November 26: Paul Feig, Ross Pangilinan & Nick Weber, Lady & Larder

We’re previewing the show with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris.

“Elegant man-about-town Paul Feig, the director of “Bridesmaids”, “Spy”, and “A Simple Favor”  serves up a beautifully designed cocktail and lifestyle guide, Cocktail Time! – The Ultimate Guide to Grown-Up Fun, with hilarious stories from his life.” Paul is also the co-creator of Artingstall’s Brilliant London Dry Gin, a truly versatile gin fit for a starring role behind any bar and the ideal gin for Paul’s beloved Martini.

“Cocktail Time! is a love letter to the aesthetics and culture around cocktails. It’s guaranteed to make you want to up your party-giving game—or at least your home bar situation. And it’s an immensely charming and readable window into one man’s friendly obsession.”

Paul joins us with a proper gin Martini in hand (stirred and not shaken.)

When we last spoke with Chefs Ross Pangilinan (Terrace by Mix Mix) and Nick Weber they had just debuted their collaboration, Populaire at South Coast Plaza. They are also the official in-house caterers and oversee Verdant, the café at the spectacular new Orange County Museum of Art in the Segerstrom Center for the Arts campus in Costa Mesa. “OCMA’s café Verdant offers a fresh, innovative, plant-forward menu that rotates and highlights the bounty of local and seasonal produce in Southern California. Chef Ross leads Verdant with Chef Nick Weber and General Manager Alyssa McDiarmid, both alumnae of the Patina Group.” An example of a menu item is the Vegetable Tagine with farmers market vegetables, dates, apricot, almonds, basmati rice, mint and cilantro emulsion. Also charcuterie and cheese boards are available. Chefs Ross and Nick take a break from their busy Holiday kitchens to join us.

“Sarah Simms Hendrix and Boo Simms are Lady & Larder. The enterprise is 100% lady-owned. They are both twin sisters and best friends. They grew up in the kitchen. Sarah’s and Boo’s little dream shop located in Santa Monica, California showcases American made cheese, charcuterie, beer and wine along with a curated assortment of seasonal accompaniments including locally grown flowers, fresh bread, caviar, tinned fish, jam, mustard and honey. The sisters believe in supporting a 100% domestic and sustainable food culture; one that will continue to thrive for generations to come.” Sarah Simms takes a break from assembling a colorful cheese board to join us.

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel the Founder of Big Parm (New Jersey-style pizza), Two Birds and the soon to launch, full-service Calico Fish House (in Huntington Beach) provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where Chef Andrew responds to listeners thoughtful inquiries. Now that the Thanksgiving feast 2023 is behind us the mission is what creatively can be done with the typically abundant leftovers. Chefs don’t waste food. Chef Andrew provides his own culinary inspiration.

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

Paul Feig shot by Frank Micelotta

“Elegant man-about-town Paul Feig, the director of “Bridesmaids”, “Spy”, and “A Simple Favor”  serves up a beautifully designed cocktail and lifestyle guide, Cocktail Time! – The Ultimate Guide to Grown-Up Fun, with hilarious stories from his life.” Paul is also the co-creator of Artingstall’s Brilliant London Dry Gin, a truly versatile gin fit for a starring role behind any bar and the ideal gin for Paul’s beloved martini.

“Famed TV and film writer, director, and producer Paul Feig is obsessed with cocktails and cocktail culture. It’s about having great conversations with friends. It’s about putting on your best clothes and throwing a smart gathering or heading to your favorite bar and having an interesting chat with the bartender. And it’s about staying home, mixing a drink and sipping it in a beautiful glass as you watch a great old movie by yourself.”

“Paul has made an art and a science out of creating these elegant and festive environments and living his best life, whether at home in LA or New York or London or on location around the world, and it’s all here in Cocktail Time!how to make the drinks, how to throw the parties, what music to play, what glassware you need and more, along with 125 cocktail recipes, each served along with funny insider stories about Paul’s Hollywood life and famous friends.”

Cocktail Time! covers everything, from classics (and variations on them) like martinis, negronis, and hot toddies to original concoctions such as “The Feigtini” and holiday cocktails, as well as recipes from film and TV industry friends, such as the Charlize Theron Gibson, the Very Cherry Kerry (Washington), the (Angela) Kinsey Gin Fizz, Henry (Golding)’s Honey Plum G&T, and The Five (Michelle) Yeoh-Larm Fire.

“Cocktail Time! is a love letter to the aesthetics and culture around cocktails. It’s guaranteed to make you want to up your party-giving game—or at least your home bar situation. And it’s an immensely charming and readable window into one man’s friendly obsession.”

Paul joins us with a proper gin Martini in hand (stirred and not shaken.)

Ross Pangilinan of Mix Mix Kitchen Bar

When we last spoke with Chefs Ross Pangilinan (Terrace by Mix Mix) and Nick Weber they had just debuted Populaire at South Coast Plaza. They are also the official in-house caterers and oversee Verdant, the café at the spectacular new Orange County Museum of Art in the Segerstrom Center for the Arts campus in Costa Mesa.

“OCMA’s café Verdant offers a fresh, innovative, plant-forward menu that rotates and highlights the bounty of local and seasonal produce in Southern California. Chef Ross leads Verdant with Chef Nick Weber and General Manager Alyssa McDiarmid, both alumnae of the Patina Group.” An example of a menu item is the Vegetable Tagine with farmers market vegetables, dates, apricot, almonds, basmati rice, mint and cilantro emulsion. Also charcuterie and cheese boards are available.

