Show 557, December 23, 2023: Chef Raphael Lunettea, Proprietor, Lunetta, Santa Monica

Raphael Lunetta of Lunetta All Day

Chef Raphael Lunetta is presenting an enchanting Christmas Eve Feast at Lunetta in Santa Monica served family-style. Every table is served all items on the menu including the range of sides. The repast begins with a Charcuterie and Fromage Board. The Starters include a Warm Wild Mushroom Salad and Shrimp Cocktail with marinated cucumbers, yuzu kosho tomatillo and classic tomato cocktail sauce.

The Mains are Maine Lobster Rigatoni. Almond Crusted John Dory and Tarragon Lemon Pepper Prime Rib. The range of Sides are aged gouda parmesan mashed potatoes, poached asparagus sherry mustard vinaigrette, herb potato gnocchi and farmers market roasted vegetables. Dessert is a festive Buche de Noel. The feast is priced at $125 per guest.

Chef Raphael Lunetta joins us with his Christmas Eve menu preview plus New Year’s Eve menu options (Foraged Mushroom Pappardelle) and the ongoing 3-course, Weekday Power Lunch menu.

Show 554, December 2, 2023: The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar, Tustin, Newport Beach and La Jolla with Founder JC Clow

JC Clow of the Winery Restaurant and Wine Bar

The original Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar is located in The District in Tustin. “The interior promises a hip, lively & sophisticated atmosphere, with dark woods, leather and velvet bar stools. The state-of-the-art 7,500 bottle cellar is one of the largest in Orange County. The Winery Restaurant & Bar is open daily for lunch and dinner and features a wine tasting bar with a full bar menu and cigar patio.” There are elegant sister Winery Restaurant locations on The Bay in Newport Beach and in La Jolla. All locations are perfect for special Holiday parties. Each restaurant hosts Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve dinners with special menus from Executive Chef and Partner, Yvon Goetz.

Their popular Gift Card promotion is available through the end of the year. If a guest purchases $300 in Gift Cards they are rewarded with an extra $50 Gift Card. For a $500 Gift Card purchase the reward is a cool $100 Gift Card.

The Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade and Ring of Lights will be held Wednesday, December 13 through Sunday, December 17. This is one of the region’s oldest holiday traditions, having started more than a century ago — and there’s no better viewing location than The Winery Restaurant in Newport Beach! Enjoy their limited ala carte menu with front-row seats at the turning point for the boat parade. Boat Parade viewing is expected at approximately 8:30 / 8:45 p.m. nightly. Guests interested in boat parade viewing may make reservations as early as 6:45 p.m. and tables will be offered at a set table price for the entire evening (specific pricing and table location will vary).”

Founder and Managing Partner JC Clow is our guest spreading the Holiday Cheer.

Show 403, December 12, 2020: The Raymond 1886 with Chef Jonathan Quintana and General Manager Andrew Bugreyev Part Two

Andrew Bugreyev and Executive Chef Jonathan Quintana of the Raymond 1886The Raymond 1886 (restaurant) is a living example of Pasadena’s colorful past and carries on the city’s great traditions of craftsman architecture and unparalleled hospitality.” Under State of California guidelines The Raymond 1886 is currently open for takeout & delivery.

The Raymond is offering a multi-course, Take-Out, Christmas Eve Dinner. Options are for 2 or 4 guests.

“The dining menu showcases their curated classic American cuisine featuring global influences. Utilizing a mix of contemporary and classic cooking techniques, Executive Chef Jonathan Quintana combines familiar ingredients with an exotic flair.”

“Hidden and tucked away inside, guests can celebrate, sip and savor at The Raymond’s internationally acclaimed cocktail bar, 1886. Accompanied by 1886’s signature handcrafted cocktails, their award-winning Wine List features a special selection of domestic and international varietals from both premier and boutique wineries.”

“In 1886, Walter Raymond, a Boston native, came to Pasadena and built The Raymond Hotel – a fabulous sunny destination for Easterners looking to escape harsh winter weather. On Easter Sunday in 1895, sparks from a chimney ignited the roof and the entire hotel burned to the ground in only 40 minutes.”

“Undaunted, Mr. Raymond built an even grander hotel with 300 rooms, along with a charming caretaker’s cottage. In the early years, Walter and his wife often stayed in the cottage when it wasn’t occupied by special guests. Gracious hosts, the Raymond’s entertained celebrities such as Charlie Chaplin, Tom Mix, and Buster Keaton, who visited and filmed in Pasadena in the roaring 1920s.”

“Sadly, in 1931, the Raymond Hotel was toppled by the Great Depression and the party was over. The hotel was razed to make room for residential development, and Walter and his wife moved into the cottage, where they lived until 1934.”

The caretaker’s cottage is now The Raymond 1886, and the timeless charm and spirit of this lovely Craftsman can be enjoyed by all.”

General Manager Andrew Bugreyev and Executive Chef Jonathan Quintana continue with us.

Show 8: December 8, 2012: Chef Scott Conant

Scott Conant of Scarpetta and Food NetworkChef Scott owns the highly acclaimed Scarpetta in New York and the Scarpettas in Miami Beach, Toronto, Las Vegas, and in Beverly Hills at The Montage. You also know him from Food Network’s “Chopped” where he presides as one of the regular celebrity judges.

Scott joined the show to talk about the wonderful Italian-American tradition for Christmas Eve of “The Feast of the Seven Fishes” which is a personal favorite of his. Traditionally most of the dishes are fried but he likes to get a little grilled octopus on the menu, too.