Show 373, May 16, 2020: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

It’s a time of great concern for all of us and our “SoCal Restaurant Show” mission, until the Covid-19 crisis is fully abated, is to provide reliable and genuinely useful information on how the restaurant business is coping with the rapidly evolving events. With an emphasis on the health, safety and well-being of our listeners we’ll be detailing what the ever-changing range of services restaurants can now provide to their guests. Creativity and adaptability are at the forefront. We’re doing our level best to keep it upbeat…

Chefs and restaurateurs are honestly the most generous people we know. In times of need they are always the very first in generously giving back and meaningfully supporting their communities. Truly remarkable…Right now restaurants urgently need our support to stay afloat. Kindly keep this in mind and please do what you possibly can (as you can afford) to support a community-focused, local restaurant….

As always, we greatly appreciate you being a part of our loyal listening audience. Truly couldn’t do it without the enthusiastic encouragement of the foodie community.

Founded in 1987 by Chef Zov Karamardian, legendary Zov’s Bistro and Bakery in Tustin, CA has become a culinary institution. Serving her unique cuisine that blends contemporary with Eastern Mediterranean influences, in an upscale chic environment. There are also Zov’s restaurants in Newport Coast, Irvine and Anaheim. The Tustin and Newport Coast locations are now serving Family Meals and Takeout Menu items curbside. 2nd generation Karamardian Family member, Armen, joins us with the details and looks to the future.

The enduring Casa Vega is a landmark Mexican restaurant that has been operating in the San Fernando Valley for almost 64 years. It’s located on the familiar Ventura Blvd. in Sherman Oaks and is one of the longest running, continuously family-owned restaurants in greater Los Angeles. Rafael “Ray” Vega opened Casa Vega in 1956 after being inspired by the success of his parents’ earlier restaurant, Café Caliente, which was on Olvera St. and operated throughout the 1930’s. Casa Vega has recently reopened for take-out via advance order online or by telephone.

Proprietress Christy Vega (a 3rd generation restaurateur) pours the Classic Margaritas for us.

Led by chef, author and restaurateur Marcus Samuelsson as national board co-chair, Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP,) celebrating its 30th Anniversary, transforms the lives of underserved high school students and young people locally by helping them pursue their culinary dreams. C-CAP prepares these talented young adults for college, and for careers in the restaurant and hospitality industry. This year Los Angeles awarded $430,131 in scholarships to 34 deserving high school students. Joining us are Food TV’s Chef Monti Carlo (a “Friend of C-CAP”,) college scholarship recipient Emerson Majano, a member of the Senior Class at Santee Education Complex and college scholarship recipient Morena Hernandez, a Senior at Los Angeles High School.

Newport Beach’s highly praised, Fable & Spirit, has reopened in the Via Lido Plaza for takeout service. The public, once again, is able to partake in Chef Executive Chef David Shofner’s imaginative, globally inspired dishes. In addition, Sommelier Ali Coyle presents a curated list of wines offered at exceptional prices, and Director of Spirits Drew Coyle offers a selection of signature cocktails to go. Sommelier & Coyle Family member, Ali, gently pulls the cork for us.

After honing his skills at some of the most influential restaurants in Southern California –including The Eveleigh, Father’s Office, and Umami Restaurant Group—Chef & Proprietor Ted Hopson now brings his diverse experience and curious palate to The Bellwether in Studio City, incorporating Italian, Mediterranean, and Middle Eastern flavors for a culinary spread that proudly crashes borders and challenges convention. His Partner at The Bellwether is Beverage Director Ann-Marie Verdi. At The Bellwether (in normal times,) Verdi creates a beverage program that pleases all palates through both contemporary and classic selections. Chef Ted is our guest to discuss how The Bellwether is coping with the ban on dine-in.

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group provides another timely and informative <strong>“Ask the Chef” segment where Chef Andrew responds to listeners thoughtful inquiries. Chef Andrew is updating us on the impact of the Covid-19 crisis in the hospitality field and what we, as diners, can do to support the very survival of restaurants. Take-out/delivery when you can surely helps…Of course, the safety of restaurant employees and guests comes first. 3rd party delivery services seem convenient but they are costly to both consumers and restaurants. A lot more here to explain and better understand. We’ll again “Ask the Chef.”