“In addition to its menu of California cuisine replete with locally sourced, organic ingredients, Verdant offers gourmet coffees and teas, including ceremonial-grade matcha, and features a full bar with a carefully curated wine list and craft cocktails. The café space is located on the museum’s Upper Plaza and provides visitors with a chic and joyful dining experience in a bright and creative setting.” Closed on Monday.

Chefs Ross and Nick take a break from their busy Holiday kitchens to join us.

Sarah Simms of Lady and Larder

Sarah Simms Hendrix and Boo Simms are Lady & Larder. The enterprise is 100% lady-owned. They are both twin sisters and best friends. They grew up in the kitchen. Sarah’s and Boo’s little dream shop located in Santa Monica, California showcases American made cheese, charcuterie, beer and wine along with a curated assortment of seasonal accompaniments including locally grown flowers, fresh bread, caviar, tinned fish, jam, mustard and honey. The sisters believe in supporting a 100% domestic and sustainable food culture; one that will continue to thrive for generations to come.”

“Lady & Larder’s goal is simple: offer the very best stuff  they can get their hands on. They have found that the finest ingredients come from small batch, local producers and Sarah and Boo, like you, know there are no substitutes for quality. These American farmers, craftsmen, butchers, wine makers, beer brewers and master cheesemakers are truly the best of the best. Lady & Larder is so proud to support their unwavering commitment and dedication to their craft.”

Shop Offerings: Full-Service Cut-to-Order Cheese and Charcueterie Counter, Blooms by the Bunch, Fresh Baguettes and Loaves, Larder Staples such as Olive Oil, Flake Salt and Cultured Butter, Caviar, Farmers Market Produce, Rotating Craft Beer Case, Natural Wines, Hand-Dipped Candles and our Apertif Wall featuring Small Batch Vermouth, Tinned Fish and Linen Cocktail Napkins. They offer their Secret Lunch Menu daily from 12-3PM featuring Sandwiches, Salad and Picnic Boxes. With 24 hours notice, they offer their Lady and Larder Cheese and Charcuterie Boards or Crudites Boards and custom Cheese Cakes.”

Sarah Simms takes a break from assembling a colorful cheese board to join us.

Chef Andrew Gruel of Big Parm and the Calico Fish House

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel the Founder of Big Parm (New Jersey-style pizza), Two Birds and the soon to launch, full-service Calico Fish House (in Huntington Beach) provides another timely and informative Ask the Chef segment where Chef Andrew responds to listeners thoughtful inquiries.

Now that the Thanksgiving feast 2023 is behind us the mission is what creatively can be done with the typically abundant, and varied, leftovers. Chefs don’t waste food. Chef Andrew provides his own culinary inspiration for the Thanksgiving trimmings.

Show 500, November 19, 2022: Chef Andrew Gruel, Co-Host, with “Ask the Chef”

Chef Andrew Gruel of Big Parm and the Calico Fish House

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel, the Founder of Big Parm (New Jersey-style pizza), Two Birds and the soon to launch, full-service Calico Fish House (in Huntington Beach) provides another timely and informative Ask the Chef segment where Chef Andrew responds to listeners thoughtful inquiries.

The final countdown to Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 24th continues. As an experienced restaurant chef with serious fine-dining experience Chef Andrew wants all home cooks to have a stress-free and uneventful Thanksgiving where the home cook can enjoy the evening. Chef Andrew now shares his concluding morsels of genuinely useful Thanksgiving cooking tips. Creative side dishes truly make the Thanksgiving table and Chef Andrew, of course, has some added tasty thoughts. Is there a better (and easy to prepare) alternative to the traditional jellied cranberry than what comes out of the can? You bet. We’ll ask the chef…

Chef Andrew and Lauren Gruel have a new fast casual concept, Burger 101, coming soon to the 2-level, Kitchen United complex on the 3rd St. Promenade in Santa Monica. It’s Chef Andrew’s version of a value-priced, honest burger (and loaded fries) using quality ingredients including a premium burger patty sourced from West Coast Prime Meats.

Show 499, November 12, 2022: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

“There’s just something about a new pair of jammies that says ‘cozy and safe’ to kids, and Huntington Meats at the Original Farmers Market in Los Angeles is doing their part to make sure nightly bedtime rituals like fresh pajamas will provide a reassuring and peaceful good night to in-need children this holiday season. Huntington Meats’ sister shop Farmers Market Poultry will also be participating in the drive.

The two shops offering quality product are again coming together to participate in the 2nd Holiday Kids Pajama Drive to take place the entire month of November organized by proprietor Jim Cascone. The goal is to collect 300 pairs of pajamas for distribution to local agencies servicing homeless and low-income families.”

Master butcher Jim Cascone joins us from behind-the-counter with all the Pajama Drive details.

We know Chef Ted Hopson from the fondly remembered The Bellwether in Studio City which was an unfortunate victim of the pandemic. The better news is that Chef Ted is now the very busy Vice President at Gourmet Imports in Alhambra. “Gourmet Imports is a Los Angeles area-based importer and distributor of specialty foods that has been serving Chefs and culinary professionals since 1989.  The company was built on a commitment to service, quality and integrity.  Gourmet Imports carries over 300 cheeses as well as nearly 2,000 other culinary items including: caviar, charcuterie, pâté, oils, vinegars, chocolate, baking and pastry ingredients and much, much more.”

