Show 475, May 21, 2022: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

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

Gather for Good and RE:Her present Cake Walk 2022

First a Preview of next Saturday’s (May 28th) 2nd Annual Cake Walk supporting women’s reproductive rights at Redbird in DTLA from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. presented by Gather for Good and RE:Her. It’s a gathering of LA’s top pastry chefs and bakers showcasing an incredible collection of over 30 delicious and beautiful cakes. Slices of cakes will be available for sale as well as craft cocktails, artisan coffee, and a live DJ. A purchased admission ticket is required to attend the event.

In the Village of Arroyo Grande in San Luis Obispo County the place for the best coffee (locally roasted) and full breakfast (since 1996) is the locals’ favorite, Cafe Andreini. This was Arroyo Grande’s first coffee house. Proprietress Denise Andreini was born and raised in Arroyo Grande and graduated from Cal Poly San Louis Obispo. She returned to Arroyo Grande after a time in the Bay Area to raise her Family. Café Andreini is known for their abundant breakfast burritos, open-faced sandwiches, avocado toast, acai bowls, pastries and lots more. Open daily from 7:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. with extended hours to 4:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Founder Denise Andreini joins us with a freshly brewed Americano in hand.

“The annual CANstruction Long Beach is always one of the most visually stunning demonstrations of talent and creativity that architect and engineering firms participate in annually to help eliminate human hunger in the Long Beach community, and CANstruction is now excited to add a “Pet Edition” this year. The inaugural CANstruction Long Beach: Pet Edition benefiting Sparky & the Gang animal rescue organization will be held at Trademark Brewing June 17 to 26, 2022. June 17th being “build day” starting at 7a.m., a team from P2S Inc. Engineering will have twelve hours to design and build their unique structure made entirely out of canned dog food. The structure may be built up to 10’ x 10’ x 10’ and will be comprised of 4,000 to 4,500 cans. The theme is “CANines Rule!”, and the team may depict one of our canine friends in any way they want.” Organizer Terri Henry of Terri Henry Marketing and Steve Peterson of P2S Inc. join us with all the details of CANstruction Long Beach: Pet Edition.

Come celebrate the 55th anniversary of South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa in style with an extraordinary evening of dining bliss supporting Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) – Los Angeles. The celebratory evening begins in South Coast Plaza’s Penthouse with a reception of anniversary cocktails crafted by Vaca Group beverage director Michael Rooney and Knife Pleat’s sommelier Victor Moreno, and a wine bar hosted by Whispering Angel. Taste passed appetizers by four of SCP’s outstanding chefs: Ross Pangilinan (TERRACE by Mix Mix), James Hamamori (Hamamori Restaurant & Sushi Bar), John Park (Tableau), and Nick Weber (Populaire). Guests then enjoy a curated, four-course dinner paired with premium wines, created by C-CAP alum chef Amar Santana (Vaca and Broadway by Amar Santana) and Michelin-starred chef Tony Esnault (Knife Pleat.)” Chef Amar Santana joins us with all the tasty details.

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. On Thursday, May 21st Chef Andrew was the co-headlining chef for Outstanding in the Field’s 5-course, sustainable seafood, wine-paired dinner on the Huntington Beach Pier as part of the Los Angeles Times Food Bowl. The distinguished culinary team cooked for a sold-out crowd of 225 discriminating guests all seated on one long table. Chef Andrew shares the details of the unusual experience.

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

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Show 475, May 21, 2022: Chef Amar Santana of Vaca and Broadway previewing “O.C. Chefs: The Next Generation” Benefit Part One

Amar Santana at the Finale of Top Chef

“Come celebrate the 55th anniversary of South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa with an extraordinary evening of dining bliss supporting Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) – Los Angeles.”

“The celebratory evening begins in South Coast Plaza’s Penthouse with a reception of anniversary cocktails crafted by Vaca Group beverage director Michael Rooney and Knife Pleat’s sommelier Victor Moreno, and a wine bar hosted by Whispering Angel. Taste passed appetizers by four of SCP’s outstanding chefs: Ross Pangilinan (TERRACE by Mix Mix), James Hamamori (Hamamori Restaurant & Sushi Bar), John Park (Tableau), and Nick Weber (Populaire).

“Guests then enjoy a curated, four-course dinner paired with premium wines, created by C-CAP alum chef Amar Santana (Vaca and Broadway by Amar Santana) and Michelin-starred chef Tony Esnault (Knife Pleat.)”

“The evening concludes with an exciting silent and live auction led by Matthew Allnatt, Jonathan Club’s COO and General Manager. Seating is limited; all-inclusive tickets begin at $475 (valet parking, reception, dinner, beverages, gift bag).”

Chef Amar Santana is our guest. “Chef Amar is one of C-CAP’s most compelling success stories. He owns with business partner Ahmed Labbate, Vaca part of the South Coast Plaza collection of distinguished restaurants. The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) grad and former protégé of chef and restaurateur Charlie Palmer was runner-up (by a nose) in Season 13 of Bravo’s “Top Chef” and returned in Season 18 as an all-star judge.”

