Show 526, May 20, 2023: Co-Host and Chef Andrew Gruel with “Ask the Chef”

Chef Andrew Gruel of Big Parm and the Calico Fish House

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

Inspired by a recent column (Golden Years) by Steve Lopez in the Sunday Los Angeles Times (May 6th) we’ll take a look at “Early Bird Dining” where meals are priced at a discount. Once very popular it now seems on the verge of perhaps disappearing. Has a jazzed up “Happy Hour” possibly replaced it? Back at his (now closed) Raw Bar by Slapfish (pre-pandemic) Chef Andrew offered a “Beat the Clock” and a later “Roll Back the Clock” (8:00 p.m. & 8:30 p.m.) special pricing promotion. Has “Happy Hour” really replaced it? We’ll “Ask the Chef.”

Show 304, December 29, 2018: Chef Andrew Gruel, Slapfish Restaurant Group & Co-Host, 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 joins us with another informative “Ask the Chef” segment. With the Holidays in progress it’s great to have a real working chef in our corner always providing handy and practical advice!

It’s time to chew on a few more significant food and restaurant trends from 2018 and what might be ahead for 2019. Recruiting qualified cooks for the kitchen is a problem of epic proportions.

Congrats to Chef Andrew for Raw by Slapfish (Huntington Beach) being included in OC Weekly’s Restaurant Critic Edwin Goei’s “Top Drinks and Restaurants of 2018” piece. He’s a fan of Chef Andrew’s afternoon “Beat the Clock” special on shucked chilled oysters which continues to evolve.