Modern Hippie” celebrates a way of living and entertaining that creates an intentional series of moments at home, where good food, conversation, and design come together to create and establish lasting and inspired memories. Lauren Thomas’s The Modern Hippie Table: Recipes and Menus for Eating Simply and Living Beautifully combines more than 70 curated recipes and assorted themed menus with beautiful and doable tabletop ideas, creating a vibe of laid-back elegance that complements whatever is on the menu, from an intimate dinner for two to a large celebration.” “In this debut collection, Lauren shares favorite dishes that can be easily prepared for entertaining, which allows you to spend less time in the kitchen and more time with your guests and family. Some of the recipes are made from scratch, while others make creative use of store-bought convenience foods and pre-made products that help save time.” Lauren takes a break from preparing her Pear, Pomegranate, Turkey and Gorgonzola Board to join us.

Santa Barbara Wine Country, named Wine Enthusiast’s Wine Region of the Year for 2021 and recently honored with multiple wine scores over 90+ points, is bringing some of its acclaimed wines to Orange County for special Wine Tasting Pop-Ups. The fall tasting events in November and December feature a wide range of varietals from small production and highly sought-after wineries. Guests will learn the best wines to gift and pour for their guests this holiday season.” Representing Santa Barbara Vintners (the organizer) is Winemaker Karen Steinwachs (previously the long-time winemaker at Buttonwood Winery & Vineyard) of Seagrape Wine Co, Santa Rita Hills.

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel the Founder of Big Parm (New Jersey-style pizza), Two Birds and the soon to launch, full-service Calico Fish House (in Huntington Beach) provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where Chef Andrew responds to listeners thoughtful inquiries. The countdown to Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 24th continues. As an experienced restaurant chef with a lot fine-dining experience Chef Andrew wants all home cooks to have a stress-free and uneventful Thanksgiving. Chef Andrew continues to share his genuinely useful Thanksgiving cooking tips. If you find a turkey to your liking the question then is to spatchcock or not…Side dishes (especially stuffing) make the Thanksgiving table and Chef Andrew, of course, has some tasty thoughts.

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

Show 499, November 12, 2022: Chef Andrew Gruel, Co-Host, with “Ask the Chef”

Chef Andrew Gruel of Big Parm and the Calico Fish House

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel the Founder of Big Parm (New Jersey-style pizza), Two Birds and the soon to launch, full-service Calico Fish House (in Huntington Beach) provides another timely and informative Ask the Chef segment where Chef Andrew responds to listeners thoughtful inquiries.

The countdown to Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 24th continues. As an experienced restaurant chef with a lot fine-dining experience Chef Andrew wants all home cooks to have a stress-free and uneventful Thanksgiving. Chef Andrew continues to share his genuinely useful Thanksgiving cooking tips. If you find a turkey to your liking the question then is to spatchcock or not…Side dishes, including the stuffing, make the Thanksgiving table and Chef Andrew, of course, has some tasty thoughts. Next week the Turkey Day conversation continues with a focus on amping up the side dishes.

Chef Andrew and Lauren Gruel have a new fast casual concept, Burger 101, coming soon to the 2-level, Kitchen United complex on the 3rd St. Promenade in Santa Monica. It’s Chef Andrew’s version of a value-priced, honest burger (and loaded fries) using quality ingredients including a premium burger patty sourced from West Coast Prime Meats.

November 12: Huntington Meats, Gourmet Imports, The Modern Hippie, Santa Barbara Vintners Pop-Ups

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Jim Cascone, Master Butcher, Huntington Meats, Original Farmers Market, Los Angeles
Segment Three: Chef Ted Hopson, Vice President, Gourmet Imports
Segment Four: Lauren Thomas, The Modern Hippie Table cookbook and blog – The Modern Hippie Way Part One
Segment Five: Lauren Thomas, The Modern Hippie Table cookbook and blog – The Modern Hippie Way Part Two
Segment Six: Karen Steinwachs, Winemaker, Seagrape Wine Co., Santa Barbara Vintners Part One
Segment Seven: Karen Steinwachs, Winemaker, Seagrape Wine Co., Santa Barbara Vintners Part Two
Segment Eight: Chef Andrew Gruel, Co-Host, with “Ask the Chef”

We’re previewing the show with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris.

“There’s just something about a new pair of jammies that says ‘cozy and safe’ to kids, and Huntington Meats at the Original Farmers Market in Los Angeles is doing their part to make sure nightly bedtime rituals like fresh pajamas will provide a reassuring and peaceful good night to in-need children this holiday season. Huntington Meats’ sister shop Farmers Market Poultry will also be participating in the drive.

The two shops offering quality product are again coming together to participate in the 2nd Holiday Kids Pajama Drive to take place the entire month of November organized by proprietor Jim Cascone. The goal is to collect 300 pairs of pajamas for distribution to local agencies servicing homeless and low-income families.”

Master butcher Jim Cascone joins us from behind-the-counter with all the Pajama Drive details.

We know Chef Ted Hopson from the fondly remembered The Bellwether in Studio City which was an unfortunate victim of the pandemic. The better news is that Chef Ted is now the very busy Vice President at Gourmet Imports in Alhambra.Gourmet Imports is a Los Angeles area based importer and distributor of specialty foods that has been serving Chefs and culinary professionals since 1989. The company was built on a commitment to service, quality and integrity. Gourmet Imports carries over 300 cheeses as well as nearly 2,000 other culinary items including: caviar, charcuterie, pâté, oils, vinegars, chocolate, baking and pastry ingredients and much, much more.”