All of this and heaping helpings of extra deliciousness (with proper Social Distancing) on this week’s not-to-miss show!

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Show 373, May 16, 2020: Chef Monti Carlo with C-CAP Scholarship Recipient Emerson Majano

The Monti Carlo of Everyday FoodLed by chef, author and restaurateur Marcus Samuelsson as national board co-chair, Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP,) celebrating its 30th Anniversary, transforms the lives of underserved high school students and young people locally by helping them pursue their culinary dreams. C-CAP prepares these talented young adults for college, and for careers in the restaurant and hospitality industry.

This year Los Angeles awarded $430,131 in scholarships to 34 deserving high school students. Joining us is Food TV’s Chef Monti Carlo (a “Friend of C-CAP”) and college scholarship recipients Emerson Majano, a member of the Senior Class at Santee Education Complex. Chef Monti has an extra surprise for Emerson.

Founded in 1990 by culinary educator and cookbook author Richard Grausman, C-CAP impacts over 17,500 students a year nationally. Countless C-CAP alumni work throughout the country and are guiding the future leaders of the culinary and hospitality industry.

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Show 373, May 16, 2020: Chef Monti Carlo with C-CAP Scholarship Recipient Morena Hernandez

The Monti Carlo of Everyday FoodLed by chef, author and restaurateur Marcus Samuelsson as national board co-chair, Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP,) celebrating its 30th Anniversary, transforms the lives of underserved high school students and young people locally by helping them pursue their culinary dreams. C-CAP prepares these talented young adults for college, and for careers in the restaurant and hospitality industry.

This year Los Angeles awarded $430,131 in scholarships to 34 deserving high school students. Joining us is Food TV’s Chef Monti Carlo (a “Friend of C-CAP”) and college scholarship recipients Morena Hernandez, a distinguished Senior at Los Angeles High School. Chef Monti has an extra surprise for Morena.

Founded in 1990 by culinary educator and cookbook author Richard Grausman, C-CAP impacts over 17,500 students a year nationally. Countless C-CAP alumni work throughout the country and are guiding the future leaders of the culinary and hospitality industry.

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May 16: Zov’s Bistro and Bakery, Casa Vega, C-CAP with Monti Carlo, Fable & Spirit, Ted Hopson

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Restaurateur Armen Karamardian, Zov’s Bistro & Bakery
Segment Three: Restaurateur Christy Vega, Casa Vega, Sherman Oaks
Segment Four: Chef Monti Carlo with C-CAP Scholarship Recipient Emerson Majano
Segment Five: Chef Monti Carlo with C-CAP Scholarship Recipient Morena Hernandez
Segment Six: Sommelier Ali Coyle, Fable & Spirit, Newport Beach
Segment Seven: Chef & Partner Ted Hopson, The Bellwether, Studio City
Segment Eight: Chef Andrew Gruel of Slapfish with “Ask the Chef”

It’s a time of great concern for all of us and our “SoCal Restaurant Show” mission, until the Covid-19 crisis is fully abated, is to provide reliable and genuinely useful information on how the restaurant business is coping with the rapidly evolving events. With an emphasis on the health, safety and well-being of our listeners we’ll be detailing what the ever-changing range of services restaurants can now provide to their guests. Creativity and adaptability are at the forefront. We’re doing our level best to keep it upbeat…

Chefs and restaurateurs are honestly the most generous people we know. In times of need they are always the very first in generously giving back and meaningfully supporting their communities. Truly remarkable…Right now restaurants urgently need our support to stay afloat. Kindly keep this in mind and please do what you possibly can (as you can afford) to support a community-focused, local restaurant….

As always, we greatly appreciate you being a part of our loyal listening audience. Truly couldn’t do it without the enthusiastic encouragement of the foodie community.

Founded in 1987 by Chef Zov Karamardian, legendary Zov’s Bistro and Bakery in Tustin, CA has become a culinary institution. Serving her unique cuisine that blends contemporary with Eastern Mediterranean influences, in an upscale chic environment. There are now also Zov’s restaurants in Newport Coast, Irvine and Anaheim. The Tustin and Newport Coast locations are now serving Family Meals and Takeout Menu items curbside. 2nd generation Karamardian Family member, Armen, joins us with the details and looks to the future.

