Show 504, December 17, 2022: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

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

Meet Chef & Pitmaster Chad Phuong, also known as the Cambodian Cowboy, of Long Beach’s Battambong BBQ. It’s real deal Texas-style BBQ with a kick. No gimmicks here…This is a career change for Chef Phuong and, in a short time, he’s created a tremendous word-of-mouth following for his regular Long Beach BBQ pop-ups serviced by his rolling smoker. His acclaim is such that CBS’s Carter Evans featured Chef Chad in “The Dish” segment of “CBS Mornings” (National) in early November.

“The return of the iconic Tail o’ the Pup (originally located on S. La Cienega Blvd. across from the SLS Hotel) is a direct reflection of proprietor 1933 Group’s (Highland Park Bowl, The Formosa Café) dedication to preserving, protecting, and reviving Los Angeles History. Tail o’ the Pup’s giant hotdog shaped building has been attracting visitors to Hollywood since 1946. This ambitious revival isn’t just about nostalgia. The 1933 Group aims to not only celebrate Tail o’ the Pup’s past, but also pave the way for new endeavors and memories which can be celebrated for years to come.” 1933 Group’s Co-Founder, Dimitri Komarov is our guest with a Chicago Pup in hand.

Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company’s (Buellton) new Director of Innovation is Victor Novak (ex-Golden Road Brewing.) Victor also serves as Head Brewer for the company’s upcoming Los Angeles taprooms. Novak will help expand the brewing operations for Figueroa Mountain in Los Angeles, bringing his years of experience with brewing at all scales to the organization. Prior to this announcement, Novak served as Brewmaster at Golden Road Brewing, having joined them in 2014. Before that he brewed at TAPS Brewery, where he racked up 21 World Beer Cup and Great American Beer Fest medals as well as recognition as Brewer of the Year in 2010 and 2011.” Victor Novak joins us to tap the keg on all that is Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co.

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. This is a bit curious…The price of proteins has been on the rise yet the price of chicken breasts and wings has declined since the Summer. Definitely value to be found there. Chef Andrew adds his informed perspective. As a year-end bonus Chef Andrew shares his signature recipe for the “Ultimate Sandwich Sauce.”

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

December 17: Battambong BBQ, Tail o’ the Pup from 1933 Group, Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Chef Chad Phuong, The Cambodian Cowboy, Battambong BBQ, Long Beach Part One
Segment Three: Chef Chad Phuong, The Cambodian Cowboy, Battambong BBQ, Long Beach Part Two
Segment Four: Tail o’ the Pup, West Hollywood, with Proprietor Dimitri Komarov, 1933 Group Part One
Segment Five: Tail o’ the Pup, West Hollywood, with Proprietor Dimitri Komarov, 1933 Group Part Two
Segment Six: Brewmaster Victor Novak, Director of Innovation, Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. Part One
Segment Seven: Brewmaster Victor Novak, Director of Innovation, Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. 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.

Meet Chef & Pitmaster Chad Phuong, also known as the Cambodian Cowboy, of Long Beach’s Battambong BBQ. It’s real deal Texas-style BBQ with a kick. No gimmicks here…This is a career change for Chef Phuong and, in a short time, he’s created a tremendous word-of-mouth following for his regular Long Beach BBQ pop-ups serviced by his rolling smoker. His acclaim is such that CBS’s Carter Evans featured Chef Chad in “The Dish” segment of “CBS Mornings” (National) in early November.

“The return of the iconic Tail o’ the Pup (originally located on S. La Cienega Blvd. across from the SLS Hotel) is a direct reflection of proprietor 1933 Group’s (Highland Park Bowl, The Formosa Café) dedication to preserving, protecting, and reviving Los Angeles History. Tail o’ the Pup’s giant hotdog shaped building has been attracting visitors to Hollywood since 1946. This ambitious revival isn’t just about nostalgia. The 1933 Group aims to not only celebrate Tail o’ the Pup’s past, but also pave the way for new endeavors and memories which can be celebrated for years to come.” 1933 Group’s Co-Founder, Dimitri Komarov is our guest with a Chicago Pup in hand.

“Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company’s (Buellton) new Director of Innovation is Victor Novak (ex-Golden Road Brewing.) Victor also serves as Head Brewer for the company’s upcoming Los Angeles taprooms. Novak will help expand the brewing operations for Figueroa Mountain in Los Angeles, bringing his years of experience with brewing at all scales to the organization. Prior to this announcement, Novak served as Brewmaster at Golden Road Brewing, having joined them in 2014. Before that he brewed at TAPS Brewery, where he racked up 21 World Beer Cup and Great American Beer Fest medals as well as recognition as Brewer of the Year in 2010 and 2011.” Victor Novak joins us to tap the keg on all that is Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co.