““Modern Hippie” celebrates a way of living and entertaining that creates an intentional series of moments at home, where good food, conversation, and design come together to create and establish lasting and inspired memories. Lauren Thomas’s The Modern Hippie Table: Recipes and Menus for Eating Simply and Living Beautifully combines more than 70 curated recipes and assorted themed menus with beautiful and doable tabletop ideas, creating a vibe of laid-back elegance that complements whatever is on the menu, from an intimate dinner for two to a large celebration.” “In this debut collection, Lauren shares favorite dishes that can be easily prepared for entertaining, which allows you to spend less time in the kitchen and more time with your guests and family. Some of the recipes are made from scratch, while others make creative use of store-bought convenience foods and pre-made products that help save time.” Lauren takes a break from preparing her Pear, Pomegranate, Turkey and Gorgonzola Board to join us.

“Santa Barbara Wine Country, named Wine Enthusiast’s Wine Region of the Year for 2021 and recently honored with multiple wine scores over 90+ points, is bringing some of its acclaimed wines to Orange County for special Wine Tasting Pop-Ups. The fall tasting events in November and December will feature a wide range of varietals from small production and highly sought-after wineries. Guests will learn the best wines to gift and pour for their guests this holiday season.” Representing Santa Barbara Vintners (the organizer) is Winemaker Karen Steinwachs (previously the long-time winemaker at Buttonwood Winery & Vineyard) of Seagrape Wine Co, Santa Rita Hills.

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel the Founder of Big Parm (New Jersey-style pizza), Two Birds and the soon to launch, full-service Calico Fish House (in Huntington Beach) provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where Chef Andrew responds to listeners thoughtful inquiries. The countdown to Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 24th continues. As an experienced restaurant chef with a lot fine-dining experience Chef Andrew wants all home cooks to have a stress-free and uneventful Thanksgiving. Chef Andrew continues to share his genuinely useful Thanksgiving cooking tips. If you find a turkey to your liking the question then is to spatchcock or not…Side dishes make the Thanksgiving table and Chef Andrew, of course, has some tasty thoughts.

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

Jim Cascone of Huntington Meats and Farmers Market Poultry

“There’s just something about a new pair of jammies that says ‘cozy and safe’ to kids, and Huntington Meats at the Original Farmers Market in Los Angeles is doing their part to make sure nightly bedtime rituals like fresh pajamas will provide a reassuring and peaceful good night to in-need children this holiday season. Huntington Meats’ sister shop Farmers Market Poultry will also be participating in the drive.”

“The two shops offering quality product are again coming together to participate in the 2nd Holiday Kids Pajama Drive to take place the entire month of November organized by proprietor Jim Cascone. The goal is to collect 300 pairs of pajamas for distribution to local agencies servicing homeless and low-income families.”

“Customers that visit either of the shops and donate a pair of new, unwrapped pajamas valued at $10 or more will receive a complimentary pound of ground beef or homemade sausages from Huntington Meats, or a dozen fresh eggs from Farmers Market Poultry. In addition to PJs for children aged infant to age 18, the shops will be collecting children’s slippers, robes, security blankets, story books and toothbrush / toothpaste sets through November 30th. At the conclusion of the Pajama Drive, collected items will be distributed to Los Angeles area agencies for gift giving to their youngest clientele over the holiday season.”

“We felt this was a unique idea for the holidays,” said Jim Cascone, proprietor of both Huntington Meats and Farmers Market Poultry. “Toy drives are great, but we forget that some kids may never have received a brand new pair of PJs, which was something many of us took for granted growing up.”

Master butcher Jim Cascone joins us from behind-the-counter with all the Pajama Drive details.

Chef Ted Hopson

We know Chef Ted Hopson from the fondly remembered The Bellwether in Studio City which was an unfortunate victim of the pandemic. The better news is that Chef Ted is now the very busy Vice President at Gourmet Imports in Alhambra.

“Gourmet Imports is a Los Angeles area-based importer and distributor of specialty foods that has been serving Chefs and culinary professionals since 1989. The company was built on a commitment to service, quality and integrity. Gourmet Imports carries over 300 cheeses as well as nearly 2,000 other culinary items including: caviar, charcuterie, pâté, oils, vinegars, chocolate, baking and pastry ingredients and much, much more.”

“Ingredients & traditions matter. Working to preserve & promote them is something Gourmet Imports is deeply passionate about. They believe that food & dining are integral to our social fabric and in these times where nearly everything is synthesized, automated, expedited, and/or truncated, they are thankful to the passionate farmers & artisans that produce the goods that Gourmet Imports carries. They are equally grateful to their clients for their support, for their insistence on authenticity & excellence, and their work to provide experiences around which we can all connect over a shared meal (even if the mid-meal Instagram post has become all but inevitable).”

We’re catching up with Chef Ted Hopson.

Modern Hippie Lauren Thomas

Modern Hippie” celebrates a way of living and entertaining that creates an intentional series of moments at home, where good food, conversation, and design come together to create and establish lasting and inspired memories. Lauren Thomas’s The Modern Hippie Table: Recipes and Menus for Eating Simply and Living Beautifully combines more than 70 curated recipes and assorted themed menus with beautiful and doable tabletop ideas, creating a vibe of laid-back elegance that complements whatever is on the menu, from an intimate dinner for two to a large celebration.” 

“In this debut collection, Lauren shares favorite dishes that can be easily prepared for entertaining, which allows you to spend less time in the kitchen and more time with your guests and family. Some of the recipes are made from scratch, while others make creative use of store-bought convenience foods and pre-made products that help save time.”

“Lauren is also passionate about making sure the surroundings of the occasion are as beautiful as the meal is delicious. She provides suggestions for flowers, linens, and surfaces that won’t add stress or break the bank. And to complete your planning, suggested menus for occasions such as an intimate date night or a meet the neighbors gathering are sprinkled throughout the book to help plan out themed meals, along with tips on how to set the scene for the occasion.”