The enduring Casa Vega is a landmark Mexican restaurant that has been operating in the San Fernando Valley for almost 64 years. It’s located on the familiar Ventura Blvd. in Sherman Oaks and is one of the longest running, continuously family-owned restaurants in greater Los Angeles. Rafael “Ray” Vega opened Casa Vega in 1956 after being inspired by the success of his parents’ earlier restaurant, Café Caliente, which was on Olvera St. and operated throughout the 1930’s. Casa Vega has recently reopened for take-out via advance order online or by telephone.

Proprietress Christy Vega pours the Classic Margaritas for us.

Led by chef, author and restaurateur Marcus Samuelsson as national board co-chair, Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP,) celebrating its 30th Anniversary, transforms the lives of underserved high school students and young people locally by helping them pursue their culinary dreams. C-CAP prepares these talented young adults for college, and for careers in the restaurant and hospitality industry. This year Los Angeles awarded $430,131 in scholarships to 34 deserving high school students. Joining us are Food TV’s Chef Monti Carlo (a “Friend of C-CAP”,) college scholarship recipient Emerson Majano, a member of the Senior Class at Santee Education Complex and college scholarship recipient Morena Hernandez, a Senior at Los Angeles High School.

Newport Beach’s highly praised, Fable & Spirit, has reopened in the Via Lido Plaza for takeout service. The public, once again, is able to partake in Chef Executive Chef David Shofner’s imaginative, globally inspired dishes. In addition, Sommelier Ali Coyle presents a curated list of wines offered at exceptional prices, and Director of Spirits Drew Coyle offers a selection of signature cocktails to go. Sommelier & Coyle Family member, Ali, gently pulls the cork for us.

After honing his skills at some of the most influential restaurants in Southern California –including The Eveleigh, Father’s Office, and Umami Restaurant Group—Chef & Proprietor Ted Hopson now brings his diverse experience and curious palate to The Bellwether in Studio City, incorporating Italian, Mediterranean, and Middle Eastern flavors for a culinary spread that proudly crashes borders and challenges convention. His Partner at The Bellwether is Beverage Director Ann-Marie Verdi. At The Bellwether (in normal times,) Verdi creates a beverage program that pleases all palates through both contemporary and classic selections. Chef Ted is our guest to discuss how The Bellwether is coping with the ban on dine-in.

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where Chef Andrew responds to listeners thoughtful inquiries. Chef Andrew is updating us on the impact of the Covid-19 crisis in the hospitality field and what we, as diners, can do to support the very survival of restaurants. Take-out/delivery when you can surely helps…Of course, the safety of restaurant employees and guests comes first. 3rd party delivery services seem convenient but they are costly to both consumers and restaurants. A lot more here to explain and better understand. We’ll again “Ask the Chef.”

All of this and heaping helpings of extra deliciousness (with proper Social Distancing) on this week’s not-to-miss show!

Armen Karamardian of ZovsFounded in 1987 by Chef Zov Karamardian, legendary Zov’s Bistro and Bakery in Tustin, CA has become a culinary institution. Serving her unique cuisine that blends contemporary with Eastern Mediterranean influences, in an upscale, chic environment. There are now also Zov’s restaurants in Newport Coast, Irvine and Anaheim.

The Tustin and Newport Coast locations are serving Family Meals and Takeout Menu items curbside. Zov’s General Store at the Tustin location offers a selection of gourmet groceries for curbside pickup.

“Family support has constantly been Zov’s foundation and inspiration throughout her culinary career. Zov, in addition to her husband, Gary, her son Armen, and her daughter Taleene, have created a rare family business recipe that has taken comforting creations of the family kitchen blended with Chef Zov’s culinary artistry.”

“Over the years, the Bistro in Tustin has greatly expanded into 14,000 sq. ft., encompassing an award-winning bakery, acclaimed Bistro, a luxurious private dining room, specialty foods gourmet market, cooking classes and a busy catering division that brings Zov’s culinary style to homes and special events throughout Southern California.”

2nd Generation Karamardian Family member & restaurateur, Armen, joins us with the details and looks to the future.