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. This is a bit curious…The price of proteins has been on the rise yet the price of chicken breasts and wings has declined since the Summer. Definitely value to be found there. Chef Andrew adds his informed perspective. As a bonus Chef Andrew shares his signature recipe for the “Ultimate Sandwich Sauce.”

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

Chad Phoung of Battamboung BBQ

Meet Chef & Pitmaster Chad Phuong, also known as the Cambodian Cowboy, of Long Beach’s Battambong BBQ. It’s real deal Texas-style BBQ with a kick. No gimmicks here…

This is a career change for Chef Phuong and, in a short time, he’s created a tremendous word-of-mouth following for his regular Long Beach BBQ pop-ups serviced by his rolling smoker. His wide acclaim is such that CBS’s Carter Evans featured Chef Chad in “The Dish” segment of “CBS Mornings” (National) in early November.

Phuong learned all about the cuts of meat and pitmastering while working in a meat processing plant in Texas before returning to Long Beach. Chad survived the ravages of the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia and emigrated to the United States in 1980 with his Mother and siblings.

On Chef Chad’s regular menu are slow-smoked, 17-hour Brisket, Tri-Tip, Spare Ribs, Pulled Pork, Chicken, Cambodian Sausage, and Pork Belly. Also featured are Brisket Nom Pang and Tri-Tip Nom Pang sandwiches.

Far from the ordinary sides include Cambodian Coconut Corn, Garlic Noodles, Cambodian Slaw and Battambong BBQ Sauce.

Chef Chad doesn’t forget his Vegan guests. His special creations are Smoked Oyster Mushrooms, Smoked Coconut Cauliflower, Jackfruit Sliders and Smoked Vegan Rice.

Battambong BBQ’s regular weekly schedule: Bixby Knolls Farmers Market (Thurs 3 p.m.-7 pm) Ten Mile Brewing (Fridays 12 p.m.-9 p.m.) Trademark Brewing (Sundays 12-7p.m.), Long Beach, CA, United States, California

For Saturday, December 17th only The Night Market from
3 pm -7 pm
@ 2338 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach CA 90804

Battambong BBQ will be one of the featured establishments in the upcoming, inaugural Long Beach Cambodian Restaurant Week running from Sunday, March 19th to Sunday, March 26th.

Dimitri Komarov of the 1933 Group

“The return of the iconic Tail o’ the Pup (originally located on S. La Cienega Blvd. across from the SLS Hotel) is a direct reflection of proprietor 1933 Group’s (Highland Park Bowl, The Formosa Café) dedication to preserving, protecting, and reviving Los Angeles History. Tail o’ the Pup’s giant hotdog shaped building has been attracting visitors to Hollywood since 1946. This ambitious revival isn’t just about nostalgia. The 1933 Group aims to not only celebrate Tail o’ the Pup’s past, but also pave the way for new endeavors and memories which can be celebrated for years to come.”

“The 1933 Group’s team is dedicated to creating tasty dogs, snacks, shakes, and more that satisfy modern tastes while honoring Tail o’ the Pup’s rich history. The 1933 Group works tirelessly to source high quality ingredients and develop house-made recipes with their guests in mind. They are proud to feature a surprisingly diverse menu featuring vegetarian and gluten-free options.” In the proud tradition of Tail o’ The Pup there is even a Doggy Menu where you can “Pamper Your Pup.”

“Formed nearly two decades ago, the 1933 Group helms a lauded portfolio of bars and restaurants in Los Angeles, including the historical restorations of Highland Park Bowl and the barrel-shaped bar Idle Hour in North Hollywood, Harlowe in West Hollywood, Sassafras in Hollywood, La Cuevita in Highland Park, Bigfoot Lodge in Los Feliz, Thirsty Crow in Silver Lake, Culver City’s Bigfoot West and Oldfield’s Liquor Room. The latest additions are the iconic Formosa Café and the restored and expanded Tail o’ the Pup. Combining design aesthetics that embrace various time periods in early America with a passion for cocktails and the revival of the art of bartending, owners Bobby Green, Dimitri Komarov, and Dmitry Liberman create imaginative libations and scenes throughout LA’s drinking landscape. Each concept reflects bold, modern interpretations, reflective of the company’s dynamic partners and memorable eras.”