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May 21: Cafe Andreini, CANstruction Long Beach: Pet Edition, Amar Santana

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Restaurateur Denise Andreini, Café Andreini, Arroyo Grande, CA Part One
Segment Three: Restaurateur Denise Andreini, Café Andreini, Arroyo Grande, CA Part Two
Segment Four: CANstruction Long Beach:Pet Edition with Organizer Terri Henry and Steven Peterson of P2S Inc. Part One
Segment Five: CANstruction Long Beach:Pet Edition with Organizer Terri Henry and Steven Peterson of P2S Inc. Part Two
Segment Six: Chef Amar Santana of Vaca and Broadway previewing “O.C. Chefs: The Next Generation” Benefit Part One
Segment Seven: Chef Amar Santana of Vaca and Broadway previewing “O.C. Chefs: The Next Generation” Benefit Part Two
Segment Eight: “Ask the Chef” with Co-host Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group

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

In the Village of Arroyo Grande in San Luis Obispo County the place for the best coffee (locally roasted) and full breakfast (since 1996) is the locals’ favorite, Cafe Andreini. This was Arroyo Grande’s first coffee house. Proprietress Denise Andreini was born and raised in Arroyo Grande and graduated from Cal Poly San Louis Obispo. She returned to Arroyo Grande after a time in the Bay Area to raise her Family. Café Andreini is known for their abundant breakfast burritos, open-faced sandwiches, avocado toast, acai bowls and lots more. Open daily from 7:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. with extended hours to 4:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Founder Denise Andreini joins us with a freshly brewed Americano in hand.

“The annual CANstruction Long Beach is always one of the most visually stunning demonstrations of talent and creativity that architect and engineering firms participate in annually to help eliminate human hunger in the Long Beach community, and CANstruction is now excited to add a “Pet Edition” this year. The inaugural CANstruction Long Beach: Pet Edition benefiting Sparky & the Gang animal rescue organization will be held at Trademark Brewing June 17 to 26, 2022. June 17th being “build day” starting at 7am being “build day” starting at 7am, a team from P2S Inc. Engineering will have twelve hours to design and build a unique structure made entirely out of canned dog food. The structure may be built up to 10’ x 10’ x 10’ and will be comprised of 1,500-2000 cans. The theme is “CANines Rule!”, and the team may depict one of our canine friends in any way they want.” Organizer Terri Henry of Terri Henry Marketing and Steve Peterson of P2S Inc. join us with all the details of CANstruction Long Beach: Pet Edition.

“Come celebrate the 55th anniversary of South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa with an extraordinary evening of dining bliss supporting Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) – Los Angeles. The celebratory evening begins in South Coast Plaza’s Penthouse with a reception of anniversary cocktails crafted by Vaca Group beverage director Michael Rooney and Knife Pleat’s sommelier Victor Moreno, and a wine bar hosted by Whispering Angel. Taste passed appetizers by four of SCP’s outstanding chefs: Ross Pangilinan (TERRACE by Mix Mix), James Hamamori (Hamamori Restaurant & Sushi Bar), John Park (Tableau), and Nick Weber (Populaire). Guests then enjoy a curated, four-course dinner paired with premium wines, created by C-CAP alum chef Amar Santana (Vaca and Broadway by Amar Santana) and Michelin-starred chef Tony Esnault (Knife Pleat.)” Chef Amar Santana joins us with all the tasty details.

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. On Thursday, May 21stChef Andrew was the co-headlining chef for Outstanding in the Field’s 5-course, sustainable seafood, wine-paired dinner on the Huntington Beach Pier as part of the Los Angeles Times Food Bowl. The distinguished culinary team cooked for a sold-out crowd of 225 discriminating guests all seated on one long table. Chef Andrew shares the details of the unusual experience.

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

Denise Andreini of Cafe Andreini

In the Village of Arroyo Grande in San Luis Obispo County the place for the best coffee (locally roasted) and full breakfast (since 1996) is the locals’ favorite, Cafe Andreini. This was Arroyo Grande’s first coffee house. Proprietress Denise Andreini was born and raised in Arroyo Grande and graduated from Cal Poly San Louis Obispo. She returned to Arroyo Grande after a time in the Bay Area to raise her Family.

Café Andreini is known for their abundant breakfast burritos, open-faced sandwiches, avocado toast, acai bowls and lots more. They serve local beer and wine on tap as well as Kombucha. Open daily from 7:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. with extended hours to 4:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

“Café Andreini prides itself on being part of the amazing community that is Arroyo Grande, and realizes that coffee isn’t just about a great cup of coffee but it’s about community. That’s why they have partnered with some stellar local businesses, to bring guests the freshest menu items. Giving back to the community goes beyond good food and wine. Over the many years Café Andreini has donated and participated in fundraisers with local charities, schools and businesses.”

Founder Denise Andreini joins us with an Americano in hand.

Steven Peterson of P2S Inc

“The annual CANstruction Long Beach is always one of the most visually stunning demonstrations of talent and creativity that architect and engineering firms participate in annually to help eliminate human hunger in the Long Beach community, and CANstruction is now excited to add a “Pet Edition” this year.”