Christy Vega of Casa VegaThe enduring Casa Vega is a landmark Mexican restaurant that has been operating in the San Fernando Valley for almost 64 years. It’s located on the familiar Ventura Blvd. in Sherman Oaks and is one of the longest running, continuously family-owned restaurants in greater Los Angeles. Rafael “Ray” Vega opened Casa Vega in 1956 after being inspired by the success of his parents’ earlier restaurant, Café Caliente, which was on Olvera St. and operated throughout the 1930’s. Casa Vega has recently reopened for take-out via advance order online or by telephone.

Casa Vega is now open from 12 Noon – 8 p.m. daily. Initially, guests can order directly by phone (818-788-4868) or online via the Casa Vega website. Guests can pick up from their cars – Casa Vega staff will place orders in the trunk or backseat as they wait in the restaurant’s driveway off Ventura Blvd.

Favorites on the take-out menu include Combination Plates and Street Tacos, both served with rice and beans, Taquitos de Juan (chicken flautas), Burritos, four different Family Trays, Chips, Guacamole, Salsa, Kids Meals, and more. In addition to beer and wine, Casa Vega offers its Classic Margarita in a single serving mason jar with ice, ready to drink for $7. Other margarita variations are available for $7-9. The Classic Margarita is also available in a half gallon size for $30.

“Over the years, Casa Vega has remained, at its core, much the same as my father’s original vision,” says Christy Vega. “The menu continues to reflect the offerings originally presented some 64 years ago with slight alterations that speak to today’s culinary tastes. From the menu, to the dim ambiance of the dining room, to the staff—many of which have been with our team for decades—Casa Vega is a testament to my father and the wonderful history he has created. I look forward to continuing to uphold his legacy of service, authentic traditions, and most of all, the love and adoration that emanates throughout every corner of the restaurant and inspires our clients to return time and time again.

Proprietress Christy Vega pours the Classic Margaritas for us.

The Monti Carlo of Everyday FoodLed by chef, author and restaurateur Marcus Samuelsson as national board co-chair, Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP,) celebrating its 30th Anniversary, transforms the lives of underserved high school students and young people locally by helping them pursue their culinary dreams. C-CAP prepares these talented young adults for college, and for careers in the restaurant and hospitality industry.

This year Los Angeles awarded $430,131 in scholarships to 34 deserving high school students. Joining us is Food TV’s Chef Monti Carlo (a “Friend of C-CAP”) and college scholarship recipients Emerson Majano, a member of the Senior Class at Santee Education Complex and Morena Hernandez, a distinguished Senior at Los Angeles High School.

Founded in 1990 by culinary educator and cookbook author Richard Grausman, C-CAP impacts over 17,500 students a year nationally. Countless C-CAP alumni work throughout the country and are guiding the future leaders of the culinary and hospitality industry.

Sommelier Ali CoyleNewport Beach’s highly praised, Fable & Spirit, has reopened in the Via Lido Plaza for takeout service. The public, once again, is able to partake in Chef Executive Chef David Shofner’s imaginative, globally inspired dishes. In addition, Sommelier Ali Coyle presents a curated list of wines offered at exceptional prices, and Director of Spirits Drew Coyle offers a selection of signature cocktails to go.

Guests will be able to order by phone or online Tuesday through Sunday. Menu, hours and online ordering will be updated on Fable & Spirit’s website. Orders may be placed between Noon and 6 p.m., for pick-up between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. The restaurant will be closed Monday. Contactless curbside pick-up can be requested when placing orders.

“Ours are neighborhood restaurants that have achieved success because of the communities that support them, and we are grateful to reopen to see the reassuring smiles of our friends during this time of uncertainty,” comments Darren Coyle, who owns Fable & Spirit, Dublin 4 Gastropub, and Wineworks for Everyone with his wife, Jean. “We look forward to when we can welcome guests into our dining room again for food, drink and good times, but for now, we will limit service to takeout and strive to share some of the spirit and magic of our family with yours.”

Sommelier & Coyle Family member, Ali, gently pulls the cork for us.

Ann Marie Verdi and Ted Hopson of the Bellwether“After honing his skills at some of the most influential restaurants in Southern California –including The Eveleigh, Father’s Office, and Umami Restaurant Group—Chef & Proprietor Ted Hopson now brings his diverse experience and curious palate to The Bellwether in Studio City, incorporating Italian, Mediterranean, and Middle Eastern flavors for a culinary spread that proudly crashes borders and challenges convention.”