1933 Group’s Co-Founder, Dimitri Komarov, is our guest with a Chicago Pup in hand.

Victor Novak of Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company

Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company’s (Buellton) new Director of Innovation is Victor Novak (ex-Golden Road Brewing.) Victor also serves as Head Brewer for the company’s upcoming Los Angeles taprooms. Novak will help expand the brewing operations for Figueroa Mountain in Los Angeles, bringing his years of experience with brewing at all scales to the organization. Prior to this announcement, Novak served as Brewmaster at Golden Road Brewing, having joined them in 2014. Before that he brewed at TAPS Brewery, where he racked up 21 World Beer Cup and Great American Beer Fest medals as well as recognition as Brewer of the Year in 2010 and 2011.”

“Chief among Victor’s tasks will be to oversee the development of the three new Figueroa Mountain brewpubs in Los Angeles, including the upcoming Fig Mtn LagerHaus in Sherman Oaks, Agua Santa Cervecería in West LA, and Fig Mtn University in Westwood Village.”

“Asked about what makes him excited about those locations, Novak said, “Bringing the Figueroa Mountain identity to these brewpubs is going to do a lot to open more people’s eyes to the depth and breadth of what we can do in LA, and that’s really thrilling.”

The reconceived and revived brewpubs are expected to open under their new names early in 2023.

Victor Novak is our guest to tap the keg on all that is Figueroa Mountain Beer Co.

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.

This is a bit curious…The price of proteins has been on the rise yet the price of chicken breasts and wings has actually declined since the Summer. Definitely value to be found with cluck. Chef Andrew adds his informed perspective.

As an added bonus Chef Andrew shares his perfected recipe for the Ultimate Sandwich Sauce which is the perfect combination of fats, acid, salt and umami to make any dish taste better.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Chef Chad Phuong, The Cambodian Cowboy, Battambong BBQ, Long Beach Part One
Segment Three: Chef Chad Phuong, The Cambodian Cowboy, Battambong BBQ, Long Beach Part Two
Segment Four: Tail o’ the Pup, West Hollywood, with Proprietor Dimitri Komarov, 1933 Group Part One
Segment Five: Tail o’ the Pup, West Hollywood, with Proprietor Dimitri Komarov, 1933 Group Part Two
Segment Six: Brewmaster Victor Novak, Director of Innovation, Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. Part One
Segment Seven: Brewmaster Victor Novak, Director of Innovation, Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. Part Two
Segment Eight: Chef Andrew Gruel, Co-Host, with “Ask the Chef”

Show 487, August 13, 2022: “Ask the Chef” with Co-Host Chef Andrew Gruel of Calico Fish House

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.

Chicken seems to be the current “it” protein and continuing to grow in popularity. There is value in the bird. Chef Andrew continues his conversation about the wide appeal of cluck and also offers some practical tips for safely handling raw chicken at home along with some nifty cooking techniques.

Show 486, August 6, 2022: “Ask the Chef” with Co-Host Chef Andrew Gruel of Calico Fish House

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 on PCH) provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where Chef Andrew responds to listeners thoughtful inquiries.

Chicken seems to be the current “it” protein and continuing to grow in popularity. Crispy chicken sandwiches have maintained their appeal (along with the fried versions) especially at fast casual establishments. New variations are still being introduced with eager anticipation and great fanfare. Chef Andrew talks about the enduring appeal of cluck and the secrets of success for Chick-fil-A who get credit for originating the chicken sandwich in the fast casual space.

Next Saturday morning (August 13th) Chef Andrew continues his informative tutorial on chicken. He’ll talk about the safe handling of raw chicken in the home kitchen.

Show 438, August 14, 2021: Co-Host Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group with “Ask the Chef”

Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group

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 continually updating us on the real impact of the Covid-19 crisis in the hospitality field and what we, as diners, can do to support the continued survival of restaurants during the initial, highly fluid stages of the hoped-for recovery with the new concerns about the Delta variant. Genuine concerns remain…

Chicken is ever popular as a practical and versatile menu item for dining at home. There are some cautions in the home kitchen in handling raw chicken. Cross-contamination without proper precautions is a genuine health concern. What’s Chef Andrew’s preferred way of preparing chicken? We’ll “Ask the Chef.”