“The inaugural CANstruction Long Beach: Pet Edition benefiting Sparky & the Gang animal rescue organization will be held at Trademark Brewing June 17 to 26, 2022. June 17th being “build day” starting at 7am being “build day” starting at 7am, a team from P2S Inc. Engineering will have twelve hours to design and build a unique structure made entirely out of canned dog food. The structure may be built up to 10’ x 10’ x 10’ and will be comprised of 1,500-2000 cans. The theme is “CANines Rule!”, and the team may depict one of our canine friends in any way they want.”

Trademark Brewing is located at 233 E. Anaheim Street, Long Beach.

“The completed structure will be on display to the public June 17 to 26 during Trademark Brewing regular business hours. Visitors are encouraged to bring cans of dog food when viewing the structure as additional donations.”

Terri Henry of Dine LBC and Terri Henry Marketing

“”Sparky & the Gang is excited to be the beneficiary of the inaugural Pet Edition of CANstruction Long Beach”, said Sherri Stankewitz, Executive Director at Sparky & the Gang. “This unique event brings awareness to our continuing work to find homes for the rescued dogs we care for, low cost spay and neuter services from Fix Long Beach Pets, and perhaps find forever homes for some of the dogs following the event.”

“”We’ve spent months designing our structure and are allowed only 12 hours to meticulously stack and color-coordinate the cans into our design”, added Steven Peterson of P2S Inc. “Being a dog lover myself, the ultimate donation of hundreds of cans of dog food to Sparky & the Gang makes it all worthwhile to our team.”

Organizer Terri Henry of Terri Henry Marketing and Steve Peterson of P2S Inc. join us with all the details of CANstruction Long Beach: Pet Edition.

Amar Santana at the Finale of Top Chef

“Come celebrate the 55th anniversary of South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa with an extraordinary evening of dining bliss supporting Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) – Los Angeles.”

“The celebratory evening begins in South Coast Plaza’s Penthouse with a reception of anniversary cocktails crafted by Vaca Group beverage director Michael Rooney and Knife Pleat’s sommelier Victor Moreno, and a wine bar hosted by Whispering Angel. Taste passed appetizers by four of SCP’s outstanding chefs: Ross Pangilinan (TERRACE by Mix Mix), James Hamamori (Hamamori Restaurant & Sushi Bar), John Park (Tableau), and Nick Weber (Populaire).

“Guests then enjoy a curated, four-course dinner paired with premium wines, created by C-CAP alum chef Amar Santana (Vaca and Broadway by Amar Santana) and Michelin-starred chef Tony Esnault (Knife Pleat.)”

“The evening concludes with an exciting silent and live auction led by Matthew Allnatt, Jonathan Club’s COO and General Manager. Seating is limited; all-inclusive tickets begin at $475 (valet parking, reception, dinner, beverages, gift bag).”

Chef Amar Santana is our guest. “Chef Amar is one of C-CAP’s most compelling success stories. He owns with business partner Ahmed Labbate, part of the South Coast Plaza collection of distinguished restaurants. The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) grad and former protégé of chef and restaurateur Charlie Palmer was runner-up (by a nose) in Season 13 of Bravo’s “Top Chef” and returned in Season 18 as an all-star judge.”

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

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.

On Thursday, May 21st Chef Andrew was the co-headlining chef for Outstanding in the Field’s 5-course, sustainable seafood, wine-paired dinner on the Huntington Beach Pier as part of the Los Angeles Times Food Bowl. This was postponed from last year after the nearby pipeline oil spill.

The distinguished culinary team (including Chef Chris Tompkins of Malibu’s Broad Street Oyster Co.) cooked for a sold-out crowd of 225 discriminating guests all seated together on one long table. Chef Andrew shares the details of the unusual experience.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Restaurateur Denise Andreini, Café Andreini, Arroyo Grande, CA Part One
Segment Three: Restaurateur Denise Andreini, Café Andreini, Arroyo Grande, CA Part Two
Segment Four: CANstruction Long Beach:Pet Edition with Organizer Terri Henry and Steven Peterson of P2S Inc. Part One
Segment Five: CANstruction Long Beach:Pet Edition with Organizer Terri Henry and Steven Peterson of P2S Inc. Part Two
Segment Six: Chef Amar Santana of Vaca and Broadway previewing “O.C. Chefs: The Next Generation” Benefit Part One
Segment Seven: Chef Amar Santana of Vaca and Broadway previewing “O.C. Chefs: The Next Generation” Benefit Part Two
Segment Eight: “Ask the Chef” with Co-host Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group

Show 473, May 7, 2022: “Ask the Chef” with Producer Andy Covering for Chef Andrew

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

Chef Andrew Gruel is on the road so Co-Host Andy Harris covers “Ask the Chef.” Andy shares last-minute ideas for inspired Mother’s Day dining (Mother’s Day Brunch at Smorgasburg LA at ROW DTLA) and previews the very special South Coast Plaza 55th Anniversary Dinner on June 5th to benefit the Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP.)

The headlining chefs for the “O.C. Chefs: The Next Generation” evening are Tony Esnault of the Michelin-starred Knife Pleat and Amar Santana (a C-CAP alum) of Vaca and Broadway by Amar Santana.