His Partner at The Bellwether is Beverage Director Ann-Marie Verdi. At The Bellwether (in normal times,) Verdi creates a beverage program that pleases all palates through both contemporary and classic selections.

The Bellwether reopened briefly for nighttime curbside pick-up but found it impractical to sustain. Their focus has shifted to preparing wholesome meals for frontline workers and charity groups.

Chef Ted brings us up-to-date.

Chef Andrew Gruel savoring a New Jersey style PizzaOur own Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where Chef Andrew responds to listeners thoughtful inquiries. Chef Andrew is updating us on the impact of the Covid-19 crisis in the hospitality field and what we, as diners, can do to support the very survival of restaurants. Take-out / Delivery when you can surely helps…Of course, the safety of restaurant employees and guests comes first.

On the surface 3rd party delivery services (Uber Eats, Grubhub, DoorDash and Postmates) seem really convenient but they are costly to both consumers and restaurants. A lot more here to explain and better understand. We’ll again, “Ask the Chef.”

Slapfish is hosting Doctors, Nurses, Medical Personnel, Police, Firefighters & EMT’s to a complimentary meal To-Go. Need to be in uniform or have appropriate ID to qualify. The participating Slapfish locations are Huntington Beach, Brea, Irvine and Laguna Beach.

Kids eat free at Slapfish, too, when their parents order Takeout.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Restaurateur Armen Karamardian, Zov’s Bistro & Bakery
Segment Three: Restaurateur Christy Vega, Casa Vega, Sherman Oaks
Segment Four: Chef Monti Carlo with C-CAP Scholarship Recipient Emerson Majano
Segment Five: Chef Monti Carlo with C-CAP Scholarship Recipient Morena Hernandez
Segment Six: Sommelier Ali Coyle, Fable & Spirit, Newport Beach
Segment Seven: Chef & Partner Ted Hopson, The Bellwether, Studio City
Segment Eight: Chef Andrew Gruel of Slapfish with “Ask the Chef”

Show 356, January 18, 2020: Show Preview with Co-Host & Executive Producer Andy Harris

Now a captivating preview of 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 1973. 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 upcoming 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!

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Show 356, January 18, 2020: Preview of C-CAP’s Winter Gala Benefit Dinner Part One

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.

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.

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Show 356, January 18, 2020: Preview of C-CAP’s Winter Gala Benefit Dinner Part Two

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.

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. Think pizza bites topped with caviar…

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.

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

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

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Host & Executive Producer Andy Harris
Segment Two: Bruce Cakebread, Cakebread Cellars and Mullan Road Cellars Part One
Segment Three: Bruce Cakebread, Cakebread Cellars and Mullan Road Cellars Part Two
Segment Four: Celebrity Chef Susan Feniger, SOCALO, Santa Monica Part One
Segment Five: Celebrity Chef Susan Feniger, SOCALO, Santa Monica Part Two
Segment Six: Co-Host Chef Andrew Gruel with “Ask the Chef”
Segment Seven: Preview of C-CAP’s Winter Gala Benefit Dinner Part One
Segment Eight: Preview of C-CAP’s Winter Gala Benefit Dinner Part Two

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 1973. 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.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Host & Executive Producer Andy Harris
Segment Two: Bruce Cakebread, Cakebread Cellars and Mullan Road Cellars Part One
Segment Three: Bruce Cakebread, Cakebread Cellars and Mullan Road Cellars Part Two
Segment Four: Celebrity Chef Susan Feniger, SOCALO, Santa Monica Part One
Segment Five: Celebrity Chef Susan Feniger, SOCALO, Santa Monica Part Two
Segment Six: Co-Host Chef Andrew Gruel with “Ask the Chef”
Segment Seven: Preview of C-CAP’s Winter Gala Benefit Dinner Part One
Segment Eight: Preview of C-CAP’s Winter Gala Benefit Dinner Part Two

Show 342, September 28, 2019: Chef Hillary Henderson & General Manager Ellen Curtis, CUT by Wolfgang Puck

Hillary Henderson of Cut by Wolgang Puck in Beverly HillsThe Trotter Project presents the Los Angeles Premier of A Fine Line and Celebrity Chef Panel on Tuesday, October 1st, 2019 at Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas Pacific Palisades from 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm to directly benefit the Los Angeles chapter of Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) and MAAP!