Show 436, July 31, 2021: Co-Host Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group 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 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 continually updating us on the real impact of the Covid-19 crisis in the hospitality field and what we, as diners, can do to support the continued survival of restaurants during the initial, highly fluid stages of the hoped-for recovery. Genuine concerns remain…

The plant-based faux meat producers (a fast-growing consumer market) are now trying to replicate the bite and fatty mouthfeel of chicken in the form of nuggets and strips. (They seem to have meat burger substitutes perfected.) The products are being promoted as a healthier alternative to the real bird and also gentler on the environment. Chef Andrew has experience with both serving premium chicken and truly tasty plant-based menu items that are created from-scratch. He also is a steward of the environment. We’ll “Ask the Chef.”

Chicken with Walnuts and Lemon, from the Dordogne

Chicken with Walnuts and Lemon, from the Dordogne

Recipe excerpt from:
Plat du Jour: French Dinners Made Easy
by Susan Herrmann Loomis

Serves 4 to 6
Equipment: large heavy skillet with a lid, tongs
Preparation Time: 10 minutes if the chicken is in pieces; 20 if not
Cooking Time: 40 minutes max
Difficulty Level: simple

This is a dish from a farm in the Dordogne, where the walnuts are sweet, fat, and buttery tasting, and they make a perfect complement to poultry. This is the kind of dish that you settle down to with comfort and anticipation, because it’s got all the right elements, from cloves of garlic bursting with their sweet flavor to the golden chicken and walnuts and the tang of lemon that lifts the dish out of the ordinary. Serve this with a lovely Chardonnay.

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • One 3½- to 4-pound (1.8 to 2 kg) chicken, cut into 8 pieces (2 breast pieces, 2 wings with portion of breast attached, 2 legs, 2 thighs), giblets reserved
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1½ to 2 cups (375 to 500 ml) white wine, such as a sauvignon blanc
  • 12 garlic cloves
  • 1¼ cups (140 g) walnut halves or large pieces
  • Fresh flat-leaf parsley sprigs for garnish
  1. Heat the oil in a large heavy skillet over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot but not smoking, brown the chicken pieces, seasoning them liberally with salt and pepper, until they are golden, about 5 minutes per side, using tongs to turn the chicken pieces.
  2. Add the lemon juice, ½ cup (125 ml) of the wine, and the garlic cloves to the skillet. Lower the heat to medium, cover, and cook until the chicken is nearly cooked through, about 15 minutes. Then stir the walnuts into the skillet, along with the giblets, cover, and continue to cook for about 8 minutes. Remove the cover from the skillet and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until the pan juices have evaporated and the chicken, walnuts, and garlic are golden, 5 to 8 minutes. Be sure to watch the walnuts, for they tend to brown easily. If they are getting too brown at any point in the cooking, remove and return them to the pan just before serving.
  3. Transfer the chicken, garlic, and walnuts to a warmed serving platter and deglaze the skillet with the remaining wine, scraping the bottom to loosen any caramelized bits. Begin by adding the smaller amount of wine; if you need more, top it up with the remaining wine and cook until the sauce is reduced by half, about 4 minutes. Then pour the sauce over the chicken, garnish with the parsley sprigs, and serve immediately.

Recipe from Plat Du Jour – French Dinners Made Easy by Susan Herrmann Loomis.  Used with permission.

Mandarin and Prosciutto Crostini

Mandarin and Prosciutto Crostini by Tara Teaspoonby Tata Bench
Tara Teaspoon

This is my essential appetizer. Toasted Crostini topped with a little slice of salty Prosciutto and some tangy Mandarin and Shallot Chutney. I’ve been known to make a full meal of these little bites. Double the caramelized shallot and mandarin portion of this recipe and keep the extra in the fridge. It works beautifully on top of chicken or a roast ham sandwich—or even for your next batch of crostini bites.

Chutney

  • 2 cups sliced shallots, sliced root to tip
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1⁄2 cup white balsamic vinegar
  • 1⁄2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon crushed coriander seeds
  • 1 cup fresh mandarin or clementine segments, roughly chopped
  • 1 recipe Crostini (below), prepared
  • 14 slices prosciutto
  • Toasted hazelnuts, crushed Fresh thyme
  1. In a medium, nonstick skillet over medium-low heat, sauté the shallots and salt in olive oil, stirring often, until soft and translucent, 10 to 12 minutes. Add the vinegar, brown sugar, bay leaf, and coriander seeds and let simmer until vinegar is reduced and almost gone, 10 to 12 minutes more. Stir in the mandarin seg- ments. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
  2. Top crostini with a half piece of prosciutto and a spoonful of the mandarin chutney. Sprinkle with hazelnuts and thyme leaves.