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Show 472, April 30, 2022: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

101 Thai Dishes You Need To Try Before You Die

It’s a very special show as we’re broadcasting from Redbird at the historic Vibiana events center in Downtown Los Angeles. We’re celebrating the publication of Chef Jet Tila’s 3rd cookbook, 101 Thai Dishes You Need to Cook Before You Die. Following the show today Chef Jet is conducting a ticketed book-signing and meet-and-greet (with food and beverage sampling from the cookbook) at Redbird’s garden as a benefit for the Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP.)

“Long co-chaired by chef Marcus Samuelsson, Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) is a workforce development nonprofit that provides underserved teens a pathway to success through jobs in the food sector. Annually, C-CAP provides culinary, job and life skills to over 15,000 middle-and-high school students in six cities/regions across the United States: New York City, Philadelphia, Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington DC/Maryland and Arizona, including 7 Navajo Reservation schools.” On April 17th at the Annual Awards Breakfast at Jonathan Club, C-CAP Los Angeles awarded $607,711 in Scholarships to 34 outstanding L.A. area High School Seniors. C-CAP L.A.’s Program Director Lisa Fontanesi is our guest.

Lasheeda Perry, a distinguished C-CAP Alum, is a trained pastry chef and the owner of Queen of Flavor, LLC, a company that specializes in everything from revamping restaurant menus to helping a restaurant design and execute a dream dessert for a special event. Now based in Long Beach Chef Lasheeda has previously worked across America as an Executive Pastry Chef at Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts (including Beverly Hills’ The Beverly Wilshire, a Four Seasons Hotel) and for Bon Appetit Management Co. at LinkedIn. She also teaches fun and entertaining pastry classes on the Food Network App. Chef Lasheeda joins us rolling pin in hand.

Chef Neal Fraser and Amy Knoll Fraser’s flagship restaurant Redbird features Modern American cuisine that is refined yet approachable and highlights the multi-cultural influences of Fraser’s native city – Los Angeles. As a follow up to Grace and BLD, Fraser’s menu features seasonal plates ranging from snacks or “kickshaws” to entrees meant to be enjoyed by the whole table.

Located in downtown Los Angeles, Redbird is carved into one of the city’s most historic architectural gems, inside the former rectory building of Vibiana – the cathedral-turned-event-venue also owned and operated by the Frasers. (They also have Fritzi Coop in the Original Farmers Market at 3rd & Fairfax.) The dynamic space pays homage to the historic cathedral building next door and the existing timeless architecture by inserting simple modern forms to complement rather than overtake the feel of the rooms.” 

Tad Weyland Fukumoto (Jet Tila’s collaborator on of 101 Thai Dishes You Need To Cook Before You Die) is a nationally recognized chef, culinary producer and consultant. He was born and raised in Hawaii to a long line of great cooks surrounded by rich culinary cultures including Chinese, Japanese and Okinawan cuisines. After attending university in Northern California, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue his passion for music while always having a hand in the L.A. food scene. His culinary CV includes acclaimed restaurants such as Wazuzu at Encore at Wynn Las Vegas, Grace, BLD, Chinois on Main and Sqirl. Tad and Jet have been friends and collaborators for more than 20 years.”
Chef Tad is our guest with chopsticks at the ready.

“Celebrity Chef Jet Tila is a James Beard Award-nominated chef. He’s made appearances as a celebrity chef on Food Network’s “Iron Chef America,” “The Best Thing I Ever Ate,” “Cutthroat Kitchen,” “Guy’s Grocery Games,” “Tournament of Champions III” and more.

Jet is Culinary Vice President for Pei-Wei Restaurant Group and co-owns Dragon Tiger Noodle Co. (multiple locations) in Las Vegas. Jet grew up at his Family’s famed Bangkok Market in Los Angeles – the first Thai market in the United States. Jet also serves as the Culinary Ambassador of Thai Cuisine for the Royal Thai government.” Chef Jet is with us Thai Fish Sauce in hand.

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 part of the distinguished culinary team presenting an epic meal featuring sustainably caught fresh seafood on the iconic Huntington Beach Pier on Thursday, May 12th under the umbrella of Outstanding in the Field as part of the L.A. Times Food Bowl. This grand event was rescheduled f. This grand event was rescheduled from last year. Chef Andrew offers a tantalizing preview.

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

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Show 472, April 30, 2022: Lisa Fontanesi, L.A. Director, Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP)

Lisa Fontanesi of C-CAP Los Angeles

“Long co-chaired by chef Marcus Samuelsson, Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) is a workforce development nonprofit that provides underserved teens a pathway to success through jobs in the food sector. Annually, C-CAP provides culinary, job and life skills to over 15,000 middle-and-high school students in six cities/regions across the United States: New York City, Philadelphia, Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington DC/Maryland and Arizona, including 7 Navajo Reservation schools.”

“Founder & Chairman Emeritus Richard Grausman launched this nonprofit in 1991 to help further food and social justice, as well as equity and inclusion by providing tools for job success. Starting in middle schools, C-CAP provides culinary-and-wellness curriculum, and in high schools also provides an integrated approach to employment in the food sector via internships/apprenticeships, job shadows, mentorship, work opportunities, college and career advising, and higher-education scholarships, along with product and food donations.”