This special evening will start with a lively and decadent Cocktail Reception at 6:00 pm featuring culinary creations from celebrated celebrity chefs and panelists Chef Antonia Lofaso (Scopa Italian Roots, DAMA, Black Market Liquor Bar, Antonia Lofaso Catering, Food Network), Michelin Star Chef Carrie Nahabedian (Brindille), Chef Aarti Sequeira (Food Network), Ellen Curtis (CUT, CUT Lounge), Chef Hillary Henderson (CUT by Wolfgang Puck), and Moderator Chef Sherry Yard (Food Network, Cake Wars, Top Chef: Just Desserts), along with a Complimentary Buffet, Champagne, Wine, Beer, Popcorn and Candy from the Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas Pacific Palisades concession.

The L.A. premier of A Fine Line, a moving documentary by Filmmaker Joanna James will start at 7:15 pm and explores why only 6 per cent of Head Chefs and restaurant owners are women, while shedding light on national conversations that are being had now, and hearing perspectives and experiences from world-renowned chefs including Dominique Crenn, Lidia Bastianich, April Bloomfield, Barbara Lynch, Cat Cora and many more, getting to the heart of what is needed to empower women across all industries.

Chef Hillary Henderson, Chef de Cuisine, CUT by Wolfgang Puck Beverly Hills and Ellen Curtis, General Manager, CUT by Wolfgang Puck Beverly Hills & CUT Lounge preview the special evening for us.

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Show 320, April 20, 2019: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris

Now an enticing preview of Saturday’s delectable show. It’s not, with profuse apologies, for dieters. If we’re successful we will always leave you incredibly hungry and thirsty. In our case, and upon careful reflection, that’s probably a pretty good thing… As always, we greatly appreciate you being a part of our loyal listening audience.

The Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) is presenting their 2nd Annual Full Circle Benefit Dinner at Neal Fraser’s Redbird in Downtown Los Angeles on Thursday evening, April 25th featuring a culinary brigade of celebrity guest chefs. C-CAP Council L.A.’s Chairperson, Barbara Fairchild (former Editor-in-Chief of Bon Appetit Magazine,) joins us with all the salivating details of the Cocktail Reception and seated Dinner & Live Auction.

Born and raised in Columbia, Winemaker Bibiana Gonzalez Rave had little exposure to wine culture but, by the age of 14, she knew she would become a winemaker. Bibiana joins us to share her incredible journey. In 2015 she was named “Winemaker of the Year” by the San Francisco Chronicle.

For most it wasn’t so much the actual cooking that was a problem: it was the hour plus of organization, prepping and cleaning up. So, a teacher at heart, Carla Snyder wrote One Pan Two Plates: More than 70 complete weeknight meals for two, a guide to a delicious, healthy, hot meal for two in under 45 minutes with easy prep and one pan cleanup. Carla’s most recent release is One Pan Whole Family: More than 70 complete weeknight mealsThis is a book for families who would like to embrace a diet of wholesome meats, poultry, fish, vegetables and grains. Carla escapes the kitchen and is our guest.

Robert Biebrich is the Executive Chef for Legends here at Angel Stadium. Chef Robert is with us in-studio to highlight what’s new in Angel Stadium food and beverage for the 2019 season. He’s particularly proud of the Big A Burger which is a luxe burger creation as well as a new food outlet. Did we hear “Secret Menu”? Joining Chef Robert is his Executive Sous Chef Omar Almaraz and Executive Pastry Chef Tracy Felipe.

Chef Thomas Ortega (Playa Amor Mexican Cocina and Amor Y Tacos Mexican Kitchen & Cantina) recently launched his fourth restaurant in SoCal, and this time it’s his first fast-casual concept: AMORCITO Urban Taqueria. Credited as one of the innovators of the Modern Mexican and pocho cuisine food movements, Ortega’s goal is to bring more quality Modern Mexican/ pocho cuisine to the Southland at an affordable price point with his new interpretation of the urban taqueria in Long Beach at Hangar at Long Beach Exchange. We’ll meet Chef Thomas.

Easter and Passover good wishes to all.

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

Program Note: Next Saturday, April 20th, is our annual visit to The Big Island Chocolate Festival at The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort. Pure local chocolate decadence. Please do join us.