show. It’s not, with profuse apologies, for dieters. If we’re successful we will hopefully leave you incredibly hungry and thirsty. In our case that’s probably a pretty good thing… As always, we greatly appreciate you being a part of our loyal listening audience. Truly couldn’t do it without you.

Kakawa Chocolate House is an artisan chocolate company located in the beautiful, high elevation town of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Kakawa’s passion is promoting the history of chocolate and crafting a variety of delicious chocolate creations of the finest quality. Proprietress Bonnie Bennett shares the rich decadence with us.

Bricia Lopez is the 2nd generation, Co-owner (with her Family) of the James Beard Award-winning Guelaguetza Oaxacan restaurant in Los Angeles’ Koreatown. Oaxaca is the culinary heart of Mexico, and since opening its doors in 1994, Guelaguetza has been the center of life for the Oaxacan community in Los Angeles. Founded by the Lopez family, Guelaguetza has been offering traditional Oaxacan food for 25 years.

Bricia’s first cookbook is Oaxaca – Home Cooking From The Heart Of Mexico (written with Javier Cabral.) We grab Bricia from her busy book tour for a chat.

The Under Secretary of Jalisco Tourism, Rocio Lancaster, joins us by phone from Guadalajara to highlight the merits of Jalisco as the destination that encompasses the best of Mexico – from cosmopolitan scenes of Guadalajara to the beach resorts of Puerto Vallarta. Food and libation (the home of Tequila) tourism are, of course, a major attraction.

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group is in-studio with another informative “Ask the Chef” segment. Chef Andrew was a participant in the recent MUFSO (Multiple Unit Food Service Operators) Conference in Denver. An area of spirited discussion was the cost of sustainability and the associated “say-do disconnect” on the part of guests. Chef Andrew will provide perspective. How do you manage the gap?

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

Program Note for Saturday, December 21st. We’re on at the special time of 3 to 5:00 p.m. following Ducks Hockey. Please join us.

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Show 351, December 14, 2019: Co-Host Chef Andrew Gruel with “Ask the Chef” Part One

Andy Harris and Andrew Gruel at Cabana 14 at the Cove at Pechanga Resort and CasinoOur own Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group is in-studio with another informative “Ask the Chef” segment.

Chef Andrew was a participant in the recent MUFSO (Multiple Unit Food Service Operators) Conference in Denver. An area of discussion was the cost of sustainability and the associated “say-do disconnect” on the part of guests. Chef Andrew will provide perspective. How do you manage the gap?

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