Crostini

  • 1 baguette, sliced 1⁄4-inch thick
  • 1⁄4 cup olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  1. Heat oven to 375oF. Brush slices of bread lightly with olive oil on both sides. Lay slices flat on rimmed baking sheets and sprinkle with some salt.
  2. Bake, rotating pans halfway through, until lightly golden and crisp, 10 to 12 minutes. Let cool.
  3. Store crostinis in a zip-top bag for up to 3 days.

Looks Delicious. Whenever I caramelize onions or shallots, I slice them from their root to the tip. Slicing them crosswise into rings or half-moons causes them to cook into long, stringy worms. The root-to-tip method allows the shallot or onion to hold its shape, looks better, and is easier to eat.

Show 369, April 18, 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 range of services restaurants can now provide to their guests. Creativity and adaptability are at the forefront. We’re keeping it upbeat…

Chefs and restaurateurs are the most generous people I 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 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 encouragement of the foodie community.

El Segundo Brewing Company’s The Slice & Pint is the restaurant spinoff of the successful El Segundo Brewing Company, one of the first craft brewers in the South Bay. Earlier in the year before “Stay at Home” they celebrated their Year Anniversary. They closed for a bit but have reopened with vigorous sanitary protections for takeout and packaged beer sales. On the menu are a variety of pizzas created from a dough that ferments and proofs for multiple days, and salads and sandwiches. Proprietor Rob Croxall and Chef Matt Ranney join us to celebrate the reopening with an appropriate slice and pint.

Chef Shelly Register is the highly accomplished founding Market Chef for A Market located in a highly visible historic building on West Coast Highway in Newport Beach next to A Restaurant (the former Arches location.) It’s a dazzling gourmet convenience store with freshly-prepared gourmet sandwiches, incredible baked goods and desserts, cheeses, coffee, craft beer and premium wine. No product is carried in the store that hasn’t received Chef Sherry’s personal seal of approval. A Market is open for takeout during the moratorium on dine-in. We’ll chat with Shelly Register who is also a noted pastry chef and bread baker.

Farley Elliott is the always well-informed Senior Editor of Eater LA, covering the daily restaurant news beat in greater Los Angeles. His work appears nationally in the online, print, and digital video space. He’s also the guy from that Tiny Hamsters Eating Tiny Burritos video. Farley joins us to discuss how he is covering the restaurant business during the unprecedented Covid-19 crisis (with Stay at Home) and graciously shares some insider insights on how restaurants are coping with the challenging prohibition of dine-in.

Chef Wing Lam is the Co-Founder of Wahoo’s Fish Taco. He is a community leader and grass-roots philanthropist working the fast- casual dining experience for 32 years. Wing is our guest to discuss how Wahoo’s is navigating the current health crisis while still supporting the community. As a service he’s even selling well-made, reusable face masks at cost. Most locations (outside of those inside malls & sports venues) are open for takeout and delivery.

Word-of-Mouth favorite Georgia’s Restaurant has been serving up Southern “soul-delicious” cuisine for the past six years in Anaheim at The Anaheim Packing House, while reimagining and redefining the public’s perception of Southern Soul Food. Last year Georgia’s Restaurant extended their family with the Grand Opening of their second location at the new Long Beach Exchange (LBX). Both locations are open for Curbside Pick-up and 3rd party delivery. Co-Founder Nika Shoemaker-Machado is our hospitable guest with the update.

Chef Steve Samson’s Rossoblu has been a big success since its opening Downtown in the Fashion District in 2017. Rossoblu has just reopened for contactless curbside pickup on Wednesday through Sunday. They are offering handmade pastas, sauces, prepared food, grocery items, wines under $35 and negronis. Chef Steve’s almost adjacent, fast casual Superfine Pizza (around the back of City Market South) is also open for takeout and delivery.

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. Also some useful tips for cooking the ever popular & versatile chicken at home. We’ll “Ask the Chef.”

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

Show 369, April 18, 2020: Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group with “Ask the Chef”

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 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.

Chef Andrew also provides an extra helping of some timely cooking tips for preparing satisfying meals at home. We’re talking about that ever-popular, versatile & economical protein, chicken. Should you wash the chicken at home after you take it out of the wrapper?

We’ll “Ask the Chef.”

Slapfish is now 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.