“The success of C-CAP’s alumni—from winery CEOs to chef-owner restaurateurs—is proof of their methodology. To date, C-CAP has worked with 350,000 students and awarded $62 million in scholarships. C-CAP has transformed thousands of lives in a meaningful way. The urgency to help these diverse communities has never been more critical.”

On April 17th at the Annual Awards Breakfast at Jonathan Club, C-CAP Los Angeles awarded $607,711 in Scholarships to 34 outstanding L.A. area High School Seniors.

On the horizon is a fundraiser for C-CAP is on Sunday, June 5th at Knife Pleat and The Penthouse at South Coast Plaza. It’s a celebration of South Coast Plaza’s 55th Anniversary to benefit C-CAP. The lead Chefs for “O.C. Chefs: The Next Generation” are Amar Santana of Vaca (a C-Cap Alum) and Tony Esnault of the Michelin Star Knife Pleat.

C-CAP L.A.’s Program Director Lisa Fontanesi is our guest.

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April 30: Live from Redbird and Jet Tila’s “101 Thai Dishes” Cookbook Launch Party

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Lisa Fontanesi, L.A. Director, Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP)
Segment Three: Chef Lasheeda Perry of Queen of Flavor
Segment Four: Chef Neal Fraser
Segment Five: Chef Tad Weyland Fukumoto, Co-Author, 101 Thai Dishes You Need To Cook Before You Die
Segment Six: Chef Jet Tila, Food TV Personality, Author and Restaurateur Part One
Segment Seven: Chef Jet Tila, Food TV Personality, Author and Restaurateur Part Two
Segment Eight: Chef & Co-Host Andrew Gruel of Slapfish with “Ask the Chef”

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

101 Thai Dishes You Need To Try Before You Die

It’s a very special show as we’re broadcasting from Redbird at the historic Vibiana events center in Downtown Los Angeles. We’re celebrating the publication of Chef Jet Tila’s 3rd cookbook, 101 Thai Dishes You Need to Cook Before You Die. Following the show today Chef Jet is conducting a ticketed book-signing and meet-and-greet (with food and beverage sampling from the cookbook) at Redbird’s garden as a benefit for the Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP.)

“Long co-chaired by chef Marcus Samuelsson, Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) is a workforce development nonprofit that provides underserved teens a pathway to success through jobs in the food sector. Annually, C-CAP provides culinary, job and life skills to over 15,000 middle-and-high school students in six cities/regions across the United States: New York City, Philadelphia, Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington DC/Maryland and Arizona, including 7 Navajo Reservation schools.” On April 17th at the Annual Awards Breakfast at Jonathan Club, C-CAP Los Angeles awarded $607,711 in Scholarships to 34 outstanding L.A. area High School Seniors. C-CAP L.A.’s Program Director Lisa Fontanesi is our guest.

Lasheeda Perry, a distinguished C-CAP Alum, is a trained pastry chef and the owner of Queen of Flavor, LLC, a company that specializes in everything from revamping restaurant menus to helping a restaurant design and execute a dream dessert for a special event. Now based in Long Beach Chef Lasheeda has previously worked across America as an Executive Pastry Chef at Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts (including Beverly Hills’ The Beverly Wilshire, a Four Seasons Hotel) and for Bon Appetit Management Co. at LinkedIn. She also teaches fun and entertaining pastry classes on the Food Network App. Chef Lasheeda joins us rolling pin in hand.

“Chef Neal Fraser and Amy Knoll Fraser’s flagship restaurant Redbird features Modern American cuisine that is refined yet approachable and highlights the multi-cultural influences of Fraser’s native city – Los Angeles. As a follow up to Grace and BLD, Fraser’s menu features seasonal plates ranging from snacks or “kickshaws” to entrees meant to be enjoyed by the whole table.

Located in downtown Los Angeles, Redbird is carved into one of the city’s most historic architectural gems, inside the former rectory building of Vibiana – the cathedral-turned-event-venue also owned and operated by the Frasers. (They also have Fritzi Coop in the Original Farmers Market at 3rd & Fairfax.) The dynamic space pays homage to the historic cathedral building next door and the existing timeless architecture by inserting simple modern forms to complement rather than overtake the feel of the rooms.”

Tad Weyland Fukumoto (Jet Tila’s collaborator on of 101 Thai Dishes You Need To Cook Before You Die) is a nationally recognized chef, culinary producer and consultant. He was born and raised in Hawaii to a long line of great cooks surrounded by rich culinary cultures including Chinese, Japanese and Okinawan cuisines. After attending university in Northern California, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue his passion for music while always having a hand in the L.A. food scene His culinary CV includes acclaimed restaurants such as Wazuzu at Encore at Wynn Las Vegas, Grace, BLD, Chinois on Main and Sqirl. Tad and Jet have been friends and collaborators for more than 20 years.”

Chef Tad is our guest with chopsticks at the ready.

“Celebrity Chef Jet Tila is a James Beard Award-nominated chef. He’s made appearances as a celebrity chef on Food Network’s “Iron Chef America,” “The Best Thing I Ever Ate,” “Cutthroat Kitchen,” “Guy’s Grocery Games,” “Tournament of Champions III” and more.