Lauren takes a break from preparing her Pear, Pomegranate, Turkey and Gorgonzola Board to join us.

Karen Steinwachs of Seagrape Wine Company

Santa Barbara Wine Country, named Wine Enthusiast’s Wine Region of the Year for 2021 and recently honored with multiple wine scores over 90+ points, is bringing some of its acclaimed wines to Orange County for special Wine Tasting Pop-Ups. 

“The fall tasting events will feature a wide range of varietals from small production and highly sought-after wineries. Guests will learn the best wines to gift and pour for their guests this holiday season.”

Thursday, Nov. 17, 5 to 8pm at Wine Gallery in Laguna Beach – Enjoy tasting a variety of wines and light bites. Guests must be 21 or older. Tickets are $25, and can be purchased on Eventbrite. Wine Gallery is located at 1833 S. Coast Hwy., #110, in Laguna Beach.

Wednesday, Nov. 30, 5:30 to 8:30pm at Cucina Enoteca in Irvine – Enjoy a special evening of tasting award-winning wines from Santa Barbara Wine Country, paired with light bites. Guests must be 21 or older. The event is complimentary, but guests are required to RSVP through Eventbrite as space is limited. Cucina Enoteca is a modern California-inspired Italian kitchen meets charming bohemian eatery and retail wine shop. Cucina Enoteca is located in Irvine Spectrum Center at 532 Spectrum Center Dr., in Irvine.

Thursday, Dec. 8, 5 to 8pm at Parlour 17 in Costa Mesa – A variety of award-winning Santa Barbara wines will be showcased and served with light bites. Guests must be 21 or older. The event is complimentary, but guests are required to RSVP through Eventbrite as space is limited. Parlour 17 is a private event space located in Plaza Sereno at 234 E. 17th St., #117, in Costa Mesa.

 For more information, visit the Eventbrite links or Santa Barbara Wine Country Events.

Representing Santa Barbara Vintners (the organizer) is Winemaker Karen Steinwachs of Seagrape Wine CoSanta Rita Hills. (Karen was previously the winemaker at Buttonwood Winery & Vineyard for 15 years) 

“Santa Barbara Vintners (Santa Barbara County Vintners Association) is a non-profit 501(c)6 organization founded in 1983 to protect and promote Santa Barbara County as a world-class wine producing and winegrape growing region. The association includes winery members whose annual production is at least 75% Santa Barbara County (or sub-AVA) labeled and extensive industry-associated members. The association produces festivals; educational seminars and tastings; provides information to consumers, trade, and media; and advocates for the Santa Barbara County wine and grape industry.

Chef Andrew Gruel of Big Parm and the Calico Fish House

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel the Founder of Big Parm (New Jersey-style pizza), Two Birds and the soon to launch, full-service Calico Fish House (in Huntington Beach) provides another timely and informative Ask the Chef segment where Chef Andrew responds to listeners thoughtful inquiries.

The countdown to Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 24th continues. As an experienced restaurant chef with a lot fine-dining experience Chef Andrew wants all home cooks to have a stress-free and uneventful Thanksgiving. Chef Andrew continues to share his genuinely useful Thanksgiving cooking tips. If you find a turkey to your liking the question then is to spatchcock or not…Side dishes, including the stuffing, make the Thanksgiving table and Chef Andrew, of course, has some tasty thoughts.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Jim Cascone, Master Butcher, Huntington Meats, Original Farmers Market, Los Angeles
Segment Three: Chef Ted Hopson, Vice President, Gourmet Imports
Segment Four: Lauren Thomas, The Modern Hippie Table cookbook and blog – The Modern Hippie Way Part One
Segment Five: Lauren Thomas, The Modern Hippie Table cookbook and blog – The Modern Hippie Way Part Two
Segment Six: Karen Steinwachs, Winemaker, Seagrape Wine Co., Santa Barbara Vintners Part One
Segment Seven: Karen Steinwachs, Winemaker, Seagrape Wine Co., Santa Barbara Vintners Part Two
Segment Eight: Chef Andrew Gruel, Co-Host, with “Ask the Chef”

Show 498, November 5, 2022: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

Opened in September 2020, Nella Kitchen & Bar (the sister restaurant of S.Y. Kitchen Cucina Rustica in Santa Ynez) located adjacent to the Fess Parker Wine Country Inn in Los Olivos offers fresh, modern Cal-Italian cuisine showcasing local ingredients and focuses on ‘Roman Pinsas’. It is under the culinary direction of Executive Chef / Partner Luca Crestanelli (S.Y. Kitchen) and Chef de Cuisine, Marco Longinotti. Chef Marco Longinotti takes a break from his busy kitchen to join us.

Jason Moore is the winemaker and founding partner of Modus Operandi Cellars (2004) in the Napa Valley, a limited production boutique winery. “For Jason wine is one of those things that to many people can incite a tremendous amount of feelings and emotions. Wine is enchanting and mysterious, gives joy, confuses, and inspires. In many cases, these complexities lead to a love which leads to a strong passion for wine. For Jason it eventually led to launching Modus Operandi Cellars.” Winemaker Jason Moore joins us to pull the cork on all that is Modus Operandi Cellars.

El Cholo, perhaps Los Angeles’ most iconic, honored and beloved Mexican Restaurant is now gearing up for its 100th Anniversary during 2023 under the watchful eye of Ron Salisbury, 3rd generation proprietor of The El Cholo Family of Restaurants. Ron Salisbury will also celebrate his 90th Birthday during 2023. Mr. Salisbury has been working with the El Cholo restaurant group for 68-years! Several of his descendants also currently work within his family’s business, including fourth, fifth and even sixth generation family members!” Ron Salisbury is our guest with a plate of Carmen’s Original Nachos in hand.