Jet is Culinary Vice President for Pei-Wei Restaurant Group and co-owns Dragon Tiger Noodle Co. (multiple locations) in Las Vegas. Jet grew up at his Family’s famed Bangkok Market in Los Angeles – the first Thai market in the United States. Jet also serves as the Culinary Ambassador of Thai Cuisine for the Royal Thai government.” Chef Jet is with us Thai Fish Sauce in hand.

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 part of the distinguished culinary team presenting an epic meal featuring sustainably caught fresh seafood on the iconic Huntington Beach Pier on Thursday, May 12th under the umbrella of Outstanding in the Field as part of the L.A. Times Food Bowl. This grand event was rescheduled from last year. Chef Andrew offers a tantalizing preview.

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

Lisa Fontanesi of C-CAP Los Angeles

“Long co-chaired by chef Marcus Samuelsson, Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) is a workforce development nonprofit that provides underserved teens a pathway to success through jobs in the food sector. Annually, C-CAP provides culinary, job and life skills to over 15,000 middle-and-high school students in six cities/regions across the United States: New York City, Philadelphia, Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington DC/Maryland and Arizona, including 7 Navajo Reservation schools.”

“Founder & Chairman Emeritus Richard Grausman launched this nonprofit in 1991 to help further food and social justice, as well as equity and inclusion by providing tools for job success. Starting in middle schools, C-CAP provides culinary-and-wellness curriculum, and in high schools also provides an integrated approach to employment in the food sector via internships/apprenticeships, job shadows, mentorship, work opportunities, college and career advising, and higher-education scholarships, along with product and food donations.”

“The success of C-CAP’s alumni—from winery CEOs to chef-owner restaurateurs—is proof of their methodology. To date, C-CAP has worked with 350,000 students and awarded $62 million in scholarships. C-CAP has transformed thousands of lives in a meaningful way. The urgency to help these diverse communities has never been more critical.”

On April 17th at the Annual Awards Breakfast at Jonathan Club, C-CAP Los Angeles awarded $607,711 in Scholarships to 34 outstanding L.A. area High School Seniors.

C-CAP L.A.’s Program Director Lisa Fontanesi is our guest.

Lasheeda Perry of Queen of Flavor

Lasheeda Perry, a C-CAP Alum, is a trained pastry chef and the owner of Queen of Flavor, LLC, a company that specializes in everything from revamping restaurant menus to helping a restaurant design and execute a dream dessert for a special event.”

“Lasheeda has always has a passion for the Culinary Arts, and luckily for the sweet tooth everywhere, this love has materialized into a successfully rewarding career. She received her culinary education from Johnson & Wales, and has studied abroad in Ireland, Australia and China to enhance her culinary skills.”

“Now based in Long Beach Chef Lasheeda has previously worked across America as an Executive Pastry Chef at Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts (including The Beverly Wilshire, a Four Seasons Hotel) and for Bon Appetit Management Co. at LinkedIn. She also teaches fun and entertaining pastry classes on the Food Network App.”

Chef Lasheeda joins us with rolling pin in hand.

Neal Fraser of Redbird

Chef Neal Fraser and Amy Knoll Fraser’s flagship restaurant Redbird features Modern American cuisine that is refined yet approachable and highlights the multi-cultural influences of Fraser’s native city – Los Angeles. As a follow up to Grace and BLD, Fraser’s menu features seasonal plates ranging from snacks or “kickshaws” to entrees meant to be enjoyed by the whole table.”

“An extensive cocktail menu by Tobin Shea features well-balanced, bespoke renditions of the classics. Wine Director Matt Fosket’s selections are well rounded with great finds from both established and emerging wine regions throughout the world and the list has received many awards including “Top 100 wine restaurants in the United States” by Wine Enthusiast and the “Best of Award of Excellence” from Wine Spectator.”

“Located in downtown Los Angeles, Redbird is carved into one of the city’s most historic architectural gems, inside the former rectory building of Vibiana – the cathedral-turned-event-venue also owned and operated by the Frasers. (They also have Fritzi Coop in the Original Farmers Market at 3rd & Fairfax.) Designer Robert Weimer and Amy Knoll Fraser created a dynamic space that pays homage to the cathedral next door and the existing timeless architecture by inserting simple modern forms to complement rather than overtake the feel of the rooms. The result is a warm and comfortable considered space.”

“Redbird | Vibiana received the Los Angeles Conservancy’s 2019 Preservation Award Chair’s Award. The Chair’s Award is the LA Conservancy’s highest recognition celebrating the persistence, creativity and ultimate success of the revitalization for adaptive reuse of the cathedral, rectory building and surrounding property.”

Chef Neal takes a break from his busy kitchens and is our guest.

Tad Weyland Fukumoto

Tad Weyland Fukumoto (Jet Tila’s collaborator on of 101 Thai Dishes You Need To Cook Before You Die) is a nationally recognized chef, culinary producer and consultant. He was born and raised in Hawaii to a long line of great cooks surrounded by rich culinary cultures including Chinese, Japanese and Okinawan cuisines. After attending university in Northern California, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue his passion for music while always having a hand in the L.A. food scene.”

“After a few years spending his days in music and nights cooking in some of L.A.’s best restaurants, the kitchen lured Tad to switch careers.”

“His culinary CV includes acclaimed restaurants such as Wazuzu at Encore at Wynn Las Vegas, Grace, BLD, Chinois on Main and Sqirl. Tad and Jet have been friends and collaborators for more than 20 years.”

Jet Tila at Cochon 555

“Celebrity Chef Jet Tila is a James Beard Award-nominated chef. He’s made appearances as a celebrity chef on Food Network’s “Iron Chef America,” “The Best Thing I Ever Ate,” “Cutthroat Kitchen,” “Guy’s Grocery Games,” “Tournament of Champions III” and more.”

“Jet is Culinary Vice President for Pei-Wei Restaurant Group and co-owns Dragon Tiger Noodle Co. (multiple locations) in Las Vegas. Jet grew up at his Family’s famed Bangkok Market in Los Angeles – the first Thai market in the United States. Jet also serves as the Culinary Ambassador of Thai Cuisine for the Royal Thai government.”

Chef Jet is one of the three chef mentors (along with Bobby Flay) for Food Network’s eight-part “BBQ Brawl” competition series (Season 3) launching on May 9th.

Chef Jet is our guest with authentic Thai Fish Sauce in hand.

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

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 part of the distinguished culinary team presenting an epic meal featuring sustainably caught fresh seafood on the iconic Huntington Beach Pier on Thursday, May 12th under the umbrella of Outstanding in the Field as part of the L.A. Times Food Bowl. This grand event was rescheduled from last year. Chef Andrew offers a tantalizing preview.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Lisa Fontanesi, L.A. Director, Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP)
Segment Three: Chef Lasheeda Perry of Queen of Flavor
Segment Four: Chef Neal Fraser
Segment Five: Chef Tad Weyland Fukumoto, Co-Author, 101 Thai Dishes You Need To Cook Before You Die
Segment Six: Chef Jet Tila, Food TV Personality, Author and Restaurateur Part One
Segment Seven: Chef Jet Tila, Food TV Personality, Author and Restaurateur Part Two
Segment Eight: Chef & Co-Host Andrew Gruel of Slapfish with “Ask the Chef”

Show 467, March 26, 2022: Masters of Taste Preview with Host Chef Vanda Asapahu and C-CAP’s Gail Carney Part One

Vanda Asapahu of Ayara Thai Cuisine

“Come celebrate and be part of the 5th Anniversary Masters of Taste, L.A.’s premier outdoor, luxury food and beverage festival that will take place on Sunday, April 3rd, 2022, from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm on the field of the iconic Pasadena Rose Bowl!”

“Masters of Taste is introducing Chef Vanda Asapahu as it’s first-ever female Host Chef of Masters of Taste 2022, which also happens to mark the 5th Anniversary of this celebrated event. Culinary Master and 2022 Host Chef Vanda Asapahu is the chef and owner of Ayara Thai and she has participated in Masters of Taste since the event’s inception in April 2016. While her mother, Anna Asapahu, still helms the family kitchen, Asapahu is the vanguard, taking up the torch of her family’s culinary tradition at Ayara Thai, and under her leadership in May of 2019 Ayara Thai was named one of Michelin Guide California’s 2019 Bib Gourmands.”

“I have had the pleasure of participating in Masters of Taste since its inaugural year,” states Asapahu. “The most amazing thing about Masters of Taste is that 100% of the proceeds go directly to benefit Union Station Homeless Services and not many food festivals can say that. Union Station Homeless Services is committed to ending homelessness in Los Angeles.”

“Masters of Taste 2022 will bring over 3,000 food and beverage enthusiasts together for one afternoon to celebrate this exhilarating festival, which will include the finest fare from over 100 Culinary Masters and restaurants, delectable sweets prepared by L.A.’s top Sweet Masters, top Beverage Masters who will be featuring signature handcrafted cocktail tastings from over 25 spirit brands and bars, along with select wineries, local craft breweries, cold-pressed juices, cold brew coffee, live entertainment and much, much more.”

“This year Masters of Taste 2022 will partner with Careers through Culinary Arts Program, Los Angeles (C-CAP LA), anational 501(c)(3) non-profit founded by culinary educator Richard Grausman in 1990 and Co-Chaired by Chef Marcus Samuelsson. Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) provides culinary, job, and life skills to over 20,000 middle-and-high school students in seven regions across the United States. Due to the restaurant industry labor shortage, the Los Angeles Region, C-CAP LA will be partnering with Masters of Taste by bringing high school student volunteers to assist this year’s Masters of Taste 2022 Culinary and Sweet Masters throughout the event to gain real-time event training while helping support these incredible chefs and restaurants that are participating in this year’s event.”

Joining us to preview all the delights of Masters of Taste are Host Chef Vanda Asapahu and C-CAP L.A.’s Gail Carney.

General Admission tickets (limited supply remaining) are still available @ $135.

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Show 467, March 26, 2022: Masters of Taste Preview with Host Chef Vanda Asapahu and C-CAP’s Gail Carney Part Two

Vanda Asapahu of Ayara Thai Cuisine

“Come celebrate and be part of the 5th Anniversary Masters of Taste, L.A.’s premier outdoor, luxury food and beverage festival that will take place on Sunday, April 3rd, 2022, from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm on the field of the iconic Pasadena Rose Bowl!”