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel the Founder of Big Parm (New Jersey-style pizza), Two Birds and the soon to launch, full-service Calico Fish House (in Huntington Beach) provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where Chef Andrew responds to listeners thoughtful inquiries. The countdown to Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 24th is on. As an experienced restaurant chef with a lot fine-dining experience Chef Andrew wants all home cooks to have a stress-free and uneventful Thanksgiving. Chef Andrew will share his first in a series of genuinely useful Thanksgiving cooking tips.

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

Show 498, November 5, 2022: Chef Andrew Gruel, Co-Host, with “Ask the Chef”

Andy Harris and Andrew Gruel at Cabana 14 at the Cove at Pechanga Resort and Casino

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel the Founder of Big Parm (New Jersey-style pizza), Two Birds and the soon to launch, full-service Calico Fish House (in Huntington Beach) provides another timely and informative Ask the Chef segment where Chef Andrew responds to listeners thoughtful inquiries.

The countdown to Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 24th is on. As an experienced restaurant chef with a lot fine-dining experience Chef Andrew wants all home cooks to have a stress-free and uneventful Thanksgiving. He shares his first in a series of genuinely useful Thanksgiving cooking tips concentrating on the availability of Turkey and how you can supplement a smaller bird with other bountiful dishes on the Thanksgiving Table.

Chef Andrew and Lauren Gruel have a new fast casual concept, Burger 101, coming soon to the 2-level, Kitchen United complex on the 3rd St. Promenade in Santa Monica. It’s Chef Andrew’s version of a value-priced, honest burger (and loaded fries) using quality ingredients including a premium burger patty sourced from West Coast Prime Meats.

November 5: Nella Kitchen & Bar, Modus Operandi Cellars, El Cholo’s 100th Anniversary

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Marco Longinotti, Chef de Cuisine, Nella Kitchen & Bar, Los Olivos Part One
Segment Three: Marco Longinotti, Chef de Cuisine, Nella Kitchen & Bar, Los Olivos Part Two
Segment Four: Jason Moore, Winemaker & Founding Partner, Modus Operandi Cellars, St. Helena, Napa Valley Part One
Segment Five: Jason Moore, Winemaker & Founding Partner, Modus Operandi Cellars, St. Helena, Napa Valley Part Two
Segment Six: Ron Salisbury, 3rd Generation Proprietor, El Cholo Family of Restaurants Part One
Segment Seven: Ron Salisbury, 3rd Generation Proprietor, El Cholo Family of Restaurants Part Two
Segment Eight: Chef Andrew Gruel, Co-Host, with “Ask the Chef”

We’re previewing the show with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris.

Opened in September 2020, Nella Kitchen & Bar (the sister restaurant of S.Y. Kitchen Cucina Rustica in Santa Ynez) located adjacent to the Fess Parker Wine Country Inn in Los Olivos offers fresh, modern Cal-Italian cuisine showcasing local ingredients and focuses on ‘Roman Pinsas’. It is under the culinary direction of Executive Chef / Partner Luca Crestanelli and Chef de Cuisine, Marco Longinotti. Chef Marco Longinotti takes a break from his busy kitchen to join us.

Jason Moore is the winemaker and founding partner of Modus Operandi Cellars (2004) in the Napa Valley, a limited production boutique winery. “For Jason wine is one of those things that to many people can incite a tremendous amount of feelings and emotions. Wine is enchanting and mysterious, gives joy, confuses, and inspires. In many cases, these complexities lead to a love which leads to a strong passion for wine. For Jason it eventually led to launching Modus Operandi Cellars.” Winemaker Jason Moore joins us to pull the cork on all that is Modus Operandi Cellars.

“El Cholo, perhaps Los Angeles’ most iconic, honored and beloved Mexican Restaurant is now gearing up for its 100th Anniversary during 2023 under the watchful eye of Ron Salisbury, 3rd generation proprietor of The El Cholo Family of Restaurants. Ron Salisbury will also celebrate his 90th Birthday during 2023. Mr. Salisbury has been working with the El Cholo restaurant chain for 68-years! Several of his descendants also currently work within his family’s business, including fourth, fifth and even sixth generation family members!” Ron Salisbury is our guest with a plate of Carmen’s Original Nachos in hand.

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel the Founder of Big Parm (New Jersey-style pizza), Two Birds and the soon to launch, full-service Calico Fish House (in Huntington Beach) provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where Chef Andrew responds to listeners thoughtful inquiries. The countdown to Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 24th is on. As an experienced restaurant chef with a lot fine-dining experience Chef Andrew wants all home cooks to have a stress-free and uneventful Thanksgiving. Chef Andrew will share his first in a series of genuinely useful Thanksgiving cooking tips.

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

Marco Longinotti of Nella Kitchen and Bar at the Fess Parker Wine Country Inn

Opened in September 2020, Nella Kitchen & Bar (the sister restaurant of S.Y. Kitchen Cucina Rustica in Santa Ynez) located adjacent to the Fess Parker Wine Country Inn in Los Olivos offers fresh, modern Cal-Italian cuisine showcasing local ingredients and focuses on ‘Roman Pinsas’. It is under the culinary direction of Executive Chef / Partner Luca Crestanelli and Chef de Cuisine, Marco Longinotti.

“Meals are served on the front porch overlooking Grand Ave in Los Olivos where guests are warmly welcomed, or in the cozy Dining Room which also has a private, handsomely appointed Wine Room that can host family seating and private parties.”

Cocktails (artfully prepared) are serious here and focused on classics and served in the Lounge with ample bar seating. Chris Hewes, formerly barman at some top LA spots (like the Library Bar at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel), is now pouring at Nella. He also offers a tight selection of popular zero-proof cocktails / mocktails.

Chef Marco Longinotti takes a break from his busy kitchen to join us.

Jason Moore of Modus Operandi Cellars

Jason Moore is the winemaker and founding partner of Modus Operandi Cellars (2004) in the Napa Valley, a limited production boutique winery.

“For Jason wine is one of those things that to many people can incite a tremendous amount of feelings and emotions. Wine is enchanting and mysterious, gives joy, confuses, and inspires. In many cases, these complexities lead to a love which leads to a strong passion for wine. For Jason it lead to founding Modus Operandi Cellars.”

From Jason Moore –“I have to pinch myself almost daily as I am truly living my dream… the dream of being a Winemaker in California. Growing up in Dallas, Winemaker wasn’t exactly the most obvious career path that springs to mind, but at the age of 24 and after working as a waiter in several of the city’s finest restaurants, acquiring a love for all things wine, getting the go-ahead from my bride to be, and selling everything that we owned, we were off to California where, yes, I had the lofty aspiration of becoming a Winemaker.”

“Completely self-taught thru diligent self-study and the utilization of winemaking mentors, I knew that true learning when it comes to such a stylistically artistic, yet mind blowing organic and mystifying thing such as winemaking, can ONLY be accomplished through MAKING WINE. There is absolutely no substitute. I honed my craft in the garage of an elderly vineyard owner in Napa. He grew the grapes, I made the wine, and we split the product on bottling day.”

“In 2004 at the age of 26, I officially started my professional career by launching Modus Operandi Cellars with 200 cases of Napa Cabernet. I am so thankful to God that at such a young age I found my passion and am fortunate enough to be able to enjoy it as a career. I believe that winemaking is an art form that is supported by science, however a solid conceptual understanding of the science is also necessary.”

Three premium Modus Operandi Cellars tasting experiences are available including two St. Helena winery tastings and an interactive, at-home tasting.

Winemaker Jason Moore joins us to pull the cork on all that is Modus Operandi Cellars.

Ron Salisbury of El Cholo

El Cholo, perhaps Los Angeles’ most iconic, honored and beloved Mexican Restaurant is now gearing up for its 100th Anniversary during 2023 under the watchful eye of Ron Salisbury, 3rd generation proprietor of The El Cholo Family of Restaurants. Ron Salisbury will also celebrate his 90th Birthday during 2023. Mr. Salisbury has been working with the El Cholo restaurant chain for 68-years! Several of his descendants also currently work within his family’s business, including fourth, fifth and even sixth generation family members!”

“As part of the 100th Anniversary festivities El Cholo has unveiled its new Logo and Slogan: Creating Memories for 100 Years!” El Cholo is actively planning a series of special events and promotions during 2023 for its longtime customers and Southern California guests.” “A series of Special Food Items will be offered, including: “A Taste of HistoryPlate, served on a commemorative plate (available for separate purchase.) Also, several Classic Old Dishes will return as special features, including the Spanish Omelet; Enchiladas with Fried Egg; Tostada Compuesta; Sopa de Fideo, and many others!”

“Says Mr. Salisbury, “Many other restaurants, when they approach 100, start slowing down or taking their eye off the ball. But we still stand firmly at the top of our game. We continue to be aggressive in providing the best Mexican restaurant experience possible – one that only El Cholo can offer. Myself, my kids, my grandkids and even my great-grandkids are proudly committed to continuing the El Cholo tradition – one that my grandparents began way back in 1923 – well into the future!””

“Today, El Cholo is one of Southern California’s oldest restaurants, as well as one of LA’s very first Mexican restaurants. El Cholo has been and remains a family-owned business for 100 years! The six El Cholo restaurants currently operating in Southern California – the original site on Western Ave., Downtown Los Angeles, Anaheim Hills, Corona del Mar, La Habra, and Santa Monica – are all owned by Ron Salisbury (grandson of the founders) and his family, through their company, Restaurant Business, Inc.”

“The successful legacy of El Cholo lies in its commitment to the highest-quality ingredients, renowned service, truly unique atmosphere, a long, family-owned history, and remarkably loyal employees (many of whom have put in 20-50 years of continuous service!) Says Ron Salisbury, “El Cholo isn’t just a place to eat. It’s part of the culture of Los Angeles and has been for a century now. To me, El Cholo represents a cross-section of what LA is really all about – we have people coming in Rolls-Royce’s and people taking the bus. We have students, wealthy people, people barely getting along, and even some struggling actors. You name it, they come here. To me, that’s always been a big part of our everlasting charm.””

3rd generation proprietor, Ron Salisbury, is our guest with a plate of Carmen’s Original Nachos, in hand.

Andy Harris and Andrew Gruel at Cabana 14 at the Cove at Pechanga Resort and Casino

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel the Founder of Big Parm (New Jersey-style pizza), Two Birds and the soon to launch, full-service Calico Fish House (in Huntington Beach) provides another timely and informative Ask the Chef segment where Chef Andrew responds to listeners thoughtful inquiries.