“Masters of Taste is introducing Chef Vanda Asapahu as it’s first-ever female Host Chef of Masters of Taste 2022, which also happens to mark the 5th Anniversary of this celebrated event. Culinary Master and 2022 Host Chef Vanda Asapahu is the chef and owner of Ayara Thai and she has participated in Masters of Taste since the event’s inception in April 2016. While her mother, Anna Asapahu, still helms the family kitchen, Asapahu is the vanguard, taking up the torch of her family’s culinary tradition at Ayara Thai, and under her leadership in May of 2019 Ayara Thai was named one of Michelin Guide California’s 2019 Bib Gourmands.”

“I have had the pleasure of participating in Masters of Taste since its inaugural year,” states Asapahu. “The most amazing thing about Masters of Taste is that 100% of the proceeds go directly to benefit Union Station Homeless Services and not many food festivals can say that. Union Station Homeless Services is committed to ending homelessness in Los Angeles.”

“Masters of Taste 2022 will bring over 3,000 food and beverage enthusiasts together for one afternoon to celebrate this exhilarating festival, which will include the finest fare from over 100 Culinary Masters and restaurants, delectable sweets prepared by L.A.’s top Sweet Masters, top Beverage Masters who will be featuring signature handcrafted cocktail tastings from over 25 spirit brands and bars, along with select wineries, local craft breweries, cold-pressed juices, cold brew coffee, live entertainment and much, much more.”

“This year Masters of Taste 2022 will partner with Careers through Culinary Arts Program, Los Angeles (C-CAP LA), anational 501(c)(3) non-profit founded by culinary educator Richard Grausman in 1990 and Co-Chaired by Chef Marcus Samuelsson. Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) provides culinary, job, and life skills to over 20,000 middle-and-high school students in seven regions across the United States. Due to the restaurant industry labor shortage, the Los Angeles Region, C-CAP LA will be partnering with Masters of Taste by bringing high school student volunteers to assist this year’s Masters of Taste 2022 Culinary and Sweet Masters throughout the event to gain real-time event training while helping support these incredible chefs and restaurants that are participating in this year’s event.”

Continuing with us to preview all the delights of Masters of Taste are Host Chef Vanda Asapahu and C-CAP L.A.’s Gail Carney.

General Admission tickets (limited supply remaining) are still available @ $135.

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Show 417, March 20, 2021: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

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

Casa Vega in Sherman Oaks under the watchful eye of 2nd generation restaurateur Christy Vega has reopened again for full-service dining. Celebrating its 65th Anniversary in 2021 there will be a year of festivities honoring the late founder, Ray Vega, who passed away earlier in the year. Also new is a changing series of $5.00 Margarita Mondays served from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. every Monday. Christy Vega is our guest with a Los Lucadores Foo in hand.
 
Barbara Fairchild, a past inductee in the James Beard Foundation’s “Who’s Who in American Food & Beverage,” is the former, long-time Editor-in-Chief of Bon Appetit Magazine. She currently serves at the Chair of the Los Angeles Council for C-CAP (Careers through Culinary Arts Program and also is a member of the National Board of Directors for C-CAP. In normal times Barbara dines out frequently at a wide variety of restaurants. For the past pandemic year Barbara has stayed safely at home with restaurant dining on the far back burner. Barbara recently broke the fast with a celebratory birthday meal on the original patio of Spago Beverly Hills (with proper social distancing of the tables.) Barbara shares the memorable experience with us.

Mayfield Restaurant & Market is an ambitious, glowingly reviewed, modern California restaurant and market located in Downtown San Juan Capistrano in an extensively refurbished historic building. It’s on two levels and includes a comfortable covered patio. The menu has a distinctive Mediterranean and Levant flair and there is also an extensive cocktail list along with an ample selection of craft beers and natural wines. The operating days, and hours, have just been extended. All seating on the 2nd level patio and in the main dining room is properly socially distanced. Proprietor George Barker and Executive Chef Jayro Martinez join us.

“The international dining scene is a vast, ever-shifting landscape, and Today’s Special – 20 Leading Chefs Choose 100 Emerging Chefs (Phaidon) is perfectly positioned to help readers navigate it. Twenty of the globe’s leading chef-curators — 10 men and 10 women — have each selected five emerging chefs from around the world, showcasing a variety of styles of food, restaurants, and personalities. Each of the 100 selected chefs is profiled, with recipes, photographs, and menus, plus original commissioned essays that shed light on what makes a standout star in today’s culinary realm.” An L.A. area featured “Emerging Chef” in Today’s Special is Dave Beran of Pasjoli in Santa Monica and the now departed, Dialogue (up to a 20-course nightly tasting Menu,) which was highly praised. He was nominated for Today’s Special by New York-based Chef Daniel Boulud (Daniel.) We’ll meet Chef Dave Beran.

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 regularly 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 during the early stages of recovery which remains a genuine concern. Restaurants in Southern California are finally again allowed to operate for outside/patio dining and inside dining at reduced capacities with all the requisite COVID 19 safety precautions. We’ll “Ask the Chef.” As if restaurants didn’t have enough to contend with right now the insidious Dine & Dash” scheme to defraud restaurants is, unfortunately, a growing trend with a pair of awful variations. Chef Andrew explains…

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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