The countdown to Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 24th is on. As an experienced restaurant chef with a lot fine-dining experience Chef Andrew wants all home cooks to have a stress-free and uneventful Thanksgiving. He will share his first in a series of genuinely useful Thanksgiving cooking tips.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Marco Longinotti, Chef de Cuisine, Nella Kitchen & Bar, Los Olivos Part One
Segment Three: Marco Longinotti, Chef de Cuisine, Nella Kitchen & Bar, Los Olivos Part Two
Segment Four: Jason Moore, Winemaker & Founding Partner, Modus Operandi Cellars, St. Helena, Napa Valley Part One
Segment Five: Jason Moore, Winemaker & Founding Partner, Modus Operandi Cellars, St. Helena, Napa Valley Part Two
Segment Six: Ron Salisbury, 3rd Generation Proprietor, El Cholo Family of Restaurants Part One
Segment Seven: Ron Salisbury, 3rd Generation Proprietor, El Cholo Family of Restaurants Part Two
Segment Eight: Chef Andrew Gruel, Co-Host, with “Ask the Chef”

Show 497, October 29, 2022: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

“On the heels of celebrating its first anniversary, Fountain Valley-based ARTISAN has introduced new hand-crafted pizzas to its celebrated menu. The elevated, fast-casual restaurant and café, a marriage of Orange County-born concepts, 7 Leaves Café and Crema Bakery, has gained a loyal following for its energetic and unique teas, and focused, chef-driven menu of brunch-focused anytime dishes and premium baked goods. Now, the concept takes the same quality ingredients and attention to detail and extends it to an innovative selection of ARTISAN Café Pizza offerings prepared under the watchful eye of Executive Chef Chad Urata.” Chef & Manager Chad Urata takes a break from his busy kitchen to join us with pizza peel in hand.

Gleason Family Vineyards (GFV) is the corporate umbrella for 3, separate, distinct wineries located in the Santa Ynez Valley under the leadership of two generations of the Gleason Family. Their new Winemaker is Max Marshak. The properties are Roblar Winery & Vineyard, Refugio Ranch Vineyards, and their most recent acquisition, the historic Buttonwood Winery & Vineyard. Director of Marketing Callie Gleason and Winemaker Max Marshak join us to pull the cork on both Refugio Ranch Vineyards and Buttonwood Winery & Vineyard.

Georgia’s Restaurant returned “Nana” Gretchen Shoemaker’s mouthwatering Gumbo to their menu at Georgia’s Restaurant at the Long Beach Exchange and the Anaheim Packing District just in time to celebrate National Gumbo Day on October 12th, 2022 and for the remainder of 2022! Nana Gretchen Shoemaker’s “soul-delicious” signature Gumbo has been a guest favorite since it was first introduced and guests can again savor Nana’s Secret Southern-style Roux featuring Chicken, Andouille Sausage, Shrimp, Crab, and Okra, served over Rice at both locations. To complement this super satisfying meal, guests can also add Soulful Sides such as Collard Greens, Baked Beans, Mac & Cheese, or Nana Gretchen’s famous Cornbread served with house-made honey butter, while enjoying her fresh Peach Cobbler for the perfect finish. 2nd generation proprietress Nika Shoemaker-Machado (“Nana” Gretchen’s daughter) takes a break from the cornbread muffin pans to join us.

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel the Founder of Big Parm (New Jersey-style pizza), Two Birds and the soon to launch, full-service Calico Fish House (in Huntington Beach) provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where Chef Andrew responds to listeners thoughtful inquiries. Is ubiquitous Candy Corn (basically just corn syrup and food coloring) really the most popular Halloween candy treat? Chef Andrew weighs in…There is an announced, preliminary deal for Kroger Co. (Ralphs) to buy Albertsons Cos. (Vons and Pavilions.) Kroger’s position is that this will be a wonderful thing for consumers because the combined companies will give them more buying clout and, therefore, decreased costs which will, in theory, be passed on to shoppers. Consumer advocates respectfully disagree. Chef Andrew grocery shops for a big family. He’ll share his thoughts on this possible mega grocery store combination.

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

Show 497, October 29, 2022: Chef Andrew Gruel, Co-Host, with “Ask the Chef”

Chef Andrew Gruel of Big Parm and the Calico Fish House

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel the Founder of Big Parm (New Jersey-style pizza), Two Birds and the soon to launch, full-service Calico Fish House (in Huntington Beach) provides another timely and informative Ask the Chef segment where Chef Andrew responds to listeners thoughtful inquiries.

Is ubiquitous Candy Corn (basically just corn syrup and food coloring) really the most popular Halloween candy treat? By what benchmark? Chef Andrew weighs in…

There is an announced, preliminary deal for Kroger Co. (Ralphs) to buy Albertsons Cos. (Vons and Pavilions.) Kroger’s position is that this will be a wonderful thing for consumers because the combined companies will give them more buying clout and, therefore, decreased costs which will, in theory, be passed on to shoppers. Consumer advocates respectfully disagree. Chef Andrew grocery shops for a big family. He’ll share his thoughts on this possible mega grocery store combination.

Chef Andrew is currently hosting a fun recipe contest to coincide with the soon-to-open Calico Fish House in Huntington Beach. If your original recipe is the winner that dish permanently goes on Calico’s menu (credited to you) and every time you visit Calico Fish House you can enjoy your creation absolutely free for a full year. That’s a deal. Details on Calico’s Instagram feed.

Chef Andrew and Lauren Gruel have a new fast casual concept, Burger 101, coming soon to the 2-level, Kitchen United complex on the 3rd St. Promenade in Santa Monica. It’s Chef Andrew’s version of a value-priced, honest burger (and loaded fries) using quality ingredients including a premium burger patty sourced from West Coast Prime